Edited by: Akita T on 16/08/2011 20:55:39
Originally by: Dak StonedrifterThis section of the "earning ISK" guide thread should help a bit.
But for the love of quasars, is there no better way to increase standing than doing missions that reward as low as 0.01 and as much as 0.05? At this rate it'll be a thousand missions until I have an 8.0 standing with a single corp.
TL;DR : train Social and Connections to at least L3 each (preferably L5 social and L4 connections) to maximize gains AND gain access to higher level agents much faster ; always run the highest level of missions you can comfortably run with your current ship/skills
EDIT : the previous post in that thread (just before the one linked above) also explains derived standing gains/losses - you might want to get familiar with that too
Also, you could always run the tutorials and career funnel missions
, they give decent FACTION standings for minimal effort (and are doable with a couple of days' worth of skill training).
A bit later on, you could try the COSMOS
missions, or maybe the datacenter
tag turn-in missions (those are a pain to get normally, and tags are quite expensive), but they also grant some pretty nice faction standing gains.Some COSMOS info
(dig around on the site linked in that post for rest of races and more details).
Faction standing gains are usually quite difficult to get, but they have quite a few benefits, one of them being to grant access to ALL "regular" agents in ALL NPC corps belonging to that particular faction.
I suggest getting at least Social 4 fast, running the tutorial/funnel agents FOR BOTH YOUR TARGET EMPIRE AND THE "FRIEND" OF YOUR TARGET EMPIRE
while you train Connections 3, running a few of the COSMOS and maybe some datacenter agents while you get Connections 4 (again, for both "friendly" factions, i.e. Amarr-Caldari or Gallente-Minmatar), then optionally getting Social 5 while you start running regular missions for whatever NPC corp you picked after you finished Connections 4.
Under ideal circumstances, if you're already able to fly battlecruisers but have junk standings, if you follow the above directions you should have access to L2 agents for a faction in a few hours (but not use them yet), L3 agents in a couple of days (probably still not use them yet), and L4 agents in about a week or two (which you'll want to start using if you can handle that level of mission, otherwise L3s).
If you have low skills, it might take twice as long, or a bit longer if you're also impatient.
Ah, and you can take a "shortcut" to high NPC corp (and an even shorter one to NPC agent) standings by fleeting up with somebody that runs a higher level mission (for an agent you can't get access to) and is about to turn it in, and - for a price (be it now or a bit later on, or maybe you can find somebody willing to do a tad bit of charity) - you can ask him to split the mission rewards (that INCLUDES standings with agent/corp).
A handful of "good" L4 missions for a single L4 combat agent (and you having Connections L4 trained) split that way can already open up access to that particular agent, or about a dozen "mixed bag" ones should also just about do it. You will only have access to that particular L4 agent early on (agent standing grows usually about two times faster than corp standing), but as you run more missions, rest of the L4 agents should open up. I can remember having a corpmate that could access one L4 agent because I "boosted" him that way, but he still didn't have access to most of the L3 agents of that corp (that was back when agents had variable quality, so standings requirements were a bit odder).