... but man I miss my battleship.
I decided to try a level four mission in my passively tanked Drake since I've heard from sources that some level fours can be done by the Caldari tier 2 battlecruiser. Of course, I draw an Angel Extravaganza mission. Sigh.
The good news is I can do the first two rooms. The bads news is I don't know about rooms 3 and beyond because it takes so long I run out of playing time. I'm making some money and salvage but at some point it is taking too long. I need a battleship.
I've got four options when it comes to battleships, each with their advantages and disadvantages.
Scorpion: Cheapest option, no training required, but low damage output and not designed for mission running.
Raven: Popular mission boat, cheaper than a Rokh, missiles don't worry about range, but would require training to get Cruise missile skills.
Rokh: I've got the skills and experience with the beast, but by far the most expensive to purchase and not best at close range mission fighting which killed me last time.
Gallente BS: A Dominix with drones is a popular missioning boat and not too expensive, but would require lots of training for both the ship and the skills.
After a lot of thought, I've decided the fastest and cheapest way to make good ISK is with the mission running Raven, certified by the Eve crowd as the best mission boat out there. Cruise missiles will require some training but by the time I have the money to buy a Raven and outfit it, I should be ready or close to it.