CCP Gargant offered a newb course today in exploration with the promise to die gloriously in a wormhole. The event was designed for newbs and I gingerly log my RvB toon in that has a total of 1.5mil SP, can fly a Gallente Frigate well and hit a barn door if it is really close and doesn’t move. Only just.
Look, the time is about to be perfect for the fleet to form up and I gulp down a lunch sandwich like a snake swallows a rabbit, fill the glass, empty the bladder (TMI? this stuff is important, newbs need to know all about the Battle Bottle) and tell the wife that I am working on something really important and that she should stay out of my way for a bit. She kinda believes it since I am doing this on my laptop. A misnomer. If I actually had this thing on my lap while playing EVE, I’d been in hospital with 3rd degree burns to my private parts. It pays to wear fire-proof Depends for more reasons than raiding.
The fine folks of Crossing Zebras organized a Free For All in Asakai. Specifically, they invited all EVE personalities, bloggers, podcasters etc and our Alliance of course needed to show up. We are EVE famous after all (well, we think we are). But real life had been iffy for me and I wasn’t sure whether I could make it – last minute decision and I brought my (extremely young) RvB pilot in. He can fly an Atron, use blasters, web and scram and runs out of cap when warping to the nearest toilet. He is not very skilled. Oh, and he has an insufficient clone. Oh, and I didn’t get a chance to bring ships closer – 12 jumps for my stash. This could be a short evening….
Well, below a couple of short videos of our team hunting in Asakai… Enjoy.
Quick disclaimer – I had a crummy day in FW, first I assembled a brand new Vexor and hurried to the rally point of our sizable fleet only to land smack in a very well set up hostile blob on the other side. In the ensuing fights, I picked the wrong targets, was paying attention to fleet FC who was in a very different system and not my local environment. Subsequently, I lost the Vexor without taking anyone with me – that bugs me most.
I have been active in the EVE Online Faction War for about only 1 1/2 weeks and participated in maybe 4 real fleets, all with the objective to hunt the evil Caldari and look for a good brawl. None of that “strategic” stuff. The fleets varied in quality from highly disciplined, awesome and fun to “meh” and the deciding factor were always the fleet commander and the scout FC. Some were just superb and I learned at lot about fleet communication from them.