Ok, the patch dropped. CCP calls it an expansion, I call it a patch but we mean the same thing. And as my long suffering Alliance Mates know, I am blissfully ignorant of the changes until I encounter them in space. I do read “Jester” occasionally for updates but his rants have gotten a little tedious and I wish he was doing that CSM thing just so he gets under NDA and talks less. But I digress, the short of it is, I know very little of upcoming changes until they hit me in the face.
So, in my spare time I roam WH space in my bomber looking for opportunities. I wrote about my bomber before, despite being able to afford a shinier ship now, I stick with it. It offers the best compromise between hefty punch, cloaky flying and of course it is cheap. I do lose them occasionally – even had a near miss with a hole closing Orca’s Warrior II some time ago. Damn, them drones were fast. Anyway.
So, I roam along and the patch hits, downloads, client starts and I find myself in a strange wormhole. Oh yes, I remember now. I found a very tasty C2 (static C3, High sec) occupied by 2 corps from Talocan United. This means, targets. PI runners, miners, gas suckers. I decided to stay for a while and scanned down the few sigs, then created a lot of deep safe spots and logged off for the night.
So, when I log back in after the patch, nothing changed, I warp to my safe spots, check D-scan, fly around the system and notice that at least 10 folks are online, thats just the pilots I see in their respective POS-es.
One of them even in a tasty Badger. May he be getting ready for a PI run?
So, I wait, and wait. Not moving. Then he changes into some other ship and warps off. Did I mention that this hole is packed full of Talocan United PvP boats? An attack needs to be fast and furious for it to succeed. Did I mention that I don’t have their new Static HS yet? So, if I lose my ship, it will have to be Pod express.
Ok, so with the Badger stowed away, what else is going on here. I warp around. The PvP ships are occupied in their POS. There are a number of Command ships, bombers and straight up DPS boats, even a floating Drake. And then there is a “Venture” on D-scan. What is that?
I need to look it up. Ah, its the new mining frigate. Oh, he’ll be mining then, won’t he. And there is grav site. So, away I go.
Not at the grav site. Hm. He can’t be. Can he be? There is a Ladar site and I check it out. Ladar sites are nasty due to their very large and decloaking cloud. I warp to 100 and notice, yes, there is the Venture clearly suckling gas. A mining frigate? I check the stats again” 5% reduction to gas cloud harvesting duration per level” and (!) “100% bonus to mining yield and gas cloud harvesting”. A geez, I did not know this. This thing is awesome! I want 10 of them. Wait. I dont live in a WH anymore. Nevermind.
Ok, so I dont know this ship. Its a frigate. Let me check the stats. Wtf? 2 Warp stabs? I have a short point (+2) but he can warp away. I can’t lock him. Ok, ok, “could” try to bump him. Or alpha him. Well, I am in a bomber. My torpedoes have great effect on large signature targets. This thing has a 40m sig radius, slightly bigger than a my Nemesis (37) but still a lot smaller than, say, a gas sucking Moa (135). So even if I was able to lock him down before the warps away, it will take a serious number of torpedoes to take him down. Why oh why don’t they make Bombers with railguns? Need to call Duvolle, I guess. Why oh why did I dispense of my Target painter and replaced it with a Web? Dumb…
Ok, so what now. I could engage. Give the nature of this corp and the presence of at least 10 other ships in the system, I get 2 salvos off before the cavalry arrives. Who are in bombers btw, so the decloak time is zero.
Nah, this is suicide. Also, what does one of those Ventures go for? A few million? I am not into the ISK efficiency calculation but I dont see much of a point suiciding my beloved Nemesis against a throw-away mining frigate.
So, when he is finally done, he warps to the POS where I can take a good look at him:
So, all in all, this was not a very successful foray into Talocan land. I hang around a little and watch them do a PI run finally, a badger with a Falcon in tow. I don’t think get cheap kills, so I drop probes, find the static highsec and leave them bask in their superiority.