Posts Tagged ‘rote kapelle


The Unbearable Leetness of Being Rote

pBump explains the recent bout of ennui that Jester is going through:

I think that one of the worst things I’ve done in my career as an FC was hanging out with Rote. Specifically attending Cass Ops, running around with Brent, and working with their guys on SiSi during the tournament preps. It brought a stark and brutal clarity to just how good, and by comparison bad EVE can be as an FC.

An example: Several months ago I was attending a Cass Op on a Friday night (as usual) On comes Cass and goes through the typical pre-op rundown. Who can fly links? Who wants to do Logi? Who wants to scout? And so forth. The difference between his form up routine and mine? Half a dozen people had perfect links. Almost everyone in the fleet could fly logi if need be, and he always used some of his best pilots as scout.

When I go through this, I have the same two people do links because they are the only ones with perfect skills. I have the same four or five people to pick from for logi (Aloe) because nobody else wants to train for it. They just want to shoot stuff. And if I put a good pilot in the role of scout, I’m almost certainly giving up a Logi or link pilot. Fuck.

Another example: We’re doing tournament prep on SiSi. Almost nobody from Clockwork shows up, so my team is almost entirely from Rote. I tell them what I want to comp for the 5v5 and off we go. The fight unfolds and things get intense. Lo and Behold! Shit doesn’t go as planned and the Rote pilots actually adjust what they’re doing without being told to do so. They actually took initiative and did something to compensate for the twists and turns the fight took. If you’ve ever FC’ed a fleet of pubbie retards, you know what a mind blowing crescendo that moment was for me.

So what’s the deal? What am I trying to say? Rote is unique in Syndicate. If you look at Johns handy little map, they are the only entity on that map with the luxury of running their outfit like it should be. They troll out entire corporations because of a low skill level, much less individual pilots. They recruit and kick people based on their abilities to fly spaceships. When they CTA for a certain fleet type, the people who show up actually have the right ship….crazy I know!

What about GROON? Well we recruit exclusively from Asperger’s anonymous .com as if this is somehow going to let us play EVE with likeminded people. We never kick anyone for being bad at EVE, because it’s supposed to be funny. EVE is after all nothing but a big joke and ‘trying’ to play it well is the antithesis of a proper goon. Our blue list is really just the people that can tolerate us on coms. That’s all it takes. Despite some pathetic undertone that we’re somehow better than pubbies, we’ll blue up pretty much anyone to bolster fleet numbers.

To tie this into the politics of Syndicate, I’d be interested to hear from the main FC’s in SynCo, FIGL, etc. if their experience has been more like mine, or that of Rote.

And before everyone jumps out of their seat screaming “holy shits just join Rote aleady!” I actually really like the core group that I’ve been playing with in GROON for the past couple years. They are my spaceships friends and I will never leave them.

Poor Rote; it’s tough being elite.


Bar Fight in EF-F

A screenshot of the fight. True Story.

So, recently Alexander. and Altruism have been having a low-intensity war in Syndicate. We both share the same pocket, but don’t share peak timezones, so the opportunities to do lasting damage have been low. We’ve blown up a few towers around the place, they’ve blown up one or two, and occasionally called the batphone on us.

So, Alexander. had reffed two POCOs in EF-F and they were coming out at Saturday morning, 0300 Eve time, which suited both parties.

The fight started on the station ahead of the reinforcement timers expiring. We popped a few Harbingers, then Altruism undocked with carriers to rep, then it rapidly escalated from there. An AL3X Thanatos got bumped 50km off station, and other carriers went into triage to save it as it crawled back.

Suddenly Rote Kapelle dropped in a couple of dreads and carrier. They weren’t shooting Altruism, so we figured they were just getting in on an opportune carrier kill, and kept repping our carrier.

Next minute! A mixed Ninja Unicorn capital fleet hot dropped Rote, and started wailing away on them. A handful of hictors also bridged in. This is what we expected to have happen to us, so we stopped shooting the Rote capitals and started repping them up, since it was becoming clear that our carrier would make it back to station.

And then! Rote counter-dropped with a couple of supercaps and a bunch more dreads and carriers, and went to town on the Ninja capital fleet. Altruism warped off, so we concentrated reps on the Rote fleet. A Rote sub-cap fleet also bridged in with many bubbles.

Capitals exploded or self-destructed left and right, then Altruism warped back and shot everyone. I’m not sure why, but then Rote turned on us even though we were repping them, so we said “screw this” and disengaged.

(Some of the fight, frapsed by Rote)

Notable quotes:

  • “I’m getting reps, but I don’t know where from”. Yep. That was us. Ungrateful bastards.
  • “So who we shooting?”
    “just shoot Alex”


PS: We saved that carrier 🙂