EVE Online – Tempting Me Back With A Zephyr

EVE Online - Zephyr

EVE Online - Zephyr

Just as I was thinking about EVE Online today and considering going back to it, I received a nice email from CCP offering me 5 days free plus a gift if I resubscribed before 6th January. I also happen to have a 9 day holiday coming up next week… sounds like a perfect combination to me. Isn’t it nice when a plan comes together?

The free gift being offered (which I think even existing players are getting?) is the Zephyr starship. Apparently it’s good at exploration and wormhole travel. Having never been through a wormhole before (either in EVE or in real life), I have absolutely no idea what that means. But it is pretty.

It’s funny how such a simple thing can tempt players back, but then I suppose it’s an old tactic, Blizzard, for instance, using pets for everything from celebrating yearly anniversaries to encouraging account migration. Guess I’m just a sucker for a free, shiny toy cause I love that sort of stuff.

Now I just need a free trial for Age of Conan so I can test it out on my new PC without having to pay for it. Wouldn’t be nice if MMOs offered a generic “try-before-you-buy” option for anyone who’s been away for more than a couple of months? I’ve resubscribed to games on a whim and then never played them so many times before it’s not funny.

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  1. Longasc says:

    I just got the same offer. But I gave all my stuff away. Regarding AoC, is it not already in the “unlimited free trial mode” for a few days by now? You might want to check that out.

  2. JC says:

    The Zephyr is a nice looking ship, I’ll definitely give it that.

    It essentially has the stats of a shuttle, but features a built-in probe launcher. As an added bonus, the npc ships in wormholes will not attack it. This makes it so that in theory it will rock for scanning out sites in wormholes.

    In practice, I actually doubt it will see much use. It has no scan bonuses and can’t cloak, plus has a max speed of under 400 m/s with max navigation skills. I really don’t foresee this ship replacing covert ops probeships any time soon.

    It still looks *lovely* in my hangar ;-)

  3. We had the same offer delivered to us at the No Prisoners, No Mercy site. I considered re-subbing for awhile. Then it occured to me that as fantastic an idea as the Zephyr is, and as beautiful a ship as it is it is entirely impracticle. There are already contests to see who can blow up the most of them. In actual practice the ship would last a short while before it is “blown out of space” never to be seen again.

    If there were a way to simply have fun with the pve side of the game I would be happy to go back to the game. Until then…Star Trek Online is starting to look a lot better by comparison.

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