-- Bursar 1 - Hex 0
(Terry Pratchett, Hogfather)
Someone over at Ars Technica's gaming forum aka Gaming, Extra Strength Caplets' EVE online thread asked this question
What I'm trying to ask is if a mostly solo PVPer can enjoy Eve?
This was my reply:
Solo PvP/Piracy is very viable but you have to be dumb as me to enjoy it
Edit: To expand a bit, solo PvP/Piracy has been the single most challenging and rewarding gaming I have ever taken part in. It takes a lot of skill to be successful and a fuck ton of luck, you also rely on your opponents being dumber than you are (Which is not actually that difficult)
Starting out you are going to spend a lot of ISK, to the point of bankruptcy, you will get frustrated at the lack of targets and the fact when you do find a target, you'll get blobbed, more times than Oprah's been to the buffet table.
You'll roam countless systems for days, sometimes weeks, without nought to show but a pretty light show when you click 'systems visited' on the IG Map.
You'll eventually find someone, go through the mantra "Lock, scram, web and unleash hell" only for him to warp away, get used to it, also get used to screaming "STAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABS" like Kirk shouts "KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN"
You'll find a lone frigate in a belt, you'll engage him, he'll engage back, you think you have a fight only for him to decloak his Falcon alt and jam you, till you die, he'll then type GF in local as you warp your pod away.
You'll find a fight, a good fight, where every thing goes perfectly... And it fades to black.
Solo PvP/Piracy whilst frustrating and difficult is the pinnacle of EVE PvP, in my very humble opinion. It's ALL about the hunt, being able to use your scanner effectively, being able to narrow down a target sharply is one of the key skills you'll need to learn and it can't be taught, you need to practice, practice, practice.
The other key skill is patience, patience, patience and just when you thought it was over, more patience.
There's a reason I've been so successful, there's a reason that even though I've been out of game for extended periods this year my BC rank is still under 230.
After almost four years of soloing in EVE Online...
I'm still an idiot
Kane Rizzel > you know it's bait, everybody know's it's bait, even the bait knows you know but he still wonders why the fuck you're attacking... and that my friends is when you have the upper hand
Also, it is good sometimes to have friends, just saying
I apologise for my absence recently but I've been out enjoying my hard earned leave with flashes of Real Life™ and Black Ops.