Amelia Earhart: It’s a matter of life and death!
The Thinker: I’ll tell you what’s a matter of life and death, that beautiful lady over there.
[statue of Aphrodite giggles]
The Thinker: Hey baby, check out the gun show going on over here. BOOM BOOM! Firepower!
~ Night at the Museum 2
Frustration my friends, that is what I face. We tried to tackle another level 4 mission last night, and to put it politely, we failed. We warped in with our usual gusto, the Megathron tanking and my Prophecy providing additional pew-pew. And we busted up the cruisers and the lone frigate, which was apparently the token ECM craft. Which left us facing six Caldari State Raven varients. We tried….everything.
They hit so hard, so fast, that we only had a few minutes in each run before the Mega was pulling out trailing flames. A few times it was so close we didn’t have time to fully recall drones before we leapt out, missles clawing after us. And in those few minutes, we could usually break the shield tank and clear some armor, even some structure if we were lucky, but by the time we got back, we had to almost start from scratch.
Eventually we got a fit we thought was working. I switched over to ECM jammers and he droped drone links in favor of rocket launchers spewing Defender missles. It helped cut down on their dps enough that we knocked one Raven from the sky. But we must have gotten lucky because nothing worked after that. I even dropped my tank significantly to free up slots and power to add a heavy missle launcher and some additional weapons upgrades. Still nothing.
So after three hours (!), as 2am approached for me, I had to call it a night. I knew I had to work today, had company coming to spend the weekend, and I’m still not 100% recovered. It sucks because at this point, we’ve lost *all* the mission salvage, and the time bonus. We went from an operation that looked to net us 8 million or so to one that’s going to pay out maybe two million, if we’re lucky. And we’ve spent a good million or so on the modules we tried out last night.
So here’s my setup. Please give me any feedback you have on additional firepower, bearing in mind that I have limited funds to work with.
Malkuth Heavy Missle Launcher (Widowmaker)
2 x 250mm Scout Accelerator Cannon (Iridium)
3 x 250mm Railgun I (Iridium)
F-12 Nonlinear Tracking Processor
ECM – Multispectral Jammer
Energized Thermic Membrane I
Energize Magnetic Membrane I
800mm Reinforced Steel Plates I
Damage Control I
Linear Flux Stabilizer
Results: 120 DPS (265 burst) @ 35km
There are some things already in EFT that I have done to tweak this, so as of tonight:
Swap Damage Control I for Magnetic Field Stabilizer I
Swap Iridium Charge M for Lead Charge M
Result: 137 DPS (321 burst) @ 30km
This is not a great solution though, since the Ravens tend to be approx. 40km out when we warp in, which means more time closing to optimal range. Time I don’t have. Possible relevant modules I already own:
3 x 650mm Artillery Cannon
1 x 650mm Medium Gallium Cannon
1 x 720m Howitzer Artillery
1 x Heavy Modal Pulse Laser
Tracking Enhancer (don’t remember which one)
Compact “Limos” Assault Missile Bay
Willing to spend: 1 million ISK or so. I’d like to still break even on the mission, just so we can get to the next one and not have to take too much of a step backwards. Long term here, I’m training and saving to buy an Armageddon, which should help significantly, but I won’t be done with training until Wednesday, and unless we finish off some more missions, I won’t have the cash to buy it and fit it both.