I found myself with a free day today, and as is often the case when this occurs I didn’t have anything particularly pressing to do. What better time to do something silly and pointless in EVE!
Now, the key to a successful low-budget adventure lies in setting an arbitrary goal for yourself, and doing something you have not done before. Well, that’s what I enjoy anyways.
A while back I came across a solo high-sec exploration fitting for the reliable old Heron frigate, it’s cheap as dirt and apparently works. So I went out and bought one, it only cost me like 2 million isk in total or something similarly trivial, this also puts this in range of the greenest of newbies to do! You will need a few scanning skills to do the exploration thing, but in highsec the demands are fairly trivial.
[Heron, Hi-Sec Cheapskate Heron]
Damage Control II
Drone Damage Amplifier II
Limited 1MN Microwarpdrive I
Small C5-L Emergency Shield Overload I
Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I
Prototype Cloaking Device I
Core Probe Launcher I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
Small Gravity Capacitor Upgrade I
It can carry 6 small drones, and deploy up to 3 at a time, I brought some hobgoblin IIs, but if you cannot use those tech 1 drones should work just as well.
In order for this to be entertaining, I needed a goal. And as I was shopping for my ship one quickly presented itself! There is a fancy Heron skin, the Sukuuvestaa Heron. I want it.
Now it is important to understand that I can buy about 800 of these right now should I so choose, but that would be missing the point! The Goal then is to earn enough is screwing around in my godawful ship to buy the fancy paintjob. Good to go!
Time to get to work!
Now, I’m not going to go into detail on probing and finding sites here, if you’re a new player reading this, there are plenty of places to read up on the skills you need and how to do it, such as this EVE-university wiki page.
I set my destination to some highsec system in gallente space and dropped a single probe in each system as I went along to see if there was anything to probe out in detail. I ran across a truly frightening amount of wormholes initially (not very useful to my battleheron… but maybe an idea for the next low-budget shenanigans) until, at last I located my first actual site.
This turned out to be a Mag-site, which disappointingly contained nothing to BRAWL with the Heron. It did however contain three cans which my Analyzer I switfly opened for me, revealing a cache of (relatively worthless) salvage and two jury rigging skillbooks. Meh. Still, free is free, and the site looked really good!
A few jumps further along I finally found something more interesting, a Radar site presented itself, which would hopefully contain some resistance as well as juicy data-shards for me to hack into in hopes of some fancier loot.
As it happened the site contained three Destroyers and two of the shards. The ever-homicidal drones in my dronebay made extremely swift work of the Serpentis scum and I set about hacking the shards.
Jackpot! In one fell swoop I was already halfway to my goal! (something which actually kinda bothered me). With a few mill in my cargo I left the lag-inducing dust and debris field and went back into the unknown.
Next I found what turned out to be a 4/10 plex, something which I was not very confident my Heron would be able to kill, I also found a 3/10 plex which seemed more in my league… despite some unbelievers on twitter assuring me I was going to die in a horrific fireball.
Seriously, have a little faith guys!
Besides, does this look like the face of someone who is afraid of some red crosses?
I did however take the precaution of dropping up my loot thusfar in a station before diving headlong into the Rogue Drone Asteroid Infestation. As I warped in I realized I had neglected to fit anything capable of actually aggroing the NPCs in the site, meaning my drones would presumably get beat up. At first I was a little concerned, but then I hatched the plan of simply sending in my drones, popping a rat, and then calling them back.
…Which was what I spent the next fifteen minutes or so doing, until not a single rogue drone was left alive. Some handy piloting and pulsing the MWD ensured I never even needed my shieldbooster, and with careful micromanaging my drones stayed alive. I looted all of the fancy-pants cans and found I had now made enough money to trade in my Heron for a new, fancy, paint job!
And there you have it, two hours spent having good fun (in my opinion anyways) and my goal was achieved!
I can highly recommend this activity to newer players as well, the payout is really decent, the investment is very low, and you get to practice a lot of things that will be useful to you later in life.