Saturday 28 May 2011

Career Break - Exploring Eve PVP

As many of you know, I've been running Agony's PVP University for about the last year and a half, and been with the corp in some fashion or other since well before that. In that time, a lot has changed - both in terms of Agony and in terms of Eve itself, and being part of that journey so far has been a blast.

Sunday 22 May 2011

The Hydra Principle - Frigate Fleet Tactics

Frigate fleets are an excellent way to get started as an FC, as well as a great low-stress environment for newer pvpers to join in on the fun. Not only are they incredibly cheap, but even those players with no pvp experience whatsoever are likely to already have the skills necessary to take part. The downside of course is effectiveness - t1 frigates are notoriously fragile, and while against one or two opponents it's fairly easy to simple get under your target's guns, this is not so simple when facing a group of opponents. Getting the most from your frigate fleet then, requires some thought.

Anyone who has taken an Agony BASIC class will already be familiar with what we call the Hydra Principle. Despite the fancy name, this is actually a fairly simple way of setting up your fleet which is specifically designed to work with fleets of small, fragile ships. It's designed mainly around frigate-centric gangs, and aims to counter some of their main weaknesses while taking advantage of their strengths. I doubt it's something that's unique to Agony, nor is it something that's particularly groundbreaking once you've been playing the game for a while. However, it's simple and it's easy, and I hope it inspires some newer players to take up the FC reins!

Monday 16 May 2011

Azual Fails at Bicycles

Well, I managed to come off my bike and it's been confirmed that I've fractured my 5th metacarpal (the bone in your hand leading to the little finger). Long story short, I may not be typing for a little while!

I have an article on frigate fleet tactics that's almost finished, so expect that to appear soon (once I've been able to make the finishing touches with my remaining good hand!). Otherwise, posts may be a bit shorter/less frequent over next few weeks.

Until next time!

The Altruist is the Eve Online blog of Azual Skoll, PVP instructor and small gang PVPer.

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