My character in City of Heroes is about to reach max level. When that happens I thought I'd take a break and try another game before going to City of Villains and playing with my characters there. I picked EVEOnline because I don't like magic. I have a 3+ year old box of Lord of the Rings special extended edition with bookends still in its original plastic wrap meanwhile I'm working my way through my SG-1 DVDs a second time. (BTW, is the LoR box worth any money?)
I played Earth & Beyond for a while then when it was announced that it was being shut down I stopped. All my enthuiasm for the game just vanished. (Plus City of Heroes was due out soon.) My main toon was a miner and I spent many an hour in a zen-like state mining asteroids. My secondary toon was a trader and the third was a warrior. Fighting was not at the top of my priorities list. I wanted to make stuff and I didn't like how you could not go from raw materials to finished project with one character. I was content to explore and gather resources. I gave them freely to guild members who wanted them. That's what a guild is for right, helping each other out.
Now I'm not too keen on PvP and I know EveOnline is a PvP FFA but it's more realistic and appears to have a dose of common sense so I'm willing to set it aside and give it a shot. When I play a computer, I use sneaky underhanded tactics with complete ruthlessness and no sense of mercy. But I don't want those tactics used against me so I won't use them against other real people. I'm not the type of person who'd shoot escape pods or go after a damaged ship. Heck, if I found a destroyed player ship I'd even try to return their stuff to him/her. People put a lot of time and effort into making their characters. Doesn't seem right it can be lost just like that.
How much of a time commitment is expected? I could probably do between 10 - 15 hours a week playing. Other things like my job, my cats, my friends, my pen and paper gaming groups tend to come first in my life. I'm not the kind of player who puts in 6 hours a day and 12 on the weekends. MMORPG is a low priority, slightly above watching Law & Order reruns. It's a game, not a way of life. I have no intention of being an uber-player using every trick and cheat to get ahead.
I tend to solo play. Groups are fun and all but in CoH it's hard to get the right mix of players. In this game I can see being in a mining group consisting of miners and guards charging into lowsec areas for rare materials. I found I like to either work by stealth or pure brute force. It's either or, not a mix of two.
When I see EveOnline I keep thinking of Earth and Beyond. For those who played it, how similar are the games? Can an EB player make it here or does it mean unlearning the old game?