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Altoholicism in New Eden?

Author
Xavier Morientes
Center for Advanced Studies
Gallente Federation
#1 - 2017-03-18 19:24:31 UTC
I was a veteran WoW and SWTOR player (not aymore) and I was an altoholic. Although it is a kind of ilness, it has some benefits like legendary player title, gathering/crafting opportunities or banker/broker. Fortunately there is 3 characters per account restriction in Eve Online, beside that, I wonder if there is any benefit/meaning to have an alt character?
Tipa Riot
Federal Navy Academy
Gallente Federation
#2 - 2017-03-18 22:07:31 UTC
I better not start explaining the benefits, and options with alts. There are people in EvE going crazy with alts (usually for ingame money making), but you can play EvE fine with one, maximal two chars/accounts.

I'm my own NPC alt.

Do Little
Bluenose Trading
#3 - 2017-03-18 22:12:23 UTC
While you can have 3 characters on 1 account, you can only login 1 character per account at a time and the account only includes 1 skill queue. Any character can train but only 1 at a time unless you purchase multiple character training.

Several industrial activities in Eve run in the background and you only need to login occasionally to tend them. With a few months training and an understanding of how Eve industry works, the ALTS on an account can easily earn enough to pay the subscription using in-game currency.

If you want to multibox, you'll need multiple accounts.
Memphis Baas
#4 - 2017-03-19 00:39:28 UTC
Since EVE lets you train ALL the skills and have access to ALL the ships on one character, some of the reasons for having alts disappear. Typically, we consider the following, when thinking about alts:

Reasons to have alts:

1. Anonymity. Posting on forums, trading, infiltration of other corps, theft, certain types of PVP, scamming, these activities may anger other players and it may be better to keep your main character separate.

2. Presence. It takes a while to travel from 0.0 to Jita or other market hubs, and it's a lot easier to just log in an alt to check prices. As another example, super-capital ships are so expensive that it's better to have a dedicated alt to pilot them, than risk even the slightest chance of theft or destruction while you're roaming around in a different ship for fun.

3. Multi-play. Various capital ships require cyno beacons to move around, and it's a lot safer if your own alts provide the beacons, than asking, even friends, to do so. Certain in-game activities are also done more efficiently with a group of alts, for example mining, providing mining boosts, and hauling the ore to station, all at the same time.

4. In-game limitations. Each character is limited to 300-some market orders, 21 contracts, 6 planets for PI, 10 production slots, 10 research slots, etc. If you want more than that, you need alts.


Reasons to NOT have alts:

1. All pilots, whether they be PVE, PVP, industry, etc., will need quite a few of the core / support skills trained. Armor, Shields, Engineering, Navigation, Targeting, etc., these skills are pretty much required no matter what you do, and the more alts you have, the more time you spend training these skills across all of them.

2. The log-in process is cumbersome and it takes time to switch from one alt to the next.

3. Multiple Omega subscriptions / training more than 1 character per account, cost money / monthly subscription fees. These fees add up, and suddenly you find yourself spending $200 - $300 per month on "some game."

4. Because everyone can train every skill, you won't hear calls for tanks, healers, DPS like in other games; EVE is a lot more about your reputation than it is about what ships you can fly. And you can't really build a reputation without playing the game well, accomplishing something, making a name for yourself, and this typically happens with ONE character, because it takes focused effort.

The limit of 3 characters per account has been there from the beginning of the game, 10+ years ago, and I think CCP likes it because it's a good compromise between being able to unlock every ship / do everything with one character, and having to pay more if you want to do "everything" faster (by specializing your alts into different fields from the start).
ShahFluffers
Ice Fire Warriors
Shadow Cartel
#5 - 2017-03-19 06:08:46 UTC
*came in expecting a thread about what booze people drink here*
*left disappointed*
Kathern Aurilen
#6 - 2017-03-19 08:47:11 UTC
Memphis Baas wrote:
1. Anonymity. Posting on forums, trading, infiltration of other corps, theft, certain types of PVP, scamming, these activities may anger other players and it may be better to keep your main character separate.
Thats what I do. This is my forum at. I also plan on training her up for a stealth bomber later.

No cuts, no butts, no coconuts!

Forum alt, unskilled in the ways of pewpew!

DeMichael Crimson
Republic University
Minmatar Republic
#7 - 2017-03-20 00:53:55 UTC  |  Edited by: DeMichael Crimson
Memphis Baas wrote:
The limit of 3 characters per account has been there from the beginning of the game, 10+ years ago, and I think CCP likes it because it's a good compromise between being able to unlock every ship / do everything with one character, and having to pay more if you want to do "everything" faster (by specializing your alts into different fields from the start).

I'm thinking the same thing. The 3 character slots are meant to have characters specializing in very different career paths.

Since it takes time to train up each individual character on the account, the player would concentrate and play just one character at a time until that character becomes established and specialized within that career, then switch to another character and continue doing the same until all 3 characters are done.

Basically when that's done the player will have a choice of 3 'specialized' characters providing access to a variety of game play content on one account. For example the account could have a Market / Trade character, a Manufacturing / Invention character and a PvE / PvP character.

It's a good idea but some players such as myself prefer to just have one 'Jack Of All Trades' character.



DMC
Alaric Faelen
El Ultimo Hombre
Goonswarm Federation
#8 - 2017-03-20 21:29:43 UTC
My opinion of alts is that they are universally used to dodge game mechanics. That's the extent of their usefulness.