I’m getting into the game and still have a few tutorials to go. Been approached by several corps to join, and have some help in the chat and mail. And I think I’m going to be here for awhile.
So - how should I spend my money? Just buy, say, 3 months worth of Omega time? Or maybe a big chunk of Plex and buy Omega? Or maybe buying one of the packs, and getting Omega, Plex, and Skill Points? And what’s the exchange, Plex to ISK?
So buying Omega for 3 months @ $12.95 per ($38,85) seems to be the best choice. I don’t want to go for more time right now to make sure I’ll still be around in 90 days. So I get bigger and better ships and a bit more Skill Points, I guess.
As for the topic: do whatever you feel comfortable with. This game is different from others in that you need to invest a lot of time to become proficient in it (and I’m talking about much more than just skill points), not to mention the time it takes to get everything set up, be it ships, alts, structures, a group you can trust (or not) et cetera. It all takes time.
If you’re willing to invest said time, then by all means go for it.
I would do it mostly because the 2x training time is definitely worth it. While it was different for me when I started, I decided to invest one year’s worth of subscription time in the first year. After hooking up with some nullsec bros managed to become self sufficient after that.
Its also very freeing because you get to remove that temptation to play as an Alpha account just to grind for an Omega sub. Which leads to you having a lot more fun with the game overall.
People have given you great advice so far. Also consider that Eve Online was originally subscription only, and most folks will tell you the paid version gives you the definitive Eve experience. The free alpha clone thing is basically an unlimited free trial, and not even all that great of a way to get introduced to Eve because “can I use this? no. can I use this? yes, but…” gets confusing and tedious.
If you think you might like the game, $15/month is a very small gamble. You most certainly will get your $15/month worth out of whatever you end up buying.
Buy a pack. Then buy gametime once per month anytime in the omega time from that (omega time is added onto the end of your subscription, so you won’t be losing time off your omega subscription regardless of when you buy it). If you like EvE then buy 3 months subscription. If you like that then buy 6 months subscription.
DO NOT buy Plex with real money for the purpose of just activating it for gametime. For that just buying an omega subscription directly from CCP’s website is cheaper. Buying Plex with ingame money to activate it for gametime is fine once your game has progressed a while, but don’t do it when newer.
In the time I have started playing Eve, we could not have more that couple of weeks for try it out. So I created new accounts over and over again till I decided , that I will stay and what should I do to get maximum fun out of it.
Now practical part: there is a buddy program still running in Eve. Use this link to create a new account and you will get new account with 1 000 000 free skill points.
Mail me in game if you decide to go omega or buy PLEX with this new account. I will share the reward with you, so you get some Isk. Just make sure I know, when you upgraded because game does not tell me, that it is you, who upgraded after using my link. I would not like to send your isk to some random person, who will mail me first
Isk and skills is not everything in Eve’s PvE. If you like to PvE there is a ton of content, that is unlocked after you get standing toward NPC factions and/or corporations. And that thing is hard to buy, most of us need time to work standings up. What I am trying to say, is that if you are not all into PvP there is no much point to buy plex and sell in in game to get ISK, if you are new. You will need time to look around, get standings and than, after you decide what gear you really need to get some fun - sell some plex and get your stuff.
Worth mentioning that on occasion you’ll find deals at this store than are better priced or not currently available from CCP https://store.markeedragon.com/index.php?cat=4 and also that you can also buy time/plex from amazon in case you have a gift card laying around
Sound advice all around, but I want to point out something specific with the above quote text:
“Bigger is not better”
In EVE, ships are basically tools. Each class of ships and each ship within a class has a certain range of roles it can fulfill well.
Outside of those roles, ship classes/types can suffer.
Frigates may seem like cheap, fragile ships… and they are. But they are also very agile and fast… making them ideal for scouting and intercepting other ships. Even veterans use these ships when fast-attack groups are the order of the day.
Battleships are expensive and slow. But they have many slots to maximize certain stats (specifically firepower and tank) and have some spare module slots for “utility” (meaning they do a few extra things beyond straight combat and/or have modules to better support their combat abilities).
An Ewar ship (Electronic Warfare) is not going to be very good at combat. They are generally frail and don’t pack the bonuses or the firepower to engage in straight fights. But they excel as “scouts” and support for other ships with more “teeth.”
A combat ship is going to have bonuses for dealing and soaking up damage. However, they tend to be a bit slower than their in-class peers and don’t have too many “spare” module slots to do anything more than combat.
Don’t let your lack of skill points stop you.
You do not need “perfect skills” to fly anything outside of really expensive stuff (and even this is only a “strong recommendation”).
Those hundreds of millions of skillpoints that veterans have? Don’t sweat it. Only two million or so of those skillpoints are being “used” at any given time.
This is because certain ships and roles only require a specific range of skillpoints. The rest of it simply gives veterans options in what they can use in terms of other ships/roles/modules they can use.
Kenneth EndashiI love it up here already! Lots of help and great advice. I’m dealing with a computer crash right now (I’m on my ChromeBook right now), so I haven’t had a lot of time to work online. I did manage to buy 500 Plex, and have been told to go over to Jita and sell it for ISK.
So anyway, I’m reading all the responses up here and interested in learning more about multiple accounts. On with the show! And thanks for being one of the first to offer help. I really appreciate that.
erg czThis new account would be a whole new account and not a second character on my current account, correct? So all the 1M skill points I’d get would go to train my new character? What’s more prevalent - several accounts, or 2-3 alternates on the same account?
And if I sign up for a new account, then I’d have the tutorial process all over again? I’m getting confused. But keep the info coming…I’m still learning! I’m on my ChromeBook right now so I can’t click on your link. Once my main computer is back up, I’ll check it out.
It depends on why you want more accounts. I, personaly, can’t be bothered with switching accounts over and over again, so I play most time with my main character on my main account. On the same account I have one more relatively often used character, that is used for hauling / trading in times, when my main is at war. I also keep planetary interaction running on both characters. If I would not be so lazy I would probably run planetary interaction on thrid character as well, but the game supposed to be fun and switching characters is not fun for me. For all this I pay only one subscription.
But for people, who needs cyno alts (for jumping larger ships) or live in WH paying more subscriptions is a must. Cause you can not light cyno as alpha and you may not (game rules) run alpha and omega accounts simultaniosely.
No. You can go straight to ms. Alitura to run SOE epic arch. Though I suggest you run exploration tutorial - it gaves a nice standing and ISK burst for a very short time invested.
I think I don’t have the time to maintain multiple accounts, but I can understand the reason now for multiple characters on the same account. Now, can my other (up to) 2 characters also be alphas to start? It seems like the additional characters have to be bought, right?
And at this point in time, just getting started, I’m more interested in just concentrated on the exploration part and learning the ropes. I’ve applied to a exploration corp that will show me the ropes, so that’s what I’m going to be doing for the near future.
Now, is there an exploration tutorial like the noob tutorial? I’m still waiting for my acceptance with the exp. group so I could get a head start by learning the system first.
Every Account has 3 character slots, so you can have 2 additional chars without further cost. But you can’t skill them for free: Be aware you can only skill one of these chars at the same time unless you purchase Multiple Character Training.
My first alt was sitting around unskilled for half a year because I didn’t know that.
And exploration: I was watching youtube videos after I had no idea what I was doing at the career agent’s missions. Now I live in a wormhole, scanning quite frequently.