The slow rate of posting around here for the last couple of weeks is not a sign of anything except my vast enjoyment of EVE. What little spare time I have had lately has been shot into space, where, at least for newbies, there seems to be an endless number of things I COULD do at any moment.
Inspired by both my enthusiasm for the game and the $5 starter packs on Greenman Gaming, about a half dozen of my old WoW guildies have also joined in. I think one thing we all like is the slow pace of the game, or at least the fact that one can easily choose to play it at that pace. There admittedly is not a lot of game to the PvE game, but that seems to suit many of us quite nicely. I can come home after a long day and watch a movie on one screen* (or work on an article or edit the podcast) and space truck on the other one. Add in friends to chat with, and EVE starts to remind me of retro raids in WoW, where the goal was more to hang out and do stuff rather than paying strict attention to everything on your screen.
Of course, I suspect to many people I’m playing EVE wrong. Carebear! Casual! I am very guilty of all charges. In fact my corp just recently decided to engage in faction warfare, where half of space becomes our shoot-on-sight enemies, and I opted out because it would.. affect my most profitable trade route. I am officially a space wuss.
To be fair, the thing about a sandbox game is that one gets to do what one wants. EVE is my first sandbox, and honestly I found the whole thing pretty overwhelming for a couple of weeks. Finishing the tutorials reminded me vaguely of graduating high school back in the day — the world is your oyster, so what are you going to make of it, huh? HUH? ANSWER QUICK. Anyone who knows me will be unsurprised that I ended up in station trading/hauling, and now my version of PvP is more exploiting someone who posted a typo in their buy order than shooting at things.
I did invest in a second account (look, don’t judge) to train up logistics for future battles, but it’s a long training time. Until then, I will be happy carebearing it around for mad ISK.
* If you like sci-fi stuff, watch Orphan Black! It’s legit good.