Eve Echoes launched just over a week ago, and the mobile subsidiary of CCP's legendary MMORPG, Eve Online, is getting stronger. Eve Online has long been known for having a steep learning curve for beginner gamers, and while Eve Echoes has simplified and updated parts of the game to make entering a space sandbox less ominous, it's still difficult to to get space on your feet. After spending more hours than I have trying to get around Eve Echoes, I've gathered some tips for beginners to help other new capsules during their first few hours at New Eden. I can always use more advice, so make sure to include any stories of wisdom you want to share in the comments below.
Don't skip tutorials
Train you! I am always in favor of playing games however you want, be it casual or hardcore. Jump right in and start killing things if you want to do it that way, or take your time and watch every movie thriller; How to play is the correct way. This time, however, I have to say that no matter how you are going to play Eve Echoes, you really have to run the tutorials. There are plenty of extras awarded, including free ships, to die for. Not to mention, whatever you do in tutorials, you do it anyway.
Exercise all day every day
If you have a skill on hold to train, you earn 30 skill points (SP) per minute (Omega Clones earn more) which are applied to complete it even when offline. If your queue dries up, you'll start creating free SP that can be applied to training once you get on a new skill list, but you'll earn those points at a rate of 50%. So always, always, have a skill in your training queue. You can put multiple skills on hold as long as you currently have less than 24 hours of training on hold.
Get out and explore
Thousands of solar systems reside in the Eve Echoes, and there is no need to stay near the starting location. There are some high traffic areas in High Sec, such as Jita IV, that seem to be attracting people. The problem with that now is that there are a lot of people around blocking jump gates, preventing traffic from entering. This isn't too bad, but consider moving to a different system if you bother waiting in line. There are many systems with a decent population so you can make a quick profit in the market without waiting at the torsion gate to enter the system. You also get the added benefit of having less competition leading to lower prices so you can protect your wallet too.
The Alpha and the Omega
Eve Echoes plays for free, but if you're planning on getting a little more serious, consider dropping some cash in the store. Capsuleers are free to play Alpha Clones and have access to almost everything the game has to offer. You will miss the opportunity to board first-class ships (anything above level 7) and access to the market will be limited to the interstellar malls, but you will still be able to earn a decent income in the game. Players who want to set them up can access Omega Clones and the benefits that come with it. Omega Clones are boosted to accumulate Skill Points and can be replenished by purchasing Cognitive Learning Skills. Omegas also have access to the most powerful ships in the game. They can also post and buy items from any planet which makes buying and selling faster and often cheaper as they are not limited to ITCs only.
Do not forget about planetary production
Even if you don't want to spend time mining asteroids, don't forget to get your Planetary Production mines up and running. Planetary mining allows you to set it and forget it, just like Ron Popeil (show my age here). The counter reaches its maximum after 24 hours, but even if you forget to log in to reset the timer, your product will not disappear. Once you are ready to collect, all you have to do is put your goods in orbit and take a fast flight to pick them up for quick sale in the fastisk market. It's ISK FREE!
With thousands of galaxies in the galaxy, it can be difficult to remember which station left behind the Mk 5 cannons you need for your new ship. It's easy to miss, but at the bottom left of the stock screen is a button to switch between the current ship / terminal stock and the personal assets page. This page divides all your belongings into a station-by-list. For your convenience, clicking on an item will open a popup that allows you to sell the item or set up a delivery order to ship it to another station. It also shows the number of station hops from your current location if you choose to pick up the item yourself.
Favorite on the market
Like the stock screen, the market screen has a simple button hidden in the lower left corner of the screen that appears from the favorites menu. How do you define your preferences? Great question. On the Buyers and Sellers page, you may have noticed a gold square with a dark star in it. Click this box to highlight the star and add this item to your favorites.
High second, low reward
In Eve Echoes, the High Sec room is only PVE. However, the peace of mind of not being attacked by another player comes at a price. This cost is a low chance of profit. Asteroids in High Sec only produce common and unusual minerals, and like most MMOs, the market is already flooded with these resources, so the price has been pushed down. New players can get a boost to their revenue stream by going to Low Sec to mine more expensive ores and PVE Meetups follow the same rule, rewarding the more difficult difficulty with better loot. Make sure you are able and prepared to cover the cost of a shipwreck if something goes wrong.
Go the distance
It doesn't matter much when you take a detour in High Sec, but once you start making your way to the softer parts of New Eden, the easiest way to land halfway through is turning to your target destination. Stairs. To avoid this, instead of quickly clicking Approach, Warp, or Orbit, a long press will open a radial menu that allows you to set the distance at which you want to stop your approach. That extra distance might be the only thing you could escape if there were pirates around. If you have a specific distance that you use often, you can change the default distance so that you don't have to set it manually every time. To do this, simply click on your vessel to open the radial menu and then press and hold the Set Orbit button to set the default distance.
You have an exit plan
If you've gotten the nerve to go to Low Sec or Null Sec to do some single mining, make sure you have an exit plan in place in case hackers get into your area. The easiest way to do this is once you start mining, send your ship to the system station or jump gate and be ready to tap the dock or turn around if it jumps hostile. This allows you to quickly align and skew. You can take a few blows, but you will likely escape safely.
There are two ways to easily align your vessel with the starting point. The first is to move the camera until you see your target and double tap the screen to turn your ship in that direction. The easiest and most accurate way is to choose an objective from your Overview panel and then click Approach. Your ship will turn directly to the target, after which you can shut down your engines and wait. Remember not to go to AFK in Low or Null Sec like you do in High Sec or you could return to destroy your ship.