I have a Battlecruiser.
I appear to have skipped Cruisers entirely. I’m sure this is a bad thing and I’m missing out of far too many skills that I need, but whatever. A highly skilled player in an Ishkur can likely tear my shiny new Battlecruiser to shreds. Actually I know this is true since I open up my certificates planner and see an ocean of red Xs all over certain categories. I have been trying to restrict my skills to increase my core competency but other stuff always seems to sneak in there, taking up my time and my skill points.
Oh, I’m running missions. A couple of points in Social wouldn’t hurt. Oh hey look, a Connections Skill, that will help with my standings so I can finally start running L3s. Oh hey look, a Security Connections skill, now I just need to train Leadership to 3…
Before I know it, I’ve queued up a couple of days worth of skills that weren’t even anywhere near my skill plan in EVEmon.
Anyway, back to my Battlecruiser. Its a Gnosis. Stop laughing, its a good ship, even though she looks like a folksy wicker art project. It also neatly bypasses all my problems with skills that I mention above, at least in terms of requirements to fly the damn thing. I’m actually almost at the point where I consider this cheating since the thing only requires Spaceship Command I, and gives full weapon bonuses with no skill requirements.
If nothing else, the Gnosis is ridiculously flexible. Six Highs, Mids and Lows, 5 Turrets, 5 Launchers, Damage Bonuses to all weapon types and a huge bonus to Scan Probe Strength. It also turns on a dime and has a decent drone bay. Problems? Its slow as hell and its shield recharge rate is just awful.
My major issue with it is that technically it kinda breaks Rule #1 for me, as in “Don’t fly what you can’t afford to lose.” Its a 70+ million ISK ship. That’s like 50 Destroyers. I’m not super rich from my Reddit donations anymore since I spent most of that ISK on PLEX (Free EVE, yay).
I love flying the Gnosis because I can actually kill stuff without having to sink days into Gallente Battlecruiser V or whatever and its flexibility lets me try lots of new things that I wouldn’t normally, but I’m terrified of screwing up and losing it. This is not the way EVE should be played.
I’m going to ask you guys a question, somewhat in light of the big argument in the comments of my nullsec roam post where people were either deriding or supporting Gallente ships. Until this point I’ve flown almost exclusively Gallente but the Gnosis has opened my eyes up to a lot more than just Hybrid Turrets and Hobgoblins.
I’m thinking of moving towards a Raven, or a Hurricane for a while. Flying the Gnosis (first ship with launchers) has given me a love of missiles and in general a more visceral combat approach. The drones boats I frequently fly are effective but they remind me of why I don’t play pet based classes in MMOs – I prefer a more active role other than supporting my minions. The Raven seems to be a strong, popular PvE ship and the Hurricane a strong PvP contender. What would you guys recommend?