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Ok so after jumping from EQ2 to WoW to WoW again to VG to LotRO to WoW again (don't ask) to LotRO to FFXI like 4 times to GW to etc etc etc I've become less than enthusiastic about MMOs. Jaded even. It all seems the same on a fundamental level. So I asked myself "Self, what can I do to relieve the monotony and rekindle the fun factor and the 'cool never seen that before' feeling I once had when I played EQ1 and those other oldies?" And after turning the question over in my head and comparing what I've played to each other I realized both what may be the problem and the solution.
My problem: the fantasy genre. Too many elves.
Solution: A different genre.
And so I came to EVE. I thought about SWG but everyone's scared of the post-apocalyptic wasteland it's become after the NGE. I thought about CoH but I had played that (twice, sometime between one of the FFXI's and the WoWs) and didn't feel like trying something I already tried again, so EVE was the next logical choice.
Now I'm no complete stranger to EVE. I once tried half of the 14 day trial. Why half? Simple: I realized within minutes of logging into EVE that the game was
A) just massive. I thought zooming out was impressive... then I saw the map...
And not worth trying out when only limited to a 14 day trial considering the sheer scope of the game, yet I didn't feel comfortable buying it unless I had more time to really figure out if it was the game for me.
So I only tried it for 7 days and thought "OK I'll think about it" and did so for a few months.
11 months actually. 11 months of jumping around all those fantasy games. Without much EVE thinking, admittedly. Which leads me back to where I started and why I decided to just buy the damn game. And so I left it downloading when I left for work this morning, and installed it when I got home this afternoon.
My 7 out of 14 day free trial character was, to my surprise, still there. I decided to delete him cuz I wanted to start from scratch. Little did I know that deleting a character would take 10 hours, but I'm not surprised considering it's EVE. So i set my character to terminate itself and created a second first character so I could run through the tutorial. After placing my pod inside my rookie ship and undocking, I was treated to the beautiful gameworld that to this day ( with everyone pissing their pants about directx 10 and unreal engine whatever-thousand ) is still visually stunning. There's just no other way to put it. I thought FFXI's graphics when they first came out where awesome. I thought EQ2's graphics were awesome. I thought VG's graphics were awesome. EVE is simply stunning, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring.
After weeping in the face of the universe I noticed Aura, the tutorial wench, was calling out to me. I tore myself away from feeling one with the heart of creation and noticed the UI, and felt instantly inadequate and way in over my head (again). I swore, however, to give this game a real shot. So I went through the tutorial very, very slowly and methodically. And that's where things went to hell.
The first thing that struck me as odd was that I can almost remember that with my original trial character the tutorial automatically started when I first logged in, when I was still a pod, before getting into my rookie ship and even leaving the university. But I chalked it up to bad memory and kept going. Then the tutorial got even more screwy...
Here's where I need help folks. Any new player out there who's experiencing the same following problem, or if you care to create a new character just to test this out, please let me know:
At a very early point in the tutorial (specifically the "Overview" section, the one that explains the icons in the overview window) Aura asks you to find a pirate orbiting an asteroid in your viscinity and approach it.
There is no pirate in my viscinity, nor is there a red cross indicating a pirate in the Overview window.
I asked in game about this and people were very helpful, however the problem remains unsolved. Aura does not ask me to warp anywhere, nor does she ask me to speak to a tutorial agent, nor does she ask me to do much of anything after exiting the University where your pod first logs into as a new character, except how to move the camera, how to double-click to move, what the overview window is, and how to approach a pirate.
Nothing about orbiting distance (which I distinctly remember from the 7 out of 14 day free trial character), or warping anywhere (which I also remember) and other things which I assume should happen BEFORE I engage in combat.
Is there something screwy in my .ini files? Should I wait to restart when ALL my characters are gone? Am I stark raving mad?
Please reply folks, I'm in dire need of a new virtual home, and EVE is nothing short of gorgeous both visually and in its scope concerning gameplay. All I need is for Aura to work the way I remembered.
EDIT: I currently have all 3 of my characters (my original trial guy, and the 2 I made tonight that I tried the tutorial with, both with the same problems) set to terminate. They'll be gone by tomorrow morning. I'm hoping doing so will reset any and all tutorial settings in any corresponding game files, though "reset tutorials" was already checked in my UI in game for all 3 characters. I'm still looking forward to any feedback anyone here may have. Thanks for reading such a lengthy post.