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Adrenaline - The Gateway Drug...

Of all the possible paths in EVE, I've only recently started experimenting with PVP. It is by far the most fun, while at the same time being the most expensive... "Why don't you become a pirate?" some people ask. The path of the pirate just isn't my style. I'm too nice in real life too... I usually end up making a new friend after every fight, win or lose, and giving folks their gear back.... That doesn't mean the blood-lust and adrenaline don't make me do bad things sometimes ;-)

Instead of flying around pew-pewing (hmm... projectiles... pow-powing?) every noob in sight, I prefer to wait for others to make the first move. I just make myself... available, by practicing my scouting/scanning and warping in on a promising target, then waiting to see what they do. Sometimes they wave with a "o/" in local, usually they wave with their guns instead.

On one of the first of such outings, I had been running around teasing the local flashy-reds in their cruisers and BC's for a while, and was looking for a good fight, fair but challenging (I've already learned not to try pvp-fitted cruisers/bc's alone in my Rifter...). A couple of blips on the scanner indicated a pair of fairly noobish dudes in matching his/her Breachers, so I figure they're probably ratting together. I'd never fought a Breacher, but I'd flown one, and I knew that they can dispense a whole lot of pain, despite being paper thin. I scan them down to a complex, mull it over for a minute, and hit warp. As I activate the acceleration gate I mumble something random and unintelligible about doing "the needful", and make sure that my clone is up to date.

When I arrive inside, they have just finished up the first stage, and were cleaning up their fine 2/10 complex booty. After a couple of seconds they both aligned toward me, and I knew it was on! I hit the afterburner as they were locking me and rushed out to meet them with YOL (Yarrrr out loud) as my ship auto-targetted them back. Breachers being the death-traps that they are, I expected them to try to stay out of my range and rain fiery standard light missile death down on me. Instead of the usual Stasis Web, I had fit a Tracking Disruptor for this trip (hoping to track down a dude in a destroyer) so I was banking on being faster than them to keep them in range. To my surprise and amazement, they settled into a close orbit! The forecast however, did still call for fiery missiles of death, so my happy-dance was short-lived.

They start firing just as they get into range, so I return the favor with autocannons of annihilation! I pick a target at random and hit orbit in an attempt to keep up some speed and offset some missile damage. For the record, missiles hurt... I keep a tight orbit on the first ship and start to get nervous when I'm into armor and he's not dead yet... My T2 small armor repper is running furiously about the time the first Breacher asplodes. I'm down to about 25% armor and out of cap when I turn my attention to the second Breacher, without much hope of making it out of there in one piece.

Taking the same strategy as I did on the first ship, I settle into a close orbit with autocannons of hurt a-blazing! I enter structure about the same time his shields peel away. His armor is going fast, but my structure is going faster... My small NOS pulls just enough cap for an emergency cycle of the armor repair, but that melts away pretty quickly. He's into structure, but half of mine is already gone. I'm pretty sure I'm a goner when I hit about 25% structure, but then I get another cycle from the Nos and hit the armor repairer. YES!!! I get a chunk of armor back, Breacher goes BOOM, and I'm looting the wrecks with 10% structure left on my poor, awesome Rifter :-)

We exchange "GF"s in local, and I take a look at what they left behind. Turns out they were flying close in the hopes of scoring some hits from their autocannons:

Cleared for publication by: Ander
Rest of story moved to extended body. Sorry for delay in verificationprocess.
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2007.03.06 05:01

Victim: Xxxxxxx
Alliance: None
Corp: Republic Military School
Destroyed: Breacher
System: Gusandall
Security: 0.4

Involved parties:

Name: Agio (laid the final blow)
Security: 2.2
Alliance: None
Corp: Xxxxx xxxx
Ship: Rifter
Weapon: 150mm Light AutoCannon II


Destroyed items:

Phased Plasma S, Qty: 38
Standard Missile Launcher I
Small Shield Booster I
Civilian Afterburner

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2007.03.06 05:00

Victim: Xxxxxxxxx
Alliance: None
Corp: Republic Military School
Destroyed: Breacher
System: Gusandall
Security: 0.4

Involved parties:

Name: Agio (laid the final blow)
Security: 2.2
Alliance: None
Corp: Xxxxx Xxxx
Ship: Rifter
Weapon: 150mm Light AutoCannon II


Destroyed items:

Sabretooth Light Missile, Qty: 35
Piranha Light Missile, Qty: 35
Standard Missile Launcher I, Qty: 2
Small Shield Extender I
Small Shield Booster I
Civilian Armor Repairer

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I still get the shakes going into a fight that I know is going to be close... Am I the only one? Seems like an extreme reaction, but I guess the adrenaline doesn't know that you're not in any PHYSICAL danger... High on the adrenaline rush from this fight, I was feeling invincible! I am the most awesome PVP'er in all of EVE! This Rifter is the most badass ship ever and I'll prove it! See that flashy red pirate dude over there in a pvp-fitted Rupture? His ass belongs to me! He is so going to regret warping into my belt! I'm gonna take those slow-tracking medium autocannons and shov... Hey where'd those drones come from? Wait, what?

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Victim: Agio
Alliance: None
Corp: Xxxxx Xxxx
Destroyed: Rifter
System: Eifer
Security: 0.4

Involved parties:

Name: Flashy_red_pirate_type (laid the final blow)
Security: -9.7
Alliance: Xxxx xx Xxxxx
Corp: Xxx Xxxxx Xxxxx
Ship: Rupture
Weapon: Valkyrie II


Destroyed items:

150mm Light AutoCannon II
Small 'Knave' I Energy Drain
Phased Plasma S, Qty: 237
Monopropellant I Hydrazine Boosters
F-392 Baker Nunn Targeting Scrambler
Small Armor Repairer II
200mm Reinforced Rolled Tungsten Plates I
Phased Plasma S, Qty: 2718 (Cargo)

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OK, lesson learned...

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Sicks_Strings on :

Haha! Awesome story! I loved it all!

I do get the shakes after a great fight, and I too have thought I was the best pirate in Eve untill I found out I was, aparrently, the second best pirate in eve, and had to go back to Jita to get a ship :-P

Keep up the great work.

Fly safe

nam the psp on :

i get shaky during fights, and neither of you are the best pvper until you can take 2 prophecies in your ruppie. altho no matter how many prophs i blow up, my friends still somehow beat me with caracals... dont ask. so im not the best either, oh well

great story, great ending, and a lesson that all pirates can refelcet upon, cept that flashy red guy

Sicks_Strings on :

I'm that red flashy guy... :-P

jeo on :

Thanks for the comments guys! Haven't been playing much lately, but I hope to have more stories to post soon :-)

kimi on :

There, see, that wasn't so difficult. Do I really have to show you mine, now?

More importantly, can I be your fangirl?

sudoken on :

haha that was good had humor in it, I know how you feel man. I still get the shakes but not as bad as i did when i first started pirating. Reminds me of a time i wasted two rifters at once, in my rifter. Got 4 kills that morning. :-P

Tis'a'Shame on :

Nice story , and yes I get the shakes, even though I am just and empire ore thief.

Been playing alt for for about 3 weeks now running around popping haulers barges and mining osprey, although I must admit my little merl has taken on some cormy's that where ratting aswell.

Hopefully I will have some stories of my exploits soon.

Vindarten on :

wise man says
fighting is about luck
sometimes our ships do well
and sometimes they dont
for instance
i just lost my omen after only having it for 3 hrs


but then i shudnt have taken on a executioner/vengance combo after having blown up another guys omen

MED REPPERS SUCK ARSE CAP!

Klaus on :

Great story! Quite a coincidence that one of one of the newer authors (one of the better in my opinion though ;-)) took you down. Love your writing style, a lot of the authors around here have gotten into the mundane style of writing that takes away from the action and suspense of combat, glad a lot of new blood is starting to write. Love how you mention the "shakes" :-) used to happen to me now all that I get is a rush, and the fact in comes from a game is almost mind-numbing. As for the comment above me, the Omen is terrible unless your in a gang, damage output is alright but the thing is way to fragile then again if it works for you go for it.

PTSI Freighter on :

Yeah. I get the shakes occasionally. I started PVPing as an ore theif, then as Corp PVP person. then Moved onto LV...

Funny thing is that if I do 1v1 fight I get the shakes... or if someone takes something of high value (Like VETO taking my unanchored tower I just spent 2 hrs to move) But if I am in fleet battles... I am just fine :-( wierd >

Jeo on :

Nice PTSI, I'm the same way :-) My first stab at PVP was when our good friend Nexa war dec'd a corp I was in. The "leadership" never logged in, and the few of us that flung our fearless frigates of futility at the TRAPS guys ended up like flies on the windshield. I stuck around until the war was over, and then went back to the noob corp for a while and jumped into low sec to see what kind of damage I could do :-)

Fleet battles don't effect me that way at all... Just the solo/small gang stuff. The couple of fleet battles I've been in are usually too chaotic (and laggy) to really even know what's going on until it's over.

I'm in IAC now btw ;-) See ya on the battlefield (lag permitting...)!

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