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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Stripes Method of Training is Over

Just a quick one today. Who remember's the movie Stripes, starring Bill Murray as a not quite ready for prime time Army recruit? One of my favorite dialogs in the movie was this one:
General Barnicke: Where is your drill sergeant, men?
John Winger: Blown up, sir!
Soldiers: Blown up, sir!
There are some quickly whispered updates from CPT Stillman and then this dialog:

Yeah, that's Eve Online summarized in a movie released nearly 20 years before CCP incorporated. For a long time the barrier to playing Eve Online has been it's complexity - not it's vicious nature. No one likes getting blown up without any chance of doing some blowing up themselves.

To some degree, this problem has been addressed by organizations like Eve University and Red versus Blue. Other corporations and alliances have their own training regimens as well. But these are all informal training and vary wildly in depth and success in actually teaching something of value. Simply putting a New Bro in a ship and saying "fly this" isn't anywhere near enough. And yet, that's pretty much what most Eve New Bros get. I know it's what I got. It's one of the main reasons I never got into PvP. It was simpler to just shoot asteroids, make ISK and avoid all the unpleasantness that comes with climbing the learning cliff.

Now it seems CCP is out to change all that by formalizing capsuleer training. Hallelujah! You can read about it on this dev blog: New Player Training Sessions. The training will be done in themes. A summary of what a theme will entail is covered in this paragraph.
"For example, our first theme, running from October 10th to November 19th, is going to be “Player vs Player Combat”. There will be 10 sessions in total, starting with a breakdown of the different modules in EVE, moving on to how to fit a ship, and eventually progressing to a full on CCP-led player fleet where we will hopefully get a few kills, get killed, have some laughs, and learn a few valuable life lessons."
I do hope that attendance is good for these sessions. I think they are very much needed for the good of the game. I think their success will come down to advertising though. CCP really needs to dive into the recent subscription lists and offer this training proactively. In fact, don't just offer it to new recruits. Bribe them! When they complete a training session, give them a theme appropriate thank you. For instance, with the PvP session, give them a Navy frigate or even a Navy battlecruiser - something not too expensive but really spiffy and a cut above the average. We all like shiny ships, so make that the reward for sticking with the training and becoming a better pilot.

Now, for those who think they are going to crash the party, get real. This is too important to let gankers and other ne'er do wells turn it into a gank fest. CCP has given clear warning. The GMs will deal with anyone trying to crash the party. They don't specify what will be done though. I am certain no one will get banned. Their ships will probably just be CONCORDOKKENNED. Personally, I'd like to see their ships instantly hot dropped into the middle of Tama. If you decide to go that route CCP, please let the rest of us know beforehand. THAT's the party I want to go to!

Watch Out

1 comment:

  1. I wonder how many newbies and how many veterans will be on that first training session. Hope I have time to join in or visit some sessions to see how it goes.


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