Thursday, August 30, 2012

How to Accidently Haze your Newbies: A Guide

Linkin Park - New Divide

Yesterday had been a good day if a bit strange. I ran incursions with ISN in the morning. Tired of the entire Incursion thing and all of its related drama I had my fill after two hours. The ISN fleets are pretty go, go, go and I was tired after staring at my screen nonstop.

I idled about and eventually I logged in my scanning alt to check the systems. Around that time, our newest member logged on for the evening. With so many people scanning the same systems we have an unofficial habit of being polite to each other. He asked where I had scanned and I told him. We split the systems and went off to do our thing.

First system that he scans he finds a 5/10. Chella's incursion system was only 16 jumps away. I ran her pod down to her low sec scimitar and we went to do the site. I forgot what a pain the 5/10s are for me still. I can do them but the last room with its webbing towers puts a hurting on me. But, we finished and our drop was worth about 30 million. Not what we were hoping for but ISK is ISK.

He went off to scan his next system while I scanned mine. There he finds a combat Ladar site. One of the things that I explained to him early is to not pass the ladar sites until he had checked to make sure they were not combat ladar sites. They are irritating as hell because they often do not drop anything. But their good drops are very good drops. He found it and asked me to come tank it for him.

Now, I have to stop for a moment and admit something. The boys were right. Sigh. I was told, numerous times, especially by Ender, that I'd eventually be in this position. Suddenly, today, I'm the one that someone is asking to come tank and pop the red crosses on a mission. It was unexpected and it felt weird.

But, remembering how unhappy I have been over not being able to get sites done due to lack of personal skills, I immediately ran over and helped out. Then, as if it was a repeat of the exact same situation when I found one of my first combat Ladar sites we popped nanite control. Nanite control is a rather rare skill book drop and thanks to my friendly market traders I got the Jita pricing on it at almost 300mil isk.

I offered two options.


A: I could take it up to Rens or Jita and sell it
B: Pay him based off of the current market value

He chose option B, so I split across the current lowest sell order. Some do it across the buy orders and others do it between the buy and sell order difference. I will be selling it as a sell order so that is how I paid him his half.

We scanned, I found a Radar site, he found a mag site. What we want is more DED complexes . Then an alliance mate comments that there are some combat ladars a few systems over. I send him off to see with a warning to be careful because that particular system is a null sec entry point and gets steady traffic.

I love Eve. "Go off and be careful people will try to kill you, k?" It is a wickedly truthful part of the in game life we have chosen. Off he went to find the sites and as we were told, two more combat ladar sites were produced. Nice. One of them is a very, very nasty site that chews me up. I commented on this an LR popped up and offered to go. Anything that increases his chance to kill others is always high on his to do list.

Just before I undocked Mac and LR were already where the Ladar was. As LR landed in system he cross jumped a fleet scout at the same time as Mac warned of a local spike. A roam of 18 entered the system. LR and Mac made it to safes and they group decided not to hang around with them. I hung back and waited. Sure enough, a few minutes later they swung through my system. To be a jerk, I planted myself on top of the station so that they would see me on scan and come look for me.

Of course they came looking. I sat there, cheerfully on top of the station as the scout landed at range. He sat there for a moment and warped to the out gate. I ignored him in case he was trying to get me to chase him. Then local spiked with the rest of the fleet. I let them pass and then headed to join Mac and LR.

So, LR has an itchy trigger finger and he is easily bored. If we sit to long he likes to start shooting his fleet mates. We cleared the room and sat waiting for Mac to pop the cans. I wasn't paying a lot of attention. We were the only ones in local. The ladar cans can be a pain to hack. There is nothing worse then getting the 'your hacking attempt failed' message over and over again.

Suddenly I see, "Oh shit I'm sorry!" in chat. I look closely and realize that Mac's ship icon is now a pod icon still moving towards the next can. LR is frantically apologizing in chat. Mac is laughing because he was so busy working cans and selecting things that he didn't notice he got popped because he was to scrolled out to see the explosion. I sigh and go to scoop his loot. Thankfully, the bulk of his expensive things dropped. His sisters launcher and his cloak both dropped as well as his combat probes. Those are the most expensive pieces of the ship. LR is dumping ISK into his account.

While Mac reshipped into his secondary scanning ship, LR decided to shoot me. I was expecting this and set Chella to keep a rep on me. My hurricane was slightly less squishy then Mac's Imicus.

Lord Reapier > Combat: Your group of 425mm AutoCannon II places an excellent hit on Sugar Kyle [THC2] (LYFT)(Hurricane), inflicting 2061.4 damage.

The poor can cracking site scanning Imicus took 934 damage upon death.

Nothing of interest was found in the sites. It was late and I was super tired. I still needed to make a Jita run. I wanted to sell the nanite control book and you see... I won this on Blink for their 300 Trillion Prize Giveaway.

Needless to say I was surprised when it appeared. My mind blanked and immediately thought "ISK!". However, my sense caught up with me and I decided to offer it up for sale on the corporation level first. Vigilants are pricey and run around 300mil ISK at the moment. One of the guys decided that they wanted it so I trekked up to Jita to pick it up. I also had the stuff to sell from the earlier successful day worth of exploration so it was worth it.

Jita is a thirty minute trip from Molden Heath. It is a pain in the butt and I try to avoid going whenever I can. I picked up the ship and rolled out to deliver it down to our jump freighter location. I contracted it up for 150mil to my corp mate.

The one thing I forgot to do was buy more medium barrage ammo. I'll have to get some later.

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