Saturday was a very fun day for me. EVE Online being the sandbox that it is, people have different forms of “winning”. Winning for me is having fun.
My day started out with me logging in early PST and jumping on teamspeak. On teamspeak was myself, Jack and Vic. Three actual humans. This is fairly normal for us, we are small but we don’t care. I start the mundane task of sorting out some internal corp nonsense and activate a few alts.
One of my alts I put into a mining ship and just let him go semi afk and pull in some arkanor. The others I put into a cov ops, cloaky tengu and a falcon. Yes I play 4 characters at once, but rarely in PVP. I figure if my mining character should get tackled, my tengu and falcon can even up the score before he gets popped. Not really intentionally baiting, but more of a ‘nothing better to do, so I just mine in a wormhole’. The mining ship has a disruptor and a huge tank.
Convo opens with Fremen from Kill It With Fire on another screen. He says (I’m summarizing a little) “hay we just opened to you, I have to do some stuff right now, but do you want to hang out/roam later?”. I met Fremen in EVE Vegas and he is a super cool guy, so any chance to hang out with him and his guys is almost always welcomed.
I say almost, because this morning with 3 actual humans on line, I can’t really commit to anything for my guys. No clue how many will actually log in or what they are really doing.
One of the KILL scouts speaks in local and notes that he saw me in a mining ship. We joke a little about it and he offers to roll their hole.
My response with 3 guys online in my corp vs Kill It With Fire. “Fuck that, I’m coming to kill you!”
The scout laughs, and he should because we have 3 pilots, to their god only knows how many.
I scan down their K162 hole with one of my alts and warp my firetail to zero with no fucks to give. I am met with superior numbers. http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20603732 One less firetail in the world.
I’m watching the hole with my falcon alt and cloaky tengu. Not really wanting to engage them with a quad boxing pvp attempt, because I know fully well they will out ship me and out number me at every turn.
So I do what any reasonable person would do, hop in another ship!
This time a fed comet (never cared for that ship much after it lost its PULL OVER light) Nailed me a Slicer! http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20603731 sadly the Fed Comet didn’t last vs his back up http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20603689 Goodbye Fed Comet!
So I’m laughing my ass off in coms and Rhevahn joins coms with us and asks what we are doing.
I said, ‘O you know just poking a giant bear with a very small stick”. He says, “What should I bring?” I respond.. “Whatever you don’t want anymore” I guess he didn’t want that Absolution anymore http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20603730 cause he tried to take out a Bhaalgorn, Loki, Wolf and Heretic with it. LOLz. Goodbye Abso.
With a Loki on the scene any more frigs we bring, are going to get webbed and smoked.. So I bring a DESTROYER! … yea.. didn’t work as well as I thought either. http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20603729 Goodbye Talwar!
But that bhaalgorn was at half armor when we were done with him… If we killed a bhaalgorn with all our little ships that would be pure “Op SUCCESS!” So lets keep going!
We go with a different approach and attempt sniper ships! I bring in a sniping sentry vexor and Jack brings in a tornado and we are doing the best we can to try and take down that bhaalgorn, but his support is just too good. http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20603728 Goodbye Vexor!
Now between each of these engagements my Falcon is doing work. I’m uncloaking the Falcon and assisting the snipers/suicide ships as much as possible. I personally assisted in the escape of one of our Domi and that stupid Tornado of Jacks.
Rhevahn comes back in a Atron … http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604221 Goodbye Atron.
Fremen is still in a private convo with me and is asking if we want to set up some kind of 3v3 or arranged fight. My response .. ‘Fuck that, we’re WINNING!” He laughs and the murdering continues.
Now that Bhaalgorn is either very overconfident or is bait tanking. Either way, bait must be bit. I do my damnest to kill it with an Omen http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604222 Goodbye Omen. He is at 1/3 armor!! WE can DO IT!!
Another Vexor thrown at it … Now they have a scimitar out… Grrr stupid shield logi ship is going to make this hard to finish off that Bhaalgorn. They even brought a mach, two mallers and a 2nd loki… http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20633049 O well.. Vexors don’t live long.
So for a split second I had this crazy idea that I could damp people and support our snipers, Nope http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604220 Goodbye Maulus.
Now at this point, most of KILL who is online is like begging for a turn to take on the mighty SUSU.
Fremen says in the private chat… “really hard to keep people out of there”.Commenting on the number of ships his guys are bringing to kill us.
I then hop into my Daredevil and continue to try and separate the frigs from the fleet for snipes, and removal of support. Trying to get another one off kill… but their frig pilots are really good! http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604837 Goodbye Daredevil.
This whole time their claw pilot has been doing an awesome job avoiding death and providing awesome warpins for the rest of the fleet. “He challenges me in local for a 1v1 interceptor fight” Sounds legit… I jump at the chance. I’m bad at interceptors. http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604926 Goodbye hull tanked Taranus!
Now shit got so retarded on the KILL hole and there were so many wrecks, the KILL guys get this idea to bring in a noctus to start salvaging. They even dropped a tractor unit. The NERVE! I asked Jack.. “Can I Jam that?!” he said "NOPE, but we can blap the noctus" and we set a plan into motion.
We bring another sniper vexor and jack brings his tornado. I fly straight in with my Kestrel at point blank range on their hole. I overheat my rockets and paint the Noctus… we get that fucking noctus into structure, but not dead yet. He jumps into the KILL home hole. I follow! Cause fuck YAY that’s why! RIP Vexor http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604836 ---
There I am.. on grid with a session cloaked Noctus and brave little Kestrel and the Noctus sitting at 30% structure… O yea, and they had an abbadon and maller on the other side. The noctus unclocks…. I uncloak, point, paint and unleash Hell!.. I get it to 7% structure before I’m popped… NOOOOOooooOOOOo!!!! http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604925 Goodbye Kestrel.
All the KILL guys are cracking up in local chat. I mentioned in the private convo with Fremen “DUDE we're having a blast!” he responded with “as long as you’re having a good time that’s all that counts”
I’m still playing cloak and jam with my falcon.. but I think after depriving the KILL guys for so long with it, they got wise and set me a trap. That fucking claw… I sware to god. The funny part of this loss, I had nearly every ship on the field jammed, BUT the ECM 300 drone that got a jam off on me. I lost jams on the KILL fleet and was squashed. http://underwear.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=20604927 Goodbye Falcon #17.
After we lost the falcon, we couldn’t really keep going with the sniping and frig fighting, we didn’t have consistent eyes on their hole and they just had too many ships.
Kill It With Fire said their goodbyes. Big ups to those guys for not simply podding us. They kept the fight going because we were able to reship and come back.
I think during that entire engagement we might have had 4 actual humans online. We lost about a billion in spaceships but we stood up, attacked, tried to create angles, opportunities and never lost perspective that this is just a video game.
Fun was had.