How to Spend an Hour in Eve

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So yesterday was an insane day here at the World HQ building and Eve play-time was, once again, at a premium. When it was all said and done I had an hour to enjoy undocking and causing trouble.

It is not unusual for me to take these moments as a bit of a challenge and try something different. Break the chain, shake off the dust, or otherwise just think differently. The day before I had found an old Catalyst sitting in the hangar, fitted for High Sec ganking, and took it out for a spin. It was ok, but the T1 guns eventually let me down.

So I thought, why not fit one up with a real fit? Let's see what trouble we can find. So I did. Nothing secret about the fit, a full rack of electron blasters (cheap), scram, a 10AB, DC, and a couple of Mags, damage rigs, and a shield rig cause why not? Sucker puts out 430 deeps cold with decent speed. I know it will eventually explode, but what doesn't?

Next system over a Moa has been seen on scan. The player is very young and shouldn't be flying a Moa. A few Corp mates and I get into a gang and try to find him, wait him out, and generally fly about trying to look harmless. I send the Ishkur out of system, and me and the Atron stay around. We're probably less scary. Who knows for sure anymore. But lo and behold he appears inside a Large plex and I warp in at 20k hoping to land on top of him. I get lucky and land about 14k from him. My stuff is already OH'd and I burn straight at him, my entire life depends on getting close. I do and the Ishkur lands just as he is about to explode. The Atron landed late sadly. He went down fast. I grabbed his pod and held it for a few minutes. I debated, but we all decided to let him go. Hopefully he learned a lesson.

We split up and start looking for more targets. Eventually, while I'm waiting on something to develop next door, I see a Cormorant appear inside another plex. I tell everyone I'm going in but I land close enough to get point and the cormmie dies pretty quickly. At least this one was properly fitted and put up a good fight. (And yes, I use "properly" fitted loosely in this context)

A few ships manage to get away. I catch an Incursus, but he turns out to have those things in the low slots and manages to warp off. A few others run, dock up, or generally disappear for one reason or another. Who knows?

I'm sitting on a gate waiting for something to happen next door, when a Comet lands on the gate with me. I always get a kick out of this moment of Eve time. The moment when a non-red lands next to me on gate. I can only imagine the thought process that goes thru their brain at this time. I am as red a target as you can be in Eve. A big fat red skull encrusted square of SHOOT ME!! lol. Most of the time people panic, even when they are clearly in a better ship, and just jump. Give this Comet guy all the credit, he weighed his options and decided that I must die.

Sadly for him, when I am in this mode of play, I am not easy to kill. And so his Comet exploded.  It was well fitted, except for the distinct lack of Rigs. I dunno, like I said above I see so many weird fits I hate to judge. Poor Christopher, who is one of our younger pilots, mistakenly shot the Comet and lost his Atron to gate fire. Lesson learned.

Ok, so my hour is up. There is chaos erupting here at HQ and so I head back to dock up for the night. Except... gosh darn it there is a Phantasm and a Breacher in the large. I wait. Eventually the Phantasm is all alone. And this is when I switch from serious PvP Pirate Master into Fun Loving Adventurer who has no Fucks to give. I have many modes of play, these are two of them. FLA dude wants to try the Phantasm. Pirate Master Rixx knows this is stoopid. They talk, FLA wins. 

The trick is the landing. I guess and warp in at range. I guess wrong. I badly needed to land right on top of him. Even if I had my odds would have been almost zero. But you never know when your target will have missing rig slots, or t1 drones, or his lows will be full of WCS! This one did not. And landing at range was bad. I exploded of course. It wouldn't have worked anyway, as expected the Breacher came back.

And that was how I spent exactly one hour in Eve yesterday. Having a blast.



6 comments:

  1. If you enjoyed that Catalyst you should check it out once it's hull tanked. I've been toying around with it a little bit lately. It has about 24 less dps, but has almost 2,000 more ehp. A great "approach, overload and pray" ship!

    [Catalyst, hull tanked]
    Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
    Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
    Damage Control II

    Experimental 10MN Afterburner I
    J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I

    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Electron Blaster II, Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S

    Small Transverse Bulkhead I
    Small Transverse Bulkhead I
    Small Transverse Bulkhead I

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    1. Awesome, I was going to try that next. Have you tried anything with those new glass cannon weapons yet?

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    2. Nope, nothing with the Polarized Weapons yet. I've thought about putting the polarized torps on a stealth bomber but haven't gotten around to it.

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    3. Yeah me either. I woulda used bulkheads yesterday but I didn't have any left. Damn war decs drain my supplies.

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  2. I really fail to see why people say "I can't do anything if I don't have a solid x [ridiculous number, like 8] hours to play at a time."
    Maybe if people didn't spend 7.5hrs of their playtime picking out just the perfect One Fit to Pwn Them All, then running between trade hubs to save every single tiny ISK....? I dunno. :-/

    I fit and fly stupid, and I have a good enough time doing that. :-)

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    1. I've logged on with 15 minutes to play before and had fights during those times. Log in, undock, and see what happens.

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