Kill milestone and FC Burnout
Today (actually, yesterday because it’s 1am) I hit the 1000 Real Kills (non noobship/shuttle) milestone.
The day started off in a negative fashion. An hour of scanning nearby systems for Radar sites had netted me no ISKies and upon my return to Red HQ there was a Blue BC/Cruiser fleet already camping. *sigh*
Join fleet, get Megathron, undock overwhelming firepower, enemy run, assume command of Fleet, reship to frigs, off we go!
The Blues are all over, so I decide to camp in Akon on our own system’s gate. A good move, because an Arbitrator came through. The Arbi promptly exploded. Then a Hurricane came in. Boom. Myrmidon? Very nice tank (I adore triple rep myrms) but boom.
All within 15 minutes of each other yet none reported us to the other Blues. *sigh*
So many kills! Battle Report: http://redfed.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_related&kll_id=10248457
We hung round on a gate for a further half hour before eventually moving round into Vellaine and into the BHQ system of Autaris. We then sat in a belt for 20 minutes advertising our presence in local to the Blue fleet who were sat at a Safe. Who then accused us of playing Hide and Seek.
I got bored of waiting and had us warp near the BHQ station. Eventually a Blue Slicer ran in close (close for them, 25km) and in came their fleet with 2 more people than us, 2 cruisers and a fucking slicer and kiting hookbill to boot. Needless to say, we lost.
A merlin during the fight was my 1000th kill, so huzzah! \o/
I log in later in the day to find a pair of Blue ‘canes warping in and out of our HQ grid, sniping at frigs then warping off. So we undock sniper BS’s which they proceed to complain about. Of course. After an hour of nothing happening I took us out in Frigs, leaving the Blue “clique” (which was now in 2 taranis, a kiting hookbill and a slicer) to go actually fight something. We engaged a Blue fleet on a nearby gate and we won by about 2 guys. You know, the 2 guys that we would have lost by if the Blue “clique” had bothered to stop picking off the new guys and helped their corpmates. But anyway…
The Blue fleet disbanded, meaning all we had left to fight was the kiting aforementioned Frigates. Which never fought, merely swooped in and ganked any outlyers.
No point in having a fleet, so I logged.
Lately I’ve been running a majority of the EU timezone Fleets and it’s getting to me. I know 0.0 guys will read this and think “pshh, 25 guys? In Frigs? That’s nothing” and yet day after day after day it is. I love FC’ing, but with all the bitching and moaning and seeing our guys getting ganked and their guys getting ganked and people not listening and not working together I’m reaching a breaking point. I’m running fleets every minute I’m online (with the exception of the occasional fleet).
I contemplated taking a break from FC’ing but then noone would lead. The other day I didn’t set a fleet up. Guess who set one up instead? Noone. We went 4 hours with no fleet, people claiming “no FC” and asking others to set it up. I was not a happy capsuleer.
I’m not a very good FC by any means. My tactics are primitive and I get annoyed easily but apparently I’m one of the very few that actually bother to try, which is why if I were to stop FC’ing there’d be a problem but if I don’t stop FC’ing I’m going to burn out of RvB completely.