So of course, having quit, I then start seeing previews of the Rubicon stuff, and sure, deployables are really cool and all, but what really caught my eye was the fact that they're freely attackable in highsec, with only a suspect flag. Not to mention the interceptor changes, the new SoE ships, and other things that I don't care much about but are still cool, like the Marauder changes with the Bastion mod.
With that in mind, I resubbed yesterday, Amazon was having a sale and their 6-month sub was about 20 dollars cheaper than going through EVE's site. I had actually re-started the day of the expansion, since my sub had about 5 days left on it at that point, but I decided to resub after a couple days of fun.
First thing I did was sell the large POS while trying to get into a corp for a quick safari. This gave me a stash of about 1.2b, with which I bought a level 4 mission Tengu to keep up appearances for the corp I was going to join. I also wanted to grind out the SoE ships, and there was a level 4 agent less than 8 jumps from where I was. That was most of my first day back, grinding for (and building) an Astero BPC, then fitting it. It's sitting somewhere in my manufacturing station, waiting to be tried out.
While that was going on, someone in the Belligerent Undesirables channel put out a call for assistance.
[ 2013.11.22 06:50:45 ] beancounter Jaynara > Planetary Genocide how far are you from CatI'm pretty pumped at this point. Someone has gotten director roles in the Charon's corp, and is inviting everyone who can make it to come gank the Charon. There's a courier contract for 2 Drakes inside with 300m collateral (though I don't know this yet), and I'm 12 jumps out.
[ 2013.11.22 06:54:08 ] Planetary Genocide > Beancount: 12 jumps
[ 2013.11.22 06:54:09 ] Planetary Genocide > why?
[ 2013.11.22 06:54:23 ] beancounter Jaynara > we will be awoxing a charon
[ 2013.11.22 06:54:30 ] Planetary Genocide > in... how long?
[ 2013.11.22 06:54:43 ] beancounter Jaynara > hes in a charon, 10 mins?
So, pre-Rubicon, I don't know if I would have made it in time. Post-Rubicon, however, I decided I could hop in my Crow and burn hard for Cat. At that point, the Charon was 3 jumps out from Cat, and I was just now undocking to get there. Thanks to the warp changes, I almost beat him to the gank system; I had to stop right outside Villore as he reached it just before me, we didn't want to spook him.
The result was plenty satisfying, even though he self-destructed instead of paying ransom or dying to our guns:
Unfortunately, I was kinda twitchy, and upon hearing "Blow the wreck" i immediately blew up the wreck, just as someone else said "no wait". Oops. Luckily, bean still made profit on the contract.
I also attempted to join a corp, The Seed Holding Inc, for a quick safari, but Bob Starseeker approached them with an offer to join Goonswarm and go to null, and told them to stop all recruitment since he didn't know I wasn't in yet. So I was asked to hold my app for up to a month, which at least meant they didn't see anything fishy in my API (somehow). I stayed in their pub channel and just generally pretended to be a typical missioning carebear.
So that was day 1. I stayed up extremely late last night, grinding out the last of the Stratios LP, and managed to put it into manufacturing just before downtime. Downtime had a small patch and some server issues, so I decided I would just go to bed instead. Got up later this afternoon, logged on, sold my Stratios for 400m, and Jules from Seed, the Co-CEO and apparently the CEO's wife, convos me to say "yeah, go ahead and put in an app now, we're not moving to null".
As it turns out, they thought they didn't have enough SP or ISK to hack it out in null, so they would just stay in corp and do their own thing. When I joined, they were bashing Interbus POCO's in Klaevik, so I headed out there in my Crow to do some recon, 7 jumps away. I land on grid, to find Braccer and Khorman (the CEO) in Rattlesnakes, and Jules in a Myrmidon, shooting at the office with drones. They had already gotten planet 1, and were working on putting down planet 2.
After sitting around with the Crow for a while, I decided to head back to base to grab my Cyclone. It was the only PvP ship I had with neuts, and despite the XLASB fit I put out a call for shield rep and cap xfer in Klaevik. Zakarin Atram and his alt brought two Scythes, Bob StarSeeker brought an Osprey, and Matsudaira Takuma brought a cap xfer Osprey; sadly, he had his killrights activated while passing through Sivala and was ganked by Marmite :(
As the logi rushed towards Klaevik, another corpmember appeared, linking a... questionable Ashimmu fit. I reiterated the need for cap xfer, given that he had neuts on his Ashimmu, yet when he jumped in, he wasn't flying a Blood Raiders cruiser. He was in his missioning Nightmare.
Once Bob and Zakarin made it to the gate, I took a quick "pee break", dropping the shield boost amp on the Cyclone for a second point, and came back. Logi was called in, and I set drones on the Rattlesnake's Gardes before scramming, neuting, and webbing the Nightmare. Shields held up decently (though I was at half shield for a short while before reps caught), and the neut did its job in keeping the Nightmare unable to rep the damage I was putting into him. Then, he shot one of the logi (Bob, I think?) and Concord cleaned him up. I caught his pod as well, before turning to the Rattlesnake. By this point, the other Rattler and the Myrmidon had fled the system, and i was kicked from fleet and from their pub channel. It was too late to save the Rattlesnake, however, and we duly relieved Khorman of his faction battleship, though his pod fled into warp.
The drops were decent, and I transferred 30m each to Zakarin, Bob, and Takuma for their efforts. In addition to the killright on the Nightmare for one of the logi pilots, I managed to finagle myself a medal (with no tears, sadly).
Quite a return to the game, I must say. I think my next plan is to join up another corp, and do it all again, or get another Stratios and start scanning down people's tractor units.
Fly it like you stole it o/