Wednesday, February 20, 2008

One month later - Learning things the hard way

Well here we are, it has been one month exactly since I've started playing EVE, and a couple of week since I've joined my corporation, and boy do I have a lot to learn, not only in trainable skills but in playing skills also. I am getting a lot of teaching from the people in my corp though because most of them have been playing EVE for a few years and their experience can literally save my butt. It can even be intimidating sometimes; I join a fleet with my decently set up Rifter, but most ships around me are usually cruisers and battle cruisers of every make, sometimes with modules I haven't even heard of. At least I have one advantage, I am the Speed Demon >:)

Since moving to the edge of Empire I've had a few special experiences, some good, some... well, not very bad but very annoying, which validates my choice of career in the game. As my ISK is rising rapidly to my constant ratting and salvaging, I can start to field much better equipment in the ships I can fly, to the point where I got overconfident. I have a Thrasher destroyer I use for ratting and with 7 250mm guns, a FM-3 Gyrostabilizer and the correct ammo, rats basically have no chance, even the cruiser-sized ones. So of course in the search for more ISK I went to low-sec systems and the experienced players will see what's coming. I got attacked by pirates in either much bigger and better-equiped ships or in much bigger numbers. It happened exactly twice and since then I've studied deeper into how to move in 0.4-0.0 space by mapping and bookmarking the place in advance, and not sticking around for "just one more wreck to loot/salvage". Losing a ship is annoying because you have to buy another one, but in one case my cargo hold was full and in all I must've lost about 5 million ISK. In another ratting mishap, the efficiency of my ratter was actually my downfall. In Hi-sec the rats are frigate sized and my ship usually 1-volley's them, and sometimes worse. So in am asteroid field filled with cans I accidently targeted a can as I was trying to line up a wreck for salvage, but a few of my guns were still looking for target and I hadn't noticed. So the next I warped to I got this message saying "Your security rating has been lowered" and Concord delivered me a beating to remember. Now THAT was frustrating !!!

But don't worry, there were good experiences too! The fleet ops with the Clown Punchers for instance. I didn't get to shoot much targets because my comrades are A LOT faster than I am at picking targets, scrambling and webbing them, and then finishing them off but it's a great feeling to fly around in a big fleet and watching people scurrying in front of you. Also in my ratting sorties, I got to find a nice prize to cash in and give me a big boost. There was a Domination spawn at an asteroid field in the Osuggur system in Heimatar and after finishing them off I looted and found something of interest: a Dramiel blueprint. I asked my industrialist buddy Letrange what it was worth because I had a feeling it would be more than the usual loot, and sure enough, I was 40 million ISK richer !!!

So now it's just a matter of improving all my skills in-game and out-of-game, and applying all I learn to better my EVE experience. It's been a month now and I'm only scratching the surface.

Fly safe !!!

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