“I and probably many others returned to EVE during the lockdowns of 2020. I never would have imagined that - as a proud introvert - I would one day find myself craving human interaction. My salvation came in the form of EVE, where shooting spaceships piloted by other nerds thankfully scratched that itch, allowing me to skulk back into blissful isolation.“But things had changed. Ten years had passed since I had last logged in. Why did I have two marauders in a backwater station throwing up fitting errors? Why did I have a cargo container stacked full of corpses? Some mysteries are thankfully lost to time.”
“Ships are ammo. You’re rusty; fly cheap stuff until you remember how to play. Having access to your higher-end ships upon return usually leads to you losing them quickly and quitting again.”
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“Much like riding a bike, you never forget how to navigate EVE and its multitude of menus. The changes took some getting used to, sure. But I eased myself back in by trying activities that still felt familiar, proved useful, and acted as stepping stones to newer content. Soon, I was exploring the Triglavian Invasion and Abyssal Deadspace, experimenting with station trading, and venturing into J-space in search of data and relic sites.
“All that is to say: returning to EVE can be daunting. Start small. Start familiar. Slowly branch out your activities, but do be sure to branch out. EVE has so much to offer, and doing the same things you did last time you played is a recipe for another hiatus.”
Rediscover your fun
“Rediscover your fun in EVE. Get your feet back under you, without urgency or concern for Omega or ISK. Find an activity you enjoy. Check out various streams for ideas. Find people you enjoy playing with.”
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You can find some more opinions in the submissions to this bounty.
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“After a while, I felt comfortable enough to tweak the fits to better suit my needs. Now I can confidently fit my ship from scratch.”
- ECM (electronic countermeasures) changed “big time” in 2018; “since then, jamming ships or drones can be locked by the ships they’re jamming, allowing the jammed targets to fight back.”
- 2018 also saw big changes to nullification and warp core stabilisers, which are now active modules. You can’t just sit around; you have to click them to activate them. Haulers can fit nullifier modules now too. Plus, shuttles are now nullified, which according to Greybill makes them “the most cost-effective way to travel from A to B”.
- A year later, cynos had a major rework. There are now “big restrictions on which ships are able to fit cynosural field generators”. You can find more info on those changes here.
- Changes to the markets, including fixes to incrementally undercutting
- CCP’s focus on making trade essential via resource distribution and building materials - “They completely changed the DNA of the rocks”
- New ores in border systems
- The ships that can now compress different resources while mining, saving you the risks and effort of continually jetcanning
- Crystals, mining waste, and yield updates as well as their implications for the lucrativeness of industry
- Changes to the value of sites and how it’s no longer true that relic sites are always better than data sites
- That Ventures can now huff gas, and how that’s made gas harvesting the most lucrative activity for Alpha players
- The introduction of and generous updates to daily reward tracks, which now allow players to snag OP boosters and desirable skins from bygone events
- More detail on greybill’s point about passive interdiction nullification being replaced by an active module
- Upwell structures and their reinforcement timers
- Potential lost assets, particularly when trying to retrieve assets from Nullsec
- The Agency - “your go-to source for finding information about where things are in-game”
- How the introduction of Pochven has changed the geography of EVE
- Heraldry, Paragon points, Project Discovery, Triglavians, mutaplasmids, and more
“Consider this guide, and hopefully suggest it the next time you run into a returning player.”