Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bomber Fail

My alliance has a "Bomber Night" every weekend.  I can fly one so I try to attend.  I was looking forward to shooting bombs at unsuspecting victims to help out the war effort.  My evening didn't go as planned.  I flew around in my bomber early in the day and logged off in enemy territory about 10 jumps from where the bomber fleet was meeting.  I decided to log in a little early so I could get to the meeting place in time for the op.  I noticed about 15 hostiles in a system along the way so I found a perch above the gate.  Since this was the gate I had to take I decided to sit and give intel to the members of my alliance.  I figured they would camp the gate for a few minutes then be on their way.

An hour later I was still stuck at my little perch above the gate.  The bomber fleet I was looking forward to was canceled because we weren't able to get enough pilots involved.  A few of the bomber pilots in my corporation decided to come where I was, still stuck at my perch.  Since the 15 man gang was jump in and out the system we thought it would be a good idea to shoot at the "bait" they left in our system.  After much preparation we launched our bombs/torps and ....watched as our soon-to-be victim jumped into the other system.  Which was smart of him to do.  We, of course, were disappointed.  Feeling safe, he jumped back into the system we were in and continued his job of bait.

Feeling determined, we got into position for another attack.  Just as one of the pilots gave the cue that he was about to launch a bomb, a blue jumped into the system.  Not wanting to blow up a fellow alliance member, the pilot waited for him to leave.  Instead of him leaving, the rest of his fleet jumped in.  They were a nice size fleet, around 10 pilots, but we could tell from their ships they wouldn't stand a chance against the gate camp gang.  The fleet of friendlies didn't agree.  They were planning to jump into the system the rest of the gang were in to take them down.  Feeling as though they need our help, myself and the rest of my fleet rushed toward the gate to follow them.  Suddenly there was gate fire and moments later a bubble appeared just as we were nearing the gate.  Shortly after the bubble arrived the rest of the 15 man fleet appeared on grid.  We were toast unless we escaped the bubble before they targeted us.

With reds all around and blues blowing up one by one, I panicked and wasn't able to get out of the bubble before the gang destroyed my ship.  Frustrated and frazzled I also managed to get my pod blown up.  After staring at the station I woke up in, I thought about what went wrong.  For starters, I panicked.  For seconds I should have jumped into the next system.  Trying to get out of the bubble and warp off was a waist of valuable time.

I decided to take the incident as a lesson learned.  Right now I'm a fail bomber pilot but practice makes perfect!

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