Any Eve online players here? (in Off-topic)

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] April 10 2011 5:14 PM EDT

I just started the download, I'm going to play through the 14 day free trial and hopefully decide to subscribe. I'm looking for any tips for a new player and if it's even worth my time, if not the alternative is wow. :)

Demigod April 10 2011 5:38 PM EDT

Isn't that Sickone's most beloved game?

Kefeck [Demonic Serenity] April 10 2011 5:43 PM EDT

I'll be sure to cm him :)

Sickone April 10 2011 7:39 PM EDT

I would strongly encourage running AT LEAST one 14-day trial before actually paying anything, and use an alternate email address for it (for reasons I'll go into detail later).
It's not a game for everybody, mistakes are costly and easy to make, especially early on.

You might want to start reading this first: DO

Also, visit the "Industrial Sized Knowledgebase" link at the very start inside there... it's basically a player-created game manual.
It's big, but looks quite nice and is full of mostly useful stuff.


If you haven't paid anything yet, there's a relatively easy way to get up to 51 days free with no strings attached if some player trusts you enough to not scam him :)
Sending out a "buddy" invite enables you to create a 21-day trial instead of a 14-day trial, then the other player can send you either a PLEX item (apply to get +30 days subscription and insta-promotion out of trial account status) or the in-game money to buy one.
The player that sent you the invite gets a bonus +30 days for himself, so he loses nothing. There's a limit of 3 invites per month any player can send out, and he can only ever send one to any specific email address.
Risk being, you just take the PLEX/money and run, that's why I said he needs to trust you to some degree.


Personally, I'd say give it a whirl with the regular 14-day trial, and don't worry about making any mistakes, start off with the idea that you will not be playing that character after the first 14 days are over.
You can't use the same email address for a new trial (nor a "buddy invite"), so using an alternate (less frequently used, or created specifically for this) email address would be best.
If you really do end up not making any big mistakes and enjoy it so much that you feel like you don't want to start over with a new character (HIGHLY unlikely, everybody makes huge mistakes early on), you can always keep playing even if you started out thinking you wouldn't.

Me ?
I played 7 trial accounts before I activated my first one.
Granted, my problems were mostly of a "no RL time available" kind for most of those dry runs, but still.

Sickone April 11 2011 6:36 PM EDT

In case somebody else is interested, the minimum system specs have been slightly upgraded lately for EVE.
You need a CPU that supports SSE2 instructions and a video card that supports pixel shader 3.0 (DirectX9.0c)
Most of the hardware manufactured in the past 6 years or so passes those criteria, but better check anyway :)

For video cards, MINIMUM required is:
* NVIDIA Geforce series 8000 or better (9000, 200, 300, 400, 500)
* AMD/ATI Radeon series X1000 or better (any Radeon HD)
* Intel GMA series X3000 or better (X3100, X3500, X4500, GMA HD)

For CPUs, MINIMUM required is:
* AMD : Athlon 64, Sempron 64, Turion 64, or any Phenom processor
* Intel : Pentium 4, Xeon, Celeron, Celeron D, or any Core processor
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