Interesting dev blog, Certificates

Certificates.

http://myeve.eve-online.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&bid=591

Do read the dev blog as it’s an interesting concept.  In a nutshell, this does not change how you train skills, but may help to make it easier from inside the game.  They decided to add certificates to the game as a tool for new players.  Honestly, I think this is a wonderful idea and a cool concept.

The best way I can explain how this works is to use an example.  Let’s say that you want to use t2 small pulse lasers.  If you use evemon, you will see all the skills that you need.  If you check the item info on a t2 laser, you will see the tab for the skill requirements and whether or not you have those skills.

Certificates takes all that and puts it together.  When your skill training reaches a certain point, you receive a certificate that will tell you what you are certified to use in way of ships, modules or trade skills.

How could this be helpful?  For new players, it gives you a visual tool from within the game client to see how you are progressing.  What it also does is notify you of things that you are certified for that you may not realize.  Some additional modules may be open for your use that you have not even heard of yet. Ships will have a list of recommended certifications for you to have in order to fly the ship effectively.

You have the ability to lock down permissions on who see your certificates and this is a good thing.  Don’t want your enemies to see what you are capable of.  It does provide an interesting tool for you when you are trying to join a corp.  Seeing that you have basic and advanced armor tanking helps a director evaluate your character.

Certificates should be on Sisi by the time you read this.  If you can, give it a go and see what it’s like.  It should be part of the next Empyrean Age patch.

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~ by J. Riley Castine on October 14, 2008.

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