Apologies in advance. I’m still very much new to things. Lots of things about Eve make my head hurt…
For context, I have 3.1mil SP and 55mill ISK net worth. I’m sure I’ve trained into all the wrong things, but generally have gone into PvE combat and mining. I don’t really do mining anymore – I got as far as flying a Retriever, and decided there must be more to life than this…
I’ve been doing what is probably the classic N00b thing of wanting to earn more money more quickly, and therefore have been trying to grind missions, but mainly security missions. I’ve done very little exploration, and actually have just joined a corp who I think will help me with this side of things more, and will start to train into this as well.
I’ve been a flying a Thrasher with the fitting from the Eve Uni for Basic PvE. It’s been going well – I mean, almost comically easy. It absolutely minces through L1 missions (did the Blood-Stained Stars arc), and though I think it might have been better with a Salvager, and though I don’t really know how use it for exploration (and really should probably I imagine just be using a Probe anyway), I got impatient, and thought I should get into L2 missions because the rewards would be better.
I did 2 missions, and they were fine, and then did a third and absolutely got my ass handed to on a silver platter. Researching this mission further, it turns out it was The Blockade, and I gather is something probably better suited to a Cruiser (and I have a Rupture that I could have used – ironically, I didn’t want to lose it…) than a Destroyer.
The problem I think I had is that this fit with the Gallium Machine Guns with 6km effective range is that this encourages/demands what I think is called brawling, but the reality of brawling with a dozen reasonably effective ships meant that I was constantly warping back to dock to have repairs, and then warping back in again until inevitably, I mistimed it and lost the ship in Wave 3.
Well, whatever. It’s only 1.5mill in ship and fitting, and also properly learnt me the pointlessness of having an aesthetic skin on a ship.
However, I am intrigued by what I should have done. Kiting, I guess, but with a different ship? I’m trained into Gallente Cruisers to L3 but not yet to support appropriate weapons for them. Minmatar Cruiser? Gallente Cruiser? Or should I fit a kiting fit to the Thrasher, or concentrate on a different ship? Or possibly just not doing L2 missions until a certain point in the future, and put up with the low payment in the mean time (although, like I said, they had been going almost trivially simply).
Any thoughts gratefully received.