There was a time in my life, when I was younger, when I had the free time to drop 6 or 8 or even 10 hours on a game play session without thinking twice about it. Which was awesome. But those days have passed. These days, during the week, I have about four hours available when I get home from work before I need to get to bed. In those four hours, I need to accomplish whatever I have planned for the evening. That can include dinner, errands, socialization and television, in addition to gaming. And my gaming aspirations are not necessarily limited to EVE.
For example, yesterday, my roommate was working during the evening. Which meant it was one of the few nights when I had access to his Xbox One to play Destiny (which is an awesome game, btw, if you haven’t tried it). So I played a couple story missions on that. Before that, I spent an hour watching the season premiere of Supernatural (which was also awesome). So, after I’d leveled up in Destiny, and then scrounged some dinner, it was time for EVE.
“How do you manage your time in EVE?”
The way I usually handle mining these days is to have my mining/Orca pilot alt mine in a Retriever in the background while I’m doing whatever I’m doing on my main. And when I’ve accumulated enough ore or my production has eaten up all my mineral stock, I make a run out to my mining alt’s home system in a mwd/cloaked Kryos. It takes about four Orcas worth of ore to fill up a Kryos once it’s refined, at least with my refining skills (which are decent, but not perfect).
These days, I usually eat up my mineral stocks before my background mining has accumulated 60k+ m3 of minerals. So, my main has a Covetor stashed in my alt’s system. When I run out of or low on minerals, I square away my local activities and run my Kryos out there to spend a couple nights mining with Orca support. I still need to fill up the Orca one more time to return home with a full mineral hold, and I ran out of time last night.
So that brings me to my questions for you, dear reader: How do you manage your time in EVE? How does your EVE gaming interact with other games you play and your real life activities? How do you balance your play time against game fatigue? What are your choices?