Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Your first EvExperience.

I was looking at my contact list last night, and saw my old first character.. The poor thing was created in 04 and was played for a month or two, and then has been laying dormant.

But it got me thinking back on EvE in the days of yore, how I percieved the world in my short stint of playing back then..
How did you percieve the world and your role in it? What did you like, fear or was impressed by?

For myself, it is over 5years since I first tried EvE, and my memory of it is fuzzy.
It is mostly kept as images in my head, but the few details I remember is that I pretty quickly found a corporation that recruited me, and they were building ships.
I remember they were very helpful, and I was impressed with their generosity of giving me a mining vessel, but also remember how proud I felt that I got to take part of their business venture.
I think I helped them with research between the mining sessions..
I remember the first time I found a corpmate in space, with my little frigate I flew up and in a formation with him and his huge vessel. For all I know it was probably just a industrial or whatever, but being new you dont know what is kickass and what is ordinary :)
(Sidenote: the Mammoth should really be a fighting vessel.. that model look very "star-destroyer" like!)
I have some vague memories of finding ore belts and mining there, so proud I had found a good place rich with resources..
I have always liked the "hidden treasures" thing.. so to this day the allure of a cache of hacking cans rich with loot waiting to be found does appeal to me greatly ;)
I did not play very long on my first venture into EvE.. I remember I was disappointed that you could not steer your ships, as I have found it helps immersion.
Also, it was a very dark and dangerous place.. I could not imagine why some would freely go down in to the "red areas" I saw on my universe map, where it was lawless and unforgiving.
I mean, I worked very hard for my first ships, and why I would go down and loose them was beyond me at the time..This is my mental image is of how the universe looked back then.
I read stories of pilots going "down there" and some mean pirate would destroy their ship and kill them.. and I remember as I tried to fiddle in the market at the time it was very confusing with escrow and whatnots, so when I tried to make some money taking something from A-B to, it was always a bunch of "red-space" in the way.

So I went off to other games, but having returned to New Eden years later I always try to remember what it was like to be in this cold-harsh world alone and lost.. And how much I´ve learned and discovered since then.
The amazing part about EvE is that I´ve yet only to scratch the surface of things to do and learn.

So widen your horizons!

Friday, 12 February 2010


Right, I was saying a while back that it would be interesting to compare all them bloggers for each side of the CvA/UK fights of the current war and see what they write about a single thing.
Now 9UY is a bigger victory in UKs eyes, but CvA did not fight back then, and I´ve found little posts from CvA about 9UY.. (guess they did not want that station anyway) :P
So I compiled all the articles and bloggings about the battle of D-GTMI I could find.
(Yes I know it was a while ago, but I been so busy with first the invasion of 9UY, then Sylph doing a goon and dropping sov in three systems, allowing us to CAPTURE J6QB!! -But they actually fought back this time, so there has been constant CTAs for a few days until yesterday.. Good times.

Anyway, here for your perusal are all the bloggers I could find writing about the D-GTMI fight.
(Feel free to send me additional ones I´ve missed.)
AAA/UK side:
Norses for Courses
Loaded Barrels
Ga´len the EvE Druid
EvE Monkey
A Mule in EvE
Bloodthirsty Miner (Fought for Provi but now anti CvA)
Captains Log

Bloggers for the CvA/Proviblob side:
Escape Velocity
Tul´s Space Stories
The Blackhand
Rettics Log
Fly along with me
Zamas Ramblings
Guns Ablaze
I must say personally I liked the IC reports/posts the most, being an old RPgamer.. Ga´lens was great.
But read em through and get yer own opinions ya lazy gits!

One thing I noticed that there were plenty of bloggers on each "side" not commentation on this particular subject, meaning there are plenty more bloggers out there!
-So if you are interested in the Provi/Catch area there are never a shortage of reading materials!

Fly baby fly.

Oh, and I´m on TWITTER now.. fell for it finally ;)
Come join #Tweetfleet !!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Tonight we dock in 9UY!


No sorry, the station is now named UNITY -once again.

Here she is, back in Ushra´Khan hands again.

Busy cap-ships repairing the damage we sadly had to inflict upon her to regain control..

Now just to clean out the CvA stink and put our own stink in it!

To summarize.. We formed up early and made our way to 9UY to be in place first if CvA were to make a stand for the system (as this was the final timer, and they had not yet done so.)
The system was secured and no large enemy gangs were reported, only a 20man Paxton gang, but we felt it did not pose a large threat to our numbers.
So, the timer finally reached zero, no enemy in sight yet, so there was naught else to do then to shoot and claim the station!

I think I´ll print myself a bumpersticker to put on my ships:
"I was there at the UNITY station takeover, and all I got was a shuttlekill"

Random pictures to follow, now I´ll take a nap in our new station.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Stupid Carrier kills!

So it seems killing dumb carrier players who either failfit or are reckless with their big shiny ship is the latest rage..
I was reading the blogs of my former corp members in Python about how they killed a failfit dumb carrier in a belt..
Spectre, Skye, Langdon, Helicity, and a TBRA-dude has blogged about it.
And the very next day, I get to do the same!

You see, in the war against CVA+pets us Ushra´Khan and AAA has after taking the station in D-GTMI launched an attack on "9UY" -A very important tradehub and central traffic nexus for CVA.
The attack has not yet seen any resistance.. I dont know if they plan to let us have it for free or if they are running scared, but anyway..
While the big ships are doing their thing in attacking infrastructure hubs and the like, us support are spread around the gates and station, keeping it perma-bubbled and camped.
And since CVA has billions of assets in that station we have taken to keep a permanent presence there between timer-attacks.
It was during such a slow period, where we just chilled, circling the gate, when one of our scouts in the outlying systems yell on comms that he has found a carrier in an anomaly.
In fear that it might flee now that he is in system, he tackles it and hopes he can hold it until we arrive.
Sadly it had large neuts/smartbombs and managed to fend off our tackler before we got there.

Now, a smart individual would know that a few jumps away there are hundreds of more blood-thirsty enemies, and this lone one would have told his friends about the carrier.. so the smart guy would dock up.
We thought this was the case, but often in Providence there are plenty of the "not-so-smart-guy" category.

So our fleet held one system out and we sent in a neutral to try to scan him down and see if he were still in there..
Funny enough, when the neutral scout joined our fleet to go in there, someone in local warned everyone that he was a working for us!
It seems we had a spy in our fleet.
Funny, as Providence had accused -A- heavily on forums claiming meta-gaming and looking down their noses at spies and neutral informers.
So with the spy having tipped off the carrier we left and went back to 9UY and our camp..

However, after a while another neutral scout were sent off (not reported in fleet) to check if the carrier were really stupid enough to go back to the anomaly.
He was.
We were told by the FC to gather at the 49gate, as the carrier might get tackled.. "prepare to burn full speed"
And we did.
After making sure to stay out of his smartbombs there was naught else to to then grind him down.

We got him good.

The wreck of the once-mighty Thanatos.
Dead by the stupidity of its now-podded owner.

Such a waste.

Monday, 1 February 2010

A red sun rises..

Blood has been spilt this night.

As I drove to work this morning, I was met by a unusual red sunrise..
Got me thinkin about Legolas speech in the "Two towers" and how well it reflected what I saw last night in EvE.
Damn roaming in provispace is FUN!
I had a great day yesterday, with my day starting with riding some snowmobiles with me brothers, then after just a day for sale, my old snowmobile got sold and delivered!
I went inside to relax with some EvE and there was a inty/SB roam going on in Provi that Wotlankor FC´d, wich I promptly joined and flew to them with all haste.
He had some nice tricks, one in particular was great fun as it involved going into a system, scaring the miners/ratters and looking wich way they fled.. then bookmarking a spot in their way.. and leaving.
So after they thought we left, our interdictor warps in, bubbles a spot in their "flight-path" and then we charge into the system, trapping them in the bubble as they flee.. Annihilation!

The roam continues like that.. until we take a break and I go into town for some weekend shopping..
Coming home I hop on and see there is a fleet forming to counter a 100+ pilot proviblob!
We gather 100ish guys in various ships and head out to hunt ´em down!
They evade us for some time, jumping systems and using bridges to evade, until we got em on the gate of the neighboring system.
Now, they dont want to jump into us, and we dont want to jump into them.
We have eyes on them, and they probably had eyes on us.
What to do...
So our FC orders us away from the system, into the next, making it look like we are fleeing..
Our eyes on the enemy tells us after a while that they are starting to disengage from the gate, and are maybe taking another route away.. but some were left behind on the gate. (afk? dont listen? who knows!)
So he goes and traps ´em in a bubble, and we charge back through the system and jump into theirs!
Support spread out from the gate and our battleship fleet start pounding away.
I suppose the enemy fleet was in disarray, not coming back to the gate as a whole unit, but in packs and gets stuck in our bubbles and shot by our guns.
Long fight, our FC dies and a stand-in target-caller takes over and does well, as does our logistics.
The end result can only be this.

So much wrecks to loot and drones to scoop!
We had no time or room to take it all, the fleet was needed back around home again ;)

Pre-engagement our fleets were of similar size, and there was no lag to blame for CVA this time.
I say our fleet discipline, tactics and experience gave us this win.
What I would not give to listen to their voicecomms and hear what (if anything) was said.

Speaking of wich, my collection of battlereports for both sides of the D-GTMI battle is almost done,so I´ll post my "Blog-wars" post as soon as I think I got all of ´em.

Fly safe, fly "Air khan"