2.2. War instructions
finally, we are into a real war situation. SH has hit back. We've taken
serious losses, they've taken serious losses, and what started as a
one-sided war has suddenly become even.
Which means we now need to start taking this seriously.
Heres how everyone needs to proceed during wartime:
your job is simple. DO NOT DO ANYTHING unless you are told to. Unless
we have a raid op or you were given a direct order from one of the
leaders/subcoms, you simply stay docked on the planet and build turns
up. You must ensure that you don't go out and do silly things like try
to soloraid ports. Stay docked on the planet and don't move unless you
are told to.
Its a selfless task, I know. However, it is a
necessary one. Without a solid raid team we can never make any serious
dent into their fleet. We can fight online all we want, but in the end
it comes down to you, the raid team. All our hopes lie on your
dedication, effort, and loyalty.
Traders here I
am marking as the traders who are not trying to reship into hunters or
raiders. The other two cases I'll cover in a later section.
you few who are doing the equally selfless task of boosting our
alliance coffers, I have only respect. We need you more than ever now.
Our alliance funds have been depleted in the recent days, and we are
approaching critical depths. We need you to boost our funds to a more
To this end, I ask you to donate as much as you
can. Try to save your turns to trade only cash goods, unless you have
an abundance of turns for other trades. Unless you need the money for
yourself, please donate to the alliance, instead of keeping the money
in your bank. Your generosity does not go unnoticed.
situation that we have a hostile fleet in system, be sure to keep up to
date on IRC. Traders are generally the last target for raids, but they
are also the easiest to kill. As such, make sure you know what is going
on before you undock to trade. Keep a list of all hunters in your
system and check if any are online before you start trading. If any are
online, see if they are active and refreshing. If so, you should
probably not trade. Also keep an eye on the drones. If we declare war,
neutral (yellow) drones will act as aggressive (red) drones. As such,
if you spot any drones at all, first dock, then let the hunters know,
so they can deal with them.
When designing a trade ship, try to
focus on getting holds over speed. More holds = more money per trade.
It also means you spend less time IS.
To put it simply, cease to exist.
does not help us in any way at all right now. Levels are a good thing
to have, but they won't help us much if you have no money to use on
your ship or no turns to fly with it.
Ah yes, the section you've all been waiting for. What do you do as a hunter.
first and most important, make yourself available. Whenever you are
online, even when not in TDZK, be on IRC. Set up highlights so you can
hear if you are needed, and if you are needed, don't shirk away.
If a jump presents itself, be there for it. If a raid is happening, be there to escort.
the solo perspective, don't waste your time hunting random newbies. A
level 5 trader is not going to hurt us. A level 30 warship will. If you
waste all your turns hunting newbies, you can't deal with situations
that come up where you would otherwise be needed.
happen to see a hunter, don't go after it solo. Come on IRC and call
for support. 2v1 is next to impossible to lose. 1v1 isn't. Even if you
kill 10 random hunters from various alliances, if you die on the 11th,
then we are down a valuable ship.
This is not to say that you
shouldn't go hunting. Just that you should be cautious. Scan often
before moving in, make sure you are not walking into an ambush.
line though - If you are available, be on IRC. If a hunt leader asks
you to be available for a hunt, do your best to be available. If you
find a warship to hunt, try to get backup. If you can't, be careful
when approaching him.
When designing hunting ships, try to cut
corners at every possibility. Think that extra shield upgrade might not
really help you so much? Slash it. That extra hardpoint upgrade not
looking to cause a big effect in combat? Drop it. The more you can save
on your ship, the faster you can reship.
Recovering from a pod:
As a trader, recovering from a death is simple. Just go back to the station and buy a new ship with whatever you can afford.
Hunters have it slightly harder. I tend to use the '3-day plan'.
this basically means is this: When taking a pod in a hunter, go to the
nearest station and buy a fresh new freighter - or recall to nexus if
that is faster. Then focus on PURE money trading for 3 days. Assuming
you have a 2000 hold ship, you can make about 15-20 mil per trade. At 7
turns per trade, that means with 3 days of turns on stock 20 speed, you
can make about 3-4 bil credits -- coincidentally, exactly enough to get
you back into an effective level 235 warship.
Its efficient, and
it means that your downtime is quite a bit more limited. If you trade
properly, you can make easily that much money, probably even more.