My kind of weekend

Friday night started out well. We were able to get our first load of components needed for our Rorqual into the hold, finally. We’d been looking all week but were having NO luck with highsec despite a lot of scanning and ‘WH redialing’. All told we collapsed around 10 WH’s and scanned 20-30 down in the course of the week before we got lucky and were able to get the components in. Usually we have better luck with highsec access but this time around fate was not on our side.

Hauling in was an experience in and of itself. As I mentioned previously we had a squatter in system, and in addition highsec was 3 WH systems away (past a POS) through a WH that we could only push about a billion through before it collapsed. Getting an entire freighters full of stuff (in 10,000 m3 chunks) in that hole would be stressing it to the max. Regardless, T went out of the WH, went the 28 jumps to our home system, grabbed the Obelisk and got it filled up, and then started jumping it back. We had 2 escorts along for the ride as well to speed things up and provide support should it be attacked, however thankfully we got it there safe and sound. The other pilots were harvesting some gas in 1 jump while we were waiting for the freighter to finally get to the nearest highsec, but as soon as T got close we ended the harvesting op to get hauling.

Shortly afterwards…  our squatter logged on and started scanning. I’m sure they saw the hauling ships going in and out of our home system and knew we were hauling something, and sure enough they came through the WH to 1 jump shortly thereafter and started causing trouble.

Thankfully we’d noticed them log in, and the subsequent scanner probes, so while we weren’t completely ready (he did kill an empty Itty V and podded the pilot) we had decent CAP in the air and one of our Interceptors were able to get a lock on him. It looked like he may have just wanted to fight the Inty, but hard to say really, I didn’t get a clear view of the encounter. Thankfully we were able to purge Severice2 from our home system, though our pilot did lose his ship in the encounter as well so it was a pretty close thing. Talking to our pilot afterwards, he had a list of things to do better next time, as he felt there’s no way it should have been that close (Ex: Turning on his guns at the start of the fight probably would have helped. ;P). Regardless, well done to that pilot getting the point and then his first solo kill.

After that it was more or less smooth sailing getting the Rorqual components in. Had a brush in with a Falcon at one point (who had trouble defeating the shield tank on my armor tanked pvp harbinger) who ran away when I tried to chase him, eventually warping away when they saw I had backup arriving. There was also a Maelstrom later on which I decided not to lock down as I didn’t want to force them back through the WH we were hauling through. No real difficulties though. Once everything was safe and sound I brought Kor back into the hole to collapse the route to highsec completely as one of the intervening WH’s was WELL into critical. Something about 2 pilots forgetting their last loads of components in the station after the WH  first going critical and having to go back through… *innocent look*

And then, the coup de grace of the evening… after the rest of the corp had logged off, Kor was looking for a highsec access (we had a K162 in our home system he was exploring) and he came across a group that looked like they were hauling. Once he was done scanning and confirmed lowsec access, Kor got into his Manticore and went hunting. Nailed himself a Badger  II carring 30,000 Caldari Navy Lead Charge L and a Tengu hull, which I was able to snag shortly thereafter and get somewhere safe. Almost nagged a Cheetah pilot shortly thereafter (different corp/alliance) but they got out of disruptor range before I could kill them. If I’d done a couple things better I may have gotten the kill, but that is life. All in all a good end to a good evening.

Saturday was pretty quiet overall; did some scanning, closed some WH’s, but then had to run and was gone most of the afternoon and evening. Got back late fairly late so it was pretty much a wash. Sunday we redialed a couple times till we were no longer getting a busy signal (Blame J for than analogy, at least the last bit of it) and did a whole bunch of gas harvesting and mining. It was nice to break one of our new WH members into the WH life, as well as get enough gas and ore out of a system to critical the adjoining WH. Been a bit since we’ve done that.

All in all a great weekend; corp availability was high, we made a ton of isk and brought in a lot of components for the Rorqual, and overall had a blast.

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One Response to “My kind of weekend”

  1. Yes, hopefully I will have updated my mental check list.

    I have to admit I was focused on popping stealth, getting the lock and points on. I also thought I had turned the guns on to autoengage with a lock. I was looking over the damage spam and wondering where all the yellow text was when I realized what was wrong…

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