So there I was minding my own business… I was about to head out this morning and as I was about to load up my laptop, I decided to log in and swap a skill in Eve. Despite the wonderful awesomeness of new skill queue, it still wont let you queue up a new skill you haven’t either learned a bit of or at least “injected”. If you have a skill that requires completion of some level of prerequisite skill you can’t queue it until you inject it. You can’t inject it if you can’t yet train it, and you can’t train it unless you’ve completed the prerequisite skill…
Such was my situation last night before I logged out. I had a new skill I needed to complete a prerequisite for. The prerequisite would finish sometime overnight, but I wouldn’t be able to inject or start that new one until the prereq completed. So, I queued a few others to get me through the night/day incase I wasn’t able to get on. This morning I thought, hey, why not just add that now and get on with it.
So it was much to my surprise when I tried to log on and Eve told me my account had been banned for security reasons (361 logins)! Well considering I logged out around 11 pm and relogged about 8:30am, thats quite a few logins overnight. Banned. Again. The attentive reader may remember that my WoW account got hacked a while back though subsequently restored intact rather promptly.
Petition filed with support, so as of this writing, no response from CCP yet. I’m hopeful that all will be restored. Unfortunately, this account was my market character (with all the isk), my orca pilot, my shiny new raven pilot and had a few of the corporate keys to the castle (our castle being rather modest). I quickly alerted Wil to the situation so he could lockdown corporate family jewels (or at least see if they were still there– they were). I also promptly changed my account information on my second account.
After the WoW incident, I think I was probably pretty stupid as my Eve main account stupidly shared the same login info as the old hacked WoW one which I had forgotten/neglected to change. But who would bother hacking Eve? Well, I guess I know now someone would…
Well, isk is isk and fortunately I was at a lower isk balance than I have been in a while. The main character does have about 10 million sp, so that would be a pain to replicate if the worst happens and of course, my Orca, shiny new Raven, rigged Iteron V as well as other misc ships and stuff. Fingers crossed that this is merely a pause and not a restart.
I’m told, though I’ve never confirmed myself, that it takes a week to permanently delete a character. Given the account was banned within hours of my last log out, I’m at least comfortable that the character is there, even if the isk or stuff isn’t.
In WoW where my priest was the healer for our regular 5 man group, the prospect of grinding a new character up to be able to play with everyone was very close to being a death sentence for the group. Just not sure I would have had it in me.
Not so in Eve. As there are many paths to follow and as I’ve become more knowledgeable about life as a capsuleer in New Eden, I’m not so daunted by the prospect of starting over. Not thrilled, but not daunted either. I know I could be much more “efficient” with a fresh toon.
Nonetheless, I’m hopeful that CCP support will set things aright within a reasonable amount of time. If Eve has taught me one thing, its patience. That, and don’t fly what you can’t afford to lose…