An Eve Online Question

Being a fan of science-fiction and hearing good things about it I picked this game up recently. My question how much time would I need to sink into it to play it properly?

I work a job with long shifts and irregular hours and so my games-playing time is highly limited. Is it playable for a quick half-hour every other day or does it need more committment than that?


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It depends on your definition of “properly.” One thing that I liked about Eve was that you still learned skills while you were logged out. That strikes a nice balance between the hardcore players and casual players.

That said, as long as you enjoy playing and are satisfied with your experience, you can play as much or as little as you want.

I believe EVE offers a free trial, so you may as well give it a try.

I’d say that it’s pretty tough to play “properly” with limited time, but probably less so than most other MMOs.

If you know other players, that always helps, too, since they can coach you a bit at the early levels until you’ve gotten a hang of things.

I’d personally say the bigger risk is simply not enjoying it. I gave EVE a few days, and my experience led me to conclude that it’s basically equal parts screensaver and spreadsheet.

Yes, you can play as much or as little as you like. Playing a little is, however, much easier if you tend to play solo or have a large corp/alliance that’s okay with you not being on much.

If you want an extended free trial let me know, the standard trial is 14 days but members (I’m one) can hook you up with a 21 day trial.

if you do decide to give it a try, give me a shout, I go by Aruvqan in game also …

I would have to change to an alternate character to play with you, Im currently down in 0.0 not so safe space, but I have a couple of characters that are in safer space that could help you out a bit, or at least chat with you and help you figure stuff out =)

I’m unemployed scum, so I am in the game at odd hours, if you go ahead and add me to your addressbook in game it will let you know when I log into the game. It would help if you let me know you are from the dope =)

Thanks everyone!

It takes a commitment. You can play infrequently, but you can’t play for short periods of time if you want to do anything. Mining takes a while. It can take up to 6-8 hours if you are playing in a big fleet as it takes a while to get the fleet organized and then move it from place to place. It’s the sort of game that you have to commit to playing it when you’re going to play it. Even Player v Environment missions can take like an hour. And you have to build up a social circle of people to play with to get the most out of it. There’s also the aspect where you have to have a ‘job’ to make money to be able to afford anything. I was a trader, and I can jump on and make 10-20m in a day with a small investment of time and money because I have learned how to do it.