Wednesday, January 20, 2016

C13 Backpacking Operation Reader Update

I keep getting these mails from people who either thank me for the C13 backpacking idea or want to comment on how they have improved it.

I'm cool with both! I really enjoy hearing from people that I inspired them to play the game more and enjoy themselves. This game is too good to not try new things.

During an interview with some people for ISO5 (I wasn't interviewing, I was just there to listen and say funny things once in a while.) a guy said that he had a member in his corp who lived entirely in a C13 after reading my post. Not a backpacking trip, but legit living in it long term because of what I wrote in the past.

Well, I got another mail from someone, so I thought I would share it with everyone. Enjoy!

"Hi, Continuing here the reading of your past adventures. I cannot post comments on your blog at work and my iphone bugs... so this is only FYI but you can feel free to share the intel.

About the C13 backpacking operation…

I did the quite the same with 2 toons : a wolf (nos, AB, scram just in case…, gyros and ancillary armor rep, dps rigs, depot, mtu) and a thrasher (salvage tackle for rigs, prototype cloak, all the rest was salvagers and co-pro /cargo expanders, maybe a prop offline when I need to travel/jump). The wolf did the refit/scanning.

Once everything was scanned down, I used to activate all gas sites and ore sites. I warped to a site, locked the very few sleepers, dropped the mtu even if they were very close, killed them, scooped mtu and loot, moved to next site. This is VERY quick and I could run the site by the time the enemies found were I was.

I took precautions to warp through a safe before moving to the next site (in case a covops was watching me), then warped to a site on the other side of the system so the combat probes were scanning a wrong place. To put it in a nutshell, I made it difficult for the hunters and ran the gas/ore sites so fast that I saw they destroyer land on me only twice (but I already entered warp^^). I ran ALL gas/ore sites with them chasing me. And you know there are tons of them. This was helping me actually because it was difficult for them to find the signature I was in with the 5-15° angle Dscan.

The troll part is that while I was blitz-running sites with the wolf, I was also blitz-salvaging them in a random order with the thrasher. The mtu had regrouped the wrecks so this was just warping at 0, locking max 5 targets (gas and ore sites have few sleepers) and spread salvagers. By the time I aligned my safe, the wrecks had disappeared and I was warping out.They tried to catch both my wolf and my thrasher without success. But the frig aligns fast and the thrasher aligns as soon as it lands so keeping Dscan close range was ok even with dictors. That was kinda sport though to multibox with only one screen. And I’d rather do it with a mate than alone.

To secure my loot, I just kept it in the thrasher while afk or logged out (so nobody had clues someone was living here) and just dropped it in a non aligned safe while I was running sites. And every 50 min or so, I scooped it up and jettisoned it again so that the can did not despawn !

The only thing I feared was :-          a bomber decloaking close to my thrasher to tackle it (but why would you bring a bomber in a C13 ?...)-          a dictor cloacked close to one of my unsalvaged wrecks, waiting for my thrasherThis did not happen. I only regret later I did not bait the confessor hunting me in an ordinary gas site reservoir, the one with the 5 sentries. I know my wolf can speed tank them. The confessor can probably too. But if he doesn’t know the trick and is not fast at burning for a decent transversal when he lands, he might have had a funny welcome surprise. xD 

Btw, I soloed vital core gas sites with the wolf. Sweat, thrill, isk and pride ! The difficulty was to go from one BS to another with the AB without being capped out and sometimes the BS was far the one from the others. No cap meant no AB, so no speed tank so… possible minmatar wreck on Dscan.

Why the wolf ? because I focused my main on minmatar ships and I cannot fly svipul. But also because guns do not use cap and sleeper neut. In my opinion, the resist profile of the missiles fitted vengeance sounds to be the best frig to use : you speed tank your armor resist holes and save lows for dps.

Finally, the data site that blew your confessor is a DED
(Ghost) site. You can only hack 2 cans before gtfo, no matter how fast you are with hacking. I’m damn fast and I lost a few cheetahs trying 3 cans… Tanking this site is hard work : a frig cannot, I’m not even sure a stratios can. If you want to hack the 4 cans, you need a mate hacking while you hack. Make sure you decloak at the same time because this triggers a timer for the explosion and incoming super-rats. --Tecka"

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