a couple of weeks ago I was invited to a small WH corp and not knowing better I decided to accept. You may argue that WH space might not be the best place to start for a new character, but I figured I got nothing to lose and much to learn from this experience. I read tons of material regarding your typical daily WH routines, the ways to make isk and the dangers.
(if you don’t have time, you can skip this next part and go directly to the questions)
For now, I’m still an Alpha and I barely crossed the 1M SP mark, so by all means, I’m still a newbro. The first thing I had to learn was that my options to make money are severely limited as an alpha, when I got blown up by sleepers in my venture Then I had to learn that a Caracal is not really made to kill rats in a c2 combat site. Gas mining and exploring were the only actions I took and I got pretty far. On average I had an income of 20 mil per hour, including all the traveling, scanning and selling in Jita. However, PvE never stopped being interesting, so I bought the biggest ship I could fly which is the Gnosis and fitted it with a fit I saw on the Internet (5x HM, Invulnerability field, Shield Booster, etc.) The first thing I noticed was that my dps was about half of what was promised, but I decided to give it a shot. Long story short, I learned to value Warp core stabs when I got scrambled and blown up . It seems that there is quite a lot of people that sit and wait til others run into sleeper sites, let the sleepers do most of the work and then jump in and finish the poor souls…
Curiously, that was the only time I lost a ship in “PvP” (that was rather a massacre ). My new Gnosis managed to survive some ganks with the stabilizers and I’m not really that engaged into PvE to spend lots of time doing it. Especially when I realized it took me 30 minutes for a c2 site.
Well, these were my observations from the couple of weeks I’ve been living in wormholes so far.
Now to the questions:
PvE: How fast can an Alpha-Gnosis do sites effectively? I feel like 30 minutes is riddiculously slow …
Exploring: Is it possible that some sites are just impossible to hack as an alpha? I’ve had it a couple of times that the first field I hit (which was the only one I could go for) was a virus supressor. (As an alpha my strength goes down to 10, so the supressor deals 75 damage to me, and I only have 70 coherence) Or should I use rigs?
General: From your experience, is it risky to venture far from home, and if yes, is it worth the risk?
General: Is there any reason to mine ore in WH-space when a full load of Arkonor is about 2mil and a load of C50 is 8mil (and a load of C320 about 60mil)?
General: Is it worth looking for nullsec entrances to do exploration? I’ve entered nullsec twice through wormholes and it was always crowded AF in that system.
thank you for taking your time