I spent the morning trying to make some ISK. I failed for the most part. Not put out, I logged everyone off but Sugar and my little industry character. She had stuff to do reference her industrial abilities. I was then sending her a few regions over to set up a secondary spot to haul in a particular ore with a particular mineral need in it.
CCP has given me the option to mine almost risk free without paying much attention. It is ridiculously easy to mine these days. However that is not my rant or my story.
I had her out chomping up the ore that she needed. My little retriever is tanked. In my primary window I've been writing. Its been a productive evening for that. My first little random fictional entry is almost finished.
As NPC rats pop up I kill them. I've never been one for sitting there and tanking the damage. Plus, the flickers of red bother me. I noticed that one NPC was 30k off of me. It was not approaching. A second look made me blink. It was a hauler spawn.
Exciting. Hauler spawns are NPC haulers that carry minerals. I turned my retriever and took chase. However, it was faster then I was and stayed 30k off of me. My targeting range was also very poor. I couldn't catch it. I had given up a prop mod for tank. Frustrated, I warped off and warped back. Still, I was to far away and unable to catch it.
There was only one answer.
My industry character cannot fly much worth a damn. She can T2 tank a barge. However, she does have T2 combat drones. I docked up, ran to the next system in a pod, spawned a noobship, hopped into it, went back, loaded up the Velator with its two drones. I tried to fit a prop mod but I have not learned anything for that! My natrual noobship speed would have to do. I undocked.
This was going to go down. This hauler would be mine. There was only so fast that it was going to be. But was it still there? Had someone else noticed the deliciousness that was free minerals floating out in space asking to be exploded?
I landed with my noob ship and started my approach. It tried to flee again but my noob ship burned in at a flaming 300mps. I had tried to put a prop mod on it but I didn't have the skill training for it. Whoops. Now, bare to the world for all but its noobship basic skills I burned for the hauler my gaze intent and hand ready.
As I got close enough I targeted and released my drones. My two warriors swept down upon it and started to pewpew it to death. Suddenly, a support ship appeared! My Velator was agile and raced away. My civilian gun rattled off shots of something that never runs out! The hauler was down. Quickly my drones refocused and shredded the assistance ship.
I approached the wreck and my reward? 12k of Trit! Free minerals! I tucked it into my cargo hold and headed back to the station. Content.
I'm going to go back to writing now before MacG finds out I stopped and drags me back off to my fiction.