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What happened?

About a month ago, I moved to Pandemic Horde [THXFC], part of the Pandemic Horde alliance [REKTD]. Why? I found myself craving a bit more social contact (active comms, mainly) than I was getting in Stay Frosty. Also, I was tired of the instalocking Svipul gatecamps in Black Rise. If you’re out looking for fights and not in US primetime, you basically need to roam quite a bit, and that makes encountering those inescapable gate camps inevitable. I just got so fed up with them that I said f* this, I need to do something else or just quit the game.

Seriously, instalocking gate camps are a problem for the game if you ask me. Even in an inty, a resebo’d arty Svipul or three ruins your day and there is literally nothing you can do. And I think that in lowsec, that is a real problem.

Life in faction warfare lowsec is all about PvP. Small gang PvP, solo PvP. Roaming. This type of gate camps makes that lifestyle very frustrating. There’s nothing you can do against them unless you are part of a larger lowsec corp or alliance, and even then, these guys just run as soon as they see any chance of an actual fight.

It’s different in nullsec. In null, you know that travel from A to B may not be possible. Roaming on your own is simply not such a great idea. It’s also not part of the general lifestyle in null – you are usually fleeted up and have a corp to back you.

That’s why I believe that these instalocking gate camps don’t have a home in lowsec. Travel through low should be possible, if risky. But you should always have a chance if you are in an almost-insta-warping inty…

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Crossroads

So, I seem to have forgotten to update this blog, haven’t I? Not to worry, I think I may take it up again.

Here’s a quick recap of the past few months in Eve for Lynx. He has…

  • learned how to scan wormholes, how to live from a POS, and got to feel at home in Eve Uni’s wormhole campus (best campus!).
  • trained into loads of T2 ships, which is rather useful in wormhole brawls (mmmm, resists). If you’re fighting T3 gangs supported by Guardians and/or Archons you do not want to have T1 resists. Found that out the hard way…
  • learned to love lazors and armor, and now mostly flies Amarr. Zealot, Sacrilege, Curse, Slicer, they’re just so sexy.

And finally, he got a bit restless again. It’s finals time for many students and as a result, the wormhole campus is a bit quiet at the moment. My own game time is more limited than usual because of the Day Job… And a result of that, there’s not been much action for Lynx lately. Not enough time to go out and generate content by scanning and scouting our chain; nothing else being generated by other people either at the times I’ve been able to log on.

So, to cut a long story short, the solo PvP itch has returned. I am decidedly rusty, but I remember that before I moved on from lowsec I was getting the hang of things… and now, with all these new skills, I should be able to pick up the lost art of solo again pretty quickly. I hope. Fingers crossed.

In other news, I moved my market alt to Rens in an attempt to push my profits to the next level. Big failure so far. I just don’t have the time or will to babysit orders (I had been told the 0.01 game would not be too bad in Rens, but clearly that info was bad). Back to Stacmon or maybe Ichoriya, I think…

Current plan:

  • fit and blow up a dozen Tormentors, some more Incursi and maybe a Breacher or two
  • move my market alt back to a regional trade hub.

Lessons Learned, And Soon Forgotten

Some days have passed, and I’ve spent most of my time roaming around Black Rise in search of solo action. I have made some progress on my PvP skills, I think, but my billboard does not really show it yet. Not that that actually matters – I feel it every day when I undock, and that’s what is important. It shows in small things. I am much, much quicker to locate ships in space using my trusty directional scanner; I am beginning to know who roams which systems and what types of ships I can expect to find in which plexes. I understand the fits I fly and know how to fly them in combat.

The one skill I have not mastered is patience. With the fits that I fly (and I guess with most fits, except perhaps with some all-purpose fits for “overpowered” ships such as Hookbills or Comets) I have a pretty narrow target selection, and finding a target in a relatively quiet system who a) does not warp away as soon as I go in and b) does not bring in half a dozen friends after 30 seconds, well that’s just plain difficult. As a result, you easily spend an hour, maybe two, just hopping through systems, scanning, checking out plexes and belts, rinse and repeat.
After a while, I get jittery. I want to shoot something. And so I take fights that I know I will lose.

Such as this Tristan fight in a Firetail. If I had focused a hundred percent on the Tristan itself I might even have won it, but I tried to take out some Drones first – and of course my artillery could not track them. So I broke two of my Laws of PvP for this arty fit: Do Not Fight Drone Boats with Artillery and Do Not Try To Shoot Stuff With High Transversal with Artillery. Sigh.

Or this one, once again fighting a Tristan, but now in a Gutsy Incursus. I should have won by all rights, looking back. It was mighty close as it was and a really fun fight to be honest, my opponent had just 20% structure left, and we had a chat afterwards in which we exchanged all our mistakes.
In this fight I violated an entirely different one of my Laws of PvP: Though Shalt Not Engage in Drunken Solo PvP… Because in this fight, the drunkenness led to a first deactivated-by-accident AB, then a burned out AB, a burned out Web while we were at 5K range throughout the fight, and more random silliness.

And last night, my brand new Coercer (just finished training those lasers!) got popped by an instalocking gate camp that even got my pod. Grumble grumble. I know I’m supposed to respect everyone’s playstyle, but these guys… what’s the sense of achievement, I wonder. Oh well.

Better luck tonight, I hope. Get some green on that solo killboard!

(Not Yet) Mastering the Art of Solo

So. Phoebe is here, and as far as I can tell, the sky has yet to fall down (or up, I guess, as there is no such thing as up or down in space, right?). I will spare you my views on the whole jump changes history, since I don’t really have any worth sharing. I have never used a cyno, jump bridge, or other part of the game that is affected. My trading activities use regular freighters on a high-sec trade route only, so no worries there. All good.

So what do I think about Phoebe? There’s some small but significant quality of life changes that I like a lot.

Bookmarks in space is one. I understand some people have so many bookmarks that they need to set up some filtering, but for me this is a non-issue (although I did learn, from the E-Uni forum debate, that there is a soft limit of about 13,000 personal bookmarks per character – I just love little facts like that).

Another Awesome Thing(tm) is the unlimited skill queue. For someone like me, who has a life outside the game, sometimes has to travel for work with no internet access, or generally has not-so-great control over when they can access the game, this is a biggie. No more lost training time! Yay. My current training queue is only 47 days long, but then I only plugged in some essentials I really want. Gunnery V, Amarr and Minmatar Destroyer 5, that kind of thing.

Enough about the new release. I have been spending most of my game time looking for solo fights. I’ve always felt that this was what I wanted to do in Eve, what I was aiming for in the long run, but now there is an extra incentive: one of the Uni’s in-house solo experts, Kelon Darklight, is hosting a Solo Pvp Competition in November.
Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity and started looking for solo fights with more audacity that I would normally have applied. Fit a ship, roam Placid and Black Rise and just go for it…

I have only netted a single solo kill so far (but it was my first, so yay!), and a pretty sad one at that. It was an unfitted Atron who was plexing LP (and/or collecting kill rights for resale?). But a kill is a kill, so I was pretty happy. Especially since I won a hundred million ISK as part of the competition. Thanks Kelon!

Now, even though I only have one kill to show for the past four nights or so, I have had a number of additional Gud Fightz!
I lost an old Breacher to a Caracal – kind of silly, that, I consciously YOLO’d into him out of curiosity (how long can I survive against a missile cruiser?).
I also lost a Rail Incursus that I had sitting in station to a blaster Merlin that had an awesome tank – but I probably did not apply my full dps against this one because I forgot to launch my drone and I kept the AB on while orbiting at a quite close range. And last night, I took out a dual web arty Thrasher, and almost blapped a Tristan… but in the end had to bail out because I burned out all of my guns (duh).

So, onwards to the next fight…

Miner Mayhem

So. Been a bit quiet on this blog lately, for a variety or reasons. It’s been pretty busy IRL at work, for one, and that has taken up most of my free cpu cycles, and at home with the kids and all that. But I shall try and remedy that in the coming days.

What have I been up to? More trading, mostly, because I find it endlessly fascinating to see what sells and what does not sell, who comes into the market for items that I am working with and how they try to force things one way or another, but step out quite quickly once they notice that the profits won’t be huge or instantaneous, and how my operation just keeps growing day after day.
I don’t actually use spreadsheets. I do have EveMentat that I update every once I while, just to check whether my profit rates are healthy enough, but not on a daily basis. I live by my gut feeling and of course the constant market data streams from eve-marketdata.com and similar sites. Can’t do business without them, really.

Lynx, my main in the Uni, has been out and about looking for solo fights. I find solo roams to be much more exciting than bigger fleets under an FC. There is always quite a bit of waiting on gates involved and in the end you are just pushing buttons, aren’t you?
Also, there are not that many fleets going out in the small timeslot that I have available for playing on most days. I know all it takes is asking whether anyone wants to join in on a small roam, but I don’t think I am really ready for that yet. I still get surprised by the capabilities of many ships, and I constantly have to Get Info to check the specifics of all those myriad ships that fly about in Placid.

So solo it is for me, these days. Still without a kill and that irks me no end. I played some games with a Procurer a couple of days ago, but my Incursus could not really break his tank (a quick Pyfa check showed me he may have had as much as 60K EHP) and I was late in targeting his drones.
Still, we were about the same age, the Procurer pilot and myself, and we had a good laugh in local at our ineptitude – my failure to kill a miner and his failing to get out in time even though he knew I was hunting him.

I shall just continue to roam Placid and Black Rise, looking for those elusive Good Fights(tm). Say hi if you run into me – either before or after my ship goes boom, that’s all the same to me!

Go Away, Sansha!

So Sansha put up his fearsome tent right next door to our home system. And I am not pleased, let me tell you that. The incursion covers a large part of the Placid low-sec region and that means that my usual hunting grounds are mostly empty of the usual roaming gangs, and have been replaced by large blingy fleets or just plain empty space. Well, not quite empty. Sansha-infested empty.

Here’s to hoping that it gets cleared up quickly, so business as usual can resume, and I can try out some of the new ships I have been donating to myself from my market trading alt.

Because business as usual these days for me is going out looking for solo fights. Which is harder than it may sound, actually, because most “solo” ships you meet in the Placid FW systems are either bait for a gang, or very high-SP players in T2 or faction ships with off-grid boosters. Meh.

But hey, maybe I need to stop focusing on trying to get a fair fight. Just trying to last as long as possible would be a challenge, even against one of those stronger opponents.

That being said, I think I will stop flying my Breacher fit for a little while – it may be too much to control at the moment, what with the drones and the active repping and quite limited scram kiting engagement profile. I am just not ready for that much micromanagement in a fight yet.

So, over to Tristans of the brawling, neuting or kiting kind (in even measures until I find out which works best for me), and when I get that money-squandering feeling, one of those Firetails someone sold at 30% below Jita last week, or maybe even a Comet I got similarly cheaply… Time to fire up Pyfa and spend some time looking at numbers and trying to translate that into actual flying tactics.