It’s a fact of life for most people when they reach a certain age, regardless of the occasion, that all the presents they get for tenaciously and selfishly clinging on to life become more mundane. Ladies get perfume or jewelry, the chaps get sensible ties or wacky socks and, once a precedent is set, the same gifts keep coming year after year until death us depart. If that sounds depressing, you can take some small comfort from the fact that you won’t notice it happening and after a few years you’ll even find yourself getting quite irate if a relative gets ideas above their station and buys you something you weren’t expecting.
As CCP have been keen to stress over recent months (that EVE is real), it’s something of a surprise that for surviving the rigours of New Eden we shall all receive a mystery gift tomorrow in celebration of EVE’s 8th birthday. The frustrating thing is that we don’t know what this gift will be and as a veteran who expects all CCP gifts to be in the form of a spaceship (I’ve long since given up hope of seeing snowballs again), I can see myself getting rather crotchety if it turns out to be anything else. I don’t mind if it’s wacky or sensible, but I want to be able to unpack it, try it on for size, admire it for a few minutes and then hang it up at the back of the wardrobe, never to be thought of again. Because that’s how things must be.
As an 11th hour attempt to ensure we get spaceships rather than something we don’t actually need, like a patch or something, I’ve hurriedly put together this little chart that shows comparatively how many pilot-able ships CCP have released every year since EVE went live in 2003. It clearly shows that we need ships more than ever, even useless ones that are only ever good for collecting dust. Spaceships are like socks – you can never have enough of them.
EDIT: I’ll add the figures here; 2010 – 2 ships, 2009 – 5 ships, 2008 – 2 ships, 2007 – 20 ships, 2006 – 8 really big ships, 2005 – 47 ships, 2004 – 55 ships. Data from memory, various patchnotes, EVElopedia and dev blogs.