I’m a semi newbro… I think the term is rebro. From what I can see, the event is very newbro friendly. There is a mixture of Combat, Exploration and Mining. Compared to the Crimson harvest event; this is like shooting fish in a barrel. I freely admit I am lucky in that I can do a variety of things and fly most ship types but that is where I see this event being more inclusive.
The combat site is pretty timid and I’ve seen a wide range of ship types completing the sites. Yes its competitive but so isall of New Eden. There are many ways to skin a cat (knives preffered) and this is a social game so the combat sites can be run in a fleet just as much as being run solo. Since coming back I’ve been sitting in a channel with some new guys I met. They are having no issues running the combat sites. One of which is using the filaments to jump to the null sec sites. Kinda putting me to shame as I’m a total high sec carebear. Is it more challenging for a newbro ? Well of course it will be. New Eden scales in difficulty. Can a newbro run a L4 on their first day ? Doubtfull; but this is the way.
The exploration site I find more frustrating because of the crappy bug with jumping to a system with multiple sites listed in the Agency and then jumping in the system and finding nada. Or sites just vanishing from the scan window. I did read on Eve Uni that you only need 80 ish to find a site and tbh that seems to play out. Again, the newbros that I’m hanging with do very well with exploration and scan the sites down easily. The discussion I had this evening was comparing content. I prefer the combat sites because I do have that blingy battleship and tbh thats where my skill lie. They seem to prefer the scanning because jumping to null has less risk in a cheap throwaway scanning frigate.
The mining I am unsure about tbh. It appears to have the least risk and is the least competitive content. Dropping the blocks for the rewards is very very simple and there are enough blocks in the belt that you needent worry about getting poached or struggling to find a signature. Open scanner, warp, mine, profit… Is the ice mining newbro friendly… of course it is. Is it alpha friendly… Well, no.
As to the “randomness” of the tasks I will have to agreee to disagree. Being a carebear extraordinaire. I refuse to go into the scary places. On day 2 my tasks were exploration/mining and go to low sec and complete a site and go to null sec to complete a site. However, I have still managed to “complete” the event using only 2/4 slots randomly changing challenges. Considering there is still time to go I don’t think that it will get to a point where you are completley cut off from 650 points.
The rewards from the event; and lets be honest about what really matters. are available to everyone. This event offers 3 different playstyles and the difficuty level isn’t that challenging. Again, compared to Crimson Harvest, this event is a cakewalk. If you did get cut off from gaining event points, you can still earn the rewards from the sites themselves. The actual event rewards are a pittance in comparrison. So, for me, its kinda a non issue.
My bugbear is the skins aren’t balanced. As a Minmatar pilot, there is little on offer for me. I don’t want skins I dont intend to use and I don’t like content locked to my character. Seriously CCP, show some love for the Matari !
I would agree that the more SP you have and the more diverse your character is; the more you would benefit and the easier you will find it.