"... I got that 'excited/scared' feeling. Like 98% excited, 2% scared. Or maybe it's more - It could be two - it could be 98% scared, 2% excited but that's what makes it so intense, it's so - confused. I can't really figure it out." - Oscar, Armageddon
There's something addictive about running missions. Every time I hit the 'request mission' button there's that moment of excitement/panic while the screen reloads. What will it be? Another Damsel to save or will it be an Anomic?
And then there's the inevitable result. It's either a feeling of disappointment/relief if it's another vanilla lvl4. Or it's a feeling of 'oh crap' when it's an Anomic, ... a mix of panic and excitement and a little apprehension.
I've been reminded a few times lately that in the early days, EVERY lvl4 had this mix of feelings. Many missions could be solo'd in a meta4 Raven. Many couldn't. Some missions needed a few buddies. Some missions just straight got declined. Thanks to perfect skills, gang bonuses, and min/max fits, today we chase lvl4's in HACs, Tech3s, and BCs.
Some people complain that Burners are too hard. While I don't like losing ships, I'll say that for me they're tuned about right. Any harder, and I'd punt most. Any easier, and you wouldn't get the semi-addictive emotional rollercoaster that comes with clicking buttons.