I don’t know why, but I really got annoyed by the ISK farmers today. Maybe it was when I realized most of them are probably controlled by just a few players multi-boxing. I do not believe they are bots, since I was able to catch up with a few. This indicates, to me at least, the player’s attention may have been drawn away. In a few cases, there was reaction within the fight, (mostly desperate attempts to run), but this encourages me to keep making their experience with farming difficult.
I’m sort of becoming infamous in a few systems, as LP farmers will simply fly out of system when I fly in. Again, another positive indication that their is human control behind these farmers.
Easy kills here, simply because they really don’t fight. As I’m involved in the fight, I just making sure they stay within my disruptor range. What’s the harm, right? There were also some pod kills that either went along with these pilots, or an odd pod that I ran into. I’m probably doing the farmer a favor by podding. But, again, it amuses me.
I do wonder how much LP these farmers collect. I identified at least six of the Atrons zipping from station to station, landing on any novice complex they can find. I know I chased many of them off their game, but I have to think they are probably just laughing at my futile efforts – laughing all the way to the bank. Sick contrast to the 45 to 70 LP points I collect for each of the kills. Sad really.
Engaging in these battles really didn’t do anything to improve my PvP skills either. However, I think I’ve already come a long way to feeling comfortable in this hostile environment. Maybe too comfortable. I chased off one of these Atrons from a complex, as I detected with d-scan. I did not have to fly into the complex, but instead chose to loot several wrecks that were present at the gate. I did believe this to be strange, so I continued to ping d-scan as scooped up the loot. Lo’ and behold and Atron comes zooming in to the location. I was confused by this. At first I thought, “Did this guy make a mistake?” Then I Looked at the the employment history of the only other pilot in system, and quickly prepped my micro warp drive (MWD) to pull away from the gate.
The Atron surprised me, and came at me hard. I was able to pull away to 20 km, and let my drones go to town on him. In the middle of the battle, Jorrien turns around and increases distance. I thought I was going to lose him, and he was fast. I closed the distance, which I believe he anticipated. He turned and closed distance very quickly. I clicked on my MWD pulled more distance, as Jorrien began to go to work on my drones.
I don’t know if I was just surprised, or if this fight was faster than others. I never felt in control at all throughout the entire thing. Jorrien had me working with so many systems, it sort of got overwhelming. As I managed my drones, he caught up to me again. At this point he was well into structure, but his armor repairer was significantly performing its job. Two of drones were down, but Jorrien now in my face focused his fire on my ship. All I could do was attempt to find a way to pull more distance, and hope my drones could finish him off. Fortunately they did.
I was shaken up by this battle. I had to mail Jorrien my “gf”, which I neglected to do immediately after in local. Jorrien was very gracious, and sort of chastised himself for not going to work on my drones earlier in the battle. That would have changed things for sure. His guns were powerful. He also mentioned that the ship had 14 kill marks.
Speaking of kill marks, XQ0005 has the new record – 4!
But then, nothing lasts forever. Boom time!
On the way back to one of my home stations, I reflected on my previous actions versus my intent. How much risk have I actually been taking? I have been looking for any and all targets when I enter a system. The only real available targets have been those ISK farming Atrons. Am I getting more confident, and just reshaping my risk averse nature?
I really wasn’t impressed with my performance in the last battle with Jorrien. I parked in a random station, dropped the loot, and immediately headed to a complex. After completing one, I moved to a small complex. Anonymous BTard came in to the system blinking red, fresh off a battle. It did not take him long to find me in the complex. I deployed drones, pulled distance, and locked him when he flew in.
I did not perform well in this fight either. I am beginning to doubt myself I guess. He was fast! In my effort to manage my MWD and our distance from each other, I shut off the MWD instead of shutting off the overheat option. I think I caught it soon after, but that small amount of time is all he needed to get in my face and shred me to pieces. A part of my distraction was from frustration at how little damage my drones were doing to his shields. I do not understand this impatience that has been coming over me.
Anonymous BTard is a great pilot, and the fit is solid – and expensive. Essentially he’s flying a 40-50 million ISK T1. I have to add, he definitely knows how to fly it.
XQ0006, anchors away!
Immediately, we catch another LP farmer in a complex.
My self concerns aside, at least this destruction is good for the economy.
Record: 95 Tristans ready to take flight, 9 kills.