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Tales of a newbie loot pinata.

To preface, I know what I did was utterly stupid. I knew it was stupid before, during, and after the fact. I think I'm going to regret posting this, and I entirely expect any and all replies to exacerbate that fact. Most of all though, this is a story about why I'm falling in love with this game and it's community.

Sorry if this turns out long.

I started playing mid-last year, on and off, never really got hooked. Started again last December and it really sunk it. Got hooked into pvp with one account and quickly decided to start another for highsec/industry shenanagins. I'm learning more and more about the game every day, but I still have so much to learn. I am a newbie in every regard.

Then I learned I loved to haul. LOVE it. People kept telling me it's a waste of time, bad for making money, too risky, etc. But I love the fact that I'm directly providing a service for someone, I love it when I get jobs done quick, and most of all it's entirely relaxing. I love hopping from station to station enjoying the scenery and bullshitting in chat. Better than mining!

I'm 5 days away from being able to fly a freighter but have been having great fun still just in my t1 industrial. After expressing an interest in it, a friend seeded me about 1billion to start out. Told me that as long as I was doing public contracts, I would need a large amount of collateral.

MMO Search 2014: Looking for a New Dangerously Fun MMO

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First, all logos, titles, game names, ect. are the copyright of their respective companies. Now with that out of the way…

Welcome to my new series where I am trying to find a new Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMO) to play with my friends. I’m not a huge MMO player, but I’ve enjoyed a few during my video game career (Guild Wars 1 and 2 mostly). Why am I looking at MMO’s in particular? I think MMO’s are a suitable game category to select from because my friends tend to like them, we can easily play together, and, ideally, they have a lot of replay value and content. Also, I thought it would be enjoyable to examine some games in one of the most popular PC game categories ever made. I am not entirely sure what my criteria for comparing the games is yet, but in general I would like to play something that is at least moderately visually appealing, has a fun and fairly fast paced battle system, provides something beyond generic ‘fetch quests’ (i.e. get 10 of these, run this here, kill 10 of these, ect.), and has fun and somewhat meaningful (a loaded word, I know) content after reaching the highest level (often called ‘end game content’). A game being free to play (F2P) might be a plus, but it is not a requirement.

My first entry in to current MMO’s is CCP Game’s EVE Online, first released in May 2003. The last update was called EVE Rubicon, released in November 2013. The game came strongly recommended by one of my friends because it offers a unique and almost totally player controlled environment that one cannot find in any other MMO. He also agreed to guide me through the game during my one month free trial. I sense that many people would say EVE is a terrible place to start investigating MMO’s, with many forum posts I have seen (and some friends of mine) calling it overly complicated, unforgiving, unfocused, and/or just plain boring. I often saw the phrase ‘the spreadsheet MMO’ being used to describe this game. But, I dug the space vibe of the game, and my friend was excited about the prospect of us playing together, so I figured I would give it a shot.

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