Aug 302018
 

Dark Star Safari

Its that time of year again were I take off and see the world, this time round I am heading to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda for 3.5 weeks of overland Safari seeing all the biggies including Lions, Elephants and Mountain Gorilla, that means less Hard Liquor for you all! Fear not I have looked around and seen what you can all get up to while I am away, as you’ll find below, as well as laying the ground work for a very special HL roam when I am back.

  • 1st September, join up with the Fun INC guys for their inaugural NPSI roam, details here.
  • 8th & 15th September, either grab a few frigs or something and go out and kill stuff in my name, see what RvB has to offer, or fly with Spectre. Whatever explodes your boat!
  • 22nd September, the Fun INC guys have another event going on, again see the link above.

 

Hard Liquor Returns

Now, I am back on the 29th September, which is great timing as it’s only a few days past RvB’s 9TH BIRTHDAY!! For that we’ll be running a fun fleet that will certainly attract attention and get us killed/fights/kills/abused in local.  Yes folks, I have followed through on my promise from Saturday and have bought a bunch of Damaviks!

I bring you Hard Liquor #9: Forever War

When: Sat 29th September 19.30 UTC
Where: Vaajaita
What: Damaviks > Logi > Other Damage > Booshters > Tackle
Comms: RvB Public Mumble
Address: public.rvbeve.com
Port: 43224
Pass: RvBLives
Name: [Corp Tag] + In game name
In game channel – RvB’s Hard Liquor / OOG – RvB Discord
FC: Mangala Solaris

I have secured 25 Damaviks, over the next few days I will farm these out to HL regulars for you guys to fit. We will also need booshters, tackle, regular logi and so on. Fits in this document here. Feel free to critique/outright change these, I wont be offended, I am after all awful at this game. I do hate the Damavik in fitting terms though, just needs a little MOAR PG…

 

Draw me like one of your French girls

I have 1 – 2 billion isk available for a talented artist to draw me naked.

Not really, I know I’d need a lot more isk than that! 

I’d like a Hard Liquor banner.

All I want is a banner that features a few liquor bottles, some full some less than, has to have the RvB logo on the bottles and a couple of ships doing drunk shit. Nothing more than that.  Banner size should be 1000 x 200 at the top end.  Here’s a link to the RvB logo.

Aug 232018
 

Anyone who has flown with me over the past 7 years or so, will have at some time or another heard me do a lot of stupid shit. Usually this results in someone dying or getting shouted at by me. However the stupidest stuff I do is lose my ship then go shopping in the arse end of some misbegotten region like Great Wildlands, Fountain, Stain, and Syndicate and end up buying some trash level ship just to keep on going.

Now you may remember Syndicate is where we fought a brief scrap with the CAS guys and upon being popped I hit the local contract market and bought myself a Raptor and a Rattlesnake. I want to use that Rattler, so we need to get it back to the corner of high sec RvB lives in, so this weekend, we are doing just that. You’re going to fly cruisers and down, I’m not. And we’re going to take my ship and I home via as much as low security space as we can.

When: Sat 25th August 1830 form / 1900 dep UTC
Where: Orvolle
What: Caracals > Logi > etc (Reprise fits from HL #6)
Comms: RvB Public Mumble
Address: public.rvbeve.com
Port: 43224
Pass: RvBLives
Name: [Corp Tag] + In game name
In game channel: RvB’s Hard Liquor / OOG – RvB Discord
FC: Mangala

 

Fits:

Caracal

[Caracal, Caracools]

Damage Control II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II
Warp Disruptor II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Hobgoblin II x2

 

Nanite Repair Paste x50

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Bellicose

[Bellicose, Caracools]

Damage Control II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II

50MN Cold-Gas Enduring Microwarpdrive
Warp Disruptor II
Fleeting Compact Stasis Webifier
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II

Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile

Medium Hydraulic Bay Thrusters II
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Hobgoblin II x5

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Logi One

[Scythe, Scythe Fast]

IFFA Compact Damage Control
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II

50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Large Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Cap Recharger II

Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I

Hornet EC-300 x5
Warrior II x4

Nanite Repair Paste x50

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Logi Two

[Kirin, Kirin Fast]

Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

5MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Republic Fleet Medium Shield Extender
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
EM Ward Amplifier II
Small Capacitor Booster II, Navy Cap Booster 400

Small Remote Shield Booster II
Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster
Small S95a Scoped Remote Shield Booster

Small Core Defense Field Extender II
Small Core Defense Field Extender II

Warrior II x1

Navy Cap Booster 400 x16

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Jul 162018
 

Roam, event, drunken blunder across New Eden, hideous feed, series of un-explainable victories.

Call it what you will, RvB Ganked or Ganked turns SEVEN years old on the 22nd July, and while Ganked still runs under the aegis of the good people over at Spectrefleet, I cannot very well ignore the birthday of the event that gave the server a bloody terrible drunken FC along with cementing RvB as a content provider for the wider EVE community.

The first RvB Ganked was a two parter, Rifters – FC’d by Manic Miner/Tim Pest and kitchen sink, FC’d by me. Wasn’t too bad to be honest, broke even on the fight that really got me hooked on the drug that is slosh ops. You can read selections from Ganked’s story over the years following 22nd July 2011 on this blog, or check out the many many campaigns over on the Ganked killboard. Hell you can join a Ganked event every week just by being a part of the Spectre community, or come fly with me on Hard Liquor of course!

I was thinking as HL #5 is being held close to Ganked’s 7th, that we would reprise the original setup, a 2 part roam of rifters then kitchen sink, however I remembered that CCP has been kindly giving us ships for major birthdays in EVE, and so HL #5 will fly the Praxis & Gnosis.

Fits are here; We also have prizes that will firm up as the event draws closer so keep an eye on the mailing list Hard Liquor, the RvB forums and discord, and this website. I’ll see you all there this Saturday!

When: Sat 21st July 1930 UTC
Where: Ichoriya
What: Praxis. Logi. Gnosis. Tackle. Logi. Ewar.
Comms: RvB Public Mumble
Address: public.rvbeve.com
Port: 43224
Pass: RvBLives
Name: [Corp Tag] + In game name
In game channel: RvB’s Hard Liquor / OOG – RvB Discord
FC: Mangala

Prizes: Lots of stuff, around 10b isk total.

Jul 112018
 

Hard Liquor now has a few roams under its belt, some good, some less than good.  As an FC once I find myself once again learning what works and what doesn’t in the modern EVE Online, however the biggest change to overcome is knowing what works for a smaller fleet than I am used to leading. That change is oh so hard, and probably lead to a few un-necessary deaths in Providence (OF ALL PLACES) last weekend.

Anyway, the roam itself was good fun, fair few explosions, some good tussles with locals in Providence and Curse/Scalding Pass, and the camaraderie of my fellow pilots adding icing to the cake. Nikolai had provided some goodies too, many folks now have them on their contracts including Nitro Oxide, Bixulu, Beejay, Green, Daneel, Nicose, and Sid.

On to the fun stuff, remember that poll I put out? Well apparently you all want this weekly, so here we go. I’m giving you what you wanted! 

When: Sat 14th July 1930 UTC
Where: Stacmon
What: Minmatar. Cruiser Down. Shield. Logi. Tackle. Ewar.
Comms: RvB Public Mumble
Address: public.rvbeve.com
Port: 43224
Pass: RvBLives
Name: [Corp Tag] + In game name
In game channel: RvB’s Hard Liquor / OOG – RvB Discord
FC: Mangala 

Fits:

Spoiler

[Scythe, Scythe – Micro]
IFFA Compact Damage Control
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Capacitor Power Relay II

50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Large Azeotropic Restrained Shield Extender
Cap Recharger II

Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster
Medium Murky Compact Remote Shield Booster

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Capacitor Control Circuit I

Hornet EC-300 x5
Warrior II x4

Nanite Repair Paste x100

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Spoiler

[Rupture, Rupture – T2]
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Tracking Enhancer II
Tracking Enhancer II

50MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Large Shield Extender II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

720mm Howitzer Artillery II
720mm Howitzer Artillery II
[Empty slot]
720mm Howitzer Artillery II
720mm Howitzer Artillery II

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Ancillary Current Router I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Warrior II x5
Warrior II x1

Republic Fleet EMP M x400
Republic Fleet Fusion M x400
Republic Fleet Phased Plasma M x400
Republic Fleet Depleted Uranium M x400

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Spoiler

[Rupture, Rupture – T1]
Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Tracking Enhancer II
Tracking Enhancer II

50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Large Shield Extender II
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II

720mm ‘Scout’ Artillery I
720mm ‘Scout’ Artillery I
[Empty slot]
720mm ‘Scout’ Artillery I
720mm ‘Scout’ Artillery I

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Ancillary Current Router I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Acolyte II x1

Republic Fleet EMP M x400
Republic Fleet Fusion M x400
Republic Fleet Phased Plasma M x400
Republic Fleet Proton M x400
Republic Fleet Depleted Uranium M x400

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Spoiler

[Bellicose, Bellicose – RLML TP]
Ballistic Control System II
Ballistic Control System II
Damage Control II
Nanofiber Internal Structure II

50MN Quad LiF Restrained Microwarpdrive
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II
Target Painter II

Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile
Rapid Light Missile Launcher II, Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Valkyrie II x3
Acolyte II x2

Caldari Navy Scourge Light Missile x200
Caldari Navy Inferno Light Missile x200
Caldari Navy Nova Light Missile x200
Caldari Navy Mjolnir Light Missile x200

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Spoiler

[Muninn, Muninn – Moomin]
Assault Damage Control II
Gyrostabilizer II
Gyrostabilizer II
Power Diagnostic System II
Tracking Enhancer II
Tracking Enhancer II

50MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
Large Shield Extender II
Large Shield Extender II

720mm Howitzer Artillery II
720mm Howitzer Artillery II
720mm Howitzer Artillery II
720mm Howitzer Artillery II
720mm Howitzer Artillery II

Medium Core Defense Field Extender I
Medium Core Defense Field Extender I

Warrior II x5

Quake M x500
Tremor M x500
Republic Fleet EMP M x500
Republic Fleet Fusion M x500
Republic Fleet Proton M x500
Republic Fleet Depleted Uranium M x500

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As an aside, get your Praxis/Gnosis ready for Saturday 21st July – Gankeds 7th Birthday (Well close enough)…

Jun 272018
 

Well, what can I say about Hard Liquor #2, started quiet while we chased around in low sec in our ships, however all got very interesting when someone tried to play with us in their Phoenix. A few of us popped to keep him occupied, but fleet bro’s got us some support and him and his friends went down. Never know what you’re gonna get on our roams really!

That brings us on to Hard Liquor #3! This week I’m feeling the need, the need for speed!

 

When: Sat 30th June 19.30 UTC
Where: Amarr
What: Inties > Bubbles > Ewar > Insanely suicidal non-inty fast tackle.
Comms: RvB Public Mumble
Address: public.rvbeve.com
Port: 43224
Pass: RvBLives
Name: [Corp Tag] + In game name
In game channel: RvB’s Hard Liquor / OOG – RvB Discord
FC: Mangala

No real definition of what I want beyond inties. Although crows would be nice, so I can feel all Tom Cruise and shit.  We will be heading out to all points null, so bring lots of time. We’re going hunting!

 

Remember, you can check the RvB forums and the RvB calendar for details of future roams, which are now weekly as you lot are addictive!

Jun 192018
 

I am Mangala Solaris, and I have a problem.

I think I’m hooked on roaming again. Small gang, big gang, max fleet, all of it.

And I want to share that problem around, so here’s a quick poll folks on moving Hard Liquor to weekly.

Weekly roams or no?

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Poll will run for a week or so, and I am pretty sure you’ll want it harder and more regular!

Jun 132018
 

After the success of Hard Liquor #1, RvB and I are pleased to announce the next roam is this coming Saturday, 16th June.  In case you missed #1 a week or so back, I’ll answer a few things:

  1. Yes, I’m back in game;
  2. Yes, I’m in RvB again;
  3. Yes, I’m Fleet Commanding again, and even better, RvB trusts me to do it;
  4. Yes, I try my best to get people killed while doing the above;
  5. Yes, I’m awful at naming things right now;
  6. No, you cannot bring your Drake.

Check out these videos from #1:

 

If that gets you all excited, then here are the details for Hard Liquor #2 and I hope to see you there!

When: Sat 16th June 19.30 UTC
Where: Ichoriya
What: Cruiser down*. Armour. Close range. > Logi > Tackle > Ewar
Comms: RvB Public Mumble
Address: public.rvbeve.com
Port: 43224
Pass: RvBLives
Name: [Corp Tag] + In game name
In game channel – RvB’s Hard Liquor / OOG – RvB Discord
FC: Pimpin Purple Daddy, Mangala Solaris

If this is too short notice, then we do roll fortnightly (at the moment), watch this blog, the RvB forums and the RvB Calendar for future dates along with details of any other events you may be interested in.

May 252018
 

Those familiar with my history as it relates to NPSI, will know that way back in the dawn of time when RvB first took steps into the world of NPSI, I ran what was then known as RvB Ganked and ran it as a loud boisterous drunken party across New Eden. Often times the fleet would die as we all got pretty merry and opened fire on anyone we came across. Over time as Ganked got larger, we got more organised and considerably more sober on these roams, however we did get into bigger and more difficult fights and manage to pull off some stunning victories, so its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other really.  I mean, I have the history to prove it recorded on this very site!

While NPSI is one of the activities in EVE that I truly enjoy, I do not have the time available to jump right back in at the serious end of the purple world, although since returning to EVE, I have been mulling over getting something rolling on that front. So after some discussion with the movers and shakers of RvB, I am going to be running an old school, fortnightly slosh op on their behalf (and for my own pleasure of course!).

Ladies & Gentleman, I present to you, RvB’s Hard Liquor. Details of the inaugural roam – and I do mean roam, set yourself a good few hours and a case or two of you favourite beer aside – are as follows:

 

Title: Hard Liquor #1 – Ass F*****

When: Sat 2nd June 19.30 UTC

Where: Reisen

What: Assault Frigs. Armour, close > mid-range. Tackle, ewar etc etc

(No I am not going crazy and providing fitting suggestions, just an old time “rough idea”)

Comms: RvB Public Mumble

Address: public.rvbeve.com

Port: 43224

Pass: RvBLives

Name: [Corp Tag] + In game name

In game channel – RvB’s Hard Liquor

FC: Great Purple Grand-daddy Mangala Solaris

And folks, we have both prizes and a selection of prefit ships to give out on the day, but please remember BYOS is just as important as BYOB here! I’ll see you all in Reisen soon!

Jul 142016
 

Ganked, one of EVE’s most celebrated regular events, was born on Friday 22nd July 2011. Which means next Friday, Ganked turns FIVE. In celebration, I shall be running two roams/events next week.

First up, we have a mid week EUTZ roam. The Long Run will take out a group of Armour Assault Frigates with Logistic support. Ships/Fits to come in the next few days.

The second is Ganked itself. Now I know the birthday is Friday, but I have a life to lead, so on Saturday 23rd July, I will lead you all into glorious combat somewhere, with someone – or many someones. However, I am stymied by choices, so you all need to vote in this poll:

Ganked is Five. What should we fly?

  • Golden Fleet (NApocs) (52%, 89 Votes)
  • Draek swarm (30%, 51 Votes)
  • Ironman (T3s) (18%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 171

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The poll will run till Sunday. Following which we can buy all the things for the chosen fleet setup.

Apr 112016
 

Last week saw the first Dirty Crims roam take place.  It was good, relaxed comms, some fun kills and fights and I got to see just how FUCKING AWESOME booshers are.

So this week we’ll we doing it again! 

 

Place: Usi / Ishomilken

Time: 08.00 UTC

Comms: Spectre Mumble

Ingame Channel: Spectre Fleet

As I had nasty migraine’s plaguing me all weekend, I decided to stick with Enyos and Deacons. However as well as last weeks Enyo fit, Daneel has provided me with the one under the first spoiler tag. I do like it, it does good dps, and has more buffer than the other Enyo we used last week. It should also be less of a stress for folks without 155m SP to fit!!! Yes its rails, but given we’ll be a small gang fucking around lowsec for a morning, a mixup style of weaponary will work well enough. Additionally, vary up those mids. TDs, Damps, Webs, Tackle are all good.

Finally, thanks to Scythian showing off how fun they are, I have a fit for a Magus down there, I’d like a couple of these along for funsies too! Lets Boosh those undock huggers shall we?!

DP Rails

[Enyo, DP Rails]

Damage Control II
Centii A-Type Explosive Plating
Magnetic Field Stabilizer II
200mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates

1MN Afterburner II
Phased Muon Scoped Sensor Dampener
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive

125mm Railgun II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
125mm Railgun II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
125mm Railgun II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
125mm Railgun II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
[Empty High slot]

Small Anti-Explosive Pump I
Small Ancillary Current Router I
Warrior II x1
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x320
Scan Resolution Dampening Script x1

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BOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH

[Magus, BOOSH]

Damage Control II
Energized Armor Layering Membrane II
Energized Armor Layering Membrane II
400mm Steel Plates II

Warp Scrambler II
Micro Jump Field Generator
Stasis Webifier II
5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive

75mm Gatling Rail II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
75mm Gatling Rail II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
75mm Gatling Rail II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
[Empty High slot]
[Empty High slot]

Small Anti-Explosive Pump I
Small Trimark Armor Pump II
Warrior II x1
Valkyrie II x1
Federation Navy Antimatter Charge S x2500
Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S x460

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Last Weeks Fits

[Enyo, DC Blasters]

IFFA Compact Damage Control
Co-Processor II
Adaptive Nano Plating II
True Sansha Energized Explosive Membrane

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Phased Muon Scoped Sensor Dampener, Targeting Range Dampening Script
J5b Enduring Warp Scrambler

Light Neutron Blaster II, Void S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Void S
Small Ghoul Compact Energy Nosferatu
Light Neutron Blaster II, Void S
Light Neutron Blaster II, Void S

Small Auxiliary Thrusters I
Small Hybrid Burst Aerator I
Warrior II x1

[Deacon, DC MWD Deacon]

400mm Rolled Tungsten Compact Plates
Adaptive Nano Plating II
Damage Control II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
True Sansha Energized Thermal Membrane

5MN Y-T8 Compact Microwarpdrive
Small Capacitor Booster II, Navy Cap Booster 400

Coreli C-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer
Coreli C-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer
Coreli C-Type Small Remote Armor Repairer

Small Trimark Armor Pump II
Small Trimark Armor Pump II
Warrior II x1

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EDIT: If you have yet to see it, go watch the new Spectre video.

Done that? Bloody great isn’t it. The creator did some good work right there. His name is Diam Feneck and deserves kind words, hot lead and maybe even ISK coming his way if you liked it as much as I did.