A new home, it seems. I'm going to re-post a couple recent reports from the last few weeks, while I still have them. People seemed to enjoy them so hopefully that merits their survival in some capacity.
A little battle report from the fight Sparky enquired about:
We scouted a group of Abaddons from White Noise & Red Alliance in the Loes area. The possibility of it being a bait group seemed quite likely, at first. But then the notion was raised (hindsight being a great thing and all) that it might be that now most mythical of beasts: an RR BS gang (forums always theory-craft against them, yet, you never actually see them).
Either way, we decided to drop them and see what would come of it. They had around 10 BS and 10 support at that point. In Ostingele they aggro'd on a small gang of Vaedian GER's guys from Excidium. It seemed as good an opportunity as any, so we dropped a cyno and jumped in with battleships and Guardians. We had around 20 BS and 8 Guardians at that point, so it was either a question of them tanking & jumping, or escalating.
A few moments after we hit grid, the WN/RA group dropped a cyno too and portalled in a lot more Abaddons and 4 carriers. We responded by dropping triage too (to help soak up extra damage) and they trumped that by immediately dropping an Avatar on grid. This left us initially a little outgunned, though some fine Guardian and triage work limited the butcher's bill to only a Megathron and Phobos. The WN/RA Abaddons were entirely fit with 1400 arties. For those less familiar with that outlook, it's based on the philosophy of pairing the best alpha guns with the best tanking battleship, irrespective of hull bonus, to end up with a fleet having a big punch, good triage rep and zero cap broadcasts. However, we were in the right mindset for tangling with that after Friday's successful battle with the Goon max-alpha fleet (Synd thread, page 50). A few people went to structure but everything held together.
For their part, their rep was also holding well on their Abaddons and we were only able to sink less tanked ships like Scorpions and Tempests against their triage rep. We therefore switched prime to their first triage carrier - where, in shooting caps, our higher dps pays off better than their higher alpha. Aston's Bhaalgorn was already neuting down their second triage to prevent him being able to offer too much rep if the first came out of cycle. Meanwhile, the WN/RA Avatar had Link's Bhaalgorn to deal with, which was holding him at precisely zero capacitor from the minute he jumped in. This left the Avatar unable to fire or lend any meaningful help against our triage.
Within a few minutes their first two triage carriers were down and we started switching to support. A Dead Terrorist gang had heard about a fight going down and arrived into the fray soon after. We rarely have any HICs, so the couple in their gang would have made this a most opportunistic pairing - but the Avatar finally got enough cap to make a short warp off grid.
With no more hostile triage carriers on the field, the WN/RA Abaddons were breaking quickly, and they reapproached, de-aggro'd and started jumping out. The remaining WN/RA carriers on grid initiated self-destruct so we jumped in some supers of our own to try and finish them off. I believe eight of the last ten engagements against hostile caps (often with them jumping us) have ended in them self-destructing, so it seems to be a trend of late.
The life of Disco Decoy: even 20mins into the fight, he was still persecuting drone swarms. Bless his (presumably rainbow coloured) cotton socks
Losses remained limited to just the two from the early stages (1 bs, 1 hic), though it seems a rapier perished somewhere after hearing the call and earnestly doing the Light Brigade thing.
Full screen shots: (better scenes than the in-lines)
Things starting up: http://files.rooksandkings.com/index...HM1o/wnra2.jpg
Full beam majesty: http://files.rooksandkings.com/index...JjFV/wnra3.jpg