May 022014
 

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Over the past two years and 10 months, Ganked has gone from strength to strength.

We have progressed from a gaggle of drunken fools with a shared taste in hulls liberally covered in sensor boosters, to an organised group of drunken fools with a shared taste in hulls that actually work.

Since July 2011 we have run over 120 roams (numbered and special events) scoring over a trillion isk in damage spread over some 13,500 kills, thats more than some corporations make in their entire lifetime!

Much of this success has been down to all of you.

The guys that come along week in, week out, or just fly when the theme is one you like the sound of. That so many you are willing to take part in the NPSI experiment, often flying ships considered expensive for such fleets, or in themes & doctrines that do not look they will work but that work anyway, is what keeps me FCing you all as often as I do and keeps me focused on making the NPSI scene in EVE, the best it can be.

However, it is not just you guys who have made the past 34 months some of the best times of my EVE career so far, but the many guest FC’s we have had along the way and I urge you as we push on into our third year of operation, to get your favourite guest FCs to step to the plate and take you all out to play. And if you know of anyone else who would be willing to guest for us, then get them to get in touch.  Let all FC wannabe’s – existing guests or otherwise – know to check out our public schedule for Saturdays that they can do, and to let me know so I can get details from them for the roam they want to run. 

(NB: For those wondering our past guest FC’s are Ali Aras, Alphastarpilot, Combat Mink, Green Gambit, Greygal, House2twist, Jayne Fillon, LuckyCCS, Mirrogod, Ne’rubis Tanthalas, Rebbeca Neresh, Roigon and Tgl3.)

Apr 302014
 

Hi guys!

Your friendly neighbourhood FC here.

It came to my notice while sorting the setup for Ganked 115 out, that many of you are HAC capable, or very close to it, and this lead to me remembering a brief chat I had with Jayne from Spectre Fleet (and the guest FC for Ganked 109) about such things. Jayne actually asked his FCs about HAC usage and had a positive response.

So here I am with a poll for you all to complete too. So if you would love to bring serious ships like HACs (Shield or Armour depending on your skills/the theme) to Ganked, or just want to sway me from this course then vote in the poll below:

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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For those concerned that this may see Ganked become more serious in future, do not worry, despite all the changes over the last year we have not – I may have but I am special – and we will continue to not take things too seriously as long as we get some epic fights doing what we do. We will continue to fly inclusive open roams with inclusive setups, its just that from time to time, the theme will lend itself well to HACs and other specialised hulls being flown in large numbers, while supported by t1 variants and tackle and all the toys you normally bring to Ganked.

Mar 252014
 

Way back in the dawn of time – well 2006 – a forum was setup by a small group of EVE players called Scrapheap Challenge, which was to grow into one of the premier “fan” sites for EVE.

A number of members of this forum, started flying on roams together, roams that often had a theme and only 1 rule, if it is not in fleet – it dies; Eventually these roams grew in to the popular SHC Ganknights, which saw over several years hundreds of pilots attend them, and thousands of kills gained usually at the expense of some null alliance or another.

Then one day, Scrapheap was gone.

And with it the hope of hundreds that Ganknights would continue to happen.

However Failheap Challenge was created very quickly, and Ganknights continued, as nearly as popular as ever, until one day most of a Ganknight fleet found itself wiped out by the Terminus Stream, as a “joke” by its FC (not me by the way). Suddenly, these nights just were not as popular anymore, and attendance dropped off to nearly nothing, although other actions by certain developer parties could be to blame here.

At this point, a former RVB director had an idea that we in RvB would take the Ganknight idea and use it for ourselves, and thus RVB Ganked nights were born. Since our inaugural night back in August 2011, we have run over 100 successful nights that often see fleets of over 150 people, each following the given themes and each getting a silly number of kills, while the fleet has been entertained by itself and the local chats of those we go and visit.

To date we have over 10,000 kills with a value of over 1 trillion isk.  

If you want to be a part of these, then just keep an eye on the channel RvB Ganked in game, or the RvB forums, Failheap, EVE-O and of course my twitter feed.

Feb 102014
 

Ganked has been doing its thing for over 2 & a half years now, with this website not far behind it, and while Ganked has evolved the website itself really has not. Its still mostly a blog portal with an attached killboard. However I fancy a change round these parts and so over the next few months I want to make several improvements to both how the site looks and how we all interact with it.

My current thoughts on what to do are many and varied but include:

  • Unified theme across the site;
  • Easier access to Fleetup;
  • Some form of chat/out of game communication;
  • Directory of all groups & individuals running public roams;

If you can help out with anything on that list, or have suggestions for other things I may have missed, use the comments!

The last item on the above list is something I want to get going sooner rather than later, so if you run, or know of people who do run public roams & public event fleets then please use the comments to get me their details or have them get in touch so I can get something up & running.  

 

Dec 032013
 

This weekend the 95th numbered RvB Ganked roam – our 105th event in total – heads out into the wilds of space, the theme this week being Navy Battlecruisers & smaller. At the same time, CCP will be running a live stream to raise funds for the latest Plex for Good campaign

Now in the devblog all about the live stream, they mention they will be doing various things to encourage people to donate to the Typhoon Haiyan Plex for Good campaign, including shooting Dolan with paintballs, dev roams, eating rotten shark and so much more, and this got me thinking that all of us who are attending Ganked can help out here too.  

So, this Saturday during Ganked 95 – or even earlier if we hear of a Dev roam we can shoot – every time the fleet gets a kill, I would appreciate if EVERY fleet member donates 1,000,000 ISK to my wallet with a note that says “Plex for Good”.  At the end of the night I shall tally up the donations and purchase PLEX, which I shall then donate to the character CCP PLEX For GOOD. Finally,  I pledge – if you guys are suitably generous & the gods allow us to get many, many kills – to donate additional PLEX.

Update: Ping Wu has offered to also donate a PLEX for every 3 we raise funds for, so thats 5 we will donate for every 3 raised. And if we do not reach 3, he will donate enough ISK to ensure that we at least have 3 PLEX & that I have to meet my pledge. Kudos to Ping!

I hope to see many of you in Onnamon & Enaluri this weekend, lets hope it is a good roam with many kills. 

Nov 182013
 

Ganked 100, the event when Ganked says “Come at us Bro” to the rest of eve, is coming up in January. Yes, 2 months from TODAY.  

As many of the pilots willing to sacrifice capital ships on our altar of fun are new to utilising them, we have begun testing how to use capitals on SISI, including combat refitting, cap chaining and so on.  If you intend to fly a capital alongside us for Ganked 100, then we ask that you attend as many of these sessions as you can.  

Why do we want this?

While Ganked at its core is primarily a whelp fleet, it is nice to survive long enough to get on some killmails, especially when in caps yes? 

When are these sessions then?

Update: From 4th December we will be running practices on the following days –

  • Wednesdays @ 20.00 UTC
  • Saturdays @ 15.00 UTC (Excluding 7th December, as I have plans for the Plex for Good stream).
  • Sundays @ 12.00 UTC

What about sub-cap pilots can we help?

Hell yes!  There is a lot of testing related to you guys that we can do, so the more of you who attend the better it is for us all.

How do I get onto SISI then?

For information on how to connect to SISI, check this EVElopedia article out.

Nov 082013
 

Yulai – Acting on behalf of the navies for the Amarr Empire, Caldari State, Gallente Federation, and Minmatar Republic, CONCORD has put out a one-time call for capsuleers to provide backup on a “massive, sustained assault on high-priority targets”. Kilkkuken Mallen, Chief Intelligence Operative for CONCORD, said, “We are currently unable to provide details on the target, as this would represent a significant security risk in the operation. However, this threat is considered extremely high to all law-abiding citizens of New Eden. We ask that any capsuleer who wishes to protect civilized space gather up at our two rally points in Sarum Prime and Meves on November 7 for departure at 18:50.”

The above was an announcement made earlier this week and as usual piqued my interest enough to mail the RvB Ganked mailing list saying “yeah lets do this”.  Yesterday rolls round and I move myself into Sarum Prime with around 4 hours to go and already the system is getting busy, as was the Live Events channel. Now due to confusion on my part I was not originally going to run a fleet, just join a CCP run fleet, however me being me and all of you being, well all of you, that plan went out the window. Next thing you know I am taking x’s from around 150 people, many of them regulars to Ganked or members of RvB, and many more people sent my way by folks in the Live Events channel including my fellow CSM delegates, Chitsa Jason & James Arget.

Around 18.00 GMT we started getting reports from fleet members moving to join us that Sarum Prime was under traffic control, much like Jita on a Sunday evening, however it must be noted it was sitting at around 1300 pilots all looking for fleets for the event, so this was very much expected. It was not long after this that when Fozzie tweeted that the people in Sarum should make best speed to Ihal in Derelik, which meant my fleet was one of the first to get going as we had several twitter uses in fleet. By all accounts, moving off so early was a Good Thing, as a wave of ever increasing Time Dilation (TiDi) followed in our wake, with late joiners moving from Sarum 20-30 minutes after announcing endlessly in fleet about 10% TiDi on each jump.

Arriving in Ihal we formed up on the Mifrata gate while getting eyes into that system. Scouts reported a Naga gang set up off gate for a good while, a gang that got themselves a few kills when random eventers would just jump right into them from Ihal, before they themselves moved away and into Curse. While waiting on our fleet to regroup we set to spamming local with this:

[18:53:01] Sami Okuuda > Warriors of the State, jump into Mifrana and engage the Sansha’s forces at the second Planet!

Unintentional typo that still caused many to jump into Mifrata, while we giggled in fleet chat.

Finally we started to move towards RMOC – obviously knowing we had to pass through Doril caused us to nearly rethink this, but as TiDi was so insane we just went with it, as going to any other nearby Null entry would have been too time consuming. Instead I announced that we would wait till around 400-500 of the people in Sendaya local had moved on before we would follow.  The rest of the plan was made up as we jumped into Doril, while most of those before us were dying horribly to the numerous fleets setup on & around the gate.  And who knew, such a simple plan as “burn off, kill the sabres, warp to bottom station” would work? Not me for sure!

Yet it did, and all our fleet lost was like 10 dudes, including a Nighthawk – but he took it well, and the fleet chucked iskies at him for being a hero about it. 

Once we got out of Doril, TiDi fell away and we moved to RMOC as quick as we could, however we arrived seconds too late for the event, as all Angel installations & ships had either been “protected” by the locals of Curse, or self destructed in a show of Pirate balls! Either way the Empires had lost. However we wandered around system getting a few kills, getting killed a few times, until we decided that it was time to head back to Empire.  And that was pretty uneventful.  Arrived back on the Sendaya gate in Doril to see a pretty large fight going on, but with heavy TiDi and bombers on field we decided NOT to whelp into the centre of it, and instead hit lowsec and got a few more kills there, most of stupid flashies that do not warp when pod squads land at 0 on them!

When all is said & done, we had a good time.  Lots of new people – well new to pvp – flew with us and came away with a good impression of Ganked & RvB as a result of us NOT whelping / freezing up on the jump into Doril or at the first sign of TiDi. I am still finding kills we either achieved as a fleet or whored on to, just keep an eye on this campaign – and if you do find it, post that bloody suspect Cynabal from Ihal!!!

Here is a few quotes from people who flew with us:

Was in the fleet with RvB FC – we didn´t jump right throu and we avoided to be bombed … from 150+ we only loose 10 ships and then finaly got into 0.0 – but the event was over. We had only 4 to 6 logi (include myself) for a 150 man fleet ;D. 

It was a goog experience for a newbie on my side and iam looking forward to be in such fights again thanks to the FC !!! From what i read here the other fleets are not so lucky to have a propper leader so i think the expierience was awful and thats not how you drag people into pvp. You scare them into highsec and so I dont unterstand some of the comments because 10 year old chars with huge experience in fighting.

 

[ 2013.11.08 14:10:35 ] Phobia Severasse > Mangala Solaris it was great, mostly cos we had decent FC it would have sucked to be cannon fodder. Perfect Eve event though

 

Completely forgot to say this: turns out that, if not for your watchfulness with the twitter, we’d all get stuck in 23 jumps of 10% tidi instead of getting those nice fights in null and lowsec. I was just reading forums and realized how bad it was for people who didn’t get lucky to have a good FC like you.

 

Anyway thats enough food for my ego, what did I think of the event itself?

As a pod pilot: it was messy, it felt very disorganised, exactly what was the goal? what was the time frame the Empires needed to achieve this goal in? However while I say this, I still enjoyed myself massively. I primarily went to shoot dudes, with taking part in the “RP” side of the event as a distant secondary.

As an FC of a public high-sec fleet: I was shocked at how little information was put across by the event “actors”, especially in the few hours before Sarum filled up and once in Ihal & Sendaya, together with how poorly their fleets seem to be lead – let alone the other high-sec fleets I came across along the way.  More information would have certainly been great here. Still now the dust has settled, as an FC I really loved it.  Having many new people in fleet who “got it” right away and were willing to follow really made me want to impress, and while I think I did not do as well as I could, my fleet members seemed to enjoy themselves.

 

How would I suggest things be ran? Especially events that have the possibility to reach the scale of last nights event, which had some 3000 involved pilots across two regions with many many more trying to join in and facing numerous perceived hurdles.

Well I would always count on the null based attendee’s to be more organised – regardless of the Event location. To that end, while you cannot ever organise high sec residents to that scale, draft in people who have a proven track record of doing so and get them to be your shepherds.  Yes its nice having CCP actors leading fleets, but do they have much experience cat herding people who have never pvp’d, never so much as jumped to low sec and so on? On this topic this says it all:

[19:51:51] Ren Karetta > Alright people, we’re going to make a run for it

Approach the people who have done this & offer to name check them in follow up reports as chosen reps of the empires or such things, or invite people from across the cluster to put their names in the hat for this opportunity so as to avoid any claims of bias, hell I could name half a dozen organisations and/or pilots who could be tapped for being the player “reps” at such events, and yes that would include myself!

Additionally to the above, if you do go with player reps – or at least more experienced “actors” – go with more form up points.  For a 4 empire event, having 2 initial form up points just did not pan out as well as it should have.  If the people had been spread out then the initial moves would have been less of the drama bomb they became.  And also geography can play a part here too for example, a Caldari force could have reached Curse from one direction – yes it would have meant a run through GW, but hey quietest region ever! – while the Amarr groups came over from Sarum.

If TiDi is to factor in, can CCP ensure that the most likely route is reinforced or as close to it as possible, yes you wont avoid TiDi entirely, but at least it could be lessened. If the Sarum>Ihal route had been reinforced it may well have led to less of the tears we have seen on EVEO today. People expected to die when reaching null-sec, they just expected to reach null-sec first!

To close, I feel that events of this scale should continue to be undertaken, – the large scale fights are what make people sit up and look at eve just as much as the intrigue does after all – just CCP should ask the players, especially those of us heavily involved in the EVE community, for some assistance. We wont say no, we wont (well most of us wont) accuse CCP of bias if we get overlooked in favour of others to help out.

 

(Note all of the above is my own opinion not that of Mangala as CSM. Just Mangala as FC, as regular dude.  It should also be noted I have yet to watch any fraps my fleet may have captured last night and my memory is sketchy on a Friday afternoon!)

Nov 052013
 

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Well Ganked had a good week last week thats for sure. We managed 3 roams & events 2 of which were on incredibly short notice.

First up on Halloween we had Ganked: Gank or Gift which attended a player run Halloween event in Tama, which saw a hastily assembled 80 man fleet including my fellow CSM delegate Ripard Teg head into the system and whore our way onto the event Nightmares and many other kills.  Next up on the 2/11, Alphastarpilot organised a sort of pre-ganked pre-game fleet to take on a CCP roam, which also headed into Tama – I was busy FFAing in RvB’s 4th Mass FFA; That little op scored a ton of kills including several CCP kills, so total success.

The main event for the week however was after all of this on Saturday evening. Ganked 90: Hepatitis V, our first serious pirate themed roam, and one that went with Blood Raiders & Sanshas as the primary theme.

I was FCing – my second stint after my return from EVE Vegas (I do have a post coming on this, but I need to sort my photos out and get more uploaded before I sit down & finish it). We managed an excellent turn out, over 160 pilots, with around 50% of the fleet in Pirate vessels.  For a couple of hours we bimbled around lowsec mostly getting this Proteus kill, and eventually a fight with Snuff Box, who brought in 5 Archons – understandable when we had so many of everything else! We had a great time neuting  one of the Archons so much he couldn’t remember what capacitor looked like.  On reflection after a minute or two we should have moved to another, but oh well. We still managed to get a few kills while Snuff focused our Ashimmu’s down, much better than I thought it would have went really. Check the Snuff Box battle report out over on Failheap.

Following this, and the subsequent – but usual – numbers drop we reformed and went out again this time up north. And boy is that a barren wasteland full of nothing except SMA scrubs calling us scrubs from the safety of their station. SMA I’m calling you out as a huge bunch of pussies, you wont even fight a roam that WANTS to die. How your friends in the CFC put up with you is beyond me. Anyway, we managed to find a part of the CFC willing to fight us over in VFK, notably in the form of a multiboxer with 4 carriers & 2 battleships sat on our ingate. Which we proceeded to aggro, and kill, all in the space of 15 minutes or so.  While doing this a couple of random ships jumped in, and died, while others sat at a tac and watched the battle.  I understand now that the fleet that landed AFTER we had left system on a victorious high was after a rumble, they just took too long to form up – then went to camp the WRONG null exit. Next time, just convo me, we’ll wait.

So there you have it, a really good week capped off with 4 capital kills. Whats not to like.

Vidyas:

Ganked v CCP:

Ganked 90 in Lowsec:

Ganked 90 in the North:

gankedsponsor23As usual we had sponsorship from our friends at Somerblink, and the following pilots won the sponsored prizes:

Cruor: Mourning Souls, Veronica Zegna, Mithrawn’arudo, Angeylahdevi, Rodin Kress

Succubus:  John Cadenza, R’ist’gleich ‘U’ durch’I, Pukes Dog, Zar Dada, Tical Davis

(All the above won for various things including pod whoring, being logi, not being dumb etc etc)

Phantasm: Mikeshaw91 Inkura (Videoing and not dieing during it!)

Ashimmu: Maki V (DAT DAMAGE)

Bhaalgorn: paxilexifixi Isu (Top Campaign killer)

You guys will receive your prizes from Somerblink some time in the next few days, so please be patient.

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Additionally, we had some prizes passed over to me on the night from Darius Caliente of Certified. Darius has done this before, and I totally recommend his corp to anyone in the US timezones who want competent pvpers to fly with. He even has some Alliance Tournament experience! Anyway, these people won shinies:

Panther: Macout (Because surviving the North in a BS should not be possible)
Dramiel:  Teehee Otomeya (Expending effort to catch us up in round 2)
Daredevil:  Calintor (For giving logi a go)
Ashimmu: Lotta Vegeena (Campaign points!)
Phantasm: Angelus Infirim (Scouting)
Falcon: Noriky (Final Blow on a Blackbird)
Rook: kefahuchi Grey (Final Blow on a Blackbird)
Lachesis: Lemming Malgalad (First Final Blow of the whole night)
Arazu: Nuos Ono (Scouting)
Rapier: House2twist (Just for asking if he can win a prize, he can win the one thats in lowsec!)
Huginn: Grarr Dexx (I want to give him hugs for the fight with Snuff, this is close enough to that)
Curse: Sergant Steel (DAT IMAGE)
Pilgrim: Dirk Magnum (FORNICATION)

You will have these on contract from Mangala Solaris by the end of the day. Congratulations.

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Our next roam is on the 9th November, and is a standard two parter.  We will be celebrating my 7th EVE Birthday. Hope to see many of you there for this. Check the thread out on the RvB forums.

Finally, as of today Ganked 100 is 90% set on using Shield Capitals – despite advice to the contrary from numerous sources – some of whom still wont provide actual reasoning (“just because” isn’t enough), but given that all our pilots have different levels of experience and mental capacity, training for more serious doctrines may well be beyond us at this short notice. However it could be that Dan & I are wrong, so to delve deeper into this we will be doing something on SISI on Sunday 10/11 to test these theories out, so if you are cap capable on SISI watch the mailing list RvB Ganked for an announcement. 

Sep 252013
 

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Ganked 84 & 85 both happened this past weekend and they were pretty good roams when all is said & done.

Rebbeca Neresh broke his Ganked FC cherry with a Thorax hull roam for Ganked 84. He took us over to Barlegeut to see Brave Newbies, along the way we steam rolled a gang lead by fellow CSM 8 delegate, Chitsa Jason.  Was a fun, if intensely tidi’d fight.  And I lived – surprising as I was in a Deimos (Rail Shield Kitey fit, but still…). BNI played a little – there was way more than that shows, but 1 we fail at points, 2 they got scared by Green suddenly appearing inside of warp range near them – but we did not hang around there too much.  Syndicate was pretty quiet, except for PF, were we scored this Proteus kill, thanks to the pilot being dumb. Rest of the night was a quick stumble around Black Rise, with an eventual whelp into a Snuff gang, that could have been much different if people had been listening correctly.

Sunday came round and I took us out on Ganked 85, and to my huge surprise Geminate was damn busy! Makes sense I suppose when its ruskies who live there and Sunday afternoon is their prime.  We killed a shiny in one system, then suddenly next door as we started free burning somewhere we run into an organised frig/cruiser gang that pretty much rolls us as we were split up, not really focused and what not. It happens. We went out again and ran  into another large gang, a gang that felt the need to bring in twice our numbers via cyno & phone a friend or two. Oh well. Still at least I learned that Geminate is a fun place to go at the right time of day.

 

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As usual we had sponsorship courtesy of Somer.Blink, the following people won prizes:

Ganked 84

Spots: Comet x5 – Bogdan Yassavi, Verse Askold, DocFloyd, Abriel Claire, Morgan Zarkov   – You guys won for them final blows on certain kills or highest damage on those same kills.
Disctinction: Navy Brutix x2 – Kitty Baugh, Angelus Infirim
Excellence: Navy Mega – Daneel Trevize

Ganked 85

Spots: Fleet scythe x4 – Billius Zabub, tgl3, quinten sarn, bridg – You chaps won prizes for either avoiding church to fly with us, hero tackles or top damage on kills.
Distinction: Fleet Cane x2 – IgnasS, Andrew Butcher
Excellence: Fleet Phoon – Rick Silva

Sep 062013
 

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Attentive Ganked folks will have noticed a small mention about Ganked 100 on the Autumn/Winter schedule and started wondering, this post is mostly for you guys; However, the rest of you should read along as well, as this may interest you.

Long story short is that in working on the schedule for the next few months I realised we would reach Ganked 100 in January 2014 – the 18th to be precise – and it got me thinking about making it something special.  And somehow I decided it would feature capital ships – preferably carriers & dreadnaughts.  Initially Ganked 100 was to be a roam, although I – and others (thanks Daneel!) – soon pooh-poohed that as it is A LOT of organisation, even for someone as anal as me. After a wee chat with Daneel – who also made a handy post on the idea over on Failheap – it is now going to be similar to the Flight of a Thousand Rifters event that we crashed back in May – see my write up of Ganked 67 – but instead of a solo Supercarrier taking part, it will hopefully be large number of carriers & dreadnaughts undocking in some random low-sec system (incursion locked or not…) and inviting the world to “COME AT US BRO”, while other Ganked attendee’s attempt to stop them/whore the capitals/shoot blinkies etc. 

Which is were YOU guys come in.  

If you would be willing to take part in this, then say so in the comments along with what you are or could be capable of fielding as far as Capital Ships are concerned. If you have ideas on the subject, wish to maybe help out with logistics nearer the time, basically anything related to this event, say so in the comments. Any pertinent ideas that do appear from comments, will be added in to this post.

I know I am over 4 months early for this, but an event with the potential that this has to escalate beyond our wildest dreams/nightmares demands it don’t you think?