Originally by: Meribelle Terrible
Assuming one masters L4's, dual boxing ... what is the next thing to move on towards? What are the risk/reward levels offered by these alternatives? Are there any others I'm missing? Wha'd'ya do?
That's about the point (not so very long ago) that we jumped into w-space. We found a C2 w-system and settled there, learning the ropes of POSes, wormholes, w-space survival (and sometimes not), and accessing the various resources there. After becoming confident in the C2 we moved up to a C3. Now, a few months later, we're in the process of moving from there to a C4.
If you're easy with the tough lvl4 combat missions then you'll be fine in C2s one-ship and easy two-ship ... two drakes no probs but other options will be quicker. In a c2, if you're solo, you'll have no trouble gathering some billions of isk over time while you get your w-space legs.
Similarly if you're easy for those tough lvl4s you probably have the skills to cope with most C3 sites, although you will have to change your ship setups and rethink some of your assumptions about incoming DPS and NPC neuts/vamps. I would not suggest trying the tougher C3 sites until you're confident / competent with the easier ones. If you live (solo or small group) in a C3, manage it well, and make use of all the resources (sleeper combat, gas harvesting, mining, and PI), you should have no great difficulty gathering 1 - 2B per week ... possibly more.
W-space **is** different and there's a lot of new stuff to learn. It can be tough, and you can lose heaps all-too-quickly, but it can also be great fun and very rewarding. If you're interested in w-space and already have experience there, then go straight to C3. If not then I'd suggest starting with a C2 (or C1) and working it until you understand w-space life and survival a little better.
Of course, if you can't afford the equipment to setup a POS then your lvl4 mission skills may not be as good as you think and you may be better off waiting a little while longer :-)
Whichever path you choose ... good luck.