It’d be wrong to say that I resubscribed to Eve Online just mention CrazyKinux’s Eve Online Fanfest schwag contest, but the contest is a good reason to link to a great blog. Plus, who wouldn’t want a fistful of Eve goodies?
I resubbed because I realized there are things in Eve that I haven’t accomplished. I spent more time on PvE, and not enough time in the sandbox. My last go-round, which ended about a year ago, was primarily all high-sec activity (mission running, mining). There was some PvP going on when my corp, Eve University, was war decced, but it was Empire wars and mostly consisted of us flying in blobs while bored PvP/pirate corps tried to catch new players solo or unaware. My lowsec adventures consisted mainly of quick flights to fulfill mission goals, and I don’t know if I ever set foot in 0.0.
This time, I have a different focus. I still have a solid mission running setup for cash, but I’m going to spend more time exploring (read: getting blown up) in 0.0. Cheap Rifters, outfitted in T1 gear, insured and cloned up, leaves me with little of value to lose. A couple quick level 3 missions will pay for an entire night of getting blown up.
I’ve run out of Lonetrek through lowsec into 0.0 a couple times now. Judicious use of the star map and the filters available let me know which systems have ships getting blown up and which systems are empty of players. My first trip saw me flying back home safely after making a run through a half dozen 0.0 systems, checking out the NPC spawns in the asteroid belts and trying to figure out what kind of ship I’d need to rat in there (answer: more ship than I’m willing to lose at the moment, and I’m pretty sure I’d lose it 🙂 )
My second night of exploring eventually found me warping into a 0.0 system with just one other exit, and 11 players in the system with warp bubbles set up on both gates. Uh oh. It could only end one way. I spent about a half hour testing the gates, discovering what it’s like to get pulled out of warp by what I think was an interdictor’s mobile warp bubble, and practicing escapes to safespots while the folks in the system tried to catch me when I probed the gate defenses.
When it was time to go home, I flew toward one of the players trying to catch me near the interdictor bubble, hoping to at least lock and hurt someone a bit before I was blown to bits. Instead, the rest of his friend arrived before I closed to locking range, and I was damped, webbed, scrammed, and blown to bits before I could even lock. They had my lock range decreased from around 29k to 5k, and I was a fiery wreck before I got to 10k . My pod popped a few seconds later.
One of the players was kind enough to say “gf” in local, which cracked me up considering I didn’t get a lock on an enemy ship, let alone fire a shot, but I sent him a message saying thanks and telling him it was my first time fighting in 0.0. He was very encouraging, saying I did a good job avoiding them for so long, and not getting caught until I decided to stand and fight. That made me feel good, and made me want to go back and try it again. It also made me glad I spent time in the Eve University corp; all the tricks I used to stay alive were tactics they taught me in the Empire wars.
There have been a lot of changes in Eve since I left, a lot of new elements that make the incredible amount of information you require to plumb the depths of the game a little easier to access. The Evelopedia seems like a good resource, and I really like the new Fitting screen. The in-game browser is really slow, though; quicker page loads would be much appreciated. But, it’s simple to alt-Tab out to a regular browser.
I’m going to do more exploring in 0.0 over the next couple weeks, and then maybe look for corps that are recruiting out in that area. I had friends who were a part of the Morsus Mihi alliance last year, and I might look up their corp and see if they’re recruiting. MM space is pretty close to my home base in Empire. I want to make sure I’m sticking around before I apply somewhere, though. It doesn’t seem fair to join a 0.0 corp if I’m just going to play for a month or two. If I keep having fun like I had the other night, though, I might be around long enough to make the jump to 0.0 and see how the other half of Eve plays. It’s a damn big sandbox out there, and I think that’s what I need to get over my MMO malaise.
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