9 Mackinaws and 1 Hulk – that’s where I stand as of the writing of this post. However, the doesn’t tell the whole story – numbers never do.
I was a bit behind the curve when Hulkageddon officially opened for business. I had planned on being one of the first brave capsuleers to fell a mining giant, but instead I was stuck getting some odds and ends that I had forgot about. Meanwhile, Corelin and the Fancy Hats Corporation was dealing tons of damage to the dastardly miners of Amarr space, putting my hopes and dreams to shame.
Finally, it looked like I was going to be able to get out there and gank something. I had failed miserably during Burn Jita due to my video card deciding that that weekend, of all weekends, would be a good one to stop working. However, armed with a new card and a fresh sense of purpose (as well as some comforting familiarity, as this wasn’t my first Hulkageddon), I had hoped to bring some destruction to high sec.
I rounded up some friends near my lowsec cache of destroyers – 200 in total – and was just about to start sending out fleet invites when suddenly my computer shut down. No warning, no ‘are you sure you would like to shut down?’ – just a big ole ‘click’ and black screens everywhere. Not good. I decided to call it an evening, with my preparations made, and hit it back up the next day.
Finally, I was able to. 3 Mackinaws and a Hulk down – all solo in the wonderfully brutal gank Catalyst. Live was good. I lined up my next target, dispatched Marc in another Catalyst of Doom, and – ‘click’. Black Screens Everywhere.
Needless to say, I think my new graphics card is presenting some unique challenges when it comes to high security ganking. However, I’ve figured out what I mustn’t do (otherwise the computer decides to punish me), so I’ve been able to resume ganking. Right now, I’m sitting at 7th overall in Caldari High Sec ganks according to the Hulkageddon leaderboard. For a time I was ranked 9th overall and 8th in solo kills, but have since lost these positions to gankers who have no jobs are more dedicated than I.
Sadly, I’m not getting much in the way of tears, though between the 100 million ISK bounty being paid by Goonswarm (for every 10 exhumers killed) and loot/salvage, I’m actually ahead in the :iskwar: by about 100 million ISK. This despite the survey I am sending out to all my victims noncensual pvp partners. So far, the only good reply I got was:
Пидор ты, и этим хвалишься?
Granted, I don’t know how good it is because I don’t speak Russian, but I think there are some very bad words in there.
At any rate, if you’re interested in joining in on the fun (even if only for a gank or two), consider reading the Definitive Hulkageddon Guide for Gankers, by yours truly. Seriously though, check it out and use it – and send me your success stories (for surely such a guide will only bring you success). It took some doing and while it really isn’t definitive (there are about a hundred ways to carry out ganks, fits to use, etc), I think it’s a good starting point that was really lacking out there.
The reason I made it was I googled (out of boredom) ‘Hulkageddon Guide’ the other day and all that came up were Miner’s Guide to Avoiding Hulkageddon. Obviously, this could not stand.
I’ll be posting up my thoughts on Burn Jita (and some funny stories about it as well) over at TEN in the next couple days, as well as regular Hulkageddon updates here. I’m still adjusting to being a correspondent for another site and trying to find the line between strictly-Malefactor material and strictly-TEN material, so bear with me as this blog will probably stick around with weekly updates for a little while.