Today I made three major mistakes.
- Flying with 200m in my tanked hauler. It holds out against Tornado napkin math, but not other things…
- Getting scanned by a solo dramiel and not dumping half to all of my cargo. I thought about this for 4 jumps before not doing it. I knew the right decision, but didn’t take it.
- Insuring my bloody Mammoth. This is nothing but superstition, but the first time I undock with it it got ganked.
Anyway, here is what happened.
With more capital than I can cover right now, I upped my risk threshold on how much I’m hauling. I’m almost at the level of engaging Red Frog Freight but not quite, and I’m too impatient for it at the moment. I decided instead of hauling 150m, I’d bump it to 200m and see if I got any attention.
I bought a few things, some Praetors, Sisters Core Scanner Probes and some 100mn Afterburner IIs. I loaded them up into the cans that have taken up permanent residence in my hold, and headed off.
Immediately, my EVE crashed. Just at Jita undock. Fuck. What a start. I killed my work VPN and reconnected, hoping that I got away without being ganked at undock while disconnected. I enter the game and my ship is fine, and it hops the small entry warp back to Jita undock.
I dock up to refresh my undock invulnerability. Ok, giving this another shot, I undock and wait about 20 seconds before warping to my insta-undock bookmark. I warp off to the first gate in my run and bam, disconnected again. Grr.
I get back on and all is well, and I continue my journey. A couple of jumps in, I get scanned by a lone Dramiel. This sets my spider sense tingling. I’m already over my limit… I should dump my cargo in a station and scout out. Hrm. Ahh, this fit survived two Tornadoes yesterday! She’ll be right mate.
I continue on 4 or so jumps without trouble, and relax a bit. I’m still mulling dropping my cargo off, but I have to go to the Doc later today so I want to mess about as little as possible.
I hit the Uedama gate and jump through… and on the other side are Destroyers. Lots of destroyers. And a Tornado. Hm. 11 Destroyers. Shit.
I hit warp to the nearest station, hoping that they’re all on some Destroyer Enthusiast Club rally run. Nope, I get promptly targetted and shots start splatting against my shields. Which are staying up! The second salvo hits and my shield alarm goes off at almost the same time as my armour klaxon. I see the big white crosses of CONCORD coming to the rescue, sweet blessed CONCORD, I take back anything I ever said against you! A few destroyers BLAP into beautiful explosions…
And then the third volley hits and I’m in my pod.
I warp off to the nearest station to save my pod, and grab a hauler there in case I can scoop the loot. Nope, I get back to the gate and all the loot is gone and the wrecks too. Damn, slick operation here. Here is the killmail. Turns out they’re all from GIANTSBANE, bar one.
I figured this was a good opportunity to talk to the other side, so I had a chat to them in local and opened up a convo with the guy who seemed like the ringleader, 2lost.
So, post-mortem. While there isn’t much I can do against 9 players, I was pushing my isk in cargo limit too high. This was a valuable lesson in trusting in the rules rather than pushing the boundaries. The extra EHP that I’ll soon have from t2 shield mods will help, but I’m not sure it’d stop 11 destroyers. At the cost efficiency of their gank, which 20m is pretty accurate if a tad generous, it’d be hard to justify anything over 100m a haul. The only price differential here comes from how highly they value their security standing, which takes a hit every time they pull off a gank like this.
I parked up in Uedama and started to write this up, and about 10 minutes 2lost pointed me to an explosion of activity in local. Here is what I saw:
And the screenshot that was linked in chat:
The Freighter was in 15% structure or so.
Maybe I’m in the wrong trade here… Heh.