Slow evening yesterday, so I decided to play around with different fittings and ships. There’s so many cool looking ships in EVE, and I am one of those suckers who actually lets the looks of a ship dictate if I like it or not.
I wanted to try a missile boat, main reason that I have never tried one before. I usually stick with my Gallente or Minmatar stuff. Time is the most important thing in EVE since training skills to level five take a long time.
So I decided to fit a Bellicose. Granted it is not the first ship that comes to mind when you think of slick-heavy-dooms-day-machine. Actually it looks like a deployed sniper rifle …
And then I took it out for a spin, a little level 2 mission I got from an agent in some station. Everything goes well, I get the mission done fast and furious. DPS I’m still not convinced, but I shrug it off because of my lackluster missile skills. Luckily the Bellicose has a decent drone bay, my drone skills are in a good state (Yay Gallente !), so they did most of the work for me.
Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable. Not CAP stable.
Yep, learned an important lesson right there. Sacrifice a little DPS to gain that oh so important CAP stable fit. When I triggered the mission objective a huge group of pirate frigates spawned in the mission pocked, and they ripped my Bellicose a new b***hole in space. The shield booster I had equipped drained my capacitor way to fast. My DPS application wasn’t up to par, and before I knew it, kaboem. I could have warped out, but where’s the fun in that?
So I jumped in my trusty old Vexor, and man what a difference. CAP stable with an armor repair module combined with a reactive armor hardener. Let the drones do the talking
Main reason I’m trying out this mission stuff right now is the Abyssal instance content I want to try out. I was hesitant to use the Vexor because it is so slow and sluggish, but after what happened here, it taught me a nice lesson. Slow and sluggish, but sturdy and tanky. Yeah, I’ll take that for now thank you.
I am however going to give the Bellicose a second chance so it can prove me wrong.
If there is one thing to say about Low Sec systems in New Eden, it would be the very fact that it’s kinda in a weird place. That is, if you are a risk averse, lazy solo player like myself.
From a lore point of view, it’s a link or bridge to Null Sec. Space is dangerous, and the four factions can’t police force every system in the galaxy.
Then there is the game design point of view, where it’s the same idea. A stepping stone from High Sec, less secure, but still rules and things you need to know (gate guns, station guns, security loss, crimewatch, …).
But what reason is there to actually go to Low Sec? What advantage does it give? For the solo player?
I’ve been roaming around Low Sec for quite a few days now, and I’m always encountering the same people. It’s weird.
Anyway, I’m realizing that the trap that got me to cancel my subscription last time has sprung again. I need to really change my way of thinking how I want to play this game. And that leaves me with some sort of gameplan. Some goals to reach, stuff I want to have done, or tried.
So here goes:
Join Bomber Bar at least once. I view these guys on Twitch on occasion. Now, I’m pretty sure viewing the highlights is way more exciting than actually participating in these sometimes 6 hour long ordeals. But then again, the end result is usually big explosions, and I’d like to experience that big fleet/swarm feeling.
Either explore WH’s on my own. Just head in there, with the explicit notion of loosing my ship. Think Voyager or Lost In Space, you’re out there and make due with the odds and lemons New Eden throws at you.
Or I could join a Wormhole Corporation. Now, this is more difficult to achieve, but there is EVE UNI Wormhole Campus. Some sort of newbie aid to educate wormhole life.
Jump from WH to WH to WH and come out on the other side of the galaxy. Because reasons …
I’d like to take my Stealth Bomber and just roam NS. And experience a bubble gate camp. Then either die in a flaming ball of fire, or escape it.
Roam different systems from different coalitions/alliances. See the differences.
Shoot easy targets in NS. Maybe there is more miners in NS?
Train my character into Strategic Cruisers. I’ve been toying with the ingame fitting tool, and boy oh boy, is that HAM / RLM Loki eyeballing me or what?
Get a couple more mastery levels in Strategic Bombers.
Experience at least once all the different calm Abyssal instances.
Upgrade my Vexor to shinier status.
Try different ships (Cruisers) in Abyssal instances. I’ve gotten myself into Gallente and Minmatar ships over the years.
Decide whether or not I still need a scanning alt
Make at least 100M ISK from exploration. (Pretty useless I know, but I’d like to know how long it would take, how profitable exploration really is).
There is probably more I’m going to add in the next couple of days, but I believe this is a good list to start with.
I’ve been reading up on things like security status, Crimewatch, CONCORD. All the things you need to know if you want to fight dirty and generally speaking be a douchebag.
And the more I read about it, the more it seems that everything you do in High Sec (and even Low Sec) will make your life traveling there miserable. My security status is currently sitting at a comfortable -0.9. Nothing to be worried about, but a couple of more unprovoked attacks on capsuleers and that -2.0 will be there before I know it.
Repairing your security status … yuck … don’t get me started. Either an awful grind with security missions, or grinding asteroid NPC’s, or buying tags from the marketplace (that require ISK I don’t have to spare).
The Way of the Ninja has been put on hold for a while. It’s tedious and so much work for very little payoff. I believe after 16 years of EVEdom, most players kinda know what you’re up to when you suddenly appear in their mission complex.
That brings us to Low Sec. I bought myself a nice cozy Nemesis. I had the skill requirement, and had never flown one of these in EVE. So I figured why not. Equipped it with some U-boat stuff, and went off to the wild wild Low Sec.
Now, I prepared myself for this exploration trip to Low Sec. I learned about the MWD trick, practiced it (even though it’s not really necessary in LS I believe?). I didn’t warp to 0, used D-scan a lot.
And nothing …
Granted, I probably looked at the wrong places. The best spots are I’m guessing close by or in faction warfare systems. I have no idea how that stuff works, only that I’m not that keen on it.
And I’m not bitching that there are no easy targets in Low-Sec. No juicy mining barges or whatever. I know why they aren’t there (OP is not me btw). Because of people like me, preying on that easy kill. Where all the odds are in my favor. Risk-averse players.
Like Victor Alexander says:
… stop flying ridiculously overpowered ships that have a really high chance of winning solo engagements. Because everyone KNOWS it’s OP so they will either avoid you or blob you.
That’s cool, and these people are certainly out there in Low-Sec. You start to recognize the names in local, the ships they fly (Daredevil, Imperial Navy Slicer, Firetail).
I did almost get me one little kill, on a Venture. Scanned him down near an asteroid belt. He was doing some sort of escort mission I’m guessing, because of the NPC mining ships? I landed at the worst possible location, had to slow boat to him while cloaked.
Finally got into range of my warp disruptor, and when I finally got to U-boat some torpedoes into space, he warped off into the unknown… Right, I forgot, Ventures have a +2 for warp core strenght.
Then the taunting began (not from my end). Come here, fight one on one. Get a decent ship, yada yada … There were more people in the system (what should have been a clue for me, because most Low-Sec systems I visited yesterday were void of any life). Turns out they were all from the same corp, and that Venture was probably an alt character.
So that got me thinking, am I risk averse? A noob? A wannabee?
I mean look at that link. This is some serious business. The ship meta is just … it’s what makes EVE both amazing and exhausting. I don’t have the time, the energy, the willpower to get to that level of expertise. Sure I could just fly and have fun, loose a shitload of ships and ISK in the process, and then either grind ISK, or buy plex, or get a ‘station-trading-alt’ or whatever it is what people call it, to fund this circle of fun. And then yeah, maybe I will learn by trial and error.
But not in this lifetime. Nope, sorry. Please, call me risk averse all day long if that makes you feel happy. Guess I will keep on U-boating torpedoes on unsuspecting Ventures and other ships that happen to be near, because it is so much easier.
Now if only they (CCP) would be nice enough to update or change the way cloaking works, because half the time I’m flying and warping from place to place without even noticing my lack of cloak. Yeah I’m zoom out a lot most of the time, and the little green flashy thingy circle on you co-ops cloaking device is the only thing indicating the fact that you are cloaked.
I did scare a Battleship when I warped at 10km off a stargate. Uncloaked, without knowing it. The pilot was kind enough to PM, asking why I wasn’t cloaked. Yeah ok … euhm … lets pretend that never happened ok?
So … suicide ganking. There is theory, and then there is practice.
Or in other words, how CONCORD got to me in less than 10 seconds. No clue what the f**k happened.
All was looking good.
– 0.5 system – Apparent AFK miner – Not to heavy tanked Retriever – Optimal range
Let loose the dogs of war!
Yeah, that did not work out as planned. So the idea was solid. I thought I had enough total damage to get him, but for some reason unknown, the good people from NPC CONCORD-land arrived on scene in about 10 seconds? I didn’t time it (doh), but it sure as hell wasn’t 21 (19) seconds I was promised.
So what went wrong? Did CONCORD spawn closeby already? Was there other pirate-peoples in the system doing the exact same? Who knows these things?
Well shit, I guess I should have done my homework. A glance over at Zkillboard tell us that in the Augnais system quite a few ganks happen now and then, and that a cheap T1 fitted Catalyst usually isn’t up to the task of molesting a Retriever on its own. Okay, that mistake is on me.
So 21 seconds in 0.5 systems (without pre-spawning CONCORD somewhere else). That’s doable.
Problem is, why are mining barges armored like a freakin’ beast?
Also, and I have no idea how long this has been around, but apparently there are mining frigates that can equip a cloakingdevice? Boy, it sure seems I’m quite the noob when it comes to ingame knowledge.
Yesterday, I tried a little of this and a little of that. Remember I said I wasn’t going to make the same mistake last time I quit EVE. That I’d try a little of everything EVE has to offer.
Well, I tried PvE agent security missions. Got myself a nice cozy Vexor, equipped it with basic bling bling, and went out. Doing level 2 missions is easy, but they are needed to get to level 3. Jesus fooking A Christ, is that stuff boring. And I mean boring boring boring. An hour, maybe hour and a half. That’s when I called it quits. Never again. Did some career agent missions, same stuff, will never touch it unless absolutely necessary.
There’s exploration, it’s ok. But not for long. Maybe diving into low-sec or WHs will make it more exciting, but meh.
Mining, yeah there’s that. But it will be a cold day in hell when I jump into a mining barge and point lasers at rocks.
Low-sec PvP, still either Call of DutyEVE, or jump from gate to gate, to gate to celestial, to gate and back and dock and warp and hope you get the drop, in your preferred range setup, get point, yadayada. Sure exciting and cool. But not really. Except if you’re Jebi and stream on Twitch, yeah than you’re cool. Me, not so much.
But hey, we were talking about mining barges.
I did some scientific research (read: I opened Zkillboard) and compared kill reports of various mining ship, to get an idea of the average damage that needed to be done to make things go BOEM.
The numbers are not final nor tested. Just a very very global average …
The Scientific Research Project Done During Lunchbreak:
And I’m no fan of these evil objects in space. So the less there are floating in orbit in every system, the better if you ask me.
Seeing how no one is even bothered when their MTU is going kaputt (is ISK so easy to come by these days?) I might as well switch to a pure DPS Catalyst ship and get the job done.
Well, ok … maybe sometimes people get bothered …
Also, I learned that ganking pewpew’ing with a Catalyst can be done quite cheap, so I’m going to try that. What no-good wannabee pirate would I be if a simple something like “security rating” had any meaning to me. Well, besides the obvious problem with faction police, and navigating high sec space with bouncing gates.