It’s an exciting week in EVE, I’m now three days from being able to fly my first tech II ship. As I talked about in my last post the part of EVE that draws my attention the most is the exploration, moving through dangerous space in a cloaked ship and scanning for hidden goodies. To that end, I planned from the time I played the trial to learn to fly the covert cloaking ships. For Gallente, the first is the Helios frigate.A Helios requires two skills to fly, Covert Ops I and Gallente Frigate V. In addition, to fit the covert cloaking device that is the ship’s real claim to fame you need Cloaking IV. I have all the necessary prerequisites now except for the Electronic Upgrades, and that is three days from finishing. I’m very excited!
Now, learning to fly one is only half the battle of course… you also have to be able to get one. Current price for a Helios on the market in Gallente space is close to 22 million isk. Talking to Tipa who is in the midst of learning to invent tech II blueprints we both agreed that it would be far more fun to make one, rather than buy it. So, that’s what the past couple weeks while skills are training have been for me.
Tech II ships require far more than just minerals to build. They require the tech I ship as a base component, then a mixture of minerals and spaceship components. You’ll also notice I don’t have the skills to build one at the moment, in EVE the industrial path is arguably even more complex than the spaceship command path for skills. Haven’t figured out a solution to that yet, hoping someone in the corp who does have the skills is willing to hit the manufacture button when everything is in place.
As of yesterday I’ve bought all the components needed and stashed them in a station, total cost was 11.2 million isk. You’d have to ask Tipa what it takes to make a blueprint (very involved and lots of start up cost) but once you can invent then a 100% profit on completed ships is not bad at all. And making my first Covert Ops frigate this way is certainly more fun than just buying one. Can’t wait to insure it :-X hehe.
Fly safe today my friends.