My RL is still controlling my game time and while a forced break from EVE is cathartic, it is also frustrating. Wormhole corporations rely on teamwork and I can not contribute in a meaningful way. Fuel needs to be brought in, routes need to be scanned down and of course, sleepers need to be shot. I know all this, see my buddies on jabber forming up and I can’t come. Its annoying.
Life in a wormhole is rarely predicable which is both its allure and its downfall. Pilots desiring content have to create it themselves and the worst enemy of a WH corporation is someone who logs in, looks if something happening and – if not – logs off and plays DOTA. Wormholes are not like that, Incursions maybe or lowsec but we blaze our own path.
The third installment of my quick series how to live in EVE’s wormhole space. It is not really a guide, more a personal journal. Comments and corrections are very welcome.
Its curious that I still get many google hits for “Nemesis Fit EVE”. I can only pity the fool desperately searching the interwebs for fitting advice of this unloved bomber and as last ditch end here. I am not qualified for fitting advice – I tend to copy my fits from my lossmails 🙂
But lets talk bombers – my favorite ship in New Eden.
Occasionally, I get the itch, disrupt my senseless standing grind for Duvalle Labs, I have no idea how to do that research agent thing anyway and I am just bored of the same mission ideas over and over again. I miss WH space and so I scan down a WH with my trusty Nemesis and see if I can find some hapless PI runner or miners or something.
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.
Man, its busy. We have new recruits coming into the hole who desire fame, fortune and wrecks and shall receive. Our corp just paid out > 1.2bn ISK to members in loot / salvage alone, ore, gas and PI stuff come extra. So, damn, bad time to be a sleeper in our neighborhood…. We are still recruiting but are switching over to EU / UK time now so we are building up our transatlantic teams.
My RL is pretty busy right and now and I don’t get to play / blog much. Its not that I am taking a real break, its just all a little slower. All PI is turned off, recruitment is handled very competently by Skip and I enjoy the relative freedom to log in and just hang out, chat with friends and experiment with ships (I bought an Ishkur, great fun!). But WH stalking is still my favorite pastime and at some point, “borrowed” our CEO’s bomber (thank you), refitted it to my liking, packed a few hundred torpedoes and went onto an adventure, starting in a C6 that had opened up to us. I really wanted to see if I could drop a Noctis full of C6 sleeper loot after my last attempt had failed due to the irritating competence of the opposing team…
Its late when I log in and my corp has thoroughly cleared the neighborhood of sleepers filling coffers, expending missiles and in the process scanned down our adjacent hole. All is explored except a single C2 which has a mass critical connection, means any boat that jumps through it may find the wormhole collapse on them and their way home shut. Of course, I can’t resist to stick my head through, after all, this goes both ways, the hunters don’t like the hole because it closes their way home, the hunted often feel safe behind a mass critical hole for the same reason. This specific hole even says that collapse is imminent. My bomber is equipped with a probe launcher so, in I go. The hole flares and I find myself in D-scan range of two miners and a jet can. Ohh….
Our little wormhole academy is in full swing – we have 4 pilots join us in our C2 this week and we have more interviewing. Strangely, I was worried that the loss of advertisement from our former podcasting alliance leader would mean a drop in recruit quality or quantity but the opposite has been the case. We get solid recruits through the forums and – of course – using our preferred method of shooting at them first, then telling them about our little academy. That has worked twice before and it shows me a couple of things, one, EVE is only as dark and mean as people make it and, two, Wormholers are a strange breed – the isolation that we expose ourselves to forms a weird kinship even between opposing teams.
I have written before about my most favorite ship in EVE Online, the Nemesis Stealthbomber. Curvaceous, nimble, vulnerable, secretive and deadly, this is a boat hard to master, easy to kill and feared with reason by enemies and pilots alike. I fell in love with this ship the first time I flew it – then still the old hull design – and I have yet to find a ship that fits my playstyle better than this one. Sure, there are Drakes and Tengus and Orcas and whatnot but they are utilitarian to me. If I need to shoot sleepers, I take the Drake. I don’t “want” to fly that thing but sometimes I have to. The Nemesis however, I really enjoy.
And so today, my corp mate and I were scouting our neighbor after the customary PI management and in our C2 neighbor happened upon 2 Ferox Battlecruisers, a Drake, some wrecks, a Noctis Salvager and some pos-floating battleships. My corp mate proceeded to find and identify all the POS in the system (4 of them, geez, what a fuel bill they must have) and I focused on trying to find the ships without probes for now. We were too late to catch the Noctis, he was already nuzzled up to a Hangar Array back in the POS Shield by the time I got a bead on him. The Drake also vanished leaving the two Ferox somewhere in system. Ship names always make me laugh since they often give the purpose of the ship away. One of the Ferox was called “Can” something indicating that it was a converted to suck ladar sides dry. Using a Ferox is a very common and relatively intelligent way to take down valuable gas, it has lots of high slots, a (small) drone bay to load ECM or Warrior IIs and can fit a very substantial tank. They are not easy targets and we are looking for two of them.