Archive for February, 2013

Pinky Made A Video

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2013 by shaleelianne

…and he didn’t let me star in it!!

Pinky Feldman made this video of our fight in Siseide.  I’m totally there, doing logi.  Like a boss.

We had good fights all around that night, saved all of the things.  (except those who didn’t broadcast!)

 

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It’s A War Zone, Not A Shortcut!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6, 2013 by shaleelianne

I’ve been musing over a post Ashraine made the other day and have come with a suggestion on how it could work in Faction Warfare.

He says:

“I don’t feel that militia pilots should be getting sec status hits for firing on neutrals in a Combat Zone. The whole concept seems odd to me. That neutral is, knowingly or not, traipsing through an active war zone and essentially putting themselves out in the line of fire. Had I been alive during World War I, you wouldn’t have seen me trucking over the trenches just because it’s the shortest route through an area yelling “SAFETY BE DAMNED!” I would be an idiot to think I would not get shot.”

“Don’t get me wrong, I think that losing sec status is an integral part of low sec and Eve as a whole. If it were to be removed all together, it would essentially get rid of piracy – effectively killing off the fun of a portion of the playerbase. If you want to roam around and pick fights, you should have every expectation of losing your sec status.”

“My thinking is that pilots or corps actively participating in faction warfare battles, or at the minimum plexing, should have either reduced sec status hits or have it capped to just above being able to dock in high sec. Pilots that are following the rules and ideals of faction warfare shouldn’t be expected to sit there and tank the first shot fired by some bear that ambles in to your plex to wet his paws in pvp. If i’m orbiting the warp in at optimal, and you come at me bro, you should be expecting to be shot up. I shouldn’t be punished for essentially defending myself from a threat. Maybe this should only apply in plexes and near the acceleration gates for them, since that is where you are doing your duties as a militia pilot. Maybe the mechanics should stay the same on stargates and stations, where it isn’t necessarily an “active” combat area.”

I think he’s right. A war zone is a war zone. Militia pilots have signed up to defend certain space and to capture other space, that’s their job. But we get penalized for doing it when we are the first to shoot. Like the other night, a couple of corpies and I were in a plex, chilling, counting it down. We all get distracted by something or other, no one is watching D-scan, and finally someone says over comms, “Uh theres people in here…”

So there we were, less than 5k from a handful of neutrals. Am I really going to let my corpies take that fight and die because I don’t want to lose sec or am I going to stay and fight with them? We killed all the things, of course.

I would like to see militia pilots not losing sec in plexes, but also I would like to see not losing sec if we occupy the system. That could give another reason to plex and own those backwater systems in FW that no one really seems to care about.

And, I’d like to see some sort of better pay out for ratting in our war zone. Maybe it could be something like, if we own the system and shoot a rat in a belt, we get double the points for it.

Not everyone wants to be a space pirate. Argh!

Warzone Diaries, pt 4, ‘Angels, Demons, & Brave Newbies’

Posted in Uncategorized on February 5, 2013 by shaleelianne

 

I’m having too much fun in FW these days.

After Inferno was released last year, I pretty much loathed FW. Like passionately, but at the same time, I stayed on despite having 50 people logged onto militia, roughly half of that in our fleet. Despite the silly 1-16th LP pay out. Despite having the war zone steamrolled by the Minmatar plexing alts in gunless ships.

But here we are months later, after Retribution, and FW is so much fun now. CCP balanced the LP and tweeked plexing so that gunless rifters can’t offensively plex. They added some stargates so that we weren’t cut off from Metro. Oh, and the new Crimewatch stuff made things even more awesome.

Things are good.

After reading Susan’s blog (which mentions Almity’s blog), it seems there are some misconceptions about what we do.

Does Almity use caution when FCing? Yes, of course, any good FC would.

Do we also say fuck it and welp all the things? Absolutely. Like last night, we took the corp out for a little dessie roam. We breeze through the Ardar star system and everyone was like, whoaaa that’s a lot of war targets in system! We realized that it was vulnerable, so we assumed there was some IHUB bashing going on. (For those who don’t know FW, once the system is plexed all the way up to vulnerable, you then have to shoot the IHUB to actually claim the system)

On comms everyone was eager to suicide, it was hilarious really. I remember Vagrian saying, “I don’t even LIKE this coercer, so let’s do it!”

Thirteen versus fifty. What could possibly go wrong? lols.

After that, we headed back to Egg to reship.

Other things happened but the most fun was when a fleet of ‘Brave Newbies Inc.’ decided to camp the Egghelende gate in Siseide. We were all spread out by this time across various nearby systems plexing when their gang was reported.

We decided once more to just welp it, so those who were in system warped to the gate and huddled up for a Mexican stand-off. We sat there, waiting, waiting, waiting.. (so if this were a movie there would be classic slow motion shots of the pilots with a trickle of sweat rolling down their face lol) and then finally, the Brave Newbies engaged.

At first we decided just to shoot those who engaged….but no fucks were given once the shooting started, I just couldn’t help myself and I started locking all the things.

My precious sec status took a nosedive from -3.9 to -4.3. Dammit! Though a part of me wants to rat it back up to positive…then theres this other side of me that just wants to go straight to negative 10. It’d be so easy to just shoot all the things! It’s like the classic angel & devil sitting on my shoulders, tempting and scolding me all the time.  The angel says things like ‘don’t you want to be a model citizen again?Don’t you want to go to your beloved Amarr again? And think of your roleplay!’ But then the devil says things like, ‘if something is in your war zone it should die! Don’t you want to be like your corpies? You’re a combat pilot, you should be able to shoot what you want dammit!’

See my dilemma!

Anyhow, the fight with the Brave Newbies was awesome, props to them for bringing it!

But the best kill was in Huola at the start of the night. It was just a few of us, early yet, roaming around in frigs, 3 comets & a slicer to be precise. (guess who the slicer pilot was!) We go to Huola, our nightly ritual now to run a novice. My corpie xEcho reckons with one plex a night we will take Huola in oh, a hundred days. I reckon he is bad at math, and well, logic. (jk, love you xEcho!)

So we go into the plex and start chattering in local, doing ‘sounds’. One of the Minmatar play along, Riven Maskar, doing rp sounds as well. Riven warps to our plex gate, someone bounces out and chases him around, finally catches him and we all bounce the plex and warp in to whore the mail. The final sound was like, ‘kapow’ as he exploded. It was funny, guess you had to be there! Riven was a good sport though. Props to him.

Oh! And two more blogs you just gotta read. My new corpie, Katerina has started a blog. It’s mostly RP now because I’ve suckered her into rping with me. And Ashraine, from Fweddit, has started a blog. Both very good reads, check them out!

 

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