After finally getting the game client about 2 weeks after my first optimistic estimate, I ran my first real PVE mission today- Guristas extrvangza.
A word on me and missions. After being a fairly dedicated armor tanker for most of my career, I was forced to face facts and accept that there was no viable mimmy lv 4 armour tanker, so I made the long and painful training journey to be a half decent shield tank on my maelstrom.
Mostly I haven’t regretted that move. Having 5 damage mods in the lows does that to a guy.
For those of you that haven’t flown a maelstrom in missioning before, the philosophy mostly revolves around “kill all them all before you run out of cap boosters”. Which on my crappy shield skills and t1 tank is truer than ever.
But let me tell you, while in an AC mael, you run into a bit of a problem while operating against guristas.
The things like kiting you at 50km, and even with 41km falloff, ACs don’t quite reach that far and still break through the NPC BS tank at a nice rate (5 for days until t2).
In addition the webbing frigs…. Are the triggers.
The combination of having no perma tank and attempting to close the distance between me and various fleeing Guristas Destroyers/exterminators/ect ect which could tank me at 50km+ all while under web lead to easily one of the most frustrating pve experience I have had in any game since well… I last played eve half a year ago. Seriously my expeditions into C2 WHs in my solo cane were less excruciatingly annoying than this.
How did this story end? it ended with 30 minutes until DT, still in the 5th room where the two NPC battleships were 5ms faster than me, after I figured out that the webbing frig might not necessarily be the trigger (there were two) and gambling on that.
Game to you GE, I’ll keep my 15 mil of bounties and farm you into next week.
Which brings me to it’s far more amiable cousin, Angel’s Extravangza. The Angels, godbless their tiny little hearts, Leroy right into ship at 10km or less, all the while hurling explosive damage at my shields. I love AEs, and the pair of ultracheap deadspace exp hardeners removes a lot of the stress.
All of which brings me back to the original point of the post.
I live in Lonetrek. I don’t regret it. Lonetrek is a unique, interesting and bustling place to live, being a peniusla of hisec into the north. With a dynamic, highly populated hisec, a vibrant and competitive losec scene, it was the sort of place I loved to live.
Notice the past tense. Lonetrek used to be main lifelife to the NC, with Torrinos being a major NC supply JF/F exchange point. I even used to get NC v DRF aligned battles happening in the local losec.
But that is past. DRF owns all the north now, lonetrek has lost a fair bit of it’s old strategic importance (with the exception of it’s link to Venal, the holding point of disposed alliances) and with it all the excitement in losec. My reasons for moving to lonetrek were for a corp merger, and while I mostly enjoyed my time in the Burning Clarity and even my experience in Red Arsenal those days are well and truly over, and a new beginning is in order.
All of this leaves me wondering why I should remain in lonetrek at all. Mimatar space, with it’s angel rats would be a lot easier on my maelstrom, a lot faster on missioning, and finally drastically increase my ISK income as a consequence. Finally I have level 4 agents with Brutor Tribe, and I get the patriotic feeling of returning to the land of ducktape and rust.
Of course lonetrek is about as far as way you can get from heimatar without going through null. And I’ve amassed a rather large collection of items and ships, all of which will either need to be sold or moved. And since I don’t have a freighter alt it will be a length process in my mammoth/mael/cane.
Once again I’m at the crossroads as such. Ultimately missioning is a means to an end rather than a end itself, and once I get enough capital and complete a few fairly vital skills for shield tanking, covert frigates, and get around to training Weapon Upgrades to V for HACs, even Logisitcs if I feel like it.
By the end of that I should be able to both armor and shield tank at a T2 level, fly T2 projectiles at any size (sub-cap), fly a collection of T2 cruisers, fly covert ops and stealth bombers. This in addition to my brief visit to the world of mining barges and production will round off
All of this is to build up the necessary skillset for WH or losec/null corps. In WH’s in particular I’d like to go, and it’s no surprise that’s it’s argueably the most skill intensive.
Anyway, only a few more days till Motion prediction V and T2 large guns.
(published 3 days late)