I started Eve up last night, saw the neverending blackness of space, and almost cried.That brings back memories about when I first started Eve back in Sept 06.
This link should help.
I started in Kisogo in The Citadel. This was before the jump to Jita was removed so I had my first ferw missions in the area including some frustrating stops in "The Black Hole". I remember upgrading from my Ibis to a Heron and feeling like big shit. This was after a few days training since I started with 5000 skill points and not the 800K new players get today.
Well I took my combat Heron (I cringe to think about this now) into missions and soon lost it in Worlds Collide. And then lost another. And then a Merlin which I thought should be indestructible. Man, did I have a lot to learn.
Later on I was moving to join friends in Placid. I was going to meet an escort in a 0.5 system and I felt so nervous while there. Wow, 0.5! Danger lurks everywhere, right? My heart beat wildly in my chest just flying around anc checking the belts before getting scared off by tough rats. When my friend arrived I took my Merlin which had all of my Eve possessions and followed him through low sec into Placid where I joined his corp and began to really learn the game. That same night the corp was out for an exercise and one of my friends undocked in his Megathron. I spent a few minutes belting it with antimatter and rockets to great fun if not great effect. It was so huge and invincible.
Ah good times. Man I wish Merlins had a third turret hardpoint.