First Encounters in EVE

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2006 here... I don't actually remember the tutorial. I think it was something like "welcome to space - look, rats. Now try not to die. Oh, and good luck". And then, to make things even better, they had Aura (or however you spell that stupid tutorial thing's name) which would occasionally spurt random nonsense that appeared pretty unrelated to what you were actually doing, and was constantly bothering you. At that point, I learned how to turn of blinks, and muted the sound in eve (and never turned it back on, going on 7 years now).Learning skills were also a pain, but since they seemed so mandatory, I maxed them... I regret that decision. EFT (and other, similar programs... I think there was one before EFT but I forgot what it was) wasn't around then, so you either shitfit everything, or got very good with spreadsheets (or both), and evemon wasn't out yet, or had just first been released and hadn't really caught on yet.I think I'm going to stop rehashing all those bad memories of spending hours trying to figure out the best way to optimize a thorax (and whether or not everything actually fit or not) using excel or a pencil/calculator/paper and go get something to drink. Preferably something strong.
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I used to do all my fits on paper. Good times...
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"Six months later, I somehow haven’t stopped playing. But I never went mining again, and to this day I suffer from an irrational hatred of Veldspar."So, you're the anti-Chribba?
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I'm pretty sure you're suffering from a rational fear of veldspar.
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Minor correction: Robert Jordan is still the greatest author to have written anything ever,
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Have you considered desensitizing yourself from your irrational hatred of Veldspar?Personally, I find mining Veldspar curiously relaxing.
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Bah! When I started, in 2003, we had to do all our fits on clay tablets with pointed sticks.And we had to mine the clay ourselves!
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Pretty sure Goons & 0.0 sov mechanics disagree... :/
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I applaud you for using the tutorial. When I joined in 2006, I charged out into lowsec, joined a small pirate corp, and learned everything the hard way.I remember I lost my first Brutix in Hophib because, after warping out of an asteroid belt where I had gotten stuck on an asteroid (remember when that used to happen all the time?), I was really low on cap - so I decided to nos the station just to get my cap back quicker. The rats at the belt had beaten me up while I had been stuck on the asteroid, so I was already in hull. The sentry guns killed me almost instantly.
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Very nice read. Hope we get to hear more from this capsuleer!
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When did TMC turn into a personal blog, where people write about their uninteresting everyday life in eve. Funny how the mittani said that TMC was created because evenews24 was crap, and TMC at release was clearly way better then evenews24. Now most articles has nothing to do with eve, and the few eve articles that are posted, are pure garbage most of the time.Hoping the drop in quality is linked to people are having less free time in December, and that high quality content will return in the new year.
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Ha, I remember my first beer...
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There are two valid points here, first it is the player generated content that draws new players in (buff null industry!) and second the tutorials aren't very helpful or intuitive.Both of these are well known issues which you haven't analysed in any depth or said anything interesting or new about.Please, themittani, end this nonsense, set your minimum criteria for an article to 1) News 2) An overview of a long standing debate 3) Ideas and concepts which are new to the community.This article fails on all four.
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Frankly I found this story somewhat hart warming and it brought back some good (or bad memories depending on how you look at it) of when I first started playing.
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Another one, Hoots? Are you sure you aren't confusing themittani for your personal blog?
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1- news2-overview of debates3-new ideas and conceptsThat is three. Three is the number that comes after two. It is not four. Four comes after three. It is very difficult to fail at four out of three things. 4/3 is an improper fraction and we won't get into those until we are well after the whole one, two, three, four thing. . .
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I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed this. So I'll just leave this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... here.
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Uhm, really? I'm pretty sure the "new player experience" is important to both Mittani and CCP, so articles giving "new player feedback", are just as relavant to this site as any of those "high quality" articles that get posted here.Or are you one of those "high and mighty" bittervet assholes, that thinks "newbies" should only be seen and not heard from?!
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2003-2004ish here. I started out in space with a rat shooting at me. Had to figure out how to shoot the rat with a quick blurb explanation, then it had you mine some veld and sent you on your way. I think the next thing I did was try doing a contract (the OLD system). It took me to this lovely system called Rancer.
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Rookie help > all. Also, it seems weird that for a softcore player to have figured out even so easily without using it truth be told.
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Tell me more about your exciting and interesting space career. :allears:
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And then one of those "hardcore" and "intelligent" players loads up 60b ISK worth of bs and flies through Rancer.

My first few hours in Eve Online involved watching Youtube videos on how to play Eve Online.

WHO AM I, AND WHAT MAKES ME (NOT SO) FAMOUS

My name is Hoots, and I started playing Eve Online in May of 2012 shortly after the Inferno expansion launched. Prior to playing Eve, my experience with MMOs started as a 14 year old proto-nerd who, with the help of his younger brother, managed to somehow convince his mother to shell out $10 or $15 a month to play Everquest (I don’t actually remember the exact cost of an Everquest subscription circa 1999). I never got a character to level-cap in Everquest, but I do remember joining a casual guild named after a reference to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. This was amazingly cool, since as a 14-year old it was apparent that Robert Jordan was the greatest author to have written anything ever, never mind the past 2000 years of actual literature.

As an adult, I sank an unhealthy amount of time into World of Warcraft, managing to mostly treat it as a single player game. I very briefly raided with a group of coworkers, but I mostly stuck to pursuing silly achievements like “Brewmaster,” and “Seeker.” I have also briefly played most modern MMOs currently on the market, but I would consider my playstyle much more casual than hardcore.

MOTIVATIONS AND CHALLENGES

The first exposure to news about EVE that perked my interest was various outlets reporting on Burn Jita in the earlier part of May of 2012. One of the general gaming podcasts I listened to made a comment about Burn Jita that surmised EVE Online was wonderful to have around as a source of story-generation, but was largely uninteresting to play and completely impenetrable to outsiders.

A little bit after the Burn Jita events, near the end of that May, Steam had a sale on the new Inferno expansion for a little over six dollars. I purchased the game on impulse, only having two clear objectives. First, I wanted to give it a fair shake and see if it was really as impenetrable as nearly every mainstream gaming news outlet was claiming it to be. Second, I wanted to be able tell my friends and co-workers horror stories about absurd things that happened in a 9-year-old game. I assumed I would last a month or so and mirror my pattern with other MMOs, save World of Warcraft.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

My first few minutes in EVE were relatively pain-free. I spent a good five minutes stressing over my racial choice until a quick alt-tab and Google search revealed that racial choice really didn’t matter. I easily spent another 30 minutes fussing over my avatar, as I assumed that I would be using it all the time to interact with other players. Right?

With my avatar built, I started actually playing. It wasn’t too bad; I walked around a space station using the familiar WASD configuration found in almost every modern PC game. After entering space in my pod, and shortly thereafter a newbie ship, getting from point A to point B in space seemed pretty self-explanatory. Sure, the Overview panel was technically a spreadsheet, but it wasn’t that horrible of a spreadsheet. I did notice “Free Stuff” and variations thereof around some of the newbie stations, which I promptly ignored, assuming the stuff wasn’t free or there was some sort of shenanigans involved. My progress was completely unimpeded in my first half hour of actual gameplay, and I moved my newbie ship to the appropriate station that housed all the Career Tutorial agents. This game wasn’t really that hard at all.

MAKING MOUNTAINS OF MOLEHILLS

For those of you who don't know or can't remember, the first mission in the Making Mountains of Molehills series requests some amount of Veldspar brought back to the station from a specific spot in the system. The tutorial pop-up at that time in EVE’s history1 helpfully suggested how capsuleers typically go mining. Aura told me to equip a mining laser, travel to an asteroid belt, and mine any asteroids found there.

Easy enough. I equipped a mining laser and found an asteroid belt in system. I then proceeded to mine a bunch of Veldspar and promptly return to the space station. As it turns out, I did not yet meet all the mission conditions and was therefore unable to complete the mission. I paused and considered that I might have gotten the wrong type of Veldspar, or that maybe I was supposed to have an excess amount than what the mission specified. So, I went back to the asteroid belt and mined more Veldspar. No dice. I went and mined Dense Veldspar. Nothing.

At this point the possibility was slowly dawning on me that perhaps I needed to mine the Veldspar from a particular location. There were multiple conditions for the mission, and I had a green checkmark next a condition that seemed to indicate I indeed had the right amount of Veldspar. However, a second mystery condition persisted as still incomplete, and the only information it provided was a yellow circle with the name of the system I was in. Fantastic.

I glanced at all my menus under the journal button in the neocom, and I even went so far as to read carefully read the mission text. Twice. Either this game simply wasn’t going to tell me where I needed to go to mine this particular ore-of-annoyance, or I was doing something else wrong.

I did the next somewhat-logical thing I could think of, and I went to a different asteroid belt in the same system and mined all the Veldspar I needed for the mission all over again. I tried trashing the Veldspar I had, and then I tried splitting up the Veldspar into the exact turn-in quantity for the mission. Nothing. I still couldn’t turn in the mission. I must have spent a good hour and a half mining Veldspar, except it seemed like a Sisyphean eternity. I was becoming increasingly annoyed at both myself and EVE. Why, why couldn't I figure out how to complete a simple tutorial mission?

SMALL VICTORIES

I then exercised the only other option I felt that I had available, and I alt-tabbed out of Eve did a search for the mission. The first search result I got was for a Youtube video of the career tutorials for from Eve University. I ended up watching that very video tutorial explaining how to complete a tutorial. The absurdity was not lost on me.

The video explained some of the finer points of EVE. For example, the “Free Stuff” I encountered earlier was indeed a form of shenanigans that would result in my death. The video tutorial also kindly explained how right clicking out in space brings up a wonderful navigation menu, and that location-specific places for missions pop up there when a mission is accepted and you are in the appropriate system. Huzzah. I had found the information I needed.

Ore in tow from the proper place, I was finally able to complete the mission. I remember a feeling of elation that I figured out this terribly inscrutable puzzle. I was not going to be beaten by this game and its complete inability to tell me about its own interface. I had triumphed, even if it was with the help of YouTube.

Six months later, I somehow haven’t stopped playing. But I never went mining again, and to this day I suffer from an irrational hatred of Veldspar.

1. Subsequent changes in the Tutorial system, and a couple needed tweaks to the user-interface, now more clearly communicate where to go and how to complete missions.  If only I had joined the game a few months later.

 

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Drewson Houten, known by friends and corpmates alike as "Hoots," is a member of TEST alliance through a little corporation called Alea Iacta Est Universal (AIEU).