After being somewhat skittish about it for several days (hey, 8 million ISK is a lot of money for me,) I finally ran my first level 2 mission tonight, a version of the Pirate Infestation mission that I’d run several times before. Two deadspace pockets each with two groups of pirate frigates led by a cruiser and/or an ace.
It was more time-consuming than most level 1 missions are. But I ran it handily although I went fairly deep into armor at one point, and after all was said and done, I had about a million more ISK to my name than I did before I ran it – despite taking a big hit on the repair bill. This is because I cannot currently fit an Armor Repairer into this configuration, so unless I want to dock, strip out my artillery, fit a repper, undock and camp outside the station for ten minutes, I need to utilize the repair shop. Obviously, I will be looking into whatever skill it is that lets me fit Armor Repairers and/or artillery with less powergrid.
Other than that, it went just fine.
UPDATE: I’ve managed to fit an Armor Repper by trading out two of the artillery pieces for Autocannons. I know it’s a lousy idea to mix and match weapons, especially with radically different ranges, but the agility of the Rupture is such that I don’t think I can get close-in, so I need stuff that can batter from range. Noted the need to get Drones skill up – the Rupture has a nice-sized drone bay available.