Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The end of an era....

DISCLAIMER:My thoughts are firing faster then my typing so some of this may bounce around and may seem jumbled and cryptic...for this I apologize. And yes I know this has nothing to do with Eve.

So I am kind of in this place bordering depression and curiosity.  Recent and possible future events have me wondering what it is I want to do with life and what I would like to accomplish in it.

Now here comes the part with the scoffs, eye rolls and ridicule :).  I have been a fan of the Harry Potter movies since 2002 and have looked forward to every release since.  I haven't read the books and had been waiting to see Deathly Hallows Pt 2 to start, not wanting to ruin the story and magic of the big screen.  Well, I watched Pt 2 on Sunday and needless to say it was bittersweet.  No new releases.  No wondering what happens next (well there is plenty of wondering, but doubtful anything will come of it).  It made me stop and think.  We have watched the actors grow up before our very eyes. To some of as as children, to others as peers.  My own daughter is 9, born the year The Chamber of Secrets released.  Since the 1920's movies have shaped generations. Will we ever see another series of movies that capture a generation the way the HP movies did?

I am going on 31.  My dad will probably not make it through next year. My mom passed away in 2004.  I feel confronted by my own mortality, and not sure how I like it.  I have many regrets in life, far to many to list.  My life was a fucked up mess from 13-28.  I made more mistakes in that time frame then 10 people do in their lifetime.  I now feel confronted with figuring out what I want to do with myself.  I have worked for a major company in one of their foundries since 2004.  It is honorable enough work, but it is not something I see myself doing for 30+ years.  I have a degree in Microbiology, but since I never pursued it as a career(due to a mistake made in life) I am far to rusty on the knowledge to apply it.

I am now in the process of reevaluating my life and where I want to be.  I do not want to look back on a life full of regrets.  I need to figure what is important, really important, to me and pursue it.  Life is only so long and the decisions and actions you make shape generations.

SO where does that leave me?  I am going to go back to school.  For what yet I am unsure, but I am going anyway.  I am sure I will eventually figure it out.

 I am going to take care of my family.  I have a wonderful wife and two beautiful children that I want to do right by. 

I am going to quit smoking, change my diet, ad start working out again.  We have one body, one life.  I no longer intend on shortening it by damaging it.  I have partied like a musician(which I also am) for the last 17 years and it is taking its toll.

Stop looking and worrying about the past and future. One we can no longer control, the other we can shape.  We shape our futures in the present.  If I always worry about what is to come, I will miss what is already here.

So with that I will leave you with this philosophical tirade lol.  Remember that life is short and it is NEVER too late to make changes and go after the stars.

Funny that a movie series makes you realize that and opens your eyes to your potential, eh?

In life

Thursday, November 3, 2011

So You Want To FC, Eh? Part 2 - Fight on YOUR terms!

One of the most difficult things for a budding FC to learn, at least in my mind as it is something I struggle with, is understanding different ways that you can force a fight onto you terms.  Oddly enough, this isn't as difficult as one would think.  The hardest part, in my opinion, is being able to do it quickly and under pressure.  I am going to provide just a few of the myriad of ways you go about doing this.  Keep in mind though that tactics are being used against someone who may not play the way you want them too!

There a about as many ways to bait and goad your opponent as you can imagine but we are only going to go over a handful of them here.  Some of the more popular tactics include Psyops, pincher, turn and burn, bubbles, and using dictors.


Psyops is the art of using psychological warfare against your opponent.  Methods of doing this are: Making the enemy believe you have less numbers then you do, making them believe you are scared (by running away to a predetermined trap point), making them think you have different shiptypes, and just all around making them believe they have the upper hand.

There are several ways to instigate most of this methods.
1. Numbers.
Lets say you are taking your fleet back home from a prolonged roam. Your scout, who is +2, J's into a gate camp.  Your fleet comp is 8 shield BC's, a falcon, 2 Skirmish inties, 1 jag(chaser tackle), a sabre, 2 scimis and 2 vagas.  The recon report comes in: Gizz in XX-XXX on XX gate. 13 in local and I have 13 on grid. 6 Canes, a sabre, 2 vagas, 2 scimis, a dram, and a Stiletto.  The idea is to bait them into thinking they outmatch you and to therefore get them to come to you and engage.
The Execute: you can tell you skirmish to either get safe in local or burn back to gate. You would then have only half of your force go into the next system, thus allowing their scout(assuming they are smart and have one, most do) to see your numbers.  Hopefully you can get them in position on the next gate and they will take the bait, J into your system and engage not knowing that the other half of your force is incoming. When they do it will be too late(hopefully...shit happens :) )

2. Running scared.
Same situation as above..but lets they have the numbers this time.  You can still get a good fight this way, it just takes a little patience.  The idea is to have them think you don't want to fight because you think or "know" you will lose.  How do we do this? Running!
The Execute: Your scout gives his report and you send the fleet into system -1 from scout. Warp everyone to gate at about 20km and as soon as you exit warp realign the ingate you entered in. Give it about 30 secs so they think you are discussing it and then burn back to other gate.  If it works a couple of them(or hell the whole force) should come in and give chase.  Now there are a few things you can do here.  I am only going to cover two, as some of the others will be covered in their own section.  What you do here is up to you..as I am not going to reveal the actual methods you can use(so you can use them against me lol)


The purpose of this is having two forces to trap your opponent with, one being the one engaged the other the back up.

This section is going to be pretty short, as I am not going to be putting in actual tactics used, just giving the idea.  The idea is to either split your force, know you have back up somewhere, or know backup can respond if needed.  Then you just engage on a gate, and when back up arrives it cuts off their escape.


I already went into this in some detail.

The tactic: To make look like your running or to split up faster ships from slower ships

The execute: It is what it is.  Just turn and align to a gate or celestial and burn for a bit til they give chase. You then warp off and pick off the ones who come after you.

Bubbles, Interdictors, and Gate camping  

I am also not going to go into too many details on these subjects even though they are viable tactics to giving you the higher ground.

Bubbles: Bubbles are anchorable objects that, like dictor spheres, disrupt warp off all ships it is aligned to(meaning celestials it is aligned to but ships taking the aligned path) and drops them in your lap.

Interdictors:  Two classes, standard and Heavy.  Standard, or light, Interdictors are destroyer class vessels that equip an Interdiction Sphere Launcher to drop Interdiction probes in space. Heavy interdictors are even more unique as they equip a Warp Disruption Field Generator. This allows HICs to quite literally be the center of their bubble and move around with it.

Gate Camping:  We all know this one.  Sitting at a gate for hours on end in a busy pipe and waiting for unsuspecting travelers and gangs to come through.

In closing I hope you all received a little more insight into ways to turn the hand.  Veterans know most of this stuff, however, I hope that maybe they were refreshed or have a new perspective on the subject.  Sorry to all my readers for this one being two weeks late. I have had some shit dropped on me in life lately and it has been hard to get a handle on my writing.

Until next fly dangerously! o7