I’m an industrialist. I’m a carebear at heart. That doesn’t mean I abhor fighting and hold in contempt the martial arts. Nothing could be further from the truth. I simply choose a path of serenity and peaceful coexistence. I defend myself when I must.
But the universe is changing. Change itself is neither good nor bad. Change is only inevitable. As markets rise and fall, so does peaceful coexistence swing from one extreme to the other. Life is a pendulum, first favoring one side and then doubling back on itself to pursue the other. Without external influences, it will eventual come to rest – entropic equilibrium. It is naive to believe that will ever happen. The universe is full of agents provocateur whose actions continually reinvigorate the pendulum. It’s as close to perpetual motion as we’ll ever come.
Soon the pendulum will begin it’s climb again. Life will be different. I’ll still be an industrialist, for in chaos there is profit, but those profits may be harder to obtain and even more difficult to retain. The new era requires a different mindset. I will not say a military mindset. That is for grand alliances and empires to ponder. But just as the mountain man existed side-by-side with the First Nations, adopting their wisdom to survive, so must tomorrow’s industrialist adapt or die.
Enough of philosophy though. The time for philosophical pursuits is fast ending. Onward to the subject at hand. I recently undertook a foray into WH space. I took the Prinz Eugen into an unoccupied C3 and blew up a Sleeper battleship and cruiser. It was lucrative. However, it became clear to me that the Prinz Eugen was not a hit and run fit. He could tank the Sleepers well enough but needed more DPS in order to deal with more than a couple Sleepers at a time and do so in a timely enough manner as to not draw attention from more itinerant and dangerous inhabitants.
So, now for the part where I need some advice.The point is to keep overhead down and to maximize return on investment. Keep that in mind. I don’t want to spend a fortune to make a fortune. That’s a sum-zero fool’s equation. With that in mind, take a look at these two Drake fits.
They cost about the same. They do about the same DPS. One has a better tank and the other less signature radius. Which of these would you take into a WH? Does the smaller signature radius make that much difference? Is it enough to make up for the lack of tank and capacitor? How would you make a better anti-Sleeper Drake?