A trader's mindset in EVE Online

James Egan
J. Egan|10.03.08

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A trader's mindset in EVE Online

In EVE Online, it's usually the harsher side of the game that gets the most attention and has the greatest allure. Piracy, large-scale alliance warfare, and in general the dark side of EVE are what most players find interesting. But still, there are many players who engage in non-violent gameplay and find it rewarding. While hardcore PvP-ers lambast them as carebears, some corporations and individuals have attained considerable wealth and influence in the game through their own form of PvP applied to finance -- market warfare.

Among the player-created corporations and alliances in EVE Online that are devoted to helping newer players attain their goals in an often complex system, EVE University and Agony Unleashed are the most prominent. However, there are other corporations in the game that help their members along the way, which are more focused in their pursuits. One such corporation is Trader's Academy, corp ticker: [TRACE], formed in 2005 and devoted to helping pilots maximize profits from trading, mining, and mission running.

Scion Starcaster, a member of Trader's Academy, is one of the newest writers at EVE-Mag. His first piece, "Introduction to the Trading Mindset", is geared towards new players with an interest in being a trader in EVE, or for those who've never explored this aspect of the game. This is an introduction to a series of articles he will continue to write about the state of trade in New Eden. Check it out for his views on the opportunities and risks of trading, and the 'purposeful chaos' of EVE's market.
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