Monday, 24 January 2011

Some Day

"A Wolf on scan," reported my scout, "Close to Iges V."
Looking at the local chat, it appeared most likely the ship belonged to someone from The Bastards pirate corporation or its associates. With potential escalation in mind, I chose to undock a trusty Hurricane battlecruiser and warped straight to planet V's only belt, which turned out to be empty.
"Probe it down, must be safespotted."
Less than a minute later, the scout sent me into warp towards the target's location. It was indeed a member of The Bastards' feeder corp who appeared to be aligned but did not warp off for some reason and quickly melted under my guns' fire.
Soon after I had looted the wreck and docked, though, another Hurricane appeared on scan. A quick check revealed it to be the same pilot, at the same location!
A battlecruiser with likely support - time for some Hyperion action. The scout set up a warp-in while my battleship was leaving the station, allowing it to land about 15 km from the Cane which was already joined by a Drake.
I burned towards them and the Cane closed distance as well, apparently planning to brawl. Scram, web, guns, neut, drones on the Cane. Reinforcements arrive in the form of a Brutix and a Dramiel while the Drake moves out to 20 km away.
My ships starts to take a pounding but two large reppers are patching it up quickly enough.
Shield tanked (bad idea for a brawl) Cane goes down and I switch to the Brutix which, naturally, got very close to me. The Brutix, having no tank at all, explodes much faster and the Drake leaves.
I try to hit the Dramiel but even with neuts, scram and web on him neigher my large blasters nor my Ogres can hit the damn frig so I just leave and do the victory dance:

A second fight for my new battleship and a very satisfying one, especially compared with a terrible loss we suffered in a fight against Jack Coutu and his mates the night before.
"Some day we will get this Nursultan," says one of The Bastards in local.
That applies to you as well, Jack!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

New Yarrrrrrrrrrr

Happy New Year and Merry Xmas everyone!
There's nothing like taking someone new to piracy on a killing roam, is there?
LoC11 took his missioning Rattlesnake loss quite well last week and soon after the fight asked me if he could join our pirate operations, to which I agreed.
So, on Sunday night, EVE's prime time, we began scouting our corner of Placid in search for targets.
There was a small mining operation going on in Grispire but the barges warped off before we arrived and I only got to kill their hauler.
At the same time, though, another pilot in a Dominix decided to run a Serpentis plex and quicly got probed out by our accomplices. He left the plex some time after seeing the probes but quickly returned and died to my Hurricane even before LoC had arrived.
Fortunately, he finally got on the next kill, a ratting Arbitrator in Pelille, by cleverly warping to a belt where the cruiser was expected next.
After that, LoC went afk for a bit in Dastryns while my scout moved on to Uphallant where a battleship fleet had been spotted by fellow pirates from Muppet Ninjas, probably intent on taking down a POS. Except it turned out they were not bashing a POS, they were running a mission!
My scout probed down the fleet while ninja warlord Gaiden rallied his troops. Me and LoC joined their fleet and soon landed on top of the mission runners. We killed everything but two Domies which managed to warp off. Sometimes I just coudn't switch fire to the primary fast enough before it died. Needless to say, LoC appeared very excited.
I haven't spoken to him since that evening but I really hope this experience sends him on the path of piracy.

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P.P.S. What's wrong with all those people in shiny battleships who refuse to pay ransom?