I wandered across a decision based upon an idea today that had an unexpectedly sensible and comfortable solution for me.
There has been a steady trickle of interest in the corporation of late. This is not a bad thing. It has been a mix of experienced players and inexperienced players. Growth seems to be a thing but mixing new people into the group causes some shifting and resettlement. A lot of what we are doing as a corporation has started to need definition. Therefore I tasked myself with sending the boys a serious mail where I ask them to tell me what they wanted done.
So far it has been productive and it is helping me with the entire direction when it comes to recruiting people thing. For some reason they trust me to make a certain amount of decisions Why? Who knows. But, they have left me to run around and try to figure out the recruiting thing.
Recruiting people in general is not simple. It's not just a 'okay join up and be a body'. Small gang types need a lot of cohesion. There is a lot of trust and reliance between the members of a group. People who can't get along with each other just cause fraying and issues. I want to enjoy that. I've watched corps die because people let drama get in the way. The boys will kick when they need to but I'd prefer to smooth some of that out at the start.
There are a lot of pros and cons to having rookie corps. We're really too small to support an entire secondary corp of that level. What I've decided to do is case by case or group by group bases. Experienced people the boys can work with. Inexperienced people I will run around with for a bit and see if they pick up on the basics skills of survival.
PvP can be taught if the person is teachable. However, one of the barriers for learning said PvP is that veterans can and do easily tire of hand holding the basics. Yet, new players need to feel comfortable asking questions. But, people tire of answering the same question over and over again. The easy questions that become second nature are the problem.
Hence my idea to do little newbie fleets. As much as I don't want to step in the role of being a FC in this I've convinced myself that running around doing survival skills does not count as real FC so it's okay. This way, I can ship everyone into frigates (if I have more than one person) and run around the area teaching basic things like safe spots, pounces, relaxing enough not to fail jump, aligning, properly selection stations and belts, lingo, scanning, intel gathering and relaying and understanding, etc. All of the things that you take for granted once you learn them has to be retaught over and over again. With the core skills learned and the ability to make sensible decisions learned, then the new player will not have to have that early hand holding that can frustrate and slow down a fleet. Then we can die in a fire trying to randomly kill things.
At least, that is my hope in this project. We can only absorb but so many super new characters at a time. We, in general need people to be self sufficient willing to learn, and willing to learn from their mistakes. However, I don't want to turn new players away because they are new. It is hard being new, it's hard not being able to fly fleet comps but it's not impossible nor will it be forever.
I may burn out on it and demand minimum skill points and abilities and all sorts of fantastic things. But right now, I still very keenly feel the results of being new and being given a chance. I don't look forward to those I will have to turn away. It is certainly not a come one come all anyone is accepted type of thing. It won't always be fun which is kind of funny because it's a free time relaxation game but Eve is Eve I guess.
But more people means more bodies to do interesting things. The social aspect alone helps keep people interested in the game. The balance of experienced vs non experienced has to be maintained so that neither side feels overly put upon or neglected. I have no clue if this will work out or not but I shall see. I figure if people don't like how I do things they can go elsewhere. I'm not here to take in everyone. I do get irritated with people as much as anyone else does. But for the occasional one that clicks with me and the boys I'd like to have some sensible foundation in place.