EVE Online is a massive multi-player online role-playing game. There are a number of women in the RPG community who love MMOs, or who currently seek the MMO for them. Meet Cobalt Valkyrie, a long time Eve player who gets to play out a number of young women’s dreams: owning spaceships, making friends, and kicking ass in space.
GDG: How did you get into playing EVE?
CV: I was playing this random flash game with a steampunk airship aesthetic. I was the leader of a clan, and one of the people I played with told me on several occasions that I’d probably really like this game called Eve. He didn’t play because he didn’t have time with school, but kept trying to convince me I’d love it. Finally, I signed up for the free trial, and was immediately hooked.
GDG: Why EVE and not a different MMO?
CV: Honestly, I think it was a right time/right place sort of thing. I’ve been into other games in the past, but stopped due to RSI problems. Eve turned out to be a good game for me in that regard, because you don’t have to constantly clutch the mouse and button mash to accomplish things. That allowed me to play long enough to make social connections, and get to appreciate the depth of the game. That depth is one of the reasons I still play – there is so much to do in Eve that you don’t get bored easily.
GDG: How did you learn the ins and outs of the game?
CV: Because there are so many things you can do in Eve, I was overwhelmed by my choices at first and had no idea what I wanted to do. I joined Eve University, which is a corporation specifically designed towards helping noobs learn about the game. While there, I went out on a PvP fleet and immediately knew how I wanted to spend my game time. I became friends with a tight knit group of combat pilots, and they became my mentors. I also spent a lot of time reading wikis and forums to learn how various mechanics worked, and, as always, I learned some things the hard way (namely, via getting exploded).
GDG: Do you consider yourself part of a particular EVE community?
CV: Several, I suppose. There is my corporation, which is analogous to a clan in other MMOs. This is the group of people that I’m on comms with and regularly fly with. Additionally, I’m part of “The Sound,” which is an in-game chat channel for Seattle area Eve players. I organize occasional RL meetups for this group. There is also the WGoE, Women Gamers of Eve, a channel specifically for Eve’s female players. It’s a nice place to hang out and talk with other people who know what it’s like to constantly hear “OMG, is that a GIRL on comms?!”
GDG: Can you tell me the type/model of your ship?
CV: It’s a Proteus, which is a Strategic Cruiser. There are four different strategic cruisers in the game, one corresponding to each race. The Proteus is the Gallente Strategic Cruiser.
They’re neat because they’ve much more configurable than other ships. Most ships, they’re set up a certain way and that’s what you have to work with. They have set characteristics, and a certain number of slots… places to put modules such as weapons, defensive reinforcements, etc. Strategic cruisers are very flexible, because they have different Subsystems that you plug in (for lack of a better term) to your ship hull, and each subsystem gives you different numbers of slots and abilities. They’re especially popular with people that fly in wormhole space all the time, because they’re fairly small and lightweight (important because wormholes only allow a limited mass to pass through), but they have very strong offensive/defensive capabilities.”
GDG: Who would you recommend EVE to?
CV: Eve isn’t a game for everyone. Some people liken it to a second job more than a game. I frequently hear people say Eve isn’t always fun, but it’s very rewarding, and I agree with that sentiment. It has a lot of complicated mechanics, and most people I know play Eve with multiple spreadsheets open. That said, it’s an amazingly expansive world, with many ways to entertain yourself. It’s a very social game – it’s not really designed for solo play. I’ve made some great friends though Eve.
Ultimately, I’d say if you like spaceships, and you like a world with a lot of depth, it’s worth checking out.
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