By April 2, 2007

EVE of destruction

Now that winter’s over and riding season is coming up, I’ve re-activated my accounts on EVE Online, the massively multiplayer online role playing game. Yeah, the timing doesn’t make sense, but EVE gives me something to do instead of traverse my deal of the day sites, looking for something to buy.

For those of you not familiar with the game or the genre, EVE is a game where you play a pilot in the far future. That’s about as common as the experience is among players, because after the initial tutorial, the game is pretty much wide open. If you want to mine asteroids all day, you can. If you want to trade heavy water or giant secured containers all day, you can. If you want to raise the Jolly Roger and gank newbs as a pirate all day, you can. If your idea is political intrigue, strategy and command, and forging (and busting) alliances, then EVE has that for you, too.

I’m not sure how long I’ll play this time. I know I said back in July that I was done with MORGs, and that I wasn’t too keen on EVE’s bugginess, but for now it’s a good game for me to pick up and put down when I want. The unique system of training characters in real-time, even when the player is offline, is a real benefit in that regard. I don’t have to worry about grinding out another 1,337 murlocs or tomte to make my next level. I set “Missle Bombardment V” and come back four days later. If I play, great. If not, my character still progresses.

For now I’m out running missions and trading crap back and forth with other players. I’m not sure if I will join another corporation (a group of players), there was a lot of politicking and other b.s. when I played last time. I also don’t want to commit myself to being ready for a player-owned station assault at 5:15 PM Eastern or running security detail for a mining operation. On the other hand, the majority of the game happens “in the corporate world,” and most of the exciting stuff just isn’t possible while playing solo.

We’ll see.

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  1. David (shade1978) says:

    Ars Caelestis followed the same rule as Ars Technica: you can log off, but you can never leave. 😉

    I’m pretty sure you were in ArsC, which is no more. You might want to give Ars ex Discordia a shot since one of the major sources of the politics — Ach — is gone. I don’t know how much you’ve kept up on all of that.

  2. drfaulken says:

    Welcome to Gibberish! I have been following the whole AH-KILL-EAZE thing, that’s what got me thinking about the game again. Between that and leaving the alliance run by Hans, I think that will remedy most of what I found boring or tedious about the game.

    I put my application in at ARSED yesterday but haven’t heard back yet. I am parked in Rens right now, awaiting an answer. 🙂