Archive for October, 2013

Flying Rifters

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Made a video including some frig fights from the last week I flew solely Rifters. Any coments on general derpage are welcome ūüôā

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Snakes on a Rifter

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

Not long ago I had a fight with a quite experienced pilot. After the fight I said ‘gf’ in local as is customary but got no reply. Not something unusual but for some reason I started wondering why he didn’t return the ‘gf’. In the end I wrote him a message where I suggested he contact me if he was interested in discussing the fight that he had just lost. I soon got a reply.

Not sure what there is to discuss.¬† You have either snakes or links and thus your plated rifter was faster than me.¬† Couldn’t pull range so you won.¬† Pretty straghtforward really.

Now, I didn’t use Snakes nor did I use links. As usual I was in a rusty Rifter with implants worth a total of about 60 million in my head. But the¬†message got me thinking about a question that has interested me quite a lot since I started playing Eve. As I see it, the answer to the question of wether to¬†use pirate implants, links and drugs is an arbitrary one. These enhancements are all part of the game and as such I see nothing inherently wrong in using them. But wether we use them or not will have an effect on our game and how other players interact with us. When I first started PvP’ing I remember how more experienced players used to warn me about certain pilots that used links or certain pirate implants. In a way telling me to be wary of fighting them. At the same time some of the pilots that were warning me about players who used links and expensive implants, used drugs themselves to enhance their combat performance.

As I got more experienced I also started using drugs in combat but never considered using links and expensive implants. But I still had a hard time pinpointing the reason as to why one enhancement was considered more valid than others by some, me included. I already knew that the answer was an arbitrary one and changed depending on who you would ask. Some considered links to be the work of the devil and as close to cheating as one could come withing the confinements of the actual game mechanics, others thought they were valid when fighting against staggering odds while some thought they were as valid a tactic as anything else.

In the end I managed to formulate an idea about combat enhancements that I felt explained why I take the stance I do today. As of now I don’t use any drugs in frig vs frig¬†combat, nor do I use any expensive implants or links. Not because I think there’s anything wrong in¬†using them, but because I know that¬†just as I avoided fighting with certain pilots due to them being linked for instance, other pilots might avoid fighting me if they knew I was using similar enhancements. So to summon it all up, I wont use anything that has the potential¬†to decrease¬†the number of fights I¬†can get. It is for the same reason I¬†always honored 1v1’s when I still did them, and it’s one of the main reasons I don’t like being part of a blob.

One downside with beating the odds at times is that you’ll be accused of using all kinds of enhancements. But the fact that you know yourself¬†that you¬†didn’t, that you managed to take down a really good pilot with expensive implants in a¬†shiny ship while you sit in a cockpit¬†held together by¬†bubble gum and duct tape alone,¬†is all worth it as you loot that burning wreck and head on back to the trailer park you call home.

A Good Day in Avenod

Posted: October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Avenod is a place I tend to avoid due to the heavy precense of Shadow Cartel in the system. It is not uncommon to see Lokis and Tengus on scan as one enters,¬†and it goes without saying that that’s not a good sign for the lone solo pilot looking for good fights.¬†Usually I just pass through the system, not even bothering looking for targets. ¬†But this day the other systems in Metropolis had very little to offer in terms of fights so I decided to try my luck.

The scan showed a deserted system as I opened up a couple of plexes close to the sun and waited outside one of them. It¬†did however not¬†take long for a Condor to show up on scan and I aligned out to the other plex, creating some distance to the acceleration gate in hope that he would give me a clue of how he was fitted as he landed. He soon showed up on short scan and shortly after he landed he started burning towards me. It turned out he was fitted with a MWD¬† and¬†light missile launchers so I warped off to the nearby plex and waited for the Condor to come after me to see at what distance he warped in at. He landed 30 k off me so I quickly activated the gate and went inside the plex. I didn’t expect him to come after me, but I stayed close to the beacon just in case. The primary plan was to warp back to the original plex at 30 k in¬† the hopes that he would land right on top of me as he followed,¬†where my brawler fitted¬†Rifter would be able to grind him down fast.

To my surprise he did however enter the plex. I hit approach with my overheated afterburner activated and slammed a lock on him as fast as I could. He managed to pull range quickly and was close to 10 k away from me before the overheated scram worked its magic and his ship was destroyed in short order.

I looted the wreck and headed out to the plex after repping up. An Incursus showed up on scan that turned out to be Garviel Tarrant. I saw that he was fitted with rails and knew that I would have a good chance against him in the brawler fit so warped off to another acceleration gate with the intention of catching him outside the plex. He landed close to 0 and I quickly got a lock and a tight orbit. The fight was going well and after three cycles of the SAAR had finished I had managed to get¬†a tight enough orbit to turn it off since the¬†incoming damage at that point was low. That’s when the Eve client froze. I could do nothing but wait. It took maybe 20-30 seconds before it unfroze and my pod was then scrammed while Garviel seemed to be counting down the seconds to my inevitable death. Good fights were exchanged and with my ship and pod destroyed I decided to call it a night.

The next morning I decided to head out to Avenod again to try to return Shadow Cartel’s favour back in kind. Not long after entering system I was being chased by a Kestrel. With everything overheated I managed to take it down and the shiny pod as well. The score had been settled and I decided to spend the rest of the morning in system. It turned out to be a good one with a win against both a Merlin and a Slicer.