Thursday, February 19, 2009

End of War One

Seppuku Warriors has concluded our first campaign and the results were satisfying.

58 kills / 2 losses.

There was a little bit of everything, too. We flew battleship fleets, 'ceptor gangs & pretty much everything in between. Practical instruction on tactical bookmarking, station humping, remote repping and the use of OOC reppers, POS takedowns and the appropriate use of GF in local.

Personally, I flew almost everything in my hangar at some point, grabbing kills in some of my favorites (Can't Stop The Rokh!), protecting my mates from the shadows or savoring the 'new ship smell' of the latest addition to my HAC fleet ("He can't hit me from way out there with miss[BLAMMM]...").

Having finished off Recon V during the war, I'm beginning the process of cross-training some Minnie ships. Since all of my gunnery support skills work for projectiles as well as rails, getting to T2 fitted Minnie 'ceptors and assault frigates is just a few days training.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Too Long Gone...

The past few weeks have been filed past the brim, overflowing with activities, issues and time sinks, both in RL & in EVE. I hope that things get back to something approaching normal soon. We shall see.

Seppuku Warriors is off to a rousing start. We are currently involved in a series of war decs with a Caldari Faction Warfare corp, applying the ancient axioms of warfare with internet spaceship interpretations...

This week's lessons:

"The highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans"
“He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.”
... Sun Tzu

OPFOR's research division operated a high-sec medium POS, which fit well into our desire to discuss hi-sec POS tactics. OPFOR enlisted FW militia OOC repper support for the POS attack that they anticipated we would field as soon as the dec went active.

So, we made a big show of forming up a few jumps out, docking & undocking various big ships, testing RR capabilties, showing (almost!) our full hand to their alts.

And we sat there. And we waited.

After a few minutes, OPFOR decided abandon their defensive stance (including the protection of the POS shields/guns) and to come calling with 5X Ravens, a Rokh, a Scorp, a Blackbird and at least an equal number of OOC reppers and support ships. They warped to the station where our battleship section was docked and (curiously) began to activate their RR chains (which flagged most of the OOC reppers to us before the battle was joined!).

Our battleships undocked and OPFOR aggressed at the undock point. Our support fleet warped in with points & webs. Our EW broke the OOC repper chains. We lost a Scorp that got tangled up in the furball at the undock and a Falcon who jammed one of the OOC guys who wasn't flagged. In exchange, all of the OPFOR's ships went pop in less than 5 minutes, along with a few of the OOC reppers who stuck around too long and served as dessert after we had finished with the main course.

Then we followed them home and put the POS in reinforced, adding the POS, a cruiser, a battlecruiser, a logistics ship and two more battleships to the bag by the time the tower fell the next day.

Yeah, we had fun! :)