Okay, the problem is that you can see problems/challenges, but not the solutions.
Logs in, checks local belts. Nope mined out- move to a place with better mining. I don’t know exactly how the NPC miners work (I’m not a miner), but I do know that they they seem to hit certain systems much harder than others.
oh look at the FOB rats warps off ASAP- Look up how to kill FOB’s. Get a little bit of loot and fun out of it. Can’t do it by yourself? Ask other miners in the area if they want to group up. I’ve found miners, as an aggregate, tend to be quite sociable and friendly. So, you’ll undoubtedly find some willing participants, and possible a new friend or two.
Checks local ore anomalies, oh hey there is one 8 jumps away!- Good. Looks like you can problem solve…
a invasion has trapped me in my pocket, can’t get T1 barges thru that safely.- I’ve heard that anchoring trigs will spawn on gates in foothold and adjacent systems, but not in perimeter systems. However, I have not verified this. What I do know is that I have never encountered an anchoring rat while traveling through invasion systems, and most of the time, the gates don’t have any trigs on them. Personally, I just use travel fits, and never had a problem with the trigs (i’m more concerned about the gankers). However, if you want to be extra careful, you can scout the other side of the gate, and/or wait for someone else to jump through so that if there are anchoring trigs on the other side, they’ll scram and attack him while you fly away. Also, do note that I have no doubt that a properly tanked procurer should have no problems, but covetors and retrieivers probably will. So, maybe don’t take them through invasion systems. ALSO, since you’re talking about T1 barges, you could have cheaply bought some more, and then left them on the other side of the choke point in case this happens again.
Anyway, I can see how this stuff might be frustrating to the more casual players. Like, I play other games casually, and am not looking for a lot of challenge or having to use my brain a lot when playing them -I already have Eve to scratch that itch. So, I can understand where you’re coming from. However, (1) Eve isn’t exactly the most casual friendly game out there, (2) the challenges you were complaining about actually take very little knowledge and effort to overcome, and (3) you’d probably have a lot more fun if you changed your outlook. Instead of problems, see challenges. And instead of complaining, try to figure out solutions (or just ask in the forums, look up guides, etcetera).