Mike stepped down, toweling the podgoo out of his hair and smiled. He laid a hand on the side of the ship and the smile became a grin. The docking foreman approached and looked from the pilot to the ship with a sneer. “A Gallente Dilettante in a Caldari missile boat. Here, with all of Amarrs finest you are like a man showing up in bathing suit to a wedding.”
“Did that once, as well. Man, the brides knew how to fill bikinis.” Mike grinned. “No groom and the ceremony was in the water as the surf came in. Symbolic of something but mainly a blast to see them try to time the vows in between waves.” He laughed at the face of the docking manager at the mention of plural brides. “Oh calm down, just the two ladies in love with each other, not some polygamous arrangement though going to those gets expensive with the size of gifts and extended family attending.”
The sneer widened and then shifted as Mike answered his comm chiming. “What, oh no worries, Glad I could attend. Nah, not a scratch on me, yeah I hit a few, stepped back then charged in, yeah I had saved bookmarks all over the place. Why? Because I am cautious until I am foolish. Yeah, thanks for the to do. You too, Commodore.”
“Y y you were fighting out there? Against the Drifters?”
“Guesting rules. I know you think me a heathen but I have my own rules and I follow them., If I am your guest and you are attacked I will defend the doorway right along side of you. To do otherwise would make me a burden, not a guest. Drifters crashed the party so . . . ” Mike pointed up to the missile bays. “Rapid heavy missile launchers. They do the job nicely.”
“They are slow.” Objected the foreman with an obvious laser bias.
“There is time to target but they have a much wider engagement envelope than, say, lasers. Against Battleships, like what I was shooting they did a fine job of laying down the pain.”
“Missiles are bulky.”
“Well, compared to a stack of crystals damn near any ammo is bulky but I was not there for loot and the ship did not run out while I was firing. So it held enough.” Mike grinned and leaned back. “Not to mention the fact that I can choose my damage to focus on the weakness of the enemy. Lasers do damage in one flavour, I can switch from inferno to scourge to mjolnir to whatever is suitable for the target at hand. Now I figured the drifters to be omnitanked so that did not come up this time.”
“Missiles are broken.”
“Now there, I have to agree with you, in part, Defenders are stupid, autotargetting are hit and miss, mainly miss. I’d love to see the powers that be go back over them and make them something more special or at least more operational.”
The foreman asked. “More special?”
“Yeah, like if defenders started working enemy drones as opposed to fratricide. If autotargets hit the ecm ships first. Just a shade more AI would go a long way. Look, I grew up with drones and missiles. Loved flying the Drake, back in the day and I still do. Each person has their favourite ships and weapons systems and those are mine. I don’t want them to be the best but I would like them to have a bit more flexibilty. But that is just me.”
“No, I think it might be a few more than just one person.”
“Well, changes are coming in oh so many ways. Drifters attacking en masse, me flying in support of Amarr, you carrying ona conversation with a Gallente pilot beyond grunts and insults. Changin times indeed. Makes sense that the missiles will change, too.”
Blog pack has been around for a looooong time and every now and again we take a bite of a subject as a group. The word for this month was missiles.
Torpedo! Torpedo! With the Aegis release we will see missile boats get their own version of the tracking enhancer and the tracking computer. On the forums there have been calls for new ‘missile defence eWar’ to counter these new modules. Is this needed? Are smartbomb ‘firewalls’ enough? Do defender missiles need an overhaul to make them actually worth using? Do we need the missile version of the remote tracking disruptor? Or do we go all Star Trek and have Point-Defence Phaser Banks? Banter on!Torpedo!
I will toss in a list of other bloggers in a day or two when they start to pop up.
The Live Event was a blast and nothing scarier than the hum of multiple doomsdays going off around you.
Fly it like you won it