Thursday, 15 March 2018

Anatomy of a Wormhole Camp Breaking

We weren't hired to do it, but it got done nonetheless.

It started with a random Rattlesnake transiting a gate in Aralgrund while I was moving ships; with no warning and no pattern, and no one in tackle, it got through, but we traced it as far as Offikatlin, 2 jumps away.

Ten or twenty minutes later, a second Rattlesnake followed. Same corp. Same direction. So names were taken, research undertaken. Rogue meddlers, who were ex-Wingspan members striking out half on their own. Blobby, but if it's Wingspan, probably an easy enough push-over if you can play your cards right.

We became aware there was a wormhole in Offikatlin, with a Rogue Meddlers eyes alt in the lowsec keeping tabs on everything, so I scanned it down, and jumped in. On the inside, a Gila and a Garmur and two large T1 warp disruptors.

So, it was clear that these guys were bringing in heavy hitters to bust a Citadel. Problem was, there was only me and another guy online, and we didn't have the attention span or ships to bust a Gila, at least 2 Rattles, and judging by killboard history, a bunch of bombers.

So, with ships to move and logistics to complete, it went on the back burner for a few hours, and we got back to it when Deamon Gr signed in and wanted something to shoot.

"Well, there's a camped wormhole in Offikatlin."
"OK, I grab my Mach. Lets go, FC."

So out of the Stratioses and into a Mega and a Rook. mega because I had it lying about for years, and Rook because I needed to get into the hole without any warning and the Rook didn't show up on D-Scan. The eyes in local would see the 3 toons and then, suddenly there's a Rook on the hole and it jumps in, and something gets pointed and then it's a Mega and a Mach and it goes south from there.

So that's what happened, except it's not a Gila and a Garmur, it's 2 Gilas, a Garmur, a Taranis and a Rattlesnake. Good thing I brought a tanky Rook, and tanked the lot of them for the time it took to warp two BS's to the hole and jump in.

Then the shoosting began in earnest, with us clobbering the Rogue Meddlers camp in short order, even though the initial hole presence swelled with 3 stealth bombers and 2 Ravens that warped in at range. The Mega lost 500m from safety after I burned it off to get point on a Raven that MJD'd off anyway. And I didn't load Null early enough, which reduced the DPS I could push out at the Raven and Rattles.

I guess we could have stuck around to save the citadel or finish it off, but it wasn't our fight and we had bigger fish to catch. But either way, the element of surprise, the correct ships, and bloody-minded aggression is what matters. That and a good dose of YOLO.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Citadel hacking? Me likey!

Sometimes the changes you think are the smallest at first end up being some of the best and greatest, and hacking citadels to reveal the timer is certainly one of them.

This is a great addition to the game because it addresses the content-killing nature of the Citadels where you literally had no idea whether a citadel was vulnerable, unlike a POS which was always vulnerable if you had enough ships or the right fits.

The addition of Low Power Mode is also good, because it punishes the AFK landlord who has a structure that requires no fuel and previously was basically indestructible unless someone spent literally a week dicking about trying to find the timer. No one gonna do that.

The age of the Astrahus being a perfect solution for 3 man alt corps in low class wormholes (cheap, free to run, invulnerable 95% of the time) is gone. It's going to cost you because you have to keep it fuelled. You have to be on for the vulnerability timer, because some rando in a magnate can spend 3 minutes to ping your Astrahus for it's timer, and if it's vulnerable and low power, a couple of Talos later, loot pinata.

Me likey.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Plus ca change....

So, i was away about 1 year. In some ways, there's been a lot of changes, and in another way, no changes.

The moon mining changes have been good, I think. It certainly gives people some more opportunities at content because people have to show up and put their mining fleets at risk to take the cash out of the ATM. They of course have a billion billion supercaps lurking one cyno away, but as long as you aren't dumb and just go in to gank a few Retrievers, who cares if you lose some Catalysts? So, tickybox.

We'll see what the addition of moon goo to wormholes does. it's actually about time, I think. People mine little enough in wormholes as it is, so I think it's a bit overblown to say that wormholes will become a moon goo paradise; a few will make out like bandits, but most moons will go without harvesting. Which is about where wormholes sit at the moment with respect to site running.

As for ships; the upcoming march balance pass is way overdue, and way too mild for most of the ships to make a difference. There are still some severe problems with the Cyclone vs other battlecruisers, even though the DPS boost will help. Like, an active brawling shield tanker which can fit two missile systems which are useless at brawling frigates, and deficient at brawling other battlecruisers that can tank better (Brutix, eg), and doesn't have the ability to tank their DPS withut ridiculous faction modules? Yep, same old Cyclone, just a bit more ganky. Great.

Still...better than nothing, I guess.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

That Unfit Rev

Twas a dark and (not) stormy night
The cabin lights were dim (dimmable LEDs)
The wind blew from the wormhole
Twas crit said the raven

The Astero waited, probing another sig
The night was late, tired was big
Then the C5 did wobble and thrum
And disappeared up its bum

And there, lo and behold
Was the Unfit Rev
Brass and big and bold

Tackle it I did
Not knowing if it was fit
For the ethos to live by is this;
Tackle first, sort out the DPS later, no shit

Unfit Rev

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

tempus exit a sinistris

I have considered bequeathing my cash to someone to ruin their game (32B) and just keeping my assets. After the last quitting I did where I gave away 15B and 12B++ in assets and accumulated all this shit, well, it's not really a huge problem to get rich in game.

But no.

It's been a good time the last couple of years. I had a lot of fun with the last reincarnation of Sudden Buggery / Prolapse. and had a lot of fun in lowsec. Plus, considering it was lowsec, I did OK for kills in wormholes when you think about it.

So rather than just table flip and quit with a pile of gold and treasure, I'd at least like to give something back to the nerds in terms of content.

I am most likely (like, definitely) going to just buy a super and drop it on something and get it gloriously blown up. But that'll have to await the child (still not here....due date is 2 days) and a bit of adjustment time, and then I will have to get a spare weekend, and make it US TZ to ensure people can attend my funeral.

The last time was a Phoenix burial. it was OK, we had fun, got rolled by LZHX as you do. But this time, I've got a plan to ensure I don't get dogpiled instantly by 50 dreads and blow up.

So, you're welcome to mail me in game to keep up to date with the date/time selection. It'll be a month or so from now, so don't get overly excited right now. I'll give a week's warning, and 24 hours before a destination.

That is all.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Paternity Leave

Nothing like the impending arrival of your first child to make you reprioritise your time, eh?

I have found less and less time to play EVE, and less and less time to blog about it. So this is as good a time as any to cut off from the game for a while. I might be on, but not for long. I won't be blogging unless I manage to solo something exciting.