Six Years of Eve University
Six years ago today on March 15th 2004, Eve University
was founded by Morning Maniac, who stepped down
earlier this year after years of hard work.
For those who don’t know us by name, chances are that you have encountered more than a few ex-E-UNI members, and have flown with or against them, as we have alumni throughout Eve in pretty much every major alliance or sizeable corporation.
We have been described as one of the few truly altruistic corporations in New Eden – we take new players and teach them what is necessary to survive and be successful in Eve with support such as lessons, events, guest lectures, ships and modules, skillbooks, forums and a wiki crammed full of information.
In the last 6 years since E-UNI was founded, a great deal has changed in Eve. Back then, New Eden was a very different place – there were no alliances and sovereignty, no mining barges, destroyers or battlecruisers, no capital ships, no faction ships, modules or ammo, wormholes and exploration didn’t exist, there were no deadspace complexes, no level 4 or 5 missions, no epic arcs and no factional warfare.
There were only eight races to choose from, and Eve itself was substantially smaller. The drone regions were closed to players, and there was no Black Rise region. The skill queue, rigs and invention were a long way from existing, and there was no API – not to forget the introduction of warp to 0.
Those changes were significant in terms of gameplay and how Eve developed, but throughout these six years, one thing has remained constant – there are always new players, and there is always more to learn.
We still see the same sort of questions from the new players which we did all those years ago, but with more complexity within Eve comes questions on broader subjects: “Can I pod someone who has a bounty?”, “What happens if someone steals my loot?”, “How does this work?”, “Is this a good fit for a cruiser?”, “What is the best ship?”. While they initially seem simple, they lead to much more complex questions, many of which can’t really be answered by guides and howtos, and require direct experience to answer fully.
With an estimated 10,000 pilots passing through our doors since we opened, (over 1,700 of those in the last 6 months alone), we have members and alumni in over 2,500 cities across more than 80 countries worldwide. This volume of membership is possible due to the way E-UNI is set up, with members assisting each other, and the vast majority of costs being paid for by donations we get from various donors all over the Eve universe, who we would like to thank for their generosity and support.
E-UNI is more than just a corporation though, it is a true community, and even the newest member can help out, by answering the questions of fellow members. Very often alumni stick around after they graduate and have moved to other corporations – in doing so they bring some significant knowledge of areas we can’t cover directly, such as nullsec politics, and the darker sides of Eve.
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