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I started playing on Jan 2, 2010. I've played other MMOs before. Alot of them. My resume is either very impressive, or very unimpressive, depending on how you view MMOs! Immediately upon logging in a random newbie wanted to take me around. I tried to ignore her, but after waving at me constantly I figured she had something to offer. Since this wasnt a poorly policed street in some seedy area of town, the offer was probably game related. Whew. I felt safer knowing that, and I bet you do too! She took me around and showed me what the sweating thing was all about. She hadnt been playing much longer than I had, but she had grasped something very important about the game early on --- the game isnt about killing stuff and getting rich, its about sharing your experiences on some level with other players. She was happy being a newbie. Players that miss this point tend to focus on killing the biggest mobs right away, scoring the biggest markups in trading they can, and getting the fattest Halls of Fames on record.
Dont get me wrong, these things do come. But you have limited control over them. Any newbie can get a monster loot rivalling the most experienced player. Focusing on the loot is a recipe for frustration. Dont do it. Take it easy, do what you want in order to keep your fun level up, and enjoy the down time as much as the uptime.
Getting back to the story, she adopted me, and after a couple days I got a PM saying "Have you been to Nea's Outpost yet?" My response was -- "Whats that?" This was the start of my first epic cross continent run. 2 Newbies. The best weapon amongst us was my starter sword. Our best armor was the Settler armor you should never ever ever get -- Which I got. In short, we were totally defenseless and had no idea what we were doing. We eventually made it to Nea's though, regardless. We didnt make any money, but we had fun. Here's a few pictures from that.
When we got there, we Sweated and Sweated, and I learned what SWUNT was. Its a combination of the words Sweat and Hunt, which is exactly what it is. SWUNTing is a super efficient way of noob hunting, where a group of noobs takes on a monster far beyond their individual ability with the help of a couple advanced players. The noobs get bottles upon bottles of sweat. The advanced players get alot of loot for a lower cost than normal thanks to the newbies helping out with their noob weapons. One thing about the SWUNT teams, theyre super efficient, and geared up by players with cash on the brain. If you dont follow the rules, they will kill you without a word. These players try to drag the monsters out of the hunt zones so that they can avoid taxes. Other players will sometimes come by and kill the SWUNT groups for "tax evasion!" Yeah, its really like that.
It was about this time my noob friend disappeared. Gone without a trace. I havnt seen her logon since. I attempted to contact the person who had been advising her, and he played a bit of a joke on me I think. I started asking him about what gear I should use, and he referred me to the most expensive and cost ineffective items in the game for a new player. Why did he do it? Im not sure. He was perfectly nice to my friend. He took her around everywhere. But he had no interest in helping me out, as I discovered after I purchased what he had recommended, only to find out that the cost of playing Entropia with that gear would have been around $200 per month!!! I quickly disposed of the gear, and went to entropedia.info to learn about gear myself. I also wrote down this persons name, and decided I was not going to support him or people like him in any way. The joke, although funny in a ha-ha kind of way, was the kind of thing that makes people think poorly of a community.
I learned about SIB weapons and other items due to this, however, so I guess in a way he did me a favor.
I ended up joining a group led by a guy who had been kind enough to take me to Twin Peaks, another epic journey! I stayed with them for a while, but in retrospect although they were great people I should not have joined them. Why? Because the group itself was far too advanced for my own level of gameplay. This resulted in me feeling pressured to catch up to them, and being frustrated that I could not. No, they did not pressure me. I pressured myself. I did not want to be a burden on their teams. I played hard, very hard. I focused in on the money because I had to in order to play at the level I was playing. I discovered the side of Entropia all the folks who have quit complain about on the messageboards. I discovered the game can be financially cruel. To highlight the games cruelty, note the globals that pop up on a daily basis. A global is any loot over 50 PED. I started playing Jan 2. I did not get my first global until early March. It was a fat one, but until then I had existed off of bare subsistence and deposits. Other players I know personally have globalled their first week. Or even their first day! Ive globalled and had some Halls of Fames a few times since then, but it took 3 months before they got started.
I ran an experiment with a group of other random noobs, just to find out how cruel, and the results were mixed. Some players found the game to be rather forgiving. Others found it to be horribly expensive to the point of being a financial burden. One player in my group spent over $2000 in 3 weeks. He now logs on once a week or so, because his wife caught him blowing their savings on Entropia. I spent my share as well, at my level of play I had cycled -- which means put through the system, recieved back, and put through the system again --- over 80,000 PED by the middle of March. Yeah, thats $8,000. I didnt withdraw that from my bank account and put it ingame. My actual deposits were far less. Thats what I cycled through the game, generated by the game itself! Being money minded at that time, I was a little pissed off I had spent 8 grand, even if it was virtual money!
Its at that point I reassessed what I was doing, and why I was doing it. I knew I was focusing too much on cash, and in doing so not enjoying the game enough. I decided to remedy that.
Crappy, petty people breed and raise crappy, petty kids.