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Why did you come here to EU? What were you thinking?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Discussion' started by isclay, Feb 4, 2012.

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  1. Elainey94

    Elainey94 Member

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    I was introduced to Entropia at the end of 2011 by my boyfriend who had already been playing it for a couple of years. I wasn't really a gamer and didn't think I'd get in to it as much as I have.
     
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  2. isclay

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    Before I joinned EU, I used to play Runes Of Magic, a F2P (Free To Pay) mmo. Oh yes, you're reading it right, the company that runs that game, used to charge your soul for you to be competitive. But the topic here is EU. So, very upset with RoM, I did a google search for best MMO 2013, and EU showed up. After seeing a few videos, I just found myself in love. Two things I like more in a single game, MMO and sci-fi, and as a bonus at last a real free to play game.
     
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    Guess u'r still surprised ! :D Still around after all this time :D ehehe

    My route to EU: fan of MMO's/RTS/virtual world platforms, i stumbled upon EU circa´08, and also appealed from the "free" words ended up joining, little story to add: my first "mentor" (long gone by now) warned me first hand on the dangers of swirlie addiction and such, guess what i didn't listen and i still have lots of fun in EU today, as for the "free"... let's just say i believe my elders wise words now "there's no free lunch" period.
    What keeps me going: when i have money i play, no money no play... meaning a few occasional "breaks" keep me coming back to new awesome content and a "fresh" look at stuff.

    Hug,
    Migi
     
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  5. harmony

    harmony Active Member Pro Users

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    I was looking for an MMO to play, but i didn't want to spend money on it since i was still a poor student at that time.
    When i found out i could make money ingame and withdraw it for real money i was hooked. Funny thing though is that even though i played for nearly 10 years without a deposit, i never could bring myself to withdraw a single pec, and even made my first decent deposit this week :)
     
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  6. isclay

    isclay Active Member

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    Good on you! I have followed your progress for some long time now... :hail:
     
  7. isclay

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    Long time since Ark Pioneers...but you know what? When I see you log in to EU...I smile! Every Time!
     
  8. Stormdancer

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    OMG, what a fascinating thread :) I would never have believed I would enjoy reading these perspectives so much. LOL...I am just "coming over" from Calypso in the sense that I have made the decision to "emigrate". It has been dawning on me slowly for months now that Arkadia is different, in very good ways. I see growth, a gradually but forcefully strengthening economy and a dev team that has some freaking sense.

    I see being done here what ..well makes sense. In so many ways. I am a new player, 9 months or so, and my perspective and reasons for joining and enjoying EU are a bit different than most it seems. But that is one of the beautiful and addictive things to me about a game this rich, challenging and complex. It affords a place for many different playstyles and perspectives and I am excited to see a PP doing what appears to me to be the very basic things MA could (should!) have been doing years ago.

    A few weeks ago I decided to emigrate and have been slowly closing out a few of my Caly commitments and preparing to spend the vast majority of my time on Arkadia. I just got signed up with the forum a short time ago and ..sorry guys....YOU'RE STUCK WITH ME!! BWAHAHAHA! :)

    Storm

    PS I'll go more on-topic with a post more about what brought me to EU soon :) I just enjoyed the thread so much I had to say hello :)
     
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  9. Stormdancer

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    I may well be one of the first fruits of MA's 2013 marketing attempts. In June or early July of 2013, I was getting tired of playing Civilization IV which I had played for a couple of years and began researching Civilization V to see if I wanted to buy that one. Evidently google adsense pegged me for a gamer and when I visited a financial website that was part of my daily internet rounds they threw up a banner for me advertising Entropia Universe. I had never played an MMO before. I had seen other MMO banners before but they all looked like they were geared toward 14 yr old hormonal boys so I never really had much interest in those. I had heard of EVE and had intentions of investigating that but never quite made time for it.

    I saw the words "real cash economy" and that hooked me. I clicked the banner.

    Over the next three weeks I dug and watched YouTube videos, and about the second or third week of July I felt I knew enough to take the plunge.

    A bit of background. I retired from the US Army in 1997 and spent the next 15 years supplementing my income as a day trader trading a few stocks and mostly precious metals futures. In late 2011 it became so obvious to me that corruption in markets had been so institutionalized that my life savings and all I had worked for were at risk of being stolen, with little hope of recovery or prosecution of the thieves. I faced what for me was a horrible choice of continuing to trade and risking my whole financial security or quitting doing what I loved. I ended up withdrawing from the markets completely but that truly left a gaping hole in my life.

    I was living in Australia with the most beautiful person I have ever met on this earth, and for whatever reason had decided she was willing to marry me :). I guess even the best have one blind spot :) It was a time of change and we were preparing to move back to the US to live near my aging mother and intending to care for her in the small ways she had begun to need to maintain her independence. I had already traveled to the US to begin setting up and Carolyn was tidying up our affairs in Australia. She had just completed vacating our house and gone to stay with our daughter for 2 weeks prior to joining me in the US when she passed away very suddenly.

    It wasn't a good time. By July I was desperate for something to occupy my time in a very real sense but really couldn't be stuffed doing anything responsible and really still couldn't imagine a future that had any meaning for me. So I played so much Civilization that for the first time, it was starting to get old.

    When I hit game I came with a very firm "no-deposit" rule I intended to enforce on myself for an indefinite learning period. I got VERY lucky to run into my mentor on about my second day in game. I had no clue how valuable a mentor was at that point, much less how to find a good one so it was pure luck I got one of the top space hunters in game who was incredibly knowledgeable and willing to spend the time with me I needed to negotiate those first confusing weeks.

    I came solely for the RCE aspect and was willing to drop $20,000.00 into the game just to satisfy my "trader's itch" but 5 minutes of due diligence with the EULA/TOU put the skids on that notion.

    So, I dropped the big money ideas and set about sweating :) 10 hrs a day. And learning. I graduated in three months without depositing, got fixed up with Bravo Three-Nil for a soc (my mentor founded the soc 4 yrs ago). Some might argue the help with gear and vehicles I got from Millie and other soc members would equal a modest deposit.

    After 4 months of doing the hard yards I felt confident I knew enough to deposit and use it wisely. I had developed some trading ideas and plans and had become a confirmed acolyte of the Church of Entropedia, so I was confident I knew where to find answers to the questions that would (and still do) come up.

    I don't regret my decision to delay depositing but I also do not recommend others do it. I have inordinate amounts of time to spend in this game, a luxury most do not have. Some modest deposits in line with an appropriate entertainment budget allow you to play at a much higher level much faster IF spent wisely. It is there that a good mentor is invaluable. A good mentor that can guide you into wise purchases that build a foundation in your avatar as opposed to making unnecessary financial mistakes or just blowing it, is worth their weight in gold.

    I still find the game challenging and engaging more from a business perspective than from a game perspective though I no longer have any desire to invest big and attempt to actually withdraw. I am now integrating more "game" aspect into my play and just having fun trying to sniff out lucrative trading deals, build businesses in game and yes.....HUNT :) And make in-game income pay for the lion's share of the hunting fun :) And I will get into crafting and mining more deeply as ped flows allow. So much to explore and learn, so little time!

    One of the things that intrigued me when I first started was looking around and saying to myself "This is a real cash economy, but....there are no jobs?" And I determined then and there that somehow, some way I would figure out a way to provide jobs that could provide an in-game income at a level greater than the ped per hour or so sweating or picking oil at the noob rig is capable of providing.

    It wasn't too long before I noticed BIG Industries and noticed the high level of professionalism that goes into its management. And that same business focus is what I first noticed about Arkadia. No need to go over the things I have been scratching my head over about how MA goes about doing some things, but suffice it to say that it was easy to see Arkadia is infused with a different spirit.

    And it shows in a very positive community, looking to the future and taking time to help each other. I prefer to be a part of that environment and do what I can to bring more opportunity and variety to Arkadia as it continues to grow.

    I determined I would find a way to create jobs in EU. Since that time I have discovered that BIG has done exactly that (in fact I am employed with BIG now as an event host). I still intended to do more and one of my first big in game goals has been realized since we organized and kicked off a new repair skilling opportunity that has six pilots employed 8 hours a week at about 500% of what they could expect to earn picking oil or sweating.

    I'm not done. :)
     
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    Like so many others I was on a hunt for a new game. I used to play RuneScape but after 7 years (2005-2012) sh*t hit the fan when the new management decided to take the game in the wrong direction (taking advantage of gambling law loopholes) I decided it was time to leave. I spent a year trying out different MMO games that were free and not too complicated, and one day in March 2013 I saw a banner for Planet Calypso. I spent several days, on and off, researching what it was all about and was somewhat sceptical yet intrigued by how the economy worked and how a player could actually withdraw money from the game. For someone who's been fed "RWTing" (real world trading) is bad this was very ... odd to say the least.

    But I tried it. I became a Colonist on Calypso, found a mentor and a soc during the first week or two. I spent 3 months on Calypso trying to swunt, skill, make some PED without depositing, collected TPs etc etc.
    It came to a point where I got really frustrated with the lack of progress and all the mob stealers, not to mention the average attitude among the other players.
    A former soc member messaged me from Ark one day and kept spamming me with all his loot profit and I decided I had to try it out. Also, the clothes I had been viewing on Entropedia were from Ark so I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone.

    In hindsight I wish I had become a colonist on Ark from the start. The skill progress has been much greater on Ark than it every was on Caly. What I gained in one month on Ark is what I gained during almost 3 months on Caly. Despite this I had an 8 months break from the game but I am now back and determined to get out of Newbhood within a reasonable time.
     
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  12. the Prophet

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    Hey there!

    when i joined EU like 123 months ago, it was because of an IRL friend who saw the Project Entropia ad about CND and earning real cash while playing.

    Not many people in here can imagine, how it was alike back then. Funny graphics I tell you, but an awesome music and the imagination to colonise some strange new planet, after Earth was destroyed by stupid mankind.

    PE 2006-01-12 01-22-09-39.jpg

    Starting with nothing in your hands but some freaky orange clothes, an existing sweat gathering cap, and getting lost and eaten by almost everything and everywhere, and having to pay for every (virtual) shit around, was some acceptable challenge for me.

    We had so much fun back then, even when being broke so often! Meeting people's from everywhere around the world virtual representations some buggy and crappy environment and looooots of nothing, but yayayayoyoyoadadede talking and face-to-face transactions, with all that nice features to express yourself like sitsliding, and i was fully addicted in no time.

    PE 2006-01-09 14-57-18-78.jpg PE 2006-01-15 06-21-48-77.jpg PE 2006-01-11 06-17-37-72.jpg PE 2006-01-16 17-12-02-69.jpg

    Honestly that RCE thingy is ofc a quite challenging part, but pretty boring in my opinion, and i always hated to trade or look for buyers for my stuff. But the auctioneer became my friend quickly, and I loved to just have fun, and maybe buy this and that i dreamed about and could afford, even if it maybe had zero use but to look pretty.

    I never withdrew a single PEC and i don't plan to ever do so, before I'll finally leave this Universe to whatever other place. No worries, I just can't login atm and I'm not gone yet... :biggrin2:

    All of my IRL friends from back then (but my GF) stopped playing already, and I've seen many many brave avatars disappear and never return in that 123 months. Seems every medal has two sides, when it's all about the real cash... :stats:

    SCREENSHOT_20060314152453859.JPG PE 2006-01-21 04-31-33-30.jpg

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    I can only suggest to not take it too seriously in the end, and to have fun before anything else to follow... That's probably why I'm still here after all that time! For pretty sure I've developed my avatar, but i feel a bit old already and sometimes grumpy... But the force is strong in me!
    :yoda:

    PS: that appartment is still around on the same planet as back then (OWH gamma 2E), but i don't want to return there, and also i have no idea how to get my own estate on Planet Arkadia, which is now home of the homeless Prophet. ♥

    PPS: regarding marketing of estates: i realize this first planet appartment has strangely improved it's window outlook to an amazing seaview over time!!! have a look and we can negotiate!!!
    ;)
     
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  13. The Beggar

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    With me it all started with my vacation. I always take my 3 week vacation in the end of December to beginning of January.

    In those 3 weeks I did everything you could imagine. Bought some good whisky, high grade "tobacc" and just fly throu time.
    And when you have one of those good and boring days you always manage to get into the youtube and just go in an infinite cycle of watching random stuff. Its like watching a cat video and cant stop before its 04:00 in the morning.

    While I did that this game just pop up because I forgot to activate my Block PLuss Add.
    Since I was super bored and no challenge was ahead of me. I click the EU add and watch true it.
    Started to youtube it , google it and all that kinda stuff.

    And when it came to 31.12.2015. I install this game and launch it.

    I was super high and happy. Because i really longed for a good MMO. Ive tryed most of em.
    Havent been played any good MMO these last 13 years. Just on and off for 2-3 month on new upcoming MMO.

    So i wanted the same feeling as alpha and Beta player of World Of Warcraft where you just say : woooaw you can climb mountian , go places and do cool emotes /train.

    This game give me that kinda feeling.
    I was sick happy when i joined. Started to ask question in "Rookie Chat" and suddenly I was back in the real world.
    People are sickening , call me for trolls , stupid , ignore and so on and on..
    And say that my nick is a bad choice. Its like they love people who have insulting nick better like satan , hitler , cockinthroat , faggot and so on and on.

    And the worst part is that people who depo alot of money play the high and mighty part. The all knowing.
    And most veteran are like old age pure troll that spread disease like cancer.
    And most newb look up to these trash.

    Its sadening.
    But still... I like this game-
    To put my final judgment i need to play more then 1 year.
    Im just 2 month and 16 days into it.
    But seen most of it...


    All i know so far that this game is based on luck and small detail.
    People with high intellect and business skills can really earn big money in this game.
     
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    You could ask MA to change it for you. They normally don't do this due to established reputation. But if the negative feedback you get ruins your fun it may be a good idea to at least ask.
     
  15. Snape

    Snape Master of the BanHammer Staff Member PAF Administrator

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    Wow this one was so old, Indiana was banging on the door to get in.....:facepalm3:

    Please start a new thread, referencing this one, if you think it warrants renewal.

     
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