I’ve mentioned before that I haven’t gotten many coworkers interested in playing EVE. Oh, they ask me about news articles they read — usually stories about the latest mega-battle or some new twist on betrayal — but nobody seems willing to make the leap. One guy played EVE briefly a couple of years before he joined our department, but he quit out of boredom with the new player content and because he kept getting ganked. Even the prospect of free ships, ISK, and people to fly with hasn’t persuaded him to try again.
The other day, a different coworker asked me about “that space game” I play and how he could get started. I tried to help set his expectations about the gameplay and the user interface. Some people sign up for EVE expecting an immersive first person shooter in space, and that’s just not what we have. I said he might want to look into Valkyrie for that. I also kinda hinted that it can be a pretty cruel world.
And you’re thinking, “With all those caveats, no WONDER Suz can’t convince any of her coworkers to play! 😉
I get that. I really do. But for one thing, I do have to work with these folks, and I don’t want them to feel like I sold them a bill of goods. They’re cool people — I want them to have fun in their much-deserved leisure time. I also think it’s important to set people’s expectations because a person who has a bad experience is more likely to just give up if they had no idea what they were in for. It just leads to a sense of bewilderment and WTF if nothing makes sense and the game experience doesn’t map to anything else they’ve run into in online gaming.
I pointed him toward the EVE Online web site, and I’m very curious to hear what his reaction is, given that he’s a UI expert. Once he’s had a chance to look around, I’ll also suggest that he check out a few player-run EVE sites, such as OUCH and EVE University. Jester’s (sadly defunct) blog will be recommended reading, along with a few other blogs that will give him a feel for the community.
I want to point him toward groups where he’ll learn a lot and have a fun experience. I’m not able to be online often enough to be good support for a new player, and frankly, there’s a ton I don’t know about play styles that are very, very different from mine. I figure one of the teaching organizations like OUCH or EVE-Uni would be the best way for him to get a feel for whether this is a game he will enjoy playing for a while.
Any other suggestions?