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Noone said jump!: Diary of an Unlikely Fleet Commander part2

“You sure they are alone?”

“For the hundredth time yes!” Shark snapped back, “They are the only other people in local, there is no logi on the other side of any of the gates and no other corp members within 10 jumps. Now are you ready for the warp formula or not?”

“Ok sorry, sorry, I’m just a little stressed. This is nothing like Nullsec, I have a billion ISK plugged into my skull, this is my most expensive Proteus to date and this guy supposedly just wants to serve us 4 Navy Battlecruisers for dinner? I have this nagging feeling that he has something up his sleeve and if shit hits the fan you can’t do anything to help.”

“Look its 2 Brutixes a Harbinger and a Hurricane, all military, you and Cyran can do this. Now, what are your orders?”

Motoko took a moment to assess the situation. The targets knew her combat history as well as Cyran’s and were openly challenging us to a fight in something that didn’t have much of a chance of winning. Why would they do this? Was there neutral logi sitting in system somewhere or a backup fleet 2 jumps out? There was just too much about this that didn’t seem right.

MMO Search 2014: Life as a New Pilot in EVE

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I got a bit in to what makes EVE different from other more traditional MMO’s in my last post. In this post I plan to cover a bit more of how you actually play EVE and some of my initial impressions of the game. If you already know how to play EVE, most of this post won’t be that interesting to you I imagine (but do feel free to still read it). I won’t be going in to every detail about the game, but I hope to hit on some of what I consider the major points of interest. As I stated in the previous post EVE is in many ways a sandbox MMO where users are free, or certainly more free than other MMO’s, to play the way they wish. I’m certain that there are cool things you can do in EVE that I’m not even remotely aware of. Keep in mind that EVE is still a video game with limits and restrictions though, so you can’t do everything you ever dreamed of doing in space. But let’s start from the very beginning: being a brand new pilot in EVE.

EVE Character Creation Screen

In the beginning of EVE you start by creating your character (avatar), like in many other MMO’s. The character creation tool allows you to pick from four different factions, choose your family background within that faction, and gives tons of tools to alter your appearance. The character creation tool is quite robust in EVE, and you can adjust down to the fine facial details if you care to (and even your pose, eyebrow height, and smile for your game icon picture). In games I tend to pick the stock character models or hit random until I find something I like, but having all these options available is never a problem. The race you chose does confer certain bonuses to your ships (what types of weapons are best for instance), but most of the game is spent in a ship so the impact of your appearance is somewhat limited (aside from your in game icon).

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