One thing I have noticed during my travels throughout highsec space is just how quiet it is, there could be over 100 people in local, and not a single word is uttered between those players. This makes me sad, so I like to encourage discourse where possible.
So when I enter a system with a funny name, I just have to comment on it.
Some funny chats can be had through this method, and I highly recommend it if you can’t think of any better ways to break the ice with the locals.
Sometimes, simply taking care of your appearance can get the locals buzzing. Tip: Nanite paste can do wonders for your complexion, as well as your armor!
Keeping your bio loaded with fun killmails to read is a great way to entertain the locals.
Putting links to your EVE-related websites in your bio is another.
Simply naming your ship something interesting and/or funny can also help to keep pilots smiling. At this point in time my ship was named “I’m not probing you!”
Here’s that killmail. Following this, we had a good, long discussion about The New Order of Highsec in local chat, which cowboy taximan wasn’t a fan of, probably due to being ganked by New Order agents in the past.
Here’s the killmail – the MTU’s owner has an interesting killboard, 0 kills 26 losses, ALL MTUs.
I met Omaha Eto one night whilst on a standard MTU hunt through the The Forge, he seemed most intrigued about my chosen profession.
This was the second time I had ever been thanked for my work in local, and it is always appreciated.
After our brief exchange in local, I moved-on to the next system to continue hunting. Afterwards, Omaha opened a private conversation with me, where we continued our conversation.
Omaha Eto > what is your motivation?
Omaha Eto > why are u doin this?
Pix Severus > its strange really, one day i saw a guy shooting an mtu in an asteroid belt, and he was only suspect, not criminal, and i thought to myself, i could do that..
Omaha Eto > haha nice
Pix Severus > so i started scanning for them, and one thing led to another..
Pix Severus > now i fly a ship with a probe scanner, hunting mtus, and all sorts of weird things happen to me
Omaha Eto > is that fun to you? lol
Pix Severus > yes, its a lot of fun, but i agree that its weird, just scanning down mtus and shooting them
Pix Severus > but i meet a lot of people, some get angry, but some are interested, like yourself
Pix Severus > either way, it gives me things to write about
Omaha Eto > i’ve never seen such a strange profession. well i became suspicious when i saw your flashing yellow icon and came to you profile and so on
Pix Severus > thats great, you are wise to check suspect characters
Pix Severus > they could be up to anything
Sometimes I feel very happy that I began hunting MTUs, as I get to experience pleasant chats like these from time to time.
Pix Severus > you wont believe this, but i just found a gecko in Uoyonen
Pix Severus > just sitting in space, alone, 50m+ in my pocket lol
Omaha Eto > i should say its kinda crazy but cool. you are one of a kind i guess.
Omaha Eto > gecko…rly nice!
Pix Severus > you are too kind sir!
Omaha Eto > well i actually think this game can give a lot of opportunities to player but i didn’t expect someone can use them in such way
Pix Severus > EVE truly is one of a kind
Pix Severus > the only mmo that allows players to be creative
Omaha Eto > i’m actually newbie to this game. three weeks only. running missions right now but willing to scan and travel in expedition frigates in future.
Pix Severus > scanning and exploration is a lot of fun, and gives you so much freedom in this game, i highly recommend it
Omaha Eto > i’ll do it for sure. thx a lot for recomendations and your cool game story dude. that was rly awesome ;)
There you have it, if you ever need an excuse to start chatting with people in local, exchanges like these are a good one. Contrary to the stories you read about EVE elsewhere, not everyone who plays this game is a scary sociopath, so the next time you get the chance to enter a discussion in local, go for it!