Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time around Oursulaert. My intent was simple. To gather some tears in a “pseudo” newbie area, while trying out my long-range-salvage ship, the Throax.
The Thorax is great. It seems to be fast, is cap stable (with two salvagers), has a railgun, and a blaster. Some drones in there, too, for good measure. Of course, the final high power slot contains the scanner probe launcher.
I found a mission relatively quick and when I warped there I saw a bunch of small wrecks for the taking. Except they were being blown up by a Brutix. He was quite a distance away, and the five or six rats had him halfway in to armor. What I found odd was that this character, in his Brutix, was very young and only ever employed by the NPC school. (Lesson learned here: not all “newbies” are weak. Or even new.)
I took that as an opportunity to keep our skies clean; my cargohold doesn’t hold much, but it holds some. (Which is another reason why my Catalyst still serves its purpose as a fast salvage ship that can hold cargo and still be affordable enough to lose.) I had my cargohold almost full, when the last of the rats died.
He targets, sends his drones, and i send mine. Soon, I’m noticing he’s about 1/3 of the way through is shields and I’m about 1/3rd into armor. Damn. I’m just not, yet, good, at this pvp thing. I warp off, with my drones, and repair. Replacing my salvagers and scanner with more gunnery.
When I return, he had apparently left his drones and disconnected from them or something. Because I was able to scoop them into my cargo hold. He fired again, and I went down into armor again. I let it go to hull, to see how my drones would do, as well as how my railgun would do. My blaster, I kept focused on his drones.
I had to warp off; I didn’t feel like losing the Thorax just yet when I know I could get away and reconfigure. Live to fight another, or something like that.
I decided then, that if I wanted to take on that kind of can-flipping aggro-gaining salvage operation, I needed a bigger ship. Speed couldn’t be my focus, as it is with the “local” salvage operations.
“Get in, get loot, get tears, orbit a couple times, get out, wipe hands on pants, and repeat.”
I have to say, EVE Fitting Tool is awesome. I spent an hour or so, between that and other things, working on a Myrmidon fit. I was juggling between the Myrm and a Brutix. I decided to go with the Myrmidon because of the drone space; though it is more expensive.
Now, I’m in that phase where I have a shopping list. Though I wish I could take a shopping list of items from EFT and import them into EVEMon so I can use the in game browser server, I’m doing just fine with text based notes for now.
That said, I’m also in fundraising mode; Dodixie is great for that. I was able, in the Fricoure system, to gather enough loot/salvage to make about 8Mil in one run. Tonight, I may hit up Dodixie in my faster ships to gather more money and keep an eye on the loot I have spec’d out for my Myrmidon.