It has been almost one month since I first joined the growing Eve Online community and I’ve had an opportunity to dabble in the many aspects of the game. The breadth and width of the universe is simply staggering. Given that I’m a combat and tactics fellow I’ve been investing a lot of time in becoming a shield tanking, missile firing, Caldari beast. Thus far that is working out quite well for me. I would almost say that it works too well.
I cannot pretend to say that I have invested as much skill training time in mining as I have in combat but I do have a few of the relevant skills at rank IV. No matter what I try to do I can’t seem to make more money mining than I do running missions. My mining focused friend who does have the skills can’t either. The value of salvage is just so high and the paid rewards from agents just get larger and larger with each level and quality increase. It was my assumption that this would level out but that does not seem to be the case. Mission running seems to be the alpha and omega of money generations right now.
There are a few good mining guides out there and I’ve read into them a big but they seem to lack a big picture view. They explain how to mine and what not to do but they don’t give any frame of reference with the rest of the game. I’ve yet to see a general explanation of how much ISK I should be making per hour given certain conditions. It leaves me wondering then if it is even worth my time to flirt with this industry?
I hope to hear from those more familiar with Eve. When does mining defeat mission running? Does it ever do so? Should I just be pleased that I built myself to run missions and continue to do so? I’d love to hear from a veteran.