A couple weeks of great successes with mining and even lowbie combat made my friends and myself far too optimistic about our chances in low-security space. If you were curious, a well-equipped PvP frigate can erase an Iteron Mark IV and its pod in about 20 seconds, give or take.
90 million ISK worth of ship, rigs, and implants is a bitter lesson. We will be confining ourselves to high-sec for the foreseeable future! Errors or bad assumptions we made:
- We were not valuable enough to kill. Clearly, this was not the case. Leaderboards are sufficient motivation.
- Lone griefers were not going to be the cause of PvP death. We believed this up until we were podkilled by a single frigate.
- PvP gangs would give us sufficient warning just by arriving. This was almost true — we just didn’t realize that red-highlighted player was our death, but we certainly would have been able to warp out.