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Starting over again

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Kek
Doomheim
#1 - 2015-03-06 12:09:52 UTC
My 'main' character (not this one) has around 6.5 million skill points, which isn't a huge amount, but still represents several months' worth of training, and it's enough to be able to allow me to fly a wider range of ships and do things more effectively.

Now, I know this sounds a bit lame, but I seriously regret the name I chose for my female character. I'm a guy, and I wish I'd chosen a more gender neutral name to be known as in the EVE universe. Yeah, I should have thought about this at character creation, deal with etc, I know. But I'm one of these people who spends a lot of time creating my game characters and they have to 'feel' right.

I want to start over on a new character, but the thought of basically flushing those months of training time down the toilet and having to train all those skills again is actually quite off-putting and making me feel like not playing.

Has anyone else started over again for similar reasons, and how did you feel about it?
Lloyd Roses
Artificial Memories
#2 - 2015-03-06 12:19:47 UTC
The right character sounds vital to your experience, so it's either living with a slightly skilled toon you don't like or starting over with a setback you'll most likely not feel after 2-3 months.
Kek
Doomheim
#3 - 2015-03-06 13:05:05 UTC
Yes, you are right. It's just a bit rubbish having to train skills again. Although I did make the mistake of spreading my skills too wide instead of specialising, so starting again will allow me to plan everything better. Now I just have to wait for the 10 hour biomass timer.
J'Poll
School of Applied Knowledge
Caldari State
#4 - 2015-03-06 13:08:02 UTC
Am I very happy about my name? Naah, but in the end, it just did stick with me. And I wouldn't want to change it now anymore, no matter what.


And, my skills are for a very large part "Jack of all trades, master of none".

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Memphis Baas
#5 - 2015-03-06 13:22:30 UTC
So, instead of biomassing, try to sell it on the Character Bazaar? Maybe get a few billion for it, someone may be interested in the skills you have and not care about the name.
Zoe Athame
Don't Lose Your Way
#6 - 2015-03-06 15:14:05 UTC  |  Edited by: Zoe Athame
If you really can't deal with it, than yea, try selling it off. Better to fix that problem now rather than a year later when you still hate it.

However, if you're just worried about being represented to other players with a female name, try not to worry about it. EVE is something like 95% male players so everyone assumes you're a guy anyway. Even on comms it's normal to talk to other guys using female names. I don't think being called Zoe is any more strange than being called Kek, Lloyd, J'Poll or Memphis. Any name that isn't yours IRL will sound funny for a bit but it will catch on just like any other nickname.
Kek
Doomheim
#7 - 2015-03-06 15:26:29 UTC
I don't mind being called by a weird or funny name... but being a middle aged guy and and being called Lucy just bugs me Lol
Shiloh Templeton
Cheyenne HET Co
#8 - 2015-03-06 15:51:13 UTC
Don't biomass. Just start using one of your other character slots on the same account. That way, you could continue to leverage the skills you have while you get your new character trained. And later you will have two chars which can be useful for trading, scouting, PI, etc.

ergherhdfgh
Imperial Academy
Amarr Empire
#9 - 2015-03-06 16:02:59 UTC
Not sure how you are doing on money but you could continue to use your main and then train the new character faster. Meaning you could do an all intel / memory remap and train tank and fitting skills at max SP / Hour then once you get your base skills down switch to a perception / willpower remap and get your ship and weapons skills up then go back to a general remap with your last bonus remap and make that second toon your main. That way you don't have to exactly start from scratch and eventually the alt will become your main.

You could also ask people in your corp to call you by your RL first name. Or you could switch it around in your head and just know for your self that Lucy is short for Lucifer or something like that and bring hell to all that cross you or some RP stuff like that.

I had a main that I then trained an alt. Since I was not worried about the day to day skill needs of the alt my training was much more focused and that alt rapidly became a better character than my main. The freedom of being able to train smart and not have to train what you need I found refreshing. Also that alt that is now my main is a girl and I am a middle aged guy. I have no issues being called by my character's name. But that is just me if it bugs you then it bugs you.

TL;DR
You could look at this as an opportunity to focus train the second toon instead of starting over.

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Phig Neutron
Starbreaker and Sons
#10 - 2015-03-06 16:36:18 UTC
I did something like that. Sold my first character for almost a billion ISK (back when a PLEX cost ~300 mil) then started a new character. With the first character I had done everything "wrong", rushed into battleships with poor support skills, etc, so I determined that with the second character I'd do everything right, starting with becoming a frigate expert before going on to cruisers, etc. I think it's good to make a project out of the second character, so it doesn't feel like you're just playing catch-up. Do something different with #2.
Chris Rambo Rambo
The Scope
Gallente Federation
#11 - 2015-03-06 17:29:53 UTC
Haha i made the mistake Chris Rambo rambo pmsl
ShahFluffers
Ice Fire Warriors
Infinite Pew
#12 - 2015-03-06 17:58:18 UTC
Fluffers here was supposed to be an "experimental" character that I would toss once I learned how to play the game and made a few mistakes.

Then I realized that re-rolling is not a thing here in EVE. So I kept him.

Originally a "joke name," Fluffers here has grown on me and become invaluable to my plans.
Plus, it's fun to see how people react when they die to "ShahFluffers" or hear me on comms for the first time ("Why does a dude call himself 'fluffers?'")
Gregor Parud
Imperial Academy
#13 - 2015-03-06 19:46:49 UTC
I've made fresh restarts several times over for no logical reason, never regretted it. You play your character, not its SP, so if you have your doubt now you will have your doubt several months from now as well. Might as well play the character you like more.
Cara Forelli
State War Academy
Caldari State
#14 - 2015-03-06 20:19:17 UTC
Kek wrote:
Now I just have to wait for the 10 hour biomass timer.

Don't biomass. You never know when having an alt with those skills may come in handy. Only biomass if you really need that third character slot or if you get queasy in character select just from looking at it (I did this to an ugly alt once).

A lot of people end up using their secondary characters more anyway. Cara was not my first character and doesn't have the highest SP but she definitely gets the most playtime these days. You mention that your skill training was pretty spread out. If you focus your training toward a specific playstyle you'll find it doesn't take long to get back to where you were on your next character. Probably half your trained SP was irrelevant anyway, so that's a few months you don't have to retrain (yet). And if you find you desperately need those skills, just log in your new (old) "alt" (because you didn't biomass, right??)

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Justin Zaine
#15 - 2015-03-06 21:44:15 UTC
The only real reason to biomass in this game is to avoid the reputation attached to the character.

Like if you were once in CODE. or something Shocked

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

Vimsy Vortis
Shoulda Checked Local
Break-A-Wish Foundation
#16 - 2015-03-06 21:46:27 UTC
Justin Zaine wrote:
Like if you were once in CODE. or something Shocked

I'm not sure how that would hurt your reputation.
Ralph King-Griffin
New Eden Tech Support
#17 - 2015-03-07 03:58:41 UTC
Vimsy Vortis wrote:
Justin Zaine wrote:
Like if you were once in CODE. or something Shocked

I'm not sure how that would hurt your reputation.

the bears would be sketchy and nervous around you but i don't think this is a negative
Quenching Waters
Doomheim
#18 - 2015-03-07 04:16:46 UTC
Kek wrote:
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Has anyone else started over again for similar reasons, and how did you feel about it?


I'm starting again on this account because I'm dissatisfied with how my first character turned out.
(My 'main' is on another account)

As for names, maybe the best bet is to put the necessary information in the bio.
Vimsy Vortis
Shoulda Checked Local
Break-A-Wish Foundation
#19 - 2015-03-07 05:04:29 UTC
Ralph King-Griffin wrote:
Vimsy Vortis wrote:
Justin Zaine wrote:
Like if you were once in CODE. or something Shocked

I'm not sure how that would hurt your reputation.

the bears would be sketchy and nervous around you but i don't think this is a negative

Because people who've been in CODE. care terribly about joining horrible carebear corps.
Justin Zaine
#20 - 2015-03-07 06:29:20 UTC
Vimsy Vortis wrote:
Ralph King-Griffin wrote:
Vimsy Vortis wrote:
Justin Zaine wrote:
Like if you were once in CODE. or something Shocked

I'm not sure how that would hurt your reputation.

the bears would be sketchy and nervous around you but i don't think this is a negative

Because people who've been in CODE. care terribly about joining horrible carebear corps.


Settle your horses everyone, it was just a joke.

He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared.

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