Archive for July, 2012

Test Celebratory Video

July 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Test alliance made this video – as they are very good at doing.  to celebrate the three regions in 30 days war of delve, querious and Period basis.


as usual, video is far more awesome than just plain screenshots:

actual link here:

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New Shiny

July 28, 2012 2 comments

Well, so the past 3 weeks have been pretty much solid real life work. I have literally only had time to log in and change my skills.

I did pay attention to the alliance tournament and I have to say, like a good many people that the Rote Kapelle Vs Pandemic Legion was my favorite.

If you haven’t seen it, watch it on youtube here

just goes to show what good piloting and disciplined FCing can do against an overwhelming amount of isk. Pandemic legion’s setup breached the 100 billion isk mark and included ships given out as prizes for last years tournament. PL’s setup for this match, far exceeded Rote Kapelle’s entire Alliance tournament Budget.

one of the Rote Kapelle pilots writes a blog at jestertrek – his version of things is enlightening:


He has also written some follow up blogs about alliance tournament training and matches that are well wort the read:
tournament matches
tournament training

On another note, I’ve started training towards light interdictors. There are just some situations where they are more suited than HICs. I don’t have much experience with them yet, but when I do, I’ll surely post my thoughts on the different tactics required.

In the meantime however I have gained the skill of interceptors (required on the path towards interdictors) and so even though I won’t be using them much, I just had to buy, fit and undock in my first interceptor, a caldari raptor. New shinys give me a bit of an endorphin kick after a hard day’s work in RL. 6.1km/s overheated, it’s not the fastest interceptor out there, but I still think it looks cool. I have a thing for asymmetric ships. (damn those CCP bastards for ruining the scorpion)

Just for kicks, I bought four with fittings and shipped them out to nullsec. I’d like to try to give them a go in a small home defense fleet, as some of the physical skills required for interceptors will translate to light dictors. I fully intend to die gloriously in a hail of blaster fire.


Comming up soon: a small guide on why everyone, without exception, should do some time as a fleet scout, why it will improve your gameplay in nullsec and how to not make a fool of yourself while doing it.

Fight us maybe?

July 13, 2012 3 comments

The war in delve is all but over as evidenced by the influence map. Delve and Querious are taken and it was quite disappointing. In their defense, RA and nulli didn’t want those regions anyway.


The last bastion of defense is the station in 319-3D. It’s an NPC station and so the best we can do is camp it until they give up.

and so we bubble the undock, bubble towards the sun and other celestials and sit there with our carriers and dreads and anything else people want to bring and wait for them to try to escape en-mass


So here’s a commemerative youtube video from PL in case you haven’t already seen it:

Well. it was good while it lasted…



Edit: I ended the night by dying honorably in a hail of heavy missiles: I failed to cycle my bubble down quick enough during a mass-hostile undock. only 5 mins before going to bed also. I guess they fought us maybe.


Timezone issues

July 11, 2012 3 comments

And so it seems that the Ancient Gaming Noob is getting all the screenshots and battle reports that used to be the bread and butter of my blog. This is partly because of my timezone, but also partly due to Real life issues that have come up recently.

Please take the time to read TAGN’s posts on the Delve war:

Also of note is Jester Treck’s blog posts on the reasoning behind the war and musings on why we’re fighting at all:

While I’ve been a bit active, My timezone has mostly been gate camps and small harrassment fleets and I’ve gotten no kills due to insta-cane killmail whores (note to self: build and fly an instacane for killmail whoring). Of note, I am now able to fit tech II bubbles on my Onyx, meaning that I’m approximately 42% more effective as a HIC pilot now. This makes me happy as I sometimes found myself with an inferiority complex vs light dictors who’s bubbles are bigger than a HIC IV, bubble IV pilot.

gate camping with tornadoes

On another note – it seems merlins are the flavor of the month with the current alliance tournament. As my RL friend is getting into nullsec shortly I gave him a bit of practice with the actions of tackling and burning towards an opponent. Also we had a bit of discussion about the advantages/disadvantages of short/long range guns on a tackler as well as scrams vs disruptors, whether to fit a web, etc. quite an educational session, even for me as I know a bit of theory but have only minimal tackle frigate experience. I also tried out the new anciliary shield boosters, using Jester Treck’s double 150 merlin fit here

out of the merlin and the rifter, I came out slightly better

Anyway, I think I’ll be able to get some time over the next week to get really stuck into more fleets and hopefuly bring some good stories. Perhaps I’ll have to adjust what I’m looking for in terms of blog material.

What aspect of nullsec would you like to hear more about? Suggestions anyone?


July 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Chimera carrier by Starlight

I feel pretty

July 3, 2012 2 comments

As you know, occasionally there are viruses that go around nullsec stations. Occasionally a clone just isn’t formed correctly. Back in the day my alt’s face got screwed up by a high-G turn while trying to burn out of Jita (here).

Today, after downtime, I jumped to my nullsec clone and discovered some douche bag had mucked around with the skin pigmentation controls….. I guess that’s what you get when living in a station with the goons:


On another note – the sov war is going well – no more battle reports yet, (I’ve only been in more drake fleets which gets a bit monotonous to post about.)

we’re gradually creeping forward. I managed to catch the following two announcements on the concord billboard thing in-station:

1B-VKF taken

LUA5-L taken

I also shot a Territorial claim unit in Q-JQSG last night:

It’s been mostly uneventful in this timezone unfortunately.
Here’s the most exciting thing that happened during my time on Monday night:

Southern Coalition “OhGodOhGod-getmethehelloutofhere” cap ship doctrine?

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Fleet Doctrine: DrakeFleet

July 2, 2012 3 comments

One of the good things about Jabber is the audio notifications that you get when there is a broadcast. I generally have Jabber signed in if I even think there is a possibility of logging in during the evening.

So I found myself in a drake fleet. A Drake fleet consists almost entirely of drakes with a smattering of scimitars and occasionally some interdictors/fast tackle. The screenshots really tell the whole story and finally make me feel like I’m back to the way my blog used to be: battle reports and epic screenshots:

Drakefleet forming up on our titan

This particular fleet was to happen very fast. we had 15 mins to form up, and then we were bridging into an unknown system

As is the case with most of the ops down in delve, the general masses are not told where we are jumping or what we are going to shootto until we actually do the jumping and shooting.

And so we jumped:

In this case, our target was the infrastructure hub in LUA5-L. Epic screenshots ensued:


The basis of a drake fleet is the ability to have your microwarp drive on permanently. Everyone turns it on and follows an Anchor. The logistics ships also follow their own anchor and we all end up forming a loose conga line in space. In this case we were orbiting an Infrastructure hub. With 175+ drakes, each shooting 7 missile launchers each, it went down fast.


The titan then jumped into the target system with a medium-sized fleet of supercarriers for support and bridged us all back:


Almost immediately another drake fleet was called and again we formed up on the titan.

It didn’t become clear until about 15-20 mins into this form up that we were actually a protection detail. We heard on comms that a number of POS’s were being deployed in a system within jump range. Lots of people didn’t get it or weren’t paying attention and as the time wore on and we weren’t jumping anywhere, people got restless. I’ve never really understood this. Perhaps I just pick up things and am able to put pieces of information together, or maybe its the experience that I’ve had in nullsec previously. 200 man fleets are not called on a whim.

There is always a reason, and yet people started complaining. Fleet chat turned into something worse than local….. people didn’t seem to understand the purpose of the fleet and so they went looking for porn….. This was my very first operation with the goons and I very nearly learned the hard way:

Don’t click on random in-fleet image links while wife is standing behind you.

It started off tasteful, but I had a hunch that it would descend into madness…. apparently i was right, as the FC made a decree: “Guys: No more bunny-suit-tranny porn ok? that shit’s just wrong.”. I was stuck – this was worse than barrens chat! it was worse than local smack in jita and I couldn’t close the fleet window because occasionally useful information would flow through like discussions about fittings and announcements from CFC command that I hadn’t read.

and so we sat there….. a wall of drakes… being repped by our bored logi pilots….. brain cells being killed by mindless drivel banter….. for one hour. seriously goons: do you all live in your parents basement? isn’t there something better that you can do with your minds?!?


It was necessary as we would have been able to obliterate any hostile fleet that came to stop the deployment of our pos’s. No killmails from it, but it is necessary for the war. However, it was disappointing that even after one hour of listening to the directors talk about deploying POS’s, a corpmate complained about having a fleet “canceled” after waiting about doing nothing for an hour. I duly informed him that we were in-fact doing something: Protection for the region logistics deployment.

And so the drake fleet ended in success and a scheduled Tengu fleet commenced forming up:



Yes, a Tengu fleet. This fleet is fully reimbursable by goons and test alliance. I heard that they are able to replace a the loss of 3-4 200-ship tengu fleets every week. That’s the wealth of the combined CFC. Can the southern alliances keep up with that?