Monday, September 26, 2016

To Kill a Huginn

Outside the Bar

Beautiful ain't it? Brink's Bar lives on!

I admired our little piece of home for a bit longer, then hit d-scan. A few people in local but only a Slasher at a medium. Let's do it! I gave the command over the intercom for the crew to load EMP ammo into the guns and replace the Nova rockets with Mjolnir (Caldari ones of course). I took the acceleration gate and prepared myself for the first fight of the -- god dam recon bait. The Slasher was sitting 40km off the warp in but a Huginn was waiting for me with open arms and a shit eating grin. There were no celestial objects directly in front of me (not even 180 degrees in front of me). I hit the red alert button to signal the crew to get to the escape pods as the dual webs and long point sealed my fate. I locked up some drones and took one down before I exploded. Sigh.  

Freya Godspeed > gf
Freya Godspeed > you owe me one hob
Freya Godspeed > quafe?
Sem Skord > gotta stay hydrated as you roam
Freya Godspeed > that´s true i use other boosters tho
Freya Godspeed > Krivich o7
Krivich > o7
Freya Godspeed > nice fitting btw
Freya Godspeed > i like rifters
Sem Skord > me too
Freya Godspeed > slashers are better imo but that´s just my opinion
Sem Skord > well too bad we didnt get to find out

Freya Godspeed > true

I cursed myself as I returned to the Bar to grab another Rifter from the garage. Something about all this seemed very familiar. I checked the neocomm and scrolled through my recent fights. Aha! Same person, same method, same system! Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, I'm getting revenge!

Veteran Black Jacket, R1FTA Director and good friend xxMACKxx was at the bar smoking a cigarette and throwing back some whiskey.

Sem Skord > Mack
Sem Skord > Kill: Sem Skord (Rifter)
xxMACKxx > yeah boss
Sem Skord > got something to kill a huggin?
Sem Skord > this fucker has gotten me twice
Sem Skord > sitting at a large

xxMACKxx > theoretically yes

He threw back another shot, allowed the liquor to marinate for a second and elaborated.

xxMACKxx > I have an incursus you could use to get tackle on it
xxMACKxx > while I come in my crucifier and TD it
xxMACKxx > then it would just die
Sem Skord > hmm
xxMACKxx > it's an AC boat dual TD would shut him the fuck down he's running 425's on there ez pz

xxMACKxx > drones would be your only worry

A tanky Incursus that would grab point and hold it long enough for Mack's TD Crucifier. We could definitely use a couple more ships. I looked around the Bar for someone that could lend some guns to the cause. Across the room I spotted two fellows sitting in a corner, both baby sitting a couple beers, huddled close to each other conspiring about something. Gallente Mil. I made my way over and recognized one of them. 

Arsikere was a skilled pilot who can hold his own in a fight. We fought each other numerous times in the past, eventually forming a bond through guns and wrecks. The other fellow I didn't recognize.

Sem Skord > Gentlemen!
Sem Skord > Good evening
Arsikere > hey HEY
Kim Karsons > o/
Sem Skord > you guys up to kill a huggin?
Sem Skord > sitting inside a large
Sem Skord > with a bait slasher
Sem Skord > Nikkishina
Sem Skord > Freya Godspeed

Ariskere glanced at his companion as they whispered quickly to each other, I couldn't make it out. A couple moments later, Arsikere took a long swig of his beer.

Arsikere > alas, i am dodizzle
Kim Karsons > you gonna try to take em in frigs? Those things have pretty hard tanks, no?
Arsikere > huggins, not as much
Sem Skord > wanna join?
Arsikere > and we have a 3rd guy in fleet
Sem Skord > you'll make 4!
Kim Karsons > yeah I do, lemme see what I have for ships 

Four pilots! I'm comfortable with this! They finished their beers and followed me back to the bar where Mack sucked down his cigarette and stood up. With suspicious eyes Mack looked 'em both up 'n down. When he saw the Gal Mil patches on Arsikere and Kim, I could tell even behind those shades that he was questioning their motives. But Gal Mil don't associate with outlaws, so his suspicions were put at ease. We walked out to the parking lot and formulated a quick plan.

Sem Skord > plan is pretty straight forward. im gonna grab tackle with incursus
Sem Skord > hope i live long enough for ya'll to get here
Sem Skord > then shoot him
Sem Skord > gg
Arsikere > rgr

Kim Karsons > Wish we had some Tracking disruption

Mack snorted. 

xxMACKxx > <-- cruci
xxMACKxx > <--- double td
Arsikere > haha :P

Kim Karsons > There we go

We separated and jumped into our ships. I was in Mack's Incursus, Kim jumped into an Incursus as well. Arsikere was bringing the big guns with a Coercer, and Mack with the Crucifier. We can do this. I took off and set out to get the ambush in motion.

Apocolypse Now

The Slasher was in a medium plex now. Before I left Mack gave me a crash course on how to use the dual rep cursus and a couple of boosters to help with the tank and reppers. My concern was first getting point, then living long enough for the guys to ride in and shoot the Huginn. We left the Bar at different intervals as to not alert our quarry. We all held on the other side of the Nikkishina gate in Isho and went over the plan one more time.

Sem Skord > as i take acc gate ill scream
Arsikere > yarp
Arsikere > u said he's in large right

Sem Skord > then ride in like that helicopter scene in apocolypse now
xxMACKxx > should be medium
Sem Skord > medium now

Arsikere > ah rgr

I slammed down a Quafe, said a prayer to Saint Wensley, and jumped in system. I warped to the medium plex and repeated "Don't f*** this up. Don't f*** this up." to myself. I landed on the gate and checked short scan. Slasher still there. I popped the drugs and took the gate.

Sem Skord > GOING IN

The Huginn was right on the beacon as before. So far so good. I locked up the recon and burned towards it, the Huginn returning the favor. My shields melted. I landed point and activated both reppers.

Sem Skord > GOOOOO
Arsikere > comin

Arsikere > warping

I was already in deep armor choking out reps, struggling to stay alive. Mack was in system, followed by Arsikere and then Kim. I checked short scan for any sign of them but nothing. Cmon! I was going down fast. I activated my cap booster to refill the capacitor and keep the reppers running. I might as well been motionless with the dual webs holding me down as the drones and big autocannons blasted away at the Incursus. Crucifier on short! Another volley put me in structure but my dual reps patched it up quickly. I'm not gonna make it. I didn't care about surviving the fight, I cared about holding point long enough for a secondary point to land. Another volley tore the frig apart and put me into deep hull. Still no Crucifier on grid. I coughed up one last rep as I exploded. As I warped off in my pod, I saw Mack land on grid. 

Sem Skord > down
Sem Skord > get gim

Sem Skord > him

I sat at the sun and checked d-scan and saw the rest of the guys were in the plex. I didn't know what was going on or whether or not Mack landed point. I decided to grab another Rifter from the Bar and join the fray. Just then Arsikere's voice came over the radio with one word.

Arsikere > dead


Kim Karsons > shit nice

Sem Skord > Fuckin ay
Sem Skord > Good shit guys :]
Sem Skord > <3
Arsikere > 9M bounty
Kim Karsons > Kill: Freya Godspeed (Huginn)
Arsikere > Sem Skord we get the gud will with you :)

Arsikere > aw yiss...

Our perfectly thought out and organized plan worked (/s), and I was happy to say the least. There was a shit eating smile on my face :]

Freya Godspeed > nice one ;)
Sem Skord > ;]
xxMACKxx > =D
Arsikere > gf o7
Freya Godspeed > was time too i suppose
Kim Karsons > gf
Sem Skord > gf
Freya Godspeed > least i got sem again ;)
Sem Skord > dying was part of the plan that time :]
Freya Godspeed > i did not die
Freya Godspeed > could have warped but fuck that

Whether he decided to stay or Mack pointed him before he could leave, I don't know. What I do know is that our mission of revenge succeeded. Arsikere and Kim were very content with the kill.

Kim Karsons > Thanks Sem
Arsikere > at a safe btw
Sem Skord > No thank you
Sem Skord > finally got revenge
Kim Karsons > lol

Arsikere > revenge is a dish best served with  Scorch S

Mack and I returned to the Bar with the loot from the recon. We asked our Gal Mil companions if they wanted a cut but they turned it down. More for us! Mack was sitting at the bar again, cigarette lit and whiskey shots in front of him. Arsikere and Kim were in their booth in the corner again, conspiring and scheming. I cracked open another Quafe and took a swig and smiled. What a day!


The story was more simple than what I wrote above. After Freya got me again, I switched back n forth between corp chat and Arsikere's pub channel to get the fleet going. Arsikere and Kim were actually 16 jumps away moving stuff for their corp. They had to dock in hostile FW space and go a bit out of the way to execute this ambush. They made it back successfully through enemy territory and got their cargo home :] Hope you guys enjoyed the story! Happy hunting o7

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Things we do in EVE:
- Lowsec solo/small gang PvP
- Nullsec solo/small gang PvP
- Griefing
- General villainy

That's what we do or strive to accomplish each time we log in. Whether one of us achieves multiple objectives, or share the workload throughout the corp, those above bullet points is what we base our corp on and measure our success by. It's interesting to see the people who arrive at our club house, wide eyed and full of fantasies of ransoming mining barges and going Rambo on ratters. But solo pvp isn't for everyone. It takes a special type of player/person/pilot/nutter to really appreciate the solo life, both its good and bad. The bad when you fly for 20+ systems aching for a fight, to finally find one and discover that ship should not be going that fast, or tanking that much damage. Damn links. You undock feeling optimistic about todays roam. You jump into the next system ready to roll. Gate camp. With time and experience you learn how to find signs of links in system and ways to evade gate camps, but that knowledge comes through many losses and perseverance. But the good .. oh the good! When you grab tackle on that Merlin and see a huge spike in local. Adrenaline pumping, his shields are beginning to give, you make the call to stay and finish him. You check short scan and see some visitors. Almost there! Your guns punch through his shields as his armor melts and hull breaks apart. The sound of frigs landing on grid forces you to align out. The Merlin explodes and you moon walk out of there as the gang yellow boxes you. When you say screw it after weighing the risks for a 2v1, and emerge victorious. Those moments, those victories that result from the lessons learned of many explosions are what keeps us going. 

Especially the explosions :]

Guide to the Light

Even though there aren't many who have a fondness for solo pvp, it doesn't mean they aren't out there, wandering, wondering if there's a place for them to call home. We do our best to find those capsuleers and invite them to fly R1FTA colors. Well recently I stumbled upon one such individual, and needless to say I had to contact him to see if he wanted to fly with us.

Fool Auto. Rifter Drifter.
Fool Auto. Right at the top of his post;

Thy Ship: Rifter
Thy God: Wensley
Thy Text: Wensley's Rifter Guide

My goodness! This man possesses all the right stuff to become a Black Jacket! Loves the Rifter, worships Wensley, and his holy book! We share very similar views and interests;

From R1FTA;
You read Wensley's Rifter Guide and decided he is now your god and you want to be just like him.

Great minds think alike :]  

Still A Hot Spot

I logged in and was greeted by fellow Black Jackets Darth Terona and Tox Uitra. We chatted it up asking what we were all up to and how things were going. 

[ 2016.08.18 06:17:47 ] Tox Uitra > just getting blown up, no blowing up sofar
[ 2016.08.18 06:17:49 ] Darth Terona > Max Emelyanov next door in a kitey instalock curse.  watch out 
[ 2016.08.18 06:18:14 ] Tox Uitra > atron in  small darth
[ 2016.08.18 06:18:32 ] Sem Skord > rgr

Busy busy! I wanted to get in on the action, but I had other things in mind. I began to type out a message to Fool Auto, to see if he'd be interested in joining up with us since we share a love of all things Rifter. But then Tox said this:

[ 2016.08.18 06:20:49 ] Tox Uitra > Sem Skord hookbill in caldary small outpost
[ 2016.08.18 06:20:55 ] Sem Skord > undocking

Message can wait! I undocked and scanned around. Usually from our station you can scan all the nearby plex's. The only thing out of range were the outgates to Nikkishina and Usi.

[ 2016.08.18 06:21:05 ] Tox Uitra > I cant enter, will grab rifter
[ 2016.08.18 06:21:22 ] Sem Skord > aligned
[ 2016.08.18 06:21:26 ] Sem Skord > let me know when ur rdy
[ 2016.08.18 06:21:32 ] Tox Uitra > even better, 1 month old toon
[ 2016.08.18 06:21:35 ] Sem Skord > :D
[ 2016.08.18 06:21:49 ] Sem Skord > You want the honors then? since you found him
[ 2016.08.18 06:21:57 ] Sem Skord > dont think he'll put up a fight solo
[ 2016.08.18 06:22:21 ] Tox Uitra > sure
[ 2016.08.18 06:22:37 ] Sem Skord > let us know how it goes :]

I returned to my correspondence. I was keeping an eye on local, and saw it go plus one. Well no shit! 

[ 2016.08.18 06:23:00 ] Tox Uitra > in warp, fool auto is rifter btw
[ 2016.08.18 06:23:19 ] Sem Skord > lol
[ 2016.08.18 06:23:32 ] Sem Skord > i was just writing him a message

Fool Auto had made the trek from Metropolis all the way to Isho. I remembered his thread said to hit him up for a fight, so I closed the message and reached out in local.

[ 2016.08.18 06:23:41 ] Sem Skord > Fool Auto
[ 2016.08.18 06:23:43 ] Sem Skord > 1v1
[ 2016.08.18 06:23:44 ] Sem Skord > Sun
[ 2016.08.18 06:23:56 ] Fool Auto > o7
[ 2016.08.18 06:24:06 ] Sem Skord > o/

I warped to the sun and loaded Fusion bullets and Nova rockets, eager for what seemed to be a very promising duel. Two Rifters, 1v1, at the sun. *excited girl scream* Our diplomat 200mm Autocannon II, was ready to begin introductions. I overheated everything, took a deep breath, and waited. Seconds later he appeared on short.

[ 2016.08.18 06:24:18 ] Fool Auto > GL HF :)
[ 2016.08.18 06:24:23 ] Sem Skord > gl hf

Fool Auto landed about 4,000 meters from me. Immediately I activated my afterburner and pounced on him, simultaneously spamming target lock. Once I had a lock I let the guns loose and unleashed a volley of bullets and rockets. His Rifter returned the favor as his volley put me in half shields. Oh man. The gunfight was in full swing, and he was winning the dps war. When my shields fell I activated my SAAR and got my first rep off when another volley took a quarter of my armor out. My guns had put him in armor as well but not at the rate same as me. I noticed his Rifter was also faster than mine. No plate, gyro. I overheated my afterburner (usually I shut off the OH once I get right on top of my opponent) and tried to keep him in range. If he got outside 10km, pack your bags boys war's over! As he pulled range, I stayed on his tail, our Rifters continuing their explosive exchange. My tank was keeping my armor steady at half, while his shot down all the way to hull! Stay on him! This disciple of Wensley wasn't going out without a fight. A couple more volleys broke through my ancillary reps as I began to bleed into structure. I was coughing up reps that would bring me back to low armor, but the damage was bleeding through. Slowly but surely I was gaining on him, on top of that he was deep into structure but still causing enough damage for me to hold my breath. For a second he repped himself back into 3/4's armor, but right away another volley broke through and returned him to deep structure. Yes! My tank held steady at a quarter armor as I let loose one last barrage of bullets and rockets that turned his Rifter into a glorious wreck.

[ 2016.08.18 06:25:19 ] Sem Skord > gf
[ 2016.08.18 06:25:27 ] Fool Auto > GF
[ 2016.08.18 06:25:34 ] Fool Auto > nice tamk!

[ 2016.08.18 06:25:38 ] Fool Auto > tnak*

I linked our club house so I can return his loot, to honor our Rifter fight and out of respect for a Rifter gearhead :]

[ 2016.08.18 06:25:59 ] Sem Skord > The Rifter Gods are proud :]
[ 2016.08.18 06:26:10 ] Fool Auto > Rifters for the Rifter God
[ 2016.08.18 06:26:15 ] Tox Uitra > Fool Auto ONE OF US ONE OF US ONE OF US
[ 2016.08.18 06:26:26 ] Sem Skord > Fool Auto

[ 2016.08.18 06:26:28 ] Fool Auto > cheers mae to the victor the spoils

Very well! That fight was closer than I expected. If I had activated my reps too late, Fool Auto would've most likely came out on top. Not wanting to dirty up local, I invited him to the pub and we talked about the fight, our fits and tactics. He mentioned that he had no ships in the area since he was based in Avenod. I gave him two of my Rifters (custom made!) so he wouldn't be stranded in a pod. But Fool Auto wasn't done. 

[ 2016.08.18 06:30:45 ] Fool Auto > cheers man
[ 2016.08.18 06:30:50 ] Fool Auto > wanna blow me up again
[ 2016.08.18 06:30:51 ] Sem Skord > no prob man
[ 2016.08.18 06:31:01 ] Sem Skord > haha yea let me rep up
[ 2016.08.18 06:31:08 ] Sem Skord > its the same fit as me
[ 2016.08.18 06:31:12 ] Sem Skord > so it'll be good :]
[ 2016.08.18 06:31:46 ] Fool Auto > nice
[ 2016.08.18 06:31:52 ] Fool Auto > top belt for sexyness?
[ 2016.08.18 06:32:02 ] Sem Skord > sure
[ 2016.08.18 06:32:07 ] Sem Skord > gl hf

[ 2016.08.18 06:32:08 ] Fool Auto > GL HF :)

Now I don't have footage of our second round so my memory is hazy, but I do remember this. I waited at the belt for him, guns hot n loaded ready to roll. He landed right on top of me and we charged at each other rockets and autocannons lettin' loose. I settled into my close orbit as my shields went down first again! I waited until my shields had a quarter life left before I activated my SAAR. Why is he still faster than me?? I eyeballed his speed and saw he still had his afterburner overheated. Doh! Once I did the same the distance between us no longer increased, which put us right into the golden zone of one another's guns. My tank was holding steady at a rate that didn't alarm me as his struggled to repair the incoming damage. My guess is that he mistimed his reps. Seconds later, R1FTA Victor!

[ 2016.08.18 06:33:22 ] Fool Auto > gf
[ 2016.08.18 06:33:32 ] Sem Skord > gf man
[ 2016.08.18 06:33:35 ] Fool Auto > fark baked my dinner twice :P
[ 2016.08.18 06:33:39 ] Fool Auto > need revenge lol
[ 2016.08.18 06:33:57 ] Sem Skord > how about we get that hookbill at the small?
[ 2016.08.18 06:34:03 ] Fool Auto > kk

Now while Fool Auto and I were getting to know each other, Tox was having his war with that Hookbill from earlier. Turns out this was no mere Hookbill, it had exploded Tox twice. We warped to the small, and as we entered the plex, the Hookbill had warped off. 

[ 2016.08.18 06:36:41 ] UltimateKen > 2v1 now?
[ 2016.08.18 06:37:01 ] UltimateKen > when in doubt, call for backup... i understand.. lol
[ 2016.08.18 06:37:08 ] Sem Skord > ;]

Now this is where Mr. Ken became a bit pompous. 

[ 2016.08.18 06:38:04 ] UltimateKen > you see, when someone lose 1 leg and become handicap, they have to rely on another person to help them walk around... lol
[ 2016.08.18 06:38:10 ] Tox Uitra > I never called, they are on their own

Usually I ignore people like this, but something about this guy I just couldn't ignore. Maybe it was his face, I don't know. 

[ 2016.08.18 06:38:20 ] Sem Skord > Get off your high horse ken
[ 2016.08.18 06:38:34 ] Sem Skord > Tox didnt call for help, fought you twice alone.
[ 2016.08.18 06:38:44 ] Fool Auto > UltimateKen, name like that you need fear nothing
[ 2016.08.18 06:38:45 ] UltimateKen > lol, what gave it up was both incoming rifters were name exactly the same!! lol... i don't buy your handicap storry brah
[ 2016.08.18 06:39:02 ] Sem Skord > Im not your brah friend
[ 2016.08.18 06:39:02 ] Fool Auto > hey I am handycapped
[ 2016.08.18 06:39:18 ] Fool Auto > check your microagression brah
[ 2016.08.18 06:39:19 ] UltimateKen > and i'm not your friend brah.. lol
[ 2016.08.18 06:39:33 ] Sem Skord > then we're strangers o_O
[ 2016.08.18 06:39:56 ] Tox Uitra > stranger danger!!!!!!  UltimateKen is a creep!!!! hide yo kids
[ 2016.08.18 06:39:59 ] UltimateKen > keep crying, my bucket isn't full yet
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:10 ] UltimateKen > so salty in this system
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:18 ] Sem Skord > How do you feel?
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:20 ] UltimateKen > i like it, i'm gonna stay here for a few days
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:22 ] Fool Auto > it goes with my chips
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:25 ] Fool Auto > got any vinegar
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:30 ] Sem Skord > Got any cheddar to go with 'em?
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:43 ] Fool Auto > fuck thats...thats just...wrong
[ 2016.08.18 06:41:18 ] Tox Uitra > but bbq sause and cheese is awesome on chips
[ 2016.08.18 06:42:11 ] Fool Auto > think I sicked up a little in my mouth

Over at the pub we were having a laugh about it.

[ 2016.08.18 06:40:21 ] Darth Terona > Epoara. its obviously an alt their dealing with. i was just pooring on the salt
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:36 ] Epoara > I know
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:42 ] Darth Terona > <3
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:50 ] Epoara > heavy metagaming inc
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:51 ] Epoara >
[ 2016.08.18 06:40:54 ] Epoara > Probably the fit
[ 2016.08.18 06:41:46 ] Sem Skord > well
[ 2016.08.18 06:41:49 ] Sem Skord > hes not gonna fight
[ 2016.08.18 06:42:11 ] Sem Skord > i wonder if he'll do a 1v1 with me

I'm not much for smack talk, I prefer to settle those kinds of things over 1v1's at the sun or belt. But with all of us talking to him, I doubted he'd accept the challenge.

[ 2016.08.18 06:42:18 ] Sem Skord > How's about a 1v1 Ken?
[ 2016.08.18 06:42:29 ] Sem Skord > Me and you ... friend
[ 2016.08.18 06:42:38 ] Fool Auto > oh oh then me
[ 2016.08.18 06:43:04 ] Darth Terona > UltimateKen id like a 1v1
[ 2016.08.18 06:43:23 ] Darth Terona > our corp has to honor requested 1v1s
[ 2016.08.18 06:43:39 ] Sem Skord > Yup. Mandated by Miura Bull and the beloved Saint Wensley
[ 2016.08.18 06:43:43 ] Sem Skord > blessed be thy name
[ 2016.08.18 06:43:51 ] Tox Uitra > otherwise we get the boot
[ 2016.08.18 06:44:28 ] Darth Terona > you have to accept though
[ 2016.08.18 06:44:42 ] Fool Auto > The Original and First Rifter Drifter
[ 2016.08.18 06:44:47 ] Darth Terona > i mean. you dont have to accept. but for it to be an official 1v1. you have to accept
[ 2016.08.18 06:44:51 ] Sem Skord > ^


With Ken not wanting to accept anyone's 1v1, I suggested to Auto that we continue on and check out other systems to shoot something. Tox was conducting the holy duty of disposing of cyno's while Darth stayed behind as we jumped a system over into Uuna. Nothing was on scan so we pushed on to the next system. I warped to my safe and scanned around, waiitng for Auto to enter system. I decided this was my opportunity to make my pitch! I'm not the savviest guy when it comes to this kind of stuff!

[ 2016.08.18 06:45:38 ] Sem Skord > well shit man
[ 2016.08.18 06:45:43 ] Sem Skord > dont wanna put you on the spot in the pub
[ 2016.08.18 06:45:53 ] Sem Skord > but i was in the middle of writing you a message when you showed up
[ 2016.08.18 06:46:08 ] Sem Skord > was gonna see if a fellow Rifter lover like yourself would like to fly with us?
[ 2016.08.18 06:46:52 ] Fool Auto > when in town happy to fleet up or shoot each other whatever is most fun at the time :)
[ 2016.08.18 06:47:44 ] Sem Skord > haha sounds good. we dont have blues, but we'll set your corp to orange. means you give gf's and dont use links
[ 2016.08.18 06:48:09 ] Fool Auto > if you set me as blue I would take it as a personal injury
[ 2016.08.18 06:48:19 ] Fool Auto > mutual orange it is then :)

Hey I tried! Not gonna push it, perhaps if he spends enough time flying with us, he'll see the light!

Never Safe

While Darth was in Isho, Auto had made his way back there as well. I was still a couple systems over waiting around, when they told me they tried to snag him again but he managed to escape. He was still in system safed up. To hell with this! I declared in the pub;

[ 2016.08.18 06:57:24 ] Sem Skord > gonna probe him down
[ 2016.08.18 06:57:34 ] Sem Skord > standby in Isho if you want to get in on it
[ 2016.08.18 06:57:50 ] Tox Uitra > on my way back. Just needed to dispose of another cyno
[ 2016.08.18 06:58:02 ] Sem Skord > doing the Lord's work
[ 2016.08.18 06:58:10 ] Fool Auto > lol

[ 2016.08.18 06:58:11 ] Fool Auto > you guys

I burned back to Isho, jumped into my Cheetah, undocked and scanned around. The first scan showed no Hookbill, so I warped to a celestial near the outgates outside scan range. Another scan revealed our quarry! I lowered the range to get a better idea of how far he was from me so I knew where to set my probes. He was between 10 and 14.3 AU. I checked the map and there was no celestials within that range, just the outgate and the nearby planets, which I confirmed were free of Hookbills with a couple more d-scans. All signs were pointing to this fella being safed up.

[ 2016.08.18 06:59:18 ] Sem Skord > Probing

As my probes went out and did their soothing sonar sound, Ken spoke up in local.

[ 2016.08.18 07:00:34 ] UltimateKen > blocked.... can't hear you guys... leave me alone, i just want to plex for some fast ISK

Oh NEIN you didn't! Our determination to catch him increased at this arrogant request! But I was having trouble getting a solid red dot thingy, and without that red dot, I couldn't probe him down. The guys had occupied the plex's in system, so when he warped to another safe nearby, I had to find him again. I moved the probes closer to the center and scanned. They were there and my d-scan was empty, which meant he was no longer near me. I held my position and waited a few seconds. I hit d-scan again and this time Ken was there, so I brought the probes back and scanned again. It was taking a while.

[ 2016.08.18 07:04:02 ] Sem Skord > he keeps moving
[ 2016.08.18 07:04:05 ] Sem Skord > but i think i got him
[ 2016.08.18 07:04:28 ] Sem Skord > he doesnt know we're probing tho
[ 2016.08.18 07:04:30 ] Sem Skord > thats a plus
[ 2016.08.18 07:05:24 ] Sem Skord > Geez
[ 2016.08.18 07:06:02 ] Sem Skord > ok
[ 2016.08.18 07:06:06 ] Sem Skord > close
[ 2016.08.18 07:06:15 ] Sem Skord > 27%

I found the red dot! 

[ 2016.08.18 07:06:58 ] Sem Skord > 84
[ 2016.08.18 07:07:00 ] Sem Skord > 1 more probe
[ 2016.08.18 07:07:07 ] Tox Uitra > jackdaw in system
[ 2016.08.18 07:07:23 ] Sem Skord > wait
[ 2016.08.18 07:07:26 ] Sem Skord > get ready

I had probed him down to 100%! I felt like that had taken an eternity, but looking at the logs it had taken almost 10 minutes. Fortunately (for us) he wasn't paying attention to d-scan or else he would've saw those combat probes near him. I didn't want to waste any time, so I decided to fleet warp the guys so they can get explode him and Tox get his vengeance. Little did I know ... 

[ 2016.08.18 07:07:45 ] Sem Skord > fleet warping
[ 2016.08.18 07:07:56 ] Sem Skord > get em!
[ 2016.08.18 07:08:05 ] Sem Skord > catch it?
[ 2016.08.18 07:08:08 ] Tox Uitra > fleet warp didnt work
[ 2016.08.18 07:08:12 ] Sem Skord > dammit
[ 2016.08.18 07:08:14 ] Sem Skord > ill get a shi[
[ 2016.08.18 07:08:18 ] Sem Skord > then warp to him
[ 2016.08.18 07:08:20 ] Sem Skord > then u guys warp to me

Ahhh! I warped to the station, hopped in my Rifter, undocked and warped to Ken's safe. 

[ 2016.08.18 07:09:02 ] Sem Skord > alright
[ 2016.08.18 07:09:08 ] Sem Skord > ill xxxx up
[ 2016.08.18 07:09:10 ] Sem Skord > then yall warp to me
[ 2016.08.18 07:09:25 ] Tox Uitra > k

My heart began to beat faster. I don't know why I was getting the shakes, maybe it was because of the smack talk from earlier and that he didn't know what was about to happen to him.

I exited warp to see the Hookbill sitting there motionless. Right away I locked him up, landed my web and scram and fired away. The autocannons spun furiously spitting out bullets as the rockets soared towards the sitting target. Volley after volley landed on the Hookbill and still no movement, not even an attempt to lock me! At this point my heart was beating out of my chest. Oh yea! Almost forgot!

[ 2016.08.18 07:09:30 ] Sem Skord > xxxxx

Ken either returned from his AFK, or snapped out of the surprise of a Rifter shooting him in his safe because I was locked and dual webbed as rockets rained upon my ship. 

[ 2016.08.18 07:09:41 ] Sem Skord > `XXXX

The surprise I had early on gave me a head start on the dps race, but the Hookbill closed that gap quickly. Out of nervousness I hit my reps early, wasting two nanite pumps. I left them on because I didn't want to lose point. The Hookbill's shields had fallen and was nearing half armor, but the dual webs were allowing him to drift out of my scram range. When he was 5,500 meters away, the sounds of ships landing on grid greeted the battlefield. 

[ 2016.08.18 07:09:42 ] Sem Skord > AHHHH
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:06 ] Sem Skord > get point!

Within moments the guys had lent their extra points and webs, trapping Mr. Ken to meet his doom. The Hookbill exploded shortly afterwards. The shakes were still going through me as I readied a trembling hand on my overview to lock the capsule. Scram! I held point on Ken's pod, fired a volley, shut off the guns and held it so the guys could get their hits in. Wooot!

We did it! Through some determination, smack talk, patience and probing, we got him!

[ 2016.08.18 07:10:34 ] Sem Skord > LMAO
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:36 ] Fool Auto > i believe he is dead
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:37 ] Sem Skord > we fucking did it
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:45 ] Sem Skord > god dam my heart is beating
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:49 ] Sem Skord > Kill: UltimateKen (Caldari Navy Hookbill)
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:50 ] Fool Auto > nice work mate
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:50 ] Tox Uitra > WOOOOOOOOOOOOO \o/
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:52 ] Sem Skord > Epoara
[ 2016.08.18 07:10:54 ] Sem Skord > can you message him for us
[ 2016.08.18 07:11:03 ] Sem Skord > and tell him R1FTA sends its regards
[ 2016.08.18 07:11:06 ] Sem Skord > or something cool like that lol

Turns out UltimateKen had blocked Epoara as well! And he wasn't even in the system! Perhaps he blocked R1FTA as a whole?? 

[ 2016.08.18 07:13:09 ] Fool Auto > heheh didn't block me
[ 2016.08.18 07:13:14 ] Sem Skord > lol
[ 2016.08.18 07:13:18 ] Sem Skord > Message him
[ 2016.08.18 07:13:26 ] Fool Auto > oh I did :)

Auto forwarded me the mail he sent Ken. The first two lines were ingame links to the killmails. Underneath that was a meme I asked him to include, followed with a GF link from Auto. He closed the message with "<3 Fool Auto and the R1FTA crew."

<3 it! We chatted excitedly about the events that led up us probing down his safe and exacting cosmic R1FTA justice on Ken. It was a fun and rewarding night! It was late so I decided to call it in right there. 

[ 2016.08.18 07:23:14 ] Sem Skord > well gents
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:23 ] Sem Skord > gonna rack out for the night
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:27 ] Sem Skord > thanks for the fun :]
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:27 ] Fool Auto > nn mate
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:30 ] Fool Auto > thanks for the fun
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:34 ] Fool Auto > and the Rifters
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:35 ] Sem Skord > good meetin ya n flyin with ya Auto
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:48 ] Fool Auto > ditts
[ 2016.08.18 07:23:50 ] Sem Skord > later guys, happy hunting o7

A good night! 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Turf Skirmish

It All Began When ... 

My time in Avenod was short lived. Although I enjoy the red, rusty glow of Minmatar space; my time there wasn't satisfying my thirst for good fights and explosions. I remained there for a week in hopes of finding them, but the action wasn't happening at the rate I liked. As I continued my scenic stroll through space, Black Jackets back at the club house in Isho were dropping killmails in corp chat like it was cool. Alright. That's it. I did one last roam around my constellation, docked up, prepared my body for the clone jump, said goodbye, and (a lot of commas there) off I went! 

First Blood

Isho was just how I remembered it when I arrived. Local's in system, a few of 'em flashy and gf's exchanged in local. Home! After I gathered myself, I checked my hangar to inspect what I still had laying around. Rifters, my beautiful Rifters. Ah! A Wolf! There was some other goodies, but I had enough ships to continue my quest of causing explosions. From mid June to early July I was roaming various regions; the Citadel, Black Rise, Essence, Placid, and Verge Vendor (those commas again). There were victories, defeats, and the addictive shakes. I remember what the original intent of this blog was, to share cool things that happened in my travels and fights with other players of New Eden (because my wife can only pretend to care so much, bless her heart). Well just recently, one such event occurred! 

Earlier this week as I was returning to my home station to drop off loot after a roam, I saw just four other people in local. I checked d-scan as I warped and saw a Caracal, Hecate, and a Merlin on scan. D-scanned a bit more and they were at a large together. Since one other person was in the same station as me, I checked the remaining three and sure enough they were newbro's (about a month to two months old) in the same FW corp. I started entertaining the thought in my head of harassing them, disrupting their plex'n, perhaps split them somehow and maybe pick off the Merlin. The biggest ship I had in my hangar was a Thrasher, which was not suited to what I wanted to accomplish nor how I like to fly. My Wolf was there, ready to roll. I was wary about flying without a web, but in the search of good fights and explosions these risks must be taken! 

I searched the local market for 280mm's and a long point so I can do this by kiting, but artillery always gives me stupid powergrid issues (grrr) so brawling Wolf was what I was gonna work with. I do not have footage to help me tell the story properly, but it was one of my proudest feats of solo pvp to date. It took a lot of warping in at distance to gain intel on how their ships were fitted and small skirmishes with Barrage loaded to see if they were long or short point. The Caracal was as expected; fit for kiting, the Hecate had an MWD with blasters and a short point, and the Merlin was also MWD with blasters & short point. More probing the lines and small engagements led to the culminating event of my Wolf gloriously exploding the Hecate (scram kite ftw!) and the Merlin! It was my tank that kept me in the fight when it all went down, but without the footage or any notes I can't give it the proper justice. What impressed me more was that the newbro's stuck together very well and remained to fight! That was their plex and they weren't gonna give it up without a fight! EVE needs more newbro's with that mentality, who aren't scared to fight in Factional Warfare. Bravo!

Revenge, and then more Revenge!

I was still giddy about the previous day when I logged in. I did my usual inspection of my Rifter. Ammo. Check. Repaired. Check. Any loot or corpses out of the cargo bay. Check. All set! As I undocked I saw the hardy group from last night online plus one more Caracal. I stopped my ship and went back and forth on whether I can pull off the same feat but in a Rifter. A few seconds later I decided Why not? Just space pixels! I hit warp and began my pre-battle checks. But something was amiss. The UI wasn't responding quick enough, and the camera wasn't centering on whatever I clicked on. No. I clicked like a madman all over hoping it was just a momentary freeze or something. Then ... it popped up. Socket Closed. Eve is kill. Well that was anti climatic. A few agonizing minutes later, my internet was backup and I logged in to see I had not only lost my ship (as I expected) but I had been podded as well.

I was butthurt. Yes, shit happens. D/C's happen. But I was upset that I didn't have the opportunity to properly defend myself or give an actual good fight. Ah well! I sat in Yvangier displeased with what happened. The pilots who had exacted their revenge were pleased; they had sent me a message saying gf and stuff, nothing negative. But in the spirit of New Eden, I must avenge my own loss; for my e-honor!

You know those moments where a number of thoughts and memories come together in what seems like an instant, and the result is a plan of clarity and purpose? Well I had one of those. Many months ago a fellow Black Jacket, Sam Sobati, gave me a fit for a Rupture. It was dual webbed and brick tanked fit, mainly for anti-frigate stuff for the lulz. I never brought that fit to life, but I kept it because you never know what the future will bring. The future had presented me with an opportunity to use Sam's Rupture fit to dish out some R1FTA vengeance. Wensley wills it!

Off the top of my head, the mission involved two phases. First would be to actually buy everything I need for the fit and get it to Isho, which would require me to use my hauler shopping dude. The second one would be the easiest, put everything together, fly into the middle of the FW pilots, and fire away! I hopped into a Rifter to get myself across Black Rise and to The Citadel so I can be ready to roll when the Rupture arrived. I sent the fit to my hauler, switched over to him and like a tortoise burned towards Jita in my indy. The entire trip to and from, I was anxious. Will they be there? Are they still there!? Will they even stay to fight if I land on them with a Rupture? I docked in the club house, contracted all the stuff to Sem, switched over to him and began to fit everything up. A wrench was thrown into the gears that brought my plans of revenge to a grinding halt. The original fit was made before the whole module tiercide, and there were powergrid issues as a result.

No! Not like this! The intended targets were still in Isho plexin' away, and here I was with a Rupture missing a couple key modules to make this happen! I checked the local market remembering that SF had kept Isho stocked with various pew pew modules and equipment. Of course in my haste to get everything to Isho and put the plan into action, I forgot to buy Fusion ammo for the Rupture's big glorious guns. The nearest available ammo was in Tama, about eight jumps away *facepalm*. The original medium neut would have to be scaled down, along with a couple modifications to fit my needs and what I would likely face in the fight. I bought what I needed in Tama. Just go! Go Now!! I took off in my Rifter and burned towards Tama. Along the way I grew anxious, wondering the same things I had stressed about earlier when I was transporting from Jita. I docked up in Tama, loaded the cargo and undocked. I think a dock worker might've been caught in the door, I don't know. I'll send ISK to his family. I was close to Isho, and in the end decided that if they are gone, at least I'll be ready with a fitted Rupture instead of running around everywhere to get the parts together. I jumped the gate ..... and they were still there! Plex'n away! Wooo! 

Apocalypse Now
I stared at the Rupture, admiring it's size and beauty. This would be glorious. Whether I won or lost, explosions will be made, and gf's will be exchanged. I could feel Wensley's warm, drunk smile upon me as I entered the ship. I was intimidated a bit. I had flown a Stabber before (long time ago) on a cruise to Heild, but I was drunk so don't remember much except it exploded (and it was kite fit, which I suck at). But this. The guns were bigger, the armored plate thicker and more durable, the SAAR to compliment it's strength .. it was a brawler through and through. I said a prayer to Saint Wensley, and undocked. 

The plan was simple. Get in the middle of all of them, point and web the closest ship, and unleash hell. The Hecate, Caracal, and Kestrel were all at the Novice. That's where they were when I D/C'd midwarp, perhaps they were protecting the Kestrel? That's some love right there. The Hecate would be the first to go since it wouldn't stand up to the fury of Dual 180mm's and Warrior drones (Trust in the Rust!). After the Hecate I would focus the drones on the Kestrel while the guns go to town on the Caracal (point would go to the Caracal of course). Republic Fleet Fusion was loaded into the guns as I practiced deep breaths, reminding myself to not forget the drones and manage overheat. Perhaps because this was my first time flying a Cruiser into a 3v1, that the shakes and adrenaline was running through me. This is why I love solo pvp. I flicked on the switches to have my guns and modules overheated, ready to roll. I repeated instructions to myself untiI I exited warp and saw the Hecate and Caracal outside the gate. The Kestrel must be inside plex'n. The ships were right on the gate. I began to lock up the Hecate, sticking to my plan. As soon as I locked him, a thunderous boom from my 180mm's calmed my nerves a bit. The Hecate was scrammed, webbed and his shields were already gone. I hit orbit to keep him close as a volley from the Hecate's blasters reminded me to neut him. I shutoff the overheat on my modules (except the weapons) as my guns were tearing the destroyer apart, the larger size projectiles putting beautiful holes into its armor. At this point I was long & short pointed and webbed. I remembered my Warrior drones, and they screamed towards the Hecate to do their work. A combined volley of blaster and missile fire put me in low shields, signaling me to hit my SAAR. The gun fight was on as the sounds of battle were echoing outside the acceleration gate. Autocannons, blasters, missiles and drones were once again conducting a symphony of burnt metal and destruction. The Hecate was struggling to repair the damage it was sustaining as my tank was holding up very well. I was missing a few volley's, but the hits that were landing were putting the Hecate deeper into hull. I checked d-scan and the Kestrel was no longer on short. Although the ship was bigger, slower but more powerful and tankier, the essence of it was the same. I was still missing, and that's where I remembered I was flying with bigger guns against a smaller target. The fact that I was orbiting so close was working against the tracking of my guns. I checked the optimal of guns and orbited at the appropriate distance. There was nothing left to do but sit back and watch. The Hecate coughed up one last rep that put it into low armor as its structure was slivers from exploding. My neocom pinged as the Hecate exploded in a brilliant flash as the Kestrel landed. The adrenaline and shakes were still flowing through me, and the Caracal was still on grid. Sticking to the plan, I pointed and webbed the Caracal as I switched ammo to EMP. I set the drones on the Caracal (modified plan) and noticed that only two of my original five drones were alive. Either the Caracal or Hecate focused on my drones, which explained why I began to tank comfortably at one point in the fight. I had one drone left in the bay, so I let it fly like a peacock to join its brethren in space battle. All my guns were set on the cruiser as I activated the neut. The 180mm's let out another roar as they fired away and tore through the target's shields. I was no longer taking any damage, so I shutoff my SAAR to save some cap life. A few volleys shredded through its armor and began to chew up the structure of the Caracal. Moments later, another glorious explosion. 

My hand was trembling as I navigated my Rupture to the wrecks to scoop up the loot and call my battle hardened drones back to base. Oh man! What a rush! The time from when I got exploded and podded, me scrambling throughout space to fit up this Rupture, and finally exploding two out of my three intended targets, had took about an hour n a half! I went over the entire chain of events. I could've logged off and nursed my butthurtness and done something else after I D/C'd and got podded, but instead I decided to get my revenge and the result of it was explosions and gf's :) 

Scars of battle .. not me! The Rupture!

So if something similar happens to you in the future, find a way to get your revenge and cause explosions. It's good for the soul, and New Eden's economy :D 

Here's a vid of the action, hope you guys enjoy!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Back to the Basics ... Again

Adirain. It was here that I arrived with the sole intention of joining R1FTA and earning my Black Jacket. Here where I 1v1'd Lucas Padecain at the sun, and soon after was earning my way by causing explosions and more explosions for R1FTA. It was with R1FTA and in Adirain that I was able to achieve my space fantasy of being a pirate, an outlaw. The flashy red and sexy -10 was a milestone I wanted to reach. Now with those goals met, there was only two things left for me to do. 

There's No Place Like Home

After a long while (about 3 weeks according to zkillboards!) with short sporadic sessions, I was finally able to go out on a proper roam! I hopped in my Rifter, cracked open a beer, and undocked into the cool, loving embrace of Mother Adirain. I admired the stars and reminisced about all the mining barges, the mission runners we probed down, ratters, miners and anyone else we've shot it out with in the past. Seasons change, the herd moves elsewhere, and we roam where the game is ripe :] 

I set my destination to a trip down memory lane, through the Jove pipe. At the end of the route I'd resupply at my outpost and make my way to Avenod. With my long absence from the game, returning to where I first stumbled around forgetting to turn the safety off (for three days!) would be a good way to shake off the rust (no pun intended). The roam through the Jov pipe was uneventful. Disturbed a farmer, was even able to get a lock and take down his shields but the stabbed fellow took off, leaving me and my auto cannons alone and sad. 

I arrived at my outpost to resupply, repair and get another beer. My Rifter was stocked, patched up and ready to roll! I went through Old Man Star through Ladister and into Aeschee. I entered Onne and set my destination to Avenod and burned through the highway. The patch of low sec connecting Peccanouette and The Bleak Lands is non Faction Warfare space. Perhaps because I travel that highway late at night, but the systems along the route are not very populated. I imagine it'd be a nice retirement spot or somewhere to PvE in peace.


I arrived at the border of Amarr space. The golden red glow shined bright on the hull of my Rifter as I plotted my old roaming route into the computer and set off in search of fights. I wasn't expecting to find much since it was late, but it was worth a shot. Halfway through the roam, I plotted an additional few systems in order to visit Heimatar as well. Vard, Lantorn, Dal, Amamake. Good times! The cluster of systems in Devoid yeilded nothing. I passed through the Myridian Strip and entered the Rusty Red space of Heimatar. I raised my glass and drank one for the home worlds. I passed through each system in the constellation, searching for something to shoot. Over an hour of roaming with 15+ systems and nothing! My autocannons began talking to me, the rocket launchers egging them on. C'mon Sem. You've neglected us. Let us out, we're dying here! I entered Lantorn continuing the back and forth with my zealous companions, when I saw a Comet at a novice. Him! Please! Fine! I warped towards the plex going through my pre- battle check list. Proper ammo loaded. Check. Everything overheated. Check. Last minute stretches. Check. Woo! Let's do this! My guns were screaming with glee as I took the acceleration gate. My course of action with these stronk Comets was to orbit at 5,000 meters to stay out of blaster range. It's easier to get in range under rails, then out of range with blasters is my motto. Bullets and rockets screamed from their bays as they hit the Comet's hull. It's shields were falling fast but the drones strafing runs already punched through my shields. I activated my repper and set in my orbit but was rocked by a couple solid hits. Rails. I overheated my afterburner and spammed approach in a late attempt to close range. My repper was struggling to keep my Rifter together between deep and 1/4 armor, but the Comet was feeling the eagerness of my autocannons and rockets. The Comet must of noticed my maneuver because his speed increased significantly. I was locked in to the death, no way out! I overheated everything and fired away, my guns had one final thing to say. Thank you Sem. 

Home Sweet Home

My pod and I arrived at our outpost in Avenod.

 I docked up and took a look at my lonely hangar. Nothing but three Rifters and assortment of frigs moved by some contracted space truckers. Time to settle in and visit the Neighborhood soon :]