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Force Nomad Piecemaker Doctrine

I’m working through ideas for a Fleet Doctrine for Force Nomad based around the idea that it will be fully Alpha Clone friendly.

I’m trying to put it together so that there are a few ships to choose from for each Faction/Race so that any Alpha Clone regardless of their Skill Points can jump into a Fleet right away.

Unfortunately it’s turning out to be easier said than done to have a functional Doctrine that meshes all the available Alpha Clone Faction/Racial Hulls together well. Getting a brand new toon of any Faction/Race into a cheap tackle Frigate is easy but beyond that it gets much harder to have a cohesive Fleet Doctrine that includes the Destroyer and Cruiser hulls for all the Factions.

Here are my initial thoughts for the hulls for each Faction/Race

Amarr:
Crucifier
Arbitrator

Caldari:
Condor
Griffin
Corax
Blackbird
Caracal
Osprey

Gallente:
Atron
Maulus
Tristan
Celestis

Minmatar:
Breacher
Vigil
Slasher
Talwar
Bellicose
Scythe

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Smíða Herlið II

Just picture it – a flotilla of Alpha Clone pilots blotting out the stars…

 

Newbro & Alpha Clone Friendly ~ [FNMD] Force Nomad wants you!

“Footsloggers and soldiers of fortune, priests, poets, killers and cads — they fight for a future in New Eden, for cash, for a cause, for the thrill of adventure. Culled from the forgotten and unwanted of the four dominant empires, they are trained to be the most elite, and expendable, of fighting forces. Sometimes peacekeepers, sometimes shock troops, Force Nomad is sent into New Eden’s most desperate internal and external conflicts. Legionnaires live rough and they die hard, tough as Mercoxit and loyal to the dirty end.” ~ New Eden’s Legionnaires are here… Force Nomad!

Force Nomad is a Newbro and Alpha Clone friendly Corporation based out of Minmatar High Security space with opportunities in or near our ‘home’ area for all of EVE’s nuanced play styles – exploration, mining (ice and ore), missioning and PvP.

Our main goal for Force Nomad is to have a place where having FUN™ is important while providing a relaxed, friendly and helpful environment where real life takes priority.

What we can offer:
• No minimum Skill Point limitations, Force Nomad welcomes Newbros and Alpha Clones.
• A relaxed atmosphere, no obligations, real life comes first attitude focused on FUN™
• Low Tax Rate (3%).
• Experienced and knowledgeable leadership.
• For our Newbros a ‘Welcome Aboard Package’, which will include some skill books and a couple of fitted ships geared towards your starting race which will be waiting for you at our High-Sec ‘home’ station.
• Discord Server
• Fleet-Up, where we gear our Fleet Doctrines towards Alpha & Omega Clone synergy.

What we are looking for:
• A good attitude, a sense of humor and a certain level of maturity.
• Capsuleers with bearing, initiative, respect, tact and integrity.
• ‘Team Players’, capsuleers willing to help build Force Nomad.
• Being polite and respectful goes a long way, ie; no smack talking in local or griefing.
• No scamming, AWOXing, or any unprovoked aggression towards your Corp Mates or our Allies/Blues.
• The ability to use voice comms with a working mic.

What we require, while Force Nomad has no API Key requirements to join please do include the following with your application:
• A brief statement saying why you want to join.
• A short summary of what you do or want to do in EVE.
• Any areas of specialization.
• Anything else you might want to add.

Join our ingame public channel “FNMD Legion” or EVEmail Jugi Meng if you’re got any questions.

Force Nomad wants you! Sign up now!

Jugji Meng, Sergeant Major of the Legion
[FNMD] Force Nomad

It’s still just a thought but with November fast approaching it could be a fun side project to put together.

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Kalam

Kostr Menskr

Clone States are coming and with the introduction of Alpha Clones I’m looking to get in on the action and create another Alt so I sent myself a buddy link and have started a brand new toon on a 21-day Trial. In the Dev Blog they have stated that Alpha Clones will train skills at a reduced rate compared to Omegas so I figured I’d get one going now to get a head start while the field is level and all toons train at the same speed.

There may be some changes to it but I’ve got the current list of Alpha Clone skills and will get my new toon to train as many of those up as possible before the trial ends and then just wait out the rest of the time before November and get the queue going again once Clone States is live. With three toons per account at some point down the line I should have three maxed out Alpha Clone toons, one of each race except Amarr is likely the way I’ll go.

We’ll have to see how they limit Alpha Clone logins but hopefully they will allow just one to be logged in concurrently with any Omega Clone logins. I’m sure folks will find work arounds but hopefully we won’t see any huge abuse issues.

 

 

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Járnleikr Röng

The Society of Conscious Thought’s Gnosis Class Battlecruiser will be the only Battlecruiser sized hull that the Alpha Clones can pilot and it will be the only viable hull they can use to possibly run some Level 4 missions with.

I believe it will become a high demand item for the Alpha Clone gang once they get their skills up but we will have to see what CCP does in regards to the availability of the Gnosis – it looks like every subscribed toon between now and November will be getting one so we could see a flood on the market but once that subsides they could become fairly scarce once the numbers get dwindled down.

I’ve been playing around with some fits for the Gnosis and see some decent PvE options for it. I’m most familiar with Projectile Weapons and Angel Space so the fit below, which is based off of Abbadon21’s Caldari Alpha Clone Mission Fit, is geared towards that and it’s a fit that I believe would make a solid Hi-Sec PvE/Exploration Vessel.

[Gnosis, Minmatar Alpha Clone PvE]
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Capacitor Flux Coil II
Capacitor Flux Coil II
Capacitor Flux Coil II

10MN Monopropellant Enduring Afterburner
‘Stalwart’ Particle Field Magnifier
‘Stalwart’ Particle Field Magnifier
Limited Explosive Deflection Field I
Limited Kinetic Deflection Field I
Large Shield Booster II

425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
Core Probe Launcher I, Core Scanner Probe I
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M
425mm Medium ‘Scout’ Autocannon I, Fusion M

Medium Capacitor Control Circuit II
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
Medium Projectile Metastasis Adjuster I

‘Integrated’ Warrior x3

I’d take on Refuge and Dens, I think it could also run the High-Sec Ghost Sites so I would run this with a Mobile Depot in the hold and carry both a Data and a Relic Analyzer which would give you the option to run any Exploration sites you come across.

For the Unrated Complexes I’d go for the Lookout for sure and I’d give the Watch a try but would take it slow to test the waters.

The only DED site it can fit into that you’ll scan down in High-Sec is the 4/10 and I’m not completely sure about it’s ability to run that second room in the 4/10 DED site but it may be doable, another one to take slow and test the waters? The biggest issue with the Gnosis is its speed – she’s a turtle – so while many ships can blitz that second room in the 4/10 the Gnosis will be on field much longer and with 30+ rats engaging it may be too much? It is worth a test though 🙂

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Geta Um Kaupstefna

With the Alpha Clones hitting this November I’m sure many are looking at ways to make some ISK with the influx of new players we will (hopefully!) see. I believe one of the more effective ways to make some ISK with the introduction of the Alpha Clones will be with some thoughtful market speculation.

I think we will see a slight increase in the price of all of items that an Alpha Clone can use which I conceive in three broad categories:

  • Hulls – The ‘popular’ T1 Frigate, Destroyer and Cruiser hulls
  • Modules – All of the ‘Meta’ Modules will increase in price
  • Drones – ‘Integrated’ and ‘Faction’ drones will see a price hike

How do you get in on this? Carefully… if you’ve got an Indy Alt, get him producing 10/20 BPCs for the popular T1 hulls and prepare for the eventual increased buying rate of them. If you’re into Ratting start hoarding all the ‘Meta’ Modules that drop. For the Drones you’ve got two options, farm some LP and buy the Faction Drones or explore out in the Drone Regions and look for the Integrated BPCs.

I’m doing all of the above!

 

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Kalam

Byggva Ókræsi-legr

Now that some of the dust has settled after the initial announcement of Clone States and CCP’s follow up Dev Blog it feels like the majority of folk that play EVE are optimistic about what the F2P Alpha Clones will bring to New Eden while being wary about about the ways they could be used to take advantage of game play situations. The two biggest concerns, which I’m totally on-board with, are:

  1. The use of multiple Alpha Clone Alts.
  2. The use of Alpha Clone Alts for High-Sec harassment/Suicide Ganking.

I know I’ll be taking advantage of having an Alpha Clone Alt and will take the advantage as many times as I’m legally allowed. As for the Suicide Ganking there are decent arguments coming from both sides and it looks like, at least for the initial release, CCP is leaning towards allowing it and I can understand their thoughts, they don’t way to limit the game-play available to the F2P crowd, but I’m going to predict that a month or so after Alpha Clones get to New Eden, probably just after they’ve had time to fully skill into the Catalyst, CCP will limit the Alpha Clone Safeties to Yellow while in High-Sec which will disallow their use in Suicide Ganking but still allow them to cause some trouble in High-Sec.

We’ll see how this goes…
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Kalam

Næmnæe Ný-kominn

Was thinking about all the folks that will likely extend invites or start up new Corporations in anticipation of all the fresh New Eden’ers we’ll see when the Clone Grades go live and I’ve taken a look at the difference between the skills a brand new post Vanguard toon gets versus the proposed skills each maxed skilled Alpha Clone will have to get an idea of what it would take to build some sort of ‘Skill Book Welcome Package’. Not too surprisingly for each race it was very close… approximately 80,000,000 ISK to purchase all the Skill Books required for them to max out.

I’m going to go with the assumption that most Corporations will not invest 80,000,000 ISK into a brand new pilot but I’d bet they may be willing to invest in getting their new pilots skilled into the Destroyer and Cruiser sized hulls and into which ever weapon systems they can use.

If we use the Caldari Alpha Clone for an example they would need:

  • Caldari Cruiser
  • Caldari Destroyer
  • Heavy Assault Missiles
  • Heavy Missiles
  • Light Drone Operation
  • Light Missiles
  • Medium Hybrid Turret
  • Rockets

These eight Skill Books would cost less than 2,000,000 ISK, that’s not a bad investment to make in a new pilot and it’s one that would likely endear them to the Corporation that much more. You could even look at giving them a couple of inexpensive fitted ships to get rolling with – a couple of Frigates, one fitted for PvP and one fitted for PvE could not be overly expensive?

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Virðing,
Kalam

Frjáls Farmaðr – Caldari II

Force multiplication, in military usage, refers to an attribute or a combination of attributes that dramatically increases the effectiveness of an item or group, giving a given number of troops or weapons the ability to accomplish greater things than without. So we take a max-skilled Caldari Alpha Clone and throw them in a Blackbird and add one, two or three of them to our Alpha Toon Caracal fleet supported by our Alpha Toon Scythe logi.

[Blackbird, Alpha Toon ECM]
Damage Control II
‘Hypnos’ Signal Distortion Amplifier I
F-89 Compact Signal Amplifier

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Hypnos Scoped Magnetometric ECM
Hypnos Scoped Magnetometric ECM
BZ-5 Scoped Gravimetric ECM
Enfeebling Scoped Ladar ECM
Umbra Scoped Radar ECM

Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Medium Gremlin Compact Energy Neutralizer

Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Particle Dispersion Augmentor I

Warrior I x2

Blackbird - Alpha Toon ECM

One of the big issues with the Blackbird in that fleet is it’s speed, it’s significantly slower than the Caracal and Scythe, but if you’re pilots are smart they’ll stick themselves on the far side of your Logistics Wing and stay aligned to a bounce warping out when they get primaried.

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Virðing,
Kalam

Frjáls Farmaðr – Minmatar

To compliment a fleet of Caldari Alpha Clone Caracals how about adding a cap stable Logistics Wing piloted by max-skilled Minmatar Alpha toons?

[Scythe, Alpha Toon Shield Logi]
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Damage Control II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Large Shield Extender II
Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I
Small Cap Battery II
F-90 Compact Sensor Booster, ECCM Script

Medium S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Medium S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster

Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I

Warrior I x3

ECCM Script x1
Scan Resolution Script x1

Scythe - Alpha Toon Shield Logi

Alpha Clone Fleet Doctrine theorycrafting… might be time to revisit Force Nomad once Alpha Clones hit New Eden.

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Virðing,
Kalam

Frjáls Farmaðr – Caldari

In my messing with EFT I’ve been playing around with a max-skilled Caldari Alpha toon and it looks like they will have the skills to pilot a decently fit Caracal.

You can mess around a lot with the Caracal but this is a pretty standard small gang fit. For bigger fleets you could pull off the point and replace it with a resist and maybe pull the nano and add a third BCS.

[Caracal, Alpha Clone]
Damage Control II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Large Shield Extender II
Large F-S9 Regolith Compact Shield Extender
Warp Disruptor II
Limited Adaptive Invulnerability Field I

Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Prototype ‘Arbalest’ Rapid Light Missile Launcher, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Warrior I x2

Caracal - Alpha Clone

Not a bad boat for a F2P toon!

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Virðing,
Kalam