23
Jun
11

EvE – Big boys that play with big toys.

I should write something current but, Incarna pisses me off. So here is a bit of old news from an event that happened a short time ago instead.

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That title is not an analogy for a penis, it just helps explain about the shit I have gotten myself into this past month. My German friend badgering me to join BDCI was a good move, a smart move. I didn’t do my homework before I applied which was not so smart as I found myself in the middle of a war. A war that had been going on for ages but to me it seemed as if it had reached a turning point and I had just made it onto the turning point bus.

That turning point came and went; everyone was talking about it, forum threads were started about it, much bragging and chest beating was the result, and then the nail in the coffin appeared and much cheering was to be had. I’ll break tradition and talk about something that actually happened in game recently but is now old news.

Let’s start at the end, the coffin nail.

I imagine an old crime scene photo would look like this.

Nobody want’s to lose a titan….wait, he didn’t lose it, it was taken from him by fire and bullets.

The war for the North part of EvE’s null sec is a complicated long history lesson that I don’t understand, nor want to. In 5 years time I won’t even care about it and neither will you so I’m going to try and focus on this moment. Whoever owned that Avatar, thanks for being my first, thanks for being a bit silly and letting me get on the killmail. Here is what a smart person on Teamspeak/Ventrilo/Mumbl/Skype/IRC/etc  said after this Avatar and a Ragnarok were killed in 5 minutes of shooting. I shall paraphrase slightly.

“If I was in his position, I wouldn’t have logged my titan in for a month, let everything die down, let people forget I was there then one day log in and gtfo.”

That sounds like a great plan. It sounds like the only plan you really have, just don’t log the fucking thing in. Were these poor 2 dudes asked to help with evacuation or something? Did you have the only source of the NC’s power in your cargohold? Why log back in and without support or, it would seem, without a scout? Mr.Avatar and Mr.Ragnarok from the Northern Coalition however, thought a few hours would do…they didn’t think that a representative from Pandemic Legion was watching where they logged off in a cloaky interdictor.

They didn’t think that maybe some people had them on their buddy list waiting for them to log on, they didn’t think that a group like PL would forget about them after a mere few hours. And they paid for it with BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of needlessly wasted ISK.

Despite the impressive show of force and ISK seen here, the form up parade was hampered by bad weather.

Once the call for people to fleet up to kill titans went out, it took about 30 seconds for a fleet of 150 people to log on, 2 minutes to ship up and be ready to bridge in. The interdictor pilot moved very fast and did his job PERFECTLY as reinforcements arrived to save him from a few dozen Warrior II’s 🙂 Then the 2 titans were pinned down and I think the Ragnarok lasted about 30 seconds or so, the Avatar a bit longer but not much. I arrived in system with a Tengu that I was in previously* and I couldn’t even lock the titan before it had died. That’s how fast it was, and there was NO lag.

The hybrid shouts jump, and we jump, she doesn't seem to give a shit about how much fuel we have.

I forget just how many titans there are in game. A staggering number really considering how much they cost to build. I won’t ever see that much personal ISK for even one single titan, and yet people here have 1 each almost…ok well maybe not but so many titans in one small group of people is crazy. At least I think so.

An Avatar is slain.

I have a great screenshot of the fight. It involves a group of titans on the field then a HUGE ball of glowing light that was bigger than the actual sun in system. It was actually very blinding, nuclear dawn kinda bright. I took a screenshot of it and thought it was a graphical error or something, but it was the simultanious release of all these doomsdays in system. So many titans, so much firepower, huge blinding ball of light…it was awesome.

Despite not being on the Rag’ kill, I am more than happy to have helped kill an Avatar at long last. The first ever titan kill in EvE online was an Avatar. When I read about that and after all the number of times I have stared at that killmail, I’ve even seen the wreck in game and it only adds to how cool my own titan kill was. From the fleet form up, to the crazy voice comm’ commands, to the suddenness of it all, to the “fight”, to the kill, to the aftermath and the cheering. All of that in just 5 minutes.

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*That previously starting here.

The bouncer to the POS club wouldn't let the fat Moros and Revelation crowd in, but the Naglfars...only had to smile.

Just real quick, once again I will beat this into your skulls, Minmatar ships are the best looking. End of story.

Though before the titan slaying I joined a Dreadnought fleet as part of a few Tengus and logistics. I couldn’t fly any Dreadnought that was available so I was stuck to some small guns. I think these POS’s we had been assaulting were part of some huge Technetium moon claiming op’ and they were being run by a strict evil person who shall remain nameless. I’m pretty enthusiastic about doing things I haven’t done before, and group activites such as this one make me curious about how they carry out the task. I learned loads and am glad I was not in a dread for my first POS bash, I would have not known what the fuck “siege red” meant for example.

Your POS is being shot by rounds the size of houses being fired from the Naglfar, and laser beams the width of a McDonalds regular being fired from the Revelation. Does this make you happy?

Of course I just shot cheap ammo at the tower and took some screenshots while I waited for orders.  I quite like trying to time my screenshots when the dreads fired, I had none of the Moros though.

One of those Tengus is me, the good looking one.

And so the POS fell, we took the moon and went back home and then all hell broke loose on voice comms and well…you’ve just read what happened.

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