So I desperately need more trade slots
Currently stood at 45 active orders, selling stuff from the brave recycling program I run (over 1b taken in through that, hot damn). Obviously stuff takes time to sell.
I looked at my sell hangar to see how many stacks are left to go through.
Oh, and 119 items not suitable for sale in barleguet.
Jesus this is going to take a long while. As soon as my blops can bridge, I’m getting trade skills up. Fuel conservation can come second.
There’s little quite as satisfying as sitting back 100km away in a naga, picking off thrashers in the 8 man gang as the rest of the brave pilots lock them down.
But one thing that is similarly satisfying - Take a zealot with the same fleet to clear a null gate camp. Get targeted by the enemy fleet, have to run the ancillary rep to stay alive, somehow don’t get pointed! I bounce to a tactical and, having lost their chance at a shiny kill, cause the enemy fleet to bail out, leaving the stragglers to die. One such straggler in an omen, the baby variant of my ship, discovered why I described lasers in eve chat as bwaaaaaaaarm.
It’s a mean gleam beam machine.
And it’s still alive, after warping it into a large group of people in null who then shot at it. :O
Altruism is a thing - but people always ruin it by compensating me >.<
One of my main recycling program clients happened to use the money to buy a new widow and wanted to bring it down from Jita - in BNI.
Well, with two accounts trained into covert cynos, gotta use them somehow. I happily filled the role of cyno chain and lit the three cynos across low sec space to get the blops there.
Job done, Widow safely into barle, I went to say my goodbyes and seven-ohs when they held me back a moment.
And said “Pick a T2 frigate”.
After some deliberation (and feigned ignorance) I chose purifier. The guy only went and handed me a 40m, fully fit purifier along with an extra 5m ISK tip.
45m for lighting just three cynos (if somewhat crucial and timely).
I’ll take it!
I saved the abaddon
Had to leave a fleet early, meant an abaddon stuck in null sec.
Scouted out the way home with the help of two others and my alt in his shiny new falcon.
The abaddon was doing well, until the last null gate which had a couple inties sat on it at 0. The abaddon warped to a perch (visible to gate sadly) and was readying to warp from there.
Turns out the inties had a perch nearby and knew it. They warped down and my heart sank about as far as tachyons reach.
But, no matter, the falcon drew their attention and the abaddon warped to the gate and jumped. Now all the falcon had to do was jam them out.
Okay, maybe next cycle.
I didn’t get a 4th chance.
SAVED THE ABADDON. Lost the falcon.
Not sure I won that.
"Hey, can someone help with the rats in this gas site?"
That’s all that was said in alliance chat. No doubt many times this kind of thing is posted and I just don’t see it. Alliance chat only earns 8 lines of space in the bottom right of my screen, shared with 5 other tabs. It’s not important really.
But today I saw it. I had nothing better to do, nothing in mind, and no amount of gas site rats could be an issue for me. I grabbed a (rather poorly fit) vexor, said I could help out, what rats did they need shifting?
Turns out it was a combat gas site with a few battleships and elite cruisers knocking around. I would’ve brought my zealot if I knew this, but no matter. The other two there who were running the site were an unarmed imicus and a simple thrasher.
I took to the field, called primary target, released drones and unleashed hell. The thrasher had to warp off multiple times for coming under fire, once for lack of cap, while the imicus decloaked early at one point and soon had to leave for safety.
All the while I just kept rolling. Manually pilot, drones on target, railguns firing, waves dying.
After clearing out the rats, we agreed to have me go get my hacking ship - T2 ship with T2 analyzer is a much better bet than T1 on a T1 with piss all for skills. By this time, they just wanted moolah.
In 5 minutes, I brought out the anathema and got hacking. It was an easy job, my data analyzer shredded the containers and between the three of us there was not a single bit of loot to miss.
All told the site paid out around 75m in loot/salvage and just shy of 3m each in bounty. 28m each and a couple rather happy newbros.
Oh, and I didn’t lose my ship this time. That kinda helps the mood a bit. :)
This is the first time ever I get to fly an abaddon in a fleet! This is a megathron/Armor BS fleet. All megas sold out so I’m going for Abaddon. Besides, I have level 5 in amarr BS, 3 in gallente, amarr is win by a mile.
So much ehp. 151k ehp non-heat.
So much lasers.
I have resists sufficient for an incursion fleet to not even be slightly concerned about my safety.
God I hope this goes well…
"Hey, what….who got concorded?"
"Oh, me sorry"
"Why? What did you do?"
"There was a shuttle!"
"I don’t like shuttles. :3"
Walk Softly, And Carry A Good Post
So hey, drone assist is getting nerfed. How bout that.
This has been one of those controversial subjects for quite some time. Back in 2011, Ripard Teg noted on his blog the rise of slowcat carriers. I myself groused about it when I was flying with Providence, as we had to try to find a way to deal with the inevitable drone-assisting carrier-blob. CSMs were mentioning it as early as June. Following battleship changes, with the Fountain war and the Halloween war after it, it’s taken center stage as nullsec fleet doctrines have converted over almost entirely to drone assist fleets.
While most of the playerbase has been howling about it, either for or against, the CSM has been talking. Various of us have mentioned it— Ripard included it in an update a while back, and I made no secret that I was working against it.
But still, behind the NDA, we were talking, and talking quite passionately— we’re not a body that lacks for strong opinions and beliefs. The goal, as always, has been to achieve a CSM consensus or near-consensus about the system, then use that to inform and shape our discussions with CCP.
After enough discussion, we had one, and we started posting internally about assist. We were able to get a discussion going, because we were willing to listen and to post things that were well-considered, even when they were also strong. Because the CSM was relatively diverse, we were able to represent the real breadth of areas where drone assist was a problem and a lot of the utility use-cases this fix preserves. The ability to have a real conversation outside of but informed by the political winds of the game is one of the better tools CSM has for getting things done. By the end of the summit, we were satisfied.
That’s what we do— get stuff done, talk about stuff, figure stuff out, despite whatever political weather is going on outside. To do anything else would be irresponsible.
A surprising and impressive development. Reading the reasoning for 50 as a chosen limit (and the caveat that it was only this high as “legitimate” uses required it, notably incursions) is quite interesting, as are the sentiments that no-assist sentries would be too confusing and that a frigate with 50 sentries behind it is still balanced.
Personally the notion that it’d be too complex to say “sentries cannot be assigned” is a bit of toff, considering that logistics drones and e-war drones cannot be assigned, nor can sentries move (on an actual level) even while all others can.
Still, this is a move in the right direction. VERY much so.