War is hell. At least that’s what I’ve been told. Truth be told war is kind of boring, or at least it has been for the last couple of weeks. That was the situation I found myself in a couple of weeks ago when I signed on to find out that my corporation had had war declared on us by a couple other corporations in our sector. Why? I have no idea. I had been absent for a couple of days and by the time I was back online we were in the thick of it, and by the think of it I mean they were kicking our ass from one end of space to the other. Although I have a very high opinion of my corporation, we aren’t exactly what you would call “big” or “strong” in the traditional sense. We have a lot of heart I tell you, but when it comes to the world of EVE Online heart is about as useful as my mining barge in a gunfight.
This story plays out differently in the EVE universe, David takes that spear straight to the face and Goliath teabags his corpse.
So after having dozens of ships blasted out of the sky we were instructed to go to ground. All ships were issued a no fly order from the higher ups and we were just stuck at our station knowing that as soon as we step outside we were space dust. Thus began a very long two week span where we pretty much just sat and waited, leveling up skills and twiddling our thumbs while our captors prowled around like angry sharks.
Call of Duty this is not
There was even some political intrigue as we found out that two of the newest members to the corporation were actually spies that were sent from the corporations that would eventually decide that they were going to go to war with us. Corporate espionage at it’s finest! On top of all of this there was dissent among the ranks as people started getting upset that their EVE experience had basically become a 5 minute daily login to see if we could leave our station yet. Before long there was infighting and even desertion. So we basically had all of the drama of a standard war flick, with none of the action. It carried on like this for some time before our corporation leaders were able to reach a deal with an even bigger corporation to basically come and save our skins.
Thankfully they did, and I am certain they were paid handsomely in the process. We then loaded up as many ships and as much equipment we could carry and made our way to greener pastures, aka the home system of our savior corporation so that we could have a big brother to watch our backs as we begin to once again try to make our way through the world of EVE. So that is where I’m at today faithful readers. After being humbled and saved, we are beginning to resume our industrial operations. Now I know that this is not how it always goes, there are plenty of stories and videos out there showing that there can be massive, exciting space battles in EVE and I look forward to being a part of them in the future.
I’m not going to lie, there was a time while we were locked down that I thought about giving up on my EVE experiment as I have so many times in the past. I had given it my best shot this time around, played for longer than a month, progressed past my give up points in the past and I was essentially paying a monthly subscription to log on for a few minutes and be stuck in a space station. Luckily I did stick it out and it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel as things have returned back to some kind of normal and I am still enjoying playing for the most part. So that’s where we are right now, still progressing slowly but surely and looking forward to a bright future in a new system. Stay tuned to see what happens next!
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!
EVE Online is my white whale. It is one of those upper echelon games with a barrier to entry so high, it still remains out of reach for many the casual gamer. It’s a grind. It’s calculated. It’s a bitch really, and for about 8 years now it has been a constant dark spot in my gamer’s resume. I have tried 4 times to get into it, and within 2 weeks each and every time the game has chewed me up and spat me out. I would uninstall the game with fury as another one of my ridiculously expensive (to me at the time, the noob with no isk) was destroyed and left as just another hunk of space garbage. There was no direction, no helpful breadcumbs of quest giving NPC’s to tell me how to progress my character. Then, after my account was once again disabled and a few months would go by EVE would start creeping it’s way into my mind again. It’s not surprising really, it is a game that has won awards by the truckload since it’s release back in 2003 and it is still going strong to this day. Truthfully the game has some of the most dedicated and loyal players outside of a WoW convention. Seriously check out the “This is EVE” video that popped up a couple of years ago. Sure it was put together by the guys who make the game so obviously it’s going to show off the absolute best parts of the game but still, that shit is intense. That is something I want to be a part of but damn if I can figure out how to actually get there.
My game is currently alot of me sitting alone in open space as opposed to the awesome fleet action shown in the first picture.
This brings me to today. I’m going back in again! This time I am going to document my experience in an attempt to actually make myself stick with the game. I am going to try to completely immerse myself in it for the next 30 days and see what I look like on the other side. I’m going to attempt to do it all, join a faction, group up with other players in a corporation, whatever I can do to say I finally gave it my best shot. At the end of the 30 days I feel like I will have at least played enough to have a solid opinion of the game as opposed to just the surface skimmed view I had previously. So wish me luck fellow geeks out there, feel free to come along with me on my newest EVE Odyssey!