Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Incursus Is Pretty Awesome Now

The Incursus Is Pretty Awesome Now

When I was very new to piracy, I was a bit of a dolt. Rather than flying the super effective and efficient Rifter, I stubbornly stuck with my Gallente roots and flew the Incursus. Years ago, you would pretty much have to fit it like this:

[Incursus, Old Buffer Tank]
Damage Control OR Magnetic Field Stabilizer
200mm Plate

1MN Microwarpdrive

Light Electron Blaster
Light Electron Blaster
Light Electron Blaster

A Drone

Not spectacular. You were pretty much guaranteed to get shut down by any competently fit Rifter or Punisher or a number of other frigs and cruisers. Really the only reason I ever got kills in it was because so many people fit their ships like shit. Then I leave for a bit, come back, and the Incursus is suddenly more attractive than even the Taranis due to the balance changes. Take this fit recommended to me by Sarah xCalibre:

[Incursus, New Active Armor Tank]
Pseudoelectron Containment Field I
Small Armor Repairer II
Small Armor Repairer II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II

1MN Afterburner II
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
Small Capacitor Booster II, Cap Booster 200

Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S

Small Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Small Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Small Auxiliary Nano Pump I

Hobgoblin II x1

Looks interesting. A hefty tank with Gallente Frigates V trained and good fitting skills. 160 DPS to boot and it would be higher if you swap the EANM for a Magnetic Field Stabilizer. After pulling together the ship, the mods, the rigs, the ammo and the cap boosters, I decided to take this bad boy out for a spin. My first engagement just happened to be... another solo Incursus. Sitting on the gate to a plex, I landed and quickly locked him up and started laying in with my blasters. Soon he did the same and we started into a 500m orbit dance of death... or so we thought it would be. Five minutes later, we are still both firing away and repairing most of the damage. A couple of times I see his ship dip into structure but it is almost immediately compensated for and he repairs his armor back to full. I overload my guns until they are 90% damaged and can take no more and still we have not broken each others tank. Ten minutes have gone by and we are still circling, my cap boosters are starting to run dry and I have had to reload my guns multiple times. Fifteen minutes pass and I am amazed... we are still circling, still firing and I have nearly run out of ammo and cap boosters. Will he break before I do?

Before we can finish, a Condor and Merlin suddenly land on the gate where we have been fighting. One of the things about lowsec is that no targets go unseen for long and after 15 minutes in the same spot, we have finally been interupted. My opponent throws out a "gf" into local and warps off as the intruders tackle me. I turn my drained Incursus towards a planet, overheat my afterburner and try to make a break for it but there is no escape from a Condor doing 3500 m/s with a long range Disruptor. Fortunately the Merlin has a very difficult time catching up and I find myself easily tanking the Condors piss DPS with just a single armor repairer and no capacitor boosters. Another five minutes pass of me burning towards different celestials trying to warp as the Merlin tries to catch up and the Condor tries to do more than shit for damage.

Ten minutes pass and we are now hundreds of kilometers away from the gate where the original fight had taken place. I feel like I have been in a super alert fight mode forever. I don't know if I can ever remember an encounter having lasted this long in my entire time as a pilot. Off in the distance I see a Thrasher land. He is in the Condor and Merlins corporation and begins to burn towards us at several thousand meters per second. A Stiletto also lands, a bystander who simply wants to watch the show.

Finally after more minutes off waiting, the Merlin is finally starting to catch up to me and the Thrasher has burned into firing range. I have pretty much accepted I will be dead after almost 30 minutes of nonstop armor repairing. I target the Thrasher and turn on my blasters and scramble him and blow my very last cap charge and my last few volleys of ammo. To my great surprise, his shields begin to melt and he backs off. I see the distances on all three ships begin to adjust and they blip off my overview. They warped.

Thirty minutes of combat, four frigate opponents, probably tens-of-thousands of damage repaired, no ammo left, no cap boosters left, most modules almost burned out and my Incursus didn't even die. Or get a kill. What a crazy ship this is now.

[ 00:19:31 ] Julius Tavers > WOuld have boiled down to who ran out of cap boosters first
[ 00:19:39 ] Spectre3353 > i was down to like 2 when they dropped
[ 00:19:41 ] Spectre3353 > and almost out of ammo too
[ 00:19:43 ] Spectre3353 > i think you would have had it
[ 00:19:47 ] Julius Tavers > SHIT!
[ 00:19:49 ] Spectre3353 > haha
[ 00:19:51 ] Julius Tavers > I had like 14

The First Rule of Lowsec... that there is always someone stupid doing something stupid somewhere. All you have to do is put yourself in a position to take advantage of it. Like when you are roaming around in nano-cruisers and a young pilot in a Raven Navy Issue decides that flying through the Mara->Dantumi gate is a good idea.

Or when a slightly less young pilot in a Tempest Fleet Issue with an extremely expensive faction fit decides to not only jump into Aurohunen with you but to engage you on the other side of the gate instead of burning back and saving himself.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Beer #1

My Vexor might be big and beefy but she's still just a child. She has not been exposed to all the terrible things the universe has to offer. So imagine my disdain when I undocked from the station today to find this staring back at my face from just outside the station:

Oh Kerblammo...

But wait! What is this? A Drake on scan with it's pilots name written on it? Time to work my amazing social engineering skills:

[ 00:39:53 ] Spectre3353 > hi girbus.. i was hoping you could help me with a level 3 im trying to finish here
[ 00:40:22 ] Girbus Pexter > where is it at?
[ 00:40:25 ] Spectre3353 > passari
[ 00:40:47 ] Spectre3353 > its one with extra gates inside, there is a battleship rat
[ 00:40:51 ] Spectre3353 > it kept getting my armor down
[ 00:41:46 ] Spectre3353 > are you able to help?
[ 00:42:19 ] Girbus Pexter > i think im going to pass, this ship im in is mostly set up for exploration, not as much the fighting
[ 00:42:32 ] Spectre3353 > ugh ok thats too bad, i just need a little more dps i think
[ 00:42:40 ] Spectre3353 > just one more rat really
[ 00:42:51 ] Girbus Pexter > you scared the shit out of me jumping in like that by the way, maybe next time send the fleet invite first
[ 00:43:01 ] Spectre3353 > jumping in what??
[ 00:43:10 ] Spectre3353 > oh because i sent the invite im sorry
[ 00:43:51 ] Spectre3353 > well if you think you can help me with this one rat just let me know
[ 00:43:53 ] Spectre3353 > im going to keep trying
[ 00:43:55 ] Spectre3353 > thanks!
[ 00:44:09 ] Girbus Pexter > sure thing

No dice.

Beer #3

Mission running in an Ishtar in lowsec seems dangerous. Good thing this guy has the threat of war to deter any scool laddys that might try to cankil him:

[ 02:10:01 ] Golden Helmet > Hi there. If you send me 500m, we'll let you leave with your ship and pod intact
[ 02:10:28 ] Vinssent Nox > i dont have but if yopu attack me you enter in war
[ 02:10:36 ] Vinssent Nox > is the unic time for you
[ 02:10:41 ] Golden Helmet > ok, you die
[ 02:10:46 ] Golden Helmet > we're deccing your corp too
[ 02:10:53 ] Vinssent Nox > ok no is important
[ 02:11:04 ] Golden Helmet > 500m for your pod
[ 02:11:11 ] Vinssent Nox > you dont understand me?
[ 02:11:15 ] Vinssent Nox > you enter in war naw
[ 02:11:17 ] Golden Helmet > 500m or we smash your pod
[ 02:11:33 ] Vinssent Nox > you can kill the pod but ... this attack is war for the new goons
[ 02:11:34 ] Golden Helmet > either you dec us or we dec you, doesn't matter, right now we're talking about your pod
[ 02:11:35 ] Vinssent Nox > jajaja
[ 02:11:57 ] Golden Helmet > 500m or my lemmings get to scoop your corpse, deal?
[ 02:12:05 ] Vinssent Nox > i have clones and 4 acounts
[ 02:12:12 ] Vinssent Nox > you see im scared?
[ 02:12:13 ] Vinssent Nox > hahaha
[ 02:12:15 ] Vinssent Nox > nob!
[ 02:12:15 ] Golden Helmet > that doesn't matter
[ 02:12:24 ] Golden Helmet > huehuehue
[ 02:12:30 ] Golden Helmet > huehuehuehue
[ 02:12:31 ] Vinssent Nox > you are a bad nob... you and your scool laddys cankil me nob
[ 02:12:40 ] Golden Helmet > kk br scum
[ 02:12:56 ] Golden Helmet > also we're gonna send this conversation to your CEO when the dec vote goes through
[ 02:13:04 ] Golden Helmet > k bye huehuehue morde es #1

Beer #6

From the Python Cartel secret forums:
- Part 1: A T1 cruiser roam where everyone fits out a T1 cruiser to be balls out DPS and we run around looking for shit to kill. We will probably roam down the pipe if we can't find anything local.
For this op you will need a pimped out super-DPS T1 cruiser AND something that can be involved in a gatecamp (BC/BS/CS/etc). If you need help getting one or both of these things to Passari, please take care of it in the next day or two. You have nearly three days to get this shit together, don't let me down. If nobody shows up to this op and is prepared I will assume PC is dead and cry sadly as I jerk off and then quit Eve again.
Seriously though, don't let me down or I'll hate you all. Just kidding. But seriously.

Beer #11

After a long hard day, we settled down to camp the gate for a little bit. I sipped on my final beer and felt a cool calm wash over me. I kicked my Harbinger into warp and engaged the Drake that had just jumped through with my talentless, smelly corpmates. His name... it seemed familiar...

[ 03:21:19 ] Spectre3353 > hey man can you come help me with this mission still? im still having trouble
[ 03:21:24 ] Girbus Pexter > hello again
[ 03:21:46 ] Girbus Pexter > im good, just got my ass handed to me being an idiot over there anyway
[ 03:21:55 ] Spectre3353 > oh no what happened????
[ 03:22:31 ] Girbus Pexter > oh you know, make a 100 trips in and out of passari with no problem and get lazy, suddenly you jump into a gate camp
[ 03:22:49 ] Spectre3353 > oh gosh that is the worst... do you have another ship you can use to replace your other one???
[ 03:23:41 ] Girbus Pexter > yeah but outfitting it is goiing to be a bitch, just spent most of my money on manufacturing supplies and wont have anymore till the stuff sells
[ 03:24:22 ] Spectre3353 > well im here at the gate in pass, it looks clear and your wreck still is unlooted
[ 03:24:26 ] Spectre3353 > you might be able to come get it
[ 03:24:29 ] Spectre3353 > and not have to rebuy it all
[ 03:24:47 ] Girbus Pexter > lol


[ 04:03:19 ] Deryn Angrard > i have never heard of you guys, but you seem like nice group

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Readjusting To Eve


Some things have changed since I last played this game. Tier 3 battlecruisers and Ancillary Shield Boosters now exist. Ship prices have doubled. There also seems to be some serious power creep as everyone flying around in lowsec is in a fancy faction cruiser or a Tech 3 cruiser. I'm scared to even fly my Cynabal around as the cost to replace it means I probably just won't when it gets blown up sometime soon. On the upside, the Incursus is still cheap and it seems to have magically grown a 4th low slot. Someone actually tried to tell me that the Merlin and Incursus have now surpassed the Rifter as the scariest T1 frigate which sounds like absolute blasphemy. My first stab at flying the new Incursus:

[Incursus, New]
Adaptive Nano Plating II
Small Armor Repairer II
Damage Control II
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II

1MN Afterburner II
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator

Light Neutron Blaster II
Light Neutron Blaster II
Light Neutron Blaster II

Small Anti-Explosive Pump I
Small Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Small Auxiliary Nano Pump I

Hobgoblin II x1

I've been told though that I should be dual-repping for maximum tank. We'll see. Flying a blaster ship with no Magnetic Field Stabilizers seems like the type of thing a little girl would do and I'm not happy to consider it.

Mission Runners Are Cute

We tackle a Drake in a mission:

[03:47:32] Evangeline Macdowell > hey
[03:47:33] Spectre3353 > hi
[03:47:38] Spectre3353 > 100 mil and you can leave with your ship
[03:47:40] Spectre3353 > you have 30 seconds
[03:47:42] Evangeline Macdowell > cmon let me go
[03:47:47] Spectre3353 > you have 20 seconds
[03:47:50] Spectre3353 > 100 mil into my wallet
[03:48:00] Evangeline Macdowell > lol you so dumb then
[03:48:01] Spectre3353 > 10 seconds

We tackle his pod:

[03:48:18] Spectre3353 > this is a ransom for your pod
[03:48:23] Spectre3353 > you have 30 seconds to pay me 100 million isk
[03:48:24] Spectre3353 > 30 seconds
[03:48:37] Spectre3353 > 15 seconds
[03:48:54] Spectre3353 > 5 seconds
[03:49:01] Evangeline Macdowell > lol my pod isnt even woth 10
[03:49:59] Evangeline Macdowell > sorry, you wasted time on me
[03:50:14] Spectre3353 > killing you is not a waste of time
[03:50:20] Spectre3353 > it makes me feel happy
[03:50:30] Evangeline Macdowell > but you made virtually no profit
[03:50:42] Evangeline Macdowell > I can understand the reason for ransom
[03:50:51] Spectre3353 > because profit is only secondary
[03:50:59] Spectre3353 > blowing you up is emotional profit
[03:51:50] Evangeline Macdowell > Well Im glad because turns out I just made a profit off of you
[03:52:18] Spectre3353 > excellent!
[03:52:22] Spectre3353 > im really glad to hear we could help you
[03:52:34] Spectre3353 > if you want us to help you get ship insurance again we would love to be of service
[03:53:16] Evangeline Macdowell > Thanks, but I see it being the other way around in the future =)
[03:53:26] Spectre3353 > youre welcome to come kill me any time
[03:53:26] Evangeline Macdowell > Have a good night.
[03:53:31] Spectre3353 > just ask and i can tell you where i am
[03:53:32] Spectre3353 > you too!
[03:53:33] Spectre3353 > good night

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Voices of Eve

It took a few days but I remember now why I love Eve.

[ 01:29:53 ] Spectre3353 > but you should come play anyhow
[ 01:30:13 ] Spectre3353 > have some fun
[ 01:30:14 ] Spectre3353 > live a little
[ 01:30:18 ] Drazer Emolite > we are
[ 01:30:22 ] Drazer Emolite > just not with you pussies

It's not the fights. It's not the graphics.

[ 02:53:32 ] Spectre3353 > BLOBS RUIN EVERYTHING
[ 02:53:34 ] Spectre3353 > JERKS
[ 02:55:09 ] Rovain Sess > fellowships m8.. they are fellowships..
[ 02:55:15 ] Spectre3353 > fellowship of the blob
[ 02:55:20 ] Spectre3353 > the two blobs
[ 02:55:26 ] Spectre3353 > return of the blob
[ 02:55:33 ] Titus Petronius > No, the blob just got here.
[ 02:55:37 ] Titus Petronius > :P
[ 02:55:37 ] TwiceDAsiZe > one blob to rule them all
[ 02:55:50 ] Titus Petronius > I think you're mistaken, that would be the goons.
[ 02:55:59 ] Spectre3353 > and in the darkness blob them
[ 02:56:02 ] Squanto > one spectre douche to

It's not even the nice friends in Python that I get to fly with.

[ 03:26:29 ] Zalgo13 > Spectre3353 state you reason for fleet invite
[ 03:26:37 ] Spectre3353 > trying to fix a bug with my overview
[ 03:26:39 ] Zalgo13 > so im not immediatly wwarped off to a pso
[ 03:26:41 ] Zalgo13 > to kill me
[ 03:27:11 ] Spectre3353 > just need a fleet with someone in it so i can fix my overview is all
[ 03:27:12 ] Spectre3353 > no big deal
[ 03:27:13 ] Dr Goobles Lazair > he wants to have buttsex with your myrmidon
[ 03:27:37 ] Zalgo13 > no
[ 03:27:40 ] Zalgo13 > ask in local
[ 03:27:45 ] Spectre3353 > you are in local
[ 03:27:52 ] Zalgo13 > w/o fleeting
[ 03:28:04 ] Spectre3353 > i just dont have many friends, i was hoping we could fly together
[ 03:28:05 ] TwiceDAsiZe > knock knock
[ 03:28:10 ] Spectre3353 > frolick through the green meadows of space
[ 03:28:13 ] Spectre3353 > make out a little
[ 03:28:15 ] Jimar Perrin > lol

It's the smacktalk.

[ 01:11:46 ] Spectre3353 > could you give me a fleet invite please so i can fix my overview?
[ 01:11:55 ] Ulstari Monomer > shut up idiot