A call for a stratop went out: Alpha fleet with the usual smattering of dics/hics and intys. I had just used my clone jump timer to jump from deklein to Cloud ring for a corporate op when the ping came over jabber. I’ve been wanting to try my new raptor out for a while now and so I burned from CR to our staging point in Deklein to get there just in time to form up on the titan. I’m feeling fairly small at this point, I’ve pretty much never been in a large fleet in anything smaller than a cruiser before.
The FC did something different though: he called for instacanes. we ended up with about 5 or 6 of them in fleet, which I thought was weird.
The fleet seemed to be in no rush. but when it happened it happened fast. The FC told us to set our destinations for GIH-ZG, then told the idiots who started warping there to stop it and get back on the titan. The titan opened the bridge and we found ourselves two systems from our destination. The FC told us to individually burn as fast as we could into GIH and then warp to a fleet member at a friendly POS. It turned out that this was all done due to systems surrounding our destination were cyno-jammed and because there was an enemy bomber/recon fleet inbetween us and our target system. going on the safety in numbers principal, we only lost one battleship out of the 180+ fleet getting into the system.
Once we were in there and in the safe POS, we warped to a hostile POS that was comming out of reinforced mode in 3 minutes. Now, the counter to a blob of battleships has always been coordinated stealth bomber runs. This plays havoc with the logistics and if done right can destroy the fleet before the logis can rep everyone. However, a bombing run must have a target, and a battleship fleet is only vulnerable if they form up like this:
And so the FC wisely chose to spread us out. He anchored himself, told everyone else to spread out to 30km and had his HIC bubble up on his ship. This would make getting warpins for bombing runs quite tricky as any direct line of warp would cause the bomber fleet to be dragged into the bubble and it would be very difficult to point in the right direction and target before being killed:
So we waited for it to come out of reinforced and the alpha fleet shot it down. I sent a round or two into the tower for killmail goodness and then settled in, orbiting the fleet, ready for anything.
Anything came, and it became quite clear why the FC wanted the insta-canes. 17 bombers and an interdictor later the bad guys stopped comming. I managed to get on my first kills in a raptor including a final blow on a pod, which never happens for me.
I was quite a bit uncoordinated unfortunately – I need to practice and memorize the keyboard shortcuts for align to and that sort of thing. I’m sure I could have been more effective if I didn’t stuff around so much with clicking things.
Another lesson learned
We slow-boated home. There was another fleet of bombers that came after us, but the fleet stayed cloaked for as long as possible after each gate. Being in a frigate, I tried to get out of the way of the bombs and was soundly smacked down. took me a few seconds to realise what happened. I broadcasted for shield, then wondered to myself why I was only traveling 175m/s, “oh… I’m in my pod”… I got a shield rep anyway 🙂
As it turns out, holding your cloak after a gate also gives you immunity to AOE weapons. I did not know this. I’ve never had to worry about bombs before as my usual ship the Onyx tanks more than battleships, and pretty much the last time I flew a battleship, they had to be tanked for doomsday AOE.
so there you go: even though I’m not planning on flying interceptors regularly, I have learned something useful. The lessons learned today will still be useful when I fly light dictors in about 2 weeks time.
in other news, as I write this (on a saturday morning my time) there are large fights going on with CFC vs NCdot and also Honeybadgers Vs AAA. I can’t be a part of it because of family commitments. oh to be a single forever alone person sitting at my computer by myself all weekend….. heh, nope, having kids is awesome 🙂
I was in the middle of brushing off my scanning skills – I spent 3 months in a wormhole when they first came out and I only now remember exactly how much I grew to hate scanning. still, I’m sure it will come in handy one of these days, and so I practice.
The ping came through pidgin – there was to be an Alpha fleet and a drake fleet – The Alpha fleet had already been up for a while and were combining with a dread/carrier fleet to reinforce some NCdot Towers. NCdot appeared to be forming a response drakefleet and so the call went out to hustle as we were expecting a fight from the Northern coalition defending their towers Y-PZHM.
I warped back to the station, got out of my ship and jump-cloned out to QPO and hopped in a drake. On Joining the fleet I saw an unusual Message Of The Day: Drop your passive EM hardener and replace it with a damp with a scan resolution script or a web. The FC had personally bought damps and webs and put them in the staging system at a personal isk loss just so we could all have one fitted.
We all got on the titan – 100+ in fleet including scimitars, which wasn’t bad for 10 mins notice including a fitting change and we bridged in.
FC told us to hold cloak, load up a Logistics only overview profile and choose a logistics to target (usually when the FC gives you the option, you should pick someone close to your name in the alphabet) we all had ECM drones as per the goon doctrine. This would be interesting. As it turned out, the enemy had brought Tengus and munnins rather than drakes – that’s an interesting combination. they still have the weakness of relying on scimitar logistics however.
The call came to uncloak and targets began to be called in addition to the pet logis that we each had. The first thing you mus always do in a drake fleet of course before anything else is turn your modules on, microwarp drive included and anchor up on the FC. Then and only then can you target something.
Mild Time dialation kicked in but it didn’t affect us much. The damps made a huge difference – even though our drake fleets were approximately even numbers we blew them up quite a bit faster. The damps increasing the lock time of the opposing scimitars.
Just to make sure, we warped our alpha fleet onto them and then dropped some dreads as well. towards the end of the fight, there were a lot of “Mate”‘s put in local. I don’t think the NCdot leader is ever going to live that down.
While it was enjoyable, I’m starting to get bored with just drake fleets. I can’t fly a maelstrom and I’m not sure I want to retrain either – I retrained galente from caldari back in the day, but retraining a third racial battleship? not sure. It’s encouraging to see TEST are still using Rokhs and scorpions.
At the end of the day, we won of course
Here’s the outcome of the fight as shown by eve-kill (doesn’t always have all kills)
In other news – we got a broadcast from TEST leadership. it seems that Executive Outcomes as an alliance needs to help our friends TEST. We have closer ties to them than goonswarm and NCdot are out-matched in any case. so back to Delve we go.
Here’s part of the broadcast:
In 48 hours we’ll fight for 49-‘s final timer. As a brutal realist I want to tell you that its possible we could lose that fight, it wont be the last station we fight for if we do and we will fight to take it back should that happen, Defensive wars suck balls, Offensive wars are more our style anyway.
The outcome though, will depend on every one of you. You have 48 hours. I know lasts nights fight was murder on wallets and ship stocks, but you MUST work as best you can to replace what we burned, and have even more if possible.
The final fight for that system will be bloody. Expect AAA to call in every single thing they know and or own, expect to see close to 300 tengus. Expect to die, a lot.
If you can do what you did last night, I feel we can hold that system (turns out armor reinforce cycles work well with slow cat fleets). So I dont care if you have to sit on the corner of 1dh and suck dick for money, do whatever it takes to have a fairly large stock of ships sorted, fit, and ready to go. Spare dics, bombers, frigates, HUGGINS (holy shit tons of these), scimmies and mainline fleet ships (Rokhs/Maels/Drakes).
In 48 hours we set the world on fire, again.
Our alliance and corp are pulling out all the stops for this even offering bounties on hostiles killed and extra reimbursements for ships lost such that flying a drake or rokh will actually bring a profit if you get killed. The fight goes down out of my timezone unfortunately, and gone are the days when I could just take a day off work on impulse.
I’m looking forward to reading battle reports from there.
I’m not one for long speaches, but the TL;DNR is Evemonkey is quitting the game. No, you cannot have my stuff. Yes I may be back sometime in the future.
I’m moving back to australia and I don’t fancy having the daily downtime right in the middle of my peak playing time.
Looking forward to Guild Wars Two and CCP/White Wolf’s World Of Darkness but until then I think I’ll have to stick with shooting zombies 🙂
Thank you to all the corporations and people that I’ve interacted with. May the coming war between the Northern Coalition and the rest of eve, (scheduled to kick off in early April) inspire many good blogs.
I still have 8 days left on my subscription so I’ll be keeping my skills updated but for now…this is Evemonkey signing out.
The result of the last fight that I spoke about <a href=”https://evemonkey.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/renovating-providence/“>here</a> the system was taken and given to Sys-K. it turned out that it was just an over-eager sys-k member thinking that the station had been killed before it actually had who removed the SBU’s before their time.
Thankfully CCP has changed the sov mechanics so that the defending force would have had to repair the station to a certain level in order to trigger the restart of the station timer cycle. Since we maintained superiority in the system after downtime, CVA were not able to repair the station and it was merely a matter of waiting the three hours for our SBU’s to online again, after which, the station was taken without a hitch and the TCU was destroyed. Later that night Sys-K’s TCU came online and the system takeover was complete.
The Against All Authorities Alliance leader posted a very informative post on our forums about the current political situation. I have to say, I really really appreciate it when alliance leader or High-Council representatives keep the grunts like us informed of long term strategies and goings on that we aren’t normally privy to.
Here are the TL;DNR points in bold and my comments:
Providence: Remove the threat install content for us and replant the rain-forest.
This has been interesting – We liked Providence the way it was – it provided a good training ground for new pilots and some good pew for the others. We liked the fact that there were so many targets there but we couldn’t stand by and let threats to our sovereignty stand and hence CVA had to be removed.
Stainwagon: Big mess over misunderstandings …. AAA is keeping a close eye and trying to make sound judgment before decision.
(Apparently there was a bit of a fuss over the stain empire etc resetting a number of alliances in the area including IT alliance. a hesitant peace has been brokered).
Northern Coalition: What to do about the threat they pose? the Jury is still out.
The next biggest threat is now the Northern Coalition. This interests me greatly as once again, the Eve universe has polarised into two massive groups, the Northern Coalition + goonswarm and the Southern Coalition + IT Alliance.
The Southern Coalition headed by AAA, Atlas, Systematic Chaos and IT alliance are less tight-nit, preferring to be individual alliances with the chances of good fights between all.
The Northern Coalition however is a very different story. Having spent the majority of my nullsec career in the NC I know they are Extremely tight-nit, with each alliance readily deploying their forces to aid any of the others that come under sustained attack. and they intend to remain this way indefinately.
AAA sees the NC as the biggest threat to their existance in eve currently. I dissagree however. In my experience the NC has been a purely defensive arrangement with only the occasional poke into the south. The New sovereignty mechanics have made it very difficult to engage in a sustained campaign away from home, effectively preventing the “AFK empires” that existed pre-dominion. If alliances cannot muster their forces in time, a station system is only 5 days away from being taken over – far less than was possible in the old system, where so long as the system was not tightly locked down with the attacking forces had to be ever vigilent against new Pos’s being erected.
However, with the possibility of one half of eve uprooting and attacking the other half in a coordinated manner, the risk is minimised that each individual alliance will be vulnerable to a concerted counter-attack.
IMHO, the NC deserves to win any fight – they’ve proven to be the most solid and long-lasting coalition of alliances in the history of Eve and the recent attacks on their sovereignty in Fade and Pure Blind have only strengthened their ties. Triumverate, by no means an incompetent alliance has been broken on the bullwark the Northern Coalition presents time and time again.
The difference between the threat that The NC presents now and the threat that the Greater Bob Community presented last year which turned the rest of Eve against them is that the NC is not expantionist in any serious way, whereas BoB openly was.
Only time will tell, but at the moment, as it has been for the past year or so, Branch is possibly the most stable region in the entire universe. and to take it, any opposing force will have to wade through nearly 15,000 pilots. not something any coalition will want to do without very strong inter-alliance ties and the ever present threat of ex-providence holders re-taking their space in the south.
Happy new year all! I hope everyone reading this blog had a wonderful time over Christmas and new years.
Disclaimer: This post does not contain detailed battle reports or screenshots.
Well, no sense having a long build up: the biggest news for me is that with much consideration and regret, I have left Mostly Harmless Alliance and hence the northern coalition. I hope that this is only a temporary measure. The main reason being I was only able to attend one large fleet fight in the entire month of December (edit: actually – looking back at my posts – I did a lot of fighting in early december, what am I talking about? it just seems like a long time ago for some reason….. ) and January is filled up with a number of different Real life things. Oh, and I also bought left 4 dead 2… you know how much fun it is to shoot zombies compared to sitting for hours at a pos waiting for the order to go suicide yourself in a lag-filled battleship slugfest?
Seeing as the NC is on the back foot, being attacked from multiple sides simultaneously by some very large and determined alliances (and some relatively small, but no less determined alliances) each Alliance in the NC have been only helping the other alliances when a critical system was about to loose sov. In the month of December we had to do a lot of “we didn’t want that system anway” combined with “pull all non-combat ships out of xyz system…. just in case”.
Fighting over the past week even has seen a whole new level. In p-2 (mostly harmless Alliance’s forward combat system) recently there was a battle involving nine titans! None of them died, unlike in a recent battle (albeit a bit one sided due to lag) between IT alliance and Pandemic legion/goons in which 4/5 titans were destroyed in one battle.
The required commitment to fight a defensive war is far more than I can give at the moment. I cannot be as active in my corp as they deserve and so I’m pulling back to empire for a bit of R&R
To that end, I’ve started the 0.0 Veteran Rest and Relaxation Holding corp (VRRHC) and placed my main in it temporarily.
Now, I’m certain that I’ll get very bored ratting in the small amount of time I intend to log on, so I hope to get back into the 0.0 fighting in mid February. As a result I anticipate this blog will lay dormant until then, I’m sorry.
I do, however want to get back into it. I’m an all-or-nothing player, I would rather be heavily involved in a corporation, blogging, fighting, etc than wither away in a small empire mission running corp so I have already given thoughts to where I may go once I get back into it:
Mostly Harmless: I haven’t left on bad terms so I feel confident I have an opening there if I want it. I don’t feel obliged to go back to Mostly Harmless though. They do have some very good FC’s and I think are my first choice, but there are other options.
IT Alliance: Yes, I know, they’re the big bad guy, they’re the hardcore, ex bob members. To tell you the truth, when I first started the game I fully intended to join bob, but before I could even fly battleships properly, they were disbanded and shortly after removed from their space. I would love to fight an offensive war for once (something I’ve not done yet) and I’d be putting in my application to ANZAC Alliance corporation (who are both Ex-BoB and ex-Mostly Harmless coincidentally. I flew with them when they were in MH helping us against PL) to be with my fellow Aussie players, despite the fact I’m living in London.
Urshra Khan if I can ever learn to spell their name correctly, I love the Podded Podcast and although they’re not the most hard-hitting alliance, they seem fairly close nit. One of the things I’m looking for.
OUCH The open university of celestial hardship (http://alexiamorgan.blogspot.com/search/label/OUCH) started by fellow blogger Alexia Morgan (who also happens to be Australian). A sort of eve-university but without the reputation for stuck up dictatorshipness, and specifically targeted at 0.0. It would be good to help build a new corp from the ground up.
In any case, I’m not going to do anything for a few weeks. My wallet is lacking due to not being able to mission in highsec because of constant wardecs and not having an alt that can run lvl 4’s .. (remedying that shortly) I have basically pvp’d for the last seven months off the smeg loads of Isk I made in 2 months in a wormhole back in march when they first came out. But now my funds are less than I like to have. to the point of making a t2 cruiser really hurt when it is lost. (ok, fine, I have a 400 mil tengu, two onyx’s, logistics ship, two transport ships and a dramiel lying around that I could sell so perhaps I’m not that poor)
Now I’m rambling, so I should stop.
I’ll be posting the occasional screenshot – I still have a few left over in reserve so watch this space and fly safe!