Monday, August 13, 2012

My Incursion Experiment: Part Four

Day three of my experiment. I got into a Headquarter Fleet run by one of the main incursion groups. I was picked up fairly quickly. I'd been doing the Vanguard sites or whatever they are so the Headquarters would be new.

A lotta ships... forty in the fleet. For me, its a lot. For some (and there were several who declared their null secness) it is not.

I will say that things were very productive and smooth. The fleet commanders had a lot of experience. The headquarter site payouts that we did rolled in at 31,500,000 a site. In 2 hours we did 7 sites for a total of 220,500,000 for two hours.

I've learned to hit "L" upon command to show that I am ready for the room. There are lots of 'check' commands to make sure that people are ready. The L is to count the logistic ships as ready to drop the reps. We did two types of sites. One type we cleared 3 spawns and the other you go through three rooms and then blow up a structure. Both are headquarter sites. I'm still behind with all of the acronyms. its another language.

With fourty people in fleet I have to use my fleet history to keep track of who needs what. It is good practice. I have the logistics and the main people on the watch list and everyone else through the history list. If they don't broadcast I can't see that they need the reps.

I've read a lot about anchoring with nullsec fleets. Anchoring is a thing with incursions as well to keep the fleet organized.

Order? It looks chaotic. There are ten logistics on field and 7 out of the 10 are bassies. Reps, transfers, missiles, lasers, ships everywhere. The terrible green washout of the system is awful and really takes away from how lovely these images would be in a normal battle.

There was a discussion about PvP alliances sending logistic pilots to incursions for logistic practice. Interesting. Ren and I discussed it as a good learning platform.

There was also a time when a random destroyer ran in before the fleet did. Someone said it was to try to divide aggression for when the fleet landed. The fleet has a pattern and sends someone in to focus the NPCs as an anchor and then everyone else lands. The NPCs now randomly switch targets off of this. I guess the goal of the person was to maybe get someone popped for looting. There are also random shuttles that just warp in and sit there as well. The FC said that people sometimes watch. Just being in the site when it is completed will not bring the ISK. You have to be a member of the fleet that did the most damage.

I also learned that some people can not shut their mouth. There tends to be a talker every fleet I have been in. Sometimes they have a hard time understanding "Shut up". The story about his discovery of a Tengu transporting him out of his 200 DPS Raven and 2 hour level 4s was not as important as the fleet checks.

There is often a high maintenance person. This person is very stressed by everything except for optimal conditions. No on grid booster? Constellation Control not at 100%? Are the Basi's all Level V? Do the logis have their 2/3/4billion isk ship on watch list?

Yes. Even with your ship so blinged out I am blinded, I still reps you. It's why I'm there.

During my last HQ(headquarters) site the server went down for an emergency reboot. Unlike the bounty system, once the site is finished that is when the payout happens. Now the race against the clock and grinding through the 9 million (I think it was what they said) structure happened. The server nodes were crashing left and right. Lag had been outrageous all weekend. I debated it and decided that I would be said if I did not get my payout. But, shit happens sometimes.

After I made dinner and returned, I got picked up by an Assault Fleet. This is different from the Vanguard fleet and the Headquarters fleet. It has 20 people in fleet and pays out 18 million a site.

At first site we were going to do an armor fleet was already there. From what I understand there is some disconnect between the armor and shield fleets. The "boo armor" was unexpected. The next site we went to an armor fleet landed after us. However, they moved on to another site since we where there first. It does not have to happen that way and I believe sites can be contested. However, with plenty in system there isn't much need to fight.

The influence bar had reset and everything took a lot longer. With fleet formup and everything I was able to participate in two more sites. I was hoping for a bit more but my weekend came to a close and I had to do the entire go to bed to get up in the morning to go to work thing.

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