Not that they were a huge challenge. All three of us have second accounts so when we bring all our resources to bear, we have three Drakes, two Ravens, and a Rokh, which adds up to some firepower. We’ll have to bring that to bear on Worlds Collide some time.
As we finished up the mission, we were chatting about fittings and upgrades when Gaff asked what a Navy Issue Raven would cost, both in skills and price.
Skills are not a problem, but the price can be. Or used to be.
The Golem turned out to be very expensive, both in price and in skills required.
The Raven Navy Issue was easy when it came to skills, but was still too much for me, running in the 400-500 million ISK range.
That was all back in July of last year though, so I decided to check prices on Raven Navy Issue contracts. It seems that prices have come down.
So, with cash in my pocket, I hopped in a shuttle and headed to traffic control central, Jita, to buy me a new ship. And after a moment or two of confusion and panic (263 million gone, no ship in hanger, have I been scammed?) I figured out how to claim an item from a contract and flew my new toy back home.
I stripped my old raven for fittings, added one more cruise missile launcher I had sitting around, gathered together salvage for three capacitor control circuit rigs, and I was set.
I will go back and refit my old raven over time to keep as a backup. I hate to think of losing my new ship, but this is EVE.
Now I just have to try it out on a mission to see how much of a difference the extra shields and additional launcher make.