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January 21, 2014



IIRC, if you press ctrl while hovering on the overview it stops scrolling so you can be sure you're getting the right target. Been a few years since I played Eve, though, so I could be misremembering.

Alysianah aka Saylah

You are correct! It was one of the tips from the UniEve page I linked. Didn't know that until after. :-)


You've been thrown into the fire and it sounds like you didn't do too badly considering. I'm in AIDER as well, which is how I came to be reading your blog. The same thing happened to me not too long ago. I'm still a newb. Anyway, I just wanted to console you by saying you're not alone in your experience. It's not easy to get started. I agree with you that it would be nice if the corp had more of a program to ease people in. To fill the gap, I'm thinking about taking a PVP class from Agony Unleashed (http://www.agony-unleashed.com/wiki/index.php?title=PVP_Classes). I've started teaching myself and I've been asking question of the veterans in the corp. Anytime I've asked a question or had a concern, everyone has been really nice and they will take the time to truly answer you or take care of your concern. Also check out the Welcome page on the corp wiki.

I wasn't in the fleet your wrote about until that last encounter. In a further attempt to make you feel better, there were several things working against you in that last encounter you had flying an Atron. First was that the target calling was a little sketchy so not everyone was focused and working together. At the start everyone should have been trying to take out the EWAR. So that's not your fault. Second, no one expected the enemy's EWAR ship to be packed full of jammers. Most people couldn't lock anything. I'm guessing you couldn't lock anyone as well. It was just a bad situation so I wouldn't feel bad about it if I were you. Sure there are things we could have done better, such as better communicating the situation, but hey, we're newbs. It takes time to learn this stuff. Third, the Atron fit you were flying is actually listed under "Expendable Atron" on the doctrine page. There are better tackle fits but this one is designed to be very cheap and it's something the newest players can get into very quickly. It's also something everyone can get into and just have fun and not worry about losing their ships. So it's not the best at tackling but it's still a great ship to just go out there and get blown up in because that's how you learn.

So this post turned out to be way longer then even I was expecting but there is one last thing. I feel bad for all the new players in that fleet. The FC did sound very frustrated at some points and I know that would have greatly turned me off if that was my 1st fleet. Trust me, he was more frustrated in the situation and not with his pilots. Still, it's not good. He's a great FC but that is something he needs to work on. You were totally fine. Also, don't expect that to happen very often.

Oh wait, one more thing. A tip. When the list of targets gets long and you need to find the right one, it helps to sort the overview by name or type. You can click on the column headers to sort by that column.


Thanks for the thoughtful reply!! I hate sucking. And it may sound silly but I hate sucking at games women aren't readily identified with. Ya know, making female gamers look bad. EVE is a bit out of my comfort zone and may never be great at it but I want to be competent. I tend to play support roles like healers so being up close and personal is startling at first.

That said, the experience didn't sour me on the corp or PVP. Just more determined to figure out what will work best for me. I know it's not lucrative or suggested to do in low sec flagged as a FW target but I took the Atron out and did a few missions today. Consequently, I felt much better in the fleet this evening. First off, I knew how the ship worked and where all my stuff was located. I understand how the fleet tends to move around and some of the gates were familiar from last time. So I was able to be sent out ahead or arrive first at the next location etc which in and of itself made me feel more comfortable. :-)

See you in game!

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