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Thursday, February 5, 2009

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EVE Online Skill Queue In Development
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

A recent CCP Games developer's blog reveals upcoming changes to the skill training system for their sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The updated system will allow players to queue up a training schedule for a 24 hour period, making it easier to advance their characters even when they can't log on to the game frequently.

While it's cool that you can advance your character when you are offline, we did worry that if we introduced a skill queue some players might just set a queue for a year and become less active in EVE. That's not what a massively multiplayer ONLINE game is about. EVE is a social game and we want you exposed to other players so you can start making legends out of you or corporation and strive for domination. A long abstinence from EVE would ruin this for us.
And yet, we know people do have lives outside of EVE and you don't really want to set your alarm to change skills, or worse lose out on skill training because you couldn't make it home in time. And it's always the shorter skills that fall right between a day and anything less than that which are the hardest to fit into your schedule.
So we sought a way to make the planning of skill training easier by using a queue, but without the risk of people queuing forever and not really being active in the game.
The skill training system we came up with allows you to queue skills that will start training in the next 24 hours. You can enter in up to 50 skills in a queue, as long as they all start training within 24 hours. This leaves room to start a skill that will take 6 hours, followed with one that takes 12 to complete. With only 18 hours of training prepared, the queue still has room to start another skill.
 If you train a skill the old fashioned way (by activating a skill as you do now without the queue window) it will still be listed in the queue as the top skill; the skill you are training now. If you don't add a follow-up skill then you'd have to come back when that skill is finished. You can still start training skills from your normal character sheet without entering the queue.
You can move skills around in the queue to find the optimal order for you and apply the changes. After that the queue will update to your latest changes. Your character will continue to train whatever is in the queue until a new queue is applied.
Click over to the link below to read more about the planned changes.

EVE Online Skill Queue Update
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EVE Online

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