Thursday 24 December 2009

The Merry Christmas Post

Merry Christmas New Eden.

Sunday 20 December 2009

The Jackpot!

Every roam is different, this one started out with a bang, whilst waiting in lowsec for an old friend to hook up for his first PvP roam I was ambushed on a gate.
Actually let me start that one again... I was parked on a exit to highsec gate waiting for him to turn up, when 2 Mryms landed and started taking pot shots at me, the sentry guns started hitting them really hard.
Looking at the highly active local count I just switched on the reps and sat tanking them without engaging.

Unsuprisingly a [SCUM] gang landed on the gate causing the 2 mryms to scatter, the gang left without bothering to engage me, and then shortly left local.
One of the Myrms came back, local had calmed down and with none of his friends in system I figured what the heck,  I start to lock the myrm, at which point he jumped thru into highsec, earning himself a quick concord retaliation.
Following after and whoring the kill like a pro, I asked him why he had jumped through? He then replied that he hadn't been able to tank my guns, and without his mate (who the [SCUM] gang had caught) he didn't want to fight me. After almost spitting my coffee on the monitor I let him know about sentry guns and the GCC. :)

I hooked up with my gang we travelled off deep into lowsec, unfortunately we didn't manage to find anything suitable, had a close one with a large battleship gang camping a gate, another first for our drake pilot, and then back home to Iges.

Domi on scan...  oh his only a few days old.

Proteus on scan same sector of space!  Missoning?  Excellent, switch out for AB's and Antimatter.

Got them on 100% calls the scout, warping now. Followed by the Proteus is global! Wooohooo!
I land 20k away and see the Proteus running off, dammit he was obviously watching his scanner too well. Getting caught up on a asteroid, I maneuver round before closing to within scram range, strangely enough the Domi is still sat there happily shooting the mission rats. Oh well I figure, on with the scram and web, orbiting him I start to fire, damm he's breaking fast. I turn off most of the guns, hoping the proteus will return. The Domi's smart bomb was hurting my drones so I recall them and just leave 2/7 guns on him, but with no sign of the T3 returning I turn the guns back on.

Using the friendly drake as bait we move on looking for the next kill.
And were soon rewarded when he started screaming on voice that he'd been engaged on a gate and was going down fast. We land and immediately spread the points out on the two ships, calling the Vigilant primary, we overheat on him just to make sure. With his MWD out and two webs on him the strickened faction cruiser doesn't hold up long. Our drake pops, just before the vigilant. Realising that I'd actually lost my point Cyclone I slap the overheat on the MWD and get closer to him, point goes back on and he pops shortly afterwards.

We scoop the loot and drop it in system before their friends arrive. Christmas came early, in the form of one faction fitted pirate cruiser which very kindly dropped 300m of loot.

Shortly afterwards I undock into a waiting camp outside the station, ooh the Vigiliants corp mates, using an Insta I leave their camp in my warp trail and head to the gate. Jumping thru into another camp, my ganky brutix pops. Noticing the vigilant pilot now in a Vexor I couldn't help but laugh, as my pod warps off to safety. Luckily I had already decided to come back for the loot later in the cloaky, and had left it behind in the station.

All in all a great roam, and a good introduction to PvP for my mission running friend in his drake, who also managed to pop a recon ship before we arrived on gate to support him.

Sunday 13 December 2009

Pearls from stacmon local :)

[00:17:52] Oriss Intaki >Homeless (tis an item see it ingame)
[00:18:15] Xentira Enth > WTF
[00:18:40] Anabaric > ooh i'll take 1 and give him a home :)
[00:18:47] Anabaric > how many you got?
[00:19:17] Oriss Intaki > 10.
[00:19:38] explorer chaos > can we eat them?
[00:19:54] Oriss Intaki > I'm selling them to the amarr.
[00:19:56] Anabaric > dunno, we can cook them with lazers o.O
[00:20:08] explorer chaos > yea bbq style
[00:20:21] Xentira Enth > ye eat them
[00:20:23] Xentira Enth > I'm hungry
[00:20:33] Xentira Enth > A spicy finger would be nice in my mouth right now
[00:20:53] explorer chaos > i'll give you somthing spicy
[00:21:11] Anabaric > Group Of Homeless  o.O
[00:21:23] Anabaric > check out the volume
[00:21:24] Oriss Intaki > Volume and Mass. LOL
[00:21:29] Oriss Intaki > So... many... homeless...
[00:21:38] Anabaric > thats alot of homeless people
[00:21:44] explorer chaos > lol they must be american
[00:21:53] Oriss Intaki > That's a metric shitton of homeless.
[00:22:15] Oriss Intaki > Explorer, you must be an ignorant brit.
[00:22:25] explorer chaos > aye that i am
[00:22:58] Anabaric > no if they were american the mass would be smaller than the volume.
[00:22:59] Oriss Intaki > PIP PIP CHEERIO
[00:23:12] Xentira Enth > That is so not true
[00:23:18] Anabaric > i figure that hot air takes up more volume
[00:24:00] Xentira Enth > if it was American homeless, both mass and volume would be 10x more
[00:26:21] Anabaric > /emote notices the yank has gone quiet....
[00:26:43] explorer chaos > trying to think of sometrthing to come back with
[00:27:03] r1pclaw > some nice pies perhaps?
[00:27:11] Xentira Enth > Fortunately there's lots of space to hide from the truth in this universe
[00:27:35] Anabaric > lol he's a yank the only possible comeback is a nuke.
[00:27:43] Xentira Enth > ROFL
[00:27:52] explorer chaos > lolololol
[00:27:57] r1pclaw > /emote grins
[00:28:17] Chuckeysbride > And whats wrong with Nukes?
[00:28:42] Anabaric > luckily from what i've seen of their geography lesson's we're pretty safe as apparently bagdah was either in Canada or France. So not much chance of them actually hitting what they aim at.
[00:29:02] Xentira Enth > hahaha
[00:29:10] explorer chaos > yea they normally hit their frinds
[00:30:03] Anabaric > right and with that little pearl, I'm off to bed, toodlepip o7

Training fleet members...

I had a close call last night, was ratting down in a nice little lowsec dead end when I spied a pirate in local, quickly cloaking my Arazu I moved in for a look and discovered a Buzzard dropping probes on the gate, it cloaked before I could do anything further. A few minutes later my new corp member who i'd sent to the station for safety whilst we worked out who it was, said that the buzzard had docked with him.

Great I thought, if he undocks follow him and try to catch him as he leaves the station. I warp towards the undock point, some 50au away (I hate long warps) My corpie shouts that he's outside the station and has tackled him. Uncloaking midwarp I flick to my combat overview and prepare the scrams. Dropping out from warp 20k from the undock I immediately lock and scram the buzzard...


He'd changed ships. My corpie was now flying his Executioner in orbit around a flashy red Cerberus HAC. This could get messy I think to myself. Lucky for us, the Cerberus was obviously thinking the same thing, and chose that moment to dock back up.

I can't blame my corpie, he's a new pilot and did EXACTLY what I'd told him to do, I should have been their at the beginning of the fight and also it shows I need to do some more ship recognition training lol.

Saturday 21 November 2009

The Learning curve

New Eden is not a simple place to grow old in. When I first undocked in my velator all those many months ago, I never knew what awaited me in the vast universe that is now my home, I have seen many things now, from pirate infested systems, where just escaping from the station undocking ring is an art, to fragile wormholes leading into forgotten worlds still protected by fierce automated defense systems.

The knowlegde of all these things has filled my head and my heart, and has shaped the way I fit modules to my ships, down to the way I fit permanent modifications (ie rigs to sacrifice armour to gain the edge on speed) to my ships.

Over the past 8 months, I have throw skill plans together just to get to the next ship, or the next weapon, there has not been a definate path set down to follow. Today that changes!
Making the final descion to not obtain my capital ship license, I have chosen a path that will progress, via the T2 Cruisers, Recon ships, Heavy assult cruisers, and logistics before moving onto the command ship skills, this will lead me to be able to fly the mighty EOS commandship. This is not a simple path, as I have included all the relevant parts to train for each ship making sure that each ship I obtain will have at least level 4 flying skills, and all the specialist modules trained so that I can fly each ship effectively.

There are several tools available to help you plan your learning, the simplest of these to use is EVE Mon (available here), this has allowed me to plan my training down to the finest detail, making intergrating 45 unique skills into a managable plan.

Monday 9 November 2009

How to steal a NYX

Hard on the eyes, but if you do manage to read the post its a good little story.
Now confirmed as true by some of the Beyond Div pilots...

I lol'd

Thursday 5 November 2009

Taranis beats Vagabond

Impressive kill for a ceptor, wish I could claim it as my own!

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Thats not fair they cried!

So I undock my taranis and the local dock monkey pirate tries to lock me in his Battlecruiser, I escape and get range before he can even finish locking me.

So off to meet the alliance, not finding much in the way of targets we decide to set up a little trap for the iges dock monkeys. We tank up a Battlecruiser and get it to to warp to the station, unsuprisingly there is a red (pirate) Harbinger on the station undock point, our bait warps off to the closest belt and our friend in the harby follows, shortly afterwards his two friends drop onto our bait mrymidom as well.

Springing the trap our fleet drops into the belt quickly pointing all the three pirate ships, the following destruction was quick and painless (for us anyway).

Then the local smack starts, with the pirates claiming foul while all the locals laugh at them. Funny that 3:1 odds in their favour were considered fair...

Dock monkeys never prosper...


Monday 2 November 2009

Pirate Carrier...

Tired of running Battlecruisers, and missing the insane speed of my ceptor,  I decided to jump back into my Taranis and run with the alliance fleet. I had wanted to test my Corelli C-Type MWD in combat and with my new implants giving 3% speed and agility, the ceptor should be even better than before.

I wasn't disappointed, undocking from the station I see a pirate Harby camping the station, good little dock monkey I say to myself, I'll see you again soon... As the lock warning chime starts to sound, I engage the mwd and immediately get hit with 20g's of acceleation 0-4000ms in 2 seconds, the harby finish's it locking sequence just in time to loose it again as I exceed its range. Laughing I set course for Dastyrns and link up with the alliance fleet.

Our mixed fleet of ships was mustered and waiting in stacmon, ready to start the roam. The first few systems we jumped into were quiet, lacking any targets suitable or not. The our falcon pilot calls back that he has a carrier on scan at a station, moving in for a closer look he confirms that it is a pirate, and then to everyone's suprise he says that  it is currently 30km from the station and slowly heading back into dock range.

Not wanting to miss this opportunity, we hastily get a plan together, our two interceptors were to jump in and using the scout as a warpin would land ontop of the carrier. I jump through into the system and warp to 70km from the scout as planned. As I drop out of warp I check the range to the carrier... oh shit! I'm 90km off him, and 100km off the station too close for a rewarp! I call back to the fleet tell them to warp to the station rather than me. Engaging my mwd, I race towards the carrier, still not fast enough, I hit the overheat button and get rewarded with another boost to now racing at over 5000ms the damage alarms are starting to flash as the mwd starts to burn up. 25km and I start to lock the carrier, dialing back the the mwd I drop into a close orbit to engage the scram/web combination that will hold down even a giant carrier. The other interceptor arrives seconds later starts its high speed disruptor orbit.

I already know that if the carrier has smart bombs I'm doomed. Then the carrier deploys fighters.. what the hell? Who is this pilot? Warriors would have ended the lives of both ceptors in seconds. The fighters drop out on top of me and and as my overview starts to glow red with fighters the rest of the fleet drops out of warp, as the calls confirming points and webs on, the friendly lock of the logistics cruiser saves my little ship, with only 30% structure left after few lucky hits from the fighters!

The carrier pilot now fully jammed, pulls his fighters, thus proving himself to be a complete idiot and gives in.
Now the little pirate inside ask's should we have ransomed it... ?

Oh well...
Kill link

Friday 16 October 2009

Pop goes the Brutix (again)

I really should start building Brutix's I seem to be going through them at a high rate. Thats what you get for running gank fitted ships I guess.
I usually fly a glass cannon but at only 45m isk and getting 700dps with my poor skills you still melt most things. You just don't want to get shot at, which is what happened again last night. Oh well Golem Golem :)
It was a trap, that much was obvious with the bait repping scorpion, but hungry for a fight we followed it to the belt anyway. A little lag on the gate and I missed the scorpion kill, but despite knowing what was already in the belt, figured I'd throw my ship and try and get some of the support ships, (rapier and blackbird) that were harassing our fleet. The blackbird was in structure when I popped, I did wonder if my drones would finish the job anyway, but unfortunately not. As for the rapier pilot sitting just 6k from my wreck, I reckon he might have needed some new underwear at the end of the fight as I'd got the scam and web on, and was just starting to get hits on him.

TIP: Void for battleships, Navy Antimatter for everything else.

Monday 12 October 2009

Why Virgin Media is a poor choice.

Do not fly in anger with Virgin Media ADSL, you will die, and loose your pod.
(Thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it!)

The pitch...

The reality...

Finally after months of complaining Virgin have agreed that they have a problem with their traffic shaping software and that it doesn't recognise gaming packets as priority. To be honest my traceroutes have been off the scale some days, with pings of 500ms making controlling my ships in eve impossible.

The loss...
 I should have known better, the connection was slugish, sometimes taking 10secs to jump between systems, and docking.. well I've seen the inside of the docking attempt already in progress too many times.

But in search of pew pew, Elth and I took the blitz route down to Goinard via lowsec, a nice FW lowsec pipe, with few targets showing their heads, and a short game of tag with a Abbaddon that only wanted to play docking games. We raced off into the next system, empty, then off to the next, Elth is in the lead, and jumps, I arrive on the gate and hit jump, only to hear the dreaded words "oh fuck! camp!" Dammit... I'd already jumped. Arriving the other side some 10seconds later the camp unfolds, cruisers, and BS's bugger.... I'm in a gank brutix this is not going to go well...
Being the cheaper vessel, and also furthest out from the cruisers, I hit the mwd and start to spam warp out to a planet directly ahead, oh dear hear come the locks. - Scrambled...

Elth at this point runs back for the gate saving the better ship. While I'm still in stucture I get the insurance notification... huh? OK...
I'm already spamming warp with the pod, but again "ping" and I'm waking up in the clone bay. - Virgin induced lag, not so much fun. Didn't even see the pod go down.

So I'm looking for a new ISP!

Thursday 8 October 2009

A fair swap for a battlecruiser.

Last night in Iges we manged to score a great little fight.
We found a pirate scorpion hugging a station. After spending time trying to bump him off the station we finally managed to tempt him into a fight. The scorpion pilot made the mistake of getting just alittle off the station, and with the sentries were happily chewing away at him, he started firing torpedos at my brutix, quickly loosing shield I docked, at this point Elth was undocking his Domi and the fight was on, I undocked quickly and immediately engaged the scorpion laughing as at this point several other pirates jumped into the fight!

Webbing the scorpion I charged into the fight, overloading the guns, and sending the drones streaming towards the floundering battleship. As I got close the strikes started to hit accurately 400damage, 600damage 800 damage, by this point my own armour was boiling off under the mounting fire from the pirates. I had my tracking disruptor on the vagabond but its hit were still accurate. As the last of the armour burnt away leaving the structure I checked and already knowing I was scrambled dug in and held the fire button down. I was rewarded by watching the scorpion explode, and I quickly turned my guns on the Harby that was scrambling me. I knew it was already too late to save the brutix as the structual alarms were already going off. Seconds later I was sitting in the debries field that used to be my battlecruiser. With no time to spare I quickly engaged the emergency warp drive locking onto the nearest planet. Checking my assets I realised that inside the station I had another Brutix, an older model and not fitted quite as well, but more than enough to help Elth put the rest of the pirates down. I warped back docked and jumped into the Brutix.
Undocking I immediately engaged the Harby again, Elth had already reduced the Hurricane to a broken wreck, the Vaga keeping well at range contiuned to fire at Elth leaving me with free to close on the Harby a few more salvo's from the Brutes Neurton's and the harby popped, looking back at my now empty overview I was not suprised to see the vaga had disapeered.

To the winner go the spoils, scooping the loot into my cargo bay, I think we might even have made a small profit. A fair swap for a brutix.