Thursday, February 6, 2014

Old School Adventures

Intergalactic News
Rumor has it that the Caldari State have found something significant in G5ED-Y. The State military has set up a huge base of operations in that system, and its presence there is thick as sour milk. The Guristas on the other hand seem to be extremely curious as to what their arch nemesis has discovered, and few doubt that conflict lies on the horizon ...
There need to be more things like that. Bits of information in systems. Points of interest. They add more depth and texture to a system when one jumps in and warps to the next gate on the yellow brick road. Down in the depths of letter/number soup nullsec, it breaks up the jumps as the Talos slowly enters warp and exits warp.

Altaen called for an old school roam. Battlecruisers. Talos. Big guns. Big DPS. We'd mostly packed cruisers and frigates for the deployment. I posted a logistics run on jabber and the forums and picked up everyone's fits when I got home from work. My husband went off to hang out with his friends at Hooters so it was Chinese food and Talos for my evening. I managed to get everything done and everyone's ship handed out to them with ten minutes to spare for the roam. At the same time the boys were working Vand back out of wherever he was trapped. Everything merged neatly and just as we got settled to undock someone started calling out that there was a Nightmare on scan in our home system.

Nightmare? Bait. Of course it was bait. But... what tasty bait... and we had a fleet of Talos right there in the station ready to undock. Probes out and NApoc? Rattler? What was this? Someone running a mission or doing a site?  No... it was bait.. and we were going to take it.

The prober launched our Interceptors. Tackled landed and point was established. The Talos entered warp... slowly.. very slowly.. and warped slowly... and left slowly... as I landed on grid I started spamming locks but nothing happened because I was still leaving warp... forever... and ever... and large guns take so long to lock...

The Nightmare escaped. The rest of the fleet did not. The cyno never happened and to our surprise we caught a fleet doing a level 5.

http://seventwo.killmail.org/?a=kill_related&kll_id=21766134

They gave us GF in local with a few miffed murmurs that we had burned them down. That was when we discovered that they had randomly decided to go on a low sec adventure. We were startled. I had expected our Talos fleet to burn under the impending hotdrop. We cleaned the field, dropped off loot and headed out. That was when we got a mail saying good fight and asking for tips about PvP. With the fleet already heading out I decided to convo the Kronos pilot and ask if he wanted tips. Already, in my chatroom people were discussing the fits. He agreed and I dumped him in my chatroom, told people to be nice because he wanted advice, and spent the rest of the roam dropping in bits of advice or smacking anyone getting to aggressive with pointing out various aspects.

Vov and Khori and Wex went at it with abandon and he received more tips tricks and advice than I think he expected. He stood up through it and the conversation was amazingly productive. Two hours later he was still in chatting with us. He had a case of bored with high sec and wanting adventure and that was what led them to doing a level 5 without any scouting, intel, or survival skills. I can only hope that he will stay and follow some of the more entry level advice he received. The discussion ranged from fitting your ships to PvP even when doing PvE to how to best start adventuring around.

Meanwhile, back with the fleet. We hunted down the new ESS modules. We stole from them! We blew them up! We ran all over the place, found no fight, and eventually I had to speak up and request that we head somewhere I could dock up because I had to go to work. The boys managed to slam into a bomber gang that failed to bomb them properly as I headed to the home system. Because, work.

The battlecruiser warp speed changes are a bit painful. However, it was fun to be back in that weird machine with the steps on its face that is the Talos.

As for my new carebear acquisitions? I think the information dump is going very well. Time will tell if we help them step from high sec to low with a bit less loss and more fun.

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