Much better, thanks!
Although I made it to 187 as an engineer with none of that stuff except concrete cushions, electronicums, and carbonum armor, but I’ve created a new engineer of the opposite faction and will test out your advice to see if it’s easier. Paid account, so pretty much missed all Rubi-Ka content since I was in SL, but that started to really hurt in Scheol, so maybe I should have gone to things like ToTW before it was too late.
The most important factors helping me level my engineer was having an MP alt buffing my pet casting abilities, and a trader alt to buff my weapons equipping capability, although in hindsight, only the MP alt was necessary (for newbs reading this, that’s because metaphysicists tremendously buff nanoskills, even at relatively low levels. You will need NCU to allow other toons to buff you, hence the emphasis on getting as much NCU as you can. A fixer heal over time nano will make you nearly invincible, a class that I notice does run by buffing more than any other class - thank you fixers for that! - but it will require a lot of NCU capacity for them to be able to cast it on you. They will also try to cast a dizzying run speed buff on you, even more NCU). But I’ll try your advice on my new engineer, after I get this one to 200, and report back then.
Thanks so much for doing this and for all your advice. My survivability is much improved now and I’m having much more fun with my engineer now than before I met you here!
P.S. with respect to the chapter 4.7 advice, I’d recommend not begging, but rather trying to sell some of the items you recommended they collect that are tradeable. I’ve paid newbs for things I don’t need that they were selling, whereas I’d ignore a beggar.