PvP is essential part of EvE. Yet, some players (especially new/inexperienced) seems to avoid it like cancer*. No surprise cause at first it seems a bit like when John Wayne taught some kid how to swim:
To tell the truth all EvE feel like that at the beginning.
Engaging in PvP means you are putting your ship on the line and loosing means lost isk that you need to replenish, buy new ship, modules and try again (or fk it ).
PvP for new/inexperienced/PvE player often (always?) means loosing a bunch of ships before they get good/experienced enough to turn it around a bit.
This^ in my opinion is the main reason why players tend to avoid PvP in the beginning and sometimes even later in their EvE ‘career’. Once you get semi-good at it, it can be really fun but before that … it’s frustrating and hard. <- your experience may vary!
So, how about make learning basis or even intermediate stages of PvP not painful/frustrating/unpleasant ? How ?
Combat Simulator. <?>
We have Fitting Simulator right? So, you create fit of ship you are able to fly with modules you are able to use, you get teleported into virtual, locked out pocket and engage in “virtual”, simulated skirmish with other players, using ship you just fitted in fitting simulator. Or it can be one of ships from your hangar.
This could work analogus to RDF (Random Dungeon Finder) in other games. Maybe even have a selection of scenarios to choose from like 5 v 5 , 15 v 15, gate camp scenario or whatever else. You could subscribe ship for Skirmish, wait for other players and pew pew pew without fear of loosing your ship and need to start over. Then when actual combat occurs, you may be less likely to loose your s*it and more likely to know what you are doing.
Yes there is a test server - but its dead and a hassle to get into.
Yes there are alliance ‘trainings’ - but you need well organized alliance for that and ppl willing to do it for others, what about smaller corps and solo-players?
Yes there are youtube tutorials and whatnot - but they are not even close to real life pvp experience
and Yes you can buy 20-30? fitted frigate/destroyer/cruiser hulls and throw them into meatgrinder one by one … but … plz don’t make me go through why new ppl may not want to do this, again k?
Some of you may like the unforgiving nature of EvEs PvP. I personally think such tool would be great asset to help players get familiar with PvP in a controlled manner and maybe look at PvP from previously, for them unseen perspective. I taught of this as a ‘win : win’ scenario where ppl finally may gain enough experience to enjoy PvP and others who already find PvP enjoyable can have more content they enjoy. So its win for everyone. (or not?).
Thank you for your time.
- actually cancer and EvEs PvP have a lot in common - you never know until it happens and you can only lower its possibility, you can’t be 100% sure - now, have a nice day