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From the first time I ever joined a combat fleet, I fell in love with the danger and excitement of hunting and being hunted in low security space.  It is how we capsuleers measure our skill and cunning against one another.  It is also an expensive pastime.  One must find a way to pay for ships lost in battle, and to keep our cargo holds stocked with the best ammo, and our drone bays stocked with drones.  We must keep our medical clones up to date, our ships insured, and pay for an increasingly expensive supply of skillbooks, drugs, and implants, all to give us that slight edge that can mean the difference between life and death in battle. This all requires the almighty ISK, a necessary evil.

I am not particularly adept at earning the amounts of isk necessary to afford to keep my hangers well stocked with the best equipment. I lack the skills to join my corpmates who earn money fighting incursions. I lack the skills and standings to take on the most lucrative mission contracts.  I often find myself outclassed against the pirates with the most lucrative bounties. I need to find a way to earn a living, hopefully without sacrificing to much time I could be spending participating in combat fleets. It is for this reason that I must go back to basics.

I need to go back to flying less expensive ships.  I have just as much fun, and have just as many opportunities to join fleets flying inexpensive fast tackle ships. I can stock a hanger full of these ships with less than an hour a day of patrolling for bounties.  I would love to jump in to more advanced ship classes, capable of taking on the toughest missions, and chasing down the most lucrative bounties, but I have already proven to myself time and again, that with my current skills, this only leads to expensive ship losses, that I cannot afford to replace.

Are there things I could be doing to earn ISK more efficiently with my current skills? I am sure there are, and I will keep searching for new ways to do so, but I feel that right now I mostly need to focus on keep my costs down.  My corp provides me with free frigates, so for right now, those are what I should be flying.  I can still participate in fleets, and get on killmails in these ships.  I can still earn ISK patrolling my home system for pirates.  I guess what it comes down to is that I just need to have patience while I build up skills.  Having to have patience sucks.

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