Friday, May 4, 2018

Battle of the Serengeti

As you all maybe aware, I'm back playing EVE and having fun with a great crew in Wspace.

Some of my most memorable fights are desperate small gang fights that involve both sides reshipping, warping out, dying, putting mass on holes, using wormhole mechanics to your advantage and just going totally nuts like ship loss isn't a thing!

Though my least read posts are always my battle reports, they are by far my favorite to write... so if you don't like stupid PVP don't bother reading any further.

Battle of the Serengeti

I call it this because of the mild shit talking I did while I was trying to get a fight with a newly rolled static connection.

Its early EST and I'm the only one on other than some guy that was just logged in long enough to do PI.

I jump my cloaky legion into the newly rolled hole and see a Rorq on scan. Now I can't hope to solo one of those, even if I did ping, my EUTZ / AM EST TZ is minor at best. So, I do what any person looking for a hopeless fight would do, ship my alt into an Incursus and fly around their wormhole trying to start shit.

While I'm flying around their hole, I see a Loki and Cheetah jump from their static connection. They drop probes and quickly find our K162 to their home. In random hopes of possibly killing a Loki with my incursus and scout legion, I proceed to bait on our K162 with the incusus. Maybe they didn't see the Legion, but I'll take a T3 scout vs T3 scout fight with incursus assist any day of the week.

They don't bite, they just jump the Cheetah into our home, so I figure I'll chase with the Incursus.

This is the local chat after I miss the decloak.

NOTE: I was kind of punchy, hadn't had my coffee yet and was feeling weird.

[ 2018.05.04 14:37:35 ] Sir Lomax > the deadly incursus stalks its prey...
[ 2018.05.04 14:38:49 ] Sir Lomax > its prey, completely confused by the incursus's use of speed and cunning, hides.. doesn't drop probes, yet watchs.. and waits.. for the axe to fall...
[ 2018.05.04 14:39:57 ] Sir Lomax > is it a solo hunter? or does it have a pack of deadly fellow incursus to assist in the kill, only an excessive amount of time will tell
[ 2018.05.04 14:40:43 ] Sir Lomax > will its loki pack mate assist? or leave it to die on the sarengetteee?
[ 2018.05.04 14:43:15 ] Sir Lomax > Confused by its preys lack of movement or action the deadly incursus retires to its den
[ 2018.05.04 14:48:10 ] Hisoka Abre-Kai > So.  Ya gonna tell stories all day, or actually come shoot at something with that frig?
[ 2018.05.04 14:48:53 ] Sir Lomax > :) i like stories haha

I saw a dare devil jump into our home while watching with my cloaked Legion. I figure what the heck, and warped there with my Enyo.. I honestly wasn't awake enough to know that wasn't my Incusus anymore, I brought the Daredevil into structure and it jumped out.

Realizing that my incursus shouldn't be doing as much damage as that, I looked again, and realized, wait I'm in an Enyo! O ffs... then I reshiped back to the incursus and warped back to the hole.

I'm not kidding, I honestly felt I was in the incursus the hole time. I think this is what schizophrenia feels like.

O well, reset.

I see on Dscan a malediction warping in, then a confessor... Sure I can take that! Its an Incursus after all!!

I announce in local that I see the confessor.

[ 2018.05.04 14:55:06 ] Sir Lomax > oohh.. a confessor, that looks spicy :)
[ 2018.05.04 14:55:13 ] Sir Lomax > 1v1?
[ 2018.05.04 14:55:19 ] Sir Lomax > incursus vs confessor?
[ 2018.05.04 14:55:57 ] Sir Lomax > but who will jump into who.. does the confessor falter?

The confessor just sat there for a bit, not wanting to be the first to jump in, but I guess he was waiting on the malediction to tackle me first, because the malediction jumped in first. I just ignored it. I got reps and he's got shit dps.

Malediction points me.. Confessor jumps...Uncloaks and I just turn on the old afterburner, scram web and orbit like a boss.

I'm tanking both just fine, but its grinding on and on.. the Confessor knows hes screwed when he clearly sees hes applying little to no DPS. We are both on the hole, so it was going to be dual side fight anyway.

I got cocky:

[ 2018.05.04 14:58:25 ] Sir Lomax > whats tracking... how does it work?

But wait.. a second confessor warps to the other side of the hole. I guess he didn't want to lose a fight 2v1 in a confessor vs a T1 frig.

He gets low and jumps back into his home. Figuring that any kind honor fight was ignored at this point, I uncloaked the legion. I hold cloak on the incursus till the confessor uncloaks (he did jump first afterall) he uncloaks.. I point him in the Incursus, and get blapped into nothingness by the new confessor.

Lost the Incursus :(

[ 2018.05.04 15:00:32 ] EVE System > Channel changed to Local : J130039
[ 2018.05.04 15:02:06 ] Hisoka Abre-Kai > Oops

But I got the confessor!

So.. who oopsed who.. SIR!

 Now the Loki shows up.. at this time one of my corp mates joins voice coms. I'm holding my own just fine while I reship my Incusus pilot.

What happens next is the most chaotic 45 minute fight over a C5 connection I've ever been apart of.

Ships warping out.. ships blowing up.. me reshipping, them reshipping...  drones everywhere.. pandemonium in the streets, cats and dogs living together... END OF THE WORLD Type shit.

Naww.. but the battle report is slightly hilarious.

Yes I flew all those ships at once, I'm THAT good.... (reshipping occurred)

I'm flying a solo rep bhaal, supported by god only knows what.. jumping back and forth from hole fighting vs 2 Armageddons, multiple dictors, loki and they had a wolf rayite star effect Cerb/Caracal death camp firing squad on the other side of the hole...OMG they did so much damage in that hole, but we kept chasing each other back and forth into structure.

It was bananas.. !!!

Some of the kills...losses.

Kill Machariel

Kill Loki

Kill Proteus

Kill  Flycatcher

Loss HEE-La

Now.. the reason I lost that HEE-La is because I jumped into there not realizing it was a Wolf Ryate Star effect.. which vs.. that firing squad of small weapons and my lack of real shield... I died in a fire while only 10 seconds on my Polarizing timer remained.

To be totally honest, every loss the other guys sustained was entirely because they fucked up on their polarization timers. They chased when they shouldn't have, they over committed when they didn't need to..Good on them for bringing the fight for so long, mad tip of the hat to them.

Wormhole mechanics are the great equalizer in Wspace.

All in all, it was a great set of engagements that used up every single drop of mass on that wormhole connection. Nonstop fighting that ended with us having a trapped Mach stuck on our side.

No quarter was given..  None was asked:)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hello Friends, I'm Not Dead

 What  a relief right?

Now that we got the obvious out of the way let me give you an update.

I've started playing EVE again and I'm intentionally trying to go easy on it. I'm trying not to make the mistakes I've made in the past when I've tried to come back and failed.

Story time.

I'm a salty vet but recognizing that you are salty is the first step to rehabilitation. I posted in the /r/EVEJOBs subreddit that I was a vet looking for a fresh perspective and wormhole space. I was quickly petitioned by multiple offers but my one caveat to joining this new corp was that it had a minimum amount of people on coms at all times.

This may sound braggadocios but I can say I've done most everything in EVE that I care to do. I've done it in every way that I care to do it. This kind of experience I've found has lead me down a path toward boredom and burn out. The problem isn't the game, its me and how I look at the game its tools.

Take voice coms for example; Discord is superior in most ways and free. Its become the standard for gaming communication and left TS/Mumble and Ventrillo in the dust. Of course thats just my opinion, to which I wouldn't like being a part of those voice com servers because I find them inferior.

The above statement is how I view nearly all things in EVE. I know about the options and I am happy with what I like. This can be very limiting and boring. I recognize this and I'm trying to fix it.

There for, when I entered into this new corp I tried my damnedest to not have preconceived notions about how they do things. They use Team Speak, I don't know why, I didn't ask.. and better yet, I didn't try and change their minds to the way I'm accustom to doing things.

Fresh perspective.

I just jumped into their coms and started talking like I was excited to play the game.

I can tell you that its provided me some area of growth and challenges that I thought I would never need to overcome again.

Take wormhole chain mapping, the way they do it, makes total sense, when someone takes 30 minutes to explain it to you. Its tuff to learn and is antiquated as hell. Its not efficient, its not how anyone I've ever heard of does it, and better yet. Brace yourself.. they don't use a wormhole mapping software. Thats like driving across the country without using a map.When I first heard it, I thought these people were absolutely out of their minds. I know you may be interested how that can be possible so I'll do my best to describe it.

Mapping a chain without a map:

Lets say we have a C4 wormhole. Lets name it Mike.Mike has 2 static connections. In the corp bookmarking system, we will call them A and B.  So the Static connections to Mike are labeled like this.

W A H900 C5 YUX. Exactly like that.

The first letter W signals 'Wormhole".

The letter A signals its the A static, which is always the same from our hole.

The following H900 represents the type of connection it is between wormholes. H900 would be a C5.

The YUX is the spacial signature you get from your probe scans.

Now the other side of the wormhole bookmark looks like this.

W A Back K162 ITI Exactly like that.

Same as before, but the BACK is the important part. Because all the following wormholes will have an additional random (somewhat) letter attached to them which will make those holes appear below the W A BACK in the corp bookmark drop down.

For example a connecting high sec in the A static would look like this.

W AH D126 IFF Exactly like that.

The AH, is A hole H connection. H is a reserved letter used only for high sec connections.

Crazy right?

So if you want to know where a high sec connection is and you're in high sec wanting to come back in, you simply look through your corp bookmarks for the connection that is in Kspace with "Back" in the name. Then its just a matter of following the "back"s  to the home.

No map needed.

I thought this system would go to shit when I needed help with a target down a chain.

All I need to do is post where I am in coms or in Fleet with  "I'm at  ATKOB  and I need help".

This translates that I'm 5 jumps down the chain and anyone that would be flying to assist, simply flys from one wormhole to the next by going  to W A... then W AT.. then W ATK then W ATKO then WATKB.


Its slightly ingenious by really hard to visualize and teach new people. I would never had that experience had I had preconceived notions about what way things needed to be done based on what I know works already.

This is just one thing my new corp does thats out of the ordinary. They also have some very interesting ways of doing nearly everything that I find endearing. I'm not going to go into all of them at this time, just know that I hold my tongue on a great many things.I let them discover and fail themselves because thats part of the fun. If I step in and try to control everything I'm just going to get burned out again.

I could be a stick in the mud and tell them stuff won't work. I could tell them the "better way" of doing stuff, but fuck that, I want to experience EVE again!!

... O and they let me fly a assault frig all the time, which I think is awesome!!! Eventually they're get frustarted with me and tell me to stop, but right now.. I'm manually piloting vs larger ships while they pick up the slack with DPS.

I'm having a good time, if you can tell.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Resource Wars - How To

EVE Resource Wars In Game Activity

Hello space friends I just discovered how do the new "Resource Wars" after trying a few different times and doing it wrong.

I wanted to share what I've found, so you hopefully won't make the same mistakes I did.

1st: What are EVE Resource Wars?

It seems from my brief attempts at doing these, its like speed mining without keeping the ore you mine. I know it sounds crazy, tell me, I've done 7 of them so far. But they are kind of fun.

The activity isn't without reward, its just ... different... which IMO is good. EVE needs different activities to break up the click and wait which  has been mining. Its interactive, its not in the same star system hour after hour and its quick. Well, the ones I did were quick, I'm sure the harder ones aren't as fast.

2nd: Where can I find this amazing activity?

"The Agency" button. Its this little button I never used, or knew existed. You can find it on your task bar and it seems to work like that old external Agent site used to. You can find the old school agents with it, asteroids belts, anoms all sorts of stuff we old timers just saw on our overview.

With in it, there is a drop down that says "Resource Wars". They are broken up into levels that are based off a faction relationship with some corp. Before I started this my standing with that corp was 0, but with my connections skill or which ever skill gives you free points, I was able to do Level 2's without even doing 1s.

It looks like this.

This is what it looks like if you're in the correct ship and have the correct amount of faction. If you don't have the right about, or someone in your fleet doesn't have the right amount that pilot can't get past the entry warp gate. So before you take your space friend (or in my case 2 other characters) make sure everyone is in the correct ship and has faction to enter.

Some information that threw me on this, which perhaps I'm just dense but seriously I didn't know how mining really worked... I couldn't figure out from the description if I was the one hauling the ore or not. I kid you not I tried fly to one with a hauler, thinking I had to haul 10,000 units. I was honestly perplexed trying to figure out if I had to warp out of the site, drop off the rocks for my hauler which couldn't enter, then warp back again...

 Like that description at the top was 'events I'm about to experience' would happen like this.

 The hauler is an NPC hauler, all you as a pilot need to do is fly there, mine 10,000 units and drop them in the hauler, which for this mission is an NPC Orca that is waiting for you to drop ore into.

Took me a little while to figure that out.

3rd: What kind of ship do I need?

There is a list of frigs on the 'mission window' that you can bring. All of them are T1 frig, no faction.

Well I went in with what I could fly with 3 pilots (I triple boxed it) flying this exact fit.


Capacitor Flux Coil II

Small Shield Booster II
EM Ward Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Miner II
Miner II

Small Capacitor Control Circuit I
Small Capacitor Control Circuit I
Small Capacitor Control Circuit I

Hobgoblin II x2

 This was a bit overkill IMO. I could have done the mission with 2 of these. The trick is to not let your miner II's totally cycle. I'm sure this is some sort of mining tech I never knew, but I guess the rocks are very small and a full cycle of these miner IIs is more than is needed to destroy the rocks.

You could I'm sure do this with T1 versions of this fit, if your quick. You do need to kill the rats, so I think that would be a challenge with just 1 venture.  The rats I was fighting were fit with a web, so you may have trouble doing this site solo even in a blingged out Venture. The web would make it hard to mine 10,000 ore then drop it off before the timer expired. Not only that, but darn near impossible to kill 2 rats with a single venture.

4th:  Once I'm in the system where do I go?

Well if your familiar with the Blood Raider Celestial Beacons, these work very similarly. They are right there on your overview.

The timer doesn't seem to start till you land. At which point this guy pops up and gives you a scary message.

He wants you to destroy the pirates. Add the pirates to your overview...

KEY Overview Point!

Make sure this Ore type is on your overview, do this before you start, or you won't see the dumb rocks. Failed one of these missions because I couldn't figure out WTF he was talking about. Mine rocks? what rocks?!?

Empire Asteroids

There is a little timer on the left that tells you whats left to be done and there is a ticking timer which is super annoying if you let it get below 1:00. (Ive never head that before in EVE and I thought I was losing my mind)

Once the Orca is filled and the pirates are dead.

You are rewarded with all the left over rocks being deleted from your cargo and this message.Which personally I thought was dumb. The "ACCEPT" button is actually something you need to press. Like I wouldn't accept it.. "O no don't give me money and faction.. " :P Even if I didn't want it, wouldn't a "DENY" button next to it make more sense? Seems silly to have just 1 button. 

Anyway... You're also rewarded with what I thought was a fairly hefty chunk of faction points. Which for me in Amarr is awesome. You used to need to do level 1 missions in low sec in order to not be killed by Amarr and raise your faction standing. After about 40 of those I wanted to jump out a window.This is way better.. because if that kid loses her doll one more time.. i sware.. so help me.

After about 7 of these with my 3 characters my Amarr faction was a net of 0.184 which is awesome!

I haven't a clue what the LP is used for I guess I'll eventually figure it out, but I wanted to share some pitfalls I came across while trying this thing.

My opinion on this as an activity in EVE.

I'm going to be totally honest, I'm not a miner. The activity for me has always been just boring. IMO this Resource Wars is what mining should have always been. Its interactive, it makes you think, it keeps you engaged and can't be done by a 5 year old. (not making that up, I had my daughter when she was 5 mine, even she got bored)

Great job CCP. You keep adding stuff like this and I might stop being so critical of you.

(pff who am I kidding, I love to hate you)  <3

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Transition to Vampiric Bitter Vet

 TLDR: Newbie makes newbie mistakes, I semi restrain myself from destroying him utterly, or have I?

Perhaps its the natural evolution of vet-dom, but I wasn't always like this. I've come to realize, that I'm the worst kind of bitter vet. The kind of vet that feeds like a vampire off of the life force of newbies.

In the past, I've enjoyed myself observing my fellow low experienced players like a kind of Jane Goodall, cataloging the behavior of the Mountain Gorillas and their primitive use of tools. Giggling at the similarities and discoveries they make, hopping to reach that place in our evolutionary past and possibly learn something once forgotten.

Naw, fuck that.

Instead of peacefully observing the primitives in their natural habitat, I've found a level of amusement tormenting them in creative ways.

Here we begin the tale of Eve-iL Shenanigans a player I met in Military Wormholers. MW are a collection of vets and newbies trying to do what they can to play this great game called EVE. 

ES as I'll refer to him is no different than you and I except he doesn't fully understand the game to the level we do. He hasn't had the hope and wonder of EVE brutally crushed out of him. He thinks the game is actually a sandbox and simply creativity is the only thing stopping him from succeeding, what a sucker. I'm kidding, hes a nice enough guy, just slightly naive. 

Military wormholers, like other newish wormhole corps is constantly trying to improve its PVP doctrine. They even elected a PVP fitting coordinator, who proceeded to send email after email about what ships he thought we all should bring in to make a cohesive group.  

Along comes ES and his hauling services. His dream, as best as I can figure out, is making an EVE business of sorts by hauling equipment to the wormhole from Kspace at the ever fluctuating rate between 5 and 10%.  So he made us a google doc with complex instructions on how to list the items we need that he could eventually haul in. Adorable right?

I inadvertently at first and later overtly explained to him that everyone worth their salt in Wspace has their own means of hauling shit in and out of the wormhole. But he wasn't having it, he was set on being our corps main go to connection to the distant Kspace market place. Not wanting to crush his hopes and dreams with the realities of this game, I played along. 

Shortly after the PVP doctrine mail went out with 3 ships listed on it, I figured I would use his hauling services and save me some time. I told him, "I'll pay your 10% fee, go ahead and bring me 1 of each ship" have fun, be a space/wormhole hauler. 

He then explained to me that he didn't have the capital for all the space ships on the list. He also mentioned to me that his hauling business wasn't taking off the way he'd hoped. No one was really using it. Not wanting his hopes and dreams to be dashed I broke him off a billion isk. "Bring me change and run along." Thinking I was being tremendously magnanimous with my money and giving this little fellow some business he was striving for. He then begins to complain that our current high sec is 20 some jumps from Jita but he could go to Rens and buy everything, but everything would cost more. 

Sigh, I tried to explain to him, thats not my problem. This is your business, you can't charge people more for a hauling service entirely based on how much effort in jumps you were willing to do. After some checking, we both agree that Rens is near to the Jita price on most of the items but the faction mods for the fits will need to come from Jita. 

Shortly after that conversation I discover that he's using his bestower to do the hauling. By the time I figured it out, he was hauling a scimitar that ended up costing me 540 million through high sec in a bestower. I then told him that any 5 million isk catalist could pop him before concord saved his little hauler. He then asks me if it would be OK if he autopilots. To which I responded with NO!

 O well, newbie mistakes, I get it. Surprisingly he managed to make it the entire way with 1 ship.  He sends me the change. 

Now I know this kid didn't make the fits, but I've bought and flown many scimitars and none of them really ever cost me more than 250, who faction fits a roaming scimi?! O well... 

Fast forward to last night. The conversation is happening in coms about this guy trying to figure out how to run a market in our wormhole. Why not simply fit a market hub in fort? Well the only one who wants a market is the newbie. He's still trying to figure out how he's going to get his 5 to 10 percent from the market hub if its installed. He's doing his best to get out of paying for the fuel it costs to run the hub, complaining that the % that he makes would never pay for the fuel, this is going back and forth for some time. I get bored of the conversation I just fly out and buy it along with as much fuel as I can carry. 

I'm not making this part up, when I was about to head back with my 1 billion isk market hub, he says on coms "Would you like me to haul it for you?" I damn near spit out my drink. 

Now the bitter vet in me said something not very nice to him and for that I was sorry. "did you just hear me key up the mic and say nothing? That was me struggling to say something other than go fuck yourself" Those weren't my exact words, but it something to that effect. 

He disconnects from coms. 

Realizing that instant I just wrecked a newbie and possibly a future EVE player I instantly felt bad.  But in that instant of feeling bad and potentially crushing the dreams, the vampire EVE Vet takes over. It hit me... Why don't I just log in my trading alt who can field 200+ orders? I could undercut him by 1 isk forever, I giggle to myself and realize how terrible that would be to do to my fellow player. He would never sell a thing, meanwhile I rule the market with my alt, giggling to myself, driven to log in day after day for the only reason being to undercut this poor son of a bitch...forever!

Then I came to the realization that I would need to plex that market account to turn it on and pay for a market that I would only be using to torment a single player, day after day. 

Think of the cost. I 'd have to buy every item he wanted to sell, bring it in the wormhole, then sell it by undercutting whatever price he might have made at the time. I'd pay for the upkeep fuel, the initial module cost and the plex cost to keep the market character account running. 

And I actually did the math.. I had the money to keep it up for months! I could play exclusively to just crush the hopes and dreams of this 1 would-be corp hauler marketeer. 

I salivated in delight with the thought of the delicious tears he would generate. It gave me renewed spring in my step. How diabolical have I become?! 

Not being totally drunk on the future of destroying a newbie, I come to my senses. 

I figure the best way to satisfy my sadism was to place all the parts of the ship he initially hauled in for me on the market, at 20% mark up. 

No sense not turning a profit. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

J155616 - Baiting Bait

Its nice to know that even years later, people that you've enjoyed spending time with still manage to find you at just the right time.

Since my last post I've been trying to get fights from the people of J155616. I think the main active corp in the hole is named "Unreasonable Bastards" with a sub feeder corp called "Reasonable Bastards". I don't know if they some how own the hole or are renting it or its an alt corp, I honestly haven't figured it out yet. There a lot of corp names in this hole. One group owns the POCOs, one owns the Fortizar another owns a Astrahus.. Its crazy. Honestly it doesn't matter as long as they fight.

In the past week or so I've moved into target (J155616) multiple alts and I'm up to 3 active accounts deep into this venture. First I started with some fun and tried to dual box two sniper (Rapid HML) ravens. I was going to go bigger, but I'm still just getting back into the game right now and don't really want to commit too much.

My targets didn't disappoint and brought the heat. I was streaming it and shared the stream with my targets, because fuck it, why not?

They were able to bring a good fight, but sadly outmatched me with a really good warp in.

RIP one sniper raven. The goal of that ship was to keep jumping around and pew off cruiser sized targets. Sadly, they only brought other battleships and my ravens were very cap sensitive.  Once they got that warp in and landed at 0 on me, I failed to MJD to safety in an effort to keep my two dual box ships together.

After I blew up, they tried to trap me out of the wormhole by bubbling the high sec hole. I was going to come back with more ships and fight, but it seemed they didn't really want me there with them in the first place.

The following days I attempted to get their attention by shooting at one of the POCOs with two bombers. On the sly I kept a cloaky legion waiting to jump on whatever their response would be.

Only one guy responded and he bit the bomber bait with a tengu. I was milliseconds from locking him my legion before he popped my stationary bomber.

That would have been a great fight, but he wasn't having it and ran. The next thing that happened made me slightly sad. The tengu pilot logged in a Nid. /sigh

Who brings a carrier to a fight in a C2?!?!

Well, looks like the fun police arrived.

I spend the next few nights doing the best I could to scan out holes, jump on targets, but looks like with me living in their hole, they just aren't that active right now. Kind of a shame, someone brings snacks to your house and you don't open the door :(.

Tonight tho...

 I'm in target hole with a cloaky Legion, bomber and a falcon. I notice two different groups using the high sec connection. One a group called "The clown car" and the other "A band apart." (don't forget the dot). Two groups not connected with the people who live in target. 3 potential targets! WEEE. 

I drop a drag bubble from one of the connecting holes to the high sec. Sadly nothing really amazing happens, some interceptors saw me before I was able to make anything with the camp. The good part is, I managed to annoy both "the clown car" "a band apart" at the same time.

I watch the connecting holes a little longer and eventually commit to attacking a lone hauler belonging to a band apart. It was bait, I knew it when I attacked it, but never not bite AMIRTE!?!

Onyx drops along with a Sac. and I barely make it out with my ship. YAY!

Still watching all connecting holes with my characters. Clown car and a band apart begin fighting in clown cars home hole. I watch about 7 ships belonging to a band apart come and go from clown cars home. Not wanting to be left out, I mention the high sec connection location to a friend named Shaded Rose I knew from SUSU 2.0.

 He brings a fleet to the high sec :) and proceeds to jump into target with a scout, mapping out all the holes. I share with him the sig names all the parties are using and figure I could  get something going.

Now, I'm positive that clown car and a band apart know about my legion because of the failed gank attempts earlier. Good time for me to reveal myself ! Sure enough, I jump into "A band aparts" home hole only to find they are trying to roll with a raven.

I lock it up with the cloaky legion and it scram/webs me. O dear its a tarp! I see on D scan. HFI and sleipniers...

I tell Shaded bring the fleet... O DEAR its a trap of a trap.. DOUBLE TRAP! Shaded brings the fleet from high sec and warps to A Band Aparts home hole.. Murder happens. Sleip #1 Sleip#2 The bait raven I baited.. :)

I managed to get on that kill and do top damage with my Legion!! yay..

Always nice to have friends outside the friends you are shooting at. Special thanks to Shaded, Doom Gen and love of my EVE life, the Windam Wizard himself, Glyndi!

Sneaky Sneaky.. I know but that's wormholes, you never really know whats going to happen.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Making a Friend

Well its been about 5 months to the day since my last post. Needless to say, but I will, I've taken a break.

It wasn't a rage quit, it wasn't any particular action by any one group, party or happenstance. I just didn't like playing anymore.

My absence from the EVE has really made me reevaluate what I want out of an internet game. What brings me joy and keeps me coming back isn't 'something new', which other games offered. I figured out that playing with friends hits 9 out of 10 points on my chart of happiness.

I've always told people who just started playing EVE, JOIN A CORP! ASAP. Its not because of what the corp can bring to you, its because you need them as human interaction. EVE isn't about you vs the game, because the game has no clear end, or goal.

There are those who think gathering ISK or ships or mods is the eventual goal. They refuse to interact with people out of fear they might lose some of that "item/money", this might work for a bit, but in the world of EVE the ways of making money and things to spend them on are a bottomless pit. The game will simply let you go full retard with multiple accounts, multiple billions of items and money, run by you in exactly the way you want it to be run. But to what end?

Eventually, you'll reach a stopping point, a number in your mind that you don't exactly know, but know that you've past it and the challenge isn't there anymore. You look for more challenges, you find them, but eventually those two dry up. The number gets bigger and bigger, but you keep passing your point of, darn, I should just stop doing this now.

I got to that point. Worse, I made internal rules of expected behavior and outcomes when I encountered other people. I'd ask new people I've met the same set of questions to narrow down exactly how to deal with them.

1. Do you require Ship tags.. if yes.. I yell at them about how dumb it is. If they say No, I ask why as the next question. If they happen to answer correctly to me, I'd continue with the next line of questions.

2. Do you require a API.. if yes.. I yell at them..

This goes on and on till I eventually rule them out for whatever invented reason I come up with in my head.

The thing is, if you ask the same questions from people, and you ask enough of them, you will eventually just get the same answers. You hear the answers you want, you know their play. The risk isn't there, because you know what to expect, without risk, there isn't challenge, without challenge, why the fuck am I even trying?

Back to burn out because I've "done it all" in my head. Even the human side of the game. I know your reaction, given the circumstances I've created for you. blah blah blah blah.. Back to boredom and back to not playing EVE.

Well that sucks!

So here I am. The saltest of vets seeking a fresh perspective I haven't seen yet. So I logged in and decided to fit up one of the new T3 Cruisers and dive into some holes.

I've talked to a couple recruiting wormhole groups, one was someone who I've had past negative dealings with so I ruled that out. I talked to another group who said they were part of a C1 group, but when I asked why they had their FF set to legal, they gave me some fishy responses. I think it was a reverse safari corp, so I passed.

Since I despise local chat and wormholes are my home, I said fuck it, started up the stream for some sniper action, and waited for them to find me. Started broadcasting my location to the stream watchers and jumping into a wormhole connected directly to Amarr.

All went well till I nearly cross jumped a Tengu in a connecting C2, Tengu scout vs a proteus scout, sure, I'll take that fight, I waited for him to uncloak, he cloaked up before I could lock him. I jumped in for quick look to see if they dispatched anything I could kill, nothing, so I jumped back.

He reveled the fact he was baiting for friends when he uncloaked off the hole a couple minutes later. I would have tackled him right off the bat, but a few minutes later he just accidentally turns off his cloak he so quickly activated minutes before.. NOPE, thats bait and not the fun fight kind.

I activate one of my other accounts to bring some back up if needed.. suddenly I see a bhaal on the hole. So its proteus scout vs Tengu and Bhaal. Not the best way to bait at this point, because I'd have to be a total idiot to do that, and total idiots don't fly proteus.

He opens a chat with me and asks to brawl!.. I said sure 1v1 Bhaal. I don't think he was expecting that response.But being a sporting guy he agrees.

This whole time I'm expected to lose my bhaal by a double cross or at least a 3rd party, but fuck it, its only ISK, and I might make a friend.

We 1v1 and I win, I don't blow him up, two reasons, I didn't really care to win that much, the other, I couldn't prevent the MJD with my disruptor.  :P

Then he comes with a domi, still only 1 person, then he even brings a DST to drop me off more Navy 800 Cap charges!

Each time I just let the ship warp away, good fights with a stranger, and just for the fun of it.

He says that he's have such a good time that I deserve a KM.  He brings a hurricane and I blow it up. He brings a drake and warps off, he's about to bring a cyclone, but I remind him that if he simply brought something smaller and flew a little different, my large guns couldn't hit him.

He brings a Vexor and honestly it was one of his hardest hitting ships, but I eventually chase it off with my drones.

Then he brings a Amarr assault frig (forget the name) and he orbits me till he runs out of missiles, then runs.This whole time, I'm streaming our fights on this wormhole, totally expecting to be 3rd partied by someone, anyone, but nothing. It was just he and I sharing a good time.

Later I discovered, and I mean that I didn't know it, I was flying that Bhaal in a full slave clone. That bhaal was faction fit and had an EHP of 133,000k. I went on a suicide run into an unscouted hole, to fight someone I didn't know, in a 2.6 bil pod, in a 900m isk ship. The entire time, I'm telling everyone watching where I am and how to find me over a twitch stream. I'm such an idiot!

But here's the thing, I had fun.

The key was me putting myself, my expectations in check, taking a risk and interacting with a stranger.

So here's to you Hobb lol

Thank you for letting me have fun with this game one more time.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Down but Not Out

Welp, here I am again. Posting with a less than stellar EVE update. But, if you hang in there through all the remorse and self loathing, I have a nice space story for you! Won't that be fun!?! Now on to the brief sadness.

Now when I was going through the process of leaving NoVac, I was hurt. I had some really good friends there, a lot of people who were great to me and the through crossed my mind to simply burn them with a blog post. I was like a pissed off ex girlfriend who lights all your stuff on fire in the drive way. I was going to tell all 4 of my readers that NoVac was the devil!

Then someone said this to me, I honestly forget who it was (I'm sorry).

"I can't wait for the review of our corp on his blog". 

Those were some of the hardest hitting words, besides "Spear we really don't need you here".  Not because I was leaving, or that this person totally wrote me off before I had actually left the corp, but that my rage was expected.

If you look at some of my older blog posts, you could easily make that assumption, hell, I've made that assumption. I'm just some child who joins a group of people only to be eventually washed out for one reason or another, then bring a rage fueled editorial about my experience in that corp. Good old Spear, up to this usual shit again. Well I'm not going to!

If I could put my experience with NoVac into a phase, when asked what it was like, here it is.

I wasn't good enough. 

Just that simple statement should tell you everything that you need to know. Just add that to any task that I attempted to be some what competent in. Be it, forming for a fleet, bringing the correct ship, scanning a chain, fitting a ship... you name it. I wasn't good enough. The grim realization of that fact really brought me down, because I really tried!

 Not just saying that, "I tried',  the way teenage kid says he really tried to be employee of the month at a fast food restaurant. I mean going to work, sweating, giving it 110%, busting your ass, then being told that you aren't needed anymore and never were in the first place.

Knowing that if you left such an organized, finely honed machine and the problem wasn't the machine, it was you. Knowing it was you who tried your hardest and were still found lacking isn't fun. It sucks. That sucks really really bad, but, the sun rises tomorrow and it doesn't give a shit if you're sad. 

I know this post sounds all down and out, but I'm not out just yet. I've had a vacation! Yes, I went to Mexico for a week. Got the old batteries recharged the best way possible, exploiting economically challenged countries by drinking all their of ultra cheap beer!

 I also made a new space friend before I left.

Space Story time. 

So after all the terribleness of my last corp, I was left with billions in ships and mods that were required to be used in that group Now without the correct support to deploy these expensive space vessels, they are just huge kill mails waiting to happen. I've got better things to do with my isk!

So I went about plexing one of my market trader accounts and began the process of stripping all my space ships and repackaging them for sale. As a naturally frugal person, crushing over 13 billion in subcaps, each, with rigs installed was a painful process. I think I might have lost about 2 billion in rigs, once it was said and done. Uggg.. My inner jew says "oi vay!".. (I come from a Jewish family, so i can say that, fk off SJW's)

I then went about process of shipping all my space craft/modules to my trading characters and began the long painful process of liquidating my hard assets. 400 some sell orders later, all I needed to do was wait. But how to spend my time.

I've been wondering about something I heard someone say was possible and wanted to try it myself, but never had the time. The trick was, finding a C6/C5 wormhole to make it happen. best way to find a wormhole is to start scanning.

I launched my scout character into the friendly space of Amarr and dropped probes. Behold, a wormhole, lets jump in! Bubbles can happen, 3 medium anchored bubbles to be exact, and some guy in a rupture waiting to kill me once I uncloak.

Assessing the situation, I noticed all kinds of wrecks, ejected cans and corpses all over the place. This guy had a direct connection to Amarr was killing every single pilot dumb enough to not jump back out.  Well sir, I won't add to your wreck pile, I jumped straight back out.

Now remember, I had stripped nearly every ship I had for sale, so I was at a loss as to what to bring to fight him. So I got inventive!

I still had a legion that, for whatever reason, wouldn't repackage (yes I repaired it) and a whole bunch of faction mods I hadn't moved yet. I quickly tosses some stuff together with one of my pilots and jumped through the Amar connection this guy was camping.

He was brave, but no match for a rapid light missile legion. Poor bastard didn't have a chance, he did get me to 97% armor, so that's saying something. Rupture  and his pod too! 

Turns out, this fellow had been trapping all sorts of pilots in this wormhole, who where just waiting for a white knight to some along and free them from their confines.

Moments later, some other guy uncloaks, but with every despot ruler, they just get replaced with another despot ruler who does the exact same thing.  Buzzard  and his pod.

Then some other guy shows up moments later... Shuttle  and his pod

This connection as some crazy good action! All sorts of stuff just letting me blow them up and pod them.

I'm not much of a camper, so I figured I'd take apart the bubbles and consider this an interesting find.

Then some guy opens a convo with me. Its the guy in the shuttle who I podded. He's asking, very nicely if he can get back into his wormhole. I said, "Well, since you asked nicely and I'm feeling kinda good from blowing up a bunch of stuff in the matter of minutes with little to no work" " Sure come on in!"

 He jumps in, in a shuttle and proceeds to fly off somewhere in the hole. Then he asks I could be so kind to guard the hole, while he runs ships out, because hes being "burned out" (his words). I was like, "oooo a hole in conflict" I want details. I said 'sure, as long as he tells me the story'. He doesn't have a TS server, so I ping Bronya asking to use his old Isogen 5 TS server to talk to this guy. 

Bronya says cool and the guy begins to tell me about how he essentially stole (started using while they were away) all the assets, Astrahus's and "capital ship" from some people he knows IRL in some way. Now I don't usually condone stealing from friends, but when he explained it, they really did paint him into a corner and he really does have the right 'friendly' attitude, I'll cut him some slack. He's by himself, doesn't seem to enjoy "Surprise pvp" very much and wants to make an effort to live in this hole.

After some long Q&A, turns out that the prior owners of the equipment in this hole may or may not have paid some people to level the wormhole. I don't know if any of this is true, he could be a total thief, I honestly don't know, but he did give my corp blue status to dock in the astrahus, so I can at least stick around to see what happens.

Now all this happened the night before my trip to Mexico and as of right this second, a week later, the astrahus's are still standing and I can still dock there.

I don't know whats going to happen in this hole, who's fighting who, why they're fighting, if someone is lying or if someone isn't. I'll find out with some time. None of that really matters at this exact second. What does matter at this exact second, I have a reason to log in and keep on keeping on.

 Down, but not out.