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).
I got my friend to sign up for EVE after playing for a bit. The restrictions were annoying the heck out of him so he might as well sign up for a month and see just how much he likes it. Anyway, I used a buddy invite to sign him up and as a reward I got a PLEX. PLEX is a Pilot License Extension that gives you 30 days of EVE online when you redeem. What's special about them is that you can sell them on the market in EVE and the price I sold mine at was over 400 million ISKs. Thanks to my friend, I finally don't have to worry about struggling to get up to 1 billion ISKs.
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 ;-)
I had to take another EVE vacation! I had some exams in linear algebra, calculus and database systems. The next topics I'll be covering are Epic Missions Arcs as I've just started doing the first one of those, how I made some cash playing the market, and a basic explanation of jet-can mining.
If you saw my last post, you saw that I had hatched a plan to buy a better ship. I had a bit of luck and received an implant as a gift from CCP for the release of the latest expansion. I found a contract that had WTB (Want To Buy) for the implant and sold it. I also found someone to do a few missions with and we easily made 5 million or so ISK. I'm up to 54 million ISKs :D
I had the right skills trained up and enough cash, so I just bought myself a Myrmidon. A gallente battlecruiser that can deliver the hits with both turrets and drones. I'm training now for T2 (Tech Level 2) heavy attack drones. This should take about a week or two.