Monday, December 1, 2008

A vision becoming reality

I just have to say that, as I watch the Tuskers coming together as a corp, I continue to be impressed and my expectations are being exceeded.

The Tuskers are by-and-large an unskilled crew. We have only two or three pilots who can skillfully pilot battleships or battlecruisers. Most of our bread-and-butter combat is done at the helm of T1 frigates and cruisers, assault frigates, and interceptors. But just look at the glory with which we are cloaking ourselves!

Last week a small 6-man Tusker gang consisting of an Incursus, a Griffin, a Vexor, a Retribution, a Myrmidon, and a Drake pounced on an Ishkur, Megathron, and Kronos. That's 2 T1 battlecruisers, a T1 cruiser, an assault frigate, and two T1 frigates vs. an assault frigate, a battleship, and a Marauder (a T2 battleship). The result: the Tusker gang completely wiped out the heavier gang, at the loss of a single frigate.

Then, the next day, the same heavy gang came back looking for more! This time Tuskers in a Helios (covert ops frigate), a Retribution (assault frigate), a Vexor (T1 cruiser), a Hurricane (T1 battlecruiser), two Myrmidons (T1 battlecruisers), and a Scorpion (T1 battleship) obliterated a Thorax (T1 cruiser), a Hurricane (T1 battlecruiser), a Hyperion (T1 battleship), and a Kronos (T2 battleship)--while losing not a single ship.

These guys were not playing around. Their ships were well fit, sporting several faction modules adding up to hundreds of millions of ISK. Kronos-class Marauders are menacing powerhouses of destruction. Yet the pilots were inexperienced in combat, leaving themselves vulnerable to our more experienced fleet in lesser but well-chosen vessels. In those two engagements, Tusker pilots in relatively inexpensive ships destroyed faction-fitted spaceships worth about 2.48 billion ISK--at the cost of a single 3.22 million ISK Incursus.

What do these engagements tell me about my fellow Tuskers? First, they're not afraid of a good fight. I can guarantee you that going into that first engagement, each Tusker had already accepted the chance he would be killed, yet was willing to lose his ship for the opportunity to score a Kronos kill. Second, there are now enough Tuskers that when a juicy target-of-opportunity such as these shows up, we can throw together a decent gang and get the job done. Third, I'd better keep my combat skills honed if I want to command the respect of such pilots.

8 comments:

Mynxee said...

It's fun from the outside watching the Tuskers grow as a corp, as well. Much respect, you guys.

Mynxee said...

BTW, I know it's somewhat out of your control, but do you realize that your Google ad just showed an ad for an ISK seller? If that bothers you at all, maybe you can set your AdSense settings to not rotate any ads with the word "ISK" in them. Seems I recall keyword exclusion was an option in AdSense settings.

Jinko Jar said...

ka jolo - i need to get in contact w you ...
could you send me an email at rubukas@gmail.com ?

JP said...

Nice write up. It's good to see pirates working well together.


If you all ever need a wing man, look me up.. Vall Kor

Jinko Jar said...

No prblem .. ill put in articles on anyone who has a blog 1st person / story style :)
But i REALLY need to be contacted at the email i placed :P ... hard to know whose replying without a real mailadress and character name :D

Tricky said...

ran into a few of the tuskers a few days ago while on an alliance op.. as a very avid reader of this blog i was praying i didnt end up in the middle of a fleet of hungry tuskers. fortunately for us we were unmolested for the duration of the op. :) much respect to you and your corp, it was quite thrilling to be in the same system with some of your corp mates not knowing if/when things were going to hit the fan!

noreply said...

The Tuskers and The Bastards should link up over the festive season and then go on a rampage!

Nice post there mate....and Ka Jolo...

you have just been tagged!

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Wensley said...

You're doing such a great job guiding us, Jolo, that I thought it's only fair to include you in our game of tag. So, you're "it".