Everybody knows somebody with a vehicle that is useful for hauling things. (If you live in the US, it is the curse of owning a pickup truck.) They may not be a close friend, but they are surprisingly dear when you need to get a dining room table home or a couch moved and you aren’t keen to pay a steep delivery charge or rent a truck for the day.
For our corp, I am now that guy. I own a freighter, and with great cargo capacity comes great responsibility.
Not that I mind. That is what I bought the ship to do, haul things.
And, as usual, I have been allowed to learn new things in EVE Online.
Wanting some stuff moved16 jumps from our main base of operations without having to make the trip with me, Gaff figured out how to create a contract that allowed me to haul it at my leisure so it was there for him to pick up at the destination the next day.
It turned out to be pretty easy. At the hauling end of things you get a freight container with the destination as its name.
It would be nice if you could right click on the contain and set the destination, but you can’t have everything.
Potshot also went the contract route so I could move some goods for him.
In addition to learning about contracts and hauling, I have also learned a couple of things a freighter cannot do.
You cannot, for example, take a freighter through a mission gate.
You also cannot use a freighter for near infinite mining storage.
Darren and Jonathan were mining the other night and I said I would haul for them. I wanted to show off my new ship and surprise them with its immense size, so I did not mention I would be flying out in the Charon.
When I warped in they were suitably impressed. But when I went to start emptying their jet can, I got a surprise message.
My dream of, say, hours of travel free ice mining were dashed.
So I got my alt out and hauled for them in a much-less-impressive Badger while I flew the Charon around hoping to scare off any can flippers with the sheer size of the thing.
I brought it up and over in a loop, which looks unnatural.
When in the verticle position monolith quotes from “2001 – A Space Odyssey” began to come out. It might be full of stars, but it was not full of ore.
Still, having the freighter there ended up being handy. When the mining was done I was able to haul the whole take from the station to market.