~or "(translation) Triglavian Shit FTW!"
OK, OK, OK! I KNOW I'm coming back to the dance late, my eyes are bloodshot, more than a little glazed over and there's Cheeto powder stains on my shirt and I'm missing a shoe... I get it, I really do... but DAMN.
So Triglavians huh? Who knew? I mean I "knew" there was a New Kid in Town, I have been playing, granted in an extremely limited and stilted and highly narrowly focused way... I have been a bit of an EVE introvert these last few months in my re-discovery of EVE and I kept quite to myself, haven't been on comms until last night and have been playing mebbe more solo than even Hermie does I think, as I was not even researching and reading up on all the new shit around me...
So many of the bloggers I have known, followed and loved and hated and argued and agreed with and envied and even seriously worried about were gone... so many dark blogs... I simply didn't have the heart to try and read up on stuff and browse the blogshere as in days of old, it was all just too depressing TBH.
Of course I had seen the Trigs in space, I had flown in a random fleet with a bunch Trig ships and I had caught a tidbit of gossip here and a snatch of info there, so I knew they were a new faction they had been mauling the Drifters and are now an Invasion thing to rival Sansha on his best day...
Anyhoo all of this is to say that while I have been more active of late, until A.I. and I got on NOMEX comms and had a strangely enjoyable evening last night chattin with corpmates while watching Tranquility getting beat like a drum by a now 4 day old and very effective DDoS attack (who is doing this and why is what I want to know)...
I had not really looked into the Triglavian Collective, their ships, their activities and their lore. There were so many changes to the game that I simply had not taken a good look because I was too busy with new mechanics and makin' ISK and too disinterested in the metagame.
I know you can learn a lot from ingame resources... I just didn't TRY... I was just happy enough to be flying again and tryna make some ISK. I have always played EVE like it's a actual Virtual RL. I have never bought PLEX to make ISK. I wanted to spend my entire EVElife standing on my own two feet, if I bought it, I bought it with ISK I EARNED in game. I was proud of that, poor though it kept me at times.
Like I am, well was a few weeks ago. A few months ago I had broke my wallet fitting a hole fleet for Envy, NOMEX's old C2... I had stored ALL those nice expensive ships in our Keepstar, "Visteen"... right up to when Visteen was assploded, as has been recently discussed here and over on Epigene's blog... but in Anoikis, we don't have Asshat Safety so it was all gone gone gone...So when I logged in a few weeks ago to start flying with my son again I had less than 100m ISK, and in EVE, that's dirt poor.
Oh and DO NOT get me started on "ASShat Safety"... you DO NOT wanna hear that whole rant.
Fukkin CCP'P'P'Pissn' me off. You do realize this is the ONE way in which you have really and truly fucked the (Hi, Lo and Nullsec parts of the) game you created right? You do get that, right? Glad I live in Anoikis... where the laws of Bob and the Meta of EVE IS REAL are still obeyed. Loss is still real in Anoikis... but not in the rest of New Eden anymore... 'nough said.
Anyway, so I have done some research and talked to corpmates who are flyin the new ships and, well, wow. Some of the stats seem to be game changers to me, but I need to get my ass in a few of them and find out for myself.
One of my great joys in the game is Logistics, remote repper. I am much better at the intricacies of Logi, keeping ranges, being ever watchful over your mates, applying reps where and when needed, flying in the Logi wing, keeping the cap chain up and landing reps as needed... I love being Logi. And the New Hotness, the FOTM is the Precursor Tech II Cruiser, the Triglavian Zarmazd.
It's "balance" is the way it lands reps. It has an increasing rep rate over time... it takes about 6 cycles to build to the rep capabilities of say, a single Guardian but, once there, it continues to increase reps until it is landing nearly as much as 2 Guardians!... BUT you have to hold lock, stay in range and keep landing reps "over time" to get that massive repair boost.
So it may be great at keeping a small gang's tank alive but in larger fleet fights, especially PVP where good FC's will try to use this against you... if you have to rapidly swap reps, you will be hard pressed to match the rep power of a single Guardian.
It does have a secondary buff, it's speed. It is fast AF for an armor boat so its great for kiting so it could really excel at small gang. These two factors, speed and having enough Time on Target to land 6 and more continuous cycles, make it potentially the King of Small Gang Logi, IE, Wormholes... so, Imma gonna get me summa dat!
I have thrown the books for Precursor Frigate, Cruiser, Destroyer, Battlecruiser and Battleship to the top of the Q and lined up to take all to L3 then I'll start playing with em a bit.
I had set pen down dear reader and did not pick it back up again until a day later, so an update is in order...
1. I caved... I broke my Golden Rule... for the very first time I said, "Oh what the hell..." and bought PLEX. I need ISK, lots of it... like a bil or two of it. I need a fleet for the hole, NOMEX has Doctrine Fits, they are Anoikis fits and they are NOT cheap, so I said fuck it.
2. As an Omega, I skill x2 faster... and it shows. Tonight I am already L3 in all but the Precusor Battlecruiser (running now) and at L3 that unlocks the Battleship and it's next.
3. Add #1 & #2 and you get Tur's 958th Anoikis Fleet.. or something like that, I've done this a few times ok?.. but back then I had loads of Wormhole ISK in the bank. This was the first time I didn't have either enough ISK simply "left over" as twere, or enough PVE ships and a hole to dive in to make some... I had neither ISK not the proper ships. Well, now I do, and just in time too.
I logged on tonight and was told there's a hisec hole into Ira, our new C5 and to get moved in if I wanted... it was in good shape with a lot of mass and time left on it and that all threw me a little... I mean I knew it was coming but with the delays in corporate I had sorta set it aside "till later" so I found my self stuttering mentally as the brakes squealed and juddered... OH, yea... that's WHY I have been doing all of this mining and broke my rule n shit.
So here I am, it's 04:22 EST (09:22 EVE) and I am in "Canterbury" my Orcabago Floaty Fortress of Friendship making a midnight run with a hold full of canned goods and 7 fitted ships... my trusty 'Stero, a Loki, a Sabre, a Guardian, a Broadsword, a Hawk and a Prospect and a few shuttles for now. I just can't wait to get back to the sweet, deadly, lonesome and oh so beautiful skies of my beloved Anoikis...
Ahhhh.... there it is. For the first time in many a month, I land on a hole... "Preeeetty..." I mumble to myself...
"OK, jump jump!"
And it begins again...
Fly your Abaddon with abandon and mebbe I'll see you in MY Sky!!