See how the other side livesPosted: 2009-12-17 Filed under: eveonline | Tags: carrier, gank, killed, ore, profit, ships, wormhole 4 Comments
WH mining is, in itself, risky, stupid, and profitable. Haul a pos in, get a refining array/rorqual up n running, clear the sleepers out of a belt n sit there for a few days with one finger on the drag ore to can button, one finger on the directional scanner, one finger on the coffee maker and one hand on a clean pair of shorts for when someone shows up with murdering miners on the mind.
Recently, our Rorqual/carrier pilot left us for greener less miney pastures. I didn’t ask directly, but he said something about lowsec pvping. Best regards to him, let’s hope he doesn’t get roflpwned by a DD, but knowing him he’d probably blow up his carrier before the DD could fire.
Anyway, thankfully the rorq pilot didn’t take the rorq with him, but the only other person currently in the WH can only compress ABC and is working on his leadership skills ATM. So, once we finish the ABC in the belts we have to either open up another grav site or mine lowsec ores at a 75% reduction in refine profit.
In light of this, I’ve started training a mission alt on my alt account and a salvage alt on my main account. This is mainly because:
A: I figured that a salvage boat would take much less time than a BS missioner to train,and I wanted to detract as little time as possible from my glorious main account.
B: My alt account just finished training for the Orca, so I don’t know what to do next w/ her.
C: IMO, l4 mission running is much more profitable than 75% refine of lowsec ores.
D: I’ve always wanted to explore the flip side of Eve to mining, i.e. shooting stuff.
E: Inevidably, the ABC runs out when I’m alone online, and since I lost my Domi recently, I cant unlock a new site.
Anyway, the training is going well, my main account is in a rigged catalyst with all skills moderatley trained, and my alt account already had a character w/ caldari cruiser IV trained.
Funnily enough, I accidentally left the alt in the last WH we were in, months ago. Renamed the drake “Free drake” and podded her back to empire. Yes, several of my corp mates have told me that I should have self-destructed for the insurance, but I didn’t know insurance worked that way.
Anyway, training is going well, once we run out of grav sites I’ll start running some missions and work my way slowly up to level 4 missions and possible large piles of isk. Anyway, I’ve run into a dilemma.
My main flies Gallente, and my drone skills are improved to the point that my drones are like little whirling balls of death. This is great for missioning, and since unlike sleepers, redular mission fodders never change the target or start shooting drones or some annoying thing like that, it seems great.
On the flip side, the Caldari have… well… tiny drones and missiles. I made the alt origionally because I was sick of three button combat (Drones Engage, Drones Orbit, Drones return to drone bay) and wanted to try missile combat (Target dude, F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7, target new dude). So far, flying a caracal is proving fun.
So what I’m saying here is, I’m torn between simple drone fighting while I soley operate the salvager, or Raven Hot-damn-missiles-are-awesome boom boom boom.
So, talking to all you mission runners, if I’m running a salvage account at the same time, should I stop training caldari and go gallente, or stick w/ caldari?
Figuring out your ISK yield with both methods and that might help you pick one. Drones might not be as fun but usually they’re pretty efficient. If you’re pulling about the same yield then might as well go for the fun method, but if it’s way off then might have to suck it up and use the drones.
Ravens pretty much the l4 god and it’s just F1 … Grouping :).
That said I use my mega and love her but I’m considering caldari crosstrain for a raven fof l4 monster ship
Most full-blooded mission runners say Caldari above all else. With the heavy lean towards missiles and all, you can make fairly short work of mission sites. However, I vote Gallante simply because of the ability to be just a little more versatile for being effective in both pve as well as pvp if the person ever decides to do that sort of thing. Caldari ships and their generally heavy reliance on missiles, in my opinion, are just crappy for pvp.
Being in a similar situation to you once, I would say stick to Gallente if your running a second simultaneous account salvaging. Generally, the isk/hour ratio will be higher flying Caldari (Raven/CNR), but with having to manage another account at the same time a Domi is much safer if left alone for a few minutes. You could also mount some 350mm rails on the Domi to help with mission speed since you will have a dedicated salvager and no longer need those highs for tractor/salvager.