Welcome to Test Alliance Please Ignore! You've just joined a massive gaming community. Whether you're new to EVE or just new to TEST, there is a lot of information to take in. Please be patient, take things slow, and don't hesitate to ask for help. Especially when doing something for the first time.
Test Alliance Please Ignore is a sovereignty-holding nullsec alliance. There are plenty of things to do in our space that aren't PVP, but there is an expectation that you will make some effort to defend your home and help TEST achieve its goals by going on some (not all) fleets. Whether you choose to participate in large fleets or not, you are going to die – a lot – and that's okay.
This checklist will guide you through moving to the current alliance staging system (where most of us are located), joining chat channels, unfucking your overview, traveling to our space, setting up alliance services, training into ships we need, getting free stuff, going on fleets, and making some ISK. Holy shit, that's a lot.
TEST has a well-developed IT infrastructure to enable coordination, communication and community-building independent of the game client. This is necessary because Eve can sometimes experience unplanned downtime and instability.
As a new player you need to make sure that you're set up and ready to use these services, as TEST does the majority of its communication through these services.
Auth is the center of Test's IT infrastructure; it is used to associate your identity on our services with your ingame account. This is necessary so that we know you're actually a member of TEST and not just some random nerd.
Jabber and Discord are out-of-game chat channel services; they allow us to broadcast important announcements, ping for fleets, and chat among ourselves without having to be logged in to EVE, which is nice if you want to play other games.
How to setup Jabber (Required)
Mumble is our voice chat program of choice. We use mumble because it's open source and, unlike Teamspeak, it does not require us to buy more expensive licenses to have more available slots. You will need Mumble to at least listen to orders given on fleets, unless you are deaf in which case you can ask the FC to have somebody relay orders in fleet chat.
The last lynchpin is the forums. It is used for more general announcements less ephemeral than a ping, general debate, private communication within corporations or squads, trading with TEST bros, and many other things.
We use chat channels to separate different types of discussion. Pretty standard Internet stuff, really. These in-game channels should be enough to get you started while you're waiting for alliance services to activate.
DeeDeeReddit- a troll-free help channel found in game, on Jabber, and on Mumble. If you have questions, please ask.
Test_Free- the in game channel for our Test Free charity service. Test Free offers a selection of skill books, fully fit spaceships, and occasionally other items in our staging system.
TEST Intel Channel- our intel channels, where neutral/enemy activity in our space is reported
The default overview is good enough for high security space where a pilot's security status matters, but the rules of engagement in nullsec are usually based on standings. You need to configure your overview to prioritize displaying standings over security status so you don't accidentally shoot allies. The easiest way to do this is to load an overview pack.
Z-S Overviewand follow the instructions in the channel MOTD.(DO NOT ENTER TEST ALLIANCE SPACE UNTIL YOU DO THIS)
There are multiple ways to get to TEST space.
Set Home Stationto “save” your progress should you die.
The TEST Skill Checker, found at skills.pleaseignore.com, tracks your training progress towards alliance skill plans. These skill plans range from guiding new players through their initial core skills to training into capital ships.
You're not expected to devote every moment of your skill queue to TEST. Just try to be able to fly something for every active doctrine, no matter how small. And don't forget to occasionally train things that just sound fun to you. Even if it doesn't get you closer to a doctrine ship.
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Test_Freeand follow the directions in the channel MOTD. Get free stuff
You joined TEST to play EVE Online with other members of TEST, right? Fleets come in many shapes and sizes, and cover a wide range of activities. While most fleets are for fun, Strategic Operations (StratOps) are often important fleets for securing or defending alliance assets. Your participation is expected if you are available, but Test Alliance Please Ignore has no mandatory participation requirements. Corporations within TEST may have their own policies. If in doubt, please contact your corporate leadership.
firstname.lastname@example.org. While fleet broadcasts usually include the requested ship doctrine, most support ships are often welcome when not specified.
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Scopedropdown most of the time. Be careful and pay attention; don't blindly join fleets.
You're probably going to want ISK to buy more spaceships. Don't let me stop you from dropping your hard-earned money on PLEX to fuel your addiction to explosions if that's what you're inclined to do. For everyone else, you might just have to actually play this game, and there's many opportunities to earn ISK.