Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Hauling - The Blockade Runner
I'm not using the best Viator setup. The lows are all Expanded Cargohold IIs and the rigs are Medium Cargohold Optimization Is. Nothing to help increase align time, which is probably a no-no with most folks using blockade runners. My setup has 10279m3 cargo space, which gives me more choices in the types of cargo I can accept. Until I'm blowed up good, I'll likely stick with this for lowsec hauling. I know it is vulnerable due to lack of align buffing, so am playing it cautious.
I'll take any lowsec run (which of course sounds like I am throwing caution to the wind.) Have delivered to Auga, Amamake and Criliere, some of the more infamous lowsec systems. I do all my Jita to Hek/Rens runs through the Rancer pipe, it saves 10 jumps -- it's all about the ISK per jump in the hauling trade.
I am playing it safe, though. I make good use of the starmap to show me which systems are PvP active. If there's currently a lot of ship losses in the last hour along a particular lowsec route (or destination), I'll sit on the cargo and deliver something else, until those ships losses are down to under five per hour. Five per hour, I've determined, is acceptable risk going through a lowec system. Any more than five per hour, I deem the system too active.
I'm still doing most of the blockade runner hauling away from the keyboard. If there's lowsec along a route, I'll simply set a waypoint for the last highsec system. When I hear Aura announce "Autopilot disabled; waypoint reached", it means it is time to tab over to the hauler alt, and begin manually piloting through the lowsec systems.
The earnings so far:
I've got my three hauling setups. The Obelisk (862500m3), highsec only. The Iteron V (38000m3), highsec only. The Viator (10279m3), high/lowsec.
I've been tempted by a couple of nullsec (NPC systems), but have not yet taken one. If I do, I'll have to build out a proper Viator for nullsec runs, align and warp disruption buffed.