Edited by: Panch0Villa on 27/06/2007 19:49:19
To sum it up:
Each agent works for a corporation. You have a certain level of "Standing" with the agent, and its corporation. Standing is important because it determines whether or not you are trustworthy enough to be entrusted with a mission.
Thus, you must start with a Level I (1) agent, and they give you L1 missions. These start you off with weak NPC's and relatively easy missions. As you continue to carry out more and more missions, your "Standing" with the agent as well as the corporation will rise. Corporation
standing is important because it modifies your ability to work with other agents.
All but the lowest agents have a standings requirement. You must right click on the agent and "Show Info" to look it up. Once in the info section, look at the "Agent Info" tab and scroll to the bottom. There, it will state the required standing that you will need before you can work for that agent. Again, all but the lowest agents have a standings requirement before they will give you missions.
Agent info will also reveal their "Quality" and their "Level." Level I agents, as mentioned, hand out missions you can complete in a frigate; Level II, Cruisers; Level III, Battlecruisers, and Level IV, Battleships. This is because the higher level agents give you missions that pit you against stronger/more NPC's, and the NPC's get smarter as you move on. Obviously, rewards increase dramatically as you move up in Levels.
Agents with different "Qualities" will give you missions of equal difficulty, but will have better standings increases as Agent Quality goes up. Agent quality is/can be modified by your social skills, and if you are doing missions, you are highly encouraged to train those skills up, specifically, Social, Negotiation, and Connections, because you will notice a big increase in your standings and standings gain.
The Eve Players Guide explains quality
Agent quality primarily affects how much faction standing for the agent's corporation you will get as a reward for completing missions for the agent. Many players think it is rewards like ISK and items. For the most part agent ISK/item rewards are based off agent "level" and not "quality."
Remember, that to obtain better ISK/Item rewards, you need higher "Level" agents. The fastest way to higher level agents, is to use good "quality" agents
The sneaky part is that poor quality; level 2 agents give better rewards and faction towards the next level of agent level 3, then any Level 1 good, quality agent, when considering getting to a Level 3 agent of any quality.
so stick with agents of higher quality in the same level to get bigger standings increases, and you will move faster to the next level.