I don’t have much experience with contracts in EVE. A few years ago I a submitted a contract for my first cruiser, the Vexor. I wanted it cheaper than what was on the Market Place at that time and delivered to my home station. Shortly after outfitting my blockade runner, the Viator, I did two small courier contracts. However, the inherent danger of being setup for a kill or ransom was more risk than I wanted in my life at the time, so I promptly exited the courier trade.
In the past, when I’ve received a new ship from a corporation, I’ve taken them from the corporate hanger bare. It’s just the ship – not modules. Color me surprised when I received my first allotment of ships from Aideron Robotics via a contract.
I was busying looking for our standard Atron setup on the forums when a notification popped up about a contract. I opened the contracts interface; saw multiple ships and all of the fittings needed. Wow, that’s great that they send you the modules you’re expected to use. EVEN BETTER is that the ships are pre-fitted!
Yep, after accepting the contract the pre-fitted ships were dropped into my personal ship hanger ready to rock-n-roll. This is an excellent way to provide consistency within the fleet. More importantly, it’s an outstanding way to train new recruits. That’s assuming the recruit has a wee bit of a clue.
Comparing what I’d read on EVEUni about the Atron and reading the information dialog for each of the modules pre-fitted in to the ship, I knew the role I’d be expected to play when piloting this ship. Catch > hold > DPS and in that order. This method of delivering ships to members is excellent. No questions or confusion – here’s what you fly and how it’s configured.
I appreciate the allotment of free ships to get me starting in FW. Investigating what else was out there for contract, I saw Tristans and Vexors, ships I have experience flying and enjoy. From the corporation listings, I purchased one of each from my own funds. I left my Vexors behind in Hek and a couple of Tristans in Arnon. Seeing how Aideron fits them was educational. I also noticed it’s where they start using the higher priced T2 options which is why you don’t fly them until you obtain a decent amount of PVP experience. Otherwise, it’s just a bigger go-boom price tag.