Well, Carnyx is live. And with another release comes yet another slew of things we all have to relearn. This time, we need to learn all about the new names for a bunch of old favorite modules, and try to figure out why a mobile depot is attacking me.
After a while, the novelty of new patches starts to become outweighed by the work it takes to just play the game. New module names and stats means I need to check all my fittings and adjust them accordingly.
For instance, it took me a moment to reorient myself to the 5mn, 50mn, and 500mn MWD name changes, which really make a lot of sense. But I always flew with meta-4 MWDs, so now I have to go back and change all of my MWD-fit ships to T2. That’s a hauling job, albeit an easy one, as well as a close review of each fitting to see if I have enough grid and CPU to fit them. Yet another tweak that can render an individual fit worthless and, unless I catch it in the first pass (which is never 100%), can result in me being unable to use that ship on a given night.
I largely fly with T2 modules; the exceptions are the usual ones: neuts, energy vampires, scrams, tracking disruptors, sensor dampeners, and jammers, all of which provide better overheating with equal stats to T2. And none of those have been touched yet. Yes, I’m aware I’m going to likely be having a rough summer as those categories come around.
Then there are the icons.
The ships and deployables, though, are another matter entirely. What a mess.
I can tell you now, I’m never going to remember many of these. For God’s sake, CCP had to create a cheat sheet for them, they’re so convoluted. Some ships are rounded, some are pointed. I get that the rationale was “ships that can attack you”, but I’ve seen battle skiffs before. Capsules and corpses and small asteroid and ice belts… they all look the same.
For the moment, sure, it’s an annoyance. And yes, I will adjust, but I’m never going to remember some of these icons, and that will cause a response delay, if ever so slightly. Why do this? Do we need different icons for each different deployable? Does a medium ice belt need a different icon than a large one? Do we need nine different icons for drones? Wouldn’t “attack”, “utility”, “fighter/fighter bomber” do?
Someone went a little whack-a-doodle with these overview icons. The result is needless differentiation. “A distinction without a difference” it is.
I just feel back for folks returning to the game after a year or two. Someone should keep a running list of changes since each of the different releases. Something like a, “What was the last expansion you remember?” option, with a list of changes since then.
That’d be a great addition.