Unless you’ve been living under a space whale, you are probably aware of the epic downtime we had yesterday and today due to CCP moving the TQ cluster to some nifty new digs. What was estimated as a three-hour operation turned into a 27+ hour trek that left many a network engineer without sleep, and surely depleted nearby vending machines of all Quafe Extreme or equivalent in the process.
In a somewhat unprecedented move of generosity, CCP has offered a shiny skillpoint rebate for everyone with an active account during that time, equivalent to the skillpoints that could be trained in that time.
…we will give an extra pool of skillpoints to all accounts (paying and trial) that were active at the beginning of this downtime, on one character per account. This skillpoint pool will be appropriately sized for the downtime time frame, universal across all accounts regardless of character attributes/implants and may be applied as each player wants.
Read the full news post here: http://www.eveonline.com/news.asp?a=single&nid=3963&tid=1
Obviously, this is going to cause some whining on the forums regardless, as those whose skill queues ended at some point in the day of EXTREME DOWNTIME™ want ‘moar skillz’ as a rebate than those that have happily (read: smugly) been chugging through their queue the entire time.
That aside, it turns out that there’s another gift in the works from our holly jolly Xmas-in-June friends at CCP. And that’s partly what I want to get a discussion going about. What do you think the present is? Answers on a postcard please! … Or a comment, that might work better, thinking about it.
Personally, I think its some kind of beta pass for Dust when it gets to that stage, which will of course cause even more whining from people who don’t have a relevant console to play it on. Spoilt brats. 😛