In which Dave loses any free time he has.

26 03 2006

It really was just a matter of time. I had been fighting the temptation for years. It wasn’t difficult, the offerings were tantalizing, but not enough to really make the committment necessary. And if I was going to do it, I wanted to make sure it was the right decision, at the right time.
Alas, that time has arrived. On Thursday, I made my payments, downloaded my software, and signed into Eve Online, an MMPORG.
For those not into geek anagrams, an MMPORG, or ‘Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game’, is an online game where you as a player are just one element in a large scale universe populated by other gamers from all over the world. Generally these games have thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of players online at the same time, some interacting with each other, some working in teams, some playing individually.
Some of the more famous MMPORGs are World of Warcraft and Everquest. They’ve been enormously successful, with huge player bases and serious player involvement, to the point where the MMPORGs become their own functioning economies, even spilling over into the real world.
Eve Online takes a somewhat different tack on the MMPORG concept. Where other games and environments have focused on sword and sorcery, as well as personal character development and interaction, with characters building skills, experience, collecting items, completing quests, etc, Eve Online chooses a different tack.
The background is the human race expanded out into the galaxy, and found a wormhole to a far remote galaxy. They expanded through that wormhole for many hundreds of years, then the wormhole collapsed, cutting off the huge industry that had sprung up in the remote environs. Large corporations came to dominate the environment, factions grew, and tensions rose. Now a sort of detante has settled, with 4 major clans in control, with dozens of huge corporations, and thousands of small ones, all vying for economic and political control.
The game is enormous… hundreds of systems each with planets, moons, and asteroids colonized and built out. You control your own ship, which can be anything from a small trading frigate up through enormous capital ships. There’s a strong economy and scaled model for how to build up your ship, skills, supplies, connections, and allegiances, with a virtual infinate number of paths a player can take to build up their career.
At the moment, my ship is happily docked in a station while I go through skills training, but next time I’m online, I’ll probably take it out to do some asteroid mining – a relaxing pasttime that allows a properly configured ship and prospector to mine ore and bring it in for reprocessing to generate income. This is just one of many ways to make money in the game, money that can be used to buy new equipment for your ship, buy skills training, invest in trade goods, and continue expansion.
I enjoy the game enormously for any number of reasons. The first is it is absolutely stunning visually. I was unsure about the heavy toll it would extract on my gaming machine (however it wouldn’t be the first time I upgraded my PC specifically for a particular game), but my Athlon 2800 + nVidia card seems to be handling it just fine at 1280×1024. My first take on the imagery reminded me a lot of Homeworld, with the tactical display and ‘jetstreams’ showing ship vectors, but it quickly became apparent the folks doing Eve put a LOT of effort into the interface to support the levels of communication needed to function in the Eve economy.
I’m up to 3 days on the game so far, and I can see very careful metering of my own time will be necessary, though I do like that certain tasks in the game can take up quite some time (for example, laying in a multi-jump course thats going to take me across 5-6 star systems, and setting the autopilot to execute… can take a half hour to complete the navigation. Excellent time to catch up on neglected work.) I’ve found the folks online to be very into the game and helpful, giving good suggestions and help when needed. The hordes of 12 year old kiddies with big swords doesnt seem to be happening in Eve, which I’m eternally grateful for.
Now, here’s the fun part. I’m a paid user now, ergo I have ‘buddie’ accounts I can give out. Interested in trying it? Let me know, I can provide you with a 15 day trial account. Give it a try. First one’s free.

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436 responses

29 04 2007
scarecrow

hey dark …can u plz make this account in a gold acount
for Tactis Arena
name is: crow
and pass is: 0000

11 06 2007
Allen loreto

Uhmmmm DARK Look At Me Message Please
CAN you make my character a X – guardian
Please Can Yuhh Pleaseeee!!!
If You Do I would Be So Grateful To You
I might Even Lick Your Balls If I Saw you
…so no tricks
Username: jollo delrosario
password: elive
pleaseee
nice knowing yuhh

18 06 2007
fpuleader

hey can you hack my tactics arena account. i need to be gold cause grey sucks.
Username:fpuleader
pass. scimy91 please do this i really need it. and just send me an email when your done.
fpuleader91@eartlink.net

18 06 2007
fpuleader

hey can you hack my tactics arena account. i need to be gold cause grey sucks.
Username:fpuleader
pass. scimy91 please do this i really need it. and just send me an email when your done.
fpuleader91@eartlink.net

18 06 2007
fpuleader

hey can you hack my tactics arena account. i need to be gold cause grey sucks. and i would be extremely grateful.
Username:fpuleader
pass. scimy91 please do this i really need it. and just send me an email when your done.
fpuleader91@eartlink.net

12 10 2007
laurz_comp

I want a free guardian account
user-laurzcomp
pass-naixdead

13 10 2007
noone

Ey dude!!! can you make my account a guardian???
if you can plss send me a message so that i will know your email add then i’ll send my user and pass to you

24 10 2007
Iceboi205

Yo Dark Could U make my people Guardians
Just the lv 40
Username 51598
Password 10

22 11 2007
kelvin

pis upgrade my charecter in adventure quest pls i only 10 pls

22 11 2007
kelvin

pis upgrade my charecter in adventure quest pls i only 10 pls it is chankaewen pass is

22 11 2007
kelvin

justinchan email chankaewen@gmail.com

22 11 2007
kelvin

justinchan email chankaewen@gmail.com

22 11 2007
kelvin

i live to serve u dark lord

4 12 2007
nathan

can you please make me a guardian on battleon, and also give me a lot of gold, but if you can’t do both, just make me a guardian? reply to my email and i’ll give you my username and password

1 01 2008
dom

can you upgrade me on adventure quest please my user name is quagmire69giggity and my password is pornstar ps its on adventure quest

1 01 2008
dom

can you upgrade me on adventure quest please my user name is quagmire69giggity and my password is pornstar ps its on adventure quest

1 01 2008
dom

can you plz get me the dragon amulets 4 dragon fable my username iz delaid & my password iz pornstar thx

3 01 2008
marquae11

Dark dude can you make me a guardian.my e-mail is bigpimpmarquae@yahoo.com send me a message and i’ll reply back with my username and password for AQ.Please make me a guardian.

3 01 2008
marquae11

Dark dude can you make me a guardian.my e-mail is bigpimpmarquae@yahoo.com send me a message and i’ll reply back with my username and password for AQ.Please make me a guardian.

26 01 2008
GiangC☼i

Can u hack for me money, how about 1 billion ? plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. My email dark_zero_2106@yahoo.com

23 02 2008
Kairu

Hey I have an account that needs a major UPGRADE
i need help
User Name: “deathtrap666”
Password: “qwertyu”
Need free guardianship plzzzzzzzzz

24 02 2008
Ivo

hey all i want really nice favor ! If you are guardian level(no matter) and tired playing AQ im opened for Guardian Accaunts i live in Bulgaria(Europe)im too young to work and my parrents wont pay the guardianship for me so, if you are so kind and give me your guardian ACC ill really be thankfull and i appriciate it send usernames and passlords to gray_angel@abv.bg

16 03 2008
larry

can some body please get me an dragon amulet my username is mikelarryking3 my password is waseem

25 03 2008
Emotin

hey dark can you give me a guardianship member plzz icant post my account here ican give you my email gabuyamv@yahoo.com then email me if i got your mail iwill give you my user and my password its only lvl 41 dracomancer lvl5 ol painless sword thankz

10 05 2008
benjamin

axe

10 05 2008
benjamin

kan du je mej ba saker till min gubbe ja vill ha 3 zamora body ok 3 zamora legs

10 05 2008
benjamin

kan du je mej ba saker till min gubbe ja vill ha 3 zamora body ok 3 zamora legs

10 05 2008
benjamin

kan du je mej ba saker till min gubbe ja vill ha 3 zamora body ok 3 zamora legs

10 05 2008
benjamin

kan du je mej bra saker till min gubbe ja vill ha 3 zamora body ok 3 zamora legs

1 06 2008
chandler

yu guys can play myn battleon but if you delete it ill call the cops just lvl it plaese

1 06 2008
chandler

yu guys can play myn battleon but if you delete it ill call the cops just lvl it plaese

3 10 2008
Frenzy

Anyone know how to get free Z-tokens?

3 10 2008
Frenzy

Anyone know how to get free Z-tokens?

25 10 2008
alexander

i contact email for my pass and user i want get ugrade to gurdain

27 11 2008
Kully3030

Need someone to make my Mechquest a Star Capitan won’t post info here but e-mail me kully3030@hotmail.com

13 12 2008
Adrian Toledo

plz guyz make me a guardian
usename:malnon123
password:153246789
plz dont change the password
tnx!^_^

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