In order to celebrate EVE Online’s 13th birthday tomorrow and its becoming an unruly teenager… like it hasn’t been behaving that way all this time already… you will be able to download and play the game for free on Steam.
That means, if you start today… and the whole things starts today… you could potentially get in as much as three days in New Eden to experience the furtive, achievement based tutorial, learn about skill queues and how long it will take to fly a battleship, see all the scams in Jita, and at least experience how cool the sensation of flying in space can be.
I think starting as Gallente gets you the prettiest nebulae.
Of course, if you REALLY wanted to try out the game… and maybe not have your account totally locked into Steam for no real good reason… you could always just go to the EVE Online web site and get a 14 Day free trial.
Or, if you were feeling especially interested and a bit generous, you could get a 21 Day free trial by clicking on my buddy link. Exactly one person has done that in the last three years, though I admit I don’t flash it around either, keeping it hidden on the side bar of my other blog.
Okay, the three day Steam offer does say “no restrictions,” while the trial offer has some walls around it, there being some skills and such that you cannot train on trial accounts. But you’re not going to have the ISK or a reason to train those skills in just three days, now are you?
Anyway, my cynicism aside, happy birthday to EVE Online. Come fly around in space for a bit. Goons won’t scam you, I promise. You won’t have enough ISK to be worth the effort.