Crashing Providence: King of the Hill


So, this Sunday we had the King of the Hill event.

King of the hill is an event where everyone brings a specific shiptype, we crap around a region looking for fights until only one is left standing. Every ship must have  remote repair module. In this case we were told it would be Armor tanked battleships. And to form up at Mista for fights. Everyone puts cash into a pot, and the winner is the one that stays on the field. You ship will be blown up, and this isn’t about surviving, it’s about having way too much fun.

I brought an Armageddon. A neuting ship will always be useful in a world of cap heavy shield tanked ships. Fit below:

[Armageddon, KOTH Suck Job]
Large 'Solace' Remote Bulwark Reconstruction
Large 'Solace' Remote Bulwark Reconstruction
Drone Link Augmentor I
Heavy Unstable Power Fluctuator I
Heavy Unstable Power Fluctuator I
Heavy Unstable Power Fluctuator I
Heavy Unstable Power Fluctuator I

Prototype 100MN Microwarpdrive I
Heavy Capacitor Booster II
Heavy Capacitor Booster II
Phased Weapon Navigation Array Generation Extron

Damage Control II
1600mm Reinforced Steel Plates II
1600mm Reinforced Steel Plates II
Adaptive Nano Plating II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Drone Damage Amplifier II

Large Trimark Armor Pump I
Large Trimark Armor Pump I
Large Trimark Armor Pump I

Hammerhead II x5
Bouncer I x5
Hobgoblin II x5
Garde I x5
Warrior II x5
Hornet EC-300 x5

Yeah, some of the choices were due to my skills (Couldn’t fit T2 neuts, or T2 sentries.) However it puts out an impressive tank, and is good for the RR.

We formed up and headed out. It was a ragtag fleet of different ships (TFI, Typhoon, Apocalypse, Hyperions). A few others brought some T3 for fast locking and tackle, as well as some cruisers for utility. The hot shit was the bling fit Vindicator. I didn’t put out much hope that it would survive.

Surprisingly our fleet didn’t get much attention, most others getting out of our way, despite us begging in local for people to kill us. However we were in the heart of CVA, so it was only a matter of time before they pounced. And they did, at range, with some kiting ships. They set up at 40km from the gate.

We could have played cat and mouse, but that wasn’t the idea of the fleet. We lemminged into them, and battle was formed.

Do you know how you can tell it was fleet success? They brought in Capitals to finish us off. Holy crap. And the fleet comms was packed up with laughing and joking afterwards.

You can find the BR here: http://dog-net.org/brdoc/?brid=22984 .  Make no mistake: none of us survived.

After some pretty hard morale hits, this was an amazing fleet to be part of.  So much fun!

Peace out.

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The Return of the Band of Brothers? (Alliance thoughts)


Before I begin: That was a fairly intense ATXI wasn’t it? Full props to Pandemic Legion for pulling out the win when their backs were against the wall. You can check out all the ATXI stuff here: http://www.twitch.tv/ccp . Given time the matches will pop up on YouTube.

Okay, with that out-of-the-way, personal nerws.

Out Alliance went down to HopHib to hook up with NCdot and take part in some ops. Now, having to move up then move down within a week has been a bit of a breaker of wills. Much kudos to my Corp for helping me move my stuff. I managed to get most of it out, but 6NJ was in full firesale mode. Many thanks to Black Legion for bubbling the station to make our leaving a little more exciting *shakes fist*.

I was bored after no ops so I popped thee Warp Core Stabs on a Retriever and decided to CannonBall run down through CFC space, for shits and giggles. (Sorry Rixx: http://eveoganda.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/wcs-ecm.html). It was quite fun, as I had about 5 ships just behind me, desperate to get a point. And it was going so well, right up until they got a Sabre in front of me. Well it saved me another 20 jumps or so as I appeared in a new clone. Worth a run, and hopefully fun for the other side as well.

I understand that people consider 401k to be BoB. Well, you can rest easy now. Happy Endings (F0NDL) and Fin Fleet (FINFL) have decided that the direction the Alliance is taking is not for them, so we have bid them adieu. They were fun to fly with, and I wish them the best, but they will not be a part of 401k now. And with that, the :tinfoil: about the new BoB comes to an end.

Is the BoB rage stuff still going on btw? When is the shelf life for this? Molle is a military planner, but he isn’t in charge (That would be Zeroniss). At what point do people begin to chill out? I guess I just don’t get all the demonization of people. Mittani is just a dude. Molle is just a dude. They aren’t the second coming of Satan. The CFC are not evil personified. Pandemic Legion are not the Mongol hordes. Some of the time, they give fun fights. And that’s why we play, isn’t it. For the random fun explosions in space?

Well, if you excuse me, I have to go get some more BPO’s from out ‘inside man’ in CCP, while at the same time tactically resetting nodes for our advantage. Being evil takes work you know. (Yes, i am kidding, so chill)

P.S If you are new to EvE, take some time to read some of the old stuff (Good link: http://www.eve-tribune.com/index.php?no=archive&page=1). It is AMAZING. The BoB war was some of the most exciting content to come out of an MMO, with deception, lies, guile and an awesome tactical move that seemed suicide, but worked beyond anyone’s wildest dreams (I’m taking GS dropping their claimed space to assault directly into the heart of their enemy).

This game is awesome.

Peace out.

 

My EVE Career


My EVE Career.

So, I haven’t actually told you who I have flown with.

I actually started playing to get in tight with my boss, the GHSC heist was the topic and I figured it sounded awesome, and I should get into that.

For the first part of my Eve career I flew in a NPC corp just doing missions. That didn’t work out and I stopped playing, for ages.

Finally decided to come back and I decided to do things right.

First step was to get into a PC corp, and I got into Shadowfire. A really nice bunch of Miners and Industrialists based out of W-Space, part of the 4-M alliance. They have a nice Class 1 and 2 and live in there, doing sites and making obscene ISK with some of the tightest mining around. Look them up if you like. Verran Skarne is a chill bro. Link: http://shadowfireguild.guildportal.com/

After making stupid mistake after mistake I realised I needed to actually get into the guts of Eve.

I joined Eve Uni. It was a no-brainer. A corp that trains you up. I availed myself of a great many courses, and began to get a real good idea of how Eve worked. Got into some fleet fights and developed a taste for PvP. Still didn’t get good at it. I blew up some terrible Tengus, and generally was all about the missiles. Did a whole load of Incursions, and developed a real love of Logistics. For all the bad mouthing that comes with being so big, the Uni was a very welcoming place, and had loads of great people.

After Uni is joined GoonFleet. And that didn’t last long. I am not saying all people in GSF are bad, quite the contrary, most of them are friendly and nice. There is a whole other story there which I might go into at a later date, but I wont badmouth everyone just because of my experience. I did not have a good time, and I chose to leave.

I still had a desire for PvP so I got into RvB. Random fights all day every day. Can’t go wrong with that. I began to appreciate Amarr ships during this time, hefty tank and decent damage. I had worked up Gunnery and was now set for all Hybrids. Now to go for Lasers. I also did some Bombers Bar fleets, because, well, Bombers Bar are amazing. Proof:

And then I got tired of RvB. It was fleet warfare with no real objectives. I still had the desire for nullsec, but I didn’t know what to do. I almost quit EVEat this time. I did Incursions (something I loved doing since Eve uni)

So I decided to bite the bullet and see what null sec corps I could find.

And, first one was the one I joined.

ReSpawners : https://gate.eveonline.com/Corporation/ReSpawners

An EU timezone PvP corp. No PvE, all about the PewPew. I spoke to Captain Kanki and we went through my details. It was one of the fastest corp interviews ever. And I joined up straight away. One crazy flight later and in 6NJ, and being asked to join a fleet. It was that simple.

ReSpawners are part of 401k (boo hiss) who base out of 6NJ and do nullsec warfare and fun fleets. And I am happy to be part of them. Its a pretty laid back group, and no real stress. good people and good times.

That’s my Eve career so far. I have a desire to go into Black ops and then Capitals, and I think I have found the best place to do so, at this time.

Peace out.

Joining Null Sec


So, I joined a null-sec corp.

Yes, I know, null-sec is filled with rage and terror and nastiness, but hear me out.

I spent over a year in Eve-uni, doing a ton of random content. Mostly incursions and other PvE. We then started blobbing up for fleets, and that didn’t go so well. The war we were in wasnt a war, as the other side were padding killboards and just being trolls, which was a bit annoying.

I got tired of it.

I tried one null-sec corp. But I had a real clash of cultures. Bascially I took umbance with the use of a racist term, and it got me a load of stick. I left. That is not to say everyone in thaat corp was like that, no, it’s just that there was a critical mass that means i didn’t think i could stick around them.

So, i moved onto RvB. RvB are good for just fights, but it really became a bit of a meat grinder. Fights for fights sake really didn’t get me going as much as i thought.

Time to move on.

I did my homework, and found a group that are in NPC Null-sec, part of an alliance, not too big to be daunting, but not too small to be useless. And i had a chat with the CEO.

CEO was really easy going, we went through what i was looking for, what he was looking for. A quick API exchange and we talked about doctrines and what ships i wanted to fly. He said to me that if i was a spy, not to worry, they already had loads. And that there wasnt enough in the Corp coffers to steal. Ten minutes later and i’m in.

No surgery, no pain. Just a new corp to dive into.

And almost straight away, im in a fleet.

I love flying logistics. Sure, the killboard stats take a beating, but if that’s why you fly, then Logi isn’t for you. Logi is the force multiplier. It’s making a difference, keeping your dps alive and earning every one of those “Thanks for saving my ass guys”.

Fleet formed up. It was a slew of HACS, some Dictors, Some tackle and 10 logi as the backbone. Facing us , in a 2 to 1 advantage, was a load of HAM caracals, with cheap logi and disruption.

The fight was intense, occurring in 2 different locales. We jumped into them on the first engagement, took some losses, and managed to stabilize Reps. The amount of damage the HAMS can do is amazing, i can see them as being a really good damage dealer. However we were packing some interesting anti missile tech that seemed to do well and reduce DPS (Smart bombs!). It seemed to help, and the enemy disengaged.

Thus we had a little cat and mouse as we tried to reengage, and the fight occurred again.

I got tackled a few times, but the smart bombs and pulsing of MWD kept me out of serious damage range. We did lose a few logi’s, but i survived.

My favourite moment was repping one of the hacs from low structure and keeping him up. It was give or take, but he managed to get to the end and didn’t lose his ship. And we got a thank you for that.

Logistics Support is a fun ship type to fly. I’d recommend starting out on the solo ships (T1) to try it out.