It amazes me at times just how complex Eve is. Yeh from the outside we kind of know this already but not in a detailed and more personal way and that makes all the difference. I tended to think of its complexity more as difficulty, like once you understand and practice with a system it gets a lot easier… Like driving a car. That’s totally not the case at all as even when you start understanding the basics there are still layers of information and systems underneath that as well.
I’ve said it before that learning eve is more like learning another language and it holds true to everything, this is probably reading eve blogs feels so unfamiliar. A wealth of terms and words that have no meaning unless you’ve learnt their meaning, and how to use them. When looking over the burn Jita event information before playing, it looked interesting but I only really understand the true meaning now as Jita is probably the heart of trade in Eve. It exists in other areas but it is amazing how much revolves around that small system, and this is just one instance of that.
Right now I’m probably the equivalent of a toddler learning the names of farmyard animals. I would have no idea how a farm operates, and would be even less likely to hold a decent conversation about these animals, let alone the effects of geopolitical conflict in the middle east. And that’s what I feel like , just babbling and repeating the same words while those with more knowledge nod and smile – occasionally repeating the same word like. Then go back to the adult conversations again.
I think a lot of people might be in this position as well, maybe not the being a complete noob part but still not having that breadth of knowledge and understanding regarding eve. the things a lot take for granted as well. This is in part why I’m often so thankful that there is a wealth of third party sites and apps completely devoted to various aspects of eve. That help you confirm little bits of information, and fill in the gaps where you might need it at times. A lot of people do use and rely on them but for me it’s becoming more of a comfortable crutch – and one I don’t entirely understand as well.
I am wondering though if this much complexity is what I want or need from an mmo. It feels a lot better because of it than the regular theme parks I’ve been engaged with but probably not so much as it feels this overwhelming. In part I think this is the charm of eve though; to constantly feel utterly overwhelmed yet persevere through to achieve something… anything.. to understand a conversation perhaps.
As for the progress well, it took a bit of nosedive. You see, I was actually training up Mining Frigate 5 instead of Minmitar Frigate five (my faction) which while might help in the future really doesn’t help me now. And that leaves me training that onto 5 now which will take around 2 weeks. Note to self – actually read the skill training. I really wish there was a button at the start to push that just said exploration and it queued everything I might need. Or maybe being able to click on a ship and learn what you need to fly it. But nope.
This has left me thinking though whether to just buy an Astero, the expensive special faction frigate that is tailored towards exploration and comparable to those fancy ones I’m training for. The required skills could be done in a couple days and then I would be able to fit all the good gear like a cloak that doesn’t need to uncloak just to get around, plus the better probe launchers and scanning ability, better rigging for the passives. The problem is it is insanely expensive for a starting noob but I am up to 300 million isk after my last couple hauls so I can afford it, plus replacements but….
It’s a tough decision really as I could just wait and save myself the money, but the new astero would probably make me more as well but if I lose it.. ouch. Am I ready to be flying something that expensive as well, I’ve kind gotten used to be reckless and living a little carefree in my shitbox. If it explodes me, but if the astero does I’m guessing there would be actual tears
I am getting far more used to flying my little probe and I’ve actually grown to like it in a weird way. I kind of like those ugly, blocky, held-together-with-duct tape kinda ships as they remind me of all those b-grade sci fi films like Red Dwarf and Blake 7. Those kind of ships have character and man, have they seen some shit as well.
After that skill training has finished it will be Hacking 5 and from there, I’m not really sure just yet. Might be fun to start training up a more combat orientated sec and tackle some of those combat sites. Or maybe logistics as that seems to be a spec a lot of people are asking newbies to have available.