As a newbro (been playing 5 months on main and 3 months on miner), I have primarily spent my time exploring, mining, doing missions up to level 3 now, faction war on my main and some T0 abysmals. I have enjoyed the challenge of the game and found most folks to be nowhere near as toxic as some of the other MMOs I have played for years.
Of all the things I have done so far, gas huffing has been the most profitable in terms of ISK per hour. And I thought the risk/reward of huffing in WHs was pretty balanced. Yes, I make a lot in those 15 minute ninja moments… yields of from 6 to 15 million before the rats appear. But I face NPC ships (e.g. Ordinary Perimiter gas sites where turrets blow me out of space instantly upon approach from 72km) , roaming PVP pirates, and rats on timers. Plus I deal with the fact that not all WHs have gas sites after spending alot of time to scan them down. But overall, I found that gas huffing was worth the time if I could get one load out of every 4th WH I scanned down. So $15million/4 is 3.75 ISK on average in a hour of playing from huffing…and the most I have made is $80 million isk or so when my corp mate cleared out the rats and I got 3 full loads out before having to log off.
More than once, the +2 to warp stability has saved me in a wormhole from death. It was pretty cool the first time it happened near a gate. And with the proceeds, I have been able to start adding other ships and I am finally approaching the needed skills to step up to a Prospect and pretty soon a Jaguar to kill the WH rats and free myself from the timer.
It is my understanding from watching a couple of vids on the subject that the Venture is to receive a massive nerf bat by losing ALL bonuses. It will take much longer and be much riskier if possible at all on a practical level. I just don’t understand how doing so will improve the game for new players. If the issue is experienced multi boxes can make too much in Ventures…limit multi boxers. Other game developers have done so.
My concern, perhaps misplaced, is that new players without deep pockets won’t have a potential source of income with which to build on in the first six months or so. The game is already hard for new bros…fine. And new players are throttled by skill points as is. I just don’t get it. And, no, I am not leaving the game in a tantrum cuz my “honey hole” of Venture gas huffing is being closed.