Note for potential readers: this post has a longish introduction. If you’re a “TL:DR” type, please just don’t read the post.
I could possibly be classed as an “expert beginner” at EVE: I’ve done somewhere between 5 and 10 EVE trials, the first well over ten years ago, the latest right when Alpha Clones were first rolled out.
This means I know what I personally like about the process of getting started in EVE, and what I don’t like.
And of course I’ve learned that nobody cares why new EVE players stop logging in (except perhaps for the opportunity it provides for gratuitous insults /lol). This isn’t a “swan song”
This time around I find I CBA even downloading and starting the client unless there’s been a significant change in one of my “gating factors”: PVE ISK income between approximately week 3 and week 6 of playing EVE.
Last time I trialed it was still impossible for me to follow the principle “only fly what you can afford to lose” while earning ISK from L2 missions and/or mining in HiSec. Think of this as my personal balance between covering by in-game expenses (ships, modules, skill books), doing things I enjoy, and grinding (i.e. doing things I find boring) for ISK. I don’t mind other people seeing things differently of course, but “boredom thresholds” are personal.
My specific question:
Do L2 missions still generate 1 to 2 million ISK per actual hour playing, or have CCP increased the direct mission payouts i.e. the ISK you get on completion)?
Last time, I was flying a PvE-fitted Vexor (drones and long range guns), and aspired to a Gnosis. For me, the numbers just didn’t add up.
After so many trials I’ve seen many wild claims about potential ISK income: magically ISK-efficient activities (e.g. DED space the last time I actually played); how any rookie can make 1 billion ISK a week trading" after 2 weeks play, etc etc). I know they’re not true, and I know why: EVE is a competitive game. If would be strange if there was any “easy ISK income” for solo beginners.
Except being boosted by well-established players of course - that pays really well - but it’s not the way I want to get started in the EVE sandbox, so it’s not the question I asked.