Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Arbalest Siege Missile Launcher x3
Covert Ops Cloaking Device II
Core Probe Launcher
Catalyzed Cold-Gas Arcjet Thrusters
Warp Disruptor II
Small Capacitor Booster II
Nonofibre Internal Structure II x2
Ballistic Control System II
Small Warhead Calefaction Catalyst I
Small Bay Loading Accelerator I
As the Purifer is a completely new ship type for me, I'm going to be recording more of my battles, even if not particularly eventful, as I need to learn a host of new player skills, as well as develop a fit that suits me. I've also returned to Punisher Plan numbering for the time being.
I spent several hours scanning down wormholes and exploring the systems within them. Sometimes the system was (or seemed) completely empty, while other systems contained POS, but no sign of an active player.
I discovered one very active class 6 wormhole with a serious W-space corp in residence, but their main ship seemed to be a Tengu, which I felt was too small for my bomber to properly engage.
Finally, I found a C1 wormhole with a Cyclone and Drake running a ladar site. Thinking it unlikely that I could take them both together, I arranged for a few corp mates to wait outside the wormhole for me to provide a warp-in.
As I maneuvered closer, however, another bomber uncloaked! He opened fire on the battle cruisers from well outside of point range, and they simply warped off. I continued to watch as the bomber then blew up the sleeper wrecks that had accumulated. He then activated his cloak and disappeared into the night.
The attack run I had set up was a bust, but I still felt that I learned a lot.
First, I learned a great deal about operating in W-space, from scanning down wormholes to searching for targets. All stuff that I had read about, but putting it into practice was useful.
I also learned that much of W-space is (or seems) empty. Whether it would still seem that way if I dropped cloak, I don't know.
The other bomber's attack run was also illuminating. When I've attacked battlecruisers in the past, they have always been ready (and generally willing) to fight back against a smaller opponent. Despite having hull class and numbers on their side, neither of the battlecruisers in this instance tried to do so. Perhaps there is a different attitude in W-space, where anything could be a trap; you can't check local to make sure he's alone.
Of course, I had initially been puzzled by the bomber's method of attack, as he could not have hoped to keep either of his opponents locked down long enough to kill them. However, when I continued to explore the system, I saw the bomber again, but this time docked at a POS at the far reaches of the solar system. It dawned on me then that he had not been actually trying to destroy the interlopers, but rather warning them off his turf.