Groups are more fun, in moderation of course

Another spectre fleet, this time led by a junior FC. Some poor movement calls but otherwise led the fleet well enough I guess.

As for the kills though, DAMN was low sec kind to us today. First, we caught a thrasher before even entering lowsec, then we caught a Deimos in Tama, we caught an AFK stratios in Heydieles, a 3 man gang of comets and an executioner in a site in heydieles and I got chased by a vengeance who met his demise as the rest of the fleet arrived with my shield tanked rifter at 8% left once I got out of range.

And those are just the kills I was part of!

Hundreds of millions destroyed, some 57m looted by yours truly. (handed the Dread Guristas Warp Disruptor to the FC for spectre fleet).

Oh, and to top it off, the rifter I was flying is worth 1.7 million.

I looted 33 times as much as the value of my ship. I might spend that on more cheap ships and hand them out to rookies. 

WIN!

Gate Camp Extravaganza

During the day today, a couple people on Spectre Fleet comms were hoping for a fleet to join, and I felt one could be made with limited involvement - a gate camp in Old Man Star. Some people griped about a swarm of 100mn tengus bound to happen, but I felt sure enough that the fleet would be worth it.

We formed up a 31 man gang (I locked fleet at 31), all armor ships and went to work.

Within minutes, the fleet was 100% undeniably validated with the following two kills:

Ship

Pod

Please understand our amazement when not only had a skiff jumped into us blindly, the player also let their pod die for a total loss of 2.8billion.

Duuuuuude.

Following that, we cought an imicus and a fed navy comet, later on a hoarder, but between that lot was another major kill.

Ship

Pod

That’s a full set of +5’s on a bomber fit for…failing miserably? He had cloaked to try to warp, but our interceptor decloaked him with no issue.

I’m not on any kill mail, being logistics, but forming a fleet which them racks up 3.43b in kills with ONE loss, a T2 fit exequror that jumped into Villore high sec with a criminal flag…. well, that makes my heart sing.

Op fucking success.

Emergent Gameplay, the kind CCP makes videos about.

This was the very definition of emergent gameplay.

I’m flying with spectre fleet tonight for the revenant event sponsored by evebet. To be part of this, I am flying an osprey.

En route to the staging system for spectre, I encounter a providence that is tackled and being shot. As I jump, I notice it was under attack by NPCs. Curious, I got have a look and slowboat back through the gate (no prop mod).

I discover the providence is in half STRUCTURE and offer my assistance. He says yes. As I begin repairing him, I try to find out what happened.

And then I receive my cap warning. This is a fleet logi ship, cap zero without a buddy. I need to call backup to make this work.

I shout out in spectre fleet immediately calling for aid, anyone at all nearby. An exequror responds one jump away and I give them the location. The provi is in 20% structure now. 

I continue to struggle to add what little repairs I can to the providence, but it is no use. The support arrives a mere 30 seconds after the providence goes down.

Turns out the poor pilot was hauling a trade good that is legal in caldari space, but contraband in gallente space. With a minor glitch, they didn’t follow the correct procedure and were summarily webbed to standstill and shot to hell. 

I managed to scoop the loot and take it to a nearby station, contracting it over to the pilot, for which they rewarded me 50m ISK. “Most people would see that and just be on me like … vultures. Thank you for helping me instead.”

If only I was in a scythe, not an osprey, they would have lived.

But this emergent event was the definition of unscripted and major coincidence. It required me to depart at that time for a single group of my choice that happens to be based on the other side of this situation, I left in a logistics ship when I could have chosen DPS, the guy happened to haul contraband without realising it, I was only en route because of the revenant set up by evebet, only made possible by the fact that loads of people play evebet every day.

By gambling with evebet, you almost saved a providence and earned me 50 million ISK. Thank you.

(Also, I’ve gone full butterfly effect and suggested the guy joins Spectre for the event. Maybe they’ll join up and be that random player in an emergent encounter dragged into a fleet battle.)

Project Siphon is 8.94% complete.

Developments

I HAVE MY PALADIN.

And buyers remorse.

Basically - it’s the ever present issue with lasers. They use cap (notoriously dangerous to begin with) and they’re stuck with good old EM-Thermal. Utterly useless against angel/T2 minmatar. Hell, it’s a pain in the ass against guristas, even without the jams.

I see a lot of complaints about AC’s recently regards to underwhelming power in PvP especially, but just how many laser ships do you see that aren’t the slicer or a solo Nomen? When it comes to PvE, they’re limited to Sansha/Blood Raider.

To top it off, lasers have great range projection, limited tracking - perfect for a ship line that prides itself in not moving very fast. Not.

-sigh-. Looks like I might be a fully trained Bhaalgorn pilot someday soon, as the Vargur might be of more interest to me. At least then I can hit any damage type needed, while still using guns.

Dimensional Doors - Minecraft

Let me tell you, the dimensional doors mod for minecraft is enticing, scary, annoying, useful and creepy as fuck. 

Install at your own peril. Enjoy the joys it can bring, and the nightmares.

asker

offendedasian asked: how well do interceptors fare in null and lowsec? planning to do long distance travel in nullsec for the first time.

tezzeretseeking:

randomgamerblog:

Fitting for travel, VERY well. Use eft or a similar program to ensure your align time is below 2 seconds. That’s enough to ensure only a smartbombing battleship can catch you.

For combat, the Malediction and Crow obviously do well with kiting missiles. The other ceptors have their places for damage and tackling, though in the FW scene they’re not really seen outside of gangs. A solo interceptor will struggle to get a fight and is expensive to lose if caught by a well placed scrambler.

I heard somewhere that one of the interceptors (crow, I think) can fit a mse plus less than two second align, making it harder to smartbomb. I haven’t checked it in pyfa, but if it’s true that’d be a great help

The Ares can fit for 2s align, T2 MSE and still have 176m^3 cargo from cargo mods/rigs. With a meta-4 MSE, it has room to fit a cyno as well, though you’ll need to drop cargo or use implants in order to fit literally anything else.

The Malediction needs all its lows to get below 2 second align without implants, but it can also fit a meta-4 MSE, two T2 warp disruptors AND a cyno, all with 141 cargo.

A crow can get exactly 2s align with pure agility mods and rigs, so it’d likely need implants to be completely safe. Not the perfect choice I’ll be honest.

A stilletto almost suffers the same fate as the crow (only 3 low slots does that to you) but can get under 2s align. Its cargo is only 110 though at max with this align time and has much lower PG.

asker

offendedasian asked: how well do interceptors fare in null and lowsec? planning to do long distance travel in nullsec for the first time.

Fitting for travel, VERY well. Use eft or a similar program to ensure your align time is below 2 seconds. That’s enough to ensure only a smartbombing battleship can catch you.

For combat, the Malediction and Crow obviously do well with kiting missiles. The other ceptors have their places for damage and tackling, though in the FW scene they’re not really seen outside of gangs. A solo interceptor will struggle to get a fight and is expensive to lose if caught by a well placed scrambler.

asker

zachrilege asked: I love hearing about your lowsec adventures. I have been wanting to get in on faction warfare for a while now. Fly safe o7

Glad you enjoy reading them :)

Don’t hold back, leap right in! If you’re worried about standings, a suitable character isn’t too expensive on the character bazaar forums, so you can ride in with a same-account alt.

Good purchase

There are a great many ways to travel around low sec, but not all of them will keep you alive.

I heard report of a gate camp on a pipeline gate, the two routes around it both being long, one through enemy high sec, the other through a LOT of extra low sec. Nursery rhymes involving bear hunts come to mind.

Thankfully, I was prepared for this. Sort of. Cloak + mwd can evade a lot of difficulties. As I enter the accursed system, the local channel is utterly filled with criminal types - CODE. in fact - and they notice me immediately. 

I believe the outbursts in local were best described by one person as “a bunch of mouthbreathers.” It’s the kind of ironically, soft worded insult that still manages to ruffle some feathers.

As I slam into their camp, a few ships follow through the gate to attempt to catch me on the other side. An ishtar is a valuable prize after all.

But alas, they didn’t even anticipate the cloak+mwd, their interceptor failing to chase me in the appropriate manner and I speed off towards my goal, untouched.

That said, I am not one to push my luck, and for the return trip I took the long way home. 

(Also, gallente FW missions can continue to go screw themselves. You have NO idea the difficulty I had with one, thanks to an armor fit with anemic dps and an NPC with ridiculous regen AND neut+ecm. Too fast for my ogres to keep in optimal, had to use wardens which only just had enough dps, such that if one missed consistently, I would fail to break him!)

Just my luck

Gallente FW missions are such bullshit. Stupid piece of fricking…

On that note, I decided I had to switch ship, and the one I wanted happened to be in a system just next door with most of the modules. The rest were but two jumps away.

I buy the majority that I need, fitting a couple from the old ship, and undock into 3 pirates.

DOCK!

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Wings of Valor 2.0

kr-studios:

randomgamerblog:

kr-studios:

randomgamerblog:

Short and sweet, following the fall of Ladistier today, the Gallente Militia has wiped out ALL CALDARI SYSTEMS.

Gallente have total control of their Faction Warfare zone. 

Caldari… you barely tried, but who can blame you? Such overwhelming force; allied, organized, determined. 

Viva la Gallenté!

WOW. Was that only on one region though?

Nope. Gallente have full dominance of all FW systems (101 systems total) in Black Rise, The Citadel, Placid, Verge Vendor and Essence regions.

Have a look here for the full map.

Wow. So does CCP have a contingency plan to stop FW becoming dull AF?

None are needed. The caldari will push back sooner or later, and the Gal Mil has multiple plans to deal with the lack of contest if that should occur. We have super lucrative FW missions for money, pirates to fight, some are even considering building up a militia force to start taking on the pirate inhabitants, kicking out their assets too. 

Perunga, a notable FC from C.Q.B, has called for a push into capital size ships for those he leads, ready to take on pirate installations and make their impact on the warzone reduced.

The nature of war is to fight towards a victory condition, a condition which, upon being realized, brings about a period of peace/stability. It’ll take a new “war” from the Caldari for the warzone to drop down again, and it will happen soon enough. Perhaps the recent kerfuffle with TEST in HERO will bring them back to fighting for the caldari.

Wings of Valor 2.0

kr-studios:

randomgamerblog:

Short and sweet, following the fall of Ladistier today, the Gallente Militia has wiped out ALL CALDARI SYSTEMS.

Gallente have total control of their Faction Warfare zone. 

Caldari… you barely tried, but who can blame you? Such overwhelming force; allied, organized, determined. 

Viva la Gallenté!

WOW. Was that only on one region though?

Nope. Gallente have full dominance of all FW systems (101 systems total) in Black Rise, The Citadel, Placid, Verge Vendor and Essence regions.

Have a look here for the full map.

Wings of Valor 2.0

Short and sweet, following the fall of Ladistier today, the Gallente Militia has wiped out ALL CALDARI SYSTEMS.

Gallente have total control of their Faction Warfare zone. 

Caldari… you barely tried, but who can blame you? Such overwhelming force; allied, organized, determined. 

Viva la Gallenté!