Space games; the possibilities and creativity of what goes on in the vast nothingness of the void are endless and forever more imaginative. Just think, that without the knowledge of what space and the things beyond our world are, we wouldn’t have Star Wars. That wouldn’t be a bad thing as such, as we wouldn’t have Battlefront 2 either – moving on though.
I’ve encountered many space games, and had the pleasure, of demise, of experiencing a few of them also, but nothing has quite got me so hooked to it like EVE Online has. It’s almost one of those games you would pull multiple ‘sickies’ off work, just to play it a little more, and I’m not entirely sure why.
For those who don’t know, EVE Online is an MMORPG based in the vast world of a colonised space, featuring over 7000 star systems which can be visited by anyone. The game has an endless amount of activities and professions players can take part in; Piracy, Mining, Trading and playing the Stock Market, Incursions and PvE Missions, Exploration and Discovery, Hacking and Relic Hunting, Manufacturing and much more, are all part of EVE’s ever developing community and ecosystem.
Player interaction is probably one of the biggest aspects and features in EVE, like most MMORPG’s. When I heard about the game and asked a friend about it, his exact words about the EVE community were “It is the best AND worst community you will ever experience.”, and that state could not have been more true. You meet some fantastic people, real helpful guys and girls that want you to succeed, and on the flip side – you meet some people that just want to watch you crash and burn for the fun of it.
Now, I’ve only played EVE now for around 3 months, and still love every bit of it, and yet to explore more of its content, but if you guys are looking to get into it – here are 5 Top Tips from a fresh newbean that you should consider following when starting up a career in EVE:
No. 1: Join a Corporation – Flying by yourself at the start is not only bewildering, it’s also extremely hostile. The spaces and areas you explore will already have corporations owning them, and potentially anyone entering space will be seen as a potential threat, and in most cases, shoot you on sight. The best thing to do is to research and find a corporation that is best suited for what you are, or what you are looking to become; if you’re interested in mining? Join a Mining Corp, If you’re interested in learning more about EVE and how it works, and want to pass that information on to others? Join EveUni Corp! If you want to shoot down other players and make everyone’s life in EVE hard and become an asshole, join the Goonswarm. Essentially, the point is there is and forever will be, a corporation available for anyone’s particular and peculiar needs.
No. 2: Learn about Ship Fits – There are hundreds of ships, each and everyone of them built and available for a specific purpose and each with their own bonuses and traits. Learning about how you fit your own ships, specific to what you want to do with them, as well as make use of their own bonuses, is a crucial skill in EVE. Use the web, as well as the community, to ask about how to fit ships correctly, how to keep them within their CPU limitations and Power-grid Levels, and even if that ship is right for what you want to use it for. Do your research on them, and you won’t perform too badly with them.
No. 3: Training Skills – Before you can fly the big bad ships, or use the higher-spec modules that go with them, you have to learn and train up specific skills pertinent to them. This is probably one of the more confusing features of EVE, as there are hundreds of skills, and finding the right ones you need can be daunting. My advice – Follow a Skill-Plan. Have a look at what you are looking into doing and find a Skill-Plan which informs you of which skills to go for, how long they will take to complete, and why you should choose them. If you have joined a Corporation, they might have specific Skill-Plans that they require from you to follow, as they might have ship’s kitted out specifically for certain Operations, as well as getting the most out of them as well. Be patient though, as you develop a skill tree more and more, it will take much longer to train. Some skills take up to as much as 14 real-life days to train and longer.
No. 4: Patience, Practise and Persistence – I touched on being patient in the skills section, but it’s something worth mentioning and stressing again. If there is anything you should know about EVE, it’s this. YOU WILL DIE, FACT. At some point during your little adventures, you will come to a timely and abrupt demise with your ship being destroyed or ‘become podded’. How you die, and learning from it, is the important part and will further develop your abilities and skills in EVE; whether that was from NPC ships, or you had an incorrect ship-fit for that situation and you needed to be Shield Tanking your ship rather than using Active Armour modules, or you wandered into a low or null security area and got shot down by a group of players performing a gate-camp on a jump bridge, it could be a number of things. Point is learn from it, practise and prepare for it to happen next time, and more importantly, don’t just give up at it, move on.
No. 5: If you don’t know, Ask! – One of the things that I always hear on EVE, and strongly agree with, is how steep the learning curve is with the game. It is tough and quite complex if you don’t get your head around it. There are guys who have been playing for several months, even years, that still ask questions that they might not know, to further develop themselves and how they change their game. So if you don’t know something about the game, don’t be afraid to ask ANYONE. I know I mentioned that the community is the best AND worst, but there will always be players willing to answer whatever questions you have, trust me. Just be mindful that you won’t necessarily get the same answer from everyone, especially if it’s a question about fitting a ship, as everyone has a different point of view, or a more apt saying would be ‘There are many ways to skin a cat.’
That concludes my Top 5 for starting off in EVE Online. As usual, I could go on, so if there’s anything you think I have missed or should have covered, feel free to comment and let me know – Fly safe capsuleers, from a friendly Pandemic Horde Corp member – unless you’re a Goonwaffe, then I’ll see you in hell, you little bastards.