Kudos to CCP on their installation process. No marathon patching session was involved. Just download a 2Gb client, install it and you are in the game. The graphics (especially planets) are now prettier than I remembered but I experienced quite a deal of lag. Some of this happened in relatively unpopulated systems so I wonder if my four year old gaming computer is struggling with the new finery. Lag during a space battle can mean death unfortunately so I will experiment with options to try and make it go away.
Ah ... the agony and the ecstasy that is EVE. How quickly it all comes back. This game really is a nerd nirvana. Although I have forgotten what I was up to before I quit I logged in to Marb Pelico find that he has stuff stored all over the place. Hundreds and hundreds of pieces of stuff much of which he can't use so I can only assume he bought it in the hope of making a profit. I have no idea whether prices have risen or fallen but I set about trying to collect it all and sell it. Marb has zero trading skill so every transaction requires that he physically travel to the location of the goods many of which are in rather dodgy parts of low security space. Fun times. I have another character parked in Jita, a trading alt as I recall and then I have my wild child, an un-trained alt in a cheap frigate who is wandering around lawless 0.0 space. I will try and fix the lag issue before resuming her adventure though because lag + gate camp is a quick route to a resurrection couch.
Do I really want to go back to an mmo again, even if it is the magnificence of EVE? Probably not, I am in a single player place at the moment, very content with my own company. Still it is nice to get a free gift although I am in agreement with Tipa on this: mine is staying in a hangar for a year or so until I can sell it for a small fortune.