Monday, May 14, 2012

Whelp... that didn't work out

When I started Eve Online I kept seeing references to whelp fleets and welpcanes and etc. I was like, wtf is a welpcane. I searched, and searched and wondered why I couldn't figure it out. I did come to understand (a bit) the use of 'welp' in Eve Online.

I found a 5/10 plex this morning. I had no one to help me do it. I also had a 3 hour window to sleep in before I had to get back up and do more work stuff. Frustrated, I went to sleep. I got up, tended to IRL and came back to find the 5/10 respawned in another system. I still had no one one that could help me run the plex.

I am relatively picky about who I ask for help. I've learned that while I feel that everyone older then me is better then me, it does not mean they can do everything well. I'm slowly waiting for this. So I hung around, and much to my joy an 'adult' logged in about 15 minutes after I found the Plex. I pounced and asked for help. He agreed and started to switch out a ship to tank the site when someone called for help.

We immediately undocked and streaked towards the jump gates. The alliance mate was two systems away and had decided to tangle in his Cynabal with a Harby and a Cyclone. Then a Jaguar landed and things went poorly for him quickly. He managed to jamt he tackler and warp off as we landed on the gate. His corpmate in system undocked but he was to late to help.

However, he decided to go look for them. This led him to the next system over which was nullsec. He found them, and decided to engage them with superior numbers (of theirs) in system. So, as we tried to go back him up and falcon uncloaked and he was fucked over and sideways.

An unpleasant moment. We headed back into system. We were going to tackle the plex again when a cynabal engaged my alliance mates cynabal on the home system gate. He called out the details and I undocked and aligned to him, waiting for the other ship to engage. For some reason, others didn't do the same. So, when the unknown toon went GCC, I went to help, and watched two more cynabals and a rifter jump into system and rip into my alliance mate. Then, the other guys started heading over but it was to late, blue cynabal down and they debated my cane. I was trying to take someone down but deagressed when the cynabal went down so I could jump the gate. However, when one of the three made it to me they decided to disengage and it was a massive cluster fuck with a lot of irritated people.

Communication is relevant. If they have 5 people in their corp in system and three land on you.... I guess it doesn't seem like it is the best idea to engage them. It wasn't a vaguely balanced fight at any point but it was one we might have been able to pull off. However, with related unknowns sitting in system choices should be thought through.

Then, to make things better, five minutes later, one of the guys says that there is a gang two systems over. For some unknown reason, someone goes to look, in a slow ass faction cruiser and gets fucked six ways sideways.

We all just logged off after that. I went to take a nap. I was short on sleep from earlier in the day and trying to stay awake was making everything worse. Plus, the ridiculous stack of bad decisions and poor communication was just getting painful.

My poor 5/10. Found it twice, and unable to clear it either time.

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