Alright, here we are. Week 2. I am no longer a poor lonely fool, flying around in the cosmos. I am now a mostly poor, not as lonely fool flying around in the cosmos. After my last entry, I got somewhat tired of my same mining, processing, repeat cycle so I decided to mix things up by starting to run some distribution and security missions. That’s what you are seeing in my above screenshot, my giant flying cylinder in the sky the Nereus. It’s not much to look at, but it has a big cargo hold and therefor I am able to fill it full of all the random shit that mission givers need taken from point A to point B. That’s really about all there is to it. Unfortunately it doesn’t pay as well as my mining did, however at this point I just had to stop shooting mining lasers at various asteroids for a bit or I was worried I was going to lose my will to keep playing.
That is also what led me to starting to run the security missions. What had prevented me from running them earlier was just the relative squishiness of my few vessels, however I spent the last part of the week skilling up to fly a cruiser and that has opened up a WHOLE new world of possibilities.
Yup, that goofy looking thing is my one and only certified ass-kicker. It’s essentially flying a beehive that at the first sign of danger turns on the shields and launches the drones and just lets them go to work. It’s pretty much the most user-friendly combat I have encountered so far in the game. Now, to be clear, I am still pretty much playing with the kids-gloves on and staying in the .5 or .4 security areas, so I’m not exactly going up against real juggernauts here but still, it makes me feel good. I’m sure at some point I will get tired of watching my angry little hobgoblin drones swarm all over an enemy ship and blast them until they vanish into a cloud of space-dust, but not today! I did get brave enough to travel out into a .3 security zone to attempt to mine some higher valued ore, and that is when I learned my hardest EVE lesson so far, if you are going to mine in low-sec areas, you better bring backup or insure your ship. If not you are setting yourself up for a world of hurt. So somebody queue up Silver Taps ladies and gentleman, because it is time to mourn the loss of my one and only Procurer.
Goodnight sweet prince, we barely knew ye
So if you have been following this Odyssey since the beginning, you know that last week I was pretty hyped up over getting this guy. It was about a week’s worth of skill training, took pretty much all of the money I had up until that time, and was the crown jewel of my paltry little fleet. When it came to the 2 raiders who grabbed me, disabled my warp drive, and proceeded to pummel me into complete and utter submission (and by submission I mean completely destroy my ship and leave me scurrying back to the closest space station in just my escape pod). It was embarrassing, it was infuriating, and most of all it was a very important lesson. Overconfidence is stupid, and you will pay, DEARLY. This probably sounds hilarious to veteran players who have been on the giving and receiving side of this many times but let me tell you in my case, the first time was the hardest. Luckily, one of my fellow Corporation members took pity on me and my situation and gave me enough money that I was able to purchase a new one after about 4 hours of mining. Once again, I must say the single reason I have not been crushed by the learning curve of the game is due to the generosity of my corporation. So that’s pretty much where I’m at now friends. Still learning the ropes, grinding out that ISK, and gradually getting brave enough to move into some lower sec zones. I am not entirely sure what this upcoming week holds for me, but I will be sure to update with anything relevant/interesting in the coming days. Until then, fly safe!
For PT1 of the journey, click here.
For PT2 of the journey, click here.