I often hear people say that EVE Online
is a lot more fun to read about than actually play, and I've even caught myself saying it jokingly to friends and writing it in articles. But the truth is that amazing stories like the recent world record-breaking Bloodbath of B-R5RB
are a hell of a lot better when you're a part of the action or have the first-hand experience to put the event into a wider context. All of EVE
was impacted by that battle, with its effects rippling through the in-game markets and reshaping the political landscape of New Eden. But to read about it, you'd think the carnage in B-R5RB ended when $310,000 US worth of titans went up in smoke.
has seen a huge influx of fresh faces since that colossal battle at the end of January, with thousands of new characters being created and the Rookie Help channel bursting at the seams. Whether you've always been a closet fan of EVE
who has finally been convinced to take the plunge or you just want to join the ranks of the warring alliances you've read so much about, starting out can be a daunting experience. The sheer amount of information there is out there to absorb and sort through is overwhelming, and not all of it is up to date. CCP
released a great new player guide
recently to help newcomers assimilate, but I've still received several emails asking for advice on getting started.
In this week's EVE Evolved
, I delve into the new-player experience with a 14-day free trial
and reveal my top tips for starting out on the road to creating your own sandbox story.