Sunday, December 20, 2009

EVE again, if only briefly

I am very much not in an mmo mood at the moment but when EVE sent me an invitation for a free welcome back week plus offered me the free gift of a very special ship it was hard to say no.

Kudos to CCP on their installation process. No marathon patching session was involved. Just download a 2Gb client, install it and you are in the game. The graphics (especially planets) are now prettier than I remembered but I experienced quite a deal of lag. Some of this happened in relatively unpopulated systems so I wonder if my four  year old gaming computer is struggling with the new finery. Lag during a space battle  can mean death unfortunately so I will experiment with options to try and make it go away.

Ah ... the agony and the ecstasy that is EVE. How quickly it all comes back. This game really is a nerd nirvana. Although I have forgotten what I was up to before I quit I logged in to Marb Pelico find that he has stuff stored all over the place. Hundreds and hundreds of pieces of stuff much of which he can't use so I can only assume he bought it in the hope of making a profit. I have no idea whether prices have risen or fallen but I set about trying to collect it all and sell it. Marb has zero trading skill so every transaction requires that he physically travel to the location of the goods many of which are in rather dodgy parts of low security space.  Fun times. I have another character parked in Jita, a trading alt as I recall and then I have my wild child, an un-trained alt in a cheap frigate who is wandering around lawless 0.0 space. I will try and fix the lag issue before resuming her adventure though because lag + gate camp is a quick route to a resurrection couch.

Do I really want to go back to an mmo again, even if it is the magnificence of EVE? Probably not, I am in a single player place at the moment, very content with my own company. Still it is nice to get a free gift although I am in agreement with Tipa on this: mine is staying in a hangar for a year or so until I can sell it for a small fortune.

3 comments:

Stabs said...

It sounds like they are using a streaming client. That downloads a bit of the game then downloads more in the background as you play.

It makes the initial install much more palatable but lags you when you first go to a new area (as it has to download). That's going to make life hard for your 0,0 explorer if that is indeed what is going on.

Regarding prices I never worry about what I paid for it. Yesterday's prices are irrelevant what matters is what I can get for it now. On the other hand you can check Price History in the Market interface. There's a tab in the Sellers/Buyers window.

I do a lot of trading in Eve and I (almost) never check it. If I have 1000 foozles and I can get 30 isk each I'd rather have the 30k than worry that I could have got 60K had I sold them last month. I didn't and liquidating assets is more effective than speculating in my opinion. Waiting is no guarantee that the price will go back up.

Jayedub said...

I would definitly give EVE another try if it wasn't so overwhelming for me. The tutorial is fine, it's whats after that I have no idea what to do.

mbp said...

Hi foks.

@Stabs - it turned out to be a graphics issue. Reducing the graphics sliders from high to medium solved my lag completely. I even flew in to Jita today and experienced no lag on zoning in or undocking from Jita IV 4, the busiest station in EVE.

I am just selling stuff for whatever I can get but the problem is it is scattered all over New Eden - major pain flying around to collect it all.

@Jayedub the sandbox nature of EVE means that you kind of have to set you own goals. A good starting goal is to try and do a few level 1 missions. That will teach you a bit about equiping a ship and flying it. Be prepared to lose a few ships though.