… the more I like my dog. So read a T-Shirt that I used to have when I was about 8 years old. Decades later, it still holds true. I’m not sure if it’s a matter of having less time to game and thereby less tolerance to put up with crap or if I’m just turning into a grumpy old man.
I like the majority of my corp/alliance mates so there’s no way I’ll throw any of them under the bus here but I find my general annoyance directed to two primary ‘personality types’; the “know-it-all guy” and the “super-serious-internet-spaceships” guy.
“Know-it-all guy” has played the game a long time, certainly more than me, and, in his mind at least, more than anyone else in the corp. Got a question? His answer is right. Need advice? His is the best. He’s a great asset to the corp given his skills, experience and abilities but rather than lead, he’ll sit on the sidelines and criticize.
“Serious-internet-spaceships-guy” actually does lead. He’ll throw a fleet together to defend our space or attack a target of opportunity. Problem with SISG is that EVE transcends a game. Make a mistake or try to have a conversation in TS while in his fleet will get you reprimanded (regardless of the tactical situation). To SISG’s credit, the corp is first and foremost and that includes KB stats, corp assets and the like. To his detriment, it makes his fleets less fun.
So, what to do? Well, lately, I’ve been sitting a lot of stuff out. Since my little break in November I’ve enjoyed some peace and quiet, happily ratting or flying solo. I want to participate in more operations/fleets, but KIAG and SISG really grate on my ears. I’m hesitant to organize a roam for fear either or both will end up in my gang. It doesn’t help that R/L has taken a turn for the worse as well, having been cut to part-time at my primary employer is really stressing me out as I’m considering a career change long-term and looking for options to fill in the gaps short term. For the first time since joining my current corp I’m giving serious consideration to leaving. I dread the thought of looking for a new corp to be perfectly honest, especially when I really question if I want to let two personalities sour my perception of my current corp.
While I doubt I have many readers (and probably most are in my current corp), I’d welcome any feedback and advice. Do I stick it out, hang to the side and do my own thing within the context of the corp? Do I take the position that life (and game time) is too short and I should find a different corp? Do I wait until my R/L situation settles down before making a decision? Is there anything I haven’t considered? Any feedback is welcome.