Friday, October 7, 2011

Project Love Boat

So keep your candle burning
And make her journey bright and pure
That she will keep returning
Always and evermore
Nick Cave: "Into My Arms" from The Boatman’s Call, 1997 AD (Ancient Time System), Old World, Earth

Green Eyes – one of the four Republic Fleet Firetails
that is part of the Project Love Boat
As I headed out for low security space in my very first fit-for-fight-Incursus, a mantra was going through my head: Your ship will explode, do not get attached to it, there is another one waiting in the hanger.

This is what you learn from the experienced when you first head out to shoot other capsuleers beyond the reach of CONCORD's cold hands. Do not get attached to your ship. Have no love for your ship. It is not an individual. And soon you get into the habit of buying ships in stacks, and maybe you even get a shopping assistant to handle it for you, and you make spreadsheets to accurately summarize exactly how many modules and crates of ammo you need for your next 50 frigates. And then you go and make your ships explode whenever you have the chance to throw it against something big and shiny. And soon you have to get another stack.

Congratulations! You have learned not to get attached to your ship. This is good.

But it is also bad. Yes, you will get some great kills this way, because you are taking chances and expanding the pool of possible targets. But, you will also die in a lot of stupid and easily avoidable engagements. I can testify to that. The lack of love for my ships has made me more reckless and less concentrated while hunting. When there are 50 more frigates ready to be fit exactly as the one you are flying, then you tend to not care much. I want to change that.

I have decided to fit up twenty ships, each one with a unique fitting. Some expensive and some cheap, but they will all receive love and special attention and I will keep a tight record on their performance. I will spend almost all my ISK on this project, but that is also an intended premise: I am gonna fly stuff I can't afford to replace. That will make me care and make better decisions. I hope. So, say hello to Project Love Boat: I am captain Stubing, and this is my crew: 1 Dramiel, 3 Rifters, 1 Daredevil, 4 Firetails, 1 Incursus, 2 Ishkurs, 2 Vengeances, 3 Jaguars, 2 Taranis, 1 Loki.

May they keep returning to my hangar and die only from age and exhaustion.


  1. Ah yes this is a rather recognizable problem, I too get reckless because of that, losing ships in stupid ways... Because hey I have 30 more!

    I might have to do something similar, recklessness creates nice kills as you correctly state, but in a way it also prevents true excellence I guess :-)

  2. This will be a nice little project. Looking forward to reading about each one and their stories, kills, explosive endings. Especially the Jags :P


  3. Heh. The Jags (and a small stack of Anonymous Rifters) will be used for casual and reckless R1FTA gang hunting, as they are already cursed!

  4. It would probably work better if you just stuck to one or two ships and about 10M ISK, so that you can truly experience the "OMGWTF I don't wanna loose this ship cause it's all I have" feeling.

    I can help with that. Just contract me your remaining ships and ISK and I'll keep 'em in a safe place for you. That would actually help out with my experiment of trying to learn to fly reckless too. :)

  5. I fly actualy the oposite, sadly Im sure I miss out on a few kills, but I have always been a cautious player. Tho I can say my ability to avoid / get trough gate camps is rather high lol. I also agree with Tosh, havign allot of spares makes you recklass and you will lose even more than you should