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Toramt
Posted - 2007.06.15 20:06:00 - [1]
 

I'm looking at how I can best provide cover for small ( < 5 ship ) mining operations. Assume I've got a BC and Tech-2 drones across the board. Would it be better to lay out a set of sentry drones or a set of mobiles?

T'Laar Bok
Posted - 2007.06.15 20:51:00 - [2]
 

Originally by: Toramt
I'm looking at how I can best provide cover for small ( < 5 ship ) mining operations. Assume I've got a BC and Tech-2 drones across the board. Would it be better to lay out a set of sentry drones or a set of mobiles?


None of the above.

Any decent pirate can warp in, pop a barge and warp out again in about 5 seconds.

Its especially fun when a cloaked ship suddenly appears and his 20 mates warp to him and they're only 5km away from you.

There is no reward worth the risk of mining low sec.

Tarminic
Dreddit
Test Alliance Please Ignore
Posted - 2007.06.15 20:59:00 - [3]
 

I would avoid sentry drones in this situation because a pirate attacking a mining op will most likely be making hit and run attacks - he'll warp in, pop a barge, grab the loot, and warp out. I would actually recommend logistics drones in this case because the longer you prolong the life of the pirate's target the longer he has to stay around getting shot at, and the less enthusiastic he'll be.

Also, have your barges equip defensive modules whenever possible...target dampers, ecm, webbers...it'll make a nasty surprise for your unexpected visitor. Twisted Evil

Avan Strega
Entity.
WE FORM VOLTRON
Posted - 2007.06.16 10:48:00 - [4]
 

low sec mining is very high risk, especially with only one ship covering the miners.
I would recommend a larger escort, preferably a dedicated pvp unit, if you have to mine in low sec.
We're a small but effective merc outfit able to provide the support you need - feel free to contact either myself or Sir Lex in game if you might be interested in using our services.

Admus
Bath and Body Works
S I L E N T.
Posted - 2007.06.16 10:51:00 - [5]
 

Perhaps a ship loaded out with ecm bursts, if only to help your miners get away? Of course, I've never tried this myself...

Patch86
Di-Tron Heavy Industries
Atlas Alliance
Posted - 2007.06.16 10:51:00 - [6]
 

Your best way is this- find a deserted system. Post a picket (that is, park some scout players) in the neighbouring systems. When they spot a pirate gang, have your defenders warp to the gate the pirates are going to approach you through. Pop them when they jump in to system.

If any get past your gate camp, warp your gang to a safe spot before they have a chance to locate your miners.

Jennai
GoonFleet
GoonSwarm
Posted - 2007.06.16 11:08:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: T'Laar Bok
There is no reward worth the risk of mining low sec.



especially when you run the numbers and figure out that all lowsec ore is worse than kernite


 

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