Story time with Uncle Kirby
Since LA is in it’s last few weeks of SRP eligibility I drew confidence from that and decided that if I whelped the fleet, at least people wouldn’t have to haul in replacements. I managed to get sufficient logi and DD, and someone was kind enough to put out a ping even though I was too scatter brained to consider it. They asked for round 2 in Innu Local and I PM’d to let them know we were interested and would be ready soon, they announced they were in route and we undocked to meet them on “. Bacon”. As we did I realized I hadn’t asked for anything besides DD and Logi but Vex was ready to bring a bubble and was ready to change ships as soon as I confirmed it.
--This is where things started to go wrong –-
Between discussing what I should be doing, people joining from the ping, and reports from the scout the typical breakdown of combat comms occurred and my lack of confidence resulted in portions of the fleet jumping into Bacon and splitting the fleet. As the enemy fleet jumped into Innu I called for everyone to jump back to bacon instead of having half the fleet polarized. During this call a bubble went up and [urlhttps://zkillboard.com/kill/92382531/]caught an Ashimmu[/url] that was joining the fight from station, resulting in a very quick death and subsequent podding.
The enemy fleet eventually jumped back into Bacon to fight us on the hole, I opted to call the first ship to decloak (Hyperion) as a primary, as soon as the Guardian decloaked we switched to that, took down a Guardian and then a Hyperion. We started to purge our numbers quickly but I wasn’t watching fleet chat or my watch list as I was hyper focused on the range of enemies and trying to keep their one logi pilot guessing. We finally someone got my attention and let me know we were running low of people. Called for a jump back to Innu and a scatter but got myself caught in a bubble in and went down in a blaze of glory before losing a +3 training pod, even though I reminded people half a dozen times to get into clean clones!
After my death an attempt was made to form Medium Shield but the action had killed the hole we were fighting on and the enemy fleet evaded us through Eggs prior to that fleet being able to form. Some members were left stranded in the Bacon chain, thankfully we had a scanner and were able to get them out.
The AAR on comms was helpful and highlighted some of the issues faced and some things to sustain, I’ll list the one I can remember off the top of my head below (I did a poor job of taking notes at the end which is an improve for next time). I also had a conversation with someone from the other fleet, those comments are below as well.
Combat comms – bet you are shocked to see that on the list!
Repeating directions – I tended to only say thing once and not the typical three times
Confidence – I definitely gave some of my directions in the form of a question
Watch chat and Watch list better
I should have called for podding the other fleet as we could as that is how they eventually won the numbers war.
Broadcasting, Secondary targets, Switching targets as other logi landed reps
Talking with the other fleet:
They said that our ECM Drones and Blackbirds really gave them issues and that the number of Logi we had was really effective against them. Also, and I have to quote this one: “our hyperion pilot was [Uni-Comms censored] up, don’t use narcotics”