Failure: Hide & Seek

Have you ever tried to hide your own ship from yourself? Nope?

Well. I did it. When we found a Covetor in a belt in Partod I quickly put my Warp Disruptor on it – sitting in my shiny Anathema – and waited for my corpmates to come and destroy the evil foe. Save the roids!, I say.

In about half armour the pilot ejected. Fine so far, about 18m for the ship plus fittings would go into our hangar; at least the thought so. I warped to a safe spot, ejected and went to grab the Covetor.

Way off the mark! I was playing with Romain, and Romain could not fly Mining Barges, Ash could but he was about 30 jumps off. I warped back to my safe just to find it empty. No CovOps waiting for its owner, just the cold of space. A short directional scan revealed that the Anathema was right behind me, in the direction from where I was coming.

Apparently tackling the Mining Barge had consumed most of my capacitor so I wasn’t able to reach the safe spot, dropping warp and leaving ship a few AU before reaching the bookmark…  so I was sitting in the pod, we had a pilotless Covetor sitting in the belt, a pilotless Anathema sitting on an unknown safespot, and my mates sitting at the belt guarding the treasure we couldn’t retrieve.

We tried to ransom the pilot (‘pay us and you can get your ship back’) but then a blob (‘smaller fleet’) consisting of several t2 cruisers entered the system, we quickly dispatched the Covetor but they got one of our ships tackled. The Vexor was gone fast.

While I was waiting at the safespot the former Vexor pilot went and grabbed his Helios to probe my ship, but he … failed. CovertOps and the relevant scanning skills to III and a t1 fitting instead of a Sisters Launcher with suitable probes is not enough to scan down another CovertOps.

I bought a Magnate – the Amarr t1 scanning frig – about 7 jumps away, bought also rigs and probes and flew back about half an hour later. I tried… and got the signature to 88% strength. At least more than the Helios was able to achieve …

I bought Sisters Scanner Probes right in this very system and tried it a second time. No matter how I moved the probes I did not get a stronger signal than 98.86%. About 100m ISK were floating in space, alone … waiting for someone to be found.

I bought a Sisters Expanded Probe Launcher (after I borrowed money of course, not that I could pay about 48m from my own wallet – poor pirate I am) and after flying 13 jumps back and forth I sent out my probes, quickly and this time successfully scanning down my beloved frigate.

Fail.

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Inactivity … the ghost of blogs. Well, I am still there. And no, this is not a copy/paste version of my last ‘I am still there’ post.

[p0int] is currently home of four fine pilots, and a few day ago we did a roam, Wolf, Vexor, Logistics Exequror, and myself in a gank Thorax.

As we were kind of spread out, Rino in his Exe and I moved out to pick up the Vexor, a few jumps down the route to Ami. We undocked and had a Thorax on scan. In a belt.

He was quickly popped, and although we missed the pod we sold the loot drop for nice three million to him right afterwards. After we deaggressed we moved on.

The route was quite empty, nothing in sight to kill, but in Ami we quickly disassembled a Coercer plus Pod, shame our Wolf-Noob had to kill the pod all himself without waiting for the other to get on it (the pilot refused to pay the offered ransom …).

Then there was this Arbitrator. About 70km off a belt’s centre, and our Wolf burned towards him, while the others tried to gain range so we could warp to the Assault Frigate. With all four of us in the belt the Arbitrator didn’t come into scrambling range so we warped out after a while, deaggressing again.

Not too long after the Amarr cruiser was back in the belt and we tried to get him again. This time it worked, and although Hayjin subsequently burnt his afterburner, we got him.

When he entered half structure, a Harbinger warped right on top of us. All ECM drones were focussed on the battlecruiser on the battlecruiser while we popped the Arbitrator and began chewing into the Harbingers armour.

Be he wasn’t alone. A Guardian showed up at 65km range and the Harbinger’s drones were killing our own logistic cruiser … As he had to warp out the Harbinger slowly killed first our Vexor and then me.

Although I had ECM drones on him all the time they didn’t get a single successful cycle, otherwise I could’ve escaped.

Ratio: 1 Kill, 2 Losses; the Exequror survived with a mere of 3% hull.

Several mistakes on our and especially my side.

Firstly we should have warped out as soon as the Guardian popped out, but I underestimated it’s remote repair abilities.

Second – after I decided not to warp out to save all but the Vexor – me and the Wolf should’ve gone for the Guardian. Even if we lost the points on the Harbinger, we still could’ve scored quite a nice kill if the Guardian didn’t warp out.

And – what enrages me most – someone had the time to pop the Arbitrator’s pod while the Harbinger was already locked.

Note to myself: Make clear that primaries are primary and not secondary.