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BB61 – The Wonder

December 10, 2014

Hi All

The new This is EVE trailer has combined with a lot of community enthusiasm to generate a massive uptick on new character creation. There has been a lot of buzz about how to help and funnel those new players into fun and satisying careers in Eve.

TurAmarth asks this question: “What would we encourage ALL new players to do in their first month to get them to subscribe long term, if we had to give out one set of advice for everyone (which we do if we’re giving general advice)?”

-Kirith Kodachi

 

I remember flying around New Eden in my very early days in a frigate and being in awe of the sense of scale. Ships of prodigious dimensions floated past in nearby space, my spacecraft dwarfed in comparison. Rare and exotic ships like a Cerberus or Ishtar were noted and drooled over, and I can remember thinking that one day I would fly them and revel in the power at my command.

One particular incident springs to mind. I was doing a courier mission, and on completion, I undocked from the destination station to head home. In front of me was not one Marauder, but four. One from each of the races. All clustered around a scimitar and quite obviously waiting for something. I was so shocked, I docked up immediately. Just to go, “WTF, did I really see that?” and undocked again to take a closer look.

I probably should add a little framework to get you some context: this was 2008 and having skills to level V were a prerequisite for most things T2. In other words, getting into a HAC was a serious commitment, and you had to have some serious cojones (and iskies) to be able to fly something as big as Marauder. Or at least, that’s how it felt at the time.

I did see a Titan a year or two after that, but by then it was too late. I’d already amassed a pretty sizable knowledge and that whole “I know notheenk/OMG look at that..!” didn’t really happen. And I miss it. That awe and wonder.

In the final analysis, the only thing necessary for a new player is this: undock.

Undock and go and explore. See the sights, watch New Eden as it goes about its often mysterious business. Vast, complicated, awe inspiring, frightening. Full of wonder and possibilities. And it will remain so, for a little while at least. Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts 🙂

 

FS

 

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P.S Rhea was delivered extraordinarily smoothly. Unsure if they needed a longer downtime tonight or not, but if it was longer it wasn’t by much. Kudos to CCP!

P.P.S The new map is gorgeous.

P.P.P.S The new graphics equally so – even the CNR digital measles have been toned down. Looks much more menacing 🙂 Not entirely sure about the SHINY!!!!! of the Amarr ships. Yet. I love the way the local sun changes the hue and shadows on the ships though. Very sexy.

P.P.P.P.S The new UI color scheme is tied to your race, so if you’re Caldari, it’s blue, Gallente green etc etc. Minmatar is oddly beige though. Needs more rust.

P.P.P.P.P.S One small point – don’t maximize your screen until after you select your character. There is a wee bit of a bug there….

 

 

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