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Blood Stained Stars epic arc?

Khenza Vektara
Republic Military School
Minmatar Republic
#1 - 2016-11-19 14:55:17 UTC
Still worth running? Want to take a break from mission running for a bit and I remember this one was probably the best primers in the game, any changes worth noting?

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Cara Forelli
Caldari Colonial Defense Ministry
Templis CALSF
#2 - 2016-11-19 15:12:20 UTC  |  Edited by: Cara Forelli
Well it's just a chain of missions so it's not really a break from that. Have you considered shooting some other players? Blink

To answer your question I'm not aware of any changes. Should be fairly easy in a frig or destroyer but you might need a hand on the last two missions.

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Tipa Riot
Federal Navy Academy
Gallente Federation
#3 - 2016-11-19 15:15:33 UTC  |  Edited by: Tipa Riot
Still worth, no changes I remember in the Iast three years. My motivation is the faction standing you can choose at the end, ISK still good for newbies. Best ship to run the arc is a T3D.

EDIT: But if you want an actual challange ... go for the pirate epic arcs.

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Alaric Faelen
El Ultimo Hombre
Goonswarm Federation
#4 - 2016-11-19 17:27:52 UTC
it has decent rewards for newer players but is a long and boring grind. It's really aimed at new players taking a tour of high sec more than anything else. If you don't need the rewards, it's not much more than spamming stargates with the occasional shot fired at rats.
Worth doing? I guess if a few mil in rewards and some standing matters to you. Otherwise, there is much more lucrative content to pursue.
If you need a break from mission running, then I can't exactly recommend an arc with 50 or so missions in it. Especially since you will get far more reward just spamming 50 missions for whatever agent you already have standings with. If you are tired of the mission grind- then epic arcs aren't really going to help other than have you traipsing around high sec warping to zero on a gate and hitting jump.

I suggest going nomad and doing anoms/sigs. I personally use a Confessor in high and low sec. It's quick to move around and change systems, it mostly one shots NPC frigates right off the field. The probe launcher fitting bonus means you aren't gimping a fit or need to offline the probe launcher all the time.
Just in high sec a well fitted Confessor will pay for itself in no time with faction/DeD loot drops.
Khenza Vektara
Republic Military School
Minmatar Republic
#5 - 2016-11-19 17:32:51 UTC
Yeah, at the moment I'm just doing the epic arc to get easy ISK and whatnot, plus to reacquaint myself with and develop muscle memory of the combat mechanics of the game. Once that's done, I'll definitely be all over the place acting the fool.

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I hear the roar of the big machine

Two worlds and in between

Hot metal and methedrine...

I hear your empire down

Fatima Foont
#6 - 2016-11-19 19:54:51 UTC
I always found it fun and profitable
Do Little
Bluenose Trading
#7 - 2016-11-19 21:19:10 UTC
I run the arc every 90 days or so for standing - you get an 8% boost with the faction of your choice with no derived loss. I blitz it in an assault frigate - takes a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Alaric Faelen
El Ultimo Hombre
Goonswarm Federation
#8 - 2016-11-19 23:07:33 UTC  |  Edited by: Alaric Faelen
as an aside, I will say the pretty much the same of the faction L4 epic arcs. I did the Minmatar one recently and it was just a glorified version of the SoE. That is- a whole bunch of flying around high sec (snore) and simple missions for less reward than I would have gotten just spamming regular missions. There are about 2 missions that approach a regular L4 in difficulty, the rest I would say are on the level of L1-L2. Other than faction standings gain- I don't see any reason to run epic arcs. (and now that you don't need 8.0 standing to get jump clones with NPCs, even less reason to)

Like any content in Eve, I say go ahead and check it out. But to be honest, epic arcs are just more of the same missioning, and often more about flying around and courier type missions than combat.

As for rewards, other than faction standing, I pulled in much more reward just flying around high sec doing anoms/sigs. In one good evening I scored a couple Mid-Grade Slave implants, several faction and dedspace modules, and a faction armor rep that fetched me tens of millions alone. Far better use of your time than epic arcs, IMO.

The 'branching' aspect of epic arcs is almost false advertising. It's usually just a decision made at the end that determines what loot you get for completing the arc. It has no real bearing on the experience.
Matthias Ancaladron
Imperial Shipment
Amarr Empire
#9 - 2016-11-20 00:21:23 UTC
I'd rather find a decent system with 2-3 agents for the same thing and just running triple missions in that system then come back to cash them in. Takes roughly the same amount of time when your just warping within the system and you get three times the rewards.