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Sam Redshift
Caldari
Posted - 2011.08.19 10:54:00 - [1]
 

Hello all,
I am doing a lot of writing/reading at my PC at home and I am wondering if there are ways to utilise the time by lvl3/4 mission running semi-afk style without being distracted from work every minute. I have read ppl talking about it but have not a clear idea how this can be organised easily.

I would appreciate if you would share some basic strategies how this can be done.

What type of missions can be done semi-afk?
What strategies do you use running them without too much pilot interaction?
What ship types are used for it and what fittings are feasable?
Is there an auto-targeting option in Eve or do you load FOF missiles instead or set drones to aggressive?

If you have any sugestions or links to guides/resources,can you link them, pls.

Thx, Sam

Nomad Vherokic
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.08.19 13:42:00 - [2]
 

Dual-rep Domi + Ogre IIs. You might need to get involved agro-ing spawns at the start, but can then leave the drones to munch their way through the rats...

You can also use an Ishtar (shield or armour tanked) or a Gila for the same purpose. Both can be fitted with unbreakable tanks for Level 4 missions and can carry 5 Ogre IIs with drone bonuses.

Sam Redshift
Caldari
Posted - 2011.08.19 13:54:00 - [3]
 

Originally by: Nomad Vherokic
You can also use an Ishtar (shield or armour tanked) or a Gila for the same purpose. Both can be fitted with unbreakable tanks for Level 4 missions and can carry 5 Ogre IIs with drone bonuses.


Thanks for the advice, Nomad!
Ishtar sounds very good. I am just training up for one as one-in-all exploration ship and a Gila is planned as next step up. So, your suggestion looks very efficient for me Very Happy

Cheers

BearJews
Posted - 2011.08.19 14:34:00 - [4]
 

From what i read, a rattlesnake is quite the afk drone boat/tanker.

Kilrayn
Posted - 2011.08.19 15:41:00 - [5]
 

For afk running, I'd recommend Domi w/t2 ogs over all the rest. Reasons, It's a cheap BS, and it has a greater margin of error compared to an ishtar or other hac/t3 because of its higher armor value (and cost). Yeah, a rattle does have a bigger tank, but it costs about 15 times what a domi does for next to no additional afk dps, not worth it (dam that cost, it keeps popping up... Wink)

Also, do NOT afk in Blood Raider missions, they can cap neut.

Zhilia Mann
Tide Way Out Productions
Posted - 2011.08.19 18:11:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Kilrayn
Yeah, a rattle does have a bigger tank, but it costs about 15 times what a domi does for next to no additional afk dps, not worth it (dam that cost, it keeps popping up... Wink)


FoF missiles aren't that insubstantial. There's no other way to get the additional ~150 DPS out of an afk ship. Hitting F1 and approaching something new every 4.5 minutes shouldn't be all that onerous if you're just alt-tabbed.

But Domi does win on cost. All depends on what you want. Shrug.

Mr Kidd
Posted - 2011.08.19 18:17:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: BearJews
From what i read, a rattlesnake is quite the afk drone boat/tanker.


Was going to suggest the rattlesnake. Haven't used it myself since I hardly mission anymore. But, from the looks of it, it'll tank better than a Domi and with the torps have significantly more DPS with some hislots left over for drone link augmentors to increase drone range. The Domi is rather limited in the missions that you can afk. I'd say about 50% are afkable in a Domi.

Don't forget to train Electronic Warfare Drone Interfacing I. Even if you don't plan on using ECM drones ever it'll add to your control range for all types of drones.

Also, don't forget to use midslot drone navigation computers to increase your drone speed. It really helps with slow ogres.

And, be aware of the missions that switch aggro like Worlds Collide. The NPC there will eat your drones if you're not paying attention.

Sam Redshift
Caldari
Posted - 2011.08.20 14:08:00 - [8]
 

Thx alot for all the great feedback.
I think I will try first the Raven and Domi fits and get my drone skills up :).
Are sentry drones an option or does a mix of drones/fof missiles make a difference?

Cheers,

Kilrayn
Posted - 2011.08.20 15:37:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: Sam Redshift
Thx alot for all the great feedback.
I think I will try first the Raven and Domi fits and get my drone skills up :).
Are sentry drones an option or does a mix of drones/fof missiles make a difference?

Cheers,


Sentries can be a hassle with their optimal range and non-movement, more micro-management if you use em, just use T2 Ogs.

Derath Ellecon
Posted - 2011.08.20 20:31:00 - [10]
 

Originally by: Kilrayn
Originally by: Sam Redshift
Thx alot for all the great feedback.
I think I will try first the Raven and Domi fits and get my drone skills up :).
Are sentry drones an option or does a mix of drones/fof missiles make a difference?

Cheers,


Sentries can be a hassle with their optimal range and non-movement, more micro-management if you use em, just use T2 Ogs.


I don't know that I agree with that. I do have missions where I prefer heavies, but in general I fly a sentry domi and prefer it.

I use 2x fed omni's and my gardes can effectively hit anything cruiser or larger even up close (under 10,000m). So I only occasionally have to release some Hobgoblins to clean up the close up Frigs. At range the sentries practically Instapop the Frigs. The biggest preference are with missions that have multiple waves that aggro drones. If a new wave spawns and your heavies are 30km away, it is annoying to have to recall them and redeploy. With sentries I just scoop them, wait a few seconds and redeploy.

But both work, it is more a matter of preference.

Mr Kidd
Posted - 2011.08.21 03:38:00 - [11]
 

I've tried sentries. It's a micromanagement setup. You can't really leave and come back, you've got to switch, as you've said. I much prefer launching my ogres and doing something completely different to come back to a cleaned room.

Sam Redshift
Caldari
Posted - 2011.08.21 10:46:00 - [12]
 

Great stuff! Thx to all of you for sharing your experience.
Are you just deploying drones all time to clear up the rats or do you support them with FOF missiles in missions with big waves of rats screeming down on you.

Ot are drones just the cost-effective way to go because they just need longer to clear the rats?

Kesshisan
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.08.22 06:13:00 - [13]
 

FoF missiles will shoot at your drones sometimes. 5x Ogres IIs have plenty of damage to clear any level 4 eventually. Using my Gila I have no problem afking missions without spawns. Missions with spawns, I half-afk. I usually watch a video in the other window and pay attention when we get down to the last few battleships.

Note: You will need to pick and choose your missions in order to truly afk run missions. Also if you go the Gila route, many missions will require you to take out all the webbers before going afk. Usually your drones will aggro the frigates first, but when there are 15 frigates and only 5 webbers, you'll want to manually target the frigates first.

Sometimes it takes me 20 minutes to get an entire room cleared of webbers and completely aggrod (I'm looking at you, World's Collide Gurisats side.) But after that I can go afk orbiting the gate and come back in ~30 minutes to an empty room save me and my drones.

ValentinaDLM
Minmatar
Ubi Concordia Ibi Victoria
Posted - 2011.08.22 20:49:00 - [14]
 

Originally by: Kilrayn
For afk running, I'd recommend Domi w/t2 ogs over all the rest. Reasons, It's a cheap BS, and it has a greater margin of error compared to an ishtar or other hac/t3 because of its higher armor value (and cost). Yeah, a rattle does have a bigger tank, but it costs about 15 times what a domi does for next to no additional afk dps, not worth it (dam that cost, it keeps popping up... Wink)

Also, do NOT afk in Blood Raider missions, they can cap neut.



I AFK blood missions with a gila, the cap neuting isn't too much of an issue since you can just set a very wide orbit, and move much faster than all the ships involved. Though, you do have to kill the webbers before walking away from your computer. though I would agree for the most part, the domi has the best bang for the buck.

Sam Redshift
Caldari
Posted - 2011.08.23 07:29:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: ValentinaDLM
I AFK blood missions with a gila, the cap neuting isn't too much of an issue since you can just set a very wide orbit, and move much faster than all the ships involved. Though, you do have to kill the webbers before walking away from your computer. though I would agree for the most part, the domi has the best bang for the buck.


Thx to all of you for the great advice. So, it seems for flying the Domi efficiently I need to get my armor tanking skills up to being able to fit a T2 tank *sigh*. Actually I can only fit T2 shield tanks Rolling Eyes.

Jak Silverheart
Minmatar
Posted - 2011.08.23 09:22:00 - [16]
 

Started afk flying a Gila, it works but it is slow but thats to be expected. Thing can tank like there is no tommrow with a full passive fit, FoF missiles on it are a joke with 3 missiles hardpoints but its better than nothing. If I had to choose a ship to afk fly in, it be the Domi, it's just too cheap and effective. Granted the Rattlesnake would be better in my opinion but the Domi is cheaper and isn't painful if you lose it while flying AFK. The rattlesnake on the other hand would be painful.


 

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