Hey everyone. There has been a growing interest in Entropia Universe on the Facepunch forums, so I thought it'd be a great idea to start our own discussion thread
about the game without getting hammered by insults from people who don't appreciate the game. So new and old players alike, welcome!
What is Entropia Universe?
Entropia Universe is a massively multiplayer online virtual universe that uses a micropayment business model, in which players may buy in-game currency (PED - Project Entropia Dollars), and also convert it back to real life dollars.
This means that virtual items acquired within Entropia Universe have a real cash value!
The game can be downloaded and played for free. However, a new player receives only a basic colonist jumpsuit, and a tool for gathering sweat from creatures. By collecting and selling sweat from creatures, you can earn PEDs in-game to spend on your chosen profession. Of course, if you decide you want to deposit some money from your bank account at the start you can get into the beef of the game much faster, and start having more fun with friends. For example, by depositing $10USD you can easily purchase hunting starting equipment and then go from there.
A few example professions:
Crafting (Weapons, armor, clothing)
Beauty (Salon and Body modifications)
Skill Implants (You skill your character, then use a microchip to extract the skill and sell it on the market for PEDs)
The economy in this game is real. A good example would be the crafting profession. A lot of craftsman will pay a lot of PED for things like wool so they can craft clothing. So guess what? As a hunter, going out and killing beasts for cloth earns you more profit. The same goes for other materials like iron, which armor and weapon makers would pay a markup for.
You should turn back if you don't like games that require you to use your brain, and a little patience!
Although Entropia is a complicated, and sometimes a slow game, you can still just have fun with your friends. Whether that is hanging around Port Atlantis with your clanmates (known as societies in-game) or going hunting and helping each other out in combat. Teamwork is a big gameplay element for hunters in Entropia. Some people like myself like to take a support role, which involves healing other squad mates and setting up distractions for the harder monsters. Me personally, I never plan to make real world money from the game. I just go in to play and have fun hunting with friends, and do my best as a beginner paramedic.
Are you interested in giving it a go? There are a few ways you can play the game..
A lot of people are asking if Entropia is Free-to-Play... yes and no. If you want to play Entropia completely free from the start you're going to need to be a lot more patient. Many players do something called 'sweating', which is a group activity in the game which is pretty much a grind. About 2 hours of sweating with a group of people will get you enough PED's to go on a single hunt, which isn't too bad, but it also depends on the profession you want to do. I only mention hunting all the time because that is what my profession is, so I feel like I can explain things better by talking about something I know more about. Others spend their hard earned PED's on Mining which I've heard is more profitable, but I haven't given that a go yet.
For those who can spare the money, there is depositing. Some people prefer to avoid sweating all together and spend $10 or so a month on Entropia and get PED's that way. Think of depositing as a MMO monthly fee, except you get to choose what that monthly fee is.
Still interested in playing?
Entropia Universe is a very difficult game to get started in without the help of other, more experienced players. I'm sure there will be a few of you who want to give the game a go, and I'd really like to personally mentor you into the game, but It's just an impossible feat I cannot do alone, as I am a beginner myself. Because of this, I have passed on a message to a in-game Society called the "Vikings of Calypso" which I'm a new recruit in. They are gladly accepting newbie applications. You can apply for membership at any Society terminal in-game. These terminals can be found nearly everywhere.
1. This is not an absolute requirement, but more of a recommendation: Do the quests around the starting areas when you first log in. A lot of these quests will teach you the basics on how to play and they will also send you around to different areas, which is a good way to familiarize yourself with locations in the game. They will also teach you basic knowledge about how equiptment and such works. This will give you a stronger platform to ask questions from, and a better understanding of the answers that society members will provide you.
You can sign up and download the client at:
MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP TO LIVE ON PLANET CALYPSO!
Known Facepunch Players:
Simazzarome - Andrew Andy Grafton
gnisasas - Sir Sasasing Burrito
norzone - Otic Norzone Kims
MadPro119 - Ark Bishop Serius
Bugga12 - Andylon Stig Sabz
alx12345 - Alexandre Vermette
Fish_poke - Nic Wyglef Bremar
RichyZ - Richard RichyZ Zennikan
Contag - melise contag madden
scratch (nl) - Wright Frier Jeremy
HeroicPillow - Ronaldo Gate Simmon
Bionicchick - Bionic Biotic Johnson
Psygo - Sequoia Olimpia Astrid
Shotacon - Kalamari Mc Demacy
Cousland - Florent Daunchy Rousseau
Adius Shadow - Adius Kx Omega
cdr248 - Nicholas Cdr248 Alekseyevich
Stupideye - Ivan stupideye Trotsky
Let me know what your in-game name is so I can add you to the list!