Posts Tagged ‘ninja’

Another swing and a (sortof) miss

Posted: 2011/07/20 by evilsilents in Activities
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I popped Bruce out in the covert ops in my home system to see what was up.  D-scan picked up an absolute shedful of large and medium pirate wrecks, off the ecliptic for an easy probe.  A short time later (I love the new Alt- probe reposition mechanic)  I was in a spent Level 4 mission with a Navy Dominix or something on probe, clearly finishing up later rooms, and a cloud of wrecks.  Vandals.

Shaz came in with her Vigil and got to work.  I left looting, just focusing on hoovering the battleship salvage, as I had nothing that could take the battleship if and when it returned and shot at the Vigil.  I nommed away until the wrecks were almost gone, at which point a Noctis jumped in.  Seems our missioner wants my wrecks.  I don’t think so.

We competed for the last couple of wrecks while I radioed for our New Guy to jump in with his Tristan and start looting.  Although this seems a cowardly act, Bruce was by this time in a lazy overwatch over the Noctis in his Hound, waiting for a dumb move and I’d need to focus on him if shit went down.  Some people can PvP 2 accounts at once, but I’m too old for that.  Anyway, I bought him that Tristan :)

Shaz and the Noctis fought over the last wreck, with Shaz salvaging as he tractored. Shaz won :)  I quickly popped out a can with a single Armour Plate in it and motored away, hoping the Noctis pilot would be pissed off enough to grab it or stupid enough to click through the warning in his rush; at which point Bruce would unleash hell.  He sure thought about it.  Sat there next to the can for a whole minute in his untanked salvage boat, weighing up the pros and cons of stealing from a salvage Vigil and a Tristan over 80km away and red to him.

One finger on the cloak button.  Another on the point. Mouse at the ready for clicking the second he went red.

Instead, he jumped into room 2.  Punk.  Bruce settled in above the can just in case he came back, and Shaz and New Guy followed the Noctis; New Guy with orders to hug the Noctis and loot every can that dropped, and Shaz doing her “chase the tractoring cans while salvaging them” trick.

We did this for two more rooms, accruing a hold full of Armour Plates, meta modules and assorted paraphenalia.  Not exactly a bounty for me, but for a two week old pilot, 10 mill is a fortune.  Mr Noctis never peeped a word and left the system shortly afterwards.

Yarr… ?


back in the saddle

Posted: 2011/07/14 by evilsilents in Activities
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The urge to yarr is strong.

I’m not by any stretch of the imagination an experienced pirate, but I love Eve for its freedom to do so if and when it tickles my fancy. Since returning to Eve a week or so ago, getting set up to indulge in a bit of yoinking and wormhole raiding has been my focus.

It hasn’t been smooth though. First, Brucey woke up from his six month slumber in a 0.0 outpost (BWF-ZZ) which had, during said slumber, changed hands and was now owned by The Russians TM. He had also been good-naturedly kicked for inactivity (with a standing invite to reapply). Invictus are a great bunch of lads and I love flying with them, but RL won’t permit that sort of commitment at the moment. One day I shall return to the fleet Sabre; but it is not this day.

So with about half a billion in ships and fittings sitting in a station that I had no docking rights at, it was time to hit the market and contracts. I sold everything except for three GSCs of assorted paraphenalia and my Firetail, posted three very generous courier contracts to the nearest hisec, waited for an opportune moment and snuck out the back door. An evening of autopiloting and I had most of my remaining gear back down in my hisec hunting grounds.

Shaz, meanwhile, had been busy buying and fitting a Hound for Bruce as well as a number of Canes, Rifters, Vigils and Cyclones for sharesies; as well as upgrading all of her research agents to L3 for some passable passive income. My 3rd main switched training from a Black Ops to an Orca, though he’s still a month off the hull so I have some time to get settled.

Tuesday night I had half an hour spare so I scanned down my home hisec to see if I could find a wormhole to peek my Hound into. No such luck, but I did find a Radar site and, recent costs being what they were, felt compelled to quickly fit a codebreaker and check out cans. 18M in decryptors for my trouble; not bad at all.

Last night I had a similar short Eve opportunity and headed out in a pretty bog standard Ninja Vigil. Shaz (in her Prowler) scanned down a Domi well off the ecliptic, clearly in a mission. There’s nothing I have that can take out a mission-fit Domi, but I thought at least I’ll get some battleship salvage and maybe goad him into getting Concorded, leaving a tasty fat wreck for picking over. No such luck as he ignored me salvaging the battleship wrecks, even as I helpfully target painted his mission rats. Still, Armour Plates eh? Ship them off to my lab for inventing into highly profitable [redacted].

I need to run with some experienced pirates so I can see how it’s done. This feels like amateur hour.