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This is a short update and I'm also thinking that I'm settling into a nice routine. Nice for me, ISK to be made, fights to be had, but it might be difficult to write interesting comments about it! But I'll try!
PlexplorationI started last night with a quick attempt to plex in my cloaked Imicus. I figured that any cloaked ship would work with my very cowardly method for plexing. I chose the Imicus instead of my usual Venture because I could use 4 drones to try and take down the NPC defender. The smallest empty plex I found in Heyd was a small, but my drones had only been out for a few seconds when an Incursus appeared on short scan. I couldn't cloak because I was locked by the NPC, so I abandoned the drones and warped out. In local I saw someone type "u plex in an Imicus?" and the reply "u wot mate?" came from someone he'd been pursuing or sparring with. I wasn't sure if I should own up to it or not, so I stayed quiet :)
Next I turned to exploration and despite scanning about ten sigs across several systems I found only one exploration site -- a relic site. The loot was quite cheap and I had only 3.5M ISK worth after five towers. I was unenthusiastically slogging through it when a Sisters Probe showed up on d-scan. I remember the advice I'd read - "If anyone shows up on d-scan, run!". I warped out and headed back to my home system.
Our CEO has come up with a better fit for low-skilled pilots to use and my recent training was Weapons Upgrade V, Advanced Weapon Upgrade I and II and I'm currently doing Small Hybrid Turret V (to get ready for T2 guns). By next week I should also be able to use Tech 2 Hobgoblins. I can fly the new fit and took a copy out to the local asteroid belts to give it a try.
Honestly, it felt good to warp to 0, lock and start blasting! I took out a couple of sets of 3 pirates and practiced getting into a tight orbit around them as quickly as possible and using all the tools on the ship. Interestingly I lost all my shield and small bit of armor on both sets of rats while using antimatter charges.
I was going to try using Faction Navy ammo to see if I could improve on that when I stumbled on a Drake. He'd just finished killing a mining barge and I almost succumbed to the rush of blood to my head and thought "maybe the Drake got badly damaged and I could finish him off? Perhaps he can't handle a frigate at short range?" I decided not to do that though and just returned to base. I told my corpmates about it but they didn't have suitable fits ready to go for a fight like that.