Posts Tagged ‘Piracy’

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Reminder: Don’t Play EvE Slightly Intoxicated

May 21, 2010

Here in Valhalla system, our crew is nearly always intoxicated.  Something about beer and hard liquor that makes running Sleeper sites so much easier.  However, many of us came from PvP backgrounds, with our few industrialists now thirsting for blood oozing from squished ship hulls as well.

I might add though — PvP’ing while slightly intoxicated doesn’t work very well.  Whenever we have that urge, we just have to go find someone to gank.  Yesterday was one of those days.  So our crew, coming off of an alcohol rush, saddled up into gank BCs and FRs to go for some gank action.  Trying to gank people doesn’t work this way.  You’ve got to be totally wasted.

Since we couldn’t find anyone in W-space to kill (they kept running away after trying to act all hard with an Onyx), we dropped out and went into the Minmatar FW zone to try to pick a fight.  A Megathron went down pretty easily after he took the bait from our Falcon, and then a Thrasher was pretty much insta-popped.  This is where it goes all to hell.

We ran out of alcohol!

Without our pimp juice, our PvP’ing became pretty flaccid.  We eventually lost a Harbinger and a Falcon (sad face) to some pies who came in a Typhoon, Hurricane, Falcon, and Scimitar, and floated off into space, disoriented, in search of more booze.

Lesson of the day: Always keep the alcohol stocked up and ready to lube up the guns.

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Slow Brutix is Slow

May 17, 2010

Sometimes I’m in New Eden for hours.  Yesterday was one of those days.  By 1500, it was the 10h mark and I was pretty damn pooped out.

I was nearly asleep at my keyboard when a Oc, a new Project Valhalla member I brought in a few days ago woke me up over Ventrilo with: “Suun, I think we have a Covetor in this C4 a few connectors down.”  Damn, I’ve never reacted so fast for a while now.  I grabbed the BM’s and my gank Brutix.  Sweet thing about an all-gang Brutix is that I’ve jammed the lows full of damage mods, leaving the mids and rigs with shield mods for a passive tank.  Slotted some Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge M into the blasters and off I went.

The Covetor was just chilling at a gravimetric site in a C4 2 connectors down, and I wanted to alpha his ass.  I’m getting reports over Vent from Oc: “OK, I’m in position, warp to me at 10km and you’ll land on top of him.”  I’m serious, the response time was like ~3 minutes from the time I got the possible target call, to me being at the WH to the C4.  I’m laughing to myself quietly because this is going to be such a sweet gank.  They had a Nighthawk, Drake, buncha indies, and a cap or two on scan, but we were going to get in, do the deed, and get out.

I activate the WH and get into the C4, and immediately initiate a warp to Oc.  The Covetor is still chilling, jetcanning.  I’m thinking that this guy is sooo AFK.  About 75,000 km left on my warp, Oc goes “Uhh Suun.. the guy is sublighting.”  Shit!  I pray I have time to catch him before he aligns all the way and warps off.

I land literally on top of him and couldn’t lock and scram him because his warp drive already kicked in.  Immediately the system starts buzzing with activity and we both kick into defensive mode.  Oc cloaks up his cov-ops and I start bouncing.  Damn with my shit skills I couldn’t fit a cloak onto my Brutix 😦  As I’m aligning to a random planet (III), I lock up and pop all the Covetor’s cans of tasty Arkonor.  I warp into III at 30 km and see the Covetor.  Apparently he had warped in at 70 km.  I don’t bother burning at him because there would’ve been no way to catch him anyway, and he warps off.

We thought they would try to catch us at the connection WH, but on my next d-scan, there were zero ships on scan.  Just a bunch of PoS and industrial arrays/modules.  The fools had logged because they were scared of a tiny Brutix.  And they had cap ships!  Haha…

Anyway, I guess Oc and I were satisfied with ruining their mining op by popping their Arkonor cans.  Condolence prize I guess :\

We head back to our home system and back to our blue bubble.

I’ll be much happier next week when I can fly a Navy Omen relatively well enough, with enough DPS and tank to fuck up most ships a class size up.  The gank Brutix outputs an insane amount of DPS for its class, but it’s just too damn slow.  Meh.

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The Void

May 10, 2010

W-Space has this affect on the men and women that inhabit it.  Here they are forged from carebears into ruthless killers in pursuit of ISK.  I remember when we first took the initial team into Valhalla system.  We would routinely close holes at the smallest possibility of combat.  After all, most of these men and women had a PvE or industrial background.

4 months down the line, we’re in our comfort zone.  Sure we’ve had some heavy losses initially to the Russians and the certain role-playing drug runner alliance.  But even after a massive fleet loss in February, I’m amazed that my group even rebounded.  Yet a few days later, they were at it again, with shiny new ships.  The resilience is very comforting.

We’ve tried a few different ways of diplomacy here, and have made a few friends from it.  But eventually we fell back to our basic corp policy of NBSI.  It’s funny, some of the people we killed ended up being friends later.

I admit at times it’s lonely in here, with so few people to interact with.  But whenever we’re back in k-space there is a certain itch to be sucked back into the void.  Small habits we picked up, such as spamming 360 d-scan every 2 seconds, being paranoid, pixel panic.  It’s pretty disheartening to see so many people out in k-space, and not being sure about your surroundings because of the expanded threat levels.

In here, we’re in our comfort zone.  Grinding out anomalies, magnetometric, radar sites, maybe even massage some arkonor and mercoxit rocks once in a while.  On any given moment’s notice though, we saddle up our war horses at opportunities that arise to take out threats.  It’s funny watching ex-industrialists rocking battlecruisers, raking laser beams across enemy hulls, supporting our combat pilots.  But our evolved mantra is, if we don’t teach intruders a lesson, someone else will.  I tend to think we’re a bit nicer at it then others may be.  At least we’ll blow you up outright instead of warp scramming your pod for an hour haha.

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W-space Loot & Safety

April 5, 2010

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and tinkering recently.  While it’s nice to have a W-space PoS exit through a good route to K-space high-sec, we in Nemesis Nation have been dealing with a rash of banditry and pirate activity via those high-sec exits.  From HAC gangs to general cloaky pirates, they are a major nuisance.  We have the luxury of living 2 connectors deep at the moment, but god forbid losing the entire shipment of Sleeper salvage hauled with an industrial. As we all know, industrials can be a godsend for hauling, but they also have paper-thin tanks.  Wait, what tank?!

For now, it seems that its sufficient to haul the high-value loot via small ships that can rapidly align.  We should work on fits that can also jet out of a warp bubble quickly.  Loot gets out via these tiny fast ships, less valuable stuff like ore can go through industrials.

Years of living in New Eden, I’ve never really considered this.  You can even say I’m a bit brash and shrug off bad luck.  After coming into some opposition recently though while doing our hauls (thank god the industrial was empty), I’m starting to change my line of thinking a bit.

Consider this: You can fit over 5 bISK in a shuttle, and that’s only filling up about 70% of its 10 m3 cargohold.  It would be a huge shame if that shuttle popped, yes?  Then you have the Jita pirates to contend with on your way to selling the loot/minerals.  Chan Omari pointed out a few posts by other W-space bloggers that has really freaked me out.  Granted, I’ve always flatlined my freighter for Jita IV-4 ASAP after coming out of the jump from Perimeter, but I’ve seen enough rashes of high-sec ganks on the JitaPerimeter gate recently to change my tone on this just a bit.

So where does this take us?  I’d say fly under 2 bISK per freighter, mostly the heavier minerals.  Move the lighter Sleeper salvage through smaller ships.  Personally I’m fond of a nano’d and inertia stab’d destroyer.  The Thrasher works well here.  You can still carry quite a bit, but are more inconspicuous due to being technically a “PvP” ship versus a slow heavy industrial or freighter.  Hell I’ve even started putting some civilian guns on it for good measure.  Light fitting, yet from the outside it still looks like a combat ship — hah!  Then round it out with the biggest AB or MWD + tank you can fit.

Some people have said to move things via Orcas and their corporate hangars (since you can’t cargo scan that), but an Orca is still a slow fat ship.  As someone who previously engaged in piracy in the past, I know that most pirates aren’t willing to haul off massive amounts of minerals.  They are looking for light, high-worth items such as mods and certain Sleeper loot that they can stuff their smaller ships with before making a get-away.

Hmm.. decisions, decisions.

I’d say though, the last two weeks have been good to us.  Over 8 bISK in W-space proceeds, and that’s not counting the items we’re saving for T3 production when we’re able in a few short months.