Every once in a while we all need to take a look in the mirror and survey what we see. This is currently where I am with my EVE accounts and the various pilots within. Those few of you who follow my stumbling and grumping would know that my main focus is an Industrial pilot called SonOfBraben and a “combat” pilot called ZombiNutz. Well we have a third pilot sharing an account with ZombiNutz called Sister Janice who is a dedicated hauler and salvager with some manufacturing potential.
As I am brand new to EVE by any standards it does not surprise me that my two original pilots are all over the board for Skills. An example of this is that I have an industrial pilot who can fly an Assault Frigate and a combat pilot who can fly an Orca. The cross training is so bad that SonOfBraben could kick the snot out of ZombiNutz in a 1 v 1 frigate duel.
To fix this each account has been separated and clear skill goals set in place. As this goes on I am taking some good notes for some future guides I plan to write around how a new player can survive in a given profession in EVE and how to avoid some common mistakes that new players face when diving in.
For my indy pilot it’s clear that I need to stop training blasters and such for now and focus hard back on industry and trade. For my combat pilot this means picking a race frigate and fitting it based on the strengths of that craft with T1 mods. Then training core, gunnery, and navigation skills to get the most out of that fit. Thus far the improvements I have made for my humble little rifter fit carry over into my Drake and its T2 passive shields and heavy rockets. Simple things like signature analysis boost lock times and get the pain on target sooner. Navigation skills allow me to move faster and hence be harder to hit. Frigate skills boost ship bonus in many ways and get me closer to the next evolution of the hull.
I can hear all you old grizzled war veterans sigh and say “Duh!” but for a new player trying to figure it out there is no manual to read. If you fall victim to a truly lost first player run corp. As I did where the advice and examples equate to what I now know to be shitfits and flying coffins. Then it’s not hard to see how I got to where I am.
So expect to see some guides in the future with the first being PvP for beginners. Research involves taking ZombiNutz and filling out his killboard one way or another with the short goal to kill stuff at least as often as I get killed.
P.S. Yes Logan, I do know that I actually need to undock and pick a fight to get PvP experience. I did see some red things just the other day, but they would not leave the safety of docking range of the station. *grumble* I’ve been trying when time allows!