"Been following the last few posts with interest. As I've commented before, I'm a newer player with a year under my belt now......and I find myself bored. The real life friends who got me into the game have gone down the bitter vet path, and I've been off playing other games since most of my corp is AFK.
In a year's time I have:
-Spent a month learning the game alone.
-Started playing with friends in their low sec corp. Found I was too new to be of help, and of course was told to get a Drake to be of use.
-Left the low sec PVP corp and learned the meta game with a few RL friends.
-Rejoined a low sec corp to help with Indy and POS maintenance.
-Spent hours orbiting gates waiting for that 30 second excitement that rarely came.
-Was at war for a few months and always told to remain docked up if my corpmates (different time zone) weren't on. So I was docked up.
-Went off and made my own Indy corp after experiencing the extreme boredom of war with a mostly EU timezone corp.
-Put up both hi sec and low sec POS's that I still maintain with my corp mates.
At this point with real life, new job, etc I just don't find the time to put in any longer. I log in a few times a week, deal with PI, occasionally deal with our low sec Cobalt moon POS, then log off.
Recently some former allies needed a hand as they had been war dec'd and needed to rep their POS. So, I came to help guard their fleet, and found myself sitting idle for nearly an hour. Yup, bored.
I don't know if I'll continue with Eve, but it's interesting to read that there seems to be a drop off in interest beyond myself."If I had a million ISK for every time I've read or heard this story I'd be Greedy Goblin rich. His bullet points encompass much of what is wrong with EVE Online from the new player perspective. From the learning cliff indicated in the first bullet to the admonition that he should stay docked up because they were at war, I feel that Rick has gotten a rough deal every step of the way.
Is this CCP's fault? Do they have to fix this? It's easy to say "it is" and "they must." The truth is, it isn't entirely their fault. Much of the blame rests on Rick's friends who brought him into the game. To be brutally honest, they're not great friends in my book. They hung him out to dry.
We all know what CCP can do to help this issue. We've asked them, and they've tried, to lower the learning curve for new players. We've asked them time and again for PvE content that is engaging and fun for single players. To be honest though, I can't tell CCP what meets that need. I'm not sure it's even possible with the way EVE Online is.
That leaves it squarely in our lap to resolve. This is something I believe CCP has come to realize as well. The structure of EVE is such that it really does take a village. We've striven to "make EVE real" but we failed to understand real life communities lavish special attention on their children. We teach them how to function in the community. That is the role of the grown ups and it is something we as veteran EVE players fail to do time after time.
I have this to say to every bitter vet out there. If you want EVE to be real you must make it real in every sense of the word. If you want EVE to succeed, you must make it succeed. In a real community, we punish those who prey on children; not celebrate them. In a real community, we safeguard our young and teach them what they need to know to be contributing members of the community. They are our future and noobs in EVE Online are no different in that respect.
There are many in EVE who strive to do exactly this. We should all be more like them if we really want EVE to last another decade. CCP alone cannot do this. Not with the behemoth they've created. Not with the gritty, harsh, and unforgiving virtual reality we've asked them to give us.
To Rick and every other new player out there looking for a place to play EVE without being bored or shafted, I recommend you look into EVE University. If they are not your play style, you can look here for other organizations.
If anyone reading this is new to EVE and has a question, feel free to contact me and I'll help as I can. In fact, I think most members of the EVE blogging community would. Just ask us. We are a resource and you should use our combined knowledge of the game to assist you. If you run across someone who is new, point them in my direction. I don't mind. Just don't let them hang.
Almost a year ago I accused vets of killing the thing they love one noob at a time. There is a corollary to that premise. The rest of us must save the thing we love one noob at a time. It is a responsibility we've shirked long enough don't you think?