After being away for several months, I resubscribed to EVE Online yesterday to a glorious feeling. It’s hard to describe but after cutting down all of my subscriptions to only include World of Warcraft, hitting the reactivate button on the account website was akin to cracking open an icy cold beer, smoking a cigarette after a long day of work or driving through the Red Light District of Amsterdam and knowing that it’s OK to look. Especially after playing WoW, EVE feels like a proper game for adults with no holds barred.
Two things struck me immediately after logging in again though. Firstly, that I’d completely forgotten how to play the bloody game and secondly that I have no clue what I want to do in it.
Unlike most of the MMORPGs I play, EVE’s UI takes no prisoners and I’m finding I have to relearn it all again. It’s the interface equivalent of Clint Eastwood: tough and complicated, old school yet exciting, and with a deep intelligence and melancholy behind it all. I spent the first 30 minutes just figuring out what the heck every button does again, where my items and ships are stored, what I’m doing and how to do it. I still haven’t even begun to get my head around all of my skills again and what ones I should be learning. But I’m not in a rush this time round because EVE isn’t going anywhere and neither am I.
The second strange concept was figuring out exactly I want to do with my time. After mainly playing WoW and other themepark MMOs a lot recently it’s a real shock to the system to be faced with the prospect of both nothing and everything to do. I’m not being prodded in the direction of leveling upwards or being forced to follow linear quest lines which take me through progressive areas, instead I’m just left to my own devices to do whatever the hell I want. It’s both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.
My original goals from July last year still stand and I think they’re a good place to pick up again. Working up the skills and ISK to buy the ships I desire until eventually hitting my prize, the Megathron, will keep me going for now. Short term goals are always a good thing and have given me an immediate sense of purpose. Long term ones are a little harder to come up with though. I still want to take over the entire Universe but (obviously) that’s going to take a little planning and a reasonable investment of time. It’s still on my to do list but I reckon I need to plan out my steps a carefully. Rome wasn’t build in a day after all so I can’t except the world of EVE to bend to my will overnight. That will take a few weeks at least.
I probably won’t be pumping hardcore hours into EVE (he says now) and my approach is to take it a slowly and just enjoy it. I want to catch up on my skills and goals, do a little mining and some missions to build up my capital, and get thoroughly stuck into PvP. I have a blood thirsty reputation to acquire, after all.
The first course of action is getting myself into a Corporation. Anyone got any recommendations? I’m a Caldari called Mantooth Jones, feel free to look me up.