Well, my long wait is over. MINING BARGE V completed. Waiting for Level V skill completion in Eve is like, well, waiting for something that takes a very long time to complete. Sweet sweet though it is. Like waiting for 14 year old scotch. In this case, over 24 days since I first blogged about it and ultimately longer since I first embarked on the path.
Mining Barge V is the skill needed to fly a Hulk, the largest and most efficient mining ship available in Eve.
The Hulk is the largest craft in the second generation of mining vessels created by the ORE Syndicate. Exhumers, like their mining barge cousins, are equipped with electronic subsystems specifically designed to accommodate Strip Mining modules. They are also far more resilient, better able to handle the dangers of deep space. The Hulk is, bar none, the most efficient mining vessel available.
Drool. Being a perpetual Eve noob, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to get to the top of the tree in anything, even something as pedestrian as mining. Still the Hulk will be my ticket to the big ISK. Or so I’m hoping.
While I was waiting for Mining Barge V to complete, I also managed to get my other character skilled to fly an Iteron V hauler into which you can stuff an entire jet can’s worth of stuff when properly skilled, fitted and rigged. Go me.
Just one wee problem. Since I queued these skills, I’ve gotten sucked into WAR and unlike my more disciplined corp mates (ahem Wilhelm ahem Gaff ahem) I’ve not been prudent and gathered the ISK necessary for the ship upgrade. I don’t suspect it will take so long to raise the approximate $100 million ISK plus fittings and insurance, but not having One Billion isk in the bank, I’ll have to hit the belts to get the kernite flowing again. So it will take while before I can let the big dog eat. But now I have no excuse not to go get that ISK!