After reading Taurean's blog for the last little while as I started playing Eve, I figured it may be an interesting thing to do myself.
A little about myself, as it pertains to Eve
played Eve trials here and there over the years since I had first seen
they had a free trial, but never gotten too far, or done much other then
the tutorials. It always seemed like an interesting game, but most of
the time I had been playing some other MMO at the time, and it was just
to check it out. I never really started playing with the intention to
keep playing very long.
One of the major reasons for that, is that
I had always just seen it as a PvE based game, which doesn't hold that
much interest to me. While playing Rift though, it eventually came up
that the leader of the guild I was in (Ascended Inquisition) was a
capsuleer, and was mostly into the PvP side of things. I still wasn't
all that interested until he started talking about how useful a new
player can be in a relitively short time, running as a tackle for a
fleet. This interested me most of all, as I knew the way that the skills
in Eve Worked, and had always just assumed it would be a long time
before I'd be able to really get into the game.
So, I started
playing on another trial, and played for about three days. At that
point, I promptly forgot the game existed, and went back to playing
That was all a few months back, so fast forward
to this past December . After I quit playing Rift due to the glaring
balance issues, and unfulfilling PvP I had set my sights to SW:ToR. I
had played in a couple betas for the game, and thought it would be a
good fit for me. It didn't take too long before I found it lacking
though, the storyline was amazing. I basically played through to 50 as I
would have played a single player RPG. Ran a couple instances with the
guild on the way through, but never too much of that. Then once I was
max level, the PvP just got boring, coupled with technical issues with
it (the game likes to crash my computer) and I decided to call that
quits fairly quick.
So after that, I wasn't playing any
MMO games, which is a rarity, as I've had subscriptions/active accounts
on some kind of MMO for the last four or five years, if not longer. At
first I was just looking straight ahead to Guildwars 2 (which, by the
way is looking amazing), but then I saw an add for Eve again. I figured
I'd start a trial, but this time I didn't just play a little and leave
it at that, I was actively reading things on the forums about getting
into PvP. That quickly took a turn to Taurean's blog, which in turn got
me hooked onto seeing what I could do like that.
the point of writing this, I'm waiting on a GCC after getting my second
kill (and first in low-sec), while on my fourth Rifter that I've fit for
The first kill I got was yesterday
was while I was trying to get some fights through can-flipping. After
finally finding a target, I flipped the can of someone flying a Osprey
(I think?). He noticed as soon as I did it, and flew to the station. I
grabbed a load of the ore out of my can and started ferrying it back (I
had nothing bigger then my Rifter nearby). As soon as I came out of the
station, I noticed he had come back out with a Rifter of his own, and
was warping back to the belt. As soon as I got there, he locked me and
started blasting. I returned fire and soon enough, this was the result.
first kill, on my first try to do anything. I was rather pleased. I had
noticed the fight was rather one sided, and then I took a look at the
items that dropped and it became apparent why. Not a good fit by any
My first loss of a ship came that night. I
figured I'd head into low-sec and see if I could find anyone to fight.
Sadly as I warped into Amamake there was a gate camp that took me out
right then and there.
I decided to get into the other rifter I had fit and roam starting from
Eifer. I had been through here a few times before on missions when I
was just starting, and figured there was a good chance of it being
fairly empty and slow there. Which I was right. I didn't get in a fight
for the rest of the night.
I logged on this morning and
soon after I got on, hoping that being a Saturday it would be fairly
busy. I decided to roam again, starting at Eifer. Another couple hours
of fruitless searching. A few times I had targets on my D-Scan (Which
I'm not too efficient at using yet) who warped out before I had a chance
to find them.
In one of the systems though I did
manage to find a rifter at the sun, warping off as I got there. I right
away warped out, and kept scanning him. He was heading back to the sun I
guessed when I found him again, so I warped there. He must have warped
to 100km off, while I went to 0, so we burn towards each other. Getting
in range, I fumble around getting everything on him, stopping my scram
for a second accidentally, and not getting my guns on him right away. I
enter armor a little bit before him, and mean to start pulsing my armor
rep. Instead I forget about it, and leave it running constantly. Soon I
notice my cap starting to really get low, and I end up turning off my
web and ab, and actually start to pulse the repper. I'm pulling ahead of
him in the dps race at this point and am feeling pretty good about it.
He sees this, and turns away from me with his ab on. With mine off, and
no web on him, he quickly pulls away and warps off at about half
structure, while I'm at about 20% armor. Too bad.
eventually came to Auner which was quite busy. I warped to the sun, as I
didn't have any safe scanning points set up in the system yet (I had
been dropping them as I went through systems) I warped around 30 KM off
of a crow. Not good. He right away locked and pointed me, and started to
kite me. I couldn't scratch him from the distance, and his speed was
much greater, so I had no hope of getting close to him. Shields down,
and a Republic Fleet Firetail jumps in, Corpmate of the Crow. I realize
that whatever slim chance I had before just evaporated, soon punctuated
by the Kitsune from the same corp that warped in.
I went Boom
and tried to get my pod out. No Bueno, they got the point on it before I
managed to warp. Not that it mattered. Soon they invited me to a chat,
at which point I wished a GF and asked them to go ahead and pod me. It
was an empty clone anyways, and I was rather far away from any ships.
They happily obliged.
Back in Rens with my stock of
Rifters, I fit one a bit differently then the last few (no active tank,
using a neut rather then a nos) and went to Amamake. Right away I
noticed it being quite busy in there, and I just wasn't comfortable with
that. No real targets that I thought I had a chance with either, so I
kept on roaming. Nothing really came up, and I went bake to Amamake. I
noticed a Thrasher and a Tristan on my d-scan as I went to my safe. I
quickly narrowed down where the Thrasher was, and figured I'd warp to
the belt fairly far off to see who the pilot was. Soon I saw it was
FatGuyInACoat warping out in the thrasher as I came in. Looking him up
on BC I noticed that my chances were slim to none. I returned to my
safe, and started trying to find the Tristan, who I narrowed down to
being at the sun. Landing around 70km off of each other, we burn towards
each other I lock on and get the scram/web/neut on. After about 10
seconds, when my shields were about gone, I finally took notice that my
guns weren't firing. Go me!
As I was going down, who did I notice warping in? but the Thrasher I
had seen earlier. It was then that I noticed he was in the same corp as
Hahbahdahishboo (who I never looked up before engaging). They got the
point on my pod, and after looking up my character age, I guess figured
it wasn't even worth asking me for a ransom.
At first I
was plannning to just quit with the PvP for a while until my skills get
a little bit higher, wanting to get the T2 autocannons, and a few more
support skills up. After running a couple missions and recovering any
money I had lost earlier in the day, I figured what's the damage with
heading out with one more rifter. Starting in Eifer, I did what is now
becoming my normal roam, though I'm still exploring some of the systems
I come to Aset and find a thrasher on
D-Scan which the pilot has never re-named. Looking him up, I see he
isn't much of an older player then I am, so I figure it's worth a go.
Worst thing that happens is I need to grab another rifter. I quickly
narrow him down to being in one of the belts. I warp in and see him 30km
off pounding on a rat battleship. I right away knew he was an ac fit
because of how close he was in orbit with the BS, and had pretty much
thought this would be another rifter gone, but I hit the afterburners
anyways and hope he doesn't warp off before I get in range, I quickly
target and scram him, and start blasting away. He just keeps blasting at
the battleship, seeming to pay me no mind. His shields are down, and
I'm starting to eat into his armor, and finally he targets me and starts
firing, the race is on. My shields evaporate in no time, and he's
chewing through my armor. At around 60% armor I hit his structure. I'm
pulsing my armor rep the best I can, hoping that I might get through
this. Not too long after, the blue flash of a ship exploding, and it's not mine!.
Looking at the kill mail, it shows that the rat did a good chunk of the
damage, though he was at full shields when I started attacking him,
it's very possible that the battleship was able to start landing a few
hits once I had the Thrasher webbed.
My second kill, and an extremely lucky one at that.
manage to get a point on his pod and invite him to chat. I ask him for a
4 million ransom, to which he says he doesn't have the money. I end up
blasting the pod (I've gotta watch out for doing this too much, as I
have no alts I need to keep my sec status high enough to get everywhere
yet). Some of what he said made me think that he really has no ideas as
to how to keep himself safe out in low sec, using the d-scan and paying
attention to local, so I sent him mail right away with some of the tips
I've read, (and try to follow as best I can).
all, my first few days of dipping my feet into the piracy side of Eve
have been quite exciting, and I'm looking forward to getting into it
more. That said, I'm probably going to wait a few days until more skills
finish. Loading up EFT my skills as of right now do around 71% of
optimal DPS. In 3 days, I should be up closer to the 80% mark, so that
might be a better time to start heading back out there again.