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Friday, December 7, 2012

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

There are capsuleers in New Eden who will never, ever, under any circumstance "sit idle" in space and watch perfectly tuned lasers reduce asteroids into transportable dust/sand/pebbles.

There are capsuleers in New Eden for whom that is the perfect job. Ensconced in their pod they are free to contemplate the meaning of life, the universe and everything.

Then there are the vast majority of capsuleers who'd mine asteroids if two conditions were met. One, it would have to be fun. Two, it would have to be profitable. And number two might not count with most of them.

Enter The Venture. My CEO gave each one of us industrial types one as an early Christmas present. It took hardly any time at all to train into it. I flew it for an hour last night mining Arkonor in our wormhole.  Here are a few adjectives to describe the experience: fun, fast, hilarious, thought provoking. Okay, that's two words but it fits. Here's why.

There were two Ventures (mine and Tur's) and Spiral in a Mackinaw. When the sleepers arrived to defend their space, Tur stayed in his Venture while Spiral and I reshipped into Drakes. The sleepers couldn't hit the damn thing. With a 1MN AB  and low friction nozzles this frigate flies at 2700 m/s plus! With two Cap Recharger IIs, it is cap stable with the AB on. There are enough slots for a couple different fitting styles. You can go a traditional shield tank (but it's still rather paltry.) You can speed fit like I did. There is enough CPU for an Improved Cloaking Device II. It will take a scan probe launcher. Tur fit a smartbomb launcher to his and that was funny as hell to watch. I'm sure there are a few other things that could be done with it - like ECM modules. The point is, this is a versatile ship that can mine anything, including Mercoxit if my computer simulations are correct. Flying it is like flying a hot rod. It is fast, agile and the speed fit can go from standstill to warp in a couple seconds. Last night was the most fun I've ever had while chewing 'roids. The ship is awesome to fly. Oh, and it has a 5000 m3 Ore hold, and though I've not formally done the numbers, compares favorably to the Mackinaw in yield per minute. All together it's a win-win!

This is what it looks like to mine at more than 400 m/s. In the time it took the song to finish, I'd about half filled my hold with Arkonor. This little ship makes mining feel like the Daytona 500 - pun intended. Or, turn it into a Grand Prix if you like. Nothing says you have to orbit in a flat circle.


Fly careful.

6 comments:

  1. LOL You STOLE my next post Title!!!!!! Thief Mabrick! We hates it!! =]

    REALLY good vid man.. GREAT music choice! That was so much sheer fun...

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  2. Working in wormhole, going round and round...

    Thats awesome Mab :)

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  3. Liked the Music to it, seem to match it quite well doing the rounds on the rocks in a Hot Rod Mining Ship. Awesome.

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  4. Ah, the venture. Just encountered it gas mining. Was thinking of taking a shot but decided against it. Small sig, bloody fast, warp stabs, me thinks this curious wee boat is overpowered. I need to get me one ;-)

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    1. I have to agree that it is probably overpowered. If it were a combat ship, I think pilots would start comparing it to the old Dramiel and then CCP would have to nerf it. The fact it isn't a combat ship might just hold the nerf gods at bay. Either way, I'll enjoy the hell out of it while I can!

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  5. Working Inna Wormhole
    by TurAmarth ElRandir
    (from Working Inna Coalmine by Lee Dorsey)

    Well I been workin' inna wormhole
    Goin' down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! What’s that on Dscan?

    Workin' inna wormhole
    Goin' down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! Warp back to POS now

    Five o'clock in the EvEnin'
    My rat race is run
    When my workday is over
    Time for havin’ fun

    I been workin' inna wormhole
    Goin' down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! What’s that on Dscan?

    Workin' inna wormhole
    Goin' down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! Warp to the POS now

    Lord
    I am so tired
    How long can this go on?

    Well I been workin' inna wormhole
    Goin' down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! What’s that on Dscan?

    Workin' inna wormhole
    Goin' down down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! Warp back to POS now

    Five o'clock in the EvEnin'
    My rat race is run
    When my workday is over
    Time for havin’ fun

    I been workin'inna wormhole
    Goin' down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! What’s that on Dscan?

    Workin' inna wormhole
    Goin' down down
    Workin' inna wormhole
    Whoop! Warp back to POS now

    Lord
    I am so tired
    How long can this go on?

    I been a workin'
    Goin'
    Workin'
    Whoop! What’s that on Dscan?

    Workin'
    Goin'
    Workin'
    Whoop! Warp back to POS now

    Workin'
    Goin'
    Workin'
    Whoop! What’s that on Dscan?

    Workin'
    Goin'
    Workin'
    Whoop! Warp back to POS now

    (repeat and fade out...)

    You just KNOW I had to... =]

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