Bringing back SCM mode would be a huge step backwards for the current FM. Other than jerk – ships fly great. Of course, we anxiously await things like tractor beams, drag sdfs and the like.
This ERT bounty was going to be tough, a hammerhead.
As luck had it, coming in behind some asteroids, a PVP target “Mastrum” came under my pip first. Not my best flying with a bit of lag, still, I got in some nice hits before Mastrum knew I was there.
I switched off Mastrum to engage Les Shadwick, and while I got the kill – Mastrum made me pay registering Aggravated Criminal Damage against me.
My mistake, only thing left to do was to point my guns and pull the trigger.
Soon enough, Mastrum became a Citizen of Interest.
Folks been bitchen about Esperian ships ever since 3.0 hit the scene. The Blade failed to make OP in the light fighter category and the Glaive has been plagued with issues.
CIG has been busy behind the scenes making up for the bitterness with a sneak preview of things to come.
Much of the year has been a huge disappointment for Glaive owners as the ship, in general, has failed to live up to expectations of being a kick ass medium fighter. The ship leaked boost fuel excessively and it’s cannons were nerfed.
So it was when I called up the Glaive over at Levski (Delamar) to run some 8k bounty missions. Much to my surprise, even with the default loadout, the Glaive lived up to the high expectations I have always had for this alien based fighter.
The handling was smooth, shields adequate, and the fire power of those two size 5 WRATH Plasma cannons is back!
The Corporation, still smarting over their rekt performance against Nomadsoul’s Diamond Shredders, posted a question on Spectrum. One(1) Hammerhead or seven(7) fighters? I think that is the wrong question!
Here is more of the battle:
I suspect Cintra left out the mission objectives in her question, in this case I will assume she is talking about defending a cargo convoy. We came in with a Hammerhead sporting a crew of 4 and 3 medium fighter support ships. Since we were targeting cargo ships, medium fighters would be more effective taking down the larger targets.
Flying a Glaive I provided close support for the Hammerhead operating to a large extent inside the firing bubble of the Hammerhead where I was free to engage targets without becoming defensive. Our targets were so focused on the Hammerhead I was largely ignored.
Fighting within the Hammerhead’s firing bubble also meant that I didn’t need to mash the AB/Boost buttons and as a result I remained in the fight while my two wing mates left the fight early to refuel. Unfortunately the Glaive, despite having two fuel intakes, does not regenerated boost fuel.
So I suspect the answer to Cintra’s question is neither.
The Corporation asked us to try and stop their cargo run, an event sponsored by Boardgamer UK. I don’t think these folks knew what hit them!