Adhocracy oh-god-how-long-has-it-been-since-the-last-update update
I’ve got two things to share with you here in this update. One is some AARs, good long, detailed AARs that will describe some of the good fights we’ve had lately. I’ve also got a story about how corpmates band together to buy our in-house Spielberg a new PC to replace his crappy old one.
Operation Santa Bombing Run – Target Asayanami
So we in Adhocracy has known for a while now how Asayanami’s PC sucks balls. So the sly Adhocratic Lady Ariona came up with a plan to fix this deficit in our arsenal. He got a secret forum set up, one that everyone but Asay had access to. In this forum, he said that he himself would pledge 100 bucks to the cause, and asked everyone who had disposable income laying around to support the cause as well. He set a deadline for December 1., where everyone who had promised to pledge should send the amount that they pledged to Asay’s PayPal account. Sadly, on Halloween night, as Asay had gone out with some other Adhocrats to fight in, and film, the Nightmare in New Eden event, his computer… well… exploded, I think is the best word:
Last nights Nightmare in New Eden event effectively killed my graphics card, overheating it – I suspect – to to an extent where something broke, and 3 blue screens of death later today it died. I replaced it with an old Radeon card I had lying around from my old rig, but It doesn’t even have active cooling and it can barely run EVE at minimal settings. Also, bye bye dual monitors :/
It runs Hearthstone just fine tho, so I guess I’ll be playing that for the time being as I save up for a new card.
So yeah, i’ll be on the forums but don’t expect to see me in game until I sort this out. I think my account runs out in a week or so anyways.
Ariona’s little helpers suddenly had to move fast. Christmas was coming early to Poland this year! Asay was asked for his PayPal address whereupon people started donating en masse. The latest count he gave us was 956 dollars after PayPal tax and conversion rates. There is currently a thread on our forums where he is getting help in choosing the right hardware options.
And that my friends, is a tale of love, woe, companionship and peril. Of life and death, dragons and elves. Actually it was just a tale of how ADHC is more than just another corp in EVE Online. We take care of our own, everyone is a part of the family. Even outside of EVE.
Soo… Fights time. I will be pasting some slightly edited AARs below. Edited for clarity, to remove some of our internal jargon like naming conventions and any intel that may be used to potentially hurt ADHC. I will only be posting the AARs of fights we’ve won, but I will share killboard links to our welps as well, at the bottom of the post. It is not because we’re ashamed of our losses, it is simply because AARs about victories tend to be a lot more exciting than the “this is what we need to work on”-type AARs that come out of losses usually. At least to an external audience.
2013.10.15 LEEEEEROY AAR
So. Let me craft you a story of woe and hilarity. Woe for the enemy, moreso than us.
In the later end of East Coast US TZ, one Lady Ariona was slacking off doing homework and generally AFK cloaking in a nullsec link off of our static containing a single ice site, at which there had previously been an ice miner killer. Getting substantially bored (and seeing no activity due to Coven coming through the area twice), Ariona decided to go after some delicious Cyno ships.
Were both murdered, with about an hour separation, never leaving the system during this time period. After the second one, a Talos and a Stabber undocked and promptly warped to an off grid safe spot about 300 km above the station. Ariona preceded to slowboat in that most noble Hound to their safe spot, having picked out the direction and noting they were within 400 km on short.
It was revealed these people were bouncing between safe spots, so Ariona attempted to close in on them. At one point during the process, they docked up and it appeared all was lost. Then, they chose to warp to the first safe spot (that Ariona was within 60 km of) and started fighting each other. During this time, a dastardly group of pilots formed up to handle the onslaught and the following two killmails were obtained:
Please take the time to revel in the hilarity of those fits. It is ONLY THE START.
We narrowly missed as the Talos pod warped back to the safe spot AFTER escaping, but to make up for it Chiss got the pod of some random pilot that decided to warp to a station and got stuck. I have no clue what was going on there.
Now, naturally, we chose to bugger out at this point, already gleeful at having some PVP on a slow week. There, we rested for a while,before Ariona decided that the best plan ever was to see if there was even more PVP to be had in the same station. Once more, the ice belt was poked with a cloaky Hound, and this time a Rook and a Skiff were narrowly missed.
At this point, they started undocking ships and warping them out to the neighboring system, after first bouncing around safespots. Because Ariona is a derp, none of these ships were caught, despite wrecks being left at their safe spots.
Eventually, this quieted down and a stupid plan was formed to catch their transiting ships between our null-sec link and the system next door. Ariona fetched an Onyx and went to set up a drag bubble on the gate in said system next door, between the known used gates. Unfortunately, Ariona derped the execution, their hauler warped off, and then they knew about the bubble. Thanks to luck, this worked out!
They warped in a kitchen sink fleet from two jumps out on top of Ariona and Wulf. We fled back into our null-sec link after they aggressed on the gate. Slowly, they started warping in piece mail. At this point, I made a bad call and failed to properly call the rest of the ship to the fight. This may have saved us a loss or two had I done so. Nonetheless, we were forced off the field in our limited numbers due to our one noble Scimitar pilot going down in fire. REST IN PEACE STRYDE. All of our 4 losses were in this skirmish. The grinder was too much.
We still were out ahead on kills, but likely not on ISK. We left a spai on the gate watching as they set up a HIC bubble of their own. We reshipped into tankier shield DPS ships, complete with two Basilisk pilots for the ultimate engagement. And then, before they could flee back to their station, we landed back on the hole and started tackling everything.
The resulting massacre is linked:
They could not break the two Basilisk, and any incoming ship was just falling into a meat grinder. There are some amusing fits in here, ranging from the absurdly expensive fail fit of the previous Heron pilot:
To the delicious failfit of the Drake pilot with a CCC Rig.
Take it all in. Enjoy.
So then we left, and figuring nothing more was to be had, started to crash the hole. This turned out to be a poor choice, because these newbies had VIM AND VIGOR to them. They found our static, sent two Rifters through, and had one promptly killed by Chiss is an Ishkur.
I poked out to investigate after Chiss did the same and saw the following:
Oh, the missed opportunities.
Brawl with Anomalous Existance
Two-part AAR. First part by Ariona, about the preparation leading to the fight. Second part by Jonnykefka, who took over as FC once combat started.
Part one – The setup. Ariona wrote:
At the boring hours of the afternoon (for Ariona at least), there was not much to be done other than scan. After the appearance of a Helios through one of our connections however, which was assumed to be part of a dead-end, uninhabited chain, Gebbetje and Awulf went off to investigate. What they ended up finding was a hostile PVP gang consisting of a Devoter, multiple Proteii, and an assortment of other ships.
Needless to say, even with only five people on initially, I wanted to get delicious PVP. Furthermore, this provided an excellent opportunity to test a neut fleet. Since they already had eyes in the system, they would be aware of anything we sent through in order to murder them. As they would only engage if they thought they could win, a relatively harmless looking fleet of Command Ships, Neut BS, and Curse (which it was more or less at the time) would not be terribly frightening.
Unfortunately, by the time we took the two jumps to their location, we ended up finding that they had pulled back. While reinforcements of our own mounted on an inbound hole, we warped in a fleet in order to run their C2 sites and deny them some ISK. During this time, our scouts determined that they had mounted up a fleet of their own finally, once again.
We decided that our best bet would be to engage them with our fleet united, so we warped back to the hole where our reinforcements where sitting. They entered warp to follow and the fleet was ordered to jump through into our reinforcement fleet. At this point, our friendlies who were off the hole were able to unite with us, and the fight began in earnest! As I was in a Guardian at the time, Jonny took over target calling.
Details of the combat will be given by Jonny, but in short, their Guardian chain was broken almost immediately between ECM Drones + Neuts. I do not know how much their Legions and Proteus DPS were affected, but the only loss was the Guardian I was piloting. It may have even survived if I had started burning off the hole earlier!
A somewhat late call to pursue (out of surprise at the success no doubt), was given as they retreated through the wormhole. Stragglers were caught and picked off. Success was had.
Part Two – The details of the fight. Jonnykefka wrote:
We sorted out that I would call targets and so I did. I was in a good ship for the job, my heavy brawler Legion, which made things nice and easy.
My strategy was pretty straightforward, pressure one guardian and neut the crap out of every other rep boat on the field. That basically worked. They initially jumped in a Armageddon before the hostile Guardians decloaked, so we put that to half armor and then hard-switched. The enemy Guardian died pretty swiftly after that. We could probably have flat killed the Armageddon at that point, but it would have taken longer. After that I turned to the Tengu, and they jumped in an Oneiros. I kept on the Tengu until it jumped out, then turned to the Armageddon, then broke down their second Guardian the same way I did the first. We had tackle and webs up nice and fast when we needed it, which made applying DPS easy. After the second Guardian went down, we just forced them out one by one and eventually pursued with Nilz’ HIC. by the time we got to the other side, it was mop-up.
They pushed back during the fight by neuting our Guardians and hitting them with tons of ECM drones. Shirralia made the call to sic combat drones on hostile ECM drones, which I think should be default when there are hostile ECM drones on the field. I called for Guardians to pull range when the neuts were an issue because I had the Armageddon well tackled, and that seemed to help.
We could have sent Nilz through earlier to hold their retreat but as it happened he didn’t have voice comms and so I wasn’t clear when he went through or didn’t. Comms were clear and clean, target switching was smooth, the neut fleet wreaked merry hell on a hostile guardian and t3 gang. I should have been faster to send the rest of the fleet through but I got a little tunnel vision on mopping up the side we were on. So, some kills slipped through, but I think the victory was plenty decisive as it was.
Let me say it again:
1) Have an FC
2) Have a plan
3) Know something the enemy does not
We did it right, we kicked ass.
To kill a multiboxer
So it had been a quiet day thus far. The corp had finished running sites in our own system and our static had been crashed.
I took the opportunity to quickly scan out the new static and was sitting on it when Rootie and a couple other corp members asked where it was.
I gave them the heads up I was at it and they initiated warp to my location.
Nudging my Tengu into the WH I crossed the event horizon into the new static system.
A quick dscan of the system and I had 2 carriers, a dread and Noctis showing up.
Rootie came into system as I gave everyone the heads up of what we had in system.
The alert went out to form up a fleet asap while Rootie and I began searching for the location of the caps.
Wrecks on scan were proof enough that the caps were not likely safed up in a pos. The hunt was on.
In short order Rootie called that he had found them but was nearly 40 clicks off from the targets. I warped to within 10 clicks of Rootie and we both moved closer to the targets. Sadly the Naglfar ag warped off and we were afraid the Thanatos and Archon might likewise do the same but to our amazement they stayed in the site along with the Noctis.
Rootie was closest to the carriers so I planned to decloak when he did and burn to the carriers to help point them before either one could get away.
In seconds Rootie called he was in range and was decloaking. Following suit I kicked on the afterburners and closed with the Thanatos as the waiting fleet jumped through into our static enmasse.
Oddly enough the Noctis never acted like it knew we were on grid with them and even the carriers seemed to be unaware they had been warp disrupted until after the fleet landed on them.
Ariona ordered bubbles put up guaranteeing the enemy ships were trapped and ordered the Archon as primary target. The two Bhaalgorns in fleet went into action sucking the cap dry from the Archon and then turning their sweet sucking attention on the Thanatos as the Archon erupted into a fiery explosion.
In the end both carriers went down rather quickly and somewheres amidst their death throes the Noctis was dispatched. All three pods were given the pod express out of w-space.
Sadly the hostile pilot(s) blew up the Noctis and Archon wrecks leaving only the Thanatos to salvage (plus the sleeper wrecks) after the battle.
Everyone did an excellent job forming up when the word went out and Ariona did a fantastic job as FC.
It is my opinion that the hostile pilot(s) (its thought by some that this might have been a single pilot multi-boxing the sites) had his overview set wrong and simply was not aware we were there until his carries were taking damage. No attempt was made to engage Rootie or myself while we had the carriers disrupted. By the time the fleet arrived their doom was sealed.
Keep in mind that killboards don’t show everything, such as how many people were there from the start and who were in which ships when and where. I do however still believe that these should be shared, so here you go. The fights that didn’t go as well as we’d hoped:
http://adhocracy.killmail.org/?a=kill_related&kll_id=20361632 (scrap with a nullsec alliance by the name of No Value on a null-sec link to our home)
http://adhocracy.killmail.org/?a=kill_related&kll_id=20255774 (very messy battlereport, it is from the Nightmare in New Eden event which hosted several hundred people. It seemed like the Adhocrats there had fun, despite lots of losses)
That’s all I’ve got for you this time. It has been an exciting past couple of weeks weeks in ADHC, we’ve gotten quite a few good fights, and are generally enjoying a fairly high level of activity compared to a couple months ago.