Journal of a Pilot: Week 1 of EVE Online
I spent the next few minutes after my escape calming down. My haul wasn’t a lot, and it wasn’t a particularly impressive escape, but I’d managed to make in and out of low-sec space without getting killed. It was a first! The thrill of escaping an enemy ship – one piloted by a player, no less – made my heart beat faster and my fingers tremble. I thanked the pirate for such an interesting experience, and he laughed and swore he would get me next time. We parted ways on good terms. After all, getting attacked by other players is part of the EVE experience.
After dumping my ore off, I went back to a high-sec asteroid belt to do some more normal mining. Here I got a taste of what the police could do. While I was “mining” my own business, a ganker came up and attempted to kill me. He dealt a little bit of damage with his first salvo, but not enough to break my shields. I panicked and began to flee. In the middle of orienting to warp away, the cops warped in and smeared the ganker across the minefield with a single shot. I then looted the husk of his ship.
The lesson I learned from that? Don’t eff with CONCORD. You’ll get ruined.
I tired of mining after a while, so I set my skill queue to train up to the next tier of mining ships and set out to get some combat experience. While I didn’t have good ships or equipment, I had the desire to blow some ships up. In EVE Online that’s all you really need. I ran a number of combat missions; some with my vastly overgeared friend, most by myself. They were fairly boring, but I feel like I’m ready to start some real combat of my own. I may not be flying a cruiser with howitzers or a battleship with drone bays, but I’ll try my hardest to take such ships down!
A week later and I feel good about EVE online. My skill queue is almost done, which means I’ll soon have a shiny new Retriever (donated by the corporation I joined) to fly around and harvest minerals. I’ve built up a nice healthy reserve of modules and ore from looting NPCs and mining, so I have enough liquid cash and assets to fund basic forays into actual player combat. Of course, I plan to keep my friend and his battleship handy for the tougher situations. Nothing like a drone mothership to even the odds!
What does the future hold for me? More advanced mining, delving into production in earnest, and picking fights with pirates. Somebody has to make the galaxy a nicer, safer place, after all. I might also go after those corporatist Caldari fellas as well. Somebody needs to teach them a lesson in freedom.
Do you have some tips or strategies for a newbie like me? Want to share some of your own stories from EVE Online? Leave a comment!