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I guess one of our fellas missed the Wardec notification and took a nasty loss that will likely have The Marmite Collective interested in extending the war a week or two.

An extra long war will suck but it will mainly hit our supply/logistics crew who will have to modify their operations to keep our staging area supplied which could mean some disruption to our general line members if ships, ammo, etc… aren’t getting brought in on the regular. But it’s usually not a huge deal, the crew somehow seem to keep the supply line running efficiently.

What will we do while under the Wardec and staying away from High-Sec space? Honestly keeping busy is not often an issue for us, there is almost always a few fellas out looking for trouble for the Alliance, there are numerous Alliance operations run every week, in .FRAG we run some Corporation operations to keep our things running, you can do some PI, there are ADMs to keep up so ratting and mining are always a welcome activity and of course you can go off solo and look for some content too.

For those times when Alliance/Corp activities are slow I’ve been thinking about getting back into some drag bubble camping and have been exploring the idea of using a cloaky Force Recon Ship for the job – something like the Rapier below would be a nice boat to engage pretty much any hull Destroyer down and a number of the Cruiser sized hulls.

[Rapier, Aloysius]
Ballistic Control System II
Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Ballistic Control System II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II
Stasis Webifier II
Stasis Webifier II
Warp Disruptor II

Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile

Medium Bay Loading Accelerator II
Medium Core Defense Field Extender II

Acolyte II x5

Rapier - Aloysius

With the cloak you should be able to pick your fights well by just staying hidden for any engagements that you don’t want to take. She has no scram but the long point and double webs should hold down your target solidly and give you the ability to dictate your engagement range. She is not cap stable so pulsing the MWD and some deft piloting will be key to keeping your distance. If you are a particularly good pilot or simply ‘space rich’ you could bling out the webs and disruptor which would extend your point range to 30km and your webs out to 60km, that would give you a little buffer for keeping range.

I’m neither a particularly good pilot or ‘space rich’ so will stick with the T2 modules and see how it goes 🙂

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Stǫðva Reiði (2015-01-04)

Went for it the other night and set up my first solo drag bubble camp. I stuck close to my Low-Sec staging home and camped out the Skarkon gate in L4X-1V.

While L4X-1V is not a super busy System it is one of the few Null-Sec to Low-Sec exits in Etherium Reach, the two other gates in System, WPV-JN & IL-H0A, line up really well with the Skarkon gate plus they are way off D-scan range so incoming pilots will not see the bubble until it’s too late – any that don’t have a ping off the Skarkon gate and aren’t nullified should catch the drag.

I spent some time in System setting up multiple bookmarks around the gate and getting the position for my Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I nailed down so that my drag would work correctly. I did all the setup work in my Hound earlier in the evening and then came back in Fenrisúlfr Mk.A1 to actually get the bubble deployed and anchored.

I spent about an hour camping the Skarkon gate and only saw a few neutrals come into system. Lots must have went the WPV-JN <-> IL-H0A route as they didn’t show up on my D-scan at all, quite a few that did were in Interceptors so there was no joy but I did pop one pod.

My camping was ended when a pair of neutrals showed up in an Ishtar and Malediction. I caught them on D-scan first so warped away from my bubble to an on-grid safe thinking that it was likely that the Ishtar was going to get caught and I didn’t want to be anywhere near the bubble when he arrived – that would have been ugly. I sat way out of range and watched as the Ishtar pilot blew up my bubble while the Malediction pilot started burning my way. I didn’t wait around, warped off to a mid-space Safe and waited for them to leave System before I headed home.

It was a good first attempt at a drag bubble camp, I got some good practice with warping around my on-grid bookmarks near the Gate and spent some time researching ship types and how they match-up against my Wolf, need to be a little picky with the engagements when you’re doing this solo. It was fun and I’ll head out again soon, either solo or maybe with some mates – lots more engagements possible when you’ve got friends!

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Stǫðva Reiði

Shortly after returning to New Eden I had the opportunity to join in with my RL brother on a Gate Camp with the Notorious Legion crew that was being FC’d by their CEO Starshipman. I had a ton of fun and have been itching to do it again but sadly the occasion hasn’t presented itself since then.

Consequently I’ve taken action to remedy that itch and have trained up my Anchoring and Propulsion Jamming skills so that I can set up my own Mobile Warp Disruptors and have been doing my homework on how to set up Gate Camps.

My next step will be some research on DOTLAN EveMaps to pick a good location and then either head out solo or get some Alliance mates on board for the fun.

I’m game to go it solo. It would be a clear way to get some PvP action but the drawback will be that depending on which ship I’m in I’ll have to be heedful about the engagements I take on and with me still not intimately knowledgeable with all the ships types in EVE I reckon that I’d be very cautious and ultimately lose out on some fights.

Either solo or with a Fleet I’m eager to get out there and Bubble!

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam