From the outside looking in, EVE appears to be a terribly complex game, and in many ways it is. Something as simple as firing a turret at another ship has a lot of math behind it, and an almost countless set of variable that can affect said shot. That said, you certainly don’t need to understand all of the complexity to get by, and more importantly, the game allows you to expand your knowledge as you go, without a massive initial investment (well, perhaps massive when compared to other MMOs, but fairly limited when considering EVE itself).
My post about buying a BPO and entering the market somewhat touched on this (that venture is going well btw, thanks for asking), and today I want to further drive the point home, talking about my mission Rokh and my current thought process.
As of right now, my Rokh can solo most (all?) level 4 missions, and if simply completing a mission is the goal, it achieves that and I’m ‘done’. But this being EVE, simply completing one goal means progressing to the next, and in this case that means completing missions faster and further reducing the risk of something going wrong and the ship going boom. Long-term I play to switch over to a Caldari Navy Raven (200m ISK or so, plus fits), and ultimately to a Golem (800m+ ISK, plus fits), but short-term I’m trying to improve my Rokh’s fittings (currently seeing how T2 425s compare to T2 350s rails).
What’s really interesting is that, unlike so many other MMOs, there is not one ‘best in slot’ style fitting that I can just Google. Various individuals propose different fits, and the general reception to such fits is that they are solid, and that the results should be good. Which is ‘best’ comes down to play style, which mission we are talking about, pilot skills, and what kind of risk/reward ratio you are working with. This also means that I’m now playing around with a few different fits, and trying to see what works best for me, not just for solo missions, but also for when I have 2-4 other pilots with me.
Once I have mastered level 4 missions in a Caldari Battleship, I’ll expand into incursions and such. But that complexity will be tackled when I’m ready, and right now I’ve got enough on my plate.