Mining… ISK… Mining… ISK… After one week with EVE I can sum up my experience in those two words. That’s not to say that I’m not enjoying it, because I am. As a matter of fact, I am enjoying it a helluva lot more than I thought I would. It’s therapeutic in a way, the routine of mining out various ores and trying to turn them into profit . It’s definitely a grind, my tiny little Venture out there for hours at a time, firing my mining lasers at various rocks floating in the vast emptiness. It’s addicting though, watching my wallet slowly fill one transaction at a time. I am currently sitting on about 35,000,000 ISK, a couple of basic mining barges, a destroyer, a freighter, a cruiser, some frigates, and other miscellaneous ships. I’m sure that there are veteran EVE players out there laughing at this paltry sum of resources, but to me it’s a big deal. The last few times I tried to play this game I didn’t even come up with half of that so I am feeling pretty accomplished. I am also about 3 days away from a new mining barge which should really ramp up my production.
2 Days 11 Hours and 32 Minutes from a my next ship upgrade (and yes I know my character looks like a heroin addict)
My biggest game changer that took place over the last week is I took the time to join up with a corporation in hopes of finding some more experienced players to offer me some guidance when I hit that wall of having no idea what to do once I get past that introductory phase. Thus entered the application process which I was completely unprepared for after playing games like WoW and FFXIV where people just want you to join, send you an invite and boom you are in. This shit was crazy. I mean I know that the EVE community takes this shit seriously but filling out actual applicaitons, having multiple rounds on interviews and a vote-in approval process it took more steps for me to get into the Corporation than it did to get my first job out of college. I wish I was kidding about that last part but unfortunately it’s true. Anyways, I am now a proud member of an up and coming Corp made up of about 40 players, ranging from 5+ years experience to only a few months online. Currently I am the only total noob in their midst, but so far everyone has been incredibly welcoming and helpful. I am beginning to understand that the only way that I am gonna be able to really make it in this game is to latch myself onto some of the serious veterans and absorb as much as I can, even if that means I am going to spend dozens of hours mining the required materials to build our corporation’s new station.
I am hoping to get a little more brave with my new barge this week and travel to some less secure zones in hopes of bigger and badder rocks to mine. I am also going to start trying to invest in some of the better blueprints I can find in my skill level so that I can divide my time between gathering ore for the Corp and using it on my own production runs to start making some extra money on the side. I am also planning on loading my cruiser up with as many drones as it can handle and sending it off into the angry wilds to see if I can get some decent combat experience. So look forward to that update coming later this week fair readers. Until then it’s back to mining… ISK… Mining…. ISK…
If you want to check out our noob’s journey from day one, click here!