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What Might Have Been

"What would I have become if I had followed a different path in Eve?"
such was a question I asked about myself. I've had a lot of changes of late. Sometimes I wonder who and what I am. I am not the newbie that I was. I am not the bitter veteran that I may become. But, what would I have become if THC2 had not picked me up and taken me in? Who would I have been without the guidance of three, veteran pirates in a quiet low sec region who taught me how to play?

There are always paths not taken. Sometimes we stumble onto the path as we thrash around in the forest. Other's have always been where they wanted to be. They lay their path before them.

I might have stayed a loner with my bad fits and habit of not spending a lot of time searching for how to do things in the game. I understand those people who don't search for fits, duel tank, and have six types of guns on their ship. That would have been me. That was how I always played games and how I played Eve before I was taught to play Eve.

What might have been is a story of musing and guesses. But, some part of what we are would still show up. I do not think that I would have gone and joined one of the pirate corporations that accepted new players. I might have wound up in null but I know my distaste for being another's pawn would have caused problems in my future.

But, I do not know what I might have become if I had said "No" to Lue that day and taken another path.


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  1. I don't think you would remain in a dual-tanked 6-different-gun thing.
    No matter what would happen to you, you'll have a brain, which prevent such things from happening.

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  2. It's an interesting topic, I started playing Eve in 2006 intending to treat it like any other MMO join a Corp (well I thought Guild) learn from and play with a group of friends or at least like minded people.
    Got scammed and ganked badly in my first two weeks, lost everything I'd accumulated, thought "Gee that hurts this doesn't happen in other games" then "I love this game". From that point on I've basically played solo probably for the challenge, maybe I'm just perverse and like the idea of playing an MMO on my own. Mind you when I say solo I do interact with other players so I suppose I fit the demographic of players who stay, I just don't feel the need to be in a corp.
    Oh and I did manage to work out how to fit a ship.

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  3. Interesting topic... what would I have been in EVE if I had done different things?

    I'm not certain. My impression is that the key turning points in my EVE experience were set by other players (they wardecced me out of game, they awoxed my corporation), not by my own actions. So, what would have been my EVE experience without assholes? Don't know for sure.

    Maybe would had keep looking for a good corp? Why? PvP is not my thing, I'm of the live-and-let-live kind and don't find a fun in messing with others business unless that helps them (FAI, I may engage a noob doing something stupid, rather than let him find it out himself).

    But, being prick to foreigners? Not my piece of cake. And there's no shortage of pricks, anyway, so I am not really needed in that gang. ;)

    So, I think that I would have been roughly the same kind of EVE player. Maybe a more proactive one if my experience with other players had been positive, but I would not have changed my way of playing, and I would had done mostly PvE.

    A different question would be, what would I had done instead if I hadn't wasted years and money playing EVE Online...?

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    1. That would mean I consider the time I've spent and the money I've spent on Eve a waste. I don't.

      I might never have gone to Iceland and played in the Blue Lagoon. I doubt I'd take yearly trips to Vegas where I go to shows with my husband. I might not have visited the grand canyon or driven the route of Fall Out New Vegas which let me see the Bonnie and Clyde car and museum. I may never have lounged in DC with people who shared my hobbies.

      There are many things that I may never have done if I had not started to play Eve. But I consider few things I have done in my life a waste.

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    2. Hmm... I wonder, how many people would stick to EVE if they had a bad experience? How many would try and do their best to improve the experience? Or just give the game a second chance?

      EVE is not just what you do, it also is what the other players do. This is why CCP is in a hard place trying to make the game noob-friendly. Being nice and helpful to others is against the nature of the game, as opposed to use every inch of advantage/superiority to defeat them as soon and as often as possible.

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  4. For me it was Wensley's Rifter Guide. Without that I have no idea if I'd even be playing today really.

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  5. Interesting. But looking back on it, I never got substantial help from anyone other than my IRL friends, and I did everything myself (or they did it and told me about it). Having IRL friends playing is a big win. I certainly want to shout out to all the various people blogging and wikiing and such, because using google was always my best bet.

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