I’ll have about an hour and a half at home tonight before heading out to a family birthday party which will probably keep me off the internet for the night. I intend to spend that time in EVE rather than WAR, which I’m resolved to take a couple of days off from. (I will, however, check in to see if there are any RvR events scheduled for the week.)
When it came time to make a new character, I chose Minmatar, of the Sebastior bloodline, with a focus on fighting skills; soldier over special forces. This makes him a totally viable mission-runner (assuming no catastrophic mistakes in ship fitting) right out of the tutorial.
Conventional Wisdom dictates that the Rifter is the best of the Minmatar fighting frigates. Indeed, it’s an outstanding ship; cheap, robust and rugged, and it was my ship of choice in a previous go-round with EVE.
This time, I’ve decided to go a slightly different route. One of the series of tutorial missions rewarded me with a Breacher, which is the Minmatar missile frigate. I think I’ll stick with that at least until such time as it proves unworkable or I get it blown up; I’ve always liked playing with missiles in EVE, and my new character, who I’ll call ‘Gus,’ has the skills to use them right out of the gate. Admittedly, he’s better with Autocannons, but hey, I may as well experiment, and if this ship can last for even a week it’ll save me probably 300K ISK in the early game, when that miniscule amount of money can make a big difference.
Plus, it looks cool; I love the look of the Minmatar ships in general, with their solar panels and asymmetric hulls. The Breacher fits this aesthetic better than the Rifter (although the Rifter is very sweet-looking as well.) This was one reason why I returned to my original choice of race after a sojurn with the Caldari in my last pass. Besides, who wants to play the most popular race?
It occurs to me that I don’t remember whether a Salvager fits in a turret or launcher slot, or both. So The Breacher may only last as long as it takes to get salvaging up and running, really, at which point I’ll go pick me up a Rifter, adopting my traditional tactic with that ship of speed and short-range guns.
At any rate, I’ve also resolved to soak up, as much as possible, the ambience of EVE (which I think is very rich and evocative,) and not to worry too much, at this point, about digging into out-of-game technical minutiae or reading the forums or anything like that. I just want to have a good time for the duration of the trial, and we’ll see what happens after that.
This is, if I’m not mistaken, my fourth character in EVE. It’s a game I always wanted to stick with – nowhere in MMOs will you find more depth than here – but always managed to either drift away or get distracted by some other title. I’m going to try to juggle it with WAR for the next two weeks, and maybe even try to stick with both (EVE can work really well as a secondary MMO, and with where my main is right now, WAR can work in that regard as well.)