Last night I exited Insmother without any trouble and, once back in highsec, kicked back with a couple cold ones while moving my stuff around in preparation for the next contract. Honestly, I have too much crap sitting around, both ships and modules, and this is a good time to start trimming the fat (and no, you can’t have my stuff). I have four ships that I’m planning to fly heavily for the foreseeable future – the rest are going to be mothballed somewhere and/or sold on market.
So, with my suitcase in the capable hands of Red Frog Freight (whom I highly recommend), I thought it would be a good idea to take stock of what I was able to accomplish on my first-ever contract as a member of Noir. I pulled up my KB and created a campaign to collate the results and here’s how it looks at first glance:
100% efficiency, 24 kills, 0 losses, 1.71 billion ISK damage.
Of those kills, 15 were in a Purifier, 9 were in a Vagabond. I had no solo kills but I’m okay with that. I had a couple opportunities that I probably could have scored a solo kill but I became a bit paranoid about a massive fleet of Russian carriers just waiting for a cyno to go up.
Beyond the kills and fights I can look back at this experience and make the following observations:
- I have been looking for small-gang warfare for the last year. I found it first in Rote Kapelle but it was tinged by friction with my corp. I feel very lucky to have found it again and in the context of getting to know some really nice folks as well.
- It was very strange to essentially “live” in my ship for a month. I had to have everything I needed – paste, ammo, drones, etc. – on board with me. Losing drones became a major headache and something I never would have considered a problem before. When you’re deep in sovereign 0.0 however, it’s no easy thing to fix.
- Having this experience has underscored the feeling that I need to focus on just a couple ships – if for no other reason than to just keep my hangar lean.
- I’m done with bombers. I think they can be fun and I’m sure I’ll play with one again sometime but they are so specialized you really need to enjoy a certain type of combat and it’s just not me.
It was a great introduction to Noir. and it challenged me in new ways. On to the next!