Does anyone have experience with Low Sec PvE, be it ratting, mining or mission running? If so, how do you feel about it? Is the risk vs reward great enough? I'm not in a 0.0 Corp and the over crowding in Caldari mission space is getting to be too much for me, there for I'm looking for alternatives.
mull [ Editor ]
Low sec is a lot safer than people would have you believe. If you have a scout, keep an eye on local and use your scanner properly it is relatively hard for you to be caught. You are fairly safe at gates if you scout ahead, preferably in a covert ops. In a safe/mission/exploration site if you scan every 15 secs for probes/ships you will be able to get out before someone can scan you out and warp in on you, especially if you leave your scout 100k off the acceleration gate. Obviously try to keep to the less populated areas.
Exploration can be very profitable in low sec, bearing in mind than exploration is never going to be a guaranteed income. Personally I have made 3 billion in a few hours or only 200 million in a week, it's all luck of the draw.
Level 5 missions in low sec can also be very profitable, basically each mission will make you 50-75 million isk and the majority will take about 30 mins (some will take hours, some 5 mins). The trick with level 5's is to only accept missions which can be blitzed/are easy. To this end it helps to get the required standings with more than one character. Only accept missions close by to minimise the amount of time you are slow boating around between gates. Also as always fly what you can afford to lose, the majority of level 5 missions can be run with a shield tanked hic for tank and something with dps + a little bit of RR for when you mess up (you will need 500 dps plus).
Basically if you are careful, keep your eyes open and have a scout alt low sec is safe and the rewards for pve over high sec can make up for the few loses you might incur. However it is not easy mode like high sec.