Journal of a Pilot: Week 1 of EVE Online

I knew right away that I wanted to be a Gallente pilot. The Gallente are the closest EVE Online has to “good guys,” after all. Their culture prizes freedom, liberty, and democracy above all else. While the other factions all have their own appeal, I wanted my first character to be one with her heart in the right place. I wanted her to set out into the cold bleakness of space with unshakable optimism, just like I was about to do.

EVE Online has changed quite a lot since I gave it a chance all those years ago, and nowhere has it changed more than in the new player experience. My original experience with EVE was akin to being pushed out of an airlock without a space suit. I spent my time just trying to figure out what to do, and ended up with such choice paralysis that I gave up. This time, I resolved for things to be different. Succendus would survive.

CCP beat me to the punch, thankfully. The newbie experience has been greatly overhauled, and before long Succendus was on her way with a fleet of frigates and a solitary destroyer. All it took was a few hours of running tutorial missions, and suddenly Succendus had a healthy amount of coin in her pocket and a cheery outlook on life. Of course, she was also conditioned to never fly what she couldn’t afford.

My personal favorite of these possible careers, despite the tedium involved, is exploration. Exploration in EVE Online is achieved by launching a bunch of probes, using them to scan a system, and gradually triangulating until you find a randomly-generated spawn. While the mechanics of probing are a little boring, the results make it worth the effort. Military complexes, hidden asteroid belts, unstable wormholes, and dangerous interstellar gas fields are just a few of the sites one can encounter. Space is the last great unknown, and giving me a way to gradually make it known is a surefire way to my heart.

After finishing up the tutorial – and ending up with a small fleet of disposable Gallente frigates – I decided that even the best combat pilots need a respectable profession to fall back on. I set my sights on mining. Instead of running out to immediately pick a fight and potentially lose my brand new ship, I set out to build up a reserve of ISK and ore. Just in case of emergency. While mining is a rather boring activity, it’s also a lucrative, respectable, and wholly necessary one. Mined ore is turned into minerals, which are used to construct everything in EVE. Almost all of the ships and modules you purchase on the market are player-made, and other players provided the resources. Never let another player shame you for being a miner. They are the backbone of EVE Online.

I eventually got tired of mining in high-sec space, and I set out into low-sec to do some more ore harvesting. For those unfamiliar with EVE Online’s security statuses, here’s a quick lesson. High security systems (AKA high-sec) have insanely powerful cops. Low security systems (aka low-sec) have no cops, rendering them perfect for pirate bases and gang warfare. Systems without security (aka null-sec) are the domain of the big players: Alliances in search of fights, the bottom line, or both. The transition from high-sec to low-sec is among the nastiest in the game, as pirates often like to sit on the other side of a gate and murder people who drop in.

My first foray into low-sec filled me with paranoia. Even though I’d done my research to find a relatively abandoned low-sec system, I spent the entire time hitting my scanner to make sure that a pirate wasn’t coming for me. Eventually my vigilance paid off; A pirate took notice of my presence in an asteroid belt and chased after me. Thanks to some preparation on my part and some crazy piloting, I managed to get away with a full hold of low-sec ore to haul back to my stash.

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3 Comments on Journal of a Pilot: Week 1 of EVE Online

psycros

On February 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm

So, from what you’ve written we can take away the following: pretty much activity in EVE is boring, the only way you get ahead is through the support of others who’ve played the game longer than you, and you enjoy the thrill of potentially losing hard-earned resources – or the chance to give others the same treatment. Yep, sounds like EVE! My tip to you? Either get out before the honeymoon ends and you realize what a joke that game is, or remain that tiny armpit of the MMO universe permenantly. EVE does the other MMOs a great service by attracting the worst of the scum, so if you stick with it and feel like you belong there, by all means stay.

Brad

On February 9, 2013 at 12:16 am

Stick with it. I remember my first 100,000 ISK. All I did was hang around a CONCORD ship for a few hours while player pirates kept showing up to try and destroy it. I ended up salvaging an expensive engine, stealing it from the pirate that destoyed the fighter it belonged to. That was a lot of fun.

Luther

On February 9, 2013 at 2:36 am

Good read I have spent a year or so playing eve myself.

Before I quit I joined a wormhole corp to help them with there mining operations since I have 4 accounts 1 with a orca ( big support ship for miners) and 3 Exumer pilots, plus 2 of them can fly battle ships all t2 and 2 covert ops pilots so I can bring a lot to the table but anyways after joining this corp I started transporting around 1.4 billion in assets into there wormhole and after sitting tucked in at there pos (player owned structure which is your base of operations in a wormhole or low sec and null space) I logged off for a couple hours.

So I decided to log back in and found myself getting shot out of there pos in the wormhole, it turns out they kicked me out of the corporation ( Can’t be within a pos if you don’t have permission to be there so you get launched out into space ) so they could score a kill on me while I was stuck in there wormhole, at the same time they started scanning me down trying to find me, the only ship I had that could scan an exit was docked in the orca so i ejected that ship and jumped in it leaving the orca just floating in space.

After 20 minutes of scanning and jumping in and out of the wormhole trying to find an exit to high sec I knew i was running out of time so i ran back to the orca just as a scouting ship warped off we sort of ran right past each other so i docked my ship and jumped back in the orca and started the jumping sequence to the wormhole exit ( exit leads to another wormhole – I never did find high sec ) it takes a vary long time to jump with a orca so long that the guy that warped off me came back in a battleship and was starting to lock onto me, but the orca somehow made it within 1 or 2 seconds of being locked down and blown up.

All in all I did lose a covetor that was worth almost nothing when I logged on with my other accounts, but I saved everything else I could of lost 1.4billion in exhumers, orca, Abbadon (full t2 setup), and a Harbringer with a full t2 setup.

Close encounters did happen but after scanning for hours in other wormholes and after 5 days of hunting for a exit I finally found that high sec exit and that my friends felt pretty damn good.

Also a quick note the “friend” that got me into that corp from the beginning set it up so you can’t trust anyone in eve or you might get burned plus lesson learned, if you join a corp make sure they give you permissions to do stuff before moving assets since that gives you 24 hour notice before you can be kicked out, me I was ignorant of that fact and was kicked instantly, but also sometimes you have to make risks to score big in the end those guys where idiots since I would of mined over a billion in ore a week and the deal was to give about 20% of what i mine to them so they would of scored big plus the other roles I can play would of been a big asset to keeping that pos secure.

Reading this artical makes me want to play again but its too expensive running 4 accounts without plex’s and high sec is too dangerous, Orcas and exhumers get popped in high sec all the time which is crazy.