Over the past few weeks, this blog has been innundated with rapid fire updates on all things Burners. I tried my best to keep a live feed rolling of things I was seeing on SISI as the new content was revealed and tested.
But I have a confession to make ... in general I'm not much of a test server kind of guy. New content only gets added so often; I'd rather experience it on the live server, and savor it, and make it last.
One thing that helped kill my WoW experience was all the datamining that goes on. New content is sliced and diced, deconstructed, debated ad nauseam. By the time the content goes live, it's "old news" and the data miners are on to the next.
The term "spoilers" is overused, but it applies here, and is still a somewhat inadequate descriptor. New content to me is like an expensive steak dinner - I want to sit down in my fancy duds, order a glass of wine, get an appetizer, and take the time to make a memorable experience of it all. The entire process of consumption is part of the enjoyment. The temptation is to snort down the new content like it's a trip through the Hardee's drive through for a greasy burger and overcooked fries.
And then there's the really annoying habit of devs to change stuff as soon as you get it figured out. Test servers are a volatile place; while you're trying to get a sense of how to tackle the new bad guys, the bad guys are also learning how to tackle you. That means a lot of starting over from scratch, resets, wipes, and the need to question every result (good or bad) with the question "okay, what just happened, and was X the same as yesterday?"
And for those two reasons, I generally don't beta test games that I'm actively playing.
In the case of the BC burner content, I felt a sense of responsibility to get in and understand the new challenges so that I can help all y'all complete the missions. I also felt like I could help CCP flesh out the content and maybe therefore get better content down the road. I don't fancy myself an expert, but I do feel like one of the champions of CCP investment in the lvl4 system - I'd whined and ranted about this stuff for awhile, the least I could do was show up and test it.
So, I did the testing on my own terms, threw away a lot of badly fit hulls, and something surprising happened - I had a good time.
The sense of duty became a sense of fun. How unexpected.
Tweaking fits real time (for free) while sitting in a station is far better than using Pyfa. Jumping into the pocket to test the results real time instead of theorycrafting was pretty powerful. I tried ships I'd never flown, and fits I'd only read about, and came away (I think) smarter about EVE and mid-sized ships. And the quick turnaround from the first appearance on SISI to Mosaic launch meant that I'm not tired of the new content before it goes live.
Anyway, I doubt I'll become a permanent resident of SISI, but it's been fun to visit there the past few weeks. Now it's time to make some isk.