Talvorian Dex wrote a post on the Target Caller blog giving an overview of what Newbies should know about EVE.
Point 6 was that there was no right way to play EVE, but there was a wrong way. The wrong way was to try to do it solo.
I shouldn’t really argue this point since my very own blog byline is “Focused on playing EVE the wrong way”, but I think this view can catch out and ostracise a small but otherwise viable group of players.
So for those who want or need to fall into the dreaded category of solo EVE players, here are some thoughts.
. The argument that EVE is an MMO so you shouldn’t play solo makes no sense. It is impossible to play EVE in total isolation from your fellow players. The moment you undock – someone else has the opportunity to interact with you. When you mine or rat or do exploration, you are competing for resources against other players. When you do almost anything on the market, you are interacting with other players. You are part of this MMO if you fly solo or in a 20,000 man coalition.
. Not everyone is suited to being a member of an EVE Player corporation. You may not find the social aspects of the game comfortable or enjoyable, or you might not be able to meet the requirements of the type of Corporation you would find value in. If your EVE time is restricted, you might not appreciate having your training time, ISK expenditures, and in game activities dictated to by others.
. While not all aspects of the game are open to you flying solo, most are. The Executive Producer of EVE (CCP Seagull) has stated numerous times that she supports varied and interesting solo and small group play styles.
. Statistically you are less likely to stick around playing EVE solo than in a player corporation. It doesn’t mean it is impossible, it just means you have to work harder at the game. There are many well-known and successful solo EVE players.
So there is a place for you here.
Once here I think there are three key aspects of being a successful solo player in EVE.
. First, embrace the fact that while you might fly solo, you are not playing the game alone.
. Second, be aware of the community. Follow CCP on Facebook and Twitter, read the DEV blogs, find yourself a number of Fan sites to read, and if your fortitude is strong enough, follow the News sites or forums. I can’t see how you would last long term in the game if you did not keep yourself informed about what was going on. It makes the game much richer.
. Third, maintain a long and ever updated list of goals and things to do in game. The previous suggestion helps you do that. Aimlessness kills your EVE experience.
I think it is as simple as that.