Posts Tagged ‘PvP’

It’s been a while since my last post. There’s a pretty good reason for that though. DIP has officially become a SOV holding nullsec entity. We have spent the last week+ moving, setting upDIP.PNG infrastructure, and getting us to a place where we can actively play the game. Even thought we held far more systems in the past, for the first time ever DIP officially shown up on the Influence Map which is pretty cool. We have to abide by the rules of QFC (Querious Fight Club) which are actually pretty awesome for a small group like us.

So, what has actually changed. DIP has grown to about a 100 person alliance. This is obviously not huge by any means, but it’s a solid start for a young alliance. This group of guys is pretty stellar, with folks all over donating towards infrastructure, helping with logistics, and dealing with the petty crap of entosis and clearing structures. The pull together between folks has been phenomenal.

I attribute this to a couple of things. Most alliances, corps all hang out in their own channel. They come together for fleets and the like, but generally folks keep to their corps. So far in DIP most people all congregate together. This helps foster / build a much bigger sense of community and binds folks together more so than an ordinary alliance. It may not be sustainable at higher levels, but for now it seems to be working and it’s pretty awesome to see the unity.

The other thing that helps is  a non-toxicity.pngtoxic culture we are actively trying to maintain. We have quite a few newbros, and quite a few people who make some, err questionable, decisions. Generally that elitist PvP mentality doesn’t come into play which is pretty nice. It helps foster a helpful community where people actually want to help out. It’s made a fairly huge difference thus far in our ability to start achieving goals.

Numbers are slowly rising across the alliance, Vitri is almost 50 members on the books, with only a small handful of inactives. We are looking to start PvP fleets again now that we have moved out and are prepped in general. I’ve started delegating a bit too so I can spend some more time doing fun things in Eve like FCing and the like. Looking forward to getting back to basics in the next week or two and taking out fleets and racking up killmails. My personal KB is still not terrible, alliance’s needs some work but we expect it to look pretty rough for next few months while teaching folks.

Anyway, in a shameless plug, DIP and Vitri are looking for corps and pilots alike willing to try something different. Stop sitting in the relative safety of giant blocs and try joining a smaller group where you can make a difference and the outcome of most fights are a guarantee!

Check out our recruiting posts and see if maybe you are getting bored with Eve.. to give a different style a chance! Everyone makes corps / alliances with plans… ours is actually in progress with clear results. Too many folks only login for a ping or getting bored with the game… we are revitalizing bittervets and giving them something new to focus on.

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As always, fly dangerously my friends!

Radjick DragonRider
CEO Vitriolic Animosity
Executor Diplomatic Immunity.

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Vexor.PNGOne does not expect a Vexor to be a figurine of raw power and survivabilty in Eve. I actually fit it expecting to lose it pretty fast. Somehow, the kill markers keep going up though. As a matter of fact, this trusty little ship has given me my most entertaining little fight since I’ve been back in Eve.

I jumped into the low sec next door to us, and lo and behold, there was a Svipul, Scorpion, and Stratios on the gate. I figured, well, going to lose this Vexor, let’s see what I can do. So I decloaked, flipped on AB and “burned” back to gate. I of course was locked up but for a minute no one opened fire. Then, the Svipul, on a gate in low sec, 1k away from me opened up. I thought, I’ll trade this, grabbed tackle and between the gate guns + drones + blasters it went down stupid fast. Scorpion aggressed trying to jam me, and somehow failing, and the Stratios.

I went for the Stratios, pulled my drones off Scorpion (which was half shield) and when gate guns cycled, he went down in short order. By this point a Gnosis had warped in and started in, but the Scorpion was getting lower in shield so I dropped drones on him and tackled. His jam finally landed and he warped out, I’m guessing low armor. By this point my passive tank was getting lower and I started burning away from Gnosis and applying DPS to him. It was a race, but a buddy in a bomber came in and he popped while I was at 35% structure or so. I was laughing on comms by this point, considering what I fought in a Vexor and surviving.

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So my NPSI Frigate fleet flopped hard. I was trying ot setup fleet and brilliantly didn’t realize that you cannot put an advert out for neutrals. Nor did I have an ingame channel listed in my ads, so we had five people total. We flew into Providence, went through a pocket and came out to find a anti-frigate gatecamp waiting for us. It went as expected and 2/4 folks died.

Good news is we linked up with our fifth and went out again… finding nothing. We eventually ran into a smartbombing gatecamp, and a bunch of bubble gatecamps were we all died at some point with zero kills. It was painful. Frigte swarms dont work with low numbers, so in hindsight without knowing my turnout that’s probably a bad idea.

I did have some folks expressing a desire to go though, and alot of folks were sad they missed it so might shoot for a cruiser roam sometime soon. Hard part is judging actual interest. A three man cruiser roam kinda sucks, Id like to get 10-15 cruisers with some logi + tackle but not the easiest thing to predict.

In lobsterland news, Vitri has been experiencing slow but steady growth. It’s pretty hard recruiting folks in general as a smaller entity. I just need to push past that and get the initial round of PvPers willing to give us a shot and then we will be golden. We got our “Marmite Collective” wardec though so that’s… uhh fun I guess. A large chunk of us chilling in low sec so doubt I’ll even see them.

Fly Dangerously my Friends,

Radjick DragonRider – The Lobster King Reincarnated
CEO: Vitriolic Animosity
Executor: Diplomatic Immunity.

 

PS: Vitri / Dip is Recruiting

Related imageAt the end of last week the decision was made to restart Vitri and begin again. Throughout the weekend I settled on our low sec home, recruited approximately 13 pilots and was contacted by a few interested corporations in the alliance. Two have had their applications accepted already and third is moving to fly with us and see how it goes for them. That’s a pretty solid start for a such a short time frame. Things are looking up and continued into the early week adding additional recruits and I took the next leap forward.

One of the things i did was buy diplomatic-immunity.net, grab a server and pay for some alliance level service setup. I ended up going with This-Service after a few recommendations from folks I knew. They were extremely helpful, answered all my questions, and were pretty spectacular customer service throughout the entire thing thus far. Their server guy has been in constant communication on Discord, and a great dude to work with. I’d recommend them! So my little corp is ready to expand with full alliance level services currently being setup across the board.

We had our first real small corp brawl. There was a Typhoon looking for a fight, which I assumed was a trap, which we of course engaged. It ended up not being a trap, then the locals showed up. Somehow they managed to not pin my non moving, not aligned Maelstrom, with a Typhoon Fleet, Tempest, Manticore, or Sentinel. They also managed to not pin our Tengu, Hookbill, or Bomber either. Not really sure how that worked…

To be fair, they did kill my Thorax when I went after two Procurers. I knew they had a Stratios since they accidentally decloaked it earlier but went anyway. If i ad focused specifically on a Proc, I would have killed it but I tried to kill drones off instead, didn’t work. When I switched back to the procurer it melted faster than I had expected but was too little too late.

Now the more exciting stuff… I am going to run my first NPSI fleet. I figured it’s a great way to dive back into FCing a bit, it’s great advertisement for corp / alliance, and Image result for explosionshopefully it will get some kills for the KB which is pretty sad right now. It got even worse when all the tutorial NPC losses populated, I have one green item.

Discord was also too hard for me, and I screwed up my invites and had to go back and edit them all. So if you tried joining only to get an expired link it should be fixed now. Please let me know if it isn’t.

NPSI Fleet will be taking place Saturday night at 9pm EST (in game info listed in link). Assuming this is a success and goes well, I’ll start making an effort to run these type of things semi regularly – with different takes on ship or themes when I can. Having entertaining non serious fleets can be fun, or that’s the goal anyway! I’ve never actually run one of these before so I’m looking forward to it actually. Hopefully I see lots of you there!

PS: Vitri / Dip is Recruiting

 

Radjick DragonRider – The Lobster King Reincarnated
CEO: Vitriolic Animosity
Executor: Diplomatic Immunity.

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Well, it’s time for the Vitri comeback I’ve decided. With some of my postings I’ve had lots of folk messaging me with some advice, possible recruitment into their corner of space, or just some welcome back type things.

Those are all greatly appreciated. That being said, I want to rebuild. I made mistakes first time around. I was a bit angrier, and had some RL stuff going on that didn’t help. I cared too much about Killboard, and took things too seriously and took some of the fun out of what we were doing. I have no intention of repeating said mistakes of the past.

So in short this is what I am looking to do in no particular order:

  • Rebuild Vitriolic Animosity
  • Start recruiting Corporations into Diplomatic Immunity.
  • Find a low sec home near Null to build / grow / reacquaint with PvP
  • Move into Null sec
  • Take own Sov
  • Profit

Of course doing all this requires help, members, and a team of folks. So in order to make this work I need to recruit the following types of folks:

  • Recruiters
  • FC’s
  • Tinkerers (People who love EFT / Pyfa)
  • IT Dude – Need voice comms, discord, forums, SEAT setup and all that
  • Line Members
  • Bittervets tired of same old
  • Folks who want to survive with less than a galaxy’s worth of blues
  • Industry folks who want to form a backbone but don’t mind showing some teeth

So at this point, why join and what can I offer. To be fair… not much. I have a high sec moon in a .5 with decent ore and an Athanor that can used. Beyond that I don’t have much. Building from scratch is chaotic, hard, and at times time consuming. The tradeoffs are accomplishment, satisfaction, and knowing you have actually built something yourself. Eventually it will be more tangible than that, but need to start somewhere.

Vitri / DIP will go back to being goal based. Hopefully we get some folks who step up and want to help shape / form this. I had some big plans last time and rushed things in a bit. Some of it worked out, some of it didn’t. If you are bored with the same old thing, give flying with me a shot!

I do plan on posting updates and general items in this blog like I used to, so even if you have no interest in flying with us, you are welcome to follow the adventures, trials, and tribulations of corp rebuild in today’s Eve.

Radjick DragonRider

I would be happy to discuss this more with anyone who has any interest or wants to know more information, so hit me up on Discord to chat (it’s on all day at work) – Heartcarver#1296

 

Fly Dangerously my Friends!

Radjick DragonRrider
Alliance Executor Diplomatic Immunity.
CEO Vitriolic Animosity

 

Ratting.jpgI am officially bored to tears of ratting and isk making. I setup an Athanor on an alt corp for high sec mining with some moon mining. That lasted an entire day and I’m debating on tearing down the rigged structure to sell (unless I can find someone who wants it in a very quiet .5 with decent minerals (Crokie, Hed, Coesite, and Scord).

Ratting in a Nyx is spectacular isk as a whole, but so boring. I wanted to get a solid jump start on SP and skill, which I have 82m+ SP – with another 5ish mil SP injecting soon. If I sell my Nyx + liquid isk I have now I’ll have 30b + isk which is plenty for PvP or restarting Vitri and DIP. Plus, the guys I am making isk with currently are, unique in their view of PvP. They were quite upset I was ratting with an active WH in system. Didn’t bother arguing too much, I was aligned, watching local, was pretty much fine.

So now it’s decision time. Comes down to a couple of questions:

  • Do I have the time to work on rebuilding a corp / alliance?
  • Where would said entity live?
  • Does Eve’s current political climate support a new unknown alliance with no realistic resources trying to make a name for themselves currently?

I could probably make the time and put forth the effort easily enough, especially if I found a few friends to help recruit and all that. Where to live would be rough, one of those catch-22’s. Hard to build a stable base without a solid home, and hard to get one without a real playerbase. Getting logistics, and all that setup takes a bit to get the Infrastructure as well.

Finally, in Eve’s current state, how hard is it to establish a new entity? I don’t have many contacts anymore, and although my last toon wasn’t famous, he had a little bit  of notoriety which helped open some doors. He had insane SP, and a very solid KB

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backing him plus years of FC experience. I think this might be the hardest challenge. Build something new on old school ideals in an Eve where it doesn’t seem to belong anymore.

The other option is find a solid PvP option to join. I really want to get back into FCing, and there’s some new ships in the game that I haven’t seen in action or know the capabilities. So there definitely is some to relearn and shake two+ years of rust off. I really do miss the small / medium gang roams and fleet pvp though. Especially if it’s objective based. I thoroughly enjoyed that, and leading fleets up to 100ish people, although my favorite were 10-20 man fleets give or take.

The feeling of taking an objective though, was incredible back in the day with DIP. Fighting PFR, hell even being in LAWN and fighting that week long Provi war was crazy fun. Scheduling ridiculous stupid roams and getting kills and small gang warfare was what drew me back.

So at this point, I ask you my readers (of whom there is still a decent number when I reactivated the blog), what’s your thoughts? Is it worth trying to rebuild from the long dead ashes, or should I look for some non FW/WH (I find both terrible boring) PvP home where small to medium gang is king and their are dreams and ambitions to do more? Let me know your thoughts on the Reddit thread or the comments of the blog!

Either way, I need to get away from the isk whoring and back into the action at this point. Looking forward to some ideas from other folks while I wrap my head around where to go next. Lobster king Returns or New Adventures…

 

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Fly Dangerously All!

The Once and Potentially Future Lobster King

Radjick DragonRider (Yes this is my new toon)

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So I’ve been back in game about a month now. I spent some time in high sec but the isk flow was pretty terrible, so found a null corp and headed out there to carebear, or krab I guess it’s called now. Would love someone to explain how “krab” became a term.

All in all that’s gone pretty well, made enough and grabbed a super + relevant things to make said isk printing better. Interestingly even when I could fly all races supers with max skills, I’ve never purchased one. being able to dock it now though made a pretty huge difference on that and I read / heard how great they were supposed to be for isk making.

The isk flow is pretty stupid, without maxed skills, still learning how to do it, and a normal non pimped fit I’m 80-100m ticks post 10% tax. I have a small high sec mining group I use as well with some alts, so my setup looks pretty entertaining at home (wife calls it my “Command Center”. The far right screen has two side by side clients with mining toons, middle is my main monitor with my ratting account, and far left is another miner running off a separate PC. Sidenote: I love a sit/stand desk!

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I am starting to miss the PvP though. I have done nothing besides work on my isk flow, with some purchases, injections and setups, I’m currently at 81.5m SP and a little over 3b isk. It looks like without much effort, I can make 4-5b weekly with the super (not counting loot + escalations). So roughly a month I’ll have the nest egg I wanted to start with… question is, I’m not sure which way I want to go.

I need to get back into PvP / FCing for sure. I definitely miss outmaneuvering someone and watching those killmails roll in.  I also miss leading a corporation / alliance and playing politics, leading a fleet, then relaxing and watching the empire grow.

Granted my life is busier than it used to be, and I honestly don’t know with very few contacts anymore how feasible it is to actually make an effort to build something new. Starting up an unknown, without massive amounts of friends, and zero desire to be a pet (is this still a term?) while wanting to live in null… might be impossible at this later stage in Eve’s life.

Still, I haven’t decided yet which way to go. I’d love for folks to throw their ideas if it’s actually feasible to rebuild Diplomatic Immunity. and Vitriolic Animosity! Return of the lobster king maybe?

 

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$RR29BVRWell, a couple of years ago I quit Eve for good, said goodbye and I was gone. I figured giving my toons to a friends would prevent me from ever coming back. My old toons are still being used and not coming back to me, so I did the unthinkable. I made brand new characters.

The char looks awfully similar to my old Kasken photo… and if I had thought about it I would have named him “Kasken Heartcarver” in homage but alas I did’t even consider it until I had injected lots of SP.

I’m a different person than I was two years ago when I left. I had another “oops” kid, new house, new job at a video game company, and am in general a much more relaxed person. I’ve been kicking around the idea of rebuilding Vitri / Diplomatic Immunity with a new mindset but we’ll see. A much more relaxed mindset than previously, odds are some similar goals but reached in different ways.

So I’ve been in game for slightly less than three weeks, injected myself up to 60m SP using Plex sales and joined a null corp in order to farm some isk. Still not entirely sure what direction I want to go in yet, but figured making ISK and keep injecting to 80m or so will give me a solid start.  Id like to be able to fly the “basics”, maybe not with fully maxed skills like Kasken was but decent.

I know I do want to get back into FCing but there’s quite a few changes to learn and see who I still know kicking around.  I’m hoping some of my old friends are still playing. If not, can always make new friends by killing folks! Although my killboard is an amazing 1 loss and no kills currently… damn insta locking ships!

A Kasken post wouldn’t be complete without some ridiculous picture… so this will tide you over until I start doing interesting things again!

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