When I last wrote, I was hanging around in Mittaningrad, so named, as I understand, for the heroic defense that took place there back in July, looking for something to do.
With fleet ops active, screwing around in empire space or hunting rats in the asteroid belts were officially verboten, so something to do would mean getting into a fleet.
Fortunately, as I logged on to see what was going on last night, there was a convoy forming up to bring people out to our advanced staging point, from which fleet ops were being launched.
With Gaff’s help, I was able to join the convoy fleet just as it was leaving. In fact, due to my fumbling, I was actually a couple of jumps behind it for most of its run. It was a good thing somebody pasted the route into the fleet channel. And with a 100+ ships breaking trail, and a couple of stragglers along for the ride, I do not suppose I was in horrible danger.
I arrived at the staging system, left the convoy fleet and joined Gaff in second fleet, and I did so, as usual, just in time. It filled up to its maximum 255 ships just after I joined and a third fleet started assembling. There were a lot of people out there.
So I warped out to the second fleet leader to see what I could see.
And what did I see?