|Adventures of an EVE Online Newb||
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).
The mission was blockade and I learned a few things about my Myrmidon. I can speed tank with it against large ships to some extent. That means I can use my MicroWarpDrive to fly in really close and blast at the ships. This isn't too bad but I wish I could extend my reach a little more. I have been using an Optimal Range tracking script, but I'm sure that my type of ammo, while it does lots of damage, is restricting my range. I also learned about damage control and how important it is to keep that module running. The nice thing about damage control is that it uses no energy capacity, and it uses very little CPU and Power and it gives you higher resistance against damage. Take a look at Basic Damage Control, it adds 45% resistance to your hull, 7.5% resistance to your armor, and 5% resistance to your shields. The only trick is that you have to remember to turn on damage controls as soon as you undock from a station.
I also learned that you should read about a mission before you go on it to make sure you have the best type of ammo to damage the enemies in the mission. Click here to read about Blockade, a level 4 EVE mission. Not only that, but it lets you know the type of damage dealt by the enemy which means you can buy armor and other equipment to defend against it. The page also gives a list of ships that you'll be fighting so you can tell whether or not you're strong enough to take them on.
Level 4 missions are awesome, they give millions of ISK in bounty rewards and millions of ISK when you salvage the wrecks. I can't wait till I finally have the standings for those level 4 agents!