The Beginner Experience
As the poster child for the platform, Planet Calypso can easily be considered one of the easiest/best planets to first start your adventure on within the Entropia Universe.
They have recently designed a New Player starter area which includes free weapons and tools as well as missions/quests to get you started learning how to get around and interact with the game.
Once you have completed all of the missions in the Calypso Gateway (the starter island) you will be allowed to teleport to Camp Icarus and start your adventures in earnest.
You will find more NPCs around the camp there, and should explore to the north-west along the coast and past the river where you will find Port Atlantis.
Port Atlantis is a port city with beautiful skyscrapers, buildings and docks going out into the sea. There are quite a few NPCs among the different buildings and you can start different missions by talking to some of them.
You are not required to do any of the missions however; the game is considered by some to be the ‘ultimate’ sandbox game. It is a completely open world and you are free to go anywhere you want. The planet is huge and as such I would recommend purchasing a VTOL or Helicopter within the first week or two of playing as that will help you bypass the more dangerous places while exploring new areas.
You have to physically travel to each teleporter before you are able to use it, but once you have it added to your map you can teleport between any of them on the planet. One of the first goals for a new player should be to get as many of the teleporters added to their map as possible.
Three key locations you’ll want to check out first:
● Port Atlantis - It has a shopping mall and is the current ‘space port’ where all players coming in from space and other planets land.
● Twin Peaks - The main hang out for street traders. It’s very important to be able to teleport here if you want to buy or sell goods, it also has a shopping mall.
● Nea’s Place - Located far to the South-West of Port Atlantis, it is a treacherous journey to get to Nea’s Place without help. Once there though you will find what is probably the highest concentration of new and social players in the game. It is one of if not the most popular location on Calypso for ‘sweating’ which is one of the free activities for earning peds.
As a new player you will need to focus on learning about the Markets and the Economy.
In order to play economically you will almost always use limited (L) weapons and tools which need to be replaced once broken.
You should find a good Society (guild) which is friendly to new players yet still has enough veterans in it to teach you well.
Land-based PVP will be difficult for you at this level unless you want to drop a LOT of cash on gear.
Space Piracy (PVP) is possible at this level; you just need a Quad Fighter with a mounted Laser Cannon. Some pirates make a lot of PED in space, but it can be an expensive profession to practice (and gives you a bad reputation in the game since people don’t like having real money stolen from them).
The Mid-Level Experience
After one or two years of typical playing you will reach what is referred to as Mid-Level. A majority of the players in the game are in this category, and you will be able to do almost anything in the game. (if not solo, then at least with a team)
By the time you reach Mid-Level you will have figured out what you want your focus in the game to be, and if you haven’t bonded well with the society you started in, may seek one that matches your activities or play style.
The bulk of PVP players fall in this group and can make a significant profit hunting miners and hunters (even other PKers) in the lootable zones.
To play economically you will still need to use mostly limited (L) items, but will likely also start investing in unlimited SIB (skill increase bonus) versions. It’s imperative that you keep economic factors in mind with everything you do at this point. Mindless grinding without regard to the markets will burn a hole in your pocket faster than you could ever imagine.
At Mid-Level you will also want to start considering other investments as well
● Apartments/Estates - Hold no real investment value other than for reselling, but are a lot of fun to decorate as well as a status symbol.
● Higher End Armor - You have the skills to efficiently use some of the best armor in the game IF you can afford it.
● Higher End Healing Tools - 1-20k PED will get you an ‘ok’ tool. 100k will get you close to the best in game.
● Shops/Booths - A great way to make a few ped as well as the fun of setting up and planning inventory as well as advertising and trying to figure out what sells and what doesn't.
● Calypso Land Deeds (CLDs) - Sort of a ‘Stock’ in the planet, you can purchase CLDs and earn a weekly dividend based on the profits that Planet Calypso earned that week.
● Rare blueprints for profitable crafting.
● Beauty equipment if you wish to work in that industry.
● Other miscellaneous paths that people constantly discover to earn profits
The High-End Experience
It takes years of hard core grinding to reach this level. The game is not played in weeks and months but rather in years (and apparently decades) of playing and building up your character.
Level 100 is when you can efficiently use all the ‘old school’ weapons, some of which commonly sell for over 100k PED. ($10,000USD)
There really isn’t much point in reaching this skill level if you aren’t able to get the gear to go with it.
You need top end armor, weapons, and medical tools as well as a strong knowledge of the economy and market fluctuations. Of course all that won’t do you any good without a large bankroll to be able to leverage those to your advantage.
Investments at this level include:
● All types of high end gear - Either for use or resale.
● Large Stacks of CLDs - When you have the power, you control the prices.
● Land Areas - You charge players taxes to play on your lands.
● Banks - Basically in-game pawn shops, you lend PED for high interest rates and keep the collateral if it’s not paid back.
Half of the new planets developed for the Entropia Universe were funded and developed by former High End players.
If you are looking for a game that has stood the test of time, and want to commit to a decade of character building instead of a few weeks, if you seek difficult challenges, and love real competition, then this is THE game for you.
If you are easily bored, or are always looking for ‘the next best thing’ then this is probably not a good choice. You wouldn’t even last long enough to experience a fraction of what the game has to offer.
If you decide to try it out, I can’t stress enough how important it is to study the economy and play accordingly. Knowledge is power in this game so don’t take your research lightly.