Every week for as long as I get fed words from RVB members, I will be posting a selection of their RVB experiences here on my blog.
And so without further ado, I give you RVB’s members.
The Mittani wrote:
Red vs Blue is one of the coolest things in #eveonline, holy shit. Been riftering all day, can’t stop. source
Since joining RvB, I have had some very memorable fights and been involved in some very memorable events.
For most the lure and ease of getting into large fleet fights, which Mangala details here, are of course the bread and butter of what RvB is.
However, for some of us, there is the lure of solo and small gang (sub 5 man) guerilla warfare that really get us going. Yea, I still get in and even FC fleets from time to time, but my favorite thing to do is to go out on my own or with one or two more and see what I can pick off.
Generally, RvB land is rich with viable targets – if you can get in and get out fast. You don’t, and you die horribly to the fleet that your target is inevitably tied in with. Learning to cull out people from the pack and then being able to either do a lot of damage fast or call in a few Wolf pack members and bail creates both great fun (for the Wolf pack) and, at times, many tears and moans in local from the target.
I think solo and small gang, IMHO, at least provides some level of survivability for a target over the typical blob mentality. So my sympathy for the target is diminished. However, I am always game for a follow on 1v1 should someone feel the need for retribution. I get a lot of good secondary kills this way as well, and those I lose I typically end up with a 50/50 outcome unless I get greedy.
Small, fast and ganky is the way to go with these guerilla tactics. Tanky will typically just get you killed slower. In a recent fight with a frig and an Arby, our small gang was able to take down the frig quickly, then pop the Arby as two other cruisers jumped in. I was targeted, webbed and scrammed as I finished off the Arby, began to burn out with the AB overheated and break scram. However, I did not burn out far enough and as I realigned to warp out drifted back into scram range and got popped.
Regardless, it was a great fight with only me losing a Rifter and I learned a valuable lesson.
What I have found with both solo’ing and small gang engagements is a level of finesse and skill that I was not learning in larger fleets. My evolution from my early fights where I just died a lot in as heavily tanked frigs and cruisers as I could build, to better brawling skills and handling kiters, to both building ships tailored to a type of fighting style and tactics to the situation at hand.
I also cannot say enough about the massive need for situational awareness. I found as this improved my ability to manage the situation improved. I know that sounds very rudimentary, but it is amazing how exponentially simple situational awareness can improve your fighting skills.
[Mangala Edit: Too many words so I snipped]
Solo’ing, small gang action and full on fleet have taught me a massive amount in a short time. As I try to pass these tactics along in RvB NoobFleet and get new players to follow an FC the way they should, I am very grateful to those who have taught me (both in Fleet and 1v1 – like Mangala), who make RvB what it is.
RvB is fun because I log on and can just go pewpewpewpewpew all day long
Ash Veratis wrote:
I love that RvB has let me get over losing ships. I blow up, i dock, i reship, and undock again. I’ve lost more ships, even a handful of relatively expensive ones, in the past week than i had in the prior year, and even though most of them were shit-fit rifters, it’s still been awesome.
Saint Cav wrote:
To this date I have been in Blue Republic for about a month and I have loved every moment of it. I can login and normally within moments join a fleet and start shooting at something. The problem I have now is keeping ships fitted to throw into the fray, but trust me that is a good problem and I wouldn’t have it any other way. With the limited combat zone (Lonetrek) for RvB I am still able to keep my jump clones and mission ships out there to when needed jump into them and do some missions, but it is not required.
Thanks to RvB I have found the reason why to keep playing Eve, my real life friends may no longer play but I have through RvB found a community that I enjoy flying with. So to all of you out there thinking is RvB for you, give it a try, you can come and go as you please, but remember to have fun and fly dangerously while doing it.
Join us again next week for more members stories, as well as some images and even vidya!