"What would we encourage ALL new players to do in their first month to get them to subscribe long term, if we had to give out one set of advice for everyone (which we do if we're giving general advice)?"
I also am not fond of absolutes such as 'all' or 'everyone' in Eve or in life. It turns a simple question into a challenge. I'm not fond of telling people what decisions to make. I don't tell them what to eat, what to buy, what to like, or why they should do it. I'm not a salesman. I expect people to think about and make their own decisions. But, the best advice I have ever received was to make a decision even if it is the wrong one.
That's not the advice I'm giving because decision is to heavy a word for someone without the knowledge and background to understand what decision they are making. If this were important, sure, but its a game. It is a game that we are here to speed our time by choice, playing.
Don't worry. Start discovering you. It may take more than a month.
You will be advised to join a corp. This will work for some. It will have no appeal to others.
You will be advised to:
- Join a corp
- Do it all
- ...and more
Try it. Don't try it. But do what you think you want to do not what you are pressured to do. The hardest part is figuring out your game. The rest of the things are tools to help you play that game. And that game will change. It may change the moment you try something. Or you may play for years and one day decide it is no longer what you want to do.
It is about you.
Think of yourself. Remember yourself. The lack of role play that is common to Eve does not meant hat you cannot discover an immerse existence as an Eve player. Never would I have thought hat I would become a marketeer. I'm an introvert and never thought that I would come to passionate love my Eve corporations. But don't let a corporation keep you down. If you try one and like it, great. If you don't there are others.
Eve does not create you game so don't waste your time looking for it.
You are your game. Good things will happen. So will bad. The bad things make the good ones better. Some experiences can be so intense that they are almost intoxicating. That doesn't happen when there is no negatives in the world. Embrace them but you don't have to like them.
Use Google. Ask questions. The gaining of knowledge is not a linear thing. Even video game knowledge. It will all soak in and one day you will realize that you understand it.
Have fun. Don't let anyone define Eve for you. It is very easy to do so and it is one of the things that I do think of as a true mistake. Scream into the darkness and own your game how you want it. Kind of like this post where I failed to follow instructions.
Own it. It's yours.