Friday, September 29, 2006

New Contract...Same Client

The OEC has moved into its first ever "Retainer" contract. This comes from our former client during the Beke job, and we happily accepted the generous offer. With the dramatic drop in pirate activity in the sector, it made more sense to end the war upon CVTEC and go after any -5 pirate in the area. Even gate campers with better than average security rating can still be locked...letting them know they cannot tank both the sentries and OEC ships at the same time. Already a handful just simply moved on...leaving the gates clear for trade ships.

The contract against CVTEC was a good one. My guys learned quite a few things...including the superiority of the Dominix in small scale battles. We adapted well, and always pushed the fight when even numbers were on.

We have now the resources to concentrate on our rapid deployment strategic plan. Already the logistics are coming into our main area of operations in preparations for some industry we are setting up. Once this is done, I think we will work on acquiring a capital fleet. There is a lot of isk to be made in POS removal.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Living Bravely

“It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.” – Rear Adm. Gersia Bormallin, Cadet Graduation Speech, Amarr Prime

As the fighting rages in Beke, it is with great amusement that I see our enemy commenting here how unfortunate tactics have left them with concerned hearts. While the OEC (and any true professional military corporation) has taken its losses as part of the job…and continues pursuing it’s contract target, that target seems to just want to banter and throw bravado to any that will listen. Amusing, but in the end does not change any outcome militarily.

As most people know of myself, I strictly forbid the tradition of “trash talk” in local communication channels and elsewhere within my ranks. While the targets of our contracts banter…we pursue. While they give insult…we pursue. And in the end, they will eventually get the point that our will and mission cannot be broken. However, the “trash talk” is highly amusing for sure.

This is not to say I will not give credit where it is due to my adversaries, probably a character flaw of mine that no one else shares. CVTEC has had an excellent 48 hours against us, and we are moving in more logistics to deal with a ramp up of activity. We have also ran into our share of CONCORD noted firmware bugs in our ship systems…particularly cloaking and an effect known as CTD. We have isolated a workaround for the corporation using CPU affinity set to 1 processor instead of 2. We hope this will fix some of our operational issues.

Our client seems to be satisfied with our progress so far. This contract is getting lengthy however, so I foresee a termination on the horizon. It has been a great contract thus far however…as courage is always levied by experience.

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Clearing of Beke

Our contract against Crest Tech (now Pirate Coalition proper) has reached its 3rd week now. Overall I am very pleased by the performance of the OEC and its active members. We are finally losing some ships in combat due to taking more risks, but our adversaries refuse to fight anywhere but hugged to a station or Jumpgate. I guess I really cannot blame them as it affords the safety blanket of escape. We have improved our tactics to combat this, but in the process lost far more ships than expected (and one to a CONCORD cloaking firmware bug). The contract client is extremely pleased by the performance. The jumpgates are clear when we go on patrol, and none of the client’s members has lost a ship since entering into the contract. We hope to keep it that way.

As for combat bonuses…we are doing very well in that department. Hopefully we can continue to perform well to increase our contract payouts…but the guys know that tough times will be ahead of us if Crest Tech actually wants a straight up fight. I do find it odd however that they refuse to engage us in fleet to fleet combat…instead just hitting us here and there. Maybe they are not as coordinated as I planned? They seem to use a lot of retainer pilots (read: alts) in the systems we operate in, and we have done the same in return.

As I am about to post this, a OEC report comes across stating another Crest Tech battleship loss. Another Raven goes down…finally warp scrammed into submission. While no "big deal" to larger corporations, getting battleship kills is a great accomplishment to smaller merc corps going up against well known pirates. Nice work guys.