10 Feb

Things are moving in Eve.  By the time I actually hit the two hundred million isk mark, I had almost coasted to 300.  So it happened that I checked my in game mail only to find my insurance coverage had expired on my Covetor mining barge.

My plan all along has been to get my mission runner/hauler pilot to the point where he could fly a mining barge.  Maybe not a Hulk, but certainly a Covetor would come in handy for clearing mission spaces with my fulltime miner.  The mission runner/hauler was only a few days from being able to pilot the Covetor and I didn’t cherish the idea of losing the insurance premium when I handed it over in just a few days.

So, I finally decided to throw down for a Hulk for my miner.  With the tritanium market still strong, I’m guessing that I’ll recoup within about a week.  Halada’s indispensible mining guide has everything you need to know about the Hulk.  Fortunately, I already have most of what I need to fit it.  While I’m not quite to the 20% yield increase over the Covetor as advertised, I’m getting there.  Even so, its already a significant improvement.

Compared to the Covetor, the Hulk feels faster and more agile– at least as far as mining barges are either.  Having a decent tank means that I worry much less.  The Hulk is anything but fragile.  Finally, it has enough cargo space that it can store a few cycles worth of ore before I have to empty it.  All of this makes for an even more efficient operation.

When I’m mining a few systems from my home area, its nice not having to worry about can flippers so much while my hauler is making a run to base.  All in all, I’m quite pleased so far and looking forward to doing dual barge ops soon.

The one thing I’m finding is that I’m a bit tight on power and CPU when fitting out the Hulk.  I’m currently training for MLU IIs, but even with one MLU I and a bit of a tank, I’m finding I’m a bit shy.  The basic setup is:

High Slots:
3x Modulated Strip Miners (with T2 crystals)

Medium Slots:
1x Survey Scanner
1x Small Shield Extender I
1x Explosion Dampening Amplifier I
1x Magnetic Scattering Amplifier I

Low slots:
1 Mining Laser Upgrade I
1 Power Diagnostic System II

Which leaves me at 42/44.1 power and tight on CPU.  If I swap in 2x MLU IIs and take the scanner and take one of the hardeners offline, everything should work and I should be able to pull down about 1,508 units of Veldspar per MSM per minute or 13,572 units per cycle (3 MSMs) or 271,440 units per hour.   Pure Hulky goodness.


Posted by on February 10, 2009 in Eve Online


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3 responses to “Hulkamania

  1. Wilhelm2451

    February 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Whoo hoo! Now you’ll be tearing down asteroids. Good thing you have that big hauler!

  2. Marchosias

    February 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Grats on the Hulk!


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