Surprising Start

As I stated at the start, my time can be limited.  This has often held me back from joining large corporations/alliances.  I have always been very straight forward with my time commitment obstacles when joining a corporation, regardless if I initiated the request or another corp recruited me.  Each time I am promised, “Yeah dude, we all know life happens.  Just join in when you can.”  Yet, inevitably, one day I log in to find I’ve been kicked from the same “relaxed” corporation to make room for more active players.  Always nice mails sent to explain, but still something burns from reneging on a deal. 

Anyway, distracted off topic rant over, I have not spent the time since my last post  mourning over my first loss – crying, on the floor, in the fetal position.  I haven’t!  I have managed to log in, and fly around here and there.  I jet into a plex, orbit the button, and wait.  I have to admit, I do take a few jumps to find systems that are not crowded.  I would like to gain experience with PvP, so I am attempting to locate systems that will increase my chances at 1v1 combat.

Just to establish how much I’ve been out in attempt to blow up:

The LP count for Federal Defense Union (FDU) has been accumulated by 3-4k increments at a time.  Each plex 10-15 minutes to complete, remaining in novice and small complexes.  I have yet to complete anything larger, reference my previous post.  Maybe that should be the key to blowing up more, making myself an easier target.  And yet, many of the past up opportunities to take me on are from frigates!  Also, I have yet to encounter a faction warfare pilot that is interested in a fight.  I have come across many opposing faction pilots in system, and even attempted to fly into their plex.  Each time they just fly off, or pass through the system.

I guess I’m going to have to get more aggressive with my plan.

There is exciting news to share though!  My first kill!!!!

Watson Crick is the man!  I was plexing a small room, and Watson flew right in.  I spotted him on d-scan, and deployed my drones.  I was better at prepping my micro warp drive to overheat as Watson flew in – but the story on that does not stop there.  I was already orbiting the button at 20km, so I liked my defensive preparation.  As soon as Watson dropped from warp, we targeted each other.  I clicked him to orbit at 20km, and hit my micro warp drive to maintain the orbit.  Little did I know, or care at this point, that this distance helped his fit as well.  At least my orbiting maneuver disrupted his turret tracking a bit, which as it turns out I needed any and all advantage to win this fight.

A little after we engaged, (about the same time I noticed I was warp disrupted), I realized I needed to click on my own warp disruption to lock him.  I attempted to keep an eye on transversal velocity, but found that my eyes kept jumping to his target icon.  Watching the slow damage progress to his shields, I calculated that he too was shield fit.  Seeing no recovery from the shield damage, I also guessed he was most likely passive fit as well.  This was going to be a race to the end, and it was turning out to be close.  Suddenly I heard the startling sounds of warning from my shield indicator, alerting me I was low.  My eyes dart back to transversal, then back to his target icon.  Quickly followed by the shocking shriek indicating my armor was low.  That sound came on me a little faster than I expected!  That’s when I realized I forgot to shut off my micro warp drive, and it burned out.  Nice move noobie-me!

Both of us in structure, (and my ship moving much slower), I notice he’s at 22km.  Now I’m not sure if he was attempting to pull range.  This is another detail I’ll need to gain a eye for as this game, hopefully, slows down for me.  I hit the button to fly to him in an attempt to maintain the 24km range of my warp disruptor.  In hind sight, if Watson wanted to get away, I’m sure he could have easily done it.  A better move for me here would be to decrease orbital range.  Moving toward him simply took away my transversal advantage.  Considering both of our ships were well into structure, (mine less than 25% structure left at the end), I’m sure Watson was just as interested in seeing this combat through to the end as I.  That was a great fight, from a great pilot!

Personal note: considering this was my first kill, I really appreciate the loot fairy honoring me with the fireworks drop.  It’s just poetic.  Also, I placed the Tristan kill mark as the featured image to this post.  I am enjoying it while it lasts.  As tempting as it is to save, this ship must seek its destruction.

I have been able to fly around a bit more than usual lately, since I have enjoyed some time off from work.  I do have some work to complete over this weekend, so we’ll see how much of this I can continue.  Even when I return to work, I’ll be able to post an hour or so of fly time most nights.  I will see this challenge through.

Current record: 99 Tristans in dock, 1 kill.

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