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I have tried many times to get into EVE. I LOVE sci-fi and ship combat, and the game is gorgeous but...something always goes wrong.
When I first played, I tried to be a rat hunter. I started with hybrid guns because I liked the idea, but CCP nerfed them to the ground. Then I tried lasers, but they weren't working. Missiles were what everyone recommended, but the cost to product them wasn't worth the rewards from the rats. I was basically told the ONLY way to earn ISK in the game was mining. I left.
I've tried to come back a few times, but I just can't see spending 15/month for this game. But then I heard about plex. As I understand it, if I can earn somewhere from 300-500 million ISK a month, I never have to pay to play again. Been trying to get some straight answers online about all this but not having much luck. So, here's my questions.
1) Can a new player on a trial REALLY earn enough ISK in the limited time they have to buy a plex, and become self-sustaining? I imagine as you get better skills and gear you can earn more ISK, and this becomes easier as you go. But is it possible at the start? Moreover, how hard is it to do?
2) All are careers viable? I don't want to mine. I love the idea of rat hunting, and the new exploring paths seem fun..is it possible to maintain game time with just those?
3) I'm not scared of open PvP as much as I am of corps. When I played, pretty much every corp wanted you as a mining slave, or a mining guard/hauler if you had a better ship already. I want the relative safety of a corp, but I don't want to mine...are there people that will take you in?
Thanks for the answers guys, appreciate it.