I've been busy with work and haven't had too much time for EVE. I've been taking quite a few EVE vacations ;)
The 5 Year Plan corporation is doing okay and we're looking for some more recruits who are interested in mining and missioning. We're building up an alliance with other smaller corps. It's informal at the moment.
I still haven't lost my Myrmidon though I've been close. Warping out as soon as the hull reaches 50% was very exciting and very expensive to repair. It costs a few million ISKs to repair the ship. With a hull and armor repairer you can save a lot of money. My friend lost his ship though and he was so demoralized that he took a 30min break from EVE! We figured out what he could do until he bought his ship again...make a fitting for armor/hull repairing. The ship is basically designed to support other ships in a fleet and repair their damage. It has remote hull and remote armor repairers, armor repair drones, and cap boosters (repairing uses a lot of energy). It repaired my Myrmidon's armor from 0% to 100% within 2 minutes. With some drones and improved skills, it can do that even faster.
We've been doing some level 2 and 3 missions and I'm thinking of organizing a big mining op for Friday or Saturday. We might do a mission run just to get everyone's standings up with certain corporations though. I'm also hunting for an Incursion to do, I've been wanting to do one for a while now but we need a bigger fleet. Should probably get more of the epic mission arc done too.
After some discussions on the forums, the in-game chat channels, and Twitter I thought it would be a good idea to write down the total amount of ISKs you can get from a mission. I went through the mission, looted everything I could find, salvaged everything I could find, and then figured out how much ISKs you could earn from that. Not only that, but I looked at the amount of loyalty points earned (which also results in ISK if you sell items that were bought through Loyalty Points) and the amount of ISK/minerals you get from reprocessing the loot.
Someone in the corp channel invited me along for a level 4 mission at 3am. The mission took an hour because there were only two of us in the fleet and our DPS was fairly low. But it was nice to go on a level 4 mission since I've been struggling to get my standings up with some agents in Gallente space and so far I'm still hacking away at level 1 mission. It sucks but at least I get to improve my skills with small frigates like the Tristan (the fitting is two railguns and two missile launchers, the DPS is roughly 50, there's a crappy little Hobgoblin 1 drone on it too).
Salvaging is one of the most important skills you will need for missions. It allows you to salvage items from the wrecks of enemy ships which can sometimes be far more valuable than anything contained within those wrecks. To be able to salvage, you need to buy a salvager and you need the following skills to use it:
This video shows you how to use salvagers to "plunder some booty" from the wrecks of ships. I think the last 4 items in the top bar are tractor beams but I'm not sure.
I finally can use salvaging and make even more money on missions. People have said that you can make at least twice as much as whatever the mission rewards are. They also say it's how everyone makes millions of ISKs per hour. We'll see how that works out for me ;-)
This is the first epic mission arc and the first one I've ever done. The rewards, according to the wiki, aren't that great compared to the later epic mission arcs, but I have already earned a few million just from doing 5-6 missions in the arc. Not bad for under an hour of flying around! Pays more than a few level 2 missions.
So far I've only had to jump a maximum of 6 times (3 jumps to the agent and 3 to the mission objective). Really short jumps, a little longer than regular missions. The missions are generally blow something up, investigate something or pick up something and deliver it. Fairly straight-forward. Since this is a first level mission arc, the rats aren't that difficult to fight off, just need a few good drones ;-)
To get missions, you have to go to agents which may or may not like you (good/bad standing) and you may not be at their level. You can search for agents using the EVE Agent Finder or the in-game Agent Finder. The only problem I'm having so far is that the filtering sucks; you have to scroll through long lists of regions/star-systems or whatever else to be able to filter out agents.