This is the first part of a series of blog posts about my experiences in EVE Online written for evenews24.
I've been playing, or should I say survived, EVE for almost half a year now. From my experiences so far it feels like most people who play this game has been around since the dawn of time. There community seems well established with a lot of well-known facts and histories and a developed lingo. There is a lot I don't get when reading articles on evenews24. This is what encouraged me to write this post. I felt that someone should tell the story from another perspective, from the view of someone who wasn't around when Goons formed, from the eyes of a new player in this vast universe called EVE.
Yes, we have all been there. We have all started up the game and thought: "what the hell is this?". Though some may not remember it. This is why I'm going to take you on a journey from when I started playing to the point where am I today. I hope this will act both as a nostalgic trip back to your baby days and also for players to see what the low-end of the game looks to players coming to the game, which from what I've understood is rather important considering CCP's economic situation.
Anyway, on with the story. I had been playing WoW for almost half a year when I found myself in an awkward position. I didn't really fit into the raid group of our guild and I couldn't be arsed to go and join a new one. It all soon became rather dull and I wanted to try a new MMO. Almost two years earlier a class mate had tried to show me EVE but it didn't really stick at that time. Surfing around the web I saw an ad and thought about trying it again. I reactivated my account and soon I was in space (free to do anything).
Upon logging in I was greeted by EVE's famous wall of menus. I thought, "oh god, this will take some time". This was followed by a monotone greeting from Aura who after an hour or so had showed me the basics. So far so good. I was training some skills, doing some level 1 tutorial missions, just chillin' out all alone in space. Recalling the trailer, underlining the player-driven system the game is based on, I felt a little lonely in my Condor. I managed to persuade two of my friends who also had recently quit WoW to try it out. We all managed to choose characters of different races, but after some traveling we were finally united, only to find out that you had to train Ethnic Relations to form a corp together. I took the role as corp director and after two days or so we finally could work together for a common goal. The Space Marmots were formed, only to be disbanded a few days later after realizing three men ain't gonna cut it in the long run.
At this point I had been playing for a week or so I believe. I had entered the world of EVE. A game rumored to have a tremendous learning curve and basically kicking new players in the face, but also a game that is known for its player driven system which basically shapes the game. A class mate had told stories about EVE politics and how he had hunted down spies within their corp. I was excited. Armed with EVEMon and Google I stood facing a new step of my EVE career, my first encounter with the EVE community. That is, I joined the recruitment channel.
Part 2 (coming coon)