“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee”
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
As the economy has turned, so has my own focus and interest to some extent of necessity. Oh the irony of having to work more to create or preserve business in an economy in which business activity is contracting. But when given lemons, as they say….
Consequently, I’ve been working more, posting less, playing more and given that our WoW group is on temporary hiatus, I’ve immersed myself back into Eve with some gusto. Seems, I’m not the only one returning to the inky cold blackness of space as a welcome respite from an even drearier real world. Corp activity has been high of late and that always makes for fun, discovery and development.
Nonetheless, its always to important to be working toward a goal (or several) in Eve. A few weeks ago, I had hit some personal milestones, but hadn’t really set the Next Big Thing for myself in Eve. The sheer awesomeness of the Hulk has been a big facilitator in creating a new horizon of possibilities in Eve. I had been thinking about upgrading to battleships (and all the skill training that would entail) but within our little corp, that path has been explored and I was in a bit more of an exploration mode. I’ll go there, but I was interested in something new.
Since several of our on again off again corp mates are currently back on (and like myself with multiple accounts), I thought something that would both be of use in a personal and a corp setting. Preferably something that would also help the isk earning power too. Isk before risk, I always say. Hence, Hulk before Raven…
Wil has explored the freighter route which I thought about, but the price tag is a bit much for my current budget (though its been awfully convenient to know a guy with a truck). Actually being able to move product to lucrative markets in volume quickly has allowed me to put isk in the bank rather than wait for buyers to move.
Eventually, I came to the conclusion that the mighty Orca would be a great multi-tool addition. Part hauler, ship carrier and part mining gang pimper, I think it will be just the ticket for our typical ops for us which tend to be 3+ miners, most in hulks. I’m really interested in seeing just how many uses I can find for it.
At about 500 million isk, the price would be attainable for me in the relatively near future and the skills to use it would only take about 2 weeks to be able to fly it, and a bit more for some of the most useful modules.
So I took stock of my isk and the state of my skills and with the help of Eve Mon set out in quest for the great whale. So far, progress has been better than I thought. I wasn’t sure whether it would be the training or the isk that would be the rate limiting step to Orca-hood.
I’m thinking it will likely be the training time rather than the isk. I’ve made steady progress and this weekend crossed the 500 million isk mark, another personal milestone. That will barely cover the cost of the ship alone, but there are all the necessaries that go along with it, not the least of which is about 45 million for the Industrial Command Ship skill book required to fly the thing nor the cost of insurance as well.
Even so, it will require several level V skills– Mining Foreman V and Leadership V. For me, thats about 12 days and another 6 days respectively. Still, I didn’t really think I’d be waiting for skills before the isk with a 1/2 a billion isk ship. If all goes well, I should be able to give myself a shiny new Orca for my birthday.
At least in the virtual world, there is work aplenty and the markets are strong.