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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bad Timing with Good Results

I logged into EVE Online Sunday night late to unexpectedly find the entire corporation online and running Sleeper sites. This surprised me. It'd been a bit of a dicey weekend. We'd had raiders all day Saturday and they'd taken out most of the sites. I spent a couple hours Saturday waiting for a cloaky Loki to make a mistake, but he never did. I had that on my mind as my ship powered up from it's overnight hibernation.

My timing could not have been worse. As usual, we were all saying our hellos and what not on Team Speak. That's when the others pulled the trigger on their ambush. Suddenly my four corp-mates were surrounded by a battleship, several command ships and who knew what else. My corp-mates were PvE fit so proceeded to bug out.

The good news was that the Golem and the Kronos, recently being fitted with state of the art micro-jump drives, made it safely away. The Typhoon Fleet Issue, being the next most valuable ship in the fleet, did not. Before Tur could make warp he was pointed. The Bhaalgorn laid its heavy neut on him and, being already hammered by Sleeper fire, the outcome was inevitable.

But that's not the story I want to tell. That's the back story. As my corp-mates were trying to get out of the ambush, I was warping to 30 kilometers off Tur's battleship. See, I've taken to passing the long wormhole "nights" in my Nemesis and, as Russel Casse exclaimed, "I'm packing!" Such a well executed ambush deserved some type of response after all.

I dropped out of warp just in time to see the Typhoon Fleet Issue explode. On TS, Tur was keeping us updated. He immediately started aligning his pod to escape. My fingers hovered over the console as I slowly approached his wreck. I'd landed at about 32km actual. There was very little time.

"I'm out; in warp!" Tur said over TS.

I fingered cloak off and mashed my bomb release a split second later. The nice thing about bombs is targeting is optional. It was a clean release and I began aligning for my own warp out. It was not an inline. I'd not had time. As I peeled away, just before I entered warp, I saw the waves of heat expanding around Tur's wreck as the Scorch Bomb detonated. Then I was in the warp tunnel and the scene faded.

I landed at a celestial, bounced to a safe then returned to the scene of the ambush at a greater distance. By the time I returned, there was only the Bhaalgorn and an Astarte remaining uncloaked. Tur's kill report (got to love immediate intelligence!) showed a Helios and Manticore in on the attack - ten [EDIT: nine plus one Sleeper] in all. There could have been cloaked adversaries around. It didn't matter. I aligned on the Bhaalgorn.

Our CEO requested an update on what they were doing. He asked if they were shooting wrecks. Loot and shoot did appear to be what they were up to. Evidently they didn't consider one Stealth Bomber to be much of a threat. In 20 kilometers we'd see. That's when they both aligned and warped out. A minute later they were no longer on d-scan. Since we now covered the entire hole with ships actively pinging, we deduced they must have left. I guess they didn't want to play games with us now that we were all in PvP ships.

I now had time to warp to a safe and consult Aura's records on the bomb run.
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 0 to Gaseous Cloud - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 1443 to Wasp I[HBHI](Wasp I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits

[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 1443 to Wasp I[HBHI](Wasp I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 1443 to Wasp I[HBHI](Wasp I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 500 to Awakened Upholder Wreck[HBHI](Sleeper Medium Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 345 to Hobgoblin II[KAIRS](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 4462 to Caledoni[KAIRS](Absolution) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 500 to Awakened Upholder Wreck[HBHI](Sleeper Medium Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 5107 to Thaeden Jul[KAIRS](Absolution) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 500 to Wreck of: HDF =Flagulatus=[HBHI](Minmatar Battleship Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 345 to Hobgoblin II[KAIRS](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 345 to Hobgoblin II[KAIRS](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 500 to Sleepless Defender Wreck[HBHI](Sleeper Large Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 3500 to Phalanx131[KAIRS](Astarte) - Scorch Bomb - Hits[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 345 to Hobgoblin II[KAIRS](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 500 to Emergent Defender Wreck[HBHI](Sleeper Small Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 500 to Emergent Defender Wreck[HBHI](Sleeper Small Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 3500 to Boshell[KAIRS](Astarte) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 730 to Valkyrie II[HBHI](Valkyrie II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 730 to Valkyrie II[HBHI](Valkyrie II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 345 to Hobgoblin II[KAIRS](Hobgoblin II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 500 to Awakened Upholder Wreck[HBHI](Sleeper Medium Intermediate Wreck) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 567 to Valkyrie II[HBHI](Valkyrie II) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 1443 to Wasp I[HBHI](Wasp I) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 499 to HighHeeledHarlot[-V.D-](Manticore) - Scorch Bomb - Hits
[ 2012.12.10 03:50:16 ] (combat) 0 to Plasmic Gas Cloud - Scorch Bomb - Hits
I didn't get any kill-mails so I know I didn't pop any of the ambushers. I possibly took out some drones - their's and ours abandoned. I possibly denied them the salvage from Tur's wreck though I could not save his 'phoon. My login timing was bad and my arrival was late. Regardless, it was very satisfying to see I at least got DPS on target. My training paid off and the results were good. The bomb landed well. This carebear considers that a personal success.

Fly Careful

5 comments:

  1. Bombing is a hell of a lot of fun. Nothing else like it in EVE.

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  2. My good friend... do you actually feel the title carebear still applies? We consider ourselves carebadgers... ever seen a badger when cornered? when its family is threatened? You, my friend... are a carebadger. =]

    Badger - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badger#Behavior

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    1. Have you ever seen a bear when cornered?

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    2. Yeah, I'm pretty sure a mother bear can rip people apart when threatened.
      If we could put animal figures on eve personality, there would likely be;
      Wolf - hunting preys in pack
      Bear - gathering food here and there to get fat and defending itself fiercely
      Deer - Eats and runs
      Racoons - Scavengers that attack small targets

      I'm sure there's more!

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