I always found PVE incredibly dull, and true industry (i.e. making things) was hard and complex and required me to spend a lot of skills and time on something other than cool stuff like Recons and HACs. So early on in my Eve career I discovered that I could make enough to get by as a newbie hauler, and when Tyrannis launched the transition to PI was pretty natural. As a mostly passive pursuit it also fit well with my limited availability and the rules Eve University imposes on its players during wartime (which is about 75% of the time, for those of you not familiar with E-UNI). The Minmatar haulers got the job done – I named them after the workhorses they are. Without them I would have been forced to do something horrible. Like mining.
Mule and Burro, Wreathe-Class Light Industrials
While the Wreathe is not a spectacular vessel in any sense of the word, it hauls well and moves quickly. Therefore it was my ship of choice when moving a large quantity (count, not volume) of random items quickly between Hek/Eystur and either Rens or the Aldrat/Nein area. Mule was my original Wreathe from the tutorial, and has served me well for a very long time. However, the better my skills got the less utility they had compared to larger ships, until eventually I got rid of Burro and used Mule only on rare occasions, usually specific to the run to Rens.
Connestoga, Hoarder-Class Medium Industrial
For a long time, I never had a Hoarder. I had a Wreathe for light work and a Mammoth for heavy work, so why bother? When I finally made an alt specifically for hauling to avoid punishment for not following E-UNI wartime rules, I started the alt out with a Hoarder. And immediately wondered why I was still flying a Wreathe around for any purpose whatsoever. With good baseline skills the Hoarder handles almost as well and can carry a hell of a lot more. The Wreathes went into mothballs and the Hoarders became my main source-to-market haulers for average size loads. It also was my main late-stage PI hauler when I didn’t have to wait full weeks before pickup and could do a quick run that didn’t require the massive cargo bay of my Mammoth.
Percheron, Mammoth-Class Heavy Industrial
Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my long love affair with Percheron, my Mammoth from the tutorial. Amazingly, I have kept this ship alive ever since the tutorial despite its primary mission being PI hauling in Lowsec. Even more amusingly, my hauler alt has lost four of these ships, but my main has never lost one. At some level this is due to game skill levels, and at some level due to choice of systems in which they work. She is as long as 14 (American) football fields, and with four cargohold expanders she carries nearly 20,000 m3 in cargo and is the ship of choice for hauling PI when I’ve been off PVPing and just resetting the extractors every day. When it all piles up, the Mammoth is my tool of choice.
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