i don’t know. playing as omega i can tell from experience is like if you would play football, but you can not touch the ball unless you pay. this EVE thing is advertised as free to play in the same sense. its not free to play.
currently as an alpha clone you are :
-> mining yield is so low even with the best fit that its not worth it
-> purchasing minerals make no sense, as you can not refine them efficiently to gain anything from it
->purchasing minerals is allso no go, you would need to haul them from nullsec witch is just suicide
-> can not take an industrial carrier as you have no access to resources at reasonable prices, and mining/refining on your own is allso not a worthy path
-> pvp is mainly out of question, you do not have access to proper gear and ships AND skills
-> pve is allso not a good option, when your ship gets low on hit points an omega character will warp in to take that verry important last shot.
-> exploring is okay, till a point where you are naturally limited by lack of skill, equipment, ships you have access to.
that is not free to play. that is free to enter the football field, but you gotta pay if you want to touch the ball.
allso even if you upgrade to omega, you can never be on level with anyone who is ahead of you by years in skill training.
taking away one more thing from alpha accounts is not a bright idea. the player base is allready mostly old guys multi accounting or multi boxing , and some new account who allso do at least multi boxing to have any reasonable chanse of getting enough isk to get omega. EVE allready has problems keeping new accounts. and i can verify its a real issue.
now, if a veteran player rants now about how to progress the game, from the experience they have, the first thing they should know is that they are the least qualified to do that. they allready have a lot of skill point advantage, and they started way far off in time.
surely they think ganking is not an issue specialy in 1.0 sec, but i can testify new players get ganked in ANY security. no issue with it, expect the old omega account can make the price of a venture in a hour, the starting omega account can not. the losses are not on the same level.
the game would need a new server where players start off on level ground.
if eve wants to be more than a nother false advertiser of free to play, than only skins and cosmetic stuff would be for money. then its free to play.
frankly , i told to friends i gona check out eve online, when they ask how do i like it, i tell them the truth. its not free to play, and not worth to play. even if you afford omega from start, better to not undock for at least 6 months, and just keep skilling up in 1 direction, and 1 direction only for a specific fit for 1 single purpose. you got no other choice, otherwise its just wasted money and time.
instead of taking away even heavy drones, all limitations to accessing ships needs to be removed. plain simple.