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well, ultimately that's up to you. it's a sandbox so...its pvp if you want it to be. Here's what the universe looks like...the colored parts are alliances so as you can imagine there will be some pvp there, much more than in the non-colored areas. http://dl1.eve-files.com/media/corp/Verite/influence.png as you can see on the left, there's changes happening every day.
this best describes it. http://swiftandbitter.com/eve/wtd/
it's designed for pvp, with pve as support for pvp in terms of money, crafting, etc. Personally I'm a miner so I only pvp when the alliance is doing a big fleet and needs as many pilots as possible.
mining isn't really pvp nor pve its just...mining
eve pve is not a very strong point, it's fairly straight forward. It's not raids and raid bosses, if that's what you have in mind.
for a first timer it's visually-pleasant, and at the same time a bit confusing. It's a 3-D game so as you can imagine the UI will be very different from a classic UI since it must account for the lack of a floor to walk on.
also combat is cyclic, not turn-based. so instead of casting 'fireball fireball scorch, then pyroblast' you cast them all at same time and with autorepeat.
finally...in EVE you're the ship pilot. Not the guy aiming the turret, not the guy cleaning the grease from the engine. you have control over the ship through simple commands rather than directly like in an arcade flight game for example. Not sure if this makes any sense.
but there's a free trial so you can find out for yourself.
If you would like a 21 day trial just use this buddy key:
Tell me if you use it and I can give you some start up isk and help ingame.
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I wish I could start over in eve without knowing anything like back in the day. My suggestion really is to avoid the official forums and explore the game from inside. You will feel more immersed that way.
Enjoy the small things, don't strive for the biggest ship. All ships have a purpose and a role, all can be fun and most ships can counter each other. A couple well played frigs can bring down a battleship.
I have flown everything from frigs to supercarrier, and after years in the 0.0 war grinder I enjoy some mindless time in Faction Warfare. Log in, have some fun, log out.
I remember when I was new in the game and was scared to go to lowsec or 0.0 and it was all a thrill, doing a complex in lowsec and being scared to get caught, surviving gate camps (and dieing in that new expensive battlecruiser).
I suggest you go find a nice corp to join, a small but helpful one, that can give you a purpose and an idea what to train and what to do.
Make friends, because alone it's much harder. Don't be afraid to lose ships, start with frigates, they are cheap and easily replaceable. Don't fly what you can not afford to replace.
Good luck and have fun.
Complete the tutorial then Join RvB if your interested in PVP. Friendly and helpful and will help you get your pew pew on.
Also, if you use the buddy program you can get a 21 day free trial. If you upgrade to subscription I get a PLEX. They sell for 550 million+ isk on the market so, as wth other people, if you use my link and upgrade I will split it with you 50/50
Originally posted by Edkenny I have never played Eve before, how is it for a first timer. How is it, is it PvP, or PvE? I would like to know before I do the 14 day trial.
The nearest thing that EVE has to a manual is the ISK guide, it's a free download from www.isktheguide.com
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Everything about EVE is PvP at heart, but PvP in EVE isn't just shooting at other players. Undercutting another players sell orders on the market or buying all the components on the local market so he can't produce items to compete with you is also part of EVE PvP.
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