Hi everyone !
First of all : pardon my English
I just read the first message on the top, and I keep reading until I saw that what I want to say is already outdated !
But I will say it anyway : I’m a new player (1.5 month old). I began this summer with two friend, one who were involved, but not like me, and another, who where just searching “some free game to play”.
I will not enter in the debate Old vs New (it is what I understand, if there is not a debate Old vs New, then okay), and I will not say that someone who asked what new player wanted doesn’t know what they want, or anything else.
I am here to say what I liked in Eve online, why I disagree with the author of the subject, and some other things :
I was introduced to Eve online when I was 9 (10 years ago, in 2007) by my stepfather who, in the goal of impress me while I was in my sci-fi big moment, show me trailers of this game. I was in the star when I saw this ship (Amarrians) pewpewing themselves in great, big, clash, with fighter (in fact I know that was frigates) flying between that deadly pewpew.
I began to play this summer. Took an Alpha account (still have Alpha account, but I will buy plex in one month). I made the tutorial, and I went to Hek, in low sec. Sometimes, I went to null sec, but I was (and I still be) impress by the people who make 100 mil of ISK in ratting in low sec in a couple of hours. When I go ratting in Otou (0.3 sec near Hek), it takes me a couple of hour to make 1 mil ISK.
But I don’t care, it’s my million of ISK, and when I plexing in FW, I can make in twenty minutes 25 mil of ISK ! But I get blow myself up in ten second by anybody who come and fight versus me (Alpha Matari who love rifter, my fault) so, I spend 7 mil ISK making a decent fit for another Rifter that will be blow up in ten second by anybody who try ! And I don’t care ! (I love it !!) I’m learning pvp, and after each fight, I improve skills, strategy to fly Rifter, and all the stuff which take a long time to build !
So, why I made a long pause to the last Friday, when I finally log in again ?!
My fault again (maybe), is that, I want to go in WH (already made it with my Probe ! Exploration in Low Sec and Null Sec is really what I love) or in nullsec, I want to live the great wars of thousands of players and maybe live a battle like the Bloodbath of B-RB5RB (or something like that… Titanomachy). But the question, which, at last, made me make a pause, and that I feeling again today is :
“Okay, FW and solo pvp is good, mining, ratting, exploring, but… Where do I go now ?”
For me, and, maybe imo, for a part of New Players who are strong enough to play the complicate game that is EVE (and what make EVE, EVE ! If Wow were complicate, it wouldn’t be Wow, it would be a pale.10⁶ EVE’s copy imo) what could make us quit the game is that question. “Where do I go now ?”
Okay, there is all the corps, alliance, and all the players who are willing to teach to New Players how to get the level of “Older Players”, etc, etc, but, we have to go somewhere to reach them, make the Sister of Eve epic arc, make gank gang, etc ! And I don’t know where to go. Some will say to us “go there, you will find someone !” and we’ll listen to them… or not. We want first to make ISK for keeping playing EVE for free, but, come a time when, you are bored to play alone. And maybe we (as a community) have to make something about this ?
Yes ! If the New Player don’t come by himself, how could he find someone (I found a FW corp (20 members), and it take 1 hour to write a mail to the CEO of this corp just because I wish to join them ! Imagine for joining a corp of Goonswarm !! (but one of the two friends who began to play at the same time as me get now in Goonswarm and told me this : “I stopped to get learning about the story of EVE when I began to live it”)
CCP imo, try to keep players, more than making new ones I think. Because, Eve is not a game like Wow, when I log in, in 12 hours I get lvl 60, and 12 other hours, I make a raid with Illidan, it’s a game with need from you to be involved. So this is a first filter, I think. A filter that success or fail, I don’t know, but it succeed me to come back, because I never forget EVE.
I think that, for making new players, EVE online need us. A kind of pub in real life, where you say the cons of this game (complicate, lot of time, etc, which aren’t cons actually) and pros (PVP WARFARE, BLOODBATH OF B-RB5RB OR A WEIRD NAME WITH LETTERS AND NUMBERS PUT ASIDE, EXPLORATION IN WH, PIRATES, PEWPEW, ANTISLAVER-TRUSTING-IN-RUST GUYS,)
and maybe more help (a bit from CCP maybe, because Rookie Help Guys do what they have to do) in game ?
Some new players (like me two month ago) need someone to come and say “Hey ! I’m from PutANameOfCorpOrAlliance and we’re searching new ones to play with ! Do you want to fly with me(us?) for some time ?”
Not all players would need this help, because they go in null sec, find someone, says “hey ! Fleet ?” and BIM they’re now in a Corp/Alliance. But they are not the majority I think.
A large part of the New Players, the ones who discovered EVE alone, or the ones who aren’t hardgamers, may won’t have the pair (sorry myladies) to go to the first one stranger guy and say “Hi ! I am searching people to play with ! Can I join you ?” Even more if they’re in LowSec, trying to make ISK, where big corp aren’t really here, but guys who says “Hek Arena is open !” and other scammers and gank guys who want you to pay 100 mil per month to mine in Hek, while there Otou just next.
So, I guess a lot of New Players don’t find a answer to “Where do I go now ?”, and, after some time, quit because they didn’t played the real EVE. Other will answer this, but another question will hurt them : “How do I get in the place I want to go” “How do I go in NullSec, in the Alliance I wish to join ?” “How do I go in WH, how do I find a Corp in WH ?”
If we (because I just answer the “How do I go there ?” today) can help us to answer this questions, maybe new players will stay a little bit more long in this game, and maybe Tranquility will be a little bit more big ?