Learn by Teaching

Article by Hippla Tsero

Getting started with teaching can be daunting. Speaking in front of others is not something that comes naturally to everyone. Speaking in front of others with authority, let alone speaking on a topic that you might be new to you will feel challenging.

Folks that learn with the aim to teach will ask themselves questions such as “How can I best present that knowledge”, which helps significantly to retain knowledge. And just as Albert Einstein said “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”, we can take advantage of that.

But you should do it anyway!

Why? Because it’s the best way to learn. Educational research has long shown that teaching is the best way of learning – mainly because you will approach a topic differently when you know that have to hand on that knowledge you later on.

EVE University allows you to engage with a topic, by providing you with slide-decks for 14 CORE classes in addition to a comprehensive UniWiki that has elaborate articles and guides on a wide variety of topics.

In addition, there is a fantastic guides on How to teach for EVE Uni to get you started.

Still in doubt?

Let me share my teaching story for EVE Uni with you!

I got started with EVE at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, when we were forced (allowed) to spend way too much time in front of our computers. I quickly got routed towards running missions at our then High-Sec campus in Amygnon. However, I found those extremely dry and boring and the skill training to get into a Battleship took what felt like 2 years. So I was looking for an alternative activity and a friend I had made early on in the Uni recommended Exploration to me. So here I went, bought myself a Heron and dove into my first wormhole. I obviously forgot to bookmark the exit, despite being told 3 times to not forget it. I think I was just too nervous that someone would blow me up and immediately warped away when I entered it.

After only a few weeks, I had made real bank! I also lost a few Herons but got over it quicker than initially thought. However, when I talked to my friend about my exploration adventures, he mentioned a whole bunch of things I didn’t understand. Scan strength? C1-3 Wormholes? Sansha space? What was he on about? I was just looking for Relic and Data sites.

So I opened the UniWiki and found several pages full of material for hacking, scanning, exploration in Null-Sec etc.

That’s when I decided – let’s put my knowledge to the test. I scheduled a class a week down the road. The date came closer quickly and the day of the class I realised I still hadn’t prepared at all. So here I was, sipping my morning coffee, reading all the material again, going through the slide deck and changing some of it to make it easier on myself. And suddenly it was 18.00 EVE time and I had 8 or 9 people join me for my very first class. I mentioned that it was my first class and everyone was super kind!

It had been only 3 months since I started EVE again and my biggest fear was that I would get questions that I couldn’t answer. But fear not! I had some more experienced players join the class, that helped me out with some of the answers.

After the class, I felt a huge relief and satisfaction. I was able to share some of my knowledge, but most importantly: I knew way more about exploration than just a week before the class, when I had scheduled it. I also realised I had some knowledge gaps that I need to improve upon. But my initial fears were irrational. EVE Uni provides such a nice and inclusive environment, that even a newbro can teach as class. After all, there’s always someone less experienced around in EVE Uni that appreciates having someone take the time and explain a topic to them.

So whether you are new, or you have never liked speaking in front of others – use the opportunity EVE Uni offers by teaching a class (or more!!!). Choose a topic you like but want to upon and challenge yourself to use teaching as a tool for yourself to learn! And most importantly: If you have any questions or fears, simply ask on the EVE Uni Discord. The teaching staff is amazing and will help you in any way they can.

So what are you waiting for?

[Opinion] What makes a good CSM candidate.

Author: Hippla Tsero

CSM voting has officially started and especially newer players can find it challenging to know who to vote for.

So who do we vote for?

Besides the official CCP interviews, EVE University conducted two extensive CSM candidate round-tables, which brought together many of the current CSM18 candidates. Besides, we could observe a myriad of community shows with different formats, giving the candidates the platform to present themselves and advocate for players to vote for them. 

What is striking is that most shows had a very large focus (as is tradition) on the arm-chair development discussions. Candidates went on to present what they felt are the major pain points of EVE right now, their long or sometimes a little less long experience of playing EVE and how they would design EVE if they would just be elected to the CSM 18 this year.

A question much less discussed, despite it being asked by CCP Swift to pretty much every single candidate: What makes a good CSM candidate. A question so central that it’s worth looking at it a little bit closer.

What makes a good CSM candidate? I think there’s broad consensus that experience of playing EVE, even if it is just in a certain niche, is central to what makes a good CSM candidate. If the candidate can now also engage in the fun intellectual exercise of formulating aforementioned EVE pain points and come up with some cool ideas on how to solve those, this surely gives them some extra credit. But what truly makes a good CSM candidate has very little to do with EVE and is pretty evident to anyone who ever had to work in a large team trying to come to an agreement in a board room.

What makes a truly strong CSM member is the ability to work together, build consensus and clearly communicate a position. Talking to any incumbent or previous CSM member, it’s clear that the CSM is a focus group more so than an advocacy group. A group of players that helps CCP cover their blind spots, a group of players that can help CCP avoid implementing new features in a way that would negatively impact the game and its community. Yet, most of the discussions by CSM candidates focused on how they would develop EVE if they were just elected to the CSM.

No matter your ingame affiliation or your ideas on how EVE could be better. The moment you step into the CSM, you will be invited to attend meetings with developers and provide feedback on an already set developers road map. If you don’t like the changes or want to influence them, you and the other CSM members will need to have the ability to overcome your differences and find consensus on how to best convince CCP of how to move forward, without fundamentally questioning the core of CCP’s next expansion or feature.

During every show where potential CSM candidates discussed their ideas on how to develop EVE with current or former CSM members, those with the experience of having been on the CSM all said the same, no matter whether Null-Secer, Wormholer or independent candidate. As much fun as the intellectual exercise of arm-chair development is, it won’t help you much with your day-to-day CSM work. If anything, it will stand in your way if you are too insistent on a particular issue (e.g. bring back abyssal pvp arenas) or think that a particular group of candidates is over-represented (e.g. too many Sov-Null candidates). The message is loud and clear, yet seems to have largely been ignored by potential CSM candidates: Being a thick-head will make your time in the CSM miserable for yourself, for the other CSM members and for CCP.

The CSM is not a group of market experts versus fitting gurus versus sov-null leaders versus scary wormhole enthusiasts. It is a group that will need to work together closely to find a way to communicate potential concerns of the community to CCP and help to keep the car that’s already going at full-speed on the road, rather than in-fight about the colour of the car.

In light of this observation, it might be worthwhile going back to not only our own EVE Uni round-tables but to the CCP interviews and have another look at how your favourite candidate answered CCP Swift’s question: What makes a good CSM candidate? While some candidates gave some humorous answers, a striking number of potential CSM 18 members focused solely on their EVE experience and the ability to have great ideas on how EVE could be better.

And yes, while I argue that the CSM Is not an advocacy group per se, most previous or current CSM members also let shine through that being part of the CSM also helped them build trustful relationships with CCP developers. It’s these relationships that have helped them advocate for some changes they feel strongly about, rather than the actual day-to-day CSM work..

What do you think makes a strong CSM candidate apart from their EVE experience? Join the conversation on the EVE Uni Discord. And most importantly: Don’t forget to vote!!


Interview with EVE University alumnus: Ambrose Dexter (Sydanten Taksikuski)

Hippla: Hey Ambrose Dexter. I had the chance to get to know you as Sydanten Taksikuski, your EVE Uni character and my mentee! Thanks for taking the time to share some of your experience as a recent EVE Uni alumnus with the community. Let’s get started by learning a bit more about who you are and what it is that brought you back to EVE? 

Ambrose: In spring of 2023, I returned to EVE for one reason. There’s simply nothing out there that provides the true sandbox MMORPG experience like EVE does. My first MMORPG was Ultima Online, and at its inception I got hooked on the concept of player-driven economy with full-loot PvP.

Much like EVE, we had to treat gear as ammunition and we had to solve logistical challenges to be able to show up to a fight at a certain location. To get to a “prepared” state, we had to figure out gathering of resources, crafting and transportation. To be efficient at this, we had to specialise and that meant working together with other players who fulfil different roles was absolutely necessary. And once you get involved with other people to achieve larger goals, you unlock the full potential of a sandbox game: emergent gameplay and incredible storylines that you become a part of with those around you.

Now this was a brief summary of my experience in Ultima Online, but as you would replace the name of the game “Ultima Online” with “EVE“, you’ll find that all aspects of my experience correlate to EVE perfectly. This is exactly why I have returned to EVE. 

Hippla: Having played UO back in the wonderful early days of MMOs, I can totally relate. When you recently came back to EVE, why did you decide to join EVE University (again)?

Ambrose: I’ve had a really good experience with E-UNI back when I was active in 2019. At the time, I was introduced to EVE by a somewhat experienced friend and he helped me get to a stage in hi-sec gameplay where I was able to run L4 missions to make ISK, and do the occasional PvP in neighbouring low-sec systems. In time, I realised that my gameplay was mostly limited by my friend’s vision of what can and should be done in this sandbox.

Realising the fact that I hadn’t been introduced to the majority of what EVE has to offer, I looked into joining a corporation but I didn’t feel like I was equipped to judge which corporation was actually good for me. 

Most of my questions regarding in-game mechanics were always answered by the UniWiki, and so I decided to join E-UNI, the people behind this wiki. In E-UNI, I quickly learned the most valuable thing which was “getting to know what I don’t know“. 

Learning about all sorts of different playstyles and career choices removed the “fog of war” and turned “unknown unknowns” into “known unknowns“. The transition from a beginner to an advanced beginner was great because I didn’t feel overwhelmed with EVE anymore and this was essential for my post E-UNI career.

Fast-forward a couple of years, I ended up taking a break from EVE. On my return I was mechanically very rusty and had some outdated knowledge. So joining E-UNI again to get my bearings straight was a no-brainer.

Hippla: That totally makes sense. EVE Uni is without the doubt the best place for returning players to dust off!
Tell us a bit about your time in EVE Uni. What would you recommend new or returning Unistas to make the best of the time in EVE Uni?

Ambrose: My second stint in E-UNI was a bit different than the first one. This time around, I already had the fundamentals. I just needed to learn what had changed in New Eden and get back to flying with Unistas as soon as possible. I moved out to Syndicate right away to join the null-sec base of operations of E-UNI. Coincidentally, I had returned just in time to witness a very busy strat-op schedule due to a neighbouring group attacking E-UNI structures. I ended up spending two months in and around PC9-AY, fighting this group, and in hindsight their presence was a blessing in disguise. Constantly undocking in a hostile environment was the perfect crash course I needed to relearn important mechanics.

My recommendation for new or returning Unistas is to do two things. First, ask tons of questions on Discord and learn about things that you’re curious about (“fittings channel” was my personal favourite). Second, join fleets and go into the fray as soon as possible. Most E-UNI fleets have newbro ship/fit options baked in, and this allows you to be a part of something important without having to deal with decision fatigue of endlessly theorising over “perfect” fits and skills. 

Combining fleet experience with a healthy amount of theory talk in Discord will quickly prepare you for your EVE career. If you skip the practical part, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice because you’ll be missing out on high quality content that is made very accessible to everyone with the hard work of E-UNI staff.

And finally, learn about NPSI (Not Purple Shoot It) groups and give them a try. E-UNI is NPSI friendly, so make the most of it!

Hippla: At one point it’s time for all Unistas to move on. How was the process for you and where did you end up? What lessons would you want to give new players on how to best transition from Unista to EVE Uni Alumnus?

Ambrose: People in E-UNI recognize “moving on” as part of a natural progression, so there’s no need to feel bad about wanting to move on when that time comes. For me, as a returning player, two to three months of very active play in the Uni was enough for me to feel 100% confident. After that point, it was my time to go back to flying higher skillpoint doctrines and being a part of much riskier engagements. If you’re happy to remain a Unista, don’t feel pressured to “graduate”. When the right time comes, you’ll know it.

That’s my answer for “when” to move on, but “where” to move to is a completely different story. I’d definitely recommend planning ahead and talking to other Unistas and Alumni about the groups you are curious about. Choosing the next step proved really difficult for me and so I applied to the mentor program, requesting a mentor who has enough experience to  address the “where to” problem and I was lucky enough to get paired with you, the renowned Hippla Tsero. 🙂

After learning about the current sovereignty landscape in New Eden, and doing a bit of hopping around, I ended up in the South with the Literally Triggered [LTRIG] alliance. The South is a very interesting place to be right now with tons of potential content and a limited amount of blues.  If any of our future readers consider joining the Southern action, they can send an EVE Mail to my main character Ambrose Dexter. I’ll be happy to help and potentially recruit fellow Unistas.

Hippla: EVE is a tremendously complex game – how do people stay engaged? How do they continue learning? And most importantly: How do they continue to find things they enjoy doing in the game?

Ambrose: EVE is a game where you need to have something that’s resembling a plan in order to stay engaged and challenged. You can pursue your own goals, or be a part of a larger entity and contribute to their plans instead. The trick to having fun for me is to always have something to look forward to. Some people find that the planning and theorycrafting portion of EVE can be a source of fun just by itself. But from personal experience, I enjoy EVE much more when I undock frequently and put those plans to the test without waiting for the elusive “perfect moment”. Don’t indefinitely delay the things you want to do.

And to answer the “How do they continue learning” portion of the question, I’d say always keep looking out for new opportunities. If you feel stagnant with where you are in EVE, you have great tools at your disposal to shake your status-quo up. Try NPSI fleets. Try looking into different sections of space, and use Jump Freight services like PushX or FrogFreighting to get over the laziness of moving assets around. And if you want to fly different things, maybe use the skill trading system to potentially pivot your characters. Whatever you do, keep undocking, and keep interacting with others.

Hippla: Thank you so much Sydanten (aka Ambrose)! I decided to call you by the EVE Uni name I got to know you as to wrap things up.

Always a pleasure to catch up with you and happy to hear you are finding a good time in the galactic South East! Hope to see you around in space and fly dangerously 🙂

Interview with Sanctia Vitae – Senior Mentor Officer

Interview with Sanctia Vitae, Senior Mentor Officer at EVE University

Hello Sanctia, you are part of one of EVE University’s oldest programs, the Mentor Program. Tell us a bit about your EVE history and how you ended up with EVE University.

Hello! Thank you for having me. I began playing EVE back in late-2008. I made a character just to get into the game and explore what my cousin was so involved in. Things were quite different back then, and I wasn’t really grasping the concepts of gameplay, let alone actually flourishing. My cousin had invited me into his corp, a fairly small group of miners and industrialists. They were very nice, friendly, and knowledgeable people for sure, but they weren’t really set up, equipped, or skilled in coaching a complete newbie like myself. I ended up dropping out of the game from a lack of interest and focus.

In mid-2009, my curiosity of the game began to grow again and I renewed my subscription. This time, I made a new character and decided to explore things on my own, from scratch. I flew around casually, picking up missions here and there, and just poking my nose into what I could. It didn’t take long until I realized that I, again, had no idea what I was doing and needed help in order to move forward. Whenever I saw anyone asking for a good corp or for help with figuring things out, the same recommendation kept popping up: EVE University. I thought, “sure, why not?” and applied.

Before I knew it, not only was I a student participating in the grand pilgrimage of moving my things to Uni space (Aldrat at the time), I was participating in classes, fleets, and even found myself a Mentor. I kept learning, trained skills to better perform in missions and support for war fleets (ECM 4 life), and worked my way up to Graduate. I was enjoying my time in the University and socialising with the friends I made. The Uni had provided me with so much; way more than I could have ever hoped to learn in the same time alone. I wanted to give back. Recalling my wonderful experience as a mentee, the choice was obvious. I became a Mentor.

I volunteered with the Mentor Department for nearly a year before eventually moving on to the rest of New Eden, my head held high and spirit strong. Since then, I have been playing on and off. Fast forward to mid-2021, my love of the game pulled me back in full time. My cousin’s old corp had mostly died off; its members either moved on to other ventures or quit entirely. I wasn’t too sure of what I wanted to do, and I wasn’t too familiar with all the changes since I last played. Thankfully, I knew of just the corp to help with these sorts of things. And, naturally, once I found my footing I knew what it was I wanted to do: I volunteered as a Mentor once again.

Talking of the Mentor Department, what does the Mentor Program mean to you?

The Program offered by the University is a unique one that works in concert with the other education-focused departments. Though each one is equally important, I hold the Mentor Program near and dear to my heart. As I mentioned before, I was a mentee at one point in my EVE career. While I may not remember every detail of every interaction from 14 years ago, I remember how it made me feel–being both a mentee and Mentor–with fondness. I remember being able to ask my Mentor even the simplest-sounding questions without fear of being hassled or teased. I remember the guidance and direction he provided when I felt lost. The connection I had with my Mentor helped to shape the experience I had early on into an overwhelmingly positive one. Really, I could say that the biggest reason I continue to play EVE is because of the Mentor Program.

It sounds like becoming a mentor can be a lot of fun and be very fulfilling. In your eyes, what makes a good mentor and how does one become a mentor?

Naturally, I wanted to pay forward the experience I had. As a Mentor, I strive to provide the same environment that raised me: ensure that my charges feel at home, supported, seen and heard, and free. For all Mentors, I think it is important to remember that you, too, were a new player. Stay flexible. Your new mentee may have started with an interest in abyssals and PvP, but suddenly finds themselves fascinated by something as harmless as wormhole rescue. Then that could change the next week to industry and mining! Let them explore! Let them feel out different avenues of content at their pace, all the while providing support, information, and advice as they need. Additionally, it is a good idea to keep notes on your mentees. We’re human, and it becomes easy for information to bleed over as time goes by. It’s not impossible to unintentionally forget something about one of your quieter mentees in the chaos of a noisier, more active one. I of course say that with all the kindness and love. For any prospective mentees reading: be chaotic! Be loud! It makes things fun for all!

We welcome those with Sophomore and Graduate titles to apply to become a Mentor, although Sophomores may be asked to provide references and additional information in lieu of the Graduate title. You don’t have to be an expert at the game, or any one subject for that matter, but we do ask that you have a decent grasp of the concepts and basics.

I remember when I was a mentee, I found it very difficult to know what questions to ask my mentor. Any advice for new or returning players on what they can ask their mentor and how to best learn about EVE?

The best advice I can offer would be to ask any question that comes to mind! Seriously, there are no dumb questions, except the ones not asked. Not sure how the fitting window works? Ask! Overwhelmed with how the market is structured? Ask! Not sure where to start or what to do? Ask! To answer the question posed to me here, you can ask us what we did when we were learning. Ask us what we do now. Most of us have stories to share, and some of them might inspire you to try something out.

If you do find yourself unsure of how to ask a question, or even what question to ask, just work it out. Think of it like trying to remember a word; while you may have forgotten it, you know what you’re trying to say. Even if you don’t know the exact terminology, using synonyms in a sentence or just talking about what you’re thinking can help your Mentor narrow down the issue.

Another avenue a new or returning player can take on their own is to browse the UniWiki. Literally browse it. Go to a random page or start on a topic you may have already heard about, and let yourself fall down a rabbit hole. Not only will you gain awareness of various subjects, but at least one of them should inspire a question or two.

Lastly, I would recommend patience. EVE is a long-haul game, and there is probably a literal ton of information in and around it. It would be impossible to cover all of it in a week, nevermind being exposed to it in that time.

Interview done by Hippla – August 2023
If you want to become a mentor yourself, head over to the UniWiki – How to become a Mentor.

Pt2 – Harerget’s Red Symphony: Kohlra’s Omen Ignites the Skies

Part Two of Kohlra’s adventures [RolePlay]

As the day dawned, I embarked on a journey to Amarr, fuelled by the profits gleaned from my ventures in the treacherous realms of low sec. The anticipation coursed through my veins as I soared through the vast expanse of space, thoughts swirling with plans for the future. In the solitude of transit, I turned my attention to Project Discovery, channelling my intellect into unravelling the mysteries of the universe.

Arriving in Amarr, I secured a sleek Omen cruiser, a vessel that would become my faithful companion on this new chapter of my odyssey. With meticulous care, I fitted it with ultraviolet particle streams, weapons of radiant destruction that would illuminate the darkness with their formidable power.

As I embarked on the maiden voyage of my newly acquired cruiser, the Harerget system beckoned, its ethereal glow casting an otherworldly ambiance of green, orange, and a splash of foreboding red. It was here, amidst the celestial canvas of beauty and danger, that I answered the call of the Sisters of Eve.

But fate had a different plan in store for me. Amid my work for the Sisters, the Serpentis Corporation launched a surprise ambush, their squadron of Coreli fighters descending upon me with ruthless precision. Adrenaline surged through my veins as I swiftly activated the afterburners, the engine’s roar echoing in defiance.

With a calculated maneuver, I unleashed the fury of the ultraviolet particle streams, their searing beams lancing through the void with deadly accuracy. The drones, my loyal allies, sprang into action, buzzing around the assailants, their firepower adding to the chaotic dance of destruction.

Amidst the swirling chaos and the blinding flashes of weaponry, I fought with unwavering resolve. Skill and cunning melded into a symphony of survival as I evaded their onslaught, retaliating with every ounce of skill and firepower at my disposal. The clash between the Sisters of Eve and the Serpentis corporation reverberated through the system, a testament to the tenacity of those who dared to challenge the unknown.

Through sheer determination, I emerged from the fray, victorious yet humbled. The Harerget system stood witness to my resilience, bearing the scars of the battle that had unfolded. In that moment, as the echoes of conflict subsided, I was reminded of the ever-present risks that come with charting uncharted territories.

But I would not be deterred. With renewed determination and the taste of victory upon my lips, I set my sights on the next horizon. For in the boundless expanse of New Eden, the unknown awaits, and I, Kohlra Galkaro, am its intrepid explorer, a beacon of resilience amidst the stars.

Pt1 – A Father’s Legacy, A Son’s Ambition: Kohlra and Zombie’s EVE Online Adventure

If you enjoy looking at EVE through the eyes of roleplaying, continue reading and follow Kohlra and Zombie’s adventures through New Eden.

The dimly lit cockpit of my spaceship hummed with anticipation as I glanced over at Zombie, my son and trusted partner in the vast expanse of New Eden. Today marked our first foray into the treacherous realm of Low Sec space in EVE Online, each of us armed with unique skills and a shared determination for adventure.

Just three days ago, we had taken a leap of faith and joined the prestigious Eve University, an organization dedicated to teaching and nurturing aspiring pilots. The decision had opened up a world of opportunities, connecting us with fellow enthusiasts and mentors who shared our insatiable hunger for knowledge and success.

Zombie, with his focused mind and natural talent for mining and harvesting, had embraced the teachings of the university wholeheartedly. He absorbed every piece of information, honing his skills under the guidance of experienced instructors. His progress was remarkable, a testament to his dedication and the resources provided by Eve University.

On the other hand, my passion lay in exploration and espionage. The university had become my haven, a place where I could expand my knowledge, exchange ideas, and learn the art of uncovering secrets hidden within the vastness of New Eden. The camaraderie within the university filled me with a sense of purpose and drove me to push my limits.

Our mission this day was a testament to our newfound education. The universe had unveiled two vast pockets of Viridian Mykoserocin, a rare and highly sought-after gas. It was an opportunity that Eve University had prepared us for, promising immense wealth if we could successfully harvest it.

The first site went smoothly, with Zombie expertly managing the mining operations. His acquired knowledge and the practical experience gained from Eve University shone through in his meticulous calculations and efficient extraction techniques. I marveled at his growth, proud of the pilot he was becoming.

As we approached the second site, the teachings of Eve University echoed in my mind, reminding me to be vigilant and adaptable. The university had instilled within us the importance of adaptability, urging us to stay one step ahead of potential threats.

In the midst of our focused efforts, the tranquility shattered. An unexpected blaring alarm echoed through the ship, a harbinger of imminent peril. I quickly analyzed the situation, drawing upon the knowledge imparted to me during my espionage training.

It became clear that our adversary was no ordinary pilot. They possessed superior firepower and were determined to challenge our mettle. With the experience gained from Eve University, I quickly formulated a plan. I ordered Zombie to retreat, salvaging what he could and ensuring his escape. Meanwhile, I prepared to engage in a game of cunning and deception with our opponent.

The hostile Stratios closed in, its deadly drones tearing through the hull of my ship. But I refused to succumb to despair. The lessons learned within the halls of Eve University propelled me forward, fueling my resolve to outwit my adversary. I employed clever evasive maneuvers, employing the skills taught to me by experienced pilots during my time at the university.

Alas, fate did not favor me that day. My vessel could not withstand the relentless assault, succumbing to the overwhelming power of the enemy’s weapons. Darkness enveloped my senses, and I found myself adrift in the void of unconsciousness.

Hours later, I awoke in a medical bay, my body battered and bruised. As I regained my senses, a sense of gratitude washed over me. The knowledge imparted by Eve University, and the bond forged with my son, had kept him safe from harm.

Through a comm link, Zombie’s voice resonated with determination. He reassured me of his well-being and expressed his gratitude for the lessons learned at Eve University. We knew that this setback was merely a stepping stone on our journey to success.

Starting at EVE University

Written by: Felix Othello Moradius

Ok, so please have patience since this is the first time I have ever written anything like this since leaving school. Which was a while ago!

Let us not ‘beat about the bush’… EVE is HUGE! There is so much to do and see and just when you think that you might have seen it all, the various communities blow your mind and the game opens up even more in amazing and entertaining ways!

I am sure you will have read or heard the comment of  ‘EVE has a learning cliff rather than curve’.

Yep, it’s a fair point!

So when jumping head first into this pool of confusion, excitement, harsh realities, real time trading floor and scams (There are a lot!), what better first tentative steps could you take than finding a mentor or tutor? A helpful guide to steer you in the abyss you no doubt feel you face!

This, dearest reader; is where EVE UNI, (queue the fanfares) steps up to the plate.

A welcoming beacon of light, through the mist of perplexity. As I first started playing EVE, I very quickly was told about the University from multiple people in chat suggesting me to join it. Quite the reputation I thought. I set about trawling the web for details of them and was very pleased how quickly I had a WEALTH of info at my fingertips!

EVE UNI is extremely good at setting up the newest of players with detailed instructions, general info and guidance. They make it easier to just ‘get it’ from the beginning.

I promptly decided “I’m having a bit of this” and dived in with both feet and put in an application.

After a brief wait (they must get lots of people to apply) and a short; “hi, how are you? Tell us a bit about yourself. Are you an axe wielding maniac?” and that’s it….  I was a part of something great.  I could feel it in my waters.

There are more ways to stay in touch with fellow UNI chums than I could shake a stick at if I needed anything.

(I haven’t tried shaking a stick, some are bigger than me…and hairy…and own dogs…)

The community offered me mentoring, written guidance and in-game support. There are even actual lessons and talks for crying out loud…  Visuals and everything *Excitedly waving hands around*

I think I would have to physically try not to absorb and learn from this lot!

I made some great tentative connections with people right away and they reach out to me often, which I love. Hey, we all like a little attention sometimes right 😉

But also, the nice thing is; if you’re having a bit of “a day” and want to fly around running missions and not talk at all that’s cool too.

There are no stern, “you have to be here and do this and contribute this that and the other” etc.

I have made, what I think will be the makings of great, slightly unstable, gloriously varied friendships. Which is normally by no means easy for me!

I have checked out shared musical tastes, seen people’s great pictures, real life and in-game!

I have checked in with people I do not know just to say hi and chat. I have been given a ‘leg up’ by a couple of amazing complete strangers and made to feel welcome in an inclusive, diverse universe which, in so many ways, emulates the real world almost exactly and yet manages to be a million miles from real in other ways!

If you are interest in applying for EVE University, have a look here: https://wiki.eveuniversity.org/Applying_to_EVE_University