In my recent post I have stressed how important it is to join a corporation in EVE online. Especially as a young player and maybe as somebody with limited online time. Today Angry Mustache explained in more detail how this is critical but also that of course any corp will not be optimal to really provide an environment where young players can thrive.
The crucial question is then, how do you find a good corp to join?
I suggested the recruitment channel for a start. There also is the official recruitment center on the EVE webpages. But as Angry points out, these are not all corps advertising there will stand up to what they offer. He mentions some obvious possibilites, which may actually not be obvious to people new to the game. Angry’s own corp EVE University is a dedicated new-player corp, offering advice and training for newbies. The big corporations and alliances like Goonwaffe or TEST can afford to run extensive recruitment and (I suppose) training programs. Red vs Blue is another place often cited as a good learning environment.
Let me also take this chance to smuggle in an advertisement of my own alliance. Have look! Nice people around!
Being part of a large group of course has pro’s and cons. Personally I have looked for more medium sized corporations ( ~ 50 members) and alliances and was quite happy with this, although I did not enjoy a true training program. “Self sufficiency” was always an important part of the membership and since it is important to be able to take care of yourself I guess this was a good thing. However in retrospective many things would have been easier with a bit more coordination between vets and noobs.
So then it is back to the recruitment channel/center. If an advert is well written this is already a good sign but in order to get a real impression you must talk to a recruiter and not be shy to ask questions. The things I have been looking for in a corp and which I think one could ask a recruiter are
- How many people are typically online at any time? How many on comms? (Note that recruiters might be reluctant to answer stuff like that because of security/spying concerns)
- What is the role new players play in the corp?
- How do you organize training?
- Is there any (financial, equipment) support for new players?
- What’s your main time of activity?
- Do you have a forum?
- Do you have regular corp meetings?
- Do you have regular events? Of which kind?
- Are there CTAs (Calls to arms)? What are the rules for those?
- Are there corp wide isk-making fleets (mining/missions/ratting…) or is everybody on his own?
- For nullsec: what support do I get logistics wise?
A recruiter might answer these questions carefully because he has to suspect that you might be a spy. However if he does not have answers at all, or it sounds like “we don’t have that” I would suggest you look for a different corp.
In order to judge the activity of a corp it is a good ideas to check for them on a killboard. Look at their history and try to get an impression of how active they are. Consistent activity is more important than a “green” killboard. Also try to glance which ships they typically fly. You might even be able to spot other newbies amongst them. (Note to myself: I have to develop that killboard statistical analyser). my-eve.com allows you to display “Tactical Data” for corps you are investigating. This will show you at which times and in which numbers those guys are active.
These are my few cents on the topic. I really would like to encourage any reader to drop is own experience into the comments. I am sure there is much more to be said about this issue.
Fly smart. Chira.