The universe of EVE Online is growing larger every day. More players are signing up and creating Trial accounts to see what it is all about. “One Universe to Explore and Conquer.” With this large influx of players, CCP went ahead and started simplifying some things within the game. A good example would be the ISIS system. However, all these extra’s lack something that CCP just cannot provide (although they try). They lack the guidance of experienced players. Nothing can trump the advice of a player who has been playing for years and knows his field in and out.

So we start the first guide. Before we start looking at the wonders of mining, complexity of industrial construction or pretty explosions of PvP and ratting, we first need to ask “What is EVE Online?”

There are not enough adjectives to describe EVE. Many descriptions could include: vast; complex; scams; dangerous; mining; construction; stock market sim; in depth; massive space battles; alliances; carebears; grinding; time wasting …

The list goes on. So, grab your towel, stick out your thumb and let’s get started with the basics.

What is EVE and what is your goal?

When you start EVE, you first create your character. This character is a capsuleer. He punts around in a mini ship called a pod. Inside the pod he is suspended in a quantum fluid, hooked up to cables, allowing him to control the ship with his mind. This is the capsuleer advantage. This makes him better than an NPC. This pod is able to plug into many, many ships, allowing the capsuleer to control the ship with their mind.

And this leads to the goal of the game. Get yourself a ship. A ship that you want to fly and one that you enjoy flying. Each race (Amarr, Caldari, Gallenete and Minmatar) has their own rookie ship that is given to a capsuleer from their race should they dock at a station without a ship. This is the ship you start with and the one you will eventually find disposable (No value if it’s free right?). This rookie ship also comes equipped with two turrets. One miner and one gun. Now that you have what is needed to get started, there are 2 things you need to do to progress in EVE.

Let the studies begin

Almost everything in EVE requires skills, whether it be skills to mine more efficiently or skills to make your weapons hit harder. Training in EVE requires skill books and time. Your character starts off with some basic skills. To train every single skill in the game would take well over 20 years. As CCP releases new expansions, new skills will be added, extending this time even further, so there is no hope of being good at everything with a single character. Instead, look into what you want to do. The type of career you want to follow will determine which skills you should focus more on. Now that you know what you want to do, you need to get the skill books. Skill books are purchased from academy stations all over the EVE universe. To buy them, you need ISK.

Time to earn a living

ISK makes the EVE galaxy spin on it’s rotational axis. ISK is the currency of EVE Online. It is used for everything, from purchasing that ship you want, to paying your taxes. Within EVE, there are different ways to earn ISK: Mining, selling items on the market, shooting rats (NPC ships), market trading, Planetary Interaction and many more. To balance this, EVE has just as many ways to lose ISK and these include the loss of ships, scammers, taxes and system rent. Since you are new to EVE, you would start with some of the easier methods. Your rookie ship already has a miner on it, so you could go and lazor some asteroids for their ores. Or you could go and shoot some rats for their bounty with that civilian gun of yours. Either way, you are going to need the ISK to keep pouring in so you can buy what you will need.

A ship dressed to kill

Purchasing a ship on it’s own is useless. All you are buying is a hull. Like the outside shell of a yacht, without any lounge suite or satellite TV. We need that TV now. On the market, you can also purchase modules. Each ship has 3 types of slots to place modules.

– High Slot: Used for your most power hungry systems. These would be weapons, mining lasers, missile launchers and all things powerful.

– Mid Slot: Used for CPU intensive modules. Things like Shield rechargers and hardeners, Sensor boosters and intelligent equipment (Like that TV).

– Low Slot: Used for the more powergrid intensive systems. Armour repair and weapon upgrades.

Then you get Rigs. Rigs are permanent modules that you duct tape to your ship. Unlike modules which you can swap and change, rigs are destroyed if removed from a ship. Rigs give bonuses to different aspects of a ship whilst imposing a penalty to another area of the ship.

For the new player, each ship produces 3 types of power:

– Powergrid: This is the constant power the ship can provide. All online modules that require powergrid reserve a piece of what the ship can offer. A module that needs more power than the powergrid can offer will not be put online.

– CPU: The processing power of each ship. Many modules require intelligence behind them and the ships computer provides that. But the ship can only do so many calculations per second. If a module requires more than what the ship can offer, it will not come online.

– Capacitor: This is a pool of energy that recharges. Modules need powergrid and CPU to remain online, but they need Capacitor to cycle*. As you use each module, it will cycle. And each cycle will consume power from the capacitor. The capacitor recharges over time, so you don’t have to worry about a limited amount of power. What you do have to worry about is draining your capacitor too quickly.

*Some modules do not consume capacitor, but consume charges instead (ammunition).

Based on all this knowledge, you can start looking at modules and choosing what your ship will need. Keep in mind that certain modules are restricted to certain ships. We wouldn’t want a mining barge running around with a doomsday weapon would we? (Obviously a mining barge can’t support a super weapon. It lacks the powergrid, CPU AND capacitor to use that module)

Now that you know some basics on EVE, I will be working on future articles that will hopefully help the new player with different aspects of EVE, like mining, Incursion, exploration and mission running. No, I’m not only going to do articles on those. If you have a suggestion on a sector of EVE I could cover, let me know. If you have any helpful links, post them below.

~Carebear Novus

64 Comments

  1. not a newb

    “- High Slot: Used for your most power hungry systems. These would be weapons, cloaks, ->jammers<- and all things powerful."

    Since this is supposed to be a newb guide, please no such blatant errors.

    February 14, 2014 at 07:12 Reply
    1. nijam

      He probably is referring to remote ECM Bursts, wich could be argued as some sort of jammer.

      February 14, 2014 at 10:06 Reply
      1. Dumbledore

        Probably not, mate, as remote ECM burst isn’t quite a thing you write about for noobs.

        And cloaks aren’t those “power hungry” things either.

        February 14, 2014 at 11:19 Reply
        1. GG

          If you bothered to read the whole thing you would have noticed he refered to CPU, and cap as “types of power”. Also who the fuck cares, it’s a new player written blog to get other gamers intrested in eve. Not like some new player is gonna be fitting a ship and say to himself “Oh look, I have alot of extra ‘powergrid’, that blog said cloaks are power hunger perhaps I should fit one”

          February 14, 2014 at 17:41 Reply
        2. Dumbdumbhead

          Somewhat funny that this needs to be explained…… CPU power is a type of power.

          February 14, 2014 at 17:45 Reply
          1. Dumbledore's alt

            first time i hear anyone talk about cpu as power…

            …I bet you’re novus necrontyr in disguise.

            February 14, 2014 at 21:16
          2. Dumbdumb head

            If you read the story, then it’s at least the second time.

            February 15, 2014 at 01:58
          3. Me

            Have you never looked at the minimum/recommended requirements for just about any PC program?

            February 15, 2014 at 03:14
    2. Ron Burgundy

      A newb doesnt see that mistake at all, and wouldnt care. There are always those super nitpicky Eve players, and if THATS the best criticism you can come up with, Id say this introduction is written pretty neatly.

      February 14, 2014 at 12:06 Reply
      1. Bawk Bawkbagawk

        a newb wouldn’t see this guide. so shut your cocksucker.

        February 14, 2014 at 12:36 Reply
      2. Ming Tso

        Yeah, We’re nitpicky so newbs don’t make dumb mistakes because your guide was so blatantly wrong.

        February 14, 2014 at 13:24 Reply
        1. Andrew Metzger

          Yup, newbs accidentally fitting jammers to high slots is the next big thing. Someone figure out how to make ISK off em, quick!

          February 14, 2014 at 13:28 Reply
    3. Michael

      Are you guys that bored with your pathetic lives you have nothing better to do than nitpick stuff on here?

      February 14, 2014 at 14:41 Reply
      1. BS

        Are you so bored with your life that you come here to comment on guys nitpicking stuff on here ?

        February 14, 2014 at 23:15 Reply
  2. Time to keep it real

    An ISK faucet is a mechanic which introduces new ISK into the game, creating it from nothing. Examples include pirate bounties and the selling of items to NPC buy orders. Note how this differs from things like trading, selling ore which u have mined, items which drop from rats, or items generated from planetary interaction. Though activities such as mining generate wealth they are not isk faucets as no new ISK (currency) is introduced into the game. Even if you realize this generated wealth in the form of isk via the selling of said item you are not creating isk, you are trading the item to someone else and getting their isk in return. (in real life terms its the difference between earning a salary and printing money)

    Conversely there is the concept of the isk sink. An isk sink is a mechanic which removes isk from circulation in the game. It destroys isk (takes it from the player and sends it unto oblivion). Examples include the purchasing of items from npc sell orders, LP stores, sov bills, sales tax or even players being caught RMTing and having the isk illegally purchased removed from game by CCP in the form of a negated wallet. Now to see why things like the destruction of a ship does not constitute an isk faucet think about where isk is destroyed when a ship dies….. aha, It isnt. When an item is destroyed wealth is destroyed but not isk. Interestingly the destruction of a ship actually constitutes an isk faucet, not sink, as new currency not coming from another player is introduced into the game in the form of an insurance payout.

    Now i know this is in no way the point of the article, i just felt nit picky and was compelled to be a smartass.

    The point of the article is to get the new player ready for what they will come across in game, and i hope if they read this it helps because guess what new guy, eve is full of smartass smug nerds. Get used to it

    February 14, 2014 at 07:15 Reply
    1. GG

      Yeah, ships destoyed is a material sink, which is just as important as a isk sink(if not more so). Mudflation is a problem pretty much every MMO has, where items that should be rare are not rare simply because they are never destoryed, or taken out of the game, and well the item(which is suppose to be rare) only drops say once every 48 hours real time, over a five year timespan many people now own this item. In EVE if anything becomes more common the market reflects that based on supply and demand, and if it is cheap enough more people buy/use it, which means it’s destoryed more often.

      February 14, 2014 at 17:27 Reply
      1. GG, GG

        ur tangential statement is no way shape or form a counter point or argument opposing anything i said. GG

        smug slam 2014

        February 15, 2014 at 00:30 Reply
  3. Shvak

    I do not understand why a news site would publish a guide to playing eve. I could understand it having an archive where such articles are collated and put together as a meaningful reference guide. Regularly updated blah blah blah.
    But to pass this off as news is surely not what this site is about.

    February 14, 2014 at 07:42 Reply
    1. Shvak = oxygen thief

      Couldn’t agree more ….. damn you EN24 ! How dare you provide content not explicitly confined to the strictest definition of your website! I suppose you think you are pretty smart providing blatant non-news articles or content for ä wide audience. For shame EN24. Consider this my petition for reimbursement for the wasted pixels. I mean it’s not like we can choose not to read your articles !
      But seriously I shouldn’t be so hard on Shvak I mean if he is posting on here it means someone has the night off

      February 14, 2014 at 08:55 Reply
    2. Jevous Encule

      Who cares!! Is TMC a website only about The Mittani? You dont like the tittle of a thread on EN24, just dont click on it bro.

      February 14, 2014 at 15:09 Reply
    3. Mike

      Leave and don’t come back then, nobody cares what you think, so stop commenting.

      February 14, 2014 at 17:29 Reply
    4. Mike

      Go read a book report or some product placement story on TMC then, and tell use about news.

      February 14, 2014 at 17:31 Reply
  4. Makez

    – High Slot: Used for your most power hungry systems. These would be weapons, cloaks, jammers and all things powerful.
    Jammers in hi – since when ?

    February 14, 2014 at 11:51 Reply
    1. Robo

      ECM burst, but not newbie stuff by all means lol

      February 14, 2014 at 13:02 Reply
      1. Super pilot

        ECM burst is midslot. Remote ECM burst (only for supers) is hi.

        February 14, 2014 at 14:19 Reply
  5. MrSeb

    These kinds of articles are a good idea but you have to remember. It’s not like you join EVE and think “Oh there must be a EVE News site somewhere where i can see some articles that will help me during my journey into EVE”.
    EVE is full of great tutorials. You do not need to go far. The forums, Youtube, EVE Wiki and so on.
    Also, corps like EVE Uni are a great help to people who want to get more involved and learn quicker. In EVE itself you have the help channel.
    I don’t understand why they say that EVE is a difficult game with a steep learning curve. I do not know if there is any other game with so much helpful threads, posts, websites dedicated to helping and making it easy for a new player.
    Any new player with a thinking mind will find tons of material on whatever they are interested in EVE, just point them to the general direction of a thread with all the helpful links about EVE.

    February 14, 2014 at 12:50 Reply
  6. Ming Tso

    Holy shit please put the proper EVE Online Learning Curve on this article and not this scientifically flawed one.

    You can find it here:http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3088/2335016192_44938cf481_o.jpg

    February 14, 2014 at 13:21 Reply
    1. dang

      No learning curve there, m8!

      February 14, 2014 at 13:39 Reply
    2. Erutpar

      You know, this one doesn’t really make any sense either. The X and Y titles need to be changed.

      X = Time invested, Y = Game Knowledge
      With this you can see that you gain some knowledge with time but then with more time investment you Un-learn things, then you give up investing time trying to learn EVE and your Knowledge is complete!

      LRN 2 GRAPH!

      February 14, 2014 at 16:10 Reply
  7. Quakker

    If it’s too bloody hard to open up a browser and research this shit before/while playing, they won’t last long anyway. I’ve been playing for a long time and I’m not ashamed to say there is a lot I haven’t a clue about.

    February 14, 2014 at 13:49 Reply
  8. thoughts

    They have improved the tutorial immensely from even 4 years ago. I can remember first attempt at eve, was a tutorial on warping to a location, and warping back to station, with a warning not to venture far cause you’ll likely be attacked (something along those lines) And instructed to a 36 hours training of something. It was extremely confusing, I’d almost thought it was like a turnbased game, and couldn’t do anything until the next day.
    Even now, you can complete the tutorials, learn how the game controls work, but afterwords, new players are still in the dark what the objectives are in the game, all they see are these lame ass missions that repeat over and over again.
    One of the things I wish they would have made clear is everything you do is permanent from the time you install the game. Select the name you’ll be using the rest of your gaming career, cannot change. Focus skill training cause that can’t be changed. There is no max level, you grow more powerful the longer you play, can’t just reroll a different spec if it wasn’t the game style you wanted unless you want to start from scratch again.

    February 14, 2014 at 14:25 Reply
  9. John Doe

    I didn’t read it all but confusing it’s with its is kind of lame, even if you’re (note: not your) not a native speaker.
    I mean we all comment and sms and im and whatnot, but an article is an article…

    February 14, 2014 at 15:22 Reply
    1. Noisrevbus

      There are plenty of errors in grammar out there and why many of them are misused may be difficult to understand for a native speaker, because even if some rules may be irregular they remain somewhat logical.

      However, this is one of those exceptions in the English language that is largely unknown and not commonly taught to L2 speakers while also not being logical or derivate of other rules in grammar – it is an exception to a rule with few other things in other rules to compare it to. In fact, I’d hazard the guess that it’s a mistake many native speakers reproduce as well, even in serious articles.

      February 14, 2014 at 16:40 Reply
      1. John Doe

        That sounds unlikely. It’s not brain surgeon speech or something really weird and obscure, it’s basic words you use a lot. I understand mistakes, I learned english from movies and the Internet and I make mistakes in my native language as well. This is not a case of showing possessive in some irregular situation (thast can be weird sometimes), just knowing how to write mine, yours, his/hers, its and not to confuse them with something you pronounce the same but means something else.
        ps. I’m actually surprised libreoffice or spelling cow doesn’t recognize the error, we have 30 year of spell checkers and they still don’t work even for simplest of sentences… ahwell…

        February 14, 2014 at 19:05 Reply
        1. Noisrevbus

          Well, that’s just the thing, the spell checker can’t determine the difference between the possesive and the contracted . Similarily, we rewrite he to hi- in order not to confuse with , we add the R to and we use a different form of for second-person verb forms etc.

          “It” has a very special place that really has to be learnt. That makes your response very interesting because you are both right and wrong at once. It’s something you have to “just know”, as you say, but once you compare it to the other examples you provided you can see that none of them are subject to the same confusion in grammar (ie., rules or descriptions) :).

          February 15, 2014 at 01:04 Reply
          1. Noisrevbus

            Lol, that auto-parsing of html-tags :P.

            February 15, 2014 at 01:04
      2. BS

        English is one of easiest languages in the world. And the L2 speakers tend to be better at gramar than native speakers.

        February 14, 2014 at 23:12 Reply
  10. Billbo

    Please for the love of the Gods never post again

    February 14, 2014 at 19:20 Reply
    1. Methylated Spirit

      Reading your posting history, ditto.

      February 14, 2014 at 19:40 Reply
    2. Budge

      Should you really be talking? Just yesterday you claimed NPC null was worthless, and goblin knew what he was talking about. You are perhaps the most foolish looking person that posts on this site.

      February 14, 2014 at 20:59 Reply
      1. Billbo

        and it still is, i’ve never found it to be worth while because from my own exprience most groups who live there are bad at organization or having an l33t mentality with being more focused with your K/D ratio’s than actually have fun. to each is own.

        February 14, 2014 at 21:08 Reply
        1. Airke Label

          The value of the space is based off what can be made from it, you don’t need to be in an alliance to extract that value from NPC space, in fact many use alts to farm the regions. You can argue that you can make close to the same isk/hr as W-space with none of the hassle of living in W-space and you can do it solo. In reality it’s arguably the most valuable space in the game, the only down side is you ruin your standings(which is why many that farm isk from it use alts).

          February 15, 2014 at 18:45 Reply
      2. BS

        To be fair it’s understanable that he likes GG point of view, because his posting is on Gevlon level 😛

        February 14, 2014 at 22:50 Reply
  11. holy fuck

    How many more summaries for noobs that boils down to, “here’s how to play eve” do we need in a month?

    February 14, 2014 at 19:42 Reply
  12. Hmm

    Growing larger every day – I stopped reading after that funny joke

    February 14, 2014 at 21:28 Reply
  13. BS

    he is suspended in a quantum fluid, hooked up to cables, allowing him to control the ship with his mind. This is the capsuleer advantage. This makes him better than an NPC…. really, this is what makes him better than NPC… no comments.. and thats just beggining of article…

    February 14, 2014 at 23:05 Reply
    1. slothen

      Actually, that’s an excellent introduction.

      February 15, 2014 at 02:30 Reply
  14. Aonus_the_blaster_maniac

    It is always great to see how everyone starts b!tching about what this guy should write when they havent wrote an article for EN 24 except trolling the comment boxes.

    February 15, 2014 at 02:05 Reply
  15. slothen

    That is not what “isk faucet” and “isk sink” mean. Mining is not an isk faucet. Blowing up ships is not an isk sink. Blowing up ships is an isk faucet. If you want to describe making money and losing money, you should just say that rather that using words you do not understand. Words that have specific means and used commonly by the players and CCP.

    February 15, 2014 at 02:29 Reply
  16. whelp

    With all the information about eve on the net, we finally get some well placed misinformation!
    Newbie guide: Read/Do the tutorial missions, talk to people, google all the things.
    Or shoot rats with civilian weapons…

    February 15, 2014 at 02:51 Reply
  17. d

    Growing? I have watched 10 (possibly more) corp mates and friends stop playing in the last month and my accounts just ran out. The grind for isk has just gotten to be to tedious with almost no reward in relation to the inflation of ships and modules. More time spent grinding isk means less time doing what is most fun about Eve, blowing other peoples shit up or die trying. CCP has went to a lot of trouble “fixing” so called isk faucets and only managed to succeeded in making this game boring as hell. IMO they are doing it to force people to spend more real life money on plex so they can make more profit. End result more and more boring as hell grinding for iSK and a total lack of enjoyment. I am not paying anymore of my hard earned cash to play a GAME that is no longer fun.

    February 15, 2014 at 03:09 Reply
    1. Vax

      You clearly have no idea how plexs works.

      February 15, 2014 at 03:11 Reply
      1. d

        Oh really? Alliance has a new doctrine bs and it cost 320-360mil instead of the 180-200 it used to cost because inflation of the cost of hulls and modules So you spend a few hours ratting and realize this really sucks and that the ratting does not pay anymore and actually pays less because yeah CCP “fixed” it and it is going to take forever to get the 320-360mil you need. So hey I can spend 17.95 of my hard earned REAL LIFE MONIES and buy a plex to sell in jita and get the isk I need for the ship. Whats that? Oh you changed doctrines and now I need another ship that will cost another 320-360mil? Time for another plex. Yeah I think that pretty much covers how plex works

        February 15, 2014 at 03:21 Reply
        1. NRDS FTW

          It sounds like you might be in the wrong alliance for the stage of the game you are at. Don’t be mad at CCP because your Alliance is demanding things of you that you clearly are not ready to do. Join a group that can help show you how to make money so you can enjoy the PvP side without killing yourself. Incursions, Ratting (salvage the anomalies dude!), Mission Running, Wormhole Space, Market Jew, etc…there are so many ways to afford 300+ mil ship fits but you need to have a solid foundation before you go thinking you need to buy plex to play the game. Or just keep buying plex because learning alternate ways of making money will take time that you clearly don’t want to spend.

          February 15, 2014 at 04:36 Reply
        2. -_-

          If your in a serious alliance you should have access to very valuable nullsec which make a ton, you could farm that bs in two hours or just do some incursions. If you cant afford the bs but wanna pvp fly something SMALLER, frigs are basically free. I pvp ALLOT in cruisers with a handful of friends and have a ball in lowsec.

          It really is retarded easy these days to make isk thus the “new” ship doctrines. As for the devaluation of isk, that works two ways IE that plex will get you two well fit bs’s, lets go back several years when plex were 200m and domi hulls were about 55 that plex would STILL get you TWO well fit bs’s.

          February 15, 2014 at 06:34 Reply
        3. Theryn

          Serious question…. are you retarded?

          You fund all your PvP off plex? You understand that a highsec scrub can make 100+ mil an hour right? So ten hours and you have you should have 1+ bil, and you should have SRP so you should be able to fly most, if not all the doctrines with that one bil. Hell if you fly logi you actually make isk every time you die…… Sure you can say “But I don’t want to grind ten hours once every three to six months for currency”, and I would say “tough luck”….. and ask you to name an MMO that doesn’t have a grind factor. Ten hours once every three to six months is getting off easy if you look at other MMO’s.

          You buying plex to fund PvP is a personal problem. You are ether too lazy to farm the isk needed, or you don’t have enough time to play MMO’s to keep up with the isk needed in a nullsec alliance.

          February 15, 2014 at 18:32 Reply
        4. CaptLontBone

          Again “d” nobody gives a shit what you think

          February 15, 2014 at 19:12 Reply
        5. CaptLontBone

          I bet you like this though 8=====)-

          February 15, 2014 at 19:14 Reply
    2. GrandMarquis Divinitie

      Hmm, that’s odd. It seems to me I have heard something similar to this before. Things are more expensive. The money just doesn’t go as far as it used to. I am not having as much fun as I used to. What am I thinking of? Oh, right, I remember. It’s called, umm, REAL LIFE.
      Damn. Virtual life is just like real life. Doesn’t that just suck.

      February 15, 2014 at 16:04 Reply
    3. Yohn host madison

      I dunno I make silly isk doing incursions a few hours a week and I enjoy it. You saying your leaving the game is like a fat girl saying she won’t dance with anyone. No one gives a fuck.

      February 15, 2014 at 18:25 Reply
      1. CaptLongBone

        Im with ya “d” is for DOUCHEBAG!

        February 15, 2014 at 19:11 Reply
  18. Tek

    I’d wipe my ass with this article. It’s pure shite.

    February 15, 2014 at 18:23 Reply
  19. Novus Necrontyr

    EDIT: ISK Faucet and Sink removed. Jammer from high slot removed.

    This is only an intro article. I aim to make future articles that focus more on specific areas of EVE such as industry, PI, Incursions etc. My knowledge is insufficient, so I will be talking to others to learn more and get advice from actual players who actively work on whichever sector I would be discussing.

    Also, have a problem with the article then don’t read it. Too pro? Then stop reading guides.

    Those that pointed out my errors, thank you. I tried to correct the horrible ones I made such as ISK sinks and faucets.

    This guide is intended as that. Not a be all and end all. I want to inform newer players of the different avenues EVE can be approached by.

    February 17, 2014 at 04:54 Reply
  20. Saint

    Great article, I look forward to seeing more. I will now post this off to a couple of mates I’ve been trying to entice into New Eden.

    February 18, 2014 at 17:19 Reply

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