Titan Bridge Fail -video-

Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2010 by Gigis

I am lead to believe from the comments on the youtube page that this was BLAST attempting to execute a Titan bridge…  It didn’t go as planned…

 

o/ Gigis

Enemy for Life

Posted in General Asshattery on December 6, 2010 by Gigis

I have decided to make my ninjaing a more social experiance.  I have, therefore, relocated myself near Dodixie so that I can assist and be assisted by the other dishonourable of New Eden.  But this post is not about that…  This post is about Shawn Amyotte.

I found Shawn mining into a can in Algogille and swiftly relocated his ore into a can of mine.  The following private convo ensued:

Gigis Nooj > what can I do for you?

Shawn Amyotte > Why’d you steal my shit?

Gigis Nooj > I am mining

Shawn Amyotte > You know I’m coming back to kill you now.

Gigis Nooj > okay

Gigis Nooj > mine for me some more

Shawn Amyotte > Ya mining isn’t stealing someone elses hard work asshole

Gigis Nooj > hard work is bringing it back to the station

Gigis Nooj > when you put it in a can it is a donation to me

Shawn Amyotte > Ya but now you’ve made yourself a free kill for me

Shawn Amyotte > I’ll just get it all back and get to pod you lolz

Shawn Amyotte > later

At this point he warps off to a gate and leaves local.  Minutes pass and the aggro timer gets to 2 minutes as he arrives back in local.  ACatalyst warps to zero on the can and starts shooting me. He is quickly brought to half hull.

Gigis Nooj > how mush isk do you have?

Shawn Amyotte > dood you’re just an asshole

Gigis Nooj > how so?

Shawn Amyotte > you like picking on noobs

Shawn Amyotte > where I’m from it’s called bullying

Gigis Nooj > I like picking on people that mine into cans

Gigis Nooj > where I come from its called lazy

Shawn Amyotte > it’s called making money to buy new stuff

Gigis Nooj > how will you make better money? losing your ship?  or running ore to the station?

Shawn Amyotte > you’re just making me take longer to get anywhere in the game, don’t worry I’ve already signed up for a year and I’ll be getting ready to handle you that whole time.

Gigis Nooj > ooooh  so it’s going to be a vendetta?

Gigis Nooj > going to hunt me down later?

Shawn Amyotte > no a slaughter I’m going to hunt you every day until you cancel your account

Gigis Nooj > fantastic!!

Shawn Amyotte > now run along and bug someone else while I prepare

Gigis Nooj > ok so I’m going to kill your ship and then I’m going to blow up your ore

Gigis Nooj > sound good?

Shawn Amyotte > I would expect no less from a coward

Gigis Nooj > okay

Shawn Amyotte > have at it loser

Gigis Nooj > that seems like we are on the same page

Shawn shortly exploded and warped out of system again. We will see how his preparations are going in a month or so.  I hope that he stays focused.

As Shawn warped off and I blued his can for a one day old mining in an Iteron I.  See I’m a nice guy!

o/ Gigis

Kronos Kill

Posted in Gank, General Asshattery on December 2, 2010 by Gigis

The other day I was passing through the Kador region scanning belts and seeing if there were any juicy mission runners when I happened upon a Kronos in a mission.  I switched to my battle vigil and began the salvage and steal bit as the MR began to talk trash in local.  He reported, after I had cleaned half his room, that he and his corp mates had warned everyone within a three system radius about me being a ninja.  Oh noes..  Didn’t stop him from losing his ship!

I was happy to see one of his corp mates pop into local and was delighted to see a Cormorant show up on a short range directional scan.  I burned away from the warp in point to get a little range and as the Corm pilot landed I was locked up and fired upon.  I pulled out of range of the Kronos (who had been locking me the whole time) and drew the Cormorant with me.  Once there was nothing that the Kronos pilot could do I turned on the Corm and started killing him.

I used only one gun and my drone as I wanted it to take a while so that the Kronos pilot would be tempted to help his friend.  Attempt to help he did.  As the Cormorant pilot dipped into armor the Kronos turned red and I quickly finished off the Cormorant and warped to my Orca.

I reshipped into my Cane and warped back to the mission in time to put a point and start laying into the Kronos.  There were nothing his guns could do to me as I orbited him and as my neuts and guns worked their magic on him I saw local begin to fill with his corp mates.  A Raven warped into the mission area and I began to get worried but a quick check of my aggro timer showed that corp aggro had worn off.  I’m sure that the Raven pilot reported the CONCORD warning in corp chat.  I’m also sure that the Kronos pilot told him to shoot anyway.  I was lucky enough to get a shot off before CONCORD relieved him of his Raven.  Likely his sad report caused the other members not to join in on the fun.

As the Kronos dipped into structure and refused an offer of a ransom the Cormorant pilot returned in a Kestrel and got alphaed.  Then the Kronos became a Kronos wreck.

Sadly there was nothing yummy on any of the ships.  But you can’t be too sad about a Marauder kill!  There were no tears but here is the Kronos pilot’s Bio as a parting shot:

“Eve is just a game. People tend to get really worked up about it, and this is highly amusing. The best moments of Eve is when someone throws a hissy fit after you pwned them when they didn’t expect it. You often use the “it’s a PvP game-line”, but what you really mean by that is that the game is supposed to be exploited and won. No trick is beneath you as long as it lets you get a laugh at the expense of someone else. Everything is valid until CCP says it’s not”

o/ Gigis

Picking Fights

Posted in General Asshattery on November 30, 2010 by Gigis

I am happy to report that I am the proud owner of a Sleipnir Field Command Ship.  This beauty is a beast.  The only problem is that I can not fit it in my Orca while my Cane is still alive.  Wiser people then I would simply strip down their Cane and perhaps sell it rigger at a trade hub.  This guy, however, had decided to lose it spectacularly.  There is now no fight I won’t pick in an effort to lose my ship.  The problem is that I am not losing it…

Kethea Nomad, for example was running a high sec complex in his Drake.  I was not doing a good job at getting aggro until I noticed a medium Dread Guristas wreck.  As I zoomed toward it in my salvage Vigil I was locked and then fired upon.  I was flying the vanella T1 Vigil so I thought it would be best to lose it in a fire.  Nothing makes a bear feel safer then scoring a kill.  As I was warping back to the mission with my Cane I knew that I would have to make up some ground in order to get into point range.  Thankfully the bear was nice enough to be more interested in the DG loot then me and I got into point range and started hammering.  He held out pretty long and I noticed halfway through shield that a member of his corp had entered local.  That member, Janikra had entered the complex pocket with his Brutix as I was nearing completion of shields and was conveniently within point range as the Drake turned into an egg.

Normally I would have had second thoughts about engaging the Brutix as I was already in half armor at this time.  I know that Brutixes can hit pretty hard but I also was excited to fly my Sleipnir.  Into the Brutix I laid and he was also turned into an egg in short order.  I suppose he was unrigged and fit with a shield buffer…

As the engagement ended, my heart was racing and my armor was 4/5 gone.  Fighting multiples at the same time is a lot of fun.  More efforts to lose my Cane to come tomorrow with my first Marauder kill!

o/ Gigis

No More Learning!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2010 by Gigis

I was very pleased this week to see the dev blog on the removal of learning skills.  Let me be the (n)th to say “SQUEEEEE!!!”  I think that this is great news for everyone.

New players can now get into the game and train skills that are satisfying and rewarding to train.  This leads to more new pilots staying in the game and that is great for everyone.

I have always hated that friends that I invited to the game had to put up with complete unfunness for so long.  This change will remove pointless complexity and retain meaningful complexity while not penalizing those who have trained the skills.  In fact, I’m super excited to plan what I will spend my 1.9m sp on my main and 2m on my alt.  Perhaps another cruiser V for the main and turn my alt into a Scimi pilot..

In other news in 11 days my alt will be able to plug in a skirmish mindlink!  It will do wonders for my mission busting as my overheated Republic Fleet Warp Disrupter will be boosted by the Orca.  There have been some MRs that wait till I am just outside of point range and then warp..  They won’t be expecting a 40k+ point!  Woot!

o/ Gigis

The Age of the Courier Scam

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 by Gigis

Courier contract scamming is nothing new in New Eden.  For years pilots have been using courier missions to undockable (unless you have standings) stations.  Some make the destination a lowsec system and others (who are smarter, I believe) make the destination a highsec system surrounded by lowsec.  There is also the always popular suicide gank of a smaller ship in hopes of collecting collateral.  As generally happens in New Eden, however, the smart scammers are evolving.

Ever since news broke of Hax Zoidberg’s amazing windfall of 60 billion in minerals from 4 contracts asking 1 billion collateral each it would seem that everyone, including myself, is paying more attention to courier contracts.  Many are jumping on the bandwagon in hopes of striking it rich, and there are those conspiring against us!  Such is Eve.

So I thought I would share with you the new (at least to me) ways that some intrepid pilots are trying to take advantage of those trying to profit from the mistakes of others.  (I, of course, think that all these mind games are wonderful!)

First, are those who are creating very high volume (960,000m3) contracts for relitively low collateral (50 to a couple hundred mil) and a lowish payout (a couple mil).  Often times they say things in the description like “minerals to the corp hanger and CNRs to director hanger” or “Nightmare and Tengu.”  I have not accepted and of these contracts but I am sure they appeal to those who are looking to break the contract.  If the contents match the description failing the contract is made of win.  However, I’m sure that they are worthless and the 960,000m3 volume means that you need a level V Charon pilot to be able to move the cargo anyway.  Examination of the contract history of these pilots shows that many of them are failed..  I’m sure that it is a combination of not wanting to move empty freight containers and cap booster 800s 30 jumps for 2mil 50mil collateral.  There are also those, I’m sure that bought it and can’t actually move it.  Well done Mr. Contract man!

Another new one I’m seeing is similar the the previous, but done in a smaller size, but with an added trick.  I have actually bitten at this one.   This is an unpackaged battleship sized contract for 300 mil collateral and a 4 mil or so reward.  The contract says it is a fleet issue ship and you bite.  After all, you can complete it if it is just cap boosters.  You peek inside and see a Tempest named Tempest Fleet Issue a la trade window scam.  Clever if you ask me.  Of course, all you have to do is show info to see what it really is but those with isk floating in their eyes might miss it.  Tricky.

I love seeing new (to me at least) and creative plays on relieving isk from others too busy or greedy to pay attention.  It warms my heart to see how quickly others react to newsworthy items.

Have you seen others trying to capitalize on courier contracts in new and interesting ways?  Feel free to comment!  Also, I think I will be waiting for things to settle down a bit before I start collateral shopping again.

o/ Gigis

Rage Against the Bots

Posted in War on November 15, 2010 by Gigis

As mentioned in my last post, I have declared war on the macro mining menace known as Silverwing Industries.  Sadly, this macro miner uses Hulks from NPC corporations to do the actual mining and I, therefore, can’t kill and pod all of them.  There is, however, an Orca and two Iteron Vs that are in the corp that are rather tastey.  That is good enough for the 2M war dec fee.

The war went live at 00:07 Nov 12th Eve time.  About 2 hours before, I fit a gank cane with 2 disrupters, warped to where the macroer was busy doing his thing, and logged off.  My alt was logged in keeping track of the system and at 00:08, I used her to check if fighting was alowed.  It was and I logged in Gigis.  By 00:14 the two Iteron Vs and Orca were killed and Podded back to their death clone systems. \o/

Since the opening 7 minutes of the war, the war targets did not log in till Sunday evening when they all joined NPC corporations.  BOO!!  They have now flown back to Riavayed and are now sitting in shuttles and noob ships.  I wonder if they will reship and get back to it..  If they do I may need to cash in on some sec status and suicide myself some haulers.

I will keep you posted and encourage the rest of you to do your own part to fight Macros when you find them.  Or forward information to me!

o/ Gigis