I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a great start to the new year! This post will be about my plans in Eve for the next year and some things I apparently missed last year.
Now where to start. This is one of the fun conundrums of Eve;how to plan your skills. As ships and weapons systems get balanced it inevitably pushes us to switch things around to compensate. There are so many aspects of the game I wish to explore on my main character, and at the same time my alt covers the ships I don't fly on my main. Black Ops, Caps, full leadership skills. I'll come back to this point later in the post.
First off I am going to touch on a couple things I apparently missed out on in the last six months that I wish to eventually skill into. One is Command Ships (which I can fly, however, I can't use links so therefore feel I am limiting their potential) and the other is Sentry drone boats, mainly the Ishtar. Now I have been meaning to skill up and max out most of my drone skills for a couple years now and something always seems to come up. Finally I have found the time to queue them up and get them where I want them! In the mean time I am using faction drones and let me tell you...I LOVE the Ishtar. I have always been in love with the concept of drone boats, and now in a few short months I will be able to maximize their abilities!!! I strongly recommend if there are any newer pilots reading this to take a look at them. Guns are fun don't get me wrong, but there is just something awesome about deploying your 5 little friends and watching them rip apart your enemies while you fly away! My only concern about this plan of mine is this: Every time I go to start a plan for what is "in" it gets nerfed or altered to the point where it is no longer viable or gets heavily over shadowed by something else. The hybrid changes of Retribution comes to mind. But I am definitely going to milk sentry boats and all drone boats for that matter while I can! Beware pilots of New Eden! The Ishtar cometh!!
Now on to command ships. The changes to them were amazing. I especially like that I can fly any of them with out the respective cruiser skill at 5, that ALL of them can use 3 links at any given time, and that they all have race specific dual bonuses. Unfortunately, I feel that I am missing out on their true purpose by flying them without links. I know that eventually I will want to take out the 6+ months of skilling up for Leadership skills, but I just don't see myself doing that this year. I do love the utility slots and that they still do excellent DPS.
What I do see myself doing is Dreads. Being in w-space means escalation sites and we always need more dread pilots! Someday after I have a large enough isk cushion I wish to delve into Sov Warfare, and piloting dreads and carriers will definitely help with entry into those alliances. But I am getting ahead of myself. Bob willing, that will be years away!
Now what all comes from this depends on future expansions and weapon/ship balances that come with them. Other things on my agenda for this year are all cruisers 5, HAC/Logi/Recon 5, Interdictors 5, cruise/torps 5, and all medium weapon systems 5(with their specializations).
So here is to 2014 and enjoying Eve and the new things I will be able to in it! I hope to see you all in space, preferably in my Sentries cross hairs! Remember it isn't personal, just fun!
Fly Dangerously my friends! o7
EDIT: I cannot believe I forgot about Interceptors!!! I will post an update about them here soon after I have tested them out! I happen to have bought 10 of each and have them fitted up in variable ways. So maybe now I have an Interceptor project instead of a rifter project!(RIP Rifters :( )