Saturday, 17 August 2013

Sometimes it's just not your night

So much red on my kill board :(
I managed to lose a tech 2 frigate, three faction frigates, and two pods carrying a set of standards & a set of basics, in return for a single Nemesis. It was not a good night. Read on for more...

I've been meaning to try out some new stuff in EVE.

  1. Firstly, I wanted to get out off the bubble, just for a few hours, check if I can find some viable PvP roaming around in a frigate.
  2. Secondly, I wanted to experiment with another ship rather than the Harpy.

Pro Tip: Don't try out two new things at the same time.

That's not strictly what happened. I got myself an Algos and a Merlin in FW space already! Still, I would hardly call myself proficient.

I set out in my Harpy towards more FW space. I wouldn't necessarily say I was trying to lose my Harpy - but there was a definite attitude of "once I lose this ship, I'm trying something else".

Self fulfilling prophecies suck. In fairness, it was a good fight. The Thrasher kept range on me while the Ishkur was pure tackle. I couldn't make a dent in it's armour despite my Blaster Harpy with Void. I did manage to switch out to the Thrasher, took some of his shields, but ultimately I was dead from first scram.

Time to test out a new ship: CN Hookbills. They're cheap enough, like 15 million each. I wanted to try a faction frigate & I wanted it to be Caldari for near max skills. So here we go. Brand new ship, reasonably new territory, what could possibly go wrong!?

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Fight One

Totally screw up the range on this fight. My inexperience blatant. By the time I settled into orbit I was at 20% armor, hung around for a bit, but another few volleys took me into hull - so I bailed. I call it a draw.

Fight Two

An Incursus - who appeared to just decide he'd had enough and warped away when the going got tough. I read a lot about people fitting stabs to their FW ships, I believe I've just encountered my first one.

Fight Three

My first ship loss! Against two assault frigates. It's not an encounter I would've chosen, but that's my inexperience of FW hunting showing through. Despite the fail, I got on the kill mail for the hawk's future death, although I seriously doubt how much I helped from my pod.

Fight Four

A fellow CN Hookbill at an acceleration gate. He accelerated, I thought "Why not"

Notice how I didn't think "Now Dan, you're inexperienced in this ship - you've already lost one. Find another fight until you're feeling more proficient."

So Yeah, "Why not". I followed him in warp. He had a Merlin friend waiting for him - not of the same corp. I panicked. Majorly. I managed to Disrupt and Scram the Hookbill, then Dual Web the Merlin. It was a glorious fail.

Then something shitty happened. I lost my pod in Jita. I don't even know how, but regardless of the reason - a very fast locking Tornado popped me as I got the "Docking Request Accepted" notification. Just goes to show, you're never safe.

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I took a breather. I needed one. I agreed that I liked the Hookbill, but if I was to continue flying it - I would be back at a bubble in null sec learning how to properly kill. Honestly that worked. I got myself a Nemesis and pod. That helped the pain go away a little bit. Plus (no offense at all to TEST, they're lovely guys) but it was TEST - that makes it taste even better.

This should be where the night ended, really. Or at least the story. Me, sat at my bubble, doing what I do.

Except.

It's a Friday night, isn't it. So daft old me, listening to EVE Radio, having fun, decides to go on a bit of a mini adventure! Up over to the CCP area where all the Goon guys hang out. It's not a roam, I'm taking a bubble - I just want to get a liiitle bit closer to the action. I got close to the action. So did my pod.

Sometimes, you just need to learn when to call it quits for the night.

4 comments:

  1. Its 4 times the same video...

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    1. Hahah... You see, told you it wasn't my night >.<
      Fixed - Thanks!

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  2. Thank you for these posts. In a scared newbie in high sec & can't wait to venture into null/low sec. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks bdias - nice to know people are enjoying what they're reading, particularly when it involves me losing a lot of ships :)

      My advice for trying out null/low: Get a cheap PvP ship and just go for it. Once you undock, accept you've lost the ship and just see how much damage you can do to a frigate. (And don't take expensive implants if you avoid it).

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