January 26, 2006

My first day in EVE Online

My first day in EVE Online was uneventful, but still satisfying. We'll start out with character creation and finish with a new ship. Being a newb has never felt so good.

Race: Gallente
Bloodline: Gallente
Ancestry: Immigrants
School: Federal Navy Academy
Department: Operations
Field: Command
Specialty: Advanced Command

Int: 8, Cha: 8, Per: 10, Mem: 6, WP: 6

My adventure into the vast space of EVE Online started with a wonderful tutorial. It takes you over the basics of space flight, the UI, chat features, docking stations, and eventually into advanced space flight. Without the tutorial I doubt I would ever figure out how to play this game. It was so good that I may repeat it just to catch things I may have missed.

During the tutorial I spent a good amount of time goofing around and basically being a newb. Luckily there is a chat channel filled with helpful people that like to laugh. So far this is one of the better newb experiences I've had in a game and at the same time this is one of the toughest to learn games I've ever played in the MMORPG space.

My first combat experience was enjoyable as I fumbled accross advanced commands to just target and shoot things. It seems to be simpler than I am making it out to be, but in EVE you need to learn to fly first before you can get into heavy combat. Therefore I only encountered two combat situations and the first was the tutorial directed one.

The second combat situation had me confused. I had upgraded my newbie ship to a new and improved Gallente Frigate, Atron model. I outfitted it with two new guns filled with real ammo instead of the newb gun. Even riding high with this new bad ass strapped to a rocket I came into the fight with 5 on 1 odds. I was to destroy a Drone Silo defended by 5 drones and two stationary guns.

After a couple near death experiences that forced me to warp out of the fight I came back and barely managed to destroy the silo escaping the drones with only 1/4 of my ship still intact. I warped back to my agent (quest giver) flaming the entire way for a fat paycheck.

Next step: Find a ship buying guide for a newb!

12 comments:

Mad_Jack said...

I would suggest you get your memory and intelligence up when you get a chance. Reduces the training time on alot of skills.

Also, if you need any help, let me know in game. Char's name is Nogomojo...

heartlessgamer said...

How do I get my mem and int up?

I'm training the skills suggested in EVE's player guide. Instant Recall, Analytical Mind, and Learning all up to 4 before training anything else.

Going to be gone all weekend so setting a longer skill that says it takes 3 days.

alaph said...

You are doing the right thing to up your attributes.
Please join channel New Rose Hotel for my corps public channel.
Also there are alot of helpfull links on my site includding a ship comparer (ESSDB). Good luck out there and if there is anything you need help with ask....

PS to quickly target locate your target in the overview hold ctrl and then click on it. Makes targetting easy

alaph said...

You are doing the right thing to up your attributes.
Please join channel New Rose Hotel for my corps public channel.
Also there are alot of helpfull links on my site includding a ship comparer (ESSDB). Good luck out there and if there is anything you need help with ask....

PS to quickly target locate your target in the overview hold ctrl and then click on it. Makes targetting easy

Mad_Jack said...

Your mem and int will go up one point per level of IR and AM...learn the others as well though...

all the basic learning skills are:
iron will (willpower)
spatial awareness (perception)
instant recall (memory)
analytical mind (intelligence)
empathy (charisma)

you're right to learn IR, AM and learning, do the IR and AM first, then learning, then the other skills. All the skills have primary and secondary attributes of IR and AM, so they will go faster.

there are also basic implants that will increase your stats as well. they're a bit pricey, but once you get to making some good money, I would strongly advise getting a set.

heartlessgamer said...

To what levels should I train the learning skills?

Mad_Jack said...

well, that depends on how long you want to be in a newbie ship.

I would get everything up to lvl 3, then work on your ship and equipment skills up to cruiser. Then as you use your cruiser to do tier 1 and 2 missions, go back to the learning and get them up another lvl or 2.

heartlessgamer said...

Is there a good site to map my skills out? I have used a couple, but maybe I just don't understand how to layout my skills? Or where to get certain skills?

alaph said...

http://www.eve-ffet.com/index.php

Check out the Character manager for a helpfull skill planning utility

alaph said...

http://www.eve-ffet.com/index.php

Check out the Character manager for a helpfull skill planning utility

Chris said...

Depending on how long you play, you'll have all the learning skills to 5. The trick is to decide when to do that. Skill planning is an important meta-skill for Eve Online.

Welcome!

heartlessgamer said...

Thanks Chris! I plan to get learning skills to 4 after I get my cruiser. Then I will set them to go to 5 when I am out of town most weekends :)