Monday, July 28, 2014

Talos vs Procurer

Backstory from Culpa Vyvorant

Just right before down time some miners reported a Talos on an asteroid belt. I went in with a tanked procurer to see if I could tackle him.  My drones melted him in seconds because he didn't have a proper fit. I later convo'd him and gave him advice on fittings, plus an extra 70m ISK to help him recover.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Mackinaw Pilot: How I Survived 7 Catalysts

Our story starts out today with Fallen monk, one of the oldest miners in the game. He volunteered to mine some good ole high sec ice for us...with a Mackinaw. And better yet, a tanked Mackinaw.

And you know what Mackinaws do to gankers like Valhallas Angels: it attracts them, like moths to a flame.

The first 3 moths:

A quick effective gank requires a warp-in. Their warp in was no other than Odin Draugadrotti, the CEO of Valhallas Angels.  (He later confirmed he uses isboxer to control his impressive number of catalysts.)  His first three attacks utterly fails to kill Fallen monk, who was mining ice the entire time of the gank attempt.

Monk apparently was laughing so hard he couldn't keep his hands on the keyboard/mouse, because three destroyers just got blown to bits by CONCORD.

Local v1:

The setup:

So now Monk has a mark -- someone who feels inadequate, who needs to prove himself to the world that he isn't gank dysfunctional.  (Maybe a drug booster would have helped?)

Shortly after his small defeat, Odin logged off. He popped back online a couple hours later, and noticed a friendly mail from some random stranger named Culpa Vyvorant, encouraging him to do it one more time...

And so Odin, encouraged by another and fueled by his resolve, cranked up his next set of catalysts.  This time it won't be three catalysts, he reasons, but four! Nothing could go wrong, right?

The four moths:

Sadly, everything goes wrong for Odin.  All four catalysts couldn't break Fallen monk's tank. Like the other attempt, Odin was the warp-in and the four catalysts did their work.  He was so focused on his target while controlling his isboxer windows, he unfortunately fell to what we call "tunnel vision". His biggest mistake? He failed to notice one simple change on the grid: the Mackinaw was getting remote shield reps.

Local v2:

And of course, others that saw this incident also chatted with him...

Moths to a flame...

Friday, July 25, 2014

"Mining Our Own Business" Part 5

Culpa Vyvorant is a simple miner in the middle of low sec space.  Next thing he sees is a hurricane with a warp disruptor!  So does he eject?  Does he quit the game? Nope. He warp disrupts back! Then calls his friends. Lesson learned, indeed.

[ 2014.06.24 05:02:39 ] Johan Vilhelmsson > gf
[ 2014.06.24 05:03:14 ] Johan Vilhelmsson > lesson learned
[ 2014.06.24 05:03:18 ] Culpa Vyvorant > gf
[ 2014.06.24 05:03:24 ] Culpa Vyvorant > Please note I'm only here to mine.
[ 2014.06.24 05:03:30 ] Johan Vilhelmsson > i know
[ 2014.06.24 05:03:50 ] Johan Vilhelmsson > looked doable   my bad

"Mining Our Own Business" Part 4

Array Aggression of THE BOARD OF EDUCATION (BOOKS) is an elite pvper hunting miners and PVE ships with as many friends as possible in low sec to pass time. His eliteness saw 2 miners, Jenny Dallas and 22000, on an ice belt and thought it would be an easy kill. But 2200 just went back to station and got an anti-ganker ship.  Time passed indeed.

[ 2014.07.04 20:25:31 ] Array Aggression > killing ventures and procurers in low sec is a way to pass time, 

"Mining Our Own Business" Part 3

victoria 13 believes she could gank 2 procurers with her ultra souped up Astarte.  With over hundreds of millions worth of mods, what could go wrong, right?

The story can be told through local chat ganker tears...

[ 2014.06.28 09:08:24 ] victoria 13 > you guys cant fight without capital suport,puss
[ 2014.06.28 09:08:41 ] victoria 13 > keep diging
[ 2014.06.28 09:08:42 ] RiotRick > becuz fighting a procurer with a command ship with C types is any less honorable

"Mining Our Own Business" Part 2

More battle procurer shenanigans!  A single procurer in a lone belt...perfect target right?  Nope.  It's a trap with warp disruptors and all.

[ 2014.06.28 03:58:55 ] GodsSoldier Aideron > :O) gf
[ 2014.06.28 03:59:56 ] Culpa Vyvorant > gg
[ 2014.06.28 04:05:54 ] GodsSoldier Aideron > lol, forgot i was suspect
[ 2014.06.28 04:06:08 ] Culpa Vyvorant > lol i just wanna mine bro
[ 2014.06.28 04:06:14 ] Culpa Vyvorant > im not here to fight u
[ 2014.06.28 04:06:24 ] GodsSoldier Aideron > what were those drones? were they from carrier?
[ 2014.06.28 04:06:30 ] Culpa Vyvorant > yes

"Mining Our Own Business" Part 1

Miners in EVE never get a break. Their labor produces the weapons and ships that are then in turn used to kill them. It's a vicious cycle.

But what happens when a miner stops being a victim? The answer: fun.

Backstory from Nearien
We had about 5 procurers mining in Alachene, with a lone Ishtar guarding it with sentry drones.   

This was about the same time we moved some capitals around from a couple other systems, which made it a great opportunity to mine (for realz) and setup a trap at the same time.

We started seeing some activity of neutrals scouting the system, and expected a gank on our 5 poor procurers very soon.  When the gankers started pouring in, we quickly assigned fighters to the procurers and they became....super procurers!

The first attack came from Shadow Cartel's ishtar, who ate the first set of fighters and died. Instead of giving up, he brings in a neuting geddon friend (or alt) and he reships into a Dominix.  These also died.  By this time, we already had T3s, ships, etc come out of the wood works to help protect our poor little procurers.  Check, and mated.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Revenge is sweet...or is it?

This confused us a little bit .. actually not a little bit, quite a ton.  A skiff rarely gets killed in high sec because of its awesome tank, but this one did. At first glance, you would think he was ganked, but in reality, belenger dumm turned suspect because he wanted revenge!

More details below...

Backstory from TheLastDon

It's a couple hours from down time...

I'm like, hey guys, let's hit an ice belt or two...  Soon as we enter into an ice belt, we see a mobile tractor unit (MTU). We shoot it to see if the owner, belenger dumm & co,  is afk. Nope! He's definitely awake. He collects it, and we go on our merry way to the station to get our barges so we can mine.

30 minutes later....

Ice is almost gone, and there's some stuff around that's scattered. One of our corps mates brings in an MTU/industrial ship.  All of a sudden we see our miner friend, belenger dumm, shooting at our MTU.  He is now suspect with his skiff mining barge.  He's aligned and probably didn't think our mining barges had anything that could hold him down.  But you see, we like fitting our procurers with warp disruptors.  It's a habit.  He gets tackled, and everyone starts flying back to get their PVP ships.  And I think you know the rest of the story...

Revenge is sweet in EVE, but you gotta do it right.

We're not friends

In EVE, there are high sec, low sec, and null sec areas.  Venturing into low  and null areas can be extremely dangerous, but can be very rewarding as well.  Such was the motivation of Luc Legrand, wanting to visit low sec to explore strange new worlds and find bounty rich NPCs.  Unfortunately for Luc, he kept his high sec habits, and when RiotRick gave him a fleet invite, he accepted.  And that's when his adventure ended.

Backstory from Riot

We tried to hail him in local and understand what he was doing in our little corner of space. We execute an NBSI policy in system. After failing to find him on the belts, I simply invited him to my fleet to see if he would accept. To my surprise, he accepted. End of story.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Miner's revenge: When lasers kill.

When miners go wild!  We always love hearing killmail stories such as these...

Backstory from Ninja:

I joined Spectre on a Venture themed roam and they were meeting up in Amarr.  Our FC (fleet commander) brought us to Provi (Providence) and we jumped into a middle of a sov fight.  CVA and others were duking it out.  We came in for fun and was able to catch a few things, including this crow that underestimated what a bunch of mining ships could do to him.  He was just sitting some distance off the gate and he just let us burn into him.  Bad move.  

Don't underestimate mining ships!