I was contemplating changing my capsuleer life style the other day.
Maybe I would cut back from two accounts (currently one account consists of Jack Dancer-Hauler-Trader and the other is WH dweller-Red Frog contractor-RvB member) – maybe go with just one account (Jack Dancer-Hauler-RvB member I was thinking) and sell the trader and WH dweller after clone costs go away in the next update (then the wasted XPs on these accounts will no longer be considered wasted XPs by potential purchasers…). With just one account I would splurge for a year’s subscription in cash so that my only need for ISK would be to replace combat losses. No more worries about the rising ISK price of PLEX. No more daily worries about updating my Jita market offers and my two characters’ PI (which on an average day is my entire Eve involvement). That would save about 20 minutes before work and another 20 minutes after work every day that I could use for more interesting endeavors.
But I do enjoy Dabbling in All Things Eve™ – so losing my Red Frog hauling option and cutting back on market trading might not be the best plan. I enjoy both of those.
I came up with another plan.
Market trading and PI will now be once-a-day morning “before work” activities. It means less attention to them and probably less profits, but I have a pretty comfortable bankroll to fall back on. The plan will free up the “after work” time for solo piracy, exploration, and RvB fleets. Stuff that I'd like to do more of. We’ll see how this plan works out.
And to kick it off, I was flying around Metropolis last night in a rifter looking for trouble. It was a busy evening – lots of pilots in systems. My standard hunting plan is to find systems with a few pilots – maybe 6 or 7 max – so that there’s less chance of help arriving for whatever enemy I manage to catch up to. There were several systems with more than a dozen very mean people in them. So I passed through those relatively quickly.
Eventually, I found a target. An incursus was in one of the small FW sites (the system only had 4 other pilots – so it looked relatively safe). I headed there with my guns and rockets turned up to 11.
I landed close (he was waiting for a fight) and immediately turned on the scrambler, web, autocannons and rocket launcher. I was using barrage ammo (which has a range advantage) so on my way to the fight I set my “orbit at” range to a comfortable 6,000 meters. Close enough that I’ll be inside my web and scram range, but far enough to stay away from his nasty blasters.
The plan worked to perfection (or at least as close to “perfection” as any of my ill-thought-out and even worsely executed plans can…). The incursus was taking lots of damage – I was taking none. I soon had him in low armor and his armor repairer was doing yeoman duty trying to keep him alive. I turned off the heat on the guns and rockets (they were starting to glow a bright red) and closed the orbit to 2.5k to increase my damage to get through to his structure. It worked. He soon blew up!
We exchanged GFs in local and he noted that he just couldn’t get close enough to me. My combination of a web and barrage was a winner. During the fight I noticed that he had me only scrammed – not webbed – so I had total range control with my speed advantage when compared to his.
A nice start to my new plan of evenings with guns blazing…