Here’s a test.
In game, go to the star map and tell me the number of jumps it is via shortest route from Stacmon to Vey in Placid region. Don’t use out of game tools like a printed map of Placid or Dotlan Maps. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Done yet? I bet you that unless you were in one of those two systems already (or know Placid really well), you used autopilot waypoints to figure it out: set one waypoint to Stacmon, made note of the number of jumps, second waypoint on Vey and subtracted the number of jumps to Stacmon from the total to figure out its three jumps.
Of course, no one uses the in game map unless they are ignorant of out of game tools like Dotlan (or a complete masochist). With Dotlan you open up the region map and in two seconds (or three if you live in null sec *burn!*) you count the three jumps between the two systems. At a glance.
Why is it not that easy in game?
The new feature that shows your autopilot route in space mapped on the stars is neat. Useless beyond some immersion factor, but neat. But it highlights how incredibly shitty the in game map tools are. Dotlan maps should not need to exist. All of its functionality should be part and parcel of the game and the fact that it is not is primarily due to the age old CCP tradition of letting players who love the game cover their asses for them.
“We don’t have to work on the star map because players will dedicate their time and money to create tools to do it for us!” That’s pretty cynical, CCP, even for you.
The first thing I tried to do when I saw that route in space was click on a star for name and sec status info. I knew it wouldn’t work; I pay attention to the dev blogs, I knew what was coming. But still, I wanted it to work. I want the map tools in game to be as handy and full featured and easy to use at Dotlan maps. I want the fitting tool in game to allow me to explore ship fitting possibilities like Pyfa and EFT. I want my directional scanner to provide summarized information on detected ship types like Dingo’s Toolbox.
I want tools in Eve to BE awesome instead of just hinting at it.
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