My Goals In EVE Online
Last week I wrote about defining goals in MMORPGs and talked about my ultimate goal of piloting a Megathron in EVE Online. I got some awesome feedback and advice from everyone and since then have been thinking about how I can realistically achieve this goal, one step at a time.
Turns out owning and operating a Megathorn is no simple feat and requires a fair amount of planning and investment. Not only that, but I quickly found out that one shouldn’t be in a eager rush to obtain such an expensive trophy lest the big boys on the block decide to take away my new toy from me. Perhaps a good idea for me to slowly figure out the game as I work up to owning my highly prized battleship.
1. The Cormorant
Step one for me is the Cormorant, a Caldari destroyer. Originally I was thinking about bypassing destroyer class ships all-together and going straight for a cruiser but after a bit of reading I discovered that this ship could make a decent salvager and a reasonable miner thus letting me earn a steady income. Plus, I was getting bored of my little Merlin frigate. Although my race is Caldari, I’d already learnt the Gallante Frigate IV skill so it was a toss up between piloting the Cormorant or the Catalyst. I went with the former because it simply looks nicer. Vanity will, quite laterally, be the death of me no doubt
I picked one up today and have already made it’s cost back by salvaging wrecks from level 1 missions. I’m gonna try a bit of mining too but I think I’ve just found my preferred source of income.
After I can work up the three or four million ISK it will cost me to buy and fit a cruiser, I plan on upgrading to either the Exequor or Thorax. As far as I know, the Thorax is the superior combat ship but the Exequor is more versatile allowing me to use it as a salvager and/or miner and supplement my income further. This is also were I make the full switch from Caldari ships to Gallente. As much as it pains me to leave my beloved Caldari State ships behind and betray to using ships produced by the Gallente Federation (who are off FRENCH DESCENT /scream), they just look so much darn cooler.
3. The Brutix
Now we’re getting working up to playing with the big boys. The Brutix not only apparently fills the role of miner quite aptly but it also makes a perfect blaster boat, exactly what I’m looking for. My perferred style of combat is definitely the ‘up close and personal’ kind – I love to see the whites of my enemies eyes before I send them to meet their makers.
4. Finally, the Megathorn.
Ah, yes. The prize. Beautiful and deadly. If Matthew McConaughey was a ship in EVE, he would be a Megathorn. I’m looking forward to this like a fat boy is to cake. One day, oh yes one day, Mat… the Megathorn will be mine and I’ll finally be the hyena that gets to swim with the sharks and bears.
So, there you have it, my goals for EVE Online in four simple steps. I’m still figuring things out as I go and I’ll be the first to admit that I still have a huge amount to learn but I feel good knowing what my plan of action is. It gives me some reasonable targets to try and achieve, keeping me from feeling completely overwhelmed by the freedom and complexity of the game.
Spotted a flaw in my master plan? Got any general tips or advice for me? By all means, please let me know.