I like to think that this is not just a pretty title, even if Syrkos Technologies‘ (virtual) reality is still far from a full-fledged society. However, the current trend of players joining that like our total freedom philosophy makes me think that we may be going somewhere. Not counting the members that kept or created their own corporation and joined the Joint Venture Conglomerate [JVC] alliance (Sytek’s sidekick – thanks again, Cyber), the corp is boasting a whopping 22 members. While that is not quite enough to take on Goonfleet yet, it most certainly is a nice start. Besides, we do not exactly aim to enter any size competitions.
Sytek is over two years old now, and when I opened it for applications about ten months ago, I would never have imagined to create such a movement. At start, I thought lone wolves like myself were a rarity, now I can see that a lot of players prefer going solo for any number of reasons. Even though there is strength in numbers, and EVE being the harsh place it is, it is still possible to be successful on your own. Many of these pilots take pride in their independence, and I can relate to that. I take pride in having gotten this far myself, but that does not make me superior to regular players – it is merely a different way to play.
Of course being a lone wolf means you will probably not end up with a ship like Chribba‘s Veldatar anytime soon, but chances are you still dream of it occasionally. You know yourself well enough to grasp it is just that – the stuff dreams are made of (or is it? :)). Still, it does not really bother you. You can be perfectly content with what you have within your reach, and that is quite a handful already if I am to judge by the exuberant lives some of our members live 🙂
I am quite happy to say that so far Sytek has lived to exceed my personal expectations. As much as I wanted its members to keep their independence, I also wanted to keep mine. The small community we have built has no hierarchy, and auto-manages itself pretty well in my opinion. We have a healthy mix of older and newer players, and over time I have come to realize that this is the ideal multiplayer experience (from my personal point of view). We have done some joint missioning, help each other out when we need it, and share our adventures. Like every other corp, some come and some go to test out new ways to play, but the core team is growing steadily. The income the 2% tax give the corp allow me to pay for all our offices, and now that the corp has grown, slowly (as in extremely slowly) build up some funds for future projects.
The way I see it, not having to feel bad for not logging on regularly or having to contribute and work for the corp makes the game more enjoyable – at least for the lone wolf player type. Many players in EVE enjoy being part of a bigger family and to strive for something bigger. I see that as the beauty of EVE’s game world – there are niches for just about every player type. Granted, there are quite a few niches I could happily do without, but let’s keep things interesting 🙂
On a sidenote, Aeon is back to running COSMOS missions and Loreena has taken up manufacturing again for a while. COSMOS missions do not pay much at all for the time you spend in the related complexes, but then it is a lot more relaxing if you do not always play for profit. A good example would be a trading trip Loreena made lately: she dusted off her Wreathe “Trainspotting” to make some in-system buy/sell runs of Antibiotics in Alakgur (lowsec near Rens). For some unfathomable reason, someone was selling way below NPC value with good buy orders in the station right next to him. I was happy to oblige him, even if in the end it “only” gave me about 1 million ISK. It was definitely fun though 🙂