Thanks to all the help here, I'm going to give Eve Online a try. (Probably this weekend so I can catch day off for Memorial Day.) Beforehand I'll read the player's guide (man is it BIG) and be ready. I have one more question.
What skills should a beginning character take? I know a big part of the answer depends on what sort of character you want to play, but I figure there are some skills every character should have. For instance I understand there is a skill that lets you learn other skills faster. If true, then it should be a top priority to learn.
That being said I want to take the role of a miner/manufacturer and should have the skills to go from materials still in the asteroid to something sold in a shop and used by another player.
(The problem I found with the EO players guide is that it says things like, "the first thing you should do" or "make it a top priority" way too often. You can only do one thing first and if you have so much being a top priority, then the notion of top priority looses meaning.)