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To give a little background, I've played a lot of mmos, starting back with DAOC in 2001.
I've just grown tired of all the hold your hand, themepark sytyle mmos of the modern genre.
I tried out EVE 6 months ago, and have been hooked. Seems like it has nearly everything I remember liking about the mmo genre, without the newer casual friendly protect you from any risk concept adopted by so many. If I want to take greater risk for greater reward, let me! Newer mmos won't even let you take risk haha.
With that said, I haven't been in a hurry to do anything in particular in EVE, which has been half the fun. I've just been trying a bit of several things, seeing how I like it.
I started out mining, got into a retriever, just did that for a while enjoying making money, but of course got bored of only doing that.
Switched to amarr laser ships for a short while, getting up core combat skills, plus got up to amarr cruiser 3, and some gunnery skills. Realized amarr ships weren't exactly ideal for guristas in caldari space, and switched to gallente hybrid turret ships, plus tried a few drone boats. Did that all the way up through bcs and right when I got my first battleship, I got my brother started playing.
While he was starting out, I switched back to mining, and got into exhumers and all tech 2 fittings on my exhumer (strip miner 2, tech 2 crystals, tech 2 mlus, tech 2 mining drones). He was kind of mish/mashing mostly mining training with caldari missile boat training at that time.
Once I got my exhumer all set up, I switched back to combat. However for a change of pace, plus to kind of be where my brothers at training wise, I switched to caldari missile boats. It was almost like starting over with combat, but thats cool cause I was doing it with my bro.
Anyway, fast forward to now, and I have a tech 2 fitted out drake, and a nearly all tech 2 fitted out caldari navy raven. I do level 3 missions really well, and have only started out level 4's but so far so good on my first half a dozen. My bro is up to drakes, and pretty much if he comes along we can handle any 3 or 4.
It's fun, but here's what I'm trying to decide now, that I thought some input wouldn't hurt.
I plan on keep on mostly mission running, with some mining here and there for a change of pace (I also have an alt account with a decked out noctis for loot/salvaging my combat missions, and that char can also fly iteron mark 5 and obelisk to haul for mining or whatever, with decent refining as well as trading skills). I guess my bro and I are mostly mining / combat missions in high sec at this point.
We haven't ruled out pvp yet, we just know we're both so new we want to get a little established first haha, and figure out what we like doing.
I guess my question is whether to stick with caldari missile boats and missile skills. At this point, getting into tech 2 (golem) and tech 3 (tengu) is a dedication of a lot more training time, plus getting all my missile skills even higher.
Pretty much all my missile skills are at 4.
I've been looking up "best" level 4 mission running ships, and seeing a lot of machariel/nightmare faction ships, plus tech 2 variants of the main faction ships, plus tech 3 strategic cruisers (tengu, loki, etc..)
Plus something I've been considering, is that if we also ever want to get into pvp, or do incursions/worhholes/etc..., more instant damage type turret ships are preferable to missiles for those.
Also with turret ships, with gunnery skills, you can easily cross train into other turret ships (hybrid, laser, projectile).
Currently my gunnery support skills are all at 3, which is less than my missiles, but I can catch up easily enough if I switch.
If I do decide to switch, I guess the question is, switch to what? (if I even should switch)
I've been running missions out of caldari space, doing spacelane patrol for caldari, and republic security forces for minmitar.
I don't think it would take me long to switch to minmitar, and that would open up for the machariel someday (although short term, hurricane & maelstrom). Plus I also like how they look aesthetically, and like the option to change damage type.
I realize someday I could cross train, and perhaps have more options for mission running (laser ships for em/therm missions, projectile for others, etc..) however I think in the near term I need to focus, and get deeper into a path. I don't want to stay spread TOO thing forever haha.
I guess my options are open. It would be a hassle, but I could switch to laser ships and move down to amarr space for mission running if I had to. SO far I've liked being within 8 jumps of JITA though.
So would switching to minmitar at this point be a good idea? with projectile/gunnery, hurricane/maelstrom and someday the macheriel?
Or go laser, with a few more logistic issues of uprooting, but going laser/gunnery, harbinger/battleship and someday nightmare?
or some other option I haven't thought of. minmitar seems to open up more options, but opinions more than welcome.
It does kind of suck to be so close to tengu though. I could probably fit one out pretty decent in less than a month of training at this point. not sure I need it that desparately though with the drake/cnr though.
Sorry for rambling!
MMO history - EVE GW2 SWTOR RIFT WAR COH/V EQ2 WOW DAOC
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