As far as MMO Rerolls go, this was a rather unique month. If you recall, the whole reason I started going through the relics of my past is that there weren’t any new MMOs that I was interested in at the time. That means whatever MMO I pick to revisit is usually played in a vacuum. Sure, I played games from other genres and even participated in some MMO betas along the way, but my chosen MMO for the month doesn’t have any direct competition. This month, though, there was another MMO that I wanted to play. And I wasn’t playing just for funsies, either. I was playing it for a review.
That other MMO is Elyon (you can read my review here). Knowing that playing a new MMO for a review would take up most of my gaming time, I had a decision to make. Do I skip doing a Reroll for November, or do I figure out a way to still fit it into my schedule? I chose the latter. With that decision made, all I had to do was figure out how to make it happen.
I needed to pick the right MMO for the limited amount of time I had available this month. I thought about giving Dark Age of Camelot another go, a Reroll Reroll, if you will. I could easily come to the same conclusions in half the time it took the first go-around, but why put myself through that much pain (sorry, I couldn’t resist)? I have actually considered doing a revisit like that, but it would require more time, not less, to give DAoC a fair shake. Star Wars: The Old Republic? Lord of the Rings Online? Everquest 2? All three are MMOs I want to revisit, but alas, all of them would require more time than I had.
That’s when I figured it out. Eve Online was a perfect fit. WTF! How could anyone say they had limited time and then choose one of the most complex, open-ended sandbox MMOs of all time? Are you nuts? It’s okay, Charlie. I got an angle.
I don’t recall too much about my short time with Eve Online. I’m not even clear on exactly when it was I played. I know I wasn’t there on Day 1. It may have been in 2004 or early 2005 at the latest, so it has been quite a while since New Eden has graced my computer screen. One thing I remember is just how short-lived my time in New Eden was. Not really knowing what to do or where to go, I headed out to do some mining. Maybe it was an NPC that killed me on that initial voyage. Perhaps it was another Capsuleer; I’m not sure. I don’t even know if I was in Hi-sec or Lo-sec. All I do know is it was a harsh entry into the world of Eve Online, and it was enough to push me away. It really wasn’t the death so much that turned me away. It was more the lack of understanding and the lack of desire to figure it all out. I know, Carebear to the core.
That death so many years ago isn’t my only interaction with New Eden, though. Although I hadn’t given Eve Online another chance – not even when it went free-to-play – I always kept it in my periphery. And when Eve Echoes made its way to mobile devices, I was there to try it out. It was decent, too. I found a group of players to hang with, and I found myself making a living in a new New Eden. I lost a few ships, but I was still earning more than I was losing. Like most mobile games, though, my attention wandered. After a few weeks, I lost interest and moved on.
Long story short, Eve Echoes gave me the courage to give Eve Online another try. Even if I played non-stop, there’s no way I could even scratch the surface of what Eve Online has to offer in three or four weeks. What I could figure out is whether all the talk about how the new tutorial (it’s not really new anymore) made Eve Online a little more hospitable to a new Capsuleer. Would this attempt at a life in New Eden be closer to what I found in Eve Echoes, or was it going to be a repeat of my experience well over a decade ago? So, with limited time and an equally limited scope of work, it was time to start my MMO Reroll of Eve Online.