Hello, I’m Hannibal Decca, and we’re probably a little different. I exist mostly on a single shared server with others like me. It’s an environment in which others may not always share their stories so freely. Having started from a disadvantage, I’m offering some jewels of knowledge I’ve managed to pick up along my journey. People join Eve Online every day lately, and there are good reasons for that. Resources are now available that make certain things a little easier now than they used to be. It’s almost considered foolish these days to start your journey without hours of watch time on youtube and guaranteed access to giant, extremely well funded alliances right off the bat.
I’d mistaken my experience opposite that one on the spectrum for the typical one, but I now recognize that it was anything but. The path I on which I go about my own destiny in Eve Online is different than the way any others do. This isn’t to say that I’m completely unique or anything, very few things are at this point. Now that I’ve got some years in, I’ve found that I didn’t even start my journey in a typical way.
A long time ago I was deciding to get started in Eve Online because I saw an ad for it on a browser. I was sitting at my new computer desk in a relatively bare university apartment, and I was making plans. With a little research, I’d decided that this was an immersive and complex enough experience to satisfy my curiosities. I had a roommate at the time whom I’d tried to persuade to download the game as well over the course of about a week, but he wasn’t interested in space ships. I found this odd.
Starting EVE Online
I struggled with the notoriously steep Eve Online learning curve that I’m now so fond of over the first months. I used to peek over the roommate’s shoulder every once in a while to see which games he was playing. I’d see his screen brightly filled with cartoonishly animated characters, throwing fireballs and lightning bolts at cartoonish, animated villains. Immediately, I knew what he chose was much less fun than what I was doing. He’d seemingly jumped right into the action and needed little to no preparation having chosen an easier game though.
My experience as a new capsuleer was a much more challenging one at the start. You’re choosing a career path as soon as you get started in EVE Online, you’re docking in space stations, and outfitting ships for specific purposes to achieve missions. Above all, EVE Online forces beginners to learn a completely immersive and new experience. You don’t know what you’re missing, I’d think, tacitly smirking at my roommates turned back. So early on in my career, I had no idea really how what was even possible in Eve Online.
It was such a beautiful game to look. Every day I found that I could appreciate and enjoy that aspect immediately and with almost no knowledge of the mechanics of the game. I didn’t know everything there was to know yet, but I knew enough to have fun. Eve Online offers such raw depth that I never got the impression that experience was any type of requirement to play.
I met with an agent and was actually given a Navitas-class frigate to run the most beginner level missions available to rookies. The ship arrived the same day I’d hatched the thought there was no way I’d be able to afford my first real ship so soon after seeing the market and the astronomically high looking prices. I had just about resolved to give up for the day, and possibly for good. Instead, I was immediately hooked.
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Nice. Did you ever get any kills in the Navitas?
I never dared fight anybody. I didn’t even know how!