Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Skills breakdown into to two categories. Those needed to fly the ship and the support skills to make flying that ship better.
The skills needed to fly the ship are simple and easy to find. Take the Rifter, that awesome little ship I am preparing to fly.
Just to assemble the ship so you can look at in you hangar, you need:
Minmatar Frigate III
Spaceship Command I
Simple enough and quick to train.
But that is far from all the skills you will need to be successful in flying the Rifter in PvP.
You need to fit the Rifter with the modules discussed earlier and that takes skills. You also need a myriad of support skills to make fitting, flying, and fighting possible.
To fit the high slots you need:
Small Projectile Turret I
Missile Launcher Operation I
The mid slots:
Propulsion Jamming I
Hull Upgrades II
Repair Systems I
So there are the basics to fit an armor-tanked Rifter. Easy enough, but if I try to fit this all on my ship, I quickly run out of power grid and CPU. Plus this is only the basics and what if I want to upgrade to the better T-2 modules. For instance, I really want to fit a Microwarp Drive in place of that afterburner and some more powerful T-2 guns. More skills!
Let's look at some key support skills:
I like to break my skill training plans into logical units so training seems quicker and I accomplish more sooner (at least in my mind).
- Engineering V
- Electronics V
- Electronics Upgrades
- Energy Grid Upgrades
- Energy Management
- Energy Systems Operation
- Gunnery V
- Trajectory Analysis
- Surgical Strike
- Weapon Upgrades
- Advanced Weapon Upgrades
- Controlled Bursts
Other categories I use, include shields, armor, targeting, missiles, speed, etc. I encourage you to research the skills needed to support flying a ship successfully in combat. I use the forums and blogs to read about skills that will give me what I need to have edge over a flashing red target. The importance of good skills is second only to fighting experience in realizing success.
I use Evemon to setup all of my training plans. What an invaluable tool!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
- Armor tank with autocannons
- Shield tank
- Armor tank with light artillery
Friday, October 17, 2008
I read somewhere long ago to spend the early days studying and honing your learning skills (an investment in the future). My ancestors taught me to have patience and it will be rewarded. So that is where I started. I spend weeks getting my learning skills training to perfection. I have to say it seems to be well worth the time. I train skills very fast compared to my first character. Now there are many that talk about and calculate payback time for investing in these skills. I only know that I feel well assured that I train skills about as fast as I can and I am progressing faster then I ever expected.
Soon I will be flying in a Rifter.
From this boredom a new character is born. A character refreshed and revitalized about what is to come. PvP is the key ingredient in most online MMORPG's but none more than Eve. Sure you can be a carebear your whole career, but the real game revovles around mano a mano PvP. Look into the eyes of that pilot and may the best pilot win. Where else can you experience this revitalizing life more then as a pirate.
I was never the type of person to hide behind mining, mission running, or other mundane tasks. Yes, of course these mundane tasks are so very necessary, but I want to do them as an alt. Experience the trill of the fight in your gaming life. The thought of losing a ship to a better foe or defeating a superior ship excites me and calls me to keep fighting. With every skill point and fight you can become a better pilot and experience the thrill of the adrenalin rushing to your brain. That thrill was lost long ago while living in null sec. But, low sec, now that is an unknown exciting place for me. A place I always sneaked and sped through usually cloaked to get to my destination in Empire or 0.0. Never did I give the inhabitants of that section of space a second thought. But, no more. Today I plan to adventure into that space. To fight, learn, make enemies, and hopefully some good friends.