Before you begin playing Eve, you'll need to do the following things.
Download the EVE client from this link:
Save it somewhere that you can easily find it (like your desktop) and then run the application to install EVE. If you get a "file corrupted" message, you may need to free more space on your hard drive.
The client you download should be the latest build. If for some reason it is not, we recommend that you patch the client manually rather than autopatching. Download the latest patch here:
Unzip the file and then launch the .exe within when EVE is not running.
You can get a 14-day free trial and help Goonfleet at the same time! Use this link to sign up:
Or, if you're ready to purchase an account, use this link:
Each new account generates a commission for Goonfleet, which can then be legitimately turned into in-game currency and used to finance our efforts.
The trial account is fully functional, with a few exceptions. Some skills cannot be trained on trial accounts, and money cannot be transferred from trial accounts to other accounts. Beyond that, you can do anything that a paid account can do. Please note that if you decide to purchase the game, your trial period ends immediately, so you might wish to wait until your trial account is about to expire, and then pay, to get the maximum amount of free playtime. [If you apply a timecode your trial period will remain (i.e. if you applied a 30 day card 5 days into your trial you would have 39 days of account available), I do not know if purchasing an account not via timecodes is the same]
If you can't get a trial account any other way and all else fails, one Goonfleet member reports the following method was successful:
One time I e-mailed CCP asking for a trial key and saying I would kill a bunny if they didn't do it, and the guy who e-mailed me back gave me one, said no problem and begged for me not to kill a bunny.
While this isn't a requirement like the above, you should probably get into the habit of monitoring your character through http://evemon.battleclinic.com/ . This allows you to make skill plans, watch how long you have left for skills, and all kinds of useful little bits like that.