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Dusting down the old Nightmare, and not getting ganked

About 10 years ago I made an L4 mission runner Nightmare alt to fund my PvP main, and a Gnosis alt to salvage. About 9 years ago I went AFG "for a bit", not least because my main trained Recon V and my alt couldn't fund that without it becoming a slog. About 2 months ago Clear Skies showed up on my youtube recommendations and I was forced to re-sub.

This time, I have a real job and I'm going to do money -> plex -> isk, no L4s. Except… I want to do the epic arcs and a few other bits for standings. So, dusting off the 2011 Nightmare…

Imperial Navy Heat Sink Imperial Navy Heat Sink Imperial Navy Heat Sink Tracking Enhancer II Tracking Enhancer II Tracking Enhancer II Dread Guristas X-Large Shield Booster 100MN Afterburner II Shield Boost Amplifier I Multispectrum Shield Hardener II Multispectrum Shield Hardener II Multispectrum Shield Hardener II Heavy Capacitor Booster II, Cap Booster 800 Tachyon Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency L Tachyon Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency L Tachyon Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency L Tachyon Beam Laser II, Imperial Navy Multifrequency L Small Tractor Beam I  Large Capacitor Control Circuit I Large Capacitor Control Circuit I Large Capacitor Control Circuit I Hammerhead II x5 Hobgoblin II x5 Inherent Implants 'Squire' Capacitor Systems Operation EO-603 Eifyr and Co. 'Gunslinger' Motion Prediction MR-703 Inherent Implants 'Squire' Capacitor Management EM-803 Eifyr and Co. 'Gunslinger' Surgical Strike SS-903 Inherent Implants 'Lancer' Large Energy Turret LE-1003 

The AB + guns run for about 5 mins, and the cap booster fuels the burst tank as needed. I use mission-specific hardeners.

I have done the epic arcs with that fit on Sisi and it was all OK, but I wouldn't want much weaker. I could just go with it, but a modest revision is in order:

  • T2 shield boost amplifiers are now better than T1 (they weren't in 2011), so I'll train them. Especially because…
  • Since the resist nerfs, 2 hardeners + 2 shield boost amps is usually better than 3+1
  • Semiconductor Memory Cells would work better now, but not a huge difference
  • Cap booster 3200s are now available
  • There are MJDs now, but it seems a mission Nightmare has little use for them

So, I could update my fit, no issues. Except… there is a hell of a lot more ganking now, and this thing needs to fly the pipes and mission in some popular places. I scout on the blockade runner alt, I travel fit the Nightmare (MWD, cloak, buffer, istabs) and give the faction modules to the alt, I use https://eve-gatecheck.space/. I feel reasonably good about avoiding the "Friday night gank an empty freighter in Uedama" crowd. But a planned gank would get me, or at least I would get me if I was a ganker.

So, finally, the question: is my fit worth it for the sort of people who'll track you to a mission system and probe you?

I don't think so, I think those guys will use their time on marauders with Pith-this and Gist-that. But maybe I'm over-optimistic. In which case, I could downgrade it all to T2 and use implants to cover the gap.

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