Sunday, 12 January 2014
The world is made up of four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This is a fact well known even to Corporal Nobbs. It's also wrong. There's a fifth element, and generally it's called Surprise.
-- (Terry Pratchett, The Truth)
Hunting and trapping are the bread and butter of lowsec Piracy, over the years it has become more difficult but none the less still remains one of the most rewarding endeavours in the universe, not so much financially any more but more from the perspective of job satisfaction.4
One of my favourite past times has always been taking on opponents under gunned, by which I mean I take something that is obviously inferior and then school the opponent on the error of their ways.
So when a Manticore is spotted dropping combat probes in the area my interest is piqued. My associates had already probed most the area except Auren. SO when the Manticore is reported jumping there one of my associates quickly heads over and probes the system. Only two data sites but one of them contains a Gallente frigate wreck.
I start to operate under the assumption that the Manticore is lying in wait for some unsuspecting explorer to try hack the site, where he would then uncloak and rain down destruction on the defenceless ship. I quickly look around my hangar for something that would fit the bill.
The Probe is a Frigate designed for exploring the depths of space.
Minmatar Frigate skill bonus per level:
7.5% increase to scan strength of probes
5% bonus to Salvager cycle time
+5 Virus Strength to Relic and Data Analyzers
The Probe is large compared to most Minmatar frigates and is considered a good scout and cargo-runner. Uncharacteristically for a Minmatar ship, its hard outer coating makes it difficult to destroy, while the limited weapon hardpoints force it to rely on drone assistance if engaged in combat.
A few of you will know the Probe is my favourite brawling ship, and a very effective one it is, but it looks so innocent and it's bonuses make it a perfect explorer.
I warp to the site, but I know just sitting there isn't going to spring the trap, so I gingerly place the bait, I activate an e-war module on the data container to make it look like I'm attempting to hack.
The snare is set, now it's just a matter of time...
It takes no time at all as the Stealth Bomber drops cloak and engages.
I light up my propulsion mod and close the gap, overloaded web and scram glowing green, my usual tactic with this ship won't work here so I go eyeball to eyeball and vaporise the Manticore.
An insignificant fight, but it was the build up that made it worth it.
And now a question:
Is blogging about EVE still relevant?
My thoughts have been veering towards this more often as EVE streaming picks up steam, eve videos have become almost the norm, is it human nature to pick the easier, more bling route of entertainment? All flashy lights and for the most part crappy music.
Is blogging, like solo piracy becoming something of myth and legend?