I dropped into EVE Online on Sunday afternoon, as previously noted, with a mind towards maybe knocking out a level 4 mission with my main and alt. That is my plan for getting my alt better standing in Amarr space, letting my main grab level 4 missions and having him go along for the ride.
When I got on I saw Potshot on the corp channel. He was out mining that now very lucrative veldspar. I mentioned the mission idea and he was keen to come along.
I picked up a mission from a close-by Amarr Navy agent while he got himself in system and armed.
We drew the Sansha version of the mission Vengeance, which promised a nice reward and along with healthy bounties.
I got out the Raven while he drew a pair of Drakes. We loaded up on missiles and headed out. The right missiles too. I remember a point in the past trying to do this mission solo with the wrong ammo and it being a royal pain.
The mission itself went well enough. We had a bit of trouble in the first pocket when Potshot drew aggro from a battleship and had to warp out. He let things go a bit too long and took some armor damage, which always costs to fix. (Unless you have the armor repair skill and the right module, of course.)
While running missions solo, I generally do not have to worry about who is getting shot, but I should probably figure out if there is a way to pull an NPC off of another ship. Or is there no taunting in space? (Except on local, naturally.)
Once we wrapped up, we went back to check out all the asteroids that were scattered along the way.
It turns out that there is nearly 2 million units of veldspar, plus a smattering of scordite and omber in the various pockets of the mission.
The Raven and the two Drakes went back in the hangers and out came the mining and hauling ships.
I logged my alt on, invited him to the fleet, and had him fly his Hulk into the first pocket while I fetched the Mammoth to haul. Potshot had his Covetor and Iteron V close to hand.
So we started burning down those asteroids.
Fortunately, the mission gives you quite a long time to complete it before the early bonus goes away.
We were able to harvest every last unit of veldspar, scordite, and omber in the mission and get home in time for dinner.
And that turned out to be the most lucrative aspect of the mission. Nearly two million units of veldspar (1,995,000 actually) comes out to 5,990 refining units (333 units of veldspar are one refining unit). Each refining unit yields 1,000 units of tritanium, which gave us 5,990,000 units which, at the current market rate for tritanium (4 ISK), adds up to close to 24 million ISK.
That, plus the omber and the scordite made for a nice bonus on top of the bounties, mission reward, and mission bonus.
It is fat times for veldspar mining right now!