The settings of Darkfall
and EVE Online
are worlds apart, but there is
some common ground between the titles. PvP combat permeates both sandbox games, and given a potentially hostile environment when starting out, it's always good to have a helping hand. EVE Online
players have training corps like EVE University
to show them the ropes in what can sometimes be a brutal game. Darkfall
now has an analog of EVE University
" which Syncaine recently pointed out on his blog
, Hardcore Casual. NEW is short for "Newborn on Agon", a North American server clan that provides training in most any facet of the game for those willing to learn.
can be harsh to newer players, NEW provides a (comparatively) safe environment where players can spend 30 days learning what interests them, or developing the skills to succeed in the game once it's time to move on. The clan is politically neutral and owns the city of Hammerdale, contributing to NEW's potential to become a haven for new players. Also, some of Darkfall
's major alliances support the idea of NEW
which could be beneficial in the long run.
It's great to see things like this happen in sandbox MMOs, and hopefully Darkfall
will continue to see its players establish lasting institutions in the game.