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Aug. 6th, 2007 | 10:50 pm

Ok, I've been playing EVE Online and like most times I start playing a new game it tends to eat a large chunk of my life. So much so that I start to lose track of other things.

(In fact probably the reason I'm posting is that since the server is down I can't log on to just "check something quickly" and instead get sucked back in.)

EVE is quite different from WoW, its skill based instead of class based, so you can change what your character is good at over time, if you decide to explore different areas of the game. Though since skill training is related to wall clock time, it can still take a long time to end up with a high end character.

Additionally EVE tries to be fairly realistic, if your ship gets blown up, you have to go buy a new one. You can buy insurance to help with the pain of getting blown up (for an extra fee).

Thankfully unlike real life, if you get blown up, you wake up from your most recent clone backup. (Though if you haven't kept your clone current with your total skill points you can lose skills)

Other than that, you fly around in space hunting down pirates, mining things, building things, moving things, and if your some one more aggressive than me attacking other players. (For a variety of reasons).

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secretslip

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from: secretslip
date: Aug. 7th, 2007 07:51 am (UTC)
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play more wow instead!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 7th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I hit a point in WoW where to advance any further I need to cooperate with other people. But I don't like having to synchronize with others, nor do I like dealing with so many *&$@%@ n00bs in PUGs or Battlegrounds.

In EVE I can pretty easily solo most of the content I'm running into.

And if I want to do some mining, a 2 person team works pretty well.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 7th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Also EVE rewards intellectual work more than WoW.

There are strong advantages to analyzing markets and optimizing your characters skill training order.

(I never broke out a spreadsheet in WoW)

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Aug. 7th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I may check it out if I ever get enough free computer time - it sounds reminiscent of Elite, the only game I've played so much that I actually started hallucinating it. I played until 2 a.m., went to a recording studio to mix some tracks, finished at 7 a.m., came home and instead of sensibly going to bed, played it until 2 p.m., then went to catch a train. The platform opposite me turned into a docking port!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 7th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
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EVE is still an MMO, so it doesn't have the dexterity requirements that Elite did. You don't have to dock yourself for instance, and the computer does handle firing weapons at the right target (though the player does have to pick the right targets).

EVE does however have a very rich economy with plenty of areas with options like mining, manufacturing, transport, piracy, security or conquest. Also since they make it hard to get perfect information for the whole universe there is potential profit to be had through arbitrage.

There's also the strategic element in picking the right ships and the right sets of equipment for the various types of game activities.

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Dilinger

Stop it your going to make me cry!

from: dilinger
date: Aug. 16th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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That sounnds pretty awesome. Do you think you will be going 100% Eve for awhile. Are you just exploring or do you have a goal (Epic monument-- takes big corp?= coordinating with others)

I have been playing tradewars the last 2 weeks. I think it is gettin gme in trouble. (staying up to late) 1k turns 10k sectors, and I'm having fun. Making 10m a day with SSt. Go me!

Anywho. I'm glade your having fun.

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Diane Trout

Re: Stop it your going to make me cry!

from: alienghic
date: Aug. 18th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I doubt it'll be 100% but I am playing a fair amount of eve...

No I don't really know what my long term goals are, currently I'm just enjoying flying around in a space ship and making money. I kind of want to figure out some of the sections of the game like invention and exploration.

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