Monday, 4 April 2011
The Tuskers are recruiting
I've wanted to join the Tuskers since before I had even started playing Eve.
You see, I'm a Mac user, which means that my online gaming has been rather limited - Blizzard titles, mostly. Although Eve runs on Mac, that's a fairly new development, and it only works on certain (ie, new) Macs, and my trusty laptop, being old but serviceable, did not meet the system requirements. As a result, I although I had heard of Eve, I had never seriously considered playing it.
However, this Christmas I decided it was time for a new computer - after 6 or so years of loyal service my laptop was retired into playing CBeebies for the children.
This suddenly opened up my gaming options. I'd never been a huge WoW fan, and I had quit several times; I'd come back for an expansion, level up, and then find end-game really boring. A change might be nice, so I started looking around for alternatives. That's when I found the Tuskers.
It was their blogs that made me want to play Eve. I was impressed with their professionalism, their fights and their camaraderie. I was impressed that CCP had created a game so complex and nuanced that it allowed such groups to exist, and such exploits to occur. I knew that I wanted to pvp in New Eden, and I knew I wanted to pvp with the Tuskers.
Of course, that's easier said than done.
The Tuskers are elite because they have high standards, and before I can even apply to join I have to meet their entry requirements. The first requirement is to have ten million skill points. The second is to have five solo kills, two of which are above class.
The skill points are something that come with time. Based on my past rate of skill point accumulation, I ought to hit ten million some time in August/September. It's a frustrating wait, but I understand the requirement. I'm at around four and a half million and I have not even maxed out a frigate yet. That would seem like a very basic requirement for anyone serious about pvp.
The other requirement, five solo kills with two above class, also makes sense, but it's a requirement that I won't automatically pass with time. And right now, above class kills seem a really long way off.
Still, it's a challenge I am determined to meet. This is partly why I have been so dead set on learning pvp on my own. The Tuskers want solo viable players, and joining another corp in the interim might get me kills, but it won't teach me how to solo.
Why is all this relevant? Because the Tuskers are recruiting. And if they are recruiting now, they may well have decided they are full by August/September.
Hold a spot for me guys. I'm on my way.