14-day trial is more than enough. I can give it a night and a day (depending on how long the download takes).
I have spent my downtime over these past few days digging and digging on EVE online. The barrier for entry seems vast and intimidating, however the documentation is copious and detailed. There is a crap-ton of information regarding how to start, how to survive, how to configure and use different ship parts…I can’t really list all the things it talks about, because there’s a reason the barrier for entry seems vast and intimidating: the game is vast and intimidating.
Okay, the last part is subjective, but it’s definitely vast. Don’t get me wrong; I love configuring and tweaking space ships and that enough interests me. So, after years of smack-talking it, I am going to try it out. If I like it, I’ll sub and – for the first time – I’ll be subbed to two MMOs at once.
I have done my legwork though. While experiments churn, updates download, and tools compile, I have read up on careers, skills, stats, ships, basic modules and fitting, and both how to find a corp and corps to try out. The whole EVE University thing blows my mind: it’s (ostensibly) a purely altruistic organization funded by donations exist in a game just to teach people how to play it?! Such a thing would never exist in WoW. In fact, the term “leveling guild” is pejorative; a black mark. Yet, here is such a beast, thriving and command respect in a game world.
I like the idea. I like it a lot.
Meanwhile, for very different reasons, SW:TOR is fantastic. The story last night took another turn that I thoroughly enjoyed after Hoth (Consular, Chapter 2) and my friends and I found a guild last night; one full of people who have real lives and enjoy playing the game for what it is. You know, a “casual guild”. I did the hardcore thing, raiding until 5am on a school night, getting yelled at over headset by the mid-20s pre-pubescent testicle that controlled the loot distribution. Now loot distribution is automated and, really, who freakin’ cares about loot? I do not. My Jedi looks cool and I’m into that.
I will thus have three different games to play (assuming I enjoy EVE as much as I suspect I will): one for the evenings my friends are not around and two for when they are. (Let’s not forget about League of Legends.)