So I’m not a social bunny at all. This makes Eve Online a very difficult game for me to fully appreciate, yet the depth of the game is what draws me. As you can imagine this is a difficult situation to be in and often leads me to quitting the game and coming back over and over.
I think the free-form nature of interaction in Eve Online is possibly one social boundary. In order to request a service or assistance from somebody I have to research or cold canvas it which adds to the difficulty/repulsion. What I mean by this is say I want an escort to null or a mercenary to protect me or a buddy to roam with, I have to trawl forums or ask around in game or corp until someone bites which is sometimes rare. Then I usually have to wait a long time until they’re available which may or may not be convenient. Oftentimes it is simply not worth the effort or the cost for an introvert to deal with. Added to this I get the impression there’s a lot of cliques and toxicity to outsiders or new ideas in Eve at its core, despite the “new player friendly” and care bear tags thrown about. (Forgive me if that is a false impression - I’ve just been reading a lot of new suggestion threads lately)
In a way I wish there was a game mechanic that draws social interaction more i.e. a contract for services or player driven missions of sorts, though I can’t say how it’d work. I remember once testing the fleet system to achieve this for an escort or an SOS (stuck in station with campers) “mission” but no one accepted which added to my dismay - even though I thought this was an excellent/fun idea at the time.
Another theory is to maybe just allow Eve Online to teach me or force me to interact in free form as a sort of learning experience. Though at my age (34) the forming new behaviors ship has probably sailed.
Anyway how do you guys, especially as a newbro or someone with very little repertoire, manage the “herding cats” or social aspect of Eve Online? For the successful, did you go through a lot of effort or was it a natural progression? How many of you are in the same boat?