Newbies are often exhorted to “never use the autopilot!”. However I’ve realized it’s not as cut and dried as that. Previously posted on the old forums is some counter advice at the bottom of this post.
Is their any additional advice on techniques for using the autopilot that veterans out there can provide?
Ralph King-Griffin said:
"Auto pilot is extremely useful as is.
Case use 1) managing and marking a route.
Case use 2) instant station docking.
Say you’re flying a blockade runner into a trade hub in prime time (basically marking yourself for death)
What you do is use the Auto pilot to plot the route there, avoiding unessiccarily risky choke points,
Manually fly the route showing in the Auto pilot.
Then, once you’re in the hub, with the Auto pilot set to the target station ,
you warp to a bookmark within that stations docking ring,
Whilst in warp activate the autopilot.
What this does is cue the docking request for the same server tic you egress warp.
It’s actually quite useful for a whole lot of things that aren’t derping about with a massive “antimatter goes here” sticker on your arse."
Reaver Glitterstim said:
“I like to think autopilot is one of those parts of EVE that reminds a player that the advice they receive from other players is not only valuable but fallible. Take, for example, the part where most of us are told at least once to never use autopilot. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how to autopilot safely, but it does take a veteran.”