1,100 words because Asher said he wanted to see the blog post about this.
I was keen to get into a fleet yesterday. I had been away last weekend then fairly busy over the week, so hadn’t done much more than log into EVE to update the client so far this month. All I had been able to do is watch Jabber, which has been full of news about fights I missed. So with my wife and daughter were out of the house, I had some time for a fleet op, and there was even one scheduled for 19:00.
I was logged in early and ready to go. It was Yacht Fleet doctrine, so I decided to fly logi since I already had a Guardian in my hangar in Saranen.
As were sitting around in the station waiting for things to get setup, I noticed people in logi channel chatting about fits and making sure people had the right fits. That got me to look at my own fit. Sure enough, my Guardian, which I bought back when Beard Fleet was new, before we were flying Machariels ourselves… hell, my insurance on it had expired, so it had been a while… had an old fit. All the modules in my high slots were wrong.
At this point things were starting to sound like we would be undocking shortly, so rather than trying to fiddle with my current ship, I just opened up the contracts window and found a fresh Guardian to purchase.
I did look at the contract… I looked at what was important to me at that moment, the high slots, which the contract had correct. I did not check anything else.
In my experience, that has been a safe thing to do. In sovereign null sec stations, only friends and allies can list contracts. That doesn’t mean that they are always correct, but anybody trying to screw with people via doctrine contacts gets in trouble.
However, basing out of Saranen in low sec means that stations are NPC owned and anybody can dock up and put things on the market or list contracts.
Anyway, that will become important in a moment, but at the time I bought the new ship, we got the order to undock and align, and off we went to defend a LAWN tower down in the Vale of the Silent.
That meant taking a titan bridge and a long series of gates, so it was jump and align, jump and align, jump and align with much in the way of interruption. We jumped into somebody’s 10 ship gate camp at one point, which must have been a shock for them, what with a 200 person Machariel fleet showing up to blap them. Nothing really happened that made me think about my fitting.
Then we hit a gate covered by drag bubbles. We were all stopped well short of the gate and the order when out to burn for the gate with prop mods on.
However, I quickly noticed that everybody seemed to be moving much faster than I was, leaving me behind. For some reason my ship was only moving at about 74 meters a second with the afterburner on. I noted this in the logi channel, as I couldn’t tell what was up.
By that point people were mentioning me by name on coms as falling behind and telling me to turn on my prop mod. I mentioned in fleet what I had said in the logi channel, that I seemed to be capped at 74 m/s. Somebody asked me to link my fit, which I did, at which point I became “that guy” in fleet; the fool with the bad fit or who had done something wrong.
Not the first time I’ve been in this role.
Not only had I missed the fact that there was a bad prop mod in my fit, but one of the rigs was a Medium Higgs Anchor Rig I, which is not at all what you want on a combat ship. I would totally link to some information about it, but EVElopedia is gone, the Brave Newbies Wiki doesn’t have an entry, and the EVE University Wiki only mentions it in passing. Bleh.
The upshot of that description is that it reduces the maximum velocity by 75%. It is useful for mining barges as it allows them to stay aligned and up to speed so they can warp off quickly if a hostile shows up without the barge constantly moving out of range of the asteroids being mined.
In addition, I also saw that had a 100mm steel plate in my low slots as opposed to the 1600mm steel plate required for the fit.
Well, we were far from home, close to a potential fight, and there wasn’t much I could really do. The ship couldn’t keep up, could anchor up properly, even after I removed the offending rig, and couldn’t tank if I got targeted. My ship was a liability to the fleet. So I told the logi channel that I was leaving fleet and dropped out of the op.
Of course, now I was in the middle of the Vale of the Silent with a problematic fit and many jumps from base. So I started looking at the market and found a station about five jumps off that had the replacement modules I needed. I warped along, docked up, bought the modules, fitted the ship, and was set.
It went fast enough that I thought I might be able to rejoin the fleet.
So I joined the fleet and got back on coms, at which point somebody noted that “the Higgs Anchor guy was back” Yeah, that was me.
While I was away the situation seemed to have changed. No fight had materialized for the tower and the fleet had a destination back in the direction from which I had come. Fortunately, the main fleet had enough slow battleships along that I was able to catch up and rejoin for our run back to the titan, which would bridge us past some of the gates.
The ride home was even less eventful than the ride out, and I only had to listen to a couple dozen people remind me to check the fittings in contracts before I accept them.
On the bright side of things, I did end up back at our station in a correctly fit ship. And the bogus contract had been cheap enough… so it would be at the top of the list… that I paid only a small premium over a correctly fit Guardian. A correctly fit one was ~230 million when I checked on our return, I paid 200 million for the bad one and it cost me just shy of 32 million to bring it up to scratch, mostly because of a tech II rig, so a 2 million ISK penalty for not paying attention.
At least I will be ready for the next fleet.
I’ll readily admit I’m a bit out of the game, but… I’ve never seen that module before. Has it been added recently? I’m puzzled at the combination of effects: reduced speed, increased agility, increased mass… What’s this supposed to be good for? Bumping? The increased mass would probably be offset by the reduced speed, but the higher agility and lower speed might mean it’s easier to aim the bump? I’m a bit at a loss with that thing.
@flosch – As far as I know, it is for what I mentioned, to keep a mining barge in place but ready to warp. Noizy wrote a post about the rig when CCP announced it back at EVE Vegas 2014.
You might’ve got an undersized prop-mod too, since that’s a good thing to trick people with.
It’s a pretty awful thing to have inflicted on you, and I don’t like it, but I can’t deny the image of a Logi wing crawling along at 74m/s is just a little hilarious.
Still, I’m glad you didn’t become a loss mail :).
Any chance of a Minecraft post soon? I’m always massively impressed by the things you get up to.
@Wilhelm: huh. For some reason, I just didn’t expect CCP to create a module only designed for those filthy carebears. ;-)
@Rob Kaichin – Yes, I forgot to confirm that there was, as well, a 1mn AB on the fit, but that was cheap to replace.
As a follow up, I managed to lose the ship when, after posting this, I realized there was another fitting not to doctrine and decided it was a good idea to try and fly through Pure Blind when the server was above 30K people to pick one up. So all in-game evidence of this whole affair has been destroyed. I bought a new Guardian off of a legit contract after that… then they called for a Hurricane fleet and I needed Basi. Such is life.
There is a Minecraft post in the offing, my finishing it has just been a matter of current events overtaking it.
Was reading the article to find out what sort of doctrine would mandate a higgs rig. :(
I believe this is the first time ever I read an article by you and was slightly disappointed by its content.
Check the fittings in contracts before you accept them.
The higgs rig is designed for crashing wormholes.
The Higgs Anchor is also routinely used by WH Rolling ships, with a little math and some prop mod magic you can get ships to withing a couple perfect of the max jump mass of a hole so you can close it in the fewest passes. Also very useful on a rolling dictor, which are often used for the final pass on a crit hole since they have almost no mass(about a pods worth) with 2 or 3 bubble mods active.
@flosch higgs is also used to roll wormholes since it adds more mass to the ship
The extra mass from anchor rigs is also useful if you want to collapse a wormhole.
(So I’ve hear)
Also, wormhole related comments only seem to come in while I am asleep.
(All those wormhole comments were in the moderation queue when I got up this morning.)
Heh I’m pretty sure I saw this fit being talked about on Reddit or something like that.
@Wilhelm: So you could say all those comments were stuck… in a wormhole?
And yes, that makes total sense. I seem to always forget about W-space.
Also… and I don’t want to alarm anybody… in looking at my stats, it appears that not only do a considerable number of people read /r/eve, but they will apparently click on any damn link you post there.
Barring something drastic, this post has clinched the number one spot on the most read posts list for the March month in review post. It is the Golden State Warriors of posts here this month.