Monday, April 16, 2012
He's Changed His Mind Again
This may be the very last time I use my The Littlest Hobo image. I have left the Hobos.
Not because they're bad dudes. Far from it. They seem like quite nice guys. Laid back. All that. Pretty much the sort of corporation I like.
The problem is mine. Expectations, more or less. What I was really hoping for was a corporation that used Mumble or Teamspeak. Often. No matter when I logged on, that there'd be five or more members shooting the shit online.
As surprising as it may sound, I don't particularly enjoy typing. Especially when I'm playing a game. I'd rather be talking and asking my questions, not typing them in. If I'm typing, I'm not playing. I can talk and play simultaneously, though.
For instance, the last few days I've been circulating between major trade hubs, in an interceptor, speculating on commodities (for the upcoming Burn Jita and Hulkageddon events.) I hit a trade hub, do the market thing, then set auto-pilot to the next trade hub. While auto-piloting, I'm tabbed out of the Poetic client, doing something else, maybe web browsing, writing a new post, or playing on the Scottish alt. Which means I'm unable to communicate via typing. Which means it's more convenient to voice chat.
There were a gadzillion things I was unclear on. Especially all the fleet doctrine terminology that Against ALL Authorities and En Garde uses. For instance, what the hell is a Powerpack fleet? And, yeah, sure, I could have learned all this via the in-game chat windows. But. So. Much. Typing. I couldn't be bothered.
It goes both ways though. They weren't a corporation that wanted to use voice chat except for fleets and roams. So I wasn't a good fit for them either, since I'm just too lazy to learn via typing out questions.
I guess I've been a bit spoiled by my time in EVE University. While a student, I was on their Mumble server whenever I was playing the game (and sometimes when I wasn't.) The University Mumble server never had less than 10 people on it, and usually thirty to forty. I guess I came to expect that was normal. So when I joined the Hobos, it came as a bit of a surprise that they didn't really use their Teamspeak, except when it was required. That was a disappointing discovery. But disappointment is not a complaint. That's the way they were comfortable playing and communicating with each other. Not my place to convince them to change for my convenience.
Two other small issues affected my decision. The first is that I fly Gallente, and since I'm training support skills for the next year, I've little in the way of skills to fly Minmatar, Caldari or Amarr. The second being timezone issues. I get home at 0:00 EVE time, I get online around 1:00 EVE Time. I'm usually by myself when I log on. There are a couple of USTZ in Hobos, but most seem to be EUTZ. So playing with anyone was always going to be a weekend thing due to timezones not quite meshing.
So I've moved everything out of Stain. Everything. No more Stain. Not in the near future. I think for the time being, I may be better off in empire space.
I still want to find a corporation. I'll look for something in empire. A group that does PvP and industry. I still want to do some planetary interaction, preferably with corporation-owned POCOs. And I want to get into some small-gang PvP. And I want the corporation to be regular users of either Teamspeak or Mumble. And I want them to be mature (none of the n-word, j-word, pubbie, get me a sammy bullshit you'd find with Test or any of those douchebag alliances.) Any suggestions? And please don't suggest groups like The Tuskers. As awesome as they may be (and they do seem to have everything I'd like to belong to in a corporation,) they also have some pretty strict PvP requirements, none of which I have or will have any time soon. So, I'm looking for all of the above, plus a group that doesn't expect me to be a PvP rockstar the moment my app is accepted.
So my apologies, Hong. Hopefully my departure doesn't reflect badly upon you. It shouldn't. Other than the ten minute interview, their perusal of my account via the APIs supplied, and a few questions asked on the forums and in channel chat, I don't think I wasted too much of their time. I do thank Hobos and you for the opportunity. And for anyone that doesn't need or much want to use Teamspeak, except for fleets and roams, then I can highly suggest The Littlest Hobos as a home for your first foray into nullsec.