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Berrik Flux
Posted - 2007.11.23 16:29:00 - [1]

I would like to be able to employ an R&D agent for each faction. I have a few questions regarding this:

1. By training Diplomacy to a high enough level will I be able to get positive faction standing for all 4 factions? I think I've seen a post saying that with lvl 5 you could get a +1.0 standing with all 4. If that is correct, is that enough standing?

2. Assuming that question 1 is correct, and I begin to run missions and storylines for say a Caldari R&D corp, will my Diplomacy offset the negative standing decrease I would get for Gallente?

3. If this all works, would I be able to employ a lvl 4 R&D from each faction? Barring that I have the skills and the standings? Or will I only be able to get a lvl 1 maybe lvl 2 because of the whole increase - decrease circle?

4. If I've confused anyone I'll try asking in a different way. ugh

Thanks in advance

Posted - 2007.11.23 16:39:00 - [2]

Diplomacy only raises negative factions, and connections raises positive ones (if you have -0.2 faction and 4.0 to a corp in that faction, diplomacy will affect that corp's standing)

If you rotate storylines you can theoretically have mid to high positive to all 4 main factions, in practice it's far too annoying for any but the most masochistic to bother with.

You need corp standings to use R&D agents, faction standings are not enough (though if you have the faction standings the corp requirement is a bit lower).

Why do you want L4 R&D from all factions? any 2 aligned factions have plenty of L4 R&D agents.

Berrik Flux
Posted - 2007.11.23 16:54:00 - [3]

Thanks for the information. I know about Connections and Diplomacy only raising negative. Forgot to add the Connection part to my post.

I was wanting R&D agents for each faction to give me a broader range of data cores. I will be selling these at first for ISK to fund my invention efforts, afterwards they will all be going to invention. I don't want to gimp myself with only be able to do invention with on faction.

Do the same type of data cores, eg. Gallente starship ones and Caldari starship ones, go for the same price? Could I just use Gallente R&D agents, and sell their data cores for the same Caldari ones? Basically just trading them through buy and sell orders?

Venkul Mul
Posted - 2007.11.23 20:04:00 - [4]

I think Gallente datacores, for now are a bit higher priced, for the hulks. But the differences in prices in the different regions are higher.

It is not difficult to keep reasonably balanced standing with the four factions if you do combat missions only against pirates, my invention character had between +2 and +4 (after connection) with all 4 major faction.

Use Cribba tool for finding the best agents when running the missions possibly getting the last mission before a storyline from a agent in the same station of a storyline agent from the R&D corp.

Posted - 2007.11.23 21:54:00 - [5]

other than <racial> starship engineering each faction has every core available, and as mentioned, gallente are worth slightly more due to hulks.

Gaius Sejanus
Federal Navy Academy
Posted - 2007.11.23 22:33:00 - [6]

I was wanting R&D agents for each faction to give me a broader range of data cores.

The only "range" you could be talking about here are the racial ship engineering skills. Everything else is spread out among all 4 races.

Berrik Flux
Posted - 2007.11.24 00:07:00 - [7]

Thanks for all the replies.

I'll be running courier missions, so I won't have to worry about combat with other faction ships.

One last question, if I may: 16 mission for X Corp, you get a storyline mission for Y Corp. What determines which corp gives you the storyline? Is it completely random? Is there anything I can do to help out on which corp gives me a storyline mission?

Posted - 2007.11.24 00:41:00 - [8]

the closest storyline agent to the last mission before the storyline

Berrik Flux
Posted - 2007.11.24 01:09:00 - [9]

Thank you for that.

So if I can find a storyline agent close to an agent that I want to work for, in a way I can pick where my storylines come from. Although I'm sure it probably won't work out the way I want it to all the time, but now I know and I can be on the look out for it.

Thanks again to all that responded

Fly safe!

Posted - 2007.11.24 03:03:00 - [10]

the closest storyline agent of the same faction (random amongst equidistant agents)

Falka Lakadaka
Posted - 2007.11.24 09:08:00 - [11]

If you get the storylines right and always take the 16th mission from the right agent, you can increase two NPC corp standings almost in parallel.

I can't remember which exact corporations it was, but I was trying to raise standings with Duvolle for jump clones and I think Creodron for refining (or it might have been Astral and Creodron both for refining). But I found a sweet deal in one system where I was able to run missions for one and storylines for the other.


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