Welcome to the sixteenth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!
The third Blog Banter of 2010 comes to us from ChainTrap of the Into the unknown with gun and camera EVE Blog. He asks us: “Eve University turns six years old on March 15th; six years spent helping the new pilots of New Eden gain experience and understanding in a supportive environment. Eve is clearly a complicated game, with a ton to learn, so much that you never stop learning. So, the question is; What do you wish that someone had taken the time to tell you when you were first starting out? Or what have you learned in the interim that you’d like to share with the wider Eve community?”
I wish someone had told me when I got into piracy to get some frigates, outfit them, insure one and take it out for a fight. While it might not have had that much effect due to being in a rather well-organized region, and Faction War not existing yet, it had never occurred to me until we were well settled in Tzvi and Yishal advised me on this. I always had just one fitted frigate on hand, and didn’t dare to take that much risk with it, because losing it meant doing the whole replacement shuffle. While I won’t be giving away all our “secrets” one pro-tip I do have is to use the info tab of show info to keep track of what targets fly and who they hang out with.
There is in my eyes also a severe lack of information on being a good CEO for those like me with no real previous experience of leadership. I’ve been blessed to get advice from several experienced CEO’s and seeming to have a knack for it, but I really had to learn that you can’t please everyone, that moderation in everything is important and extremes are bad, that you will be an example and your enthusiasm or lack of it will reflect on the members, that being nice and doing what seems good is not always the correct way to tackle issues, and that sometimes you’ve got to set your boot down and not take it so personal. I also had to learn to be a tad selfish and that I should do what I want with the corporation and alliance, and recruit people who support those views, rather than adapt to the whims of every member. Yet this is balanced by listening to what the members have to say because being so closely involved often makes you no longer see the forest through the trees. And then there is that any leadership system, be it democracy or dictatorship needs to work for the people in that system, much like real life politics.I think what summarizes my advice for every CEO out there is best summarized by the method I follow, or better said found out this is a tested and proven method which I discovered through experience: Vision, collaboration, execution and evaluation. I really recommend the presentation on Virtual Organization from Fanfest 2009 as a starting point. In fact, can we get this as a tutorial ingame please? And more of this for Fanfest 2010?
There is so much more I’ve had to learn by myself, but as the game as continued to develop a lot is currently covered by the New Player Experience, and it really is your own fault if you skip it and then get in trouble. I am aware not everything will ever be able to be covered in there, if only because certain things can only be learned through experience, but on the other hand it’d take some of the fun away if you were taught everything from the start. As long as you learn from every mistake and every success, you’re golden.
List of Participants
- CrazyKinux: The Three Pillars of Wisdom
- The Elitist: Helping the new guy/gal
- Hands Off, My Loots: Nothing Needed
- Rantuket: Blog Banter 16
- EVE Opportunist: Nooby Cluey
- Into the Unknown With Gun and Camera: EVE University
- Zero Kelvin: We’re the young ones!
- I am Keith Neilson: Set Your Destination
- Prano’s Journey: Just Like the Very First Time
- A Merry Life and a Short One: No Seriously
- Yarrbear Tales: Nublet 101
- A Mule In EVE: If I only knew
- The Planet Risk Show: Dared to be Bold
- Diary of a Space Jockey: WTH did I get myself into?!
- EVOGANDA: Why?
- A Memoir From Space: 16th Blog Banter
- Death’s Sweetest Kiss: Who What When Where Why How??
- Freebooted: Beyond the Shortcuts
- Learning to Fly: Noobing
- Caldari Outcast: My First Blog Banter Post!
- Roc’s Ramblings: Financial Survival
- Diary of a Pod Pilot: Free Knowledge Inside
- Nullsec Carebear: I could’ve been less of an idiot
- Facepalm’s Ramblings: Something Smells Fishy
- Kirith Darkblade: Do you wish to know more?
- Autopilot Disabled: I’m still starting…
- Finders & Keepers: Relax
- Confounded Capsuleer: What have you got to loose?
- Clan Oriana: Sixteen
- Flashfresh: EVE Blog Banter #16
- Rettic’s The Chronofile: You Make EVE
- Diary of a Bored Spaceman: Past Imperfect
- Chocolate Heaven: Known Unknowns
- Victoria Aut Mors: Blog Banter #16
- Where the frack is my ship: If I knew then what I know now…
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