PvP in EvE online: Dog eats Dog world
I could write books about Player versus Player engagements in EVE, but I won’t, for a simple reason – you can sum it all up in the Dog eats Dog philosophy. I will give you some basic tips to follow as EVE’s new player.
Understood that you will be hurt. In EVE, you lose actual ships, ship modules, money, perhaps even your avatars life and its progress! This game hurts its players that don’t know what they are doing. In almost any other game, when you enter PvP you might get killed, but the repercussions are really insignificant (you may need to repair your armor, suffer a longer revive timer, but thats mostly it). In EVE you can lose everything you have in a blink of an eye. Older gamers with billions of ISK will not worry about their losses, but it can oh so easily destroy the will to play the game in a young EVE newb. Have that in mind.
You are never safe. Even if you stick to the Empire space with its high security systems filled with NPC police, you are not safe. You will be easily suicide ganked by people who will be flying ten times cheaper ships, equipped for the sole purpose of wrecking up ships like yours that AFK out somewhere in space. It will happen sooner or later.
Trust no one. Friendly folks might offer you help or assistance, but as soon as you give them access to your stuff, they will grab it and leave you. There is no way to secure yourself from such a theft. There is no running to the moderators and asking them to get you your “stuff back”. One of the greatest EVE alliances was not destroyed by wars, but by a long term spy who infiltrated the top echelon and eventually disbanded the corporation and alliance, stealing billions in cash and ships, modules, blueprints and whatnot. That’s EVE for you
There is no or very little one man action in EVE, unless you are roaming and hoping to catch a yet even bigger noob. If you are truly committed to becoming a PvPer in EVE, then the best way is to join a corporation you know the people already, either from some other game or real life. Let them teach you the ropes. Should you have no one who plays EVE, I suggest you join The EVE University. This corporation is generally known for helping new players and fostering a non-toxic environment where they can learn everything about EVE.
WORK IN PROGRESS – TO BE CONTINUED…