After a couple of years long break, i decided to come back to play the game on a new account,
you know fresh start and previous account was stuck in nullsec within a war etc.
Relearned everything, the new player rewards were okay, except for the joke amounts of isks it gives but the skill points are cool.
I was mostly an explorer guy, so when i first came back hooked myself up with a magnate and started cruising around. Started in low sec, jumped into a wormhole through another, wormhole, going to null, etc.
With the highest possible skillpoints you can get for hacking and starter money at hand,
The First problem is, in order to get the good loot, you require a sick amount of luck, within the hacking game. I’d say fine to this if it wasn’t for the second problem;
Second problem is, low sec is worthless, null is being scoured by corp members constantly bumping to each other on top of gate camps and in wormholes, i could come across asteros and stratios guys at the same damn system. I’m not even counting the endless amounts of guys gatecamping and chasing me around in low sec but hey, that’s kinda what i like about eve when i’m not frustrated.
Okay, i’m supposed to pay money like the good ol times. But now i have to pay money just to be able to wait for my skills to train up. I HAVE TO PAY MONEY, TO WAIT.
So in order to be efficient, i decided to stick with alpha until i get the cruiser blueprint, collect some ores, and in the meantime create a second character to do some region trading with the little scratch i made from exploration.
Firstly, finding a decent place to sell or buy stuff at reasonable prices is a pain, i’ve wandered almost the entirety of high sec systems. Most of the known minor trade hubs are filled with billionaires apparently, because even on the silliest thing possible, some guy placed an order for like 100k volume. On top of that, player made stations are cutting into my orders as well, even if i would find an item with good margins and sell it in an NPC station, the buyer just buys it from that player owned base, even at a higher price. So screw trading, just build the damn cruiser.
Hop into the venture, go into a regular belt, start mining. I’m not even afk, and whoops, trigarian whatevers warp in, i immediatly select a station, and just as i click to warp, the ventures already gone.
That trigarian expansion and abyssal space content seems nice, too bad i can’t try it out because from what i’ve read, a solo T2 cruiser is hardly capable of handling the easiest sites. To fly a T2 cruiser properly, you’d need to wait for a month, including the T2 weapons skills, maybe shield or armor skills etc. So, that would be paying 2 months up front, first of which is pretty much wasted again, BY WAITING.
As for the expansion itself, yes it is nice, but why put goddamn gatecamping NPC’s now? NPC’s that kills any frigate within 3-4 seconds none the less? I know the game is supposed to be unforgiving and all but give me a f’ing break, i’m somewhat experienced so i know how to avoid them, but a new player would just quit and never look back after getting killed by that type of hardcore npc.
Explo won’t make you money, trading won’t make you money, mining won’t make you money. Ratting? Well, try using a destroyer without the skills, or wait for a whole damn week, maybe then you could make enough money to buy the cruiser after another week of grinding because screw you alpha scrub, you don’t get the skills to do jack.
10 days in and i’m already sick of this game, as a returning player no less.
When this game was running as a monthly sub game, it made sense, without restrictions you can get up to speed with a couple of days of training while learning the ropes. But now the alpha is so restricted, it doesn’t allow you to do jack and it appears like i have to pay to f’ing wait and then i can play the game proper.
I know alpha was also limited to cruisers, recently it was bumped up to battleships etc. That is not the problem, the problem is the painfully slow training time on top of the starter money bottleneck, on top of extreme levels of competition. There already is a skill ceiling, why have the training time halved by 2x as well?? Even just the training time by itself would solve most problems.
Sorry for the long post, i guess i’m too heartbroken to see a game in such ruins after taking a long break, to never return again.