For the moment at least, I appear to have crossed a barrier in EVE Online. For the last few nights I have been logging into EVE to play for at least an hour.
That barrier was the feeling of accomplishment.
A lot of my time in EVE Online up to this point has been spent thrashing about trying to figure out what to do. I tend to be a goal oriented person (love quests, right?) and I really did not have any concrete goals in EVE.
Missions are fine, but they are too short to fill that sense of purpose. And faction, while important, is such a long term thing that it is difficult for me to stay focused.
Then I got rolling in asteroid mining. In his “Quick Thoughts About EVE” post, Potshot has a good description of the impression I think both of us have had recently when it comes to the EVE version of resource harvesting. It scales with skill and equipment. And you can make money at it. How unique!
In fact, I make a lot more money mining than I can currently make running level I missions.
With the Osprey in an asteroid belt mining and jet canning continuously while my hauler makes pick up runs, I end up making what seems to me to be a lot of ISK.
And what do I plan to do with all of that ISK? To paraphrase Mr. Burns, “Make more ISK!”
Which has given me a plan with a series of goals. Just to the thing to keep me engaged.
First I started picking up more learning skills. My miner already has all of the base learning skills up to level four. Now with the second tier learning skills I am able to speed up his progress towards flying an ORE mining barge. I was hesitant before, as those skills run 4.5 million ISK a piece, but now I am making enough to afford it.
I also started scanning the market for strip miners so I can equip the barge.
I will face some choices soon though.
With my current training plan, I will be able to get into the smallest of the ORE mining barges, the Procurer, by Friday.
If I wait another day and a half, I will have the skills to fly the next barge up, the Retriever.
But if I want to fly the aptly named Covetor, I have a good 46 days left to go because it requires Mining Barge IV and V (5 + 24 days) and Astrogeology V (14 days) to get there.
I think the choice of ships is easy enough. I should go for the Retriever this weekend. Now I have to figure out how to equip it.
Ironically, by the time I get to the point that I can fly the Covetor I will be literally a day and a half from being able to fly the largest ORE exhumer ship, the Hulk.
Then I will pwn asteroids!
And then I will have to come up with another plan.