New Player Tips: Eve Online
So, a friend of mine asked me the other day for tips on starting as new player Eve Online©. Eve is by far one of the more difficult MMOs that I have played; containing a robust economy, heavy PvP elements and requiring an appreciation of mathematics to play. I haven’t had the opportunity to play a whole lot but I have put in a few months of time. If it had not been for some late nights of researching, a couple of friends who were well versed in Eve mechanics, and a lot of energy drinks my time starting in Eve could have been much harder. This got me thinking about my experiences while learning Eve and thought that I could share a few tips with other newcomers as well.
Tip One: Do the tutorial missions and pay attention to them. Not only will this give you a basic understanding of the differing aspects of Eve’s game play, the tutorial missions will also give you much-needed ISK (the form of in-game currency that Eve uses) and a few starter level ships. These will most likely be your bread and butter of Eve for a while and some of them can even get a lot of use, even later on in the game.
Tip Two: Decide what you want to focus on and train for it. Do you like Economics and Trading; PvP, or PvE; Mining and Hauling? Maybe you want to run your own Corporation someday?Which one do you like the most? All skills in eve take time to train and at higher levels they can take weeks or even months of time to train. It’s generally a good idea to know where you want to go and train into those categories first so you’re not wasting precious time. If you’re not sure what skills to take, don’t be afraid to ask questions and often times a quick look over the skill will tell you if it’s something you’re going to want and what prerequisites you’ll need to learn it. There is also a very helpful program by the name of Evemon that will let you plug-in an API key track your characters progress, create training plans, look up ship fittings, look up certificates and eve track your marketplace history.
Tip Three: Only fly what you’re willing to lose. Flat out, if you can’t afford to replace it, un-fit it or don’t fly it. Also be careful when you use Rigs, aka ship modifications. Cybernetics are also at risk and expensive to replace too. After all it really is only a matter of time before something happens that will cause you to lose a battle and your ship after all,in the universe of Eve, we’re playing for keeps. This doesn’t mean you need to never leave port. After all, the old saying is “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.” The same applies to the ships of Eve. Take some risks, have some fun and feel the adrenal glands work their fair share but be aware that a time will come that you might not hit that warp button fast enough.
Tip Four: Let it slide. There is a tactic known as tipping where another
player will purposefully loot something that only you have rights to and aggressing themselves towards you. You can attack them freely but usually at a very high cost. If you decide to shoot them for stealing your precious loot then you have aggressed towards THEM. There are many tactics that can follow after this point but the punch line is that without the proper ships, outfitting and training, you’ll probably die. So in the end, let it go, the loot is not worth the cost of a new ship and outfitting.
These are just a few simple tips that might help a new player make some sense of the vast universe that is Eve online. There are a lot of very friendly players out there that are more than willing to answer any questions that you might have and, as always, if you have another tip that might help players starting out in Eve Online please leave it in a comment below.
Fly safe. O7