I jumped into the FC chair again and took out my second Clusterfuck Roam last night.
I was fortunate to have Fifth running as our Scout again and on top of Scouting for the Fleet he was acting as my mentor/adviser providing encouragement and offering recommendations when asked for them. Having him there gives me some reassurance that even if I do make a utterly ludicrous decision with the Fleet (which he would let me do ~ learning lessons and all that…) there is a buffer to get the Fleet to safety if need be.
I was pleased with my overall confidence level and had no serious issues with giving clear and decisive orders. I felt that I was solid with my movement of the Fleet gate to gate through Regions and the general maneuvering of the Fleet. Where there is some experience definitely needed is with maneuvering the Fleet within a System when getting ready for an engagement or when engaged and with target selection.
A prime example of my target selection inexperience came last night – we had a Caracal, Cerberus and a Hurricane on grid with us and my call was to Primary the Cerb, thinking it was our biggest threat, with the Hurricane as our Secondary target and while we managed to get both the Caracal got away. After the engagement I asked Fifth if that was the right sequence of targets and he said it was a sound call but that he would have likely called the Caracal as Primary as it would have gone down quickly and we would have gotten the other two with spreading our points – these kind of things will come with experience.
For the duration of the almost three hour roam I had between eight to ten pilots in a mix of T1 Frigates, Intys, Dictors and T3 Dessies. We rolled through the Scalding Pass and Geminate Regions looking for targets of opportunity and we did fairly well for ourselves. We did lose a few ships but we took way more than we lost and most importantly fun was had!
I truly appreciate the CR0WZ Crew for giving me the opportunity to FC and for Fleeting up – Cheers fellas!
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With Fifth on board running as a Scout I FC’d my first Fleet last night. Took a few of the crew out for a Null-Sec roam in T1 Frigate, mainly Tristans and Breachers, we did have support from a Sabre and an Ares.
I was pleased with my confidence overall, I felt that I conveyed orders in a clear and decisive manner, kept the fleet maneuvering together and other than a few moments of direction decision hesitation I felt like the Fleet ran quite smoothly… and most importantly we didn’t lose anyone!
We did manage to get a few kills. Caught a Vexor Navy Issue coming through a gate, while scouting Fifth got attacked by a Manticore just after jumping into a system and we took advantage of his aggression timer and then on the way home we took out an ESS just because.
Am looking forward to getting another Fleet out soon, will stick with the small, cheap ships for now though – losing them isn’t such a big deal.
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There’s no time like the present… this weekend I will hopefully be taking out the inaugural Clusterfuck Roam.
Over the next couple of days I’ll be getting my homework done. First thing to do is check-in with the Leadership and make sure we’ve got no big ops on the go and if I get the thumbs up, I’ll get a message out to the Alliance giving them a heads up about the roam, plan a route, get some ships ready for those last minute joiners and then brush up on my ship knowledge so that there will be a chance that I don’t whelp us too terribly.
We’ll see how this goes…
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I’m getting much closer to feeling at least semi-confident about taking out a Fleet. It may seem like overkill but I’ve put some work into consolidating a bunch of information into a Fleet SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) which while highly likely will be laughed at by any vets of the game will hopefully be of some use to any newer PvP Capsuleers. Honestly it’s mostly there for me, I tend to grasp things much better when I get them down on ‘paper’ and put the time in to explore, research and grind through the information – it helps me get my thoughts in order.
Regardless of their thoughts I’ll definitely be pointing anyone willing/brave enough to join a Fleet FC’ed by me to it before I undock with the intention being for it to give them at least some semblance of my expectations, outlook and mindset towards PvP Fleet Operations and FC’ing.
I’ll be naming my Fleets…
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FC’ing is a complicated task. One of the key components is knowing what you’re shooting at. There are so many ship types in EVE and I am still getting a grip on which is which and what does what… this list helps a ton though: Ship type quick reference
Of course that’s just one small aspect of being a FC – you’ll need to know your own Fleet Doctrine inside out, the lay of the land, the mechanics of the space you are in, what your pilots are capable of, etc, etc, etc…
I’m still a ways away from giving the FC position a go but I’ll keep on the learning process and continue to soak in everything I can from the FC’s I fly with.
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I had headed out the other night with thoughts of setting up a drag bubble trap and camping it for a bit to see what I could catch. I had been at it for maybe 10-15 minutes with a couple smaller gangs of neutrals passing through, both too much for me to engage solo, when a lone Serenity Initiative pilot showed up in local and shortly after a conversation request from Orion Sa-Solo whom I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with a few times. Orion is pretty active in the EVE Social media circles, on Twitter and blogging occasionally, and we’ve had some good interactions in and out of EVE.
Orion and I had chatted a few times about getting a fleet together and heading out on a roam at some point and as serendipity would have it the Serenity crew were out and about and I was invited along so I abandoned my bubble trap, quickly re-shipped and off we went.
It was a fairly uneventful roam in terms of engagements, up until the last system we hit (more on that later), but the crew along were fun, friendly and easy to hang out with. Orion was the FC for the roam and his ‘flavour’ of leadership and comms were similar enough with how Fifth & GX run our fleets that I had no problems falling in line. He took it slow and steady keeping the fleet together really well, his commands were clear and concise and much like when we head out for smaller .FRAG roams the fleet comms were loose but disciplined – a nice change from CR0WZ comms which can be a loud, jumbled and frustrating place at times.
On to the whelping… the last system we hit was E02-IK which is home to a number of Hashashin Cartel pilots and after a bit of haggling they agreed to meet us at a planet for a fight. We outnumbered them but they brought bigger boats and while we did manage to get a couple of them in the end we took a beating, I lost a Wolf and got Podded and woke up back in Hek.
Fun was had, friends were made and… “This is EVE ~ Shipwrecks happen!“
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There is a lot that goes into being a good FC in EVE and I’m soaking in all I can from the few good ones I’ve had the pleasure to fly with. FC’ing is something I’d like to tackle at some point so I’ve been putting in time looking at different FC guides, Fleet prep checklists, and stuff on target selection. I’ve got a long ways to go before I’ll be comfortable taking out a serious Fleet but I think I could handle a small T1 Frigate Fleet for some action. With my military background I’ll likely run a tighter Fleet than most do and have been preparing a Checklist of my own to go through.
Check Insurance on the ships
Check Repair Status
Load Preferred Scripts
- Sensor booster
- Various EWAR
- TD-SD Scripts
- Gun charges
- Status check of the Drone Bay, check Drones for Damage
- Cap Boosters
- Nanite paste
Check Intel Chat Channels
Check Starmap intel
- General activity in your ops area
- Jumps in 30 minutes
- Pod kills 30 mins
- Number of pilots
After undock, in-flight Fleet prep Check
- Check Travel settings
- Check Comms
- Identify ships role/range
- Set up Watch Lists: FC, scout, others
- Check overview Default settings
I’m sure there’s other things that should be on there, it’s a work in progress and I’ll edit as I learn more and get some FC experience.
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