Our latest EVE tale from CCP Swift is a slugfest like no other.
Stories of EVE: The Armless Armada
I remember the best battleship fight I ever had
The popularity of battleships ebbs and flows in EVE. In the very beginning, wars were predominantly fought with battleships until their limitations were exposed. Then smaller, more nimble ships became prominent for a few years, before much later there was a battleship comeback. But there's always this weird, nostalgic affection for battleships.
I remember the best battleship fight I ever had. It's funny, I remember everything about it. I can't tell you my address or social security number, but I can remember each and every detail of this battle like it was yesterday.
We were engaged in a battle over a random staging pass, and we were in the ropes. We'd taken off any prop mods so we were essentially sitting ducks (albeit heavy hitting sitting ducks). We figured we'd just keep waiting there to see what they did. But they had adopted a similar high-damage, minimal manoeuvrability strategy. So it was just three hours of two massive battleship fleets parked right next to each other shooting back and forth. They'd bring in replacements and then we'd bring in replacements. It was a highly destructive stalemate, but eventually we started running out of battleships.
But our group had an industrial wing, so we went to the main market hub to try and buy more battleships -- determined to win this battle of attrition. So, we bought all of these super expensive hulls. Our enemy was no doubt trying the same strategy, but we pipped them to the post. And we started grinning like Cheshire Cats... "We've done it!". We were wrong.
We had all our logistics sorted and we were reshaping our battleships when we realised in the rush that we'd forgotten to purchase guns. Returning to the market, we discovered that we had been outmanoeuvred. Our enemies had bought the guns... all the guns.
We tried sending people out to scrounge the battlefield wreckage for arms so we could get back into the fight, but it was too late. Eventually, we had to admit that we had been outplayed. A hive of hornets without their stingers; we floated back to our little structure and called off our rather expensive battle.
You know, I even remember the names of some of the enemy ships because I was target calling. It's so strange the detail I remember it in. EVE Online has that tremendous effect on people. It was just so much fun.
Check out our last Story of EVE Online from CCP Spider; that of ZIPZAPBOOP - a tale of intergalactic Cat and Mouse, and the most annoying ship in seven systems. Alternatively, there's Stories of EVE: Humans of New Eden, Stories of EVE: Snuffed Out? A Tale of Karmic Justice, Stories of EVE: The "Jaw Droppingly Insane" EVE Online Star System Run, or the compilation piece Stories of EVE: Superfans' Most Heart-Warming EVE Online Moments.