The past week has been quite an experience for me. Ashnazg, Nursultan, and Wensely responded to my fleet pewpew request, graciously allowing me to fly with them.
On Saturday, June 6th, I roamed Minmatar lowsec with Ashnazg, Nursultan, Jyren’s Rage, and rhiw’aow. In terms of kills and losses, our small yet potent fleet of frigates was quite successful, merely losing one Rifter (well, we did lose another to CONCORD because someone accidentally jumped into highsec :P) for Harbinger (I was afk for this one), Caracal, Caracal, and Drake kills. But the kills were just a small part of it: the actual flying experience was everything I expected and more. My fleet mates were coordinated and efficient. Confusion was nearly nonexistent, and everyone worked together to quickly scan large systems and pinpoint the location of targets. They were not only formidable PVPers, but also adept team players. And of course, their sense of humor was quite good as well. Overall, I got an enthralling taste of what PVP in a [good] fleet is like.
Lesson learned: “Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content.” (Louis L’Amour)
Two days later, I traveled all the way to Hevrice to meet up with Wensley. We both were in Rifters, and traveled a long ways through Syndicate, finding few targets. Near the end of the roam, we ran into a Celestis 90 km off a gate. We both burned towards it, but Wensley reached it ahead of me because he had an MWD and I had an afterburner. By the time I’d reached it, Wensley had popped. I briefly attempted to fight it, but after realizing it was futile, I executed the Run-Run-As-Fast-As-You-Can™ maneuver and escaped with 10% structure left. So our malicious plans to create a trail of tears through Syndicate were thwarted (unless you count Wensley’s tears at the loss of his ship and the tears in my hull). Oh well.
Lesson learned: “If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.” (Quentin Crisp).
Wensley had to log, but I did get to fly with the other Tuskers. A group of them had spotted two Ruptures and a Retriever in a belt, but the ships would warp out too quickly. Being very clever, they proceeded to spend the next ten minutes trying to get a covert ops into an optimal position for a warp in. Unfortunately, it was decloaked by an asteroid (asteroids ALWAYS ruin villainous plans. At least the miners punish them for us.). So I volunteered to help, being a neutral in Rifter. I “ratted” while scanning down the mining posse, and we all impatiently waited for the Retrievers to come back (the Tuskers were at a gate in a adjacent system, ready to jump in). Eventually, the Retriever returned, we jumped in, killed one Rupture, lost point on another, ransomed the Retriever, got jumped by a Rough Necks alliance fleet, and warped out. We got one overzealous Sacrilege who arrived before his mates, but lost a Vexor who was trying to grab some loot before jumping out.
Lesson learned: “Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.” (Laurence Peter)
I later flew back to Minmatar lowsec, thankful that my security status was still high enough to avoid <dramatic music>CONCORDOKEN</dramatic music>. Once there, I saw Myxnee in local. Apparently she had just killed someone, and was getting smacktalk.
[ 2009.06.10 01:08:09 ] Legatus1982 > lol pussy
[ 2009.06.10 01:08:22 ] Legatus1982 > attack me while im fighting a criuser
[ 2009.06.10 01:08:25 ] Legatus1982 > u got 0 balls son
The poor chap made two mistakes: 1) He didn’t follow my Piloting Savviness guide and read Myxnee’s bio. 2) He forgot Pirating Rule Number One: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” ‘Nuff said.
Lesson learned: You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun. (Al Capone)
Anyways, I ended up fighting Myxnee because I wanted to see how badly I’d get pwned. And now my killboard is 100x more complete. Thanks Mynxee. =D (Although I swear my Salvager wasn’t working against her Rifter… omg hax!)
Lesson learned: The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on.
But enough of yarring. In other news, my Piloting Savviness guide was featured on Massively: EVE Online article on piloting savvy a condensed gem of a resource. And my blog hits went up massively (pun intended). The only thing which makes me go :( is that apparently everyone is avoiding the use of the word “savviness.” Ooh, that felt awesome, I’m gonna say it again: “savviness.” If I used it, then it’s a word. C’mon people, get with the program. :P
Lesson learned: The artist doesn’t have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don’t have the time to read reviews. (William Faulkner)
So we’ve all learned many lessons from this highly informative blog post. One final exhortation: “Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They’re about to announce the lottery numbers.” (Homer Simpson)