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First off, I'd like to say I think Entropia is a great game. Its very fun, has great graphics if you turn them onto "high" (or even if they're at "low," its pretty decent).
On that note, I'd like to explain my experience and why I quit after just 4 days.
I started out because a friend told me about how fun the game was, they had been playing for like 3 months. They took me directly to this place called the swamp camp, which is near Port Atlantas (starting area). They told me if i didn't want to put money in, although it was the best way to get started, I can gather sweat from creatures for 5 ped for 1000 sweat.
To give you a general idea of how many hours this takes to get even 1000 sweat: from the start, yes sweating is good to gain body stats, but if your main goal is actually PLAYING the game, you will proc 1 to 4 sweats per gather and you will fail many times at attempting to gather (especially if you use their auto aim feature). You'd probably pay more in your power bill than you get back from gathering 1000 sweat, since it takes hours and you need a semi-decent computer to play entropia.
So i bought $20.00 USD worth of PED, or 191 PED (you get 95.5 PED for $10), to get started as my friend told me.
I bought an opalo (starter gun) and began hunting and mining.
Mining: I scanned and i scanned...I went to pvp areas and attempted mining in those places. My first mining trip, I lost about 10 ped only because i got extremely lucky and hit an "average" crude oil. My second run, i spent 33 ped on probes and got 7 ped back in ore. DO NOT MINE, plain and simple.
Hunting DOES NOT give you enough loot to be self-sufficient. You will spend like 10 ped on ammo, and get 2 ped back on loot (possibly even worse).
You will see these things called global messages. Don't be swayed by them, its just like someone winning at one of the slot machines at a casino, there are thousands of players and only the most skilled get good returns, and even sometimes these people lose lots of money.
i hunted and hunted for four days straight. A nice person in the game even GAVE ME a free set of VERY GOOD armor (seriously...it costs like 100 PED and he just gave it to me, along with a free gun). Still my returns would not cover the cost of ammo. I put a scope, laser sight, and amplifier on my brand new better gun (they were pretty decent ones too, about 30ped each). NOT EVEN TAKING DMG TO THE AMP (which is very horrible, it damages so quickly), I DID NOT RECEIVE ENOUGH RETURNS TO COVER MY AMMO.
So how do you make money in this game? is there any possible way? Yes - scamming...or wait i should call it "being a merchant." The only way to be self-sufficient in this game is to either buy items from unknowing people who don't know the real value of something (when you know someone who buys the same item for more), or trying to win auctions and selling to another person.
In every instance, you are putting your TIME, MONEY, and possibly ENJOYMENT (which is what GAMES are about) on the line.
I love the game, and if it were simply a game with a monthly fee and no in game money to real money transfer rate, then I would definitely play it all the time.
I'm sorry if I've insulted any older players, but this is the perspective of a noob. I spent $20.00, got REALLY lucky by meeting someone who wanted to give me stuff so I would stay (I've given them back their stuff + a little more for wasting their time), and generally every time i came back from hunting or mining, I was scratching my head saying "how can anyone do this?"
The really nice person I keep referring to also bought items from me knowing that he could have probably bought them cheaper from someone else...and I just can't leech off of someone rich in the game
I quit because I realize I don't have the time or capital to invest into this game (if it weren't for my very lucky circumstances, by day 3 I'd have been out of money and ammo and would have been dead in the water basically)
All in all, I say don't bother with this game UNLESS you have ALOT of time, and ALOT of money to spend on it initially. If you meet those requirements, you are one lucky **************** and I would recommend DLing this game and making an account RIGHT NOW. =/