Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Newbie Guide: Eve Online Overview

I have now been playing Eve for a good few months and have enough info about stuff to be dangerous to the public with.  so I present my first guide for newbies by a newbie.

The Overview is what you will spend most of your time looking at while flying, that and the scanning but we will come back to the scanner in another post as its easy to pick up and hard to master and I can just about track a ship in the a PLEX at the moment.

For a good all round overview setup I would check out Sarah's Overview Pack as this is what I have been using for my overview and its been great for PvP so far and it has most of everything you will need for PvP and PvE and if you open it in notepad it will give you a good starting point to make your own pack.

I would also check out Overview Tutorial on EVElopedia to get more comfortable with the ins and outs of the settings.  I would suggest you learn a lot about the overview as it plays such a big role in everything you do and the right setup will allow you to pick targets faster and filter out the noise.

The first thing I would suggest is un-messing the order and colours of the colour tags by opening the overview settings by left clicking on the icon next to where it says 'Overview' while in space below the Selected Item window and select 'Open Overview Settings', from here you should see the appearance tab.

This is the tab we need to set up, select this and then the background sub tab. and below is the order I have found works the best.

Background Settings
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  1. Pilot is at war with your corporation/alliance
  2. Pilot is at war with your militia
  3. Pilot has a limited engagement with you
  4. Pilot is in your fleet
  5. Pilot is in your corporation
  6. Pilot is in your alliance
  7. Pilot has excellent standing
  8. Pilot has good standing
  9. Pilot is in your militia or allied to your militia
  10. Pilot is an ally in one or more of your wars
  11. Pilot has terrible standing
  12. Pilot has bad standing
  13. Pilot has a security status below -5
  14. Pilot is a criminal
  15. Pilot is a suspect
  16. Pilot has a kill right on him that you can activate
  17. Pilot has a security below 0
  18. Pilot has a bounty on him
  19. Pilot (agent) is intractable
  20. Pilot has neutral standing
  21. Pilot has no standing
Once you are happy with the background settings we can move to the next tab called colour tags tab.

Colortag
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  1. Pilot is at war with your corporation/alliance
  2. Pilot is at war with your militia
  3. Pilot has a limited engagement with you
  4. Pilot is in your fleet
  5. Pilot is in your corporation
  6. Pilot is in your alliance
  7. Pilot has excellent standing
  8. Pilot has good standing
  9. Pilot is in your militia or allied to your militia
  10. Pilot has a security status below -5
  11. Pilot is a criminal
  12. Pilot is a suspect
  13. Pilot has a kill right on him that you can activate
  14. Pilot has terrible standing
  15. Pilot has bad standing
  16. Pilot is an ally in one or more of your wars
  17. Pilot has a security below 0
  18. Pilot has neutral standing
  19. Pilot has no standing
  20. Pilot (agent) is intractable
  21. Pilot has a bounty on him
Once you have both tabs order and colour sorted you also need to make sure you have unticked 'User small colortags' and 'Use small fonts'.

With those changes to your background and colourtag you should not be shooting your friends unless you really want to that is.  the filters tab is more down to personal choice really, but if you have used the Sarah's Overview pack then it should set itself up with a good starting layout.

If you're importing an overview pack I have noticed that the 'Use small colourtags' re-ticks itself so after an import I would check to make sure its not reset itself

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