Thursday, September 11, 2008

We have met the enemy... and I am his!

I was tapping the Jita station console, watching the isk that I've earned from donations of ship parts leave my account... I risked a glance at a nearby police officer; when I was confident that he didn't recognize me for the public enemy that I was, I turned back to my console.

I almost smashed the panel when I saw the bill, just over 10 million isk! It had certainly not been a good week for me... Reflecting on the events of that painful day, I chided myself for my hubris.

It had all started when a drake and myrmidon were detected in local...

[ 2008.09.10 01:43:01 ] Bfoster > do we want the drake?
[ 2008.09.10 01:43:09 ] Bfoster > it just left ss
[ 2008.09.10 01:43:11 ] Lanissum > can't see why not
[ 2008.09.10 01:43:35 ] Lanissum > planet 5, drake
[ 2008.09.10 01:43:46 ] Lanissum > shall I take it?
[ 2008.09.10 01:43:53 ] Spectre3353 > im warping there right now to check him out
[ 2008.09.10 01:43:54 ] Lanissum > drake and myrm, planet 5
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:20 ] Spectre3353 > 100km off
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:20 ] Bfoster > engage?
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:21 ] Spectre3353 > gonna try to tackle
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:24 ] Spectre3353 > wait
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:25 ] Spectre3353 > align to me
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:31 ] Lanissum > aligned
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:36 ] Bfoster > crap
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:41 ] Bfoster > already warped, lol
[ 2008.09.10 01:44:58 ] Spectre3353 > i have the myrm
[ 2008.09.10 01:45:00 ] Spectre3353 > he is a year old

Ok, so we have experienced drake and myrm pilots against a stabber, thorax, and inty. We lost both the stabber and my trusty thorax (which had survived for over a week!).

No biggie, I'll just pull out my Vexy and avoid those pilots. Key word being avoid, kind of hard to do when they set up an unexpected gate camp less than an hour later.


The pilots were very nice, decent, and they even let me have some of my loot back (hey, if it helps the bottom line, no problem asking for it). Due to rl and the fact that I was bereft of any cruisers; I was reduced to the infamous rifter for awhile, not too bad; I still managed to nab a caracal kill an hour after losing my vexor.

Now, however, the question was should I get a new cruiser? Although they do a good deal of dps and can have substantial tanks; they are vulnerable when it comes to getting out of sticky situations. Frigates lack that vulnerability; but they are lacking in general too.

Assault Frigates... That is the answer! Yes, they are rather expensive, and not as insurable; but they combine the escape power of frigates with a good portion of the gank power too. So, I got my first Enyo.

So far, its performance has been stellar. My gang attacked a bait drake, when the backup arrived, we all managed to get out; it may have been different with my thorax or vexor. We then managed to gank that thorax on a gate-- I even survived a decent amount of gate fire.

Later, that same night, we found and ganked a frig and vexor in Tama; but were jumped by a large blob (a perfectly legit tactic, since we pirates essentially replicate it in miniature when we attack targets in belts). We lost our thorax (spectre) and incursus (thurxus); but I managed to escape with a pod kill. Spectre noted that even though outnumbered; we managed to kill a cruiser, frigate, and pod which they were only able to equal despite their numbers.

Although I found myself a bit unprepared for the first losses I've had in over a week, I've learned to respect t2 frigs more than I have in the past, as well as the enemy...

When I was leaving Tama tonight, I got some new fan 'mail'

[ 2008.09.12 04:18:32 ] Lanissum > gf
[ 2008.09.12 04:18:37 ] Nadezjda Allilujeva > BYE BYE S**THEADS
[ 2008.09.12 04:18:39 ] Diverux > muahaha
[ 2008.09.12 04:18:40 ] Rykeir > gf
[ 2008.09.12 04:18:47 ] Spectre3353 > we are s**theads...? for what? :P
[ 2008.09.12 04:18:53 ] Lanissum > Lol
[ 2008.09.12 04:18:57 ] Rykeir > being noob
[ 2008.09.12 04:19:18 ] Spectre3353 > you brought 700 ships to bring 2 frigs and a cruiser
[ 2008.09.12 04:19:22 ] Spectre3353 > i think you might be the newb :/
[ 2008.09.12 04:19:28 ] Spectre3353 > bring = kill
[ 2008.09.12 04:19:44 ] Rykeir > death +me = u
[ 2008.09.12 04:19:54 ] Lanissum > I'm still alive


Spectre said...

How could you possibly leave out that Tama killmail? :)

Only took 13 ships to finish me off! Really it is kind of funny that they had 4x as many ships yet both sides killed 1 cruiser, 1 frig and 1 pod. They weren't really very organized.

Lanissum said...

I linked the vexor kill for ya, noted the K:D ratio XD