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Skira Ranos
Blood Money Inc.
The Blood Money Cartel
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:19:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Skira Ranos on 30/11/2008 01:00:11
(Subsection of my piracy guide, the main post of which is located HERE If you stumbled on this post by accident, please look at the index first and read the other posts before commenting)

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I – III: INTEL AND INFORMATION

THE IMPOTANCE OF INTEL

Information is the lifeblood of PvP. If you couldn't find out where the enemy was, you could never fight them in the first place. If you didn't know how much damage the opponent had taken, or how close they were to blowing up, it would be much harder to make quick and careful tactical decisions. Without the overview, it would be next to impossible to target people and sort the battlefield out. In EVE, the victor is often the one who escapes with their ship intact. With that in mind, the ability to accurate predict the outcome of a fight, and be able to quickly and easily tell when and how a tactical situation is changing (reinforcements inbound, for example) is often the difference between winning, losing, or retreating and living to fight another day. Itel also encompasses the art of finding targets to attack: without the ability to locate a target, there would be no PvP at all.

Being able to gather and assess intel and combat information is what distinguishes the clumsy from the skilled PvPer. The tools required are relatively simple to use, once learned, though difficult to master. Without assistance from someone well versed in their use, however, it can take months (if not years) of trial and error (supplemented by the occasional well-intentioned but often misinformed opinions and anecdotes of friends and corp mates) to figure out how to merely use these tools, much less perfect them. To that end, this section (and the next three following it) are dedicated to helping you locate and learn the uses of these tools.

The first tool in your intel arsenal?

LOCAL

Wait, what? Isn't that the name of a chat channel? Yes, yes it is. The Local chat channel, if used properly, can be one of the most important tools in the acquisition of intel. Local chat consists of everyone present (and online) in your current solar system. Unlike corporation or alliance chat, however, the instant you log on or jump into the system, your name appears on the list. No matter how hard you try, its impossible to hide your presence from local chat. As a pirate, this means its possible to tell at glance if there are any potential targets in a system. Furthermore, by clicking on “show info”, you can determine if other people in local with you are pirates, alliance PvPers, experienced carebears or noobies with a fair degree of accuracy. Local chat also provides an excellent “heads up” alert: when the number of people in local “spikes” suddenly in low sec, chances are a hunting party of some kind is coming through. If you're lucky, they will be factional warfare pilots, mercenaries, or alliance PvP with a NRDS (not red don't shoot) policy. If you're unlucky, it will be a pack of pirates, bounty hunters, or your victim's allies coming to guard them or chase you off.

Local, then, if your single most important asset. Before heading out to PvP, the local channel should be un-stacked from any other channels and dragged to where you can see it at a glance (usually right above the rest of your chat channels, in a seperate window). The press the little circle icon in the upper right hand corner to pin it in place, making it transparent as well. I CANNOT OVERSTATE the importance of this. You need to be able to see instantly when the number of people in local changes, and be able to quickly move your mouse over to “show info” on newcomers (though this part is optional, and usually only for when you're in a safe enough location that you have at least a few seconds grace).

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The Slagh
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:21:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: The Slagh on 29/11/2008 19:21:07
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Skira Ranos
Blood Money Inc.
The Blood Money Cartel
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:21:00 - [3]
 


You (and/or your corporation's leaders) can extend the usefulness of Local chat by using standings.

STANDINGS AND LOCAL CHAT

You're probably already aware of standings if you've played around with agent missions before. But did you know players, corporations and alliances can set their own standings? Your standings towards a pilot (and/or his corporation/alliance) is indicated in local chat (and in other channels) by a little colored icon near their name, and in space by either a colored icon or backround. Dark blue is very good standings (+5.0 or above), light blue is good standings (+1.0 to +4.9), orange is bad standings (-1.0 to -4.9) and red is very bad standings (-5.0 and below).

Standings have been intrinsic to EVE's politics and game mechanics for so long that they have become an integral part of it's terminology. Alliances describe their policy of PvP towards “neutrals” as either NRDS (Not Red? Don't Shoot) or NBSI (Not Blue? Shoot It), (though their actual policies tend to be more complex: for example, some NRDS alliances allow shooting of light blues and neutral targets if they wander too far into restricted territory). A NAP (non-agression pact) is a semi-formal treaty or agreement where two parties agree to set each other to “mutual blue” and not attack each other. Friendlies are referred to as “Blues” and enemies as “Reds”.

Knowing this, you can use standings to make it easier to see who is a threat in local. You (or your corp) can set pirates and pirate/NBSI PvP corporations/alliances to -10.0 standings, allowing you to see when a possible major threat enters the system. I like to use orange for people who are not major threats or pirates, but I should still be wary of: for example, carebear corps that are good about guarding their own, and incompetent PvPers that can still be a danger in numbers. Setting hauler alts and friends to blue can help insure you don't accidentally kill you allies.

The “show info” option (right click a person on a chat list) is an important component of local chat, and a valuable intel asset. A person's security status, bounty, and corporation name and logo are displayed prominently right next to their character portrait, and there can be little doubt that a player with negative security status and/or a bounty is a PvPer. Corporation names and logos can also be a good indicator: A corp called something like “ Evil Murderous Killers” sporting a skull and crossbones logo is probably a pirate corporation, for example. Bios (often with red text) bragging about kills, listing ransom information, or talking about piracy/PvP are also good indicators. Once you've decided if someone is predator or prey, you can go over to the “Employment History” tab to make an educated guess at their skillpoints and experience: you can tell by the age of the first entry how old their character is. Younger characters are usually less tough and experienced than older ones. Note that just because a character is a PvPer or pirate does not mean that they won't make a viable target: just remember that they're likely to be a lot tougher for their age than non-PvPers.

With your Local window placed in a prominent location, its time to move on to the overview.

Next Section: OVERVIEW SETUP

Skira Ranos
Blood Money Inc.
The Blood Money Cartel
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:22:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: The Slagh
Edited by: The Slagh on 29/11/2008 19:21:07
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Sanka Cofie
Amarr
The Yaar Offices of Pointe Webb and Podemall
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:23:00 - [5]
 

Originally by: Skira Ranos
Originally by: The Slagh
Edited by: The Slagh on 29/11/2008 19:21:07
C-C-C-C-O-M-B-O-B-R-E-A-K-E-R


J-J-J-J-J-E-R-K


Says the guy spamming threads on the forums.

I'm sure people appreciate your handy dandy survival guide and tip sheet... but um... one thread would have sufficed.

The Slagh
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:25:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Sanka Cofie
I'm sure people appreciate your handy dandy survival guide and tip sheet... but um... one thread would have sufficed.


Skira Ranos
Blood Money Inc.
The Blood Money Cartel
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:28:00 - [7]
 

Originally by: Sanka Cofie
Originally by: Skira Ranos
Originally by: The Slagh
Edited by: The Slagh on 29/11/2008 19:21:07
C-C-C-C-O-M-B-O-B-R-E-A-K-E-R


J-J-J-J-J-E-R-K


Says the guy spamming threads on the forums.

I'm sure people appreciate your handy dandy survival guide and tip sheet... but um... one thread would have sufficed.



Long time no see Sanka (tis ren).

And lets see you post a 30 + page guide in one thread uninterupted.

Gnomes Rock
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:39:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Skira Ranos

Long time no see Sanka (tis ren).

And lets see you post a 30 + page guide in one thread uninterupted.


You could always upload it to eve-files as a pdf and word document..

Sanka Cofie
Amarr
The Yaar Offices of Pointe Webb and Podemall
Posted - 2008.11.29 19:41:00 - [9]
 

Ren?

REN?

You have the time to write out a 30-page guide to piracy? Dude. Less writing. More pirating.

Stop this posting Ren.

Stop it!

This posting is.... madness!


 

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