Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

RL issues for a few days

Headed to the in-laws for the weekend. No net access, so I'll be checking in late Sunday.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wars end... 'Roids should be afraid...

The first of our wars lapsed last night. The second should end in a few hours. Second group has never really shown up at all, so I doubt they will renew.

The 'roids in Korsiki should be afraid. They should be very afraid.

Is it wrong to hope for a can flipper or two?

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

It's quiet.. Too quiet...

But, unlike the B movie, the lack of enemies has not foreshadowed any huge push. Instead, they have removed themselves from the Korsiki/Jita pipe. Showing up only as dispersed singletons with no desire to engage beyond ganks.

The problem becomes encouraging the students to maintain vigilance, to continue to observe the war time restrictions on mining/missioning/hauling and to continue traveling in groups.

These restrictions chafe, but they ensure student safety and deny the enemy cheap ganks.

Patience, Grasshopper.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Too much activity = not much activity

Party on Saturday for a friend who had a heart attack 2 years ago & survived... Church activities Sunday morning & NFL playoffs Sunday afternoon. "Comanche Moon" last night...

Bottom line, I didn't fly much this past weekend. Hopefully, business will pick up.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New blood...

Even though there are lots of things to not like about the series of war dec's that we've experienced, one of the positives has been the budding of a new crop of FC's.

Last night, I helped scout for one of our new FC's as he took a group of about 20 out for a bit of a spin. We played tag with a very fast interceptor and his alt for a time. I was really proud of the way that the fleet remained disciplined and did not reply to the taunts & jibes in local.

Fighting any kind of interceptor is frustrating. Fighting a 10k mps interceptor will make a preacher cuss from aggravation. He can't really hurt you as long as you stay grouped up, and you can't catch him to deliver a pounding.

His only effective weapon becomes local chat. Totally ignoring him denies him that satisfaction.

New FC's are learning that FC'ing is like playing speed chess against as many opponents as you have WT's, without any boards and with 10 people randomly putting information in your ear. The amount of stuff going on is dizzying and the rapidity with which the situation changes can leave you staring at the screen in full mental "WTF do I do now" melt down.

Key tools for new FC's:
- Note pad (Scout names & positions at the top of the page!)
- Hardcopy of Ombey's maps
- Sense of humor & double dose of patience

Once again, good job sir! Glad to scout for you any time!

Friday, January 11, 2008

More fun...

Suffering no losses, we added a HAC, a Command Ship and a Domi to the bag in the past 24 hrs.

Lots of comments in local as we pass through.

One war target took exception to my Scorpion, suggesting that I wasn't playing "fairly".

Let's get this straight. The "fair" comes once a year, in the fall & features corny dogs & caramel apples. If I'm in a "fair" fight, then I've made a mistake. I want every engagement to be a 50 vs 1 insta-pop. CCP says that Eve features non-consensual combat. Fine. Those that would stoop to war dec'ing a training corp have no moral ground to cry for "fair" fights. They deliberately sought un-"fair" fights from the outset and cry out for "fair"-ness only when they are on the short end of the stick.

When you war dec the Uni, you must expect to fight overwhelming fleets of small ships piloted by the most bloodthirsty nOOb's ever seen, backed by loads of electronic warfare and a few specialized big ships flown by the Uni's most experienced pilots. Either that, or you must expect to stay docked.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Deja Vu all over again....

About 36 hrs into the current war and we've popped a T2 fitted battleship, 4 T2 ships & 4 pods. Our losses are frigates, a cruiser, 2 battlecruisers & a single interceptor. Nearly 90% efficiency.

One comment from their killboard gave me a chuckle:

"i just docked and took a **** and 30 people were outside the station waiting for me."

Uni intel agents truly are everywhere, I guess....

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

More targets...

Another war dec.

Guess I wasn't ready to go back to mining after all!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Eve University Fleet in Action (video)

Thanks to Caligulus:

Uni Fleet


RO, RO, It's off to work I go!

With the war over, the Uni becomes a frenzy of activity...

We had more than 450 pending applications at war's end, with an other 75 or so non-combatants in the sister corp. All of these people want to get into the Uni as soon as possible.

Dierdra Vaal added several new RO's. I'm helping out with getting the non-combatants moved back and grabbing some of the overflow from the public channel as well. Yesterday, I conducted 3 group interviews of 3+ new students at a time while flying top cover for Jen Loo's for profit mining op.

Hopefully, things can settle down over the next couple of weeks. We need to reschedule the Mining Derby and I want to have a Road Trip to Debyl soon, too.

Training wise, the war interrupted my march toward Caldari Battleship V, so I have 26 days left there. On the bright side, I can now field a 7.2 kps Raptor, so it's all good!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Esprit de Corps

When bad things happen, organizations either rise to the occasion or they disintegrate.

No doubt, the CNR loss was a bad thing. The opportunity existed for Uni to fracture, to lose focus and effectiveness. The CNR loss was a pivotal moment. What happened was very interesting:

Kills/Losses Exchange Ratio

Pre CNR:
32/84 -2.62 (We were losing 2.62 ships for every ship we shot down)

Post CNR:
71/49 +1.45 (We were shooting down 1.45 ships for every ship we lost)

There are many reasons for this remarkable turnaround, and I'm sure that those tactical observations & lessons will be posted on the Uni internal forums, but the overarching point is simply this:

We could have quit.

Many thought we should and would.

We didn't.

We win.


Dee Carson
Capt. ILN

Quick hits..

Just a few early morning quick hits:

- Those Who Would Like To Be Named have retracted their war against EUni. No dancing in the streets. This could just be a tease.

- Falcon kill last night in my shiny new Raptor.

- New Euni blog: Melissa Dawn. Nice read!

More details & war analysis later after my coffee clears all the cobwebs.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

There are lots of things you can do in a hotel room...

But flying Eve combat on a notebook with a shaky internet connection isn't one of them.

I'm reduced to forum trolling & logging in to change skills.

Bah... Home tomorrow night & if the station hugging nitwits undock their 'ceptors, I have a little surprise all ready!