Well, I may have missed the boat during my first tour of duty at AMC, but It's looking very much like I'll be able to redeem myself a bit, soon™ as the title implies. Back in spring 2009 Apocrypha came out and the industrial heads were going head-first into T3 production, at a time when the market was so nuts over wormhole products that strategic cruisers were more expensive than the average dreadnought. Being on the poor side because of full-time PvP and not being very interested in much of anything else at the time, I put off T3 ships to a much farther future and was content with killing pirates and colony intruders. It wasn't until late 2009 that I hit a big enough PvP burn-out to feel like doing stuff in EVE other than killing other players' ships and pods. Getting into industry is not something that appealed to me, even slightly, but doing a few missions, exploration, and travelling just for the hell of it, all mixed in with a bit of PvP of course, that called to me and I even enjoyed it! So all this mix of activities prepared me better for a second stint in wormhole space better than all the PvP in the world.
And here we are now, a few weeks after settling into Chaos Central and even after what could be considered a huge loss, I'm barely feeling the hit. Instead of buying and fitting a new Sleipnir I just took the one I was using to run missions (which had gotten to be once in a blue moon anyway), took out the myriad of faction modules and replaced then with T2, and voila, Sinister Footwear left Balginia for W-space. That way I can use a ship that was starting to collect dust, spend a minimal amount of ISK to refit it, and still be able to keep the Sleeper salvage that will go into... drum roll please... my first Loki!
Yes I could have gotten one much earlier if I had participated more in W-space ops last year but my legendary lack of patience caused me to want to do something else in order to not get bored, and I got bored anyway. I could also blame other activities like post-separation parenting, flight and race simluation, and lately Mechwarrior4, but I'll just blame myself for being too lazy to make myself a better plan in EVE. I don't usually build or have ships built for me, especially since I've been flying T2 ships almost exclusively; I remember my shock when I first joined AMC and someone lost a ship (don't remember who or which... getting too old!) and said "oh well, I guess I have to build another one". I was like "Huh.... dude... Rens... Amarr... JITA ?!?!". And another part of me was also saying "Huh... spare?!". I guess it's one of the little things that make the difference between an industrialist and a fighter jock :)
So of course, like all my big/expensive ships I get for the first time, this baby will get the Turtle Wax treatment every other day, and will be flown very carefully in relative safety, but yes I'll be keeping the Sleipnir handy just in case I get tired/stupid and lose it to another tourney team! The thing that I find a bummer in EVE though is that those ships make awesome PvP ships, but if you do a lot of PvP you can't make enough ISK to buy 'em, much less lose 'em; rich fucks buying GTCs are rich fucks, and crazies with 5+ accounts need a life. I guess I have to get used to making more ISK than I lose ships; It's easy to say "just use T1 ships for PvP" but when you know how much more fun it is to go faster, tackle easier, hit harder, and all that fun stuff it's even easier to say "screw it, I'll use the Vaga!". I still need a spare or two of those... I guess some Sleepers need to die for a good cause :))
Cheap or expensive, fly the crap out of it