Alright then, I think to myself. I’ll just repurchase another Ibis. They appear to be cheap, and I had made a whole big chunk of ISK from tutorials…
-Massively OP, Choose My Adventure Column
Chris at Massively OP headed into EVE Online for the latest round of Choose My Adventure and, unsurprisingly, it has been a tough time. Welcome to New Eden, same as it ever was. The new player experience remains… challenging.
But what struck me out of post of familiar woes was the line quoted above, because there is literally a button in the station/structure UI that will give you a brand new rookie ship… or “corvette” as they are now styled… on demand. It isn’t even hidden away, being located right under the undock button.
Back in the day the game used to just give you a rookie ship if you docked up in a capsule. It was changed to a button a while back. I am going to guess they did that because somebody did a database query on “Ibis” and found there were more sitting in stations than there were total user accounts ever created. I went on a cleaning up campaign a few years back to destroy all the ones I had cluttering up my hangars and when I searched today I have 26 still hanging around on my main.
I was going to show the whole list, but I thought that one in 6RCQ, which I repackaged for some reason, like I was going to move it somewhere, was more amusing. It isn’t like I couldn’t get one where ever I went.
Anyway, looking at that button I realized that the label on it isn’t as helpful as one might think. *I* know what it means, but I know because I read the patch notes at some past date about the change.
But is it descriptive enough to somebody who wasn’t there when this change went into effect? To somebody new to the game? You know, the people who might actually need a new Ibis or other rookie ship?
The button says, “Board my Corvette,” which sounds a lot like simply “get in my ship.”
And the tool tip/hover help text is an example of the classic mistake for that medium, as it just adds three unhelpful words to what the button already told you, which fails to clarify anything if you didn’t understand what the button meant in the first place. This is the equivalent of finding out that somebody is deaf and then just speaking louder.
The tool tip ought to say “Get a replacement starter ship for free!” or something else more instructive.
I am reminded of CCP Burger’s priority list from the first CSM14 summit minutes:
1. Stop the bleeding
2. Fix the stupid
3. Excite and teach
4. Incentivize return
-CCP Burger on CCP’s focus, CSM summit minutes page 6
I think we may still be in the “Fix the stupid” stage.