Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Epic Wormhole PVP

So about 2 weeks ago now we had an interesting PVP experience in our wormhole. What began like a normal day in the wormhole quickly became a lot of PVP fun. I started out by logging in and scanning our C6 for the Cave entrance (this is what we call our Static C2 wormhole). While online my corp mates started chattering in corp chat about an active C5 hole that had spawned an entrance into our home wormhole.

Apparently some traffic had begun of Buzzard ships (scanner ships) going back and forth between the C5 and our Cave hole. Well not too long after I logged on the Buzzard pilots shipped up to 2 Harbingers, a Heretic, 2 Mirmadons and one still in a Buzzard. They all seemed to have went into the Cave.

So the curious sort we are and always trying to keep tabs on them I jumped into the Cave. I quickly decloaked, dropped probes and then cloaked back up again. What I found on scan were all of the ships and they reacted quickly to try to catch me it seems. With 2 Harbi's and the Heretic warping to the exit hole back to our home WH and then beginning to orbit it. Well I maintained my cool and maintained eyes on them while I made some distance between the the hole and myself.

It took about 30 mins before they got bored and decided to change tactics. They all left the Cave and started to camp the other side of the hole, which we had someone else cloaked on who had eyes on them. Shortly after that they all warped to their C5 exit hole with all but 2 Harbi's leaving system, as well as any cloaked ships they might have had.

Well we all quickly decided with our Alliance mates who had just logged on to do an attack on the Harbinger on the C5 and see what happens. So I put my alt in his Drake and warped with a couple of battleships, a couple of Guardians (remote repair ships)  and a scorpion (a jamming ship) to the hole. We quickly dispatched the the Harbi only to find that the corp had a decent force on the other side of the hole.

A Bhaalgorn (quite expensive battleship), a neuting Dominix, several  battle cruisers and a couple of their own Guardians jumped through. This had an ensuing battle like I had not had in quite a while. I will tell you that in this game where you can actually lose your ship and stuff it is very exhilarating to get into combat.Well at that time I was able to grab my own Harbi on the field for the fight. Our fleet began to call primary targets and we began to deplete their fleet little by little until there was only the Bhaalgorn and the guardians left, which quickly jumped back through their hole. This was the first time I have ever seen a Bhaalgorn by the way which I think it a very cool looking ship.

Bhaalgorn Battleship

I quickly shipped up to one of my Ravens in my alt and stayed in my Harbi on my main. Well we soon found out that we stayed too long. As an Apoc kept jumping through and aggressing me but nothing else followed. We sent a cloaky ship through to scout and found that they had quite a number of ships on the other side including a Carrier class ship.

Well they soon all jumped through and happened to have 5 Guardians, a fair number of T2 ships, a Deimos (heavy assault ship) and the remaining force from before including the Apoc BS. We soon found that 5 guardians makes for a difficult time of killing something when they have so many reps, however we were able to change targets quick enough that we eventually killed off a couple smaller ships and the Deimos.

I give mad props to our Guardian and Scorpion pilots as they did a hell of a job keeping mostly shield tanked ships alive with the armor reppers and keeping the bad guys jammed out. We ended up getting most of our ships out, including my alts Raven, but alas my Harbi went down in flames but not without a fight. It has a hell of a good time and I commend those pilots in the enemy force for all of the fun.

All in all we felt we won with having killed more ships that were more expensive as well. But we did have a couple of new guys lose their ships and a couple get podded. Either way I would love to see that corp in the WH again and would definitely be down for some more good times like that.

Edit: Fixed Deimos as a heavy assault instead of command. Not sure what I was thinking there.

Monday, November 29, 2010

When in Rome, destroy their POS

So if you remember I mentioned previously about Player Owned Stations. What these can consist of is a main Control Tower, a force field, various ship/item/manufacturing arrays and a multitude of defensive types of ewar/resistance/gunnery. So there are many ways to design the POS according to budget and how well defended a corp would like their POS to be.

Well unfortunately for some people they do not always understand what is needed to truly defend the POS and over about a month we happened upon two such POS 's. So what we ended up doing to break away from any monotonic nature of killing sleepers in our C6 wormhole was to move one of our own smaller POSs into the neighboring wormholes that had undefended or poorly defended POSs along with a slew of battleships and ammo.

We then proceeded to siege the POS in which we would incapacitate any "lol" defenses they may have had and then attacked the Control Tower until it goes into a Reinforced state. This state means it cannot be attacked for a period of time until the POS's fuel for reinforcement runs out, usually a day or more. We then could continue to attack and destroy the tower in order to loot anything from inside that we could get from the various arrays.

The first POS that we sieged ended up only having a few ships left as the owners got quite a bit out the night it was in reinforced. However the second POS ended up yielding many different arrays, ships and modules due to us letting the 4-5 owners out of the system without a fight in exchange for anything they left. So that siege turned out to be quite profitable for the corp.

The only downfall is that POS sieging takes a lot of ammo and a lot of time to destroy the main tower. Which can be slightly boring if you do not have a lot of fire power with you. For the second POS we had both us and our alliance mates to take it down so it didn't take very long. It also was logistically a pain to get everything out of the WH.

We ended up moving everything into an adjacent C5 from the C2 that the POS was in and then was able to find a route to hisec. I ended up helping move 5-6 ships out as I could fly those types. Over all the POS siege is fun and can be profitable as the ones that are not well defended are typically due to the people not knowing much about the game and they end up crying about it a lot. Which is quite funny.

In the next post I will discuss some of my PVP experiences up until this time including the epic battle with CCRES corp.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wormhole Life

After getting accepted into my current corp I was then able to move stuff into the C6 that we live in and share with our alliance mates (another corp allied with us). I mainly chose this particular corporation due to it being a US based corp and mainly based on the east coast for time zone purposes. This way I have people on everynight when I log on to play.

So far I have really enjoyed myself in the new corp. We have done a ton of Cosmic Anomoly sites (shooting at sleeper drone ships), assaulted other players Player Owned Stations (pos) in wormholes, went on camping trips and did some pvp. All of which I will explain and document shortly before getting into the today/ tomorrow stuff.

To begin with I have made some decent money doing sites with the corp. We do them in our own wormhole, in our static wormhole (this is an adjacent lower class hole that spawns a different hole each day) and also in a Class 5 wormhole. For our system and the C5 we use shield tanked (check http://eve-survival.com/ for more information on shield tanking) battleships. Which I had to cross train shield skills and Caldari BS skills to be able to fly the Scorpion Navy Issue that I use on my main toon and I had already leveled up the skills and owned a shield tanked Raven for my alt toon. Most of us have alts and we typically dual box most C6 sites as well as did C5 sites when we went on a camping trip. What this means is we took a medium pos of our own and moved into a C5 that spawned with a ton of CA's in it. We ran these for about a week and made quite a bit of money for ourselves and for the corp. Hopefully we will use the corp funds to do some roaming in pvp or something fun soon.

For our static lower class wormhole I typically use a couple of Drakes (battle cruiser size ship) and do that solo or with another corp mate on nights people are not online or when we do not have a good route to high security space.

History of my toon(s)

So I will start this off with where I have been in the game of Eve Online. I started this game as something to do outside of another game that I was playing earlier this year. When I started the game I first tried a couple of the different races over the 14 day trial period and finally settled on an Amarr character. I really liked the looks of the ships that it had, especially the Abaddon.

As I found out very quickly that getting into the shiny ships that I wanted to fly would take a fair amount of time. I also found out that the game had an extremely high learning curve to it. So it took a lot of research and asking in the "rookie" chat to figure out how to maneuver around in the game.

Once I got some of the basics down I found what is called a "Corporation" (corp), which is like a guild in the game. My first corp was a mining corp. What this meant was that most of the players in the corp were into the mining profession. I quickly found out that mining is kind of mindless and proceeded to help them out with hauling only. I decided then that being a combat pilot was more along my fancy. So I had planned to help the corp out as a pvp pilot to protect the miners from pirates (other players that perform piracy), etc. But I found that I was alone in that task in the corp and begun to look around for another corp as soon as it was announced that our CEO (the leader of the corp) will be stepping out for real life reasons and will be giving the corp over to someone else.

I then found the corp of  The Imperium of Lazy Nation that was rooted in what is called Faction Warfare. What this meant was that they were fighting for the Amarr Militia (navy for the most part) to attack and defend solar systems against the Minmatar and Gallente Federation. This meant that I could live in high security (hisec) space but go out into low security (low sec) space to pvp in gangs of fellow Amarr Militia corporations. I found this to be extremely enjoyable. Whenever I logged on there seemed to always be some form of fleet forming in which I would be able to shoot at and at least get some kills of sorts that night. Quite often I was getting many kills and also was suffering a fair amount of losses as I was still learning the pvp portion as well as my skills were still low and I could only fly cheapo tier one frigates and cruisers. That and I had low amounts of money as I never learned to mission to make money.

While this was very fun I then had some real life things come up that caused me to not be able to play for some time. When I finally came back 3-4 months later the corp that I had been in was in dire straights as it only had a few people active in it. This included me, the CEO and another good friend of mine from the corp. I was on most times alone and soon found no fun in going to fleets of people I knew nothing about alone was no fun for me. So I decided to learn some of the pve side of the game and began to do research on missioning as I enjoyed my couple of times missioning  with my friend Tim. Along the way I met another good friend MG and learned a lot of missioning tricks from him. He plays with multiple accounts and wrecks missions quickly. He is a ton of fun to mission with and I really was given a lot of help from him which I appreciate greatly. This also prompted me to create a second account that I now use in the wormhole nightly.

As I continued with my missioning and playing on my own a lot for a couple of months I finally decided that it was time to move on to something new. And I did a lot of research and browsing around for a wormhole corp as the pod cast Lost in Eve has really excited me about wormholes. If you want to find out what a wormhole is Google has a ton of information on the subject when related to Eve online, but to quickly summarize them up they are a part of space that has random entrances and exists as well no security to speak of so all things are free game in them.

So what's next? I plan to explain some of the things that have happened and what I have learned since joining my wormhole corp. I really have been enjoying myself as well have been making a ton of money that is allowing me to have a couple extra ships for pvp now, which I will get into in another blog.

Signing off - Fantym

First post

So I have decided to start this blog today after listening to a pod cast that I follow, Lost in Eve. I have decided to explain where I have come from in my Eve adventures and what is happening on a daily basis in my current life in the wormhole that I live in.

So keep an eye out as there is much more to come daily or every couple of days and thanks for stopping by.