3 April 2012

The Syndicate

Moving took me longer then I had hoped due to a mistake I made with my jumpclone positioning ( destroyed a clone in Derelik and then realized I didn't have the standings requirement to create a new one in Verge so I had to fly all the way back, facepalm) 

Now that I have finally entered The Syndicate I've been on a few scouting trips into the region and I plan on doing that the coming week or so.

My goal on my  first trips  have been to make tactical and insta -bookmarks around the gates , safespots and insta-warps from the station undocks. Not for all systems but for the systems that I think I will need to regularly fly thru  when I am getting in and out of the region. Using them will make it possible for me to travel relatively  safe if I want to. While i am doing this I am checking out the local inhabitants and what kind of traffic is moving thru the systems.

Today I had planned to scout from EZA to 98Q-OS but I didn't get far. Three jumps in, in VV-VRC, I caught an interdictor camp on scan at the IIRH gate while there was a 10+ ship fleet sitting in the M2 gate.  I had managed to evade them when I came in from M2 by running like a madman :-) while overheating my MWD (6000+m/s, hell yeah) . Thank CCP for the speed of my Crusader.My decision to not bring a T1 frig as a scout  has already paid off.

Speedy Devil

With the gates blocked by interdictors and 20 in local I decided to call it a day ,dock up and wait for a better moment to continue. I don't want to risk my interceptor just yet. Patience is a virtue. The wise know when to quit and when to come back..

I do sometimes feel tempted to take the crusader into battle though. Yesterday when I warped to a planet I landed 70km away from a Taranis. A perfect opportunity for a 1v1 and I hesitated to attack or not. I decided to fly away. That didn't feel to good I can tell you .. running away when I want to learn how to  PvP?  But  still a wise choice in hindsight. I have no experience in flying a Crusader and the Taranis with its drones would prob have chewed me up even if I managed to keep range from it (which is highly questionable knowing my lack of successes so far). Besides scouting is my primary goal right now and I need to pick my fights well , not waste ships and get demoralized. Gotta stick to the plan.

So far Syndicate seems very active and it is living up to its reputation.


  1. The problem with that taranis is that it is either usually dual prop, or it is scram web. A crusader has a hard time handling a Taranis in either scenario if it gets scrammed.

    That said, you can take it on, but it'll be hard. I don't know if you will survive. You can either brawl it down with gatling pulse lasers and an active tank, or you can kite it down (dual light pulse lasers, 2 nanos, 2 te's, 2 locus rigs, disruptor MWD). Either way it's going to be difficult, one for cap and tracking, the other for manual piloting.

    Drones will be a non factor if you kite because you will outrun them.

    1. thanx for your interest and your comment. I have my Crusader kite fitted as you mention. I will try it out once I am done scouting the region.