I joined Frosty two weeks ago, and I don’t seem to have posted anything since, so you’re overdue an update on my experiences so far.
Overall, I think my first two weeks have met up to my expectations (which were pretty high):
- I moved to Stay Frosty’s home system of Ishomilken, which is conveniently located 10 jumps out from Jita, and only a few jumps out of the hotbeds of faction warfare in Black Rise. There’s always someone around to pew in this area, and so I’ve managed to see some explosions even though I have not been online that much.
- The downside of this is of course that many people who live here are experts a solo or small gang PvP. It’s almost a surprise to see someone out and about with under a thousand kills on their board, and if given that I am still under 150, that is a little bit offputting. However, fights must be had so I swore a solemn oath to myself not to shy away from fights simply because I know the other party is a bona fide elite PvPer. I do try and stay out of fights where I know the other side is running links or is likely to blob me, but even then, as my bedtime draws nearer, I often yolo into situations that I know will not end well.
- Needless to say, Pirate’s Little Helper is my friend when roaming Black Rise. Intel is life and everything. Or in my case, it’s not life so much as choosing how you die… So when I saw a player like Nuke Cave come at me in his Rifter, I knew I was gonna pop, just not that it was going to be over so quickly!
- The people in Stay Frosty and A Band Apart in general have been very welcoming. Tips were given, reading material provided, ships were freightered in for free – I could not have been received any better. There’s an active Slack community that gets me through the day, there is usually a standing fleet in game for intel and impromptu roams, and various other chat channels. All the little things that make you feel part of an active community.
- That said, I did have to adjust a bit coming from the large and very organized corporation that is Eve University. Solo roamers seem not go onto comms, at least not in my EU timezone, so Teamspeak for Stay Frosty is pretty dead on regular nights. I did not realize how much I’d become used to the friendly banter on E-Uni’s Mumble server. Relying on chat channels only takes some getting used to, I can tell you that. It could also just be that Stay Frosty is more active in the US timezone, I’m not sure yet.
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my move. I feel I have definitely improved my solo game already, by just going out and getting tips and support. I try to focus on manual piloting right now, and on keeping my situational awareness up to par. That’s what usually goes when the action starts – I tend to get a strange kind of tunnel vision where I only see the overview, my modules, and the target on the HUD, and I completely lose track of where ships are in space, I just don’t look at space any more. So that’s what I am working on, because my best fights so far were had when I did manage to look at my opponents maneuvers and responded appropriately. And when I miss an opportunity to get a kill, it’s usually because I rely too much on the HUD… I must have let a dozen ships get away these last two weeks because I slingshotted myself out of point range!
I think being a pirate suits me quite well in Eve. I may also join in ABA’s null endeavour when the time comes around for another try at capturing and holding sov, just to fly some bigger stuff and to experience nullsec a bit more. And then ABA also has a very active wormhole corp as well, NJED… Yes, I think I’ll be around for while yet, Frostians.