The past few weeks I have gotten a great deal of positive feedback about my Eve adventures both here, via email and in-game. We have seen a sizable number of new players subscribe to Eve, in part because of my promotion of the game and the enjoyment I am experiencing with it.
I need to manage expectations somewhat, because I am cognizant of the fact that I am misleading some people in terms of what they can reasonable expect as a new player starting out in Eve. To understand my Eve attitude, you need to understand me.
I am the guy who loved the camaraderie of 8-hour scheduled spawn camps in EQ. We set up out of game contact lists and schedules that every player had to spawn sit for 8 hour shifts 3 times per week. This time you were permitted to do nothing else but sit in place and stare at an empty spawn site. I am the guy who enjoyed wiping to Onyxia 50 times in a row. We would grind gold relentlessly before the raids just to afford the repair bills and consumables. 4-5 hours a night for weeks… die, run back, die, run back.
Wormhole living for a new player is a bit like that. When I entered this wormhole I had less than 1,000,000 skill points on my account. This is a very frustrating way to learn the game. I have never flown a Level 3 or above mission. My first PvP experience was when I got blaped inside the W, setting PI Command Centers in a badger. My first experience in Fleet combat was the night I got my Hurricane roasted by a Sleeper because I didn’t understand what ‘tank’ meant in Eve terms.
I enjoy it, and would not have it any other way, but many players with lower tolerance for pain, and without a taste for Fail Pie, might find this a poor way to learn a game mechanics and gain understanding of their role in the Eve universe. Trust me, this isn’t because I am better, more skilled or more hardcore… in all reality it probably means I have less functioning brain cells than the next guy, and enjoy walking into the same brick wall over and over because, well… it red. I like red.
Please be excited about Eve, and keep following my adventures if they interest you, but be careful not to ruin your own experience by following in the footsteps of a jaded old MMO vet hell-bent on breaking every last ship that can be flown in New Eden.