Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Newbie From My Other Life

This is going to be a very predictable post... but...

One of my co-workers told me that they made an Eve account yesterday. I promptly lost my mind in hysterical joy and almost scared him away. He had been told by another co-worker that games (we're some of the only non-FPS gamers that we know of) that I played Eve so he should get in touch with me. He did and I about turned into a packet of Starburst (strawberry best, then orange).

Of course, I was late home from work. It was not a big deal but you know it is going to happen on days when you have things to do in Eve. I staggered inside almost an hour late, got myself sorted, discovered the AC was broken again, took a cold shower and logged in.

My co-worker had picked Gallente. I wasn't surprised. Gallente is very appealing and he is an experienced gamer and player of MMOs. However, will he like Eve? Well, he enjoys DayZ. He'll be fine.

This is what we decided to do. He was on a normal 14 day trial. I told him that I would give him a 21 day trial. I would then give him a PLEX and let him subscribe himself, giving him the 51 days. That would give me 30 days game time to redeem. That way he gets 51 days to decide if he want's to play or not, try to PLEX or not, or pay or not if he liked the game. He asked me if I was losing out. I said no, I'd get the game time for the PLEX usage. He gets off of the trial restrictions and can dive into the game for almost two months.

I went and met him at his newbie system and had him transfer over all of his stuff. He then recreated off of the link and I headed off to Jita. This is when I managed to do something special. I had switched from my Blockade Runner to a Velator. I wasn't in the mood to have my Blockade Runner popped in Jita.

So, I set autopilot (I'm using Chella not Sugar) and went off to make dinner. I then wander back to notice that I am in low sec warping to a gate.

You see... someone forgot to change her autopilot settings.

As I panicked and went to warp off the gate a bunch of frigates jump through, decloak, and point me. Whoops. One dead empty Velator. I reshipped into another and snickered. I have never done that particular bit of stupidity before. My first loss involved me getting confused about gates due to autopilot settings and not really understanding things. But I made it through several systems before I caught my mistake and then was caught in my mistake.

Anyway, it was late and he had to log. We picked back up today. I got him to Jita and explained PLEX usage with him. He got himself subbed, relogged to clear his trial restrictions, and returned to his rookie home to finish the tutorial missions and start figuring out what he wants to do in Eve. I've dumped him in help chats, given him links, and we will see how it goes. I gave him 10 million ISK and told him his handouts were over!

I did forget to give him a set of +3 implants. He is okay with it. Putting through his training and asking questions. I hope he enjoys it.

I, however, do not think I am very good with ISK anymore.

10 comments:

  1. How come you did go to Dodixie?

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  2. As long as you make him aware of scamception (you think youve figured it out and still see a way to profit, but have already stepped into the next trap) and basicly distrust anyone he meets for the first time and get him into anice corp he should be fine, DayZ hardens the fuck up^^

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    1. Yup. Pretty much. Told him what I was doing with him would be crazy sauce if someone else tried to talk him into it.

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  3. ah you should have given us his character name:-( How do you expect us to give him a BIG EVE hello....:-)

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  4. My experience with new people in the game is that handing out isk to them is countering the very thing that makes you play in the start, learning the game. It makes you loose out on the very important aspect of actually caring about loosing something, this by itself can make things as missions or other "dangerous" actions become meaningless.... Rule of thumb, never give isk out. At least that is my experience with new guys that wanted to try the game.

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    1. And I agree which is why he got ten mil. I replaced the ISK he had made for himself mining and figuring out how to sell things. I didn't give him a hundred mil, I gave him ten.

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    2. 10 mil is what my son gave me my first day, then said go do ALL THE TUTORIALS... dunt wanna see you until they're done.

      10 mil ISK in EVE is barely a grub stake, and that's ALL it is. I can say from personal experience, all 10 mil does is give you a slightly easier first month... if even that.

      Also, if I may, Anon 10:51...
      Goons, the largest a Alliance/Coalition in the whole game where, per Das Mittens, in this article. The Goonborn's experience is, and I quote;

      “Rather than learning the basics alone in hisec, on their first day newbie goons podjump to deep nullsec. There, they are surrounded by their fellows, ushered into massive alliance warfleets, mentored by veteran players, and SHOWERED WITH ISK AND SHIPS." (caps mine)

      and

      "A community-born (IE Goonborn) player is able to entirely skip the dreaded ‘mining veld in a Bantam’ phase." (Paren/Italics mine)

      Seems the biggest group of players in the game disagree with you a bit there...

      However, please keep in mind that I disagree with 'them', in their entirety.
      Grr Goons

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