Friday, 25 February 2011
How did you get into EvE?
That was the question from Laria Raven when I touted on the Tweetfleet for suggestions as to my next post.
The answer is a simple one in a way. I'd been playing WoW for a year and used to download a Podcast called 'The Instance'. As Cataclysm was due the hosts were talking about how they were filling their time in the run up to the new expansion. They mentioned a game called 'EvE Online' and chatted about how they were filling their training queues. I've been into MMOs for years having played Terris on AOL (text based) where I made it to be a sysops eventually. Then EQ I for a while then a break for a few years. I then finished a college course and fancied getting into gaming again. That's when I found WoW. Loved it really but when I reached 80 it ran out of steam for me. Work commitments meaning that I couldn't commit to regular raids which seem to be the lifeblood of endgame - there were only so many times I wanted to kill the same zombies in the same snowy fields.
So - I thought I'd look at this 'EvE Online'. I downloaded the client and started a trial account. I was only a few days into it when I bought in. When I first appeared in space I had no clue whatsoever. I can honestly say that it's only through the efforts of friends whom I have met in New Eden that I know what I know now. I also know that friends I have still to meet will teach me more. A day spent without learning is a day wasted and never was this more true than in New Eden!
All these 'modules' and ships were mind blowing. I've mentioned before about how seeing a mining barge open up on an asteroid field fueled my interest in the art of mining. I had already begun listening to EvE podcasts and EvE Uni was mentioned as an excellent corp for a new player to get into. I joined the queue and within a few weeks was a member. From that point I did not look back. I started some mining operations which, to my surprise, proved quite successful and I learnt much from those who came along such as Jen Loo and Cecilia. It was mining which I put all my time and skills into for the first five months until I achieved my goal of an Orca and two Hulks. This enabled me to be of some little use to Eve Uni and their operations.
Then came Hulkageddon and a Tweetfleet conversation with Helicity Boson. It was then that I decided that there was some truth in their words and that really there was more to be gained from experiencing new aspects of the game than whinging about them. So I decided to go to the 'darkside' of PvP. I'd always laughed at pew pew as I couldn't see the fun. OMG!
Today I went one step further. I knew this would mean absolute certain death but I fitted up a Rifter, headed into Empire Space and lit up a Retriever. Now, it wasn't long before I was sailing my pod back to a station and I saw that I only made it through half of his shield but you know what? The buzz was tremendous! Later the same day I was scanning a 0.3 system and located a Velator - warped to it and my heart was thumping as I hit approach / Orbit and waited to get into Scram range. The distance was closing then seemed to slow down, 'damn' I thought 'it's running'. I made it into range and hit the Scram then lit up the auto cannons and nos - finally the web then watched as the shields, armour and structure evaporated. Now, I know, it's a rookie ship. My point is this though. If killing that can give a player such a buzz what's it going to be like when I can go up against bigger and better ships and test my skills and fits against them? I know I know nothing about PvP but I want to learn and I want to get better. You lose a ship? so what? I've lost many already to some ridiculous fates (see below) but it's fantastic fun.
So what got me into EvE? Mining and the friends I made on that path but also the depth and variety of the game. Hopefully my experience may make some others reading this yearn to fit up a Rifter (or frig of their choice) and poke their nose into lowsec. Go on - yes, it can be scary but damn it's fun! Likewise if you've never tried mining - give it a go - there are some great rock chippers out there.
Until next time - fly safe o7 and watch those timers!