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PVP: Meeting a Tusker

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

So last night I log in and hang around in the dead end system I call home at the moment. It has a 2/10 complex so there is usually always someone in local that might be a target. After a while I notice local spiking by 1 and there is a new “target” in local. This one was a Tusker by the name of Maksim Cammeren. Now I’ve never met a Tusker in combat before, yes I’ve read the blogs and know a few players who are members but one thing I know for sure is that if there’s a Tusker in local they are looking for a fight.

I warp to the sun to see if I can find my new friend. I’m flying a Wolf assault ship something that my skills make for a good tank with plenty of gank. D-scan reveals that my target in is a Harpy and quick ship info check shows me that the best ammo is Explosive types.. damn I only have Barrage and Plasma..

My friend warps to the Sun just as I warp off to a belt, I quickly turn around and head back to the sun and although he’s not there I’m sure he will return.. Minutes later he appears and makes his way towards me I let me lock me up and get closer before returning the lock and starting my orbit. I’m preloaded with Barrage so I set my orbit slightly wider than normal and the fight is on, my shields disappear with a couple of salvos from his blasters and I start my armor repairer I already know at this point I’m going to lose the damage I’m inflicting is not making a big enough dent on his shields. Sure enough moments later my Wolf goes pop.

“GF’s” are exchanged and I get my pod out and head of to the Rebels base to reship. I decide to try an Enyo and configure it for lots of tank. I then notice that my friend is in local and I head out to see if I can find him. Again we dance around the sun and the fight starts again, this time he sets a wider orbit and due to the bonuses with range the Harpy gets I’m hardly hitting him at all. In the end we both burn out our guns and we warp off.

Back I base I reship to a Jaguar, it’s a ship I’ve never flown before but I need to get use to shield tanked ships. At this point I start a convo with Maksim and ask him about his fit (this is where I learn about the range bonus on a Harpy). Maksim is still new to the Tuskers but it seems he will make a good pirate (when I first encountered him his sec status was 2.2 by the end of the evening it was 0.3)..

I head back to my dead end system and test my Jag fit out against some of the local belt rats, a short time later Maskim appears again in local and it’s time for a rematch. This time I have RF Fusion ammo with me so I preload it and warp to the sun, not much later the Harpy reappears and we make our way towards each other. This time the fight is much closer, my Jag gets webbed but due to it’s faster overall speed I maintain some speed to try and keep the damage down and this time my Jag is fitted with a tracking disruptor (my skills suck for those at the moment). We both chew through each others shields and it’s a race to finish, I overheat my guns for the last few seconds of the fight (I started with them overheated but switched them off so I didn’t burn them out). The Harpy explodeswith my Jag at 50% structure, I catch the pod (something I’m not bad at) and although I could easily pod my opponent I let the pod go and we head off in different directions.

I could have podded him, and to be honest I would have podded him if it wasn’t for the fact that I enjoyed the fights and he was a good opponent, he never backed down from the fight and although he’s still new to the Tuskers I’m sure he will be a great pirate. Maksim Cammeren I salute you..

Durz

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Categories: General, Pirate Related, PVP

PVP: I’ve gone pirate….

October 25, 2011 1 comment

Just a quick post to say I’m now officially banned from high sec after a moment of madness killing 2 catalyst and pods in under 2 minutes…

Oh well, it’s taken me long enough to get here.. 🙂

Now on the logistics of moving my stuff, buying some new ships and killing stuff…

More later.. 🙂

Durz

Categories: Pirate Related, PVP

Gen: Oh decisions, decisions

July 26, 2011 4 comments

My biggest problem in Eve has always been working out what to do, I train for a specific purpose and then get side tracked into something else before going back to my original plan. The same is to be said about the “role” I chose to play. Durzo started with the intention of being pure PVP and to be honest he has stayed that way, I might have diverted his training for a specific type of ship but always combat related.

The “issue” I have currently is decided what sort of combat I want. Durzo as you know has spent a lot of time can flipping and getting into fights in order to build up his PVP experience, but that’s got boring, then I decided to try a bit of ninja’ing but I’m not sure if that will suit me, sure I have an alt trained with nearly 4mil SP in leadership skills and capable of flying on Orca but can I really wander around solo living out of an Orca?

Lately I’ve been thinking about low sec again, I like low sec there is something about it that feels comfortable and you are always certain of a fight. In fact last night I was hanging around in a low sec system near Hek and I just missed out on the chance of getting a mining barge and then a hoarder and a hawk. The thing that stopped me.. worrying about my sec status. See loosing your sec status is easy, kill some ships, pop some pods and it’s gone. Getting it back is a bitch, I mean a time-consuming, long-winded painful experience that without 0.0 access can take weeks/months in low sec.

Add to that a fair number of Black Rebel’s hitting low sec and causing some pain for other pilots I kind of feel left out, sure the Rebels are a casual bunch who don’t mind what you do but I like the company and it’s better than playing solo.

So my dear readers, what are you views? Shall I make my way to -10 or spend time working on PVP in High sec?

Durz

PS the PDF version of my guide is nearly done, managed to get it to 1 page just need to add some artwork.

Guide: Looting & Flipping

July 15, 2011 7 comments

I mentioned at the weekend in Corp chat that I was thinking of writing a guide about this and a few people seemed keen to read it so here you go, my first ever Eve Online players guide. Feel free to leave comments (nice ones) and if there is enough interest I might even make it into a PDF with nice pictures 🙂

1.0 Introduction

Hello and welcome to Durzo Smith’s guide to “Looting and flipping”. I’ve spent the last couple of months getting into fights with people, 90% of the time because I’ve either looted their wreck (the looting part) or stealing their ore from their jetcans (and that’s the flipping part). That’s not to say I haven’t lost a fight or 2 or that I’ve spent a lot of time trying to get into a fight which has never occurred.

The purpose of this guide is to share some of my experiences, tips/tricks and general advice on this form of combat (yes some may call it griefing but ssshhh). It won’t be a long guide, no one wants to read pages of text about a game (well I don’t) and I’ve included some pictures to help some of my readers.. 🙂 (only joking)

NOTE: This guide is the formulation of the ramblings in my head and while I am no Eve expert the thoughts, opinions expressed in this guide are mine and mine alone. I cannot say with 100% certainty that it will all be correct but I have done my best to ensure the facts I’ve written are accurate.

This kind of activity in Eve requires these attributes (in my opinion)

(i) Patience – it can take time to find someone willing to shoot at you
(ii) Imagination – there is more than one way to get a target (without talking smack in local)
(iii) Stupidity (only a small amount) – I’ve attacked an AF once in my Rifter before purely because he went “red” to me after looting one of my wrecks (but no I didn’t die).

2.0 Finding a target

One of the good things about this form of combat is that possible targets are everywhere, wherever there is an asteroid field you could find someone to get into a fight with (all being well). In this section I will discuss the different methods to finding a suitable target and how to progress that into getting them to shoot at you.

2.1 Picking your ship

To be honest this is common sense, no one is going to aggress you (no matter how much you annoy them) if you are flying a battleship or battlecruiser. The best ship in my opinion is a frigate, take your pick, fly whatever you can fit well and don’t mind losing. My ship of choice is the Rifter but then I love Rifters so what do you expect? 🙂

2.2 White, Yellow, Blue

No this isn’t some weird colour scheme in my house, it is in fact the different colour wrecks/cans that you might find while hunting for targets. Each colour has a different meaning so I will take a few minutes to explain them.

White – These wrecks/cans either belong to you or someone else in your corp. This means that you can loot/flip to your hearts desire and you won’t get any aggression from anyone.

Blue – These are wrecks/cans that belonged to someone else but they have abandoned them, meaning it’s a free for all and anyone can help themselves to the contents.

Yellow – Yellow wrecks/cans are the ones you want, these belong to someone else and if you take something from either you will get aggression (i.e. turn red) to them. Now the important thing to remember is that in some cases it’s not just the owner you go “red” to, if the owner is in a Corp and/or Alliance you will go “red” to them as well for 15 minutes (adds some danger to the game).

2.3 Picking your target

So you have warped into an asteroid belt and there are several yellow wrecks lying around, what next?? First thing to do is click on the wreck, and then click the information button to find out who owns it. This will show the owner’s information and will allow you to check the players corp (if he’s not in an NPC corp), the players age and all that other good stuff.

Second thing is to check (only if the owner is still in the belt) what ship they are flying, I always check to see what the ship is (I’m getting better at remembering) and what it’s shield and armour resists are like, and if it’s a drone boat etc.

Now you can do a couple of additional steps here if you intend to commit to this act.

(i) check Battleclinic’s killboard to see if this is a real carebear or a killer.
(ii) Set the owner’s corp/alliance to red (add them as a contact with bad standing) to see who else is around in local.

Can flipping offers a few more choices which I will go into more detail about next.

2.4 Going red

So you’ve found something to loot or flip, you’ve done some research, your ship is primed and you are committed to this no matter the outcome.

Wrecks – The only way to loot a wreck is to fly up to it, open it and steal the contents. Sometimes this is enough to start a fight sometimes you need to be a bit more creative. For example, you land in a belt and someone is ratting, they are slowly killing the rats, what do you do? do you wait for them to finish?

No my friends what you do is go and help.. launch yourself towards a rat, lock it up and give yourself a tight orbit, as long as your target does more damage to the rat even if you “kill” it, it will still be yellow, because you are close (probably closer than the target), loot the wreck, lock your target up and see what happens.

If the answer is nothing start following the person around, keep repeating the same thing and turn it into a game to see who can get to the wrecks first (they just won’t know it’s a game). I did this once with a Iteron using a tractor beam, each time a wreck got close I took the contents first (imagine how annoying that would be). They will either attack you or dock up.

If you can’t find anyone ratting, but find rats, kill them but leave the wrecks (don’t take the loot), sometimes people will loot a wreck without realising what will happen to them or because they don’t understand the game mechanics. If you are flying around the same belts in the same system you might catch someone looting your wrecks and then they go “red” to you (that’s a good thing).

Cans – Containers (cans) are by far some of the best objects to “play” with. A lot of miners, once their holds are full will jettison the ore into space, thus ending up in a can (hence the phrase jet(tison)can mining). It has always been my opinion that this is just silly, and people who jetcan mine deserve to have they ore stolen.

Now there is a bit of an art to can flipping (in my opinion) so here is Durzo’s top tips for flipping that can.

So you’ve entered a belt and there is a can next to someone mining, here’s what you do (it takes a bit of time to get this going well).

(i) Bookmark the can
(ii) Warp off (makes it look less obvious you are up to no good)
(iii) In your ship’s cargo hold find something to jettison (like a round of ammo)
(iv) Warp to bookmarked can at 0km
(v) On arrival, jettison your “thing”, open their can and then open your can
(vi) Move the contents of their can into yours (and if you want to take back the thing you jettisoned)

All make sense? Good, you have now stolen all of their ore into your can. You are now officially “red” to them. Lock them up and see what they do. A lot of the time they warp off and wait the 15 minutes until you are no longer “red” to them, but this isn’t a bad thing..

So you’ve flipped someone’s can but they have warped off, what do you do.. 15 minutes is a long time to wait around, I tend to hang around for a bit to see if they come back in a combat ship or in some cases a hauler to steal back the loot. Combat ships (if you have done your research right and picked a good target) will mean a fight, which you will hopefully win.

Now if you are sitting next to the can and the miner comes back he’s not likely to try to take back his ore with you there now is he.. So here are a couple of options:

(i) Cloaky ships are cool, especially if you are cloaked in the belt 20km away from the can. Now I say 20km because it’s within warp disruptor range and gives you enough distance to escape if necessary. You need to make sure that you are out of line of any major transit routes (so you don’t get uncloaked). If your target comes back in a hauler and steals “your” ore you can uncloak, lock, point and fire torps of doom at him.

(ii) So you have a bookmark for the can, change the name of the can to something random (I tend to use time but a couple of hours in the past so people think you’ve left it), warp to the nearest planet, once there align to your bookmark and use your d-scan on a narrow setting (5 degree’s) to keep an eye on “your” can. Hopefully what will happen is your miner will come back to get his ore, see you not around and then take it back. Once you see a hauler on scan and your can disappear (or give the hauler a minute or two) warp to your bookmark ready to blow something up.

3.0 Conclusions

Looting wrecks and flipping cans isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but for some it’s a good way to get into PVP and if you are creative it can be a lot of fun. Remember not everything has to go bang you might be able to ransom the ship or the ore back to the player.

Your choice of targets is only limited by your imaginstion..

Thank you for reading.
Durz

Gen: 100th post, 20th Solo Kill, broken computer

July 4, 2011 7 comments

100th Post, 20th Kill and a broken PSU

So this is my 100th blog post. I’ve put off posting something until I had a reason that would be worthy of the 100th post. I know 100 posts isn’t that huge compared to some bloggers but for me it’s a milestone. I would like to thank all my readers for their support since the launch of this blog. I’m hoping over the next few months to add more content that will appeal to my readers and hopefully bring a larger audience in.

There are a few Eve bloggers out there I would like to thank, whether it’s for the blogs they write which I enjoy to read or because what and how they write encouraged me to start my own blog. This isn’t everyone just the ones I could think of.

1. Rixx Javix – EVOGANDA – Not only is Rixx (well the man behind Rixx) responsible for my lovely blog banner, his blog is something that I enjoy reading everyday the stories of null and low sec piracy is what bought me back to PVP after I left the Black Rabbits.

2. Paul Clavet – My Loot, Your Tears – Although I’m not a ninja (yet), his blog has always made me smile, not only reading the tears of his victims but also the way he creates schemes to get people. His (and other ninja’s) blogs are the reason I have an Orca alt. Paul has left Eve since the “Incarna Incident” but I wish him well and thank him for the time and effort he’s put into the community.

3. PJ Harvey – Tiger Ears – This blog is all about WH’s and is something I look forward to reading everyday (yes there is a post everyday), even if you are not interested in WH space I still encourage you to read it. It gives a great understanding of covert scanning and ambushes what is written here can be used in all areas of space.

4. Marc Scaurus – WANDERLUST – Marc is a pirate, a pirate that likes my non pirate blog, something which to me, means a lot. If you want to be a pirate check our Marc’s blog for posts relating to his new Pirate Alliance or have a look at his Pirate Corps posts.

5. Miura Bull – Brutor Bullfighter – Miura is my Corp’s CEO to be honest I’ve only discovered his blog recently but as a Rifter pilot/solo PVPer it’s a must read (oh and the one below this). Miura is in my opinion an excellent writer his IC or OOC posts are always enjoyable and if you need a fitting for your Rifter check out his blog.

6. Wensley – Rifter Drifter – What can I say.. Wensley’s blog is THE blog to go to for all things solo PVP related. Not only does he write enjoyable posts about his adventures in space, but he is also the author of some of the best solo PVP guides available. If you want to try solo PVP then read his blog..

First things first, the sad news that has stopped me being in-game as much this last week.

Last weekend my main gaming PC died due to a PSU fault. Nothing to do with Incarna it just died, and due to the fact I have an Alienware PC it means I have to pay over £200 for a new PSU or go another route. Hopefully this week it will be fixed and I can stop killing my laptop trying to play Eve.

Now for the good stuff, last night (on my laptop which isn’t fun as the graphics keep getting mashed up) I managed to get my 20th solo PVP kill. I’ve only been pvping since the 16th of May, in that time I’ve gone against a variety of ships and players, I admit a couple have been easy kills but some haven’t been. In fact my 20th kill ended with me with in structure and flaming fuel leaking from my Rifter.

I was in Arnon last night warping around the belts as normal, it was quiet and no one was really interested in taking on my Rifter, I landed at a belt and spotted an Orca piloted by none other than Planetary Genocide it seems he was doing a corp mining mission for the Yarr Collective which is a pirate alliance that models itself on the Black Rabbits. Anyway while decided if I should try to bait him into attacking me a Merlin piloted by Katzenlord landed close by and I was asked if I cared for a 1v1. At first I wasn’t sure, Katzenlord is an older character (by a few months) and I’ve seen him around Arnon a lot dishing out justice, but I accepted the challenge (hoping my laptop would survive) took the item from his dropped can and the fight was on.

The Merlin is a good Frigate for PVP, it combines missiles and guns as well as being able to have a reasonable tank on it, the dance of death started my point, web engaged while hot EMP rounds and gremlin missiles slammed into my target. It took a while to get through his shields, mine were gone quite quick and I pulsed my armour repairer to keep me alive this was going to be close. I overheated my guns and armour repairer making sure I switched it off not to burn out my systems, (I managed to do that earlier in the week against an Iskhur Assault Frigate) the damage to my armour was increasing and I was still trying to get through his shields, I know once his shields were gone I had a chance. I was edging closer to my hull taking damage, my full concentration was focused on juggling my modules to try to keep my rifter alive I wasn’t even paying attention to the damage I was inflicting on him.

My hull was failing, the Damage Control module probably the only thing keeping my Rifter alive, both ships were in structure and it was going to be who could get the last volleys in, with 23% structure left my opponent’s Merlin exploded I scooped the loot and warped off to a safe, exchanging GF’s with my opponent the adrenaline still pumping through my veins.

To be honest I couldn’t have asked for a better fight to mark my 20th kill, 20 isn’t a lot but in the time I’ve been playing Eve or PVPing I think that it’s a good start and something for me to build on. Yes I will lose ships but I hope the number I lose will be smaller than the number of kills I get.

Fly crazy
Durz

Gen: PVP, Incarna, RAGE etc etc

June 23, 2011 1 comment

Evening readers,

First the “boring” stuff.

So Incarna was released yesterday and #tweetfleet has been full of mixed reviews, comments and general ranting. For me I logged in walked around for 30 seconds and then turned off the station environment. Walking in stations is nice but it’s not why I play the game. I play to fly spaceships and shoot stuff, the fact that you might be forced to have station environments on in the future is a slight worry, not because my computer can’t handle it more because for me it’s not a big part of the game. In fact one corp member from ABADD has cancelled his subs due to his computer not being able to handle it. It would be nice if CCP would make it an optional part of the Eve client for those that want it.

The new “store” where you can buy vanity items is another area that seems to have upset lots of people. CCP aren’t forcing you to buy anything from it so I am ignoring it and will continue to do so. If CCP (and there is a “leaked” document about this) decide to introduce more micro transactions, such as buying skills etc etc I again will ignore it. Yes some people will pay the ISK/££ to do so but for me I’m sure I can find people to shoot and things to build that will keep me removed from that whole area.

Since Incarna there has been lots of other bloggers sharing their thoughts and opinions so if you want to get a more “rounded” view I suggest you take the time to read them. I’m also surprised by the number of bloggers who have either declared they are quitting or that they will if CCP doesn’t do something to fix things. I guess everyone plays the game for their own reasons, does my lack of concern/worry/rage mean I don’t care about Eve?? Of course not if I didn’t care I wouldn’t pay my subs each month nor would I write this blog to share my experiences.

Now for the more fun stuff…

Miura Bull (CEO of the Black Rebels) has started doing a series of articles on the members of the Black Rebels, this is a Q&A piece where we, the humble pilots of the Rebels get to share a bit more about ourselves. You can read the first one here. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Miura, since joining the corp and then him kindly linking me on his blog I’ve received a nice uplift in blog traffic.. 🙂

As I’ve mentioned before work has been very busy of late, lots of days and nights working, in fact as I write this I’m at work (it’s 4am) supporting some projects going in. This means with new expansions etc etc I’ve not been in-game much. I did manage to get an hour tonight and managed to grab a couple of kills. First off was a Moa cruiser which I followed around the belts in Arnon (now a Black Rebel hunting ground), and looted one of his wrecks. It always seems to take them ages to decide to shoot the red ship orbiting them or not.

The second kill was a bit more of a “risk” for me, I decided to take on a Harpy assault frigate in my Rifter, the pilot was around the same age as me so I thought why not. The outcome was Rifter 1 Harpy 0, the fight was over quite quick to be honest (I fly a Wolf and the tank keeps on going), if you fly a lot of frigates make sure you pack the right ammo (might blog about that at a later date). His shields went down quick (so did mine) thanks to my RF EMP rounds and I only had to run my armour repairer for a couple of cycles before he went bang.

Skillwise I’ve been training some more of the support skills, it’s surprising when you fly the same ship a lot the difference some skills can make to the performance of your ship. I’ve topped up some rigging skills over the last week and I’ve noticed the benefit. Over the next few weeks/months I am going to try and finish up my Elite Core competency skills and some tanking/ganking skills. Will be nice to see the impact that has on my Rifter.. 🙂

Fly crazy, try not to bump into the station walls too much and play Eve the way you want. If you can’t quit but can I have your stuff??

Durz

PS Thanks to whoever put a bounty back on my head.. 🙂

Gen: Pirates, War Dec’s and stuff

June 7, 2011 1 comment

So it’s been a busy few weeks for me in Eve, between the PVPing in Arnon and the never relenting war dec’s against the Alliance things have been ticking along.

So I’ve decided rather than boring you with tales of every kill or loss I will keep let you know about the “interesting” ones and please feel to keep checking my killboard.. 🙂

For me the most interesting was in Arnon, upon arriving in a belt there was a Cane and Rifter from the same corp ratting, myself flying my trusty rifter decided to loot a wreck and see what happens.. guess what.. the Rifter and the Cane both go read and the game is on.. The rifter soon died to my AC’s of doom and the Cane sucked my cap dry while trying to hit me. To be honest it was slow going and I think the Cane pilot got bored and warped out, which is a shame because I was desperate to get that kill.. 🙂 Oddly though on the Rifter killmail the Cane pilot was listed as doing damage, not sure how he explained that to his CEO.. 🙂

Durzo Smith, after flying solo for a while has joined the Black Rebel Rifter Club, which is a small group of PVPers that love rifter hulls (who can blame them) and basically operate on a “no stress” culture. For me this is ideal, it gives me people to talk to (and they are a nice bunch) and allows me to PVP in any way I chose, whether it’s going -10 or just making a nuisance of myself in high sec. Currently I like my ability to travel through most of hi sec but that might change if I get bored.. 🙂 and the corp has its first “tour” coming up soon which should be a blast.. literally..

The one thing that surprises me is the level of cross communication between pirates (yes the Black Rebel’s are pirates), upon joining the corp (after losing a punisher to the CEO Miura Bull) I joined all the other in-game channels only to find a lot of other pirates I had heard about or met in one shape or form. I suppose for me it was a surprise at this kind of co-operation but then I’m still new.. 🙂

On the same subject Marc Scaurus from Sinners has written a cool blog post called “So you wanna join a pirate corp“, so if you are new to Eve or want to get your Yarr on go have a look, or just go look anyway..

Abaddon Innovations is still plodding along, we are currently on our second war dec in the last 2 weeks so it makes it hard to do much other than spin ships in station or the odd bit of early morning mining. The Alliance now has a new PVP Director a gentleman called Taridark who is leading the Alliance in all things PVP. I have to give the guy create he does a great job at organising the troops and looking at the Alliance KB tonight has had some success in fighting off the Merc’s who are currently war dec’ing us.

That’s all from me at the moment, have fun, be safe and don’t for the love of God jet can mine, it’s just stupid and lets people like me blow your ships up.. 🙂

Durz

Categories: General, Pirate Related, PVP