Edited by: Akita T on 16/07/2008 06:37:58
Originally by: Tamoko
Connections increases the amount of base standing you have with agents, and diminishes as your applied standings increase. In other words: it reduces the gap between (your standings) and (max standings). As your standings increase, it's effect decreases.
Now there's three different relevant standings: Faction, Corporation, and Personal(Agent) standings.
Since you need to unlock a higher level agent that you have no personal standings with, yet, you'll have to fallback to corp standings.
Small corrections here:
1. Connections increases EFFECTIVE standings. Base standings are only increased via mission completion.
2. The connections skill increase applies to all agents in factions you have positive (perfect zero included) base standings with.For instance, say you have no standings with any faction at all, you're a brand new character.
That means that training L3 Connections for instance will grant you access to ALL Level 2 Quality -16 (minus 16) agents in any empire.
Training L4 Connections will grant you access to ALL Level 2 Quality -8 (minus 8) agents in any empire.Another example : say you do have 0.10 base Caldari standing and 0.80 base Spacelane Patrool standing.
That means you get access to all L1 Q+2 Caldari agents and all L1 Q+16 agents in Spacelane Patrool.
Train L3 connections and you get 1.288 effective Caldari (access to all L2 Q-15 Caldari agents) and 1.904 effective Spacelane Patrool (access to all L2 Q-2 Spacelane Patrool agents).
Bring that to L4 and you get 1.684 effective Caldari (all L2 Q-7 Caldari agents) and 2.272 effective SlP (access to all L2 Q+5 Spacelane Patrool agents).
Heck, the lowest L3 agents (Q-20) only require an effective standing of 3.00
With L5 connections, that means you only need a puny 1.25 base corp standing with that agent's corp (just get a L4 mission-runner to split 5 or 6 missions with you, for a price, and you already have that much), and you get access to the agent !
And so on and so forth.
Bottom line : train L3 Connections ASAP, and think about training it to L4 sooner rather than later.
Later on, it doesn't matter all that much, but early on it's great.