Thursday, July 17, 2014

Defiance Fleet - Kittens Making Kills

Tonight was guest FC night and the goal was kiting frigates and Wex volunteered to Fleet Command. 

We're halfway through the war dec and things are going well in my opinion. Well enough that I accepted Wex's offer to give me a night off and run the roam. He spent enough time in the militia that he is well acquainted to newbies. I decided to trust in them and trust that I've given them the foundation that they need to not be utterly confused and learn new things.

I also had some assistance. I had one volunteer who asked to come along on the roams and provide neutral logistics if we got into a high sec fight. I then had other members of Snuff overcome by curiosity on what was happening on coms dragged into the circle of helping newbies.

You see, Wex didn't want to use Eve voice. It created an opportunity to use and discuss Teamspeak and Mumble and its uses for Eve corporations. Most of them have already become used to chatting to each other so now comes are exciting. Setup took a bit but we got everyone into microwarpdrive frigates with long range guns. Our little fleet was meeting Wex's little fleet in low sec. We took a pitstop in Dodixie when Rykki managed to escape from work and catch up to us. We then lost a member to a real life interruption but picked him back up and got him scouted in.

Things are a bit different. We're moving a bit faster and our rate of losing people is increasing but our abilities are also increasing. Everything is going pretty well and a few systems in our scout managed to grab a Comet. We then blobbed the Comet. I felt a bit bad but being able to get my newbies a killmail was important. It is similar to mother cat's crippling their prey for their kittens I guess. 

I am sorry to blob you brave, solo pilot but it is for the better good of targets tomorrow.

I remember how fast the killing was when I first started and how often I missed the mails. Little things like targeting speed mean a lot. Our second pounce and kill died faster. However, Rykki joined me on the second mail. We lost Goodeius at some point. The commands were coming a bit faster and Wex does not do the repetition like I have. I found myself fretting a little bit but we managed to get focused and together to land our third kill of the night.

We learned that Sean has trained Advanced Looting to V, managing to scoop almost all of the wrecks. 

Our commands are adding up. We've gone to aligning, and cycling prop mods. Commands are run together, jump in, warp to fleetmate, activate gate, go to battle and they are getting done. There is still so much for me to learn too. But, each day gets better for all ofus.

In general, I expected to be a bit more embarrassed as the members of Snuff listened to me herd them through high sec. But I wasn't. Even when I was teased at my butchering and rearranging of the system names. I really do. Its awful. I'm normally proud of my dictation but that all jumps right out the window with system names in Eve. And, I don't care. Focusing on getting people where they belong is to important.

The end result was a good fleet where we blobbed people and our members learned something new and got some killmails. Some people may not approve of it but, again, I don't care. We're out here learning. They were able to feel what it is like when you don't die to everything you engage and I think that's important. I know that I worry they will become demoralized if all we do is die as we fight back.

It is daunting to try to carry other peoples gaming on your shoulder. I in no way feel casual about this particular responsibility. I'm happy that I was able to show them something more than what I have been able to. And what happens further down this learning road.

I may have some more help for the weekend since I will be at work. I'll see how things flesh out and we'll cruise through the weekend and finish out this war dec.

6 comments:

  1. As a fairly new player myself (new to eve but a long time end game progression raider in WoW, so I know a bit about being prepared in games) it seems to me you are doing a great job

    The best way to get newer players engaged in a game is to get guidance from more established ones. No matter the end result of efforts (how many kills etc) just showing people something CAN be done encourages them to step outside what they have been doing thus far. When I started WoW, for example, I KNEW there is no way I'd ever raid. I'll just level up characters and that will be that. Well in running some heroics I ended up doing several dungeons with the same people and started chatting and got invited to their raid night that week. I was nervous as all get out and we wiped a bunch but it lowered what I thought was an impossible bar. Normal people with real lives going through having fun together. That's why we play MMOs. I know me experience would have been much different if it weren't for my long playing RL friend that convinced me to give this game a try.

    So keep up the good work and know that you are likely broadening these newer players horizon as to what is possible. Your writing are what convinced me to start dabbling in low sec and more content beyond the industry and trade that brought me to this game.

    As an aside, keep up the great writing. I found this blog the first week I started playing and have been reading it daily. Know that even through this outlet you are inspiring people to do something new.

    Cheers!

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    1. Hey there. Thank you.

      I'm glad I jumped into this. I want them to come out going, "Wow, Eve is cool! Look what I can do!"

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  2. I appreciate the worry about blobbing, it's nice that you want to give the new players the baggage that not everybody thinks that's fun.
    But ultimately really it's EVE, and especially to new players just getting a kill is *really cool* I remember I didn't worry about the 'quality' of my first few kills.
    Kills were cool your name was on there and then you could click through all the other names and see all these other people's bio's and corps it was just neat! :)

    Sound like you had fun which is the most important part after all.

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    1. I'm happy to introduce them to the other side of a kill mail.

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