Logging in late (again) due to some RL issues I find myself with a backlog of POS maintenance jobs, which I don’t like much, mainly because of the long time they take. For example, a few days ago I had to relocate a POS and tweak 2 more, just because I was turning into a POS-slave, having to log in with 66 hour intervals, just because a silo would otherwise get clogged with production. What was I thinking when I installed that crap…
The problem with POS-es, as I said is the long times required to do something with a structure. For example, these structures – silo/coupling array/mobile reactor/moon harvester – have the following times: 3 min to online, 10 min to anchor, 20 to unanchor. The control tower itself has 30 min time for onlining and 1 hour for anchoring/unanchoring. Imagine having to relocate a POS with 5 silos, 2 moon harvesting arrays, 2 reactors, when you have 4 hours of game time, per night, at most. Blah. Of course, I bought a new a tower and some silos to save some time, but still, the old ones had to be removed. On top of that, you can anchor only one tower per 24 hours, at least in low-sec. Guess who got surprised not long ago by that fact. Oh, EVE Online, I love the levels of frustration you can produce sometimes…
The WIN part.
After dealing with the POS-related tasks, I headed back to high-sec to get some can flipping action. Entering the low-sec exit system I found a lone Typhoon-class battleship, sitting haplessly on the low-sec/high-sec gate, in an attempt to gatecamp.
Now, doing that all by himself is a bit silly and makes him a perfect target. In Elmer Fudd’s voice: “Shcrew the miners, I’m going battleship hunting, wa-ha-ha” . Getting every single kN out of the engines of my trusty “Slippery one”, a Viator-class transport ship, I finally got home and…crashed into a dilemma – an active-tanked Hyperion-class or a buffer-tanked Dominix-class battleship? After a while, the Dominix got chosen, mainly because I’ve often seen Typhoons with energy neutralizers and secondly because of the name – DOMINIX DPS, since it was an incursion-running fit. Also, the Dominix seems less threatening than the Hyperion and I really wanted to test her in a PvP situation. A quick refit with scram, web, drones and off I went.
I jumped back to the low-sec system to find a de-Typhooned gate, but luckily he was still in the system, so I de-cloaked and remained still, almost sure that he would come. And so he did…just to stay there, watching me. Apparently the damage from the gate guns discouraged him to do anything and we eyed each other for a while. Then, another pilot entered the system in an Impairor-class rookie ship, came to us, started buzzing around knowing no-one will GCC for such a ship, and a sort of friendly local chat ensued. The Typhoon pilot told us he wanted to test his “gate-gun tanking fit” and yellowboxed me and I returned the favor, but after a while he dropped the lock, while I didn’t. Now, since recently I got a negative security status (which is bad for a pirating carebear, since true carebears shiver at the sight of the yellow line in the overview) I hesitated to attack him, because I didn’t want an additional status drop…But then, apparently out of his mind, the Typhoon pilot attacked the rookie ship! Scram, web, blaster cannons on the loose, plasma balls and heavy drones everywhere! And after a while, a pile of Typhoon debris appeared. Woohoo!
Another happy yarr! moment. After a few loot-scooping minutes, the rookie ship pilot came back with his main char and a Drake and we chatted for a while and decided to go roaming a bit in low-sec. I went back home to get something more agile than the Dominix, while he had some RL work to do. After a while he came back, I jumped into my “Acclamator”, a Myrmidon-class battlecruiser and boldly we went into low-sec. To die in a fire. Stay tuned for part II.