Monday, January 26, 2009

Arsekicking goodness.

While we didn't quite hit the 100 kill goal I wished for our first weekend in Faction warfare, we came pretty damn close.

KB stats

As far as I'm concerned, I'm fairly impressed with the performance of the WiOD members. Another thing we noticed is that a lot of our older less active members have returned now that stuff is....err....happening...

So right now, I'm just glad that I can bitch at people for making the K/L ratio drop below 90%, for the first time in my entire time in WiOD I feel a bit of pride being the combat director of this corp. They have gone from a bunch of 0.0 carebears to bloodthirsty PVPers, partially in thanks to the person who ripped our corp off and encouraged us to step down our industry a bit. (On a sidenote, if you ever see Black harbinger or spaceslag in game, kill them)

As for me, I have been quite enjoying myself, I have participated in a few fights over the weekend Here Here and Here, and I have FCed a few as well. One especially fun fight which was our first RRing BC gang for WIOD + a few extra members, where we managed to get a warp in on their fleet and killed every single one of their battlecruisers. (note: we only had 19 people in fleets, the battle stats page on the FW killboard is a bit skewed since it takes all fighting that happens within the next few minutes into account, most of the battlecruisers + all WIOD members were the ACTUAL fleet members. And we killed The battlecruisers, the scorpion and other stuff must have happened afterwords.)

Either way though, we are having copious amounts of fun, and we have plans for running a bit more diverse gangs in the future.

I'm also pretty pumped about the new expansion, I intend to train the prerequisites for t3 ships as soon as the information is released. I also am training minmatar cruiser V on Darkside atm, so he will be able to fly every tech 2 ship for minmatar barring frigates and battlecruisers.

Also, cerettela is currently training for a Sin class black ops, which I intend to use in a supportive role to jump stealth bombers/recons/etc behind enemy lines. I'm told that the blackops is a ship struggling to find a place in eve, but I think now that the tier 1 tech 2 haulers can use the jump portal now, the fuel problem may be solved. Also, I could park the ship in villore with a can of Oxy isos next to me and jump bridge a bunch of crap less than 5 jumps from tama, assuming that I can either train up covert cyno fields on dark or find some who has done so already. Either way, the is another one of those things where I am quite metaphorically shitting my pants with exitement as I will be able to use a Rapier/Huginn (<- Real reason im training minnie cruiser V)/Vagabond/Muninn/Broadsword/Slepnir/Claymore/Sin Within the next 10 days, although the jump portal gen will take about 18 days in addition to that.

So I suppose I will spend 10 days accumulating a bit more isk (as I plan to faction fit the Sin) and pondering fittings.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

First day (back) in faction warfare.

Well, we made a fleet, tried to get some missions done, tried to rescue a corp member from mission thieves, Did some FW missions, and got in a fight.

As you can see, It didn't go to well, but thats not suprising considering they had nine ships to our 4....

But either way, Im having fun so far and corp efficiency is at 84% so im not going to complain....

But im still alive ,and should be posting more often now.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Cerettala > Cerettala > 2009.01.12 23:40 Notify skill training gallente carrier 5 is complete

Well, I think this is rather post worthy....but finally my carrier alt can fly among the best carrier pilots in the game (and her support skills arent to shabby either :) ).

This does bring up another subject though, why do people invest so much time and effort into this game?

Lately Ive been wondering roughly the same thing, so I figure I might attempt to give some insight into this.

But there will be time for that later.....

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Worlds collide, a pair of noobs (they were from 11.08 :) ), and a drake with emorage.....

Ok, im about to go to bed so this is going to be short.. I found a megathron and a myrmidon in a mission scanning in dodixie.I pretended to be stupid so they would shoot me while I was looting their mission, they did. I Didn't have the range to scramble the myrmidon(Leo Soulnar) (the megathron, PreZiDenT1, didn't aggro me) when I went back in in my mach, so he warped off

The following ensued:

[03:31:44] PreZiDenT1 > darkstar34 wins the knobhead award for january 2009
[03:32:13] Darkside 34 > You spelled my name wrong :<
[03:32:25] Darkside 34 > Is that what I get for pretending to be mentally inept?
[03:32:41] PreZiDenT1 > pretending?
[03:32:49] Darkside 34 > heh :p
[03:32:51] PreZiDenT1 > :D
[03:32:57] Darkside 34 > I figure i might get lucky and he would be in my scram range......
[03:33:05] Leo solunar > :)
[03:33:10] Leo solunar > I don't think it was a knobhead
[03:33:16] Leo solunar > I thought it was fairplay and well played
[03:33:17] PreZiDenT1 > yea, i told him to get the fook out
[03:33:19] PreZiDenT1 > :D
[03:33:31] Darkside 34 > And who ended up getting out in the end :P
[03:33:37] Leo solunar > Exactly :)
[03:33:40] Darkside 34 > Anyways, Doesn't matter
[03:33:43] Leo solunar > For good reasond
[03:33:46] Leo solunar > reasons*
[03:33:47] Leo solunar > I agree
[03:33:57] Leo solunar > Better luck next time :)
[03:33:59] PreZiDenT1 > stop smurfing lol, i thought i had a good chance against you
[03:34:02] Leo solunar > and good luck in your travels
[03:34:32] Darkside 34 > Thx
[03:34:42] Darkside 34 > you to
[03:36:27] PreZiDenT1 > :D
[03:36:44] PreZiDenT1 > nice try, i almost fell for it too heh
[03:37:01] PreZiDenT1 > but then i thought, what noob would find the mission anyway...
[03:37:23] Darkside 34 > Well lucky me, I get to scan on an alt now.....
[03:37:31] Darkside 34 > Idle chat in local gets pirates no where.....
[03:37:46] Leo solunar > Alt? Who's alt?
[03:41:16] Leo solunar > This is a fun mission btw :)
[03:42:07] PreZiDenT1 > indeed it is :D
[03:42:15] PreZiDenT1 > that catalyst looks tasty...
[03:42:17] PreZiDenT1 > hmm
[03:42:21] PreZiDenT1 > :p
[04:00:43] Leo solunar > BTW - I await a full report on your blog of how awesome I am :D K? Cool :P
[04:00:52] Darkside 34 > lol....
[04:00:57] Darkside 34 > I MIGHT oblige....
[04:01:08] Darkside 34 > at least you should understand my boredom now
[04:01:37] Leo solunar > :) I never had doubts!
[04:07:37] Leo solunar > I'm off the system now - So see you around o7 I'll comment on your blog! :P

Posting because he wanted me to.

Anyways, about me....since this blog IS about me, Ive kind of taken a break from my normal bored life and taken a few of my members out hunting in hisec.

Mainly its good practice scanning, but I also wanted to get some kills with the machariel....and there is NO way its going into lowsec...

But anyways, I think pirates and carebears could get along better if there were more people like Leo, he didn't take anything TO personally....and he laughed along with the rest of us when I started saying things like "why r shooting at me?"

Overall, I think it was fun for both parties, I got to scare a bunch of people out of a mission, and they got a good scare. And it was worth the adrenaline rush of me leaving docking range in a ship worth more than 2.5b isk.....

So I moved on, to find a drake in a mission:
[04:09:40] Chicken Cannon > dark feel free all you had to do was ask but... I know how you guys work
[04:10:48] Darkside 34 > hehe
[04:10:52] Darkside 34 > Im a retired carebear
[04:10:58] Darkside 34 > I know how you guys work....
[04:11:10] Darkside 34 > Ill split it with you if you tell me a joke
[04:11:26] Darkside 34 > (im serious)
[04:11:31] Chicken Cannon > I'll pass
(Chicken logs off, and no thats not a dis, its his name....)
I sent him a contract with 1/2 of the salvage I got from his room, I would have done tags to but you can't contract them...

Anyways, Im a little soft for a pirate....but then again I wouldn't REALLY consider myself a pirate....yet....

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The one that got away....

So me, 2 corpmates, and a friend from bob were chilling near our current lowsec home while I was trying to scan people down with my Lachesis for fun...

And then the following happens on vent:
Assassins: Neutral Rorquoral and hulk undocking from m11 station in stral.
Me: watch where they warp
Assassins: they both went to planet XII or one of the belts.
Me: yeah, probably a pos
Assassins: negative, no poses at XII.
Me: everyone get to stral gate right now.

So, I warp in to XII planet and drop a short range probe, figuring the rorq was a 100km or so off belt.

I get a hit at 0m accuracy and since he doesn't seem spooked by our prescense, and to ensure he doesn't get away if he has stabs, I get the rest of my fleet members to warp to me (stabber, thorax, vexor).

I wing warp us at 10km from the rorq, we land 10km away from him.

We all get points on him and I tell my guys to inore the original plan and screw the hulk, it doesnt' matter if we can kill the rorq.

So we put all of our DPS on the rorq, hulk warps out eventually and the rorq's drones arent giving us to much of a problem.

However, the stabber pilot (also the bob pilot) gets lagged out and cant activate any modules or warp out. We stay in there, and kept shooting. Then a raven shows up at 100km fitted with cruise missiles. He starts shooting at us and a few of us have to warp out but come back right away so it isn't much of a problem. He ovbiously has a capital booster, we cant get his shields down 10% before he reps them back up. So we keep shooting, its late at night and his russian friends are likely to be at work.

After about 3-4 minutes I get aggro from the raven and the drones and have to warp out, so I do. There is a bit of warp out delay due to this system being on a screwed up server, but I get out fine with minimal armor damage. When I get back, the rorq is at 50% shields (and dropping fast I might add) It seems as though our cruisers (with fighters assigned to them from my carrier alt at a pos) are having a bit of sucess....

Then the shit hits the fan, the system starts lagging out like crazy. I get primaried and I press the warp button the second I see his drones turn yellow to me. Nothing happens. Next thing I know im in a pod, I press the warp button, after 15 seconds I finally warp to the pos.

At this point he is down to 1/4 shields and the fighters are having no problem killing him but we are having trouble keeping someone on grid to keep a point.

One of our corp members hops on vent and I tell him to grab his crow and get his ass over to where we are, his next words were a very confuzzled:



I check the standings breakdown window......yes, the rorq is definitely blue.....however in our overviews + local channel the 2 of them are showing up as neutral..... (He was neutral to my char since im not technically in corp)

So I order him to scram the rorq anyway, which he attempts to do but he had to warp to the belt beacon because he wasn't in fleet, leaving him 100km away. I had warped my carrier on grid and was 20km away from him, but I had removed the normal warp disruptor II included in my normal fit because I wanted the cap to recharge faster for jumping a bunch of stuff.....

I had him locked.

I was in disrupt range.

I had fighters on him.

He was entering armor.

The interceptor gets 30km away.

25km away.

He warps off...

So thanks to ccp and my own stupidity, I missed out on killing a rorq with 6 ships, which I THINK would have been a first..... but oh well, its a funny fraps video at least.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Frustration, stress, FCing, and boredom.

I think all of my eve-related desires could be summed up with an "If only......." statement.

Such as these:

If only I had 60 reliable skilled pvp pilots.....
If only I had a fleet that could take on this 10 man gang in OMS....
If only I had a corporation with people who could fly tech 2 cruisers....
If only I could run 40 man sniperhac fleets....
If only my fleet members knew what "turning brackets off" is
If only I was the FC of this fleet (usually followed by "we would't be in pods")
If only we had 20 capital ships to kill this pos


TBH, I wish I had an army of 60+ mindless zombies who could think for themselves, but never questioned an order....

Not only that, but I could start up a corp right now.....start advertising....and get people to join just because I can say "we can be a good corp, we can kill hostiles, we can fight of griefers, we can join a good alliance in a few years time" But the problem is, we can; is just an empty promise. And just because one guy believes me, doesn't mean the next will.

To give outsiders some insight, an fleet is an extension of their FC, yes their own performance affects the fleets performance. But in the end, win or loose, its the FCs fault. Now, for those of you who have never played eve or been in a real fleet....NOT being the FC is not a bad deal, in fact, I wish I didn't have this desire to be the one in charge. You only have to worry about your own ship, dont have to worry about everyone elses, and you don't have to be concerned about diplomatic matters, and you sure as hell dont have to worry about winning or loosing a fight, which could decide the fate of your alliance.

I used to be the head FC of a crap alliance, while it annoyed me to death that we couldn't get a gang above wasn't all that bad.

I then went and joined up with a badass group of PVPers with 2x as much sp as me, I knew going into it I wouldn't be FCing much.....I didn't think id miss it.

And now im back in a crap corp again, former member of a crap alliance, trying to raise a pheonix from the ashes. Right now we don't have any fleets at all, because im up in faction warfare because the rest of the corp (with the exeption of 2 people) is temporarily in the quietest pocket of lowsec grinding up the gallente standing ive ever seen...

Right now im considering slapping up a thread on the recruitment forums asking people if they want an FC for their decent (and I would make sure that it was) PvP corp, because im sick and tired of not having fleet members to help me pvp. The only thing gluing me to the corp im in atm is loyalty, loyalty to the 2 people in charge because ive flown with them for close to a year on-and-off.

So what should I do?

Well I could try to build the altcorp up with people I recruit, and im going to try this either way to at least supplement the WiOD membership......but its going to be a long hard road, and I think the first thing I need to realize is that its going to be a LONG time before we are doing roaming RRing BS gangs like the pros.

There are 3 kinds of people in eve, the people who create, the people who destroy, and the people who just slip right in with whatever someone else has created. I don't want to be the third, and im tired of being the second, im damn ready to be the former, to actually make a pvp group, even If I have to do it from scratch, or if i have to do it from where someone else left off....

But anyways, ive got 5 days of pure eve before I have to go back to just playing on the weekends.....and unfortunately this dream will probably fade just like all the others have

OOG news: For the third time ive had some charges on my bank account I dont recognize, and now im having to lock my bank account so they can investigate the charges.....meaning my main charachters account will probably be offline for a few weeks.

Blogroll and other things

I seems as though CrazyKinux has discovered my lovely little home, and has added me to his blogroll pack...

My forces fought valiantly against this invasion, but in the end the forces of the Kinux outnumbered us, and our fortress fell....

So now this nation is officially a province of the blogroll.

Also, CK, if you can hear me.....please take me out of the torture cell now, I didn't MEAN to shoot at your people :<.