so here's the math as I had it in my head: 500k x Fleet members = total pay out. Of course I was wrong I didn't account for it being 500k/site.
now Isk isn't everything. I can make 10M Isk/hour mining but if I'm doing that alone then it super boring. I can get things exciting by jumping into wormholes but I have a perfect record of getting my ship blown up in wormholes.
So that was my preconceived notions. my first time picketing (3 days ago) I did it while I spent time reading and letting my character train and learning about other things in the game.
First of all, for a new player the isk is AMAZING!
Secondly the conversation and listening to the mumble chat is great. This is a very good way to pass the time.
Thirdly, The regular incursion runners were willing and able to teach me. I learned how to camp on the gate, and how to move up the ladder to scout once I have the ship and I would like to move up to this role
I learned how to do fleet boss work and try to maintain a wait list while watching a gate and listening to chat.
but most importantly, I had a ton of fun doing this.
I'm impressed by the 2 FCs that I have worked with both K950 (who is responsible for me trying this out) and Logan Zauber (Day 3 FC) I understand this is PvE but I didn't think they could be so efficiently run. I'll be honest I still don't fully understand exactly what is happening based on the Mumble comms but I am slowly learning.
I'm humbled by the donations of isk I have received. The work has been easy, but I realize the importance of watching the gate. I hope I can get better at the fleet boss roll to make a larger contribution
So top ten things to do while working as a picket:
1. WATCH the GATE
2. WATCH Local
3. listen to mumble
4. play with skill plans in evemon (on a second screen)
5. Rotate your camera then Panic when the gate isn't on screen
6. There is no 6 (I'm still trying to figure this out)
7. buy skill books ont he market for all your Alts, spend the isk, you deserve it
8. take up fleet boss and create awesome cool people lists
9. try to google FC words like Toma and Auga, Shmels???
10. play with Pyfa and enter in all the fits people X up with.
So some advice for a future picket player:
turn blink off on the unimportant channels you are watching.
Local is a separate window
and most important ask questions and get involved you create your own content
I had a blast