Undock the station. Warp to within 0 m of suitable asteroid field. Fly to Scordite filled asteroids (or Veldspar if Scordite is scarce). Turn on the Civilian Shield Booster. Launch my Hobgoblin I drones. Click on nearest asteroid. Lock on target. Activate the XeCl Drilling Beam I. ‘The asteroid is depleted’. Click on the next asteroid in my overview, lock and drill. Rinse repeat till the ore hold is to full capacity. Warp/dock to station. Sell ore. Restart process. That more or less describes my experience of EVE Online in the last week.
I was warned by some friendly players that mining in EVE Online is a dull endeavour, and it is! The upside is that it can be lucrative for a new player and also quite safe. As a matter of fact I have yet to have my ship destroyed and ISK was never an issue for the things I wanted to buy so far. I cannot really say that I am enjoying the experience however the game has dominated my play time this week. Why? I can think of two reasons.
Firstly – while the mining operation I am trying to set up is boring and repetitive in and of itself I am quite enjoying learning the ropes in this fascinating sandbox. Up until now I felt EVE was not a game which commanded my full attention. After all, watching my Venture mine ore in space scores marginally higher than watching paint dry on the excitement chart. However it is something I can easily do on the side. I more often than not find myself watching video tutorials or reading guides to EVE to keep myself occupied. Thankfully there exist many resources which can get a newbie player up to speed within the universe of New Eden. The community is strong with this one. Watching a movie or playing another MMO worked equally well. Indeed I am mining Scordite this very moment. Any activity which allows me to hear the warning that ‘the asteroid is depleted’ is fair game and having a dual monitor setup helped immensely with this.
Secondly (and more importantly) – I feel that in EVE it’s not necessarily the experience I am having right now that matters but rather the promise of what can happen in this vast, open sandbox universe. I read many accounts of crazy stuff which went down. Incidents which the developers CCP never really intended but completely endorsed. Events which took place because the players wanted them to happen. My current EVE experience may be lacking in excitement but its definitely brimming with potential. Having said that, in my few days of playing the game nothing really exciting happened. Possibly I am playing it too safe having never ventured out of 0.7 sec. As someone told me on chat ‘most of the excitement involves dying at some point’ which is something that I have yet to experience. This makes me think that maybe the game is not at fault – I am. Would WoW still be exciting if I spent all my time killing mobs in Dun Morogh?