Well, that was an eventful couple of weeks. Because the alliance lives pretty close to Empire space, gate camps and roaming gangs are a not even an event anymore but more like passing clouds; of course it happens that once in a while you get caught in a sudden shower, or even massive storms. But that's all part of the fun :)
So now that my character is steadily growing up he can fly much better, bigger and faster ships. Of course, I still pale in comparison to my comrades but that's totally natural, but still. Now a lot of things are coming pretty much naturally when a few weeks ago I had to watch every single click I was doing. I still need to work on a few things like judging my speed; being the speed freak that I am, I have a tendency to turn on my MWD even for short distance hops and I end up over-shooting my destination in a spectacular fashion. I've lost the opportunity to tackle opponents because of that and it makes me look like the n00b that I am. Oh well, practice makes perfect so eventually I'll have the speed thing mastered.
Another thing I seriously need to work on if I don't want to lose all the ISK I've made? Don't try to do too much when it's really late/early and falling asleep at the keyboard. Lately, in a total ratting debacle, a Crow pinned my Cyclone between a bunch of rats and the asteroids, and suddenly my money run became my death. You'd think the silliness ends there, but noooooooo. Having been able to get to station in my pod I waited for things to calm down, which didn't take too long as it was around 5AM EST, and hopped into a Rifter and headed towards Hi-sec to go buy me a new Cyclone. Of course when you're tired safety goes straight out the window and instead of going to a safespot near the Sendaya gate in Doril (which I have too...) I warped straight to the gate, right into the arms of a waiting gatecamp !!! Well, my clone was still in Berta at the time so my trip to Hi-sec was a helluva lot faster, except I lost a damn good fitted Rifter worth about 3 million ISK. It's not much for the average player but as I keep reminding my corp-mates (especially when they're asking for specific skills in gang like cloaking), I'm not even 2 months old and 3 million ISK is still a lot of money to me. I'm still in the process of learning the game but I haven't yet formed a financial plan. Of course now that I can solo-rat in 0.0 space ISK will start to steadily come in, but I better not lose too many ships I'm not supposed to lose!
So what about the ships I AM supposed to lose? Yes, I have a garage full of Stabbers waiting to be destroyed but I keep surviving my ops. It's true that most of the time we end up being like 15 against 2 or 3 and I don't exactly fly the type of ship that will be called primary target. So I get in, tackle, orbit, hit as much as I can and pray I'm the lucky one who gets the final blow. And in one occasion, against a lone Rokh somewhere in Curse, Lady Luck smiled at me and I got my first-ever PVP kill in EVE :)) I've also now been on a few killmails by getting a few shots or even just a scrambler lock on some unlucky player meeting our wall of battle. I love those ops where we get 15 to 20 players, sometimes not even of our corp but just Blue to ours (means we're buddies, just FYI), and roam entire regions. One of our bigger ops had us crossing a damn good part of the galaxy and none of us we're expecting on coming back except in our clone because we were fishing BIG fish. But add unwilling targets (quite annoying that... come on guys, come out and PLAY !!!) to superb Fleet Commanding by Fheyd/Suzuko and it turned into a giant tour where none of our gang was lost. Quite the failure for a suicide op !!! At least we did manage to get some kills along the way but that was about 60 jumps of travelling. Sleep was much welcome after that !!!
So now as I write this a vote is happening among the members of the Clown Punchers main corp, as to who from Clown College stays and gets promotted to the main corp and who packs up for parts unknown. I don't want to blow my own horn or anything, but so far I really like beeing in this corp and it's taught me so much that just one or two people could surely never have done. So next time I post here the result will most probably be in. Until then, fly safe and don't forget to dock when Reds jump in !!! ;)