So I managed to finish 2/3 of the newbie mission line. I have a goal, get industry to 5 and start to save up to fly one of the big transport or industry ships. I plan to then join a corp and act as a hauler. I always like the idea of a space trucker, and convoy duty in 0.0 would be fun, surrounded by escorts and always on the lookout for pirate player attacks.
EVE though is kind of meh otherwise. The skillbased system is actually kind of poor, because it takes out what in themepark games were the most fun way of meeting new people: looking for party to level up. While they give you the rookie and newbie corp channels, your general day to day newbie stuff doesn’t really force you to group, or even encounter others in any meaningful capacity. The closest I have gotten so far was mining the same asteroid belt with 2 or 3 other ships close by.
I’ve noticed another thing about EVE. I think they could have so much more success if they just streamlined a lot of things and redesigned some of the user experience. It very much feels cobbled together as a new player, and in the rookie channel it’s usually basic questions-one of the most common is mining veldspar for a mission, but being unable to give it because you need to travel to an exact spot to mine the one asteroid there that can.
Travel is a mess, honestly, as is mining. In high sec i just autopilot and afk because my industrial ship takes forever. There are other systems and regions to go too, but local banking really hurts the desire too, because it means you have to go all the way back to get your assets. A long jump set is not an insubstantial amount of time.
Still its fun so far, albeit in a hands off sort of way.