Friday, March 2, 2012

Eve Uni vs. RvB

Continuing from where I left off, I started playing Eve again around the time Crucible came out. I am glad that I sat out Incarna for the most part. From what I can tell, it was a low point for the game. I think now CCP know what their players want and I am really excited to see what they have planned down the road.

Once I got back into the game I went back to empire to start running missions again. After a few weeks of this I decided that I wanted to learn more about certain areas of the game. Around this time I remember hearing something about Eve University and looked them up. On paper it seemed like a really good thing. I really wanted to get a general understanding of everything in Eve, so I decided to apply. For those of you that have never applied to Eve Uni be warned, it is intense. Applying for Snigg was easier than applying for the Uni. Once you finish all the paperwork expect to wait in the 'queue' for weeks. They personally interview every single applicant, to see what your experience in the game is and to make sure you are not a spy. I do not know why someone would want to be a spy in the Uni, but oh well. An interview would be ok if it could be done in a timely manner but I waited in queue for one whole month. During that month I read just about everything on their website and had accomplished just about everything I wanted to get out of joining the Uni. Around this time I heard about RvB through the Uni channel. I looked into it and was really impressed.

RvB is an alliance with two corps and each corp is based 2 jumps from the other. The two corps are in an almost constant wardec. The only purpose of RvB is to get fights, and they get a lot of them. One of the problems I had with Eve was that it was really hard for new pvp pilots to get good experience because of how hard it is to find fights. The typical scenario for a new pvp pilot is to spend hours trying to find a fight, and then get blown up in seconds. RvB does a great job of having constant fights, so now you can find fights in a matter of minutes AND still get blown up in seconds! The good thing about this is you will learn from your mistakes and learn a lot faster because of the much higher frequency of fights. Another great thing about RvB is their application process, which persists of clicking the apply button and being accepted that same day. It is a laid back atmosphere and a hell of a lot of fun.

In the end I have concluded that if you are interested in being a strictly PvE player (which I dont know why you would) you should join the Uni. If you want to be a pvp player join RvB. You could even get the best of both worlds by joining RvB and staying in that while you wait for the really long queue in the Uni.

In my next post I will get into what I have been up to most recently.

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