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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 5:20PM Hummuluis said

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I'm definitely looking forward to the new character creator. The old one, although was nice in the beginning - definitely has become a bit outdated and just 'old'. It'll be a fresh of breath air being able to view everyone's character to see something fresh and new for a change, and to of course see what people have come up with.

I believe new players will definitely find the new creator to be fun, exciting as well, and should bring many new faces to EVE.

Along the note of coming back to EVE, if your a new player or wanting to create a second account - check out pkhq.net/eve. We're currently offering 100 Million ISK for anyone who wishes to receive a 21 Day invitation to EVE through us. Be sure to keep an eye out on the site as well, as we're nearing the launch of our free promotions for plex, isk, and other rewards (geared towards new comers).

Now is the best time to join EVE, with the upcoming character creator, and expansion in bound. Plus the next expansion already in the horizon as well.

Hope to see you in the EVE Universe!

Posted: Nov 8th 2010 9:13PM GaaaaaH said

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You are getting predictable with shilling your site. I understand the need to get attention to form a base, but really, every article the same thing?
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 9:21PM Hummuluis said

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I'll space them out, and my apologies for being predictable. =) Cheers mate.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 11:46PM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Like said - this is just a cheap scam.

The guy will get a month of free playtime when you sub - and it's worth much more than 100M. If he was giving you 350M, it would be ok, but don't sell yourself cheap - get your client from Steam, you'll get the same 21-days and join a decent corp instead.

This joker doesn't even publish his corp name or his KB records, it's just a scam.

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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 1:07AM Hummuluis said

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SgtBaker, you should do more research before actually posting what makes no sense at all. Why would someone new to the game not take advantage of an offer like this? The person gets a 21 day free trial (like Steam and others), plus if the person decides they like the game and subscribes, we provide them 100 Million ISK to get their journey started out easier with some extra spending cash. We do not send out any corporation invites - they are free to do whatever they choose to do. In fact, this offer is not through any corporation which is the reason we don't advertise as such.

Also your point regarding it not being worth it (to cheap) is completely incorrect. A 30 day PLEX is worth 350 Million ISK to someone, not someones referral. Note, you forget this is geared towards attracting new players to EVE. No matter what way you look at it, they will be buying a 30 day PLEX or a months worth of EVE unless they have inside connections already to EVE or they're just making an alt account. However going through us, they get a free 100 Million ISK.

You don't understand the logic behind the whole process, so do not make posts that have no meaning behind it then making false accusations. How about you tell everyone we have referred thus far and who has received their free ISK, it wasn't worth it.

Give me a break, and on a second note - stop trolling my comments.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 1:45PM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Heh. Come on now.

1) You give them 21-trial code.
2) They sub within that time.
3) You give them 100M

Nice.

What you failed to mention is that *you* get a month of free playtime when they sub (which worth 350M - to you, since you don't have to spend your ISK paying for your sub).

350M - 100M = 250M ISK profit for you. Sweet deal. For you.

So it's not about getting new players to EVE, it's about financing your personal playtime with newbs. If you'd invited them to your corp and thought them the ropes i.e. put in the effort and time for the 250M profit you're making it would have been ok. Right now it stands as a rather obvious scam.

Looking forward to your next post already.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 2:34PM Hummuluis said

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SgtBaker,

Again, you are not understanding. Money is time. I'm sorry, however you make it out to be as if we're not putting any effort from our end into the entire process. If it were that easy, we obviously wouldn't be having this discussion.

You are making it out to sound like referrals are basically 30 DAY PLEX which is not the case. You are trying to manipulate what does not exist. Since you do not get a free 30 DAY PLEX when referring someone, it is not worth 350 Million ISK. Tell me this. What is better? If you were wanting to try out EVE, and you had three choices available to you. Which one would you benefit from the most?

A.) Get 14 Day Trial from EVE's main site, then subscribe for $14.95.
B.) Get 21 Day Trial from Steam, then subscribe for $14.95.
C.) Get 21 Day Trial from PKHQ, then subscribe for $14.95 plus get 100 Million ISK.

Exactly.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 5:20PM mattward1979 said

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The only thing stopping me from re-subbing to EvE along with many of my family/friends that are full time gamers, is the simple fact that time we will NEVER compete with people that played from day 1, no matter how they package the skill system.

New 3d avatars are fluff that is welcome, but not likely to entice people into the game.

Now, creating a new server that starts everyone at 0SP I Guarantee would get several thousand (if not hundreds of thousands) of dissillusioned MMO players seriously thinking in sandbox terms.

We need a reroll EvE server for when SW:Tor doesnt live up to expectations and Cataclysm gets nerfed to faceroll status within 45 mins of release.

They could earn a fortune......

Posted: Nov 8th 2010 5:39PM Birk said

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I don't know if CCP would ever do something like this. It's really not a solution to what you are putting forth as the problem; in a year or two, that server will have the same issue as the current shard.

Also, a huge draw of EVE is that everyone is on the same server. Fracturing that would be a big disappointment to a lot of folks.

I will not go back to EVE, even though I am extremely temped; I just don't have the time that it takes to get anywhere in that game (even though I definitely would -love- to!)

Just seems that I need an ungodly amount of time to be able to compete. Not because of lagging behind in skill points or whatever, mind you: there are a lot of very low SP characters that have taken down much higher players with a little bit of coordination and organization.

Sadly, my MMO life is not cut out for organization and coordination. I have enough of that to deal with in real life! And EVE is very, very demanding that way.

-Birk
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 5:41PM Birk said

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Addendum: I will say, though, if you have the time there is no other game out there with so many possibilities. When I got that 5-day back pass this morning (as well as the 60 days for the reduced price), I was extremely tempted!

-Birk
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 6:09PM (Unverified) said

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Something people are always getting wrong about the skill system in EVE is that it is not a linear progression like it is in other MMO games.

The example I always cite to counter the claim that "I'll never catch up with older players" is this:
You can max out your skills in a specific ship class (frigates) in about a month. From that point on, you will be just as good in a frigate as someone who has been playing since the beginning. You may not have the experience, and still be a n00b in terms of time in game, but that is not the fault of the hard-coded skill system.

The only advantages an older player has over a newer player are experience, which is only gained by playing the game, and versatility. After that first month or so, you will be on an equal footing with an older player in frigates, there is no way that they can be better in terms of hard-coded stats than you. However that same older player will have more options with regard to what they can fly, or otherwise do in the game.

The whole "I will never be as good as older players." thing about EVE is a myth. Skills are only a tiny part of how progression and ability can be measured in EVE. You can chose to use them as an indicator of how far you've progressed or how good you are, but in doing so you are limiting the scope of gameplay available to you.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 6:23PM macscarfe said

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"The only thing stopping me from re-subbing to EvE along with many of my family/friends that are full time gamers, is the simple fact that time we will NEVER compete with people that played from day 1, no matter how they package the skill system."

One mans "simple fact" is another mans "complete and utter load of bull"

This simple isn't true about competativeness, unless of course you decide to limit what you compete with other people in, such as to ensure that you will never have a chance.

As a member of a 450 man 0.0 corp, the guy with the highest number of killmails per month for 3 months in a row had been in the game less than 6 months, had bought all his own ships and skillbooks, became a respected FC and this was only his 2nd MMO.

A finite number of skills, of such only a small selection can be used in any one 'style' of encounter dosn't mean no one can NEVER compete will the older players.

You will not be competative from the first day you log in.
You will not be competative in every aspect of this sandbox game
You will not be competative without working at it.
BUT who wants to play a game gives you any or all of the three above?

Or can you prove your "simple fact" and make me look like an idiot?
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 7:12PM DeftCrow said

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And always remember that you always have the option to *gasp* purchase high-SP characters from other players, legally under CCP's supervision. Of course it's expensive because you are effectively paying for 6 months ~ 2 years worth of subscription fee in isk(in-game currency), but at least you have the option to be in an equal footing with the "Bitter Vets" if you have the money.

However, buying new characters and ships does not automatically make someone an expert in Eve; liquid capital, characters, gear, ships and starbases are all tools that can be used for whatever purposes a person finds suitable/attractive, and those are meaningless if someone does not know what to do and how to use them for that specific purpose.

For most people, the best way to figure out your goals and the methods to achieve said goals is to play through the game, starting from the beginner's perspective. It's all part of the learning process. It's also a good way to establish your identity within the game, just like others who use multiple characters and yet still use their first character as the spokesperson for themselves.

That said, I don't see Eve's skill based model inferior to the leveling in WoW clones. There is a certain limit to the extent you can be better in a particular area / role, that limit is set high enough to make sure everyone's experties are valued, and you get more options as you play along. It's not like you are forced to grind / do quests to reach level 80 and get left with the gear-grinding fest what people refer to the "End Game." That's why I like Eve's skill-based system, actually.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 7:50PM (Unverified) said

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I impart destruction upon toons years older than myself on a continuous basis, as well as get pwnd by relatively new toons or toons much younger than mine and with significantly less skill points.

Cunning tactics, teamwork, creativity, and player (not toon) skills go much further than anything else in eve. You just have to be willing to rely on the speed of your neurons instead of the speed of your button mashing.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 8:46PM (Unverified) said

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This is a very sad misconception that for some reason is especially entrenched in wow players, who for the life of them cannot seem to understand that within a few months you can get just as good as a 5 year old player at specific things, and the only thing you will never be able to catch up with is a single toons range of activities. Its very easy to become just as good as a 5 year old character at cruiser PvP, at least skillpoint-wise. you can be within 5% of as good as they are within 4-6 months at all cruiser related activities, and 100% as good within 8-10. Just because you cannot be as good as they are at mining barges at the same time within the same timeframe is meaningless if you don't want to mine.

Put it this way: a single character on eve is like many characters in wow. In wow you have healer classes, tank classes, DPS classes. A character in eve can be the healer class and the gank class at once. But you need to level both. If you talked to a guy on wow who already had three alts at 80, and hypothetically there was no limit on the number of characters wow let you roll, if you and he leveled continuously at the same rate, you would never be able to get as many characters as him. But that doesn't mean your frost mage isn't every bit as good as his frost mage after the same amount of time, just because he has three entirely unrelated characters you don't. Its the same in eve, and the thing about eve is your ship in some ways defines your class, so only limited amounts of your skillpoints are being used at a time. It really doesn't matter how many millions of skillpoints in large energy turrets your opponent has if he is flying a medium projectile armed cruiser.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 9:57PM DeadlyAccurate said

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Last night, two of our corpmates were attacked while ratting (we recently moved into .1 space). Our corpmates were in a T1 battlecruiser (Hurricane) and a T2 frigate (Hawk). The attackers were in a heavy assault ship (Vagabond) and a strategic cruiser (Tengu). The Tengu's pilot has almost 400 kills to his name. Our entire corp doesn't have that many. We scrambled and destroyed both of them, while they only got the Hurricane.

We're not an old corp, and we don't have a lot of old characters either. But we are holding our own. An eight-man gate-camp is still going to mean heavy losses for us. Getting caught alone by an ambush still means losing your Cerberus (::sigh:: I miss my Cerby). But by becoming better players, we have become quite adept at surviving and thriving in lowsec despite being a small corp with quite a few new players.

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Posted: Nov 9th 2010 1:01AM SgtBaker1234556 said

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Argh. This idiotic reasoning that turns up in every EVE post...

It's not about catching up. EVE is not about solo gameplay.
1v1 PvP is very rare and doesn't really exist at all. So the people with 100M SP don't cruise around the galaxy ganking newbies. If they do, they most likely end up killed quite often.

EVE is not a solo game, you can't accomplish *anything* worthwhile alone in it.

Yes you can mine Veldspar in empire and run the missions until you die of boredom (they're really that bad). You can build stuff (to an extent anyhow, the really good bits need to be built in 0.0).

You need others in EVE, you need a corp and at some point you'll need an Alliance in order to make a claim for your space. The amount of Skill Points makes a very, very tiny difference at that point.

It's a very social game. It's also a very strategic game. Skillpoints stop mattering after you can fly your first Battlecruiser (which is about when you start grasping the mechanics of the game).
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 5:27PM SocksForYou said

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The press release for Incursion mentioned something about "new AI." Is this for missions/ratting in general, or just the Sansha co-op encounters. If it's the former, I'm very interested

Posted: Nov 8th 2010 6:06PM Hummuluis said

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It's for mission / ratting in general. =) Along with increased loot and variety as well to make ratting even more interesting. You might give it a try, or wait until it's released to see what people are saying about the new update.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2010 6:19PM (Unverified) said

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No, its just for the Sansha's co-op encounters. The AI uses a lot of CPU resources and puts a lot of stress on the servers so the fancy new AI is limited to the Sleepers (Wormhole rats) and the new Sansha's content.
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