"Infuriating, boring, exciting, fascinating, geeky, beautiful and terrifying all mixed in. I may be in trouble"Diaries of a Space Noob is a two month long, day by day, diary of a former World of Warcraft player's early days in Eve Online from the beginning. It's an interesting idea for a blog. Ambitious too. For those of us who are not Ripard Teg, the prospect of putting in substantive time in Eve every day and then faithfully updating an online diary describing the experience would be daunting.
- Day One - Diaries of a Space Noob
Happily Space Noobs are a wide-eyed, innocent folk who don't know enough to be daunted. The Space Noob, having begun his project, soldiers through bravely to the end; the last day of the two months of diary entries having been written yesterday. What I find most interesting about the Diaries is that it is written from the perspective of a new player to a non-Eve audience and speaks to the Eve new player experience with fresh eyes. It is a portrait of the Eve community written from the point of view of an outsider.
The quality of The Space Noob's writing remains very solid and entertaining throughout, even as the days turn into weeks and weeks into months. Of course this is Eve. My darker self warns me it's entirely possible that Space Noob was written by a CCP marketing flack to lure bored dwarves and night elves from WoW. However that's beside the point. My darker self enjoyed the read as much as I did (when was the last time I regarded 700,000 ISK as a small fortune?), so it really doesn't matter. It's a worthwhile read for jaded metagamers, bitter vets and players who've lost the initial sense of wonder that accompanied their first undock.