I logged into Dust again – you seem to get rewarded for doing that daily.
I wasn’t interested in joining a battle – I had set myself just one goal. Find some skills to train.
I read a few forum and blog posts about what I should start focusing on first. I can’t say I was left particularly confident with any of the suggestions. Why advise a player to get to rank 5 on one particular skill ASAP? Surely there are a dozen other core skills which you should aim to get to rank 3 or 4 before getting your first rank 5 skill? That seemed to be tone of the advice – it wasn’t really about what new players should do, it was what a min/max player should do on their second or third dust toon. If I found something that seemed to make sense, the comment section was full of conflicting advice.
So what was the first problem I had to address? I was dying too quickly in game to get a chance to work out the controls. Answer? Try to improve my tank.
While there are core skills to increase your shield and armour, they influence the base statistics of your drop suit in small incremental lots. I had very little ISK to play around with, so the best bang for my training buck at this point seemed to be just to wear a heavier dropsuit with more HP. ISK and SP spent, I can now wear medium dropsuits.
I purchased a small number of them and used the rather inaccurate feeling fitting window to set up some Militia gear load outs. By my calculation I have a couple battles worth of these fit outs which – if I dual tank, give me about double the HP I had in my first battle. I should last 4 seconds instead of 2, which might just let me learn a little more. However – dual tanking. Is that as horrible in Dust as it is in EVE? Do people look or scan your fitting, or see it on a killboard, and laugh loudly while quickly putting you on their ban list? Or can you get away with this while you are fumbling around trying to learn things?