A friend of mine dropped me a message via Facebook, saying that he was considering giving Eve a try, and could he contact me ingame if he did? Of course I said yes, and this evening he sent a text with his ingame name.
But before that, it got me thinking. The New Player Experience (NPE, as we shall henceforth refer to it here) has changed a lot in the introduction of the latest patch. I've played with it a bit, but not actually to the point of creating a character; my only open slot is on Shae's account, and I've been hesitant to sacrifice Shae's training time.
Now, though, I felt kind of an obligation to at least sit through the beginning of the NPE so I could help my friend work through it if necessary. So I created Rani Estrella, put Shae's long-term training on pause, and sat down, prepared for the grind.
Oh, what a grind. I was going loopy by the time I logged Shae back on and resumed her training queue. I'm not particularly enthralled with the new NPE.
But lest I taint everyone else's impressions of it with my jaded older-player perspective, I have created an in-character blog for Rani at http://raniestrella.blogspot.com in order to document the experience.
My intention is to log in Rani for an hour or so every day (there may be days I don't; we all have Real Lives which must bet tended, too), train her up during that time only so as not to munch too much of Shae's SP, and go through the rookie experience a bit at a time, with accompanying blog entries to keep track of how things go. She's receiving no monetary assistance other than what she earns through the game, and the IC bit is to force myself to leave my previous experience to the background and produce an unbiased account.
This should be interesting.