I was recently considering what to do with my 6th and final open character slot across my two accounts, and so I started a basic exploration character who specializes in gas harvesting--who also provides basic fleet boosts.
On Sven's account, I have
Sven, a scout (1 month of skills) and a trader who can also fly
interceptors for scouting and basic scanning (3-4 months of skills). On
my second account, I have main trader who is also a link alt, perfect
scanner, and former full time explorer, and then I have a second scout.
But what to do with the 3rd and final character, if anything?
first, I decided to train an alt type I call the "baby booster," an alt
which has a month of skillpoints devoted to leadership skills. You can
train leadership and warfare skills to IV, and around 3 to a full V, in
one month of training, which provides something like 10% targeting
speed, 10% agility, 10% armor HP, 10% shield HP, and 8% targeting range,
and you can confer these bonuses while cloaked in a tech 1 frigate or
off at a safe spot on a 1 month character. If you think about the size
of the bonuses and compare them to, say, implant bonuses, those are some
pretty massive benefits for very little cost and virtually no risk. Any
newer player who wants to "solo" PVP and has a second account can
easily obtain a "baby fleet booster" and, while not yet having a full
link alt--which takes a long time to train--you essentially get "free"
10% bonuses across the board, and if the character gets exploded, you
lose little to nothing. I also have a nearly complete link alt, but I
rarely ever use links (so far, in low sec, I've used them once, to fight a gang of 9 players) and will rarely use this character.
what else could I do with this character that would be useful,
something I haven't done before? I have plans of moving into wormhole
life soon, so I used another PLEX (one I actually won from an EVE twitch
stream, yay) to spend a month training skills for gas harvesting as
well as some basic scanning skills. I've come across gas sites for years
while exploring, and have killed a few ventures in them as well, but
I've never run one myself. I've also started getting into drugs, and am
thinking about making my own drugs in the future, so I would like to
start a stockpile of gas--for fun, really, since I could just go out and
buy as many drugs as I wanted from the market. However, ever since I
read about Sugar Kyle's early days in low sec making drugs for her and
her pals, I've wanting to try creating them as well (preferably when CCP
improves the POS system, which is coming up now, finally). Sugar Kyle still has what's probably the best guide to making drugs on her blog.
far, I've found gas harvesting to be surprisingly enjoyable. Unlike
mining, it is rewarding to find these relatively rare sites in wormholes
or low security space (or NS), and then completely clear them. Not at
lot of players will hunt down a venture in a gas site in low sec, and
the wormholes I enter are fairly dead, so I can clear the gas relatively
afk (plus, I don't exactly lose much if I die--certainly not pride,
like on Sven). Since I haven't had much time to play that is not
semi-afk, gas harvesting has been a nice way to play EVE without being
able to dedicate full attention to it, and this character will
eventually be able to provide Sven basic fleet boosts while ALSO
harvesting the gas to make his drugs...what a tyrant.
EVE players seem to "horde" or collect something--usually, ships, or
loot, or PLEX, or collectors items--but I don't really collect anything.
Maybe gas--or gas and the drugs I make from it--will be the thing I
In a later post, I am going to collect statistics on how much isk I made per site and how long it took. However, I will end this post with a short story about how I met a new player while gassing, one I had only early met on Sven...
So here me and another relatively new player / character are, mining in a wormhole and talking in local. I came into this hole from high sec, and started scanning for gas when Tarrus started up our conversation. He had no problem sharing the gas sites--it turned out there were 4 in the wormhole total! He had already cleared the sleepers. We had a local chat (in local chat, why not) about gas mining and wormholes. I was very appreciative of him for sharing the gas. I had to leave shortly after this, the spoils going to him alone. I am sure I will meet and befriend other new players / characters on him in in the future, and may even join an exploration group like Signal Cartel. What's ironic about our friendly conversation--in the way that EVE only is--is the fact that I had met Tarrus only days early, on Sven...
Well, no hard feelings I hope. I am glad we were able to mine gas together later, though I am not sure that if he knew it was the same player he would have so readily shared. Then again, everyone I have met in wormholes has been chill about losing ships, especially newer players (more stories about this soon!), so maybe he would have been still glad to share the gas nonetheless? I am happy to see him so quickly replacing the loss. Drugs have a way of bringing people together like that, I suppose...