I see a lot of stuff about scamming in EVE and how it's allowed by the developers. How can I find trustworthy people to play with? Secondly why do they allow this sort of griefing activity that would get you a rapid ban in other games?

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    About the "why is it allowed?" point: CCP want players to have as much freedom as possible, so you can do wathever is part of the game-mechanics. That's why scamming is allowed. But it's not intended to be a normal way of income, that's why it get regularly nerfed (exemple: the different pictures for original blueprints & copies; popup on suspicious contract, when isk asked is really far from market values; etc...).
    – Lysarion
    Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 22:37
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    Ahahahahahah! You don't. You develop a finely tuned sense of paranoia.
    – Phill.Zitt
    Commented Dec 8, 2012 at 1:13

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I have never played EVE myself, but know a few people who do. As such, take my advice at face value.

Finding trustworthy people to play with while in game is difficult. If it's at all possible, convince your real life friends to play with you so that you start out with people you can trust. If not, hopefully you have friends from playing other games. Convince them to play EVE with you. Barring that, I'd suggest trying to play EVE on your own and carefully approach other people until you can determine their trustworthiness.

As for your second question, the developers of EVE have turned it into a bit of a social experiment - seeing what players will do to each other given minimal moderation. Notably, last year's Burn Jita event provided a lot of insight into human nature. At this point, it is littered with trolls and griefers. If that doesn't sound appealing, I'd suggest avoiding EVE entirely.


To me, this question boils down to, "How do I find trustworthy people in life". This process is probably something you do every day in your life. You meet people and depending on your interactions with them, your opinions and trust level with them are affected. EVE is widely known as a game with almost no rules. You wouldn't trust someone you just met enough to loan them money out of your bank account in the real world, and you shouldn't in EVE either. So to answer your question more directly, get to know them, play with people and talk to them, build a rapport.

And to your second question, CCP wants EVE's universe to be as realistic as possible. There are bad guys in real life, and the same can be said for EVE.

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    "CCP wants EVE's universe to be as realistic as possible" - ah, that explains the respawning asteroids, warp drives, and life after death. :]
    – Steve V.
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 4:35
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    Haha, well yeah, there is that. Socio-econimically I mean of course.
    – Jerrod
    Commented Dec 11, 2012 at 18:31

Play with people you know from outside the game, that is the easiest way to find trustworthy people. Of course that is not always possible.

Don't trust any member of Goonswarm Federation if you don't belong to them yourself.

Don't pay upfront for anything if you don't know the people involved. E.g. don't pay if a corporation says you have to pay a fee to become a member.

Start in a newbie-friendly corporation like EVE University, they are reasonably trustworthy. There you can meet some players and get a feel for the game and where you have to pay attention to avoid being scammed.

And remember, as a new player you don't have much to lose. Even if you get the occasional ship blown up or lose some money because someone took advantage of you, it's not the end of the world.

  • As a new player, the replacement value of what you loose might be somewhat lower - 10 million isk vs 10 billion isk - but the percentage loss can be much more significant - 100 million isk is much harder for a newbro to obtain than for a vet, and might well represent a sizable portion of said newbro's time in game.
    – Iiridayn
    Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 19:32

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