What’s your price? It strikes me as an interesting question of late, with the advent of yet another alliance (even if only in name) going the way of the Dodo.
About 18 months ago, I was somewhat reluctantly put into the position of being in charge again after a couple of seriously annoying corp thefts and a MIA CEO. I say reluctantly not because I disliked running a corporation previously, but because I knew it was a lot of work to get it up and running again.
Up until that point I had been reasonably happy making sales to specific clients, and helping out with the tech 1 build cycle. Our then-CEO managed at least 7 characters to deal with the rest. All of a sudden, that had to be me, and at the time I had one industrial character. Throw in the missing buckets of stock and blueprints, and you had a whole mess of things to sort out, and no idea how to go about doing it.
The desire to just sell everything and have done with it was fairly high, but I persevered for the sake of the legacy of the corporation and what it stood for. It was a bit like being handed the blueprints to creating a city and several billion Dollars/Pounds/Euros, but not being given the tools, or even being told what tools you’d need to do it. I’m pretty sure a lot of people would have just said “sod it” and cashed in. Even if it meant giving equal share to the other two people that put you in the position whereby this was an option.
So here’s a hypothetical for you, sports fans: If someone dropped 1-2 trillion ISK of assets into your lap, would you spend the next six months:
- Liquidating your stock and retiring fat and happy, sharing the wealth with those that put you in that position – chaotic good
- Liquidating your stock and retiring fat and happy to a secret alt and screwing everyone over – neutral evil
- Stock-taking, rebuilding blueprint collections and calculating, eventually making a theoretical profit of 30b per month for around the equivalent hours’ worth of effort – lawful neutral (possibly…)
- Doing something else (explain!) – ?
My price, then, depends a lot on effort. If someone could reliably give me what my stock is worth in a single lump sum of ISK, I would be tempted to do it. However, I’d find myself really bored after that, since its mostly what I do (and enjoy, I might add!) in-game these days.
And along those lines, I return to the first question as well: What is your price in-game? Bonus cookies for honesty!