“Ripard Teg over at Jester’s Trek wrote a post called Don’t Do Anything Stupid and offered it as the basis of a Blog Banter as he is curious what others feel on the subject. Personally, I’m restarting manufacturing that I haven’t done in years and finding myself having forgotten almost as much as I knew the first time around.
So this month’s Blog Banter will gravitate around knowledge, specifically EVE knowledge. Some examples of topics to cover: Is EVE too complex for one person to know everything? Is it, in fact, too complex for one person to know everything about one topic? How do you maintain any knowledge or skills related to EVE over time with breaks and expansions? Does CCP do a sufficient job documenting the features of the game, and if not, what could they do better? How does one determine where the gaps in their knowledge even are?”
Too tired to write this in character . . . so here goes straight talk.
I LIKE Eve because it is so complex. Because there is so much to learn and so0 many different sides. From fleet doctrines to null to tagging of incursions HQ sites to the best way to build a dickstar.
I fly in highsec and venture elsewhere when the mood takes me. I have been in fleets and I have even FC’d once or twice but I still consider myself uninformed about TONS of the game. Being in the CSM hammers home the fact that I do know somethings fairly well but there are other things where I am totally at a loss. Fortunately, with a council of 14 players, we cover each others shortcomings.
Join a fleet and start a conversation and you will find the same thing. There are eft warriors who can discuss fits in a level of detail that plum eludes me. Others who blithely quote the market changes as though they follow eve-central or some other market site religiously. Some can quote you the history of null sec corps and battles as though they had a masters in pixel history.
And yet . . . I have things to say and viewpoints that the others might not. I read a lot of blogs and news sites and follow the forums and try to have a handle on the community. Between radio shows (Eve Radio) and Podcasts (Podside) and Hangouts (Ali Aras records hers) I try to be out there asking questions and listening. That is what I bring to a table, questions and the willingness to listen to the answer.
Every day that I play I try to learn a bit more. I ask for fits and I compare and contrast styles. I talk to players, not just ones in my corp but everybody and anybody who wants to bend my ear. I filter out the noise and add it to my knowledge base then I filter it again and put some of it in my blog. Do I know everything? Nope. Do I want to? Also no. It is the pursuit of the knowledge in this game that keeps it alive for me.
Finding gaps in your knowledge is easy, talk to other players. The ones who confuse me the most are the players who insist on not reading anything, not talking to anyone, who think that this is a game best played alone. They do well, for a while. They may very well be experts at the min maxing until they get the rug pulled out from under them, either in a game change or in something like an incursion or burn Jita. Some of them then complain that they weren’t told . . . seriously, the threads are out there.
Other ways to fill in gaps in the knowledge base include blogs, easily searched. Contrary to some recent proclamations nlogs are still around and the best way to find and filter information. News sites contain news and mock bad fits or crow about how much isk one player has made but do they help you? Podcasts are fun to listen to (more fun to be on) but it is hard to find that bit of information that you want. You’re reading this, so I assume I am preaching to the choir, here.
For all of you who complained in school you are now coming to the realization that what some of your teachers told you was true, learning can be fun. Or learning about your fun can make it more enjoyable. People who needed a gun to their head to do math now are comparing the esoteric equations of tracking and rate of fire. Ones who would not read a book in school are now sweeping through pages and pages of forums and learning terms like ad hominem and ‘straw man’.
So, what have you learned today in Eve?
A few other folks might have some things to say on this subject . . . .
– Tetra’s Eve Blog – Bantering Over Something Difficult
– Sand, Cider, and Spaceships – Blog Banter 47 – If Knowledge is Power….
– Foo’s Eve Musings – Blog Banter #47 : Eve knowledge
– Extra Vehicular – BB 47: A complex complex of Complex complexes
– Docking Permission Requested – Blog Banter 47#- The Knowledge Game.
– Evoganda – BB#47: Blind Men and the Elephant
– Low Sec Lifestyle – Knowledge’s Tradition: Blog Banter #47
– Fuzzwork Enterprises – Blog Banter #47: How complex is too complex?
– Warp Drive Active – Blog Banter #47: Know It All
– Jakob’s Eve Checklist – Blog Banter 47: Communicating Complexity and a Proposal
– Mabrick’s Mumblings – BB47: Don’t Get Hung Up on the Details
– Wolf Attacks – Managing the Vertical Learning Curve: 1 – Defining Clear Goals
– 2nd Anomaly From The Left – Blog Banter 47 – Complexity is a Matter of Minds
– Inner Sanctum of the Ninveah – BB47: Forgetting More Than I Ever Knew
– Aggressive Logistics – BB47 – The Beauty of the Unintended Consequence
Fly it like you won it