The war with The United has ceased for the time being. The United’s tactic of napping everything that moves has meant that either we were getting blobbed when their friends were online, or they remained docked up when numbers were anything close to approaching equal (for equal read 2-1 in their favour). It’s a shame it has come to this as we were really looking forward to taking on The United head to head and were sure it would be pretty equal even though they have more the twice the number of members that Neo Spartans have.

Basically we have had a better offer and have moved our operations out of Otou. But mark my words we will be back to sort The United out at some point, when they least expect it, and hopefully when all their ‘friends’ have got bored with having no one to fight. It’s only a matter of time before their naps turn on them for entertainment instead (they were fighting most of them before the napfest).

Instead we are working with some other pirate corps in an area around Caldari and Gallente Faction Warfare, which is completely different to what we are used to. For a start the FW guys like to fly around in large gangs, usually in small ships, but sometimes large BS gangs. It means we have to be far more careful of what we are doing when out and about on our own.

A good example of this came up last night. 4 or 5 of us travelled in the direction of Old Man Star to see what fights we could get. We were in a mixture of frigate and cruiser sized T1 and T2 ships and the journey was a little quieter that we were expecting. Eventually we had some fun with the locals in Heydieles before deciding to return to our home system.

We had to jump through a huge gang fight on one of the gates but after that the journey was pretty uneventful again. I needed to take a bio break and docked up in Deven while the rest of the gang continued home. It was when I got back to my ship and undocked that I became careless .

Forgetting that my destination was still set to Old Man Star I warped to the yellow gate on my overview. As I arrived on the gate there was a frigate on the gate. The guys on Vent were saying that the systems ahead were clear and I just wanted to get back to base however so didn’t really want to get a global counter again. I jumped right through to….. Fliet….. It was at this point I realised my mistake and I was going the wrong direction.  I’m not familiar with Fliet and didn’t have any bookmarks there so as I arrived on the other side of the gate I looked for something to warp to before returning to the gate and get on my way home. Before I had even uncloaked something bad happened.

A FW fleet arrived on the gate and before I knew it there were 20+ ships right on top of me. I realised that the was little point in me trying to warp away as I would surely die so I maintained cloak as long as possible in the hope that they didn’t realise I was there and jump through the gate. I guess the frigate I’d seen on the other side however had been their scout and they waited. Eventually I could wait no longer before my cloak was to expire and made a break for it, but unfortunately for me they had a lot of fast locking ships and I was toast in a matter of seconds. Bye bye my T2 fit Cerburus, I barely got to know you.

My undoing was a mixture of my lack of care with a good dose of bad luck by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Had I warped as soon as I jumped through the gate I’d have been in warp before the blob had landed on the gate, but I was wrong footed by needing to think about the best way to turn around and go back through the gate I had just come through. Of course I shouldn’t have been there in the first place and it is a good reminder of the importance of checking the destination before undock. A bit more care and I’d have saved myself from losing a 200M ISK ship.

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Blog changes.

25/03/2009

Just a quick note to say that I have tidied up my list of links to other blogs. I have gone through each link (which I do from time to time to see what others are writing) and removed links to blogs that have not posted an Eve specific post in the last 4 months. In the future I will been keeping an eye on new blogs added to the blogroll but maintaining my own list of links on this criteria.

If you are the writer of one of the ‘dead’ blogs I have deleted which later comes back to life then let me know and I’ll re-add it to my links.

I’m planning a design change to my blog in the next week or two so expect to see further changes.

Lowlife CSM

19/03/2009

Wow, have I been slack or what with my blogging!

There has actually been a lot going on with Kaya and Neo Spartans lately, but nothing interesting enough to write into a blog post about (I wrote a few and they sucked enough for me not to publish them).

Biggest news for me recently is that I have been made a Director at Neo Spartans. Business as usual to be honest except that now a have a few extra tools available to support my fellow Pirates.

Anyway, on to what I really want to write about…

The Council of Stellar Management (CSM) is in the words of CCP:

A democratically elected representative council manned by players elected by players.

But up until this point the interests of the darker side of eve have been mostly unrepresented on the CSM. Hopefully though this is all about to change.

In recent weeks a number of candidates have shown themselves to be interested in representing the interests of the ‘underclass’ of Eve. I’m talking about the Pirates, Privateers, Mercenaries, Griefers, Ninjas etc. who prey on others to earn their ISK (or sometimes just because they feel like it). Up until a few days ago however it was looking like all we would get are joke candidates – Captain Pompous and Death4free (sorry mate but it’s true), or people that don’t have the dedication to see it through – Tchell Dahhn. But now we have a proper candidate that all us lowlifes can get behind to represent our interests. I present to you Larkonis Trassler for CSM.

Now I’m sure you’ll think I am biased here, what with Larkonis being my CEO and everything, but if you had known him as long as I have then you would know that he is an intelligent, articulate and motivated individual. You only have to take a look at his Manifesto to see that he has some good ideas to present too.

As a proportion of Eve players us shady types don’t make up a very large number of pilots, so for any C&P candidate to be successfully elected we need to get behind just ONE person to take our views to the Council. If the vote is split between multiple candidates then none of them will be successful and we can expect another round of pro-carebear changes to further curtail our way of life.