Flashing a Mackinaw

24th August 2014 – 3.16 pm

I just want to check through a K162 before potentially plunging down a long chain of w-space systems, particularly when the discovery scanner will be a mere half-step behind with each jump. I exit the class 6 system to return to our neighbouring class 3 w-space, and warp across to the K162 to jump to C5a.

Updating d-scan on the other side of the wormhole sees a Mackinaw exhumer, Anathema covert operations boat, and four towers. There's little else to see, and it appears that this C5 is the dead-end system I considered to be a possibility, with the sole signature in the system being the wormhole I'm sitting on.

Clean w-space system

There are also three anomalies in C5a, which I'm already pinging with d-scan on a five-degree beam, before I've even checked to see which, if any, are ore sites. This one probably is, as the Mackinaw looks to be in it by himself. That's what I was looking for. Now to see if the ship is bait.

Not bothering to explore the system, mostly because the only ship I can see is the cov-ops and any that I can't see I won't find by looking that bit harder, I warp in to the ore site at range to see the Mackinaw in the site. I also slam my Proteus strategic cruiser directly in to a rather large rock when exiting warp, forcing my cloak to drop when I'm still 260 km from my potential target.

Decloaked 260 km from an active Mackinaw

Thankfully, my Proteus hits the rock so hard that I am thrown back twenty kilometres, allowing me to cloak as soon as the re-activation delay allows. I doubt it will be quick enough, however, as I would have blipped on to the Mackinaw pilot's overview for several seconds. He wouldn't even have needed to update d-scan.

Mackinaw continues to mine

Even with my impromptu appearance far out of ambush range, the exhumer remains in the site, and I can see his chomping on a rock that I can warp to. I do so, dropping short to give me time to assess the situation and manoeuvre as necessary. The Mackinaw is pointing potentially out of the site but motionless, and its mining lasers are still chipping away at the rock. Ah, what the hell. I approach, decloak, and engage the miner.

Ambushing the mining Mackinaw

The exhumer doesn't have much in the way of defences. I blast through the Mackinaw's shields, and no one decloaks to give me a shock. I blast through the Mackinaw's armour, and the Anathema on d-scan is swapped for an Impairor frigate. Even if he's awake, that ship change doesn't seem much like a threat, and I keep shooting. I blast through the Mackinaw's hull, and it explodes.

Mackinaw explodes to my Proteus

I aim for and catch the pod, making me think the pilot's asleep, and make this clone's slumber somewhat more permanent. I scoop the corpse, and loot and shoot the wreck, taking the modules and destroying the mined ore. Now to scoot, back the way I came. It's not like I have another direction to go, and there's nothing left in the system with me either. The Impairor is gone.

Solo mining reduced to a wreck and a corpse

As I lurk on the wormhole back to C3a I get a conversation request. It's the miner. He says I 'did quite well', and I'm not sure if I should take that as some kind of praise or the start of another round of abuse. It turns out that he thought I had been hiding in his system for a week, as his corporation regularly keeps everything neat and tidy, which I can see from the lack of signatures. Nope, I tell him, his static wormhole is open.

I ask if if he saw my Proteus, he says he panicked. Yep, I know the feeling. Even so, it looks to be an expensive moment of panic for him. The Mackinaw is listed as a 210 Miskie loss, with the pod adding 160 Miskies on top of that. And on top of that, if the podded miner thought his static wormhole was inactive, does that mean he doesn't have a route home? Apparently not. Not being awfully mean, I let him know the system in The Black Rise the neighbouring C3 exits to, before taking my Proteus out of his system and back home. I think I can ignore that other arm of the constellation after all.

  1. 6 Responses to “Flashing a Mackinaw”

  2. Only thing is that his ship asked you not to shoot him in the face, and you shot him in the face.

    By Morell Tacvi on Aug 24, 2014

  3. Naw, it's fine. I shot him up the exhaust.

    By pjharvey on Aug 24, 2014

  4. i was wondering if you are using expanded probe launcher with combat probes? on a proteus the fit is tight and was wondering how you balanced it out?

    By mike on Aug 25, 2014

  5. Sisters expanded probe launcher has its CPU reduced to 2.1 (down from 210) with the probing subsystem installed.

    By Gwydion Voleur on Aug 25, 2014

  6. Yep, 2·1 tf for the Sisters expanded probe launcher, compared to 0·1 tf for the core launcher. I don't think the 2 tf difference is difficult to squeeze in, particularly in an expensive ship where fitting a faction module is pretty common.

    I prefer using combat probes exclusively. Although scanning with core probes is fine, using combat probes lets you see more all of the time. Even just seeing a ship appear on a wormhole as you resolve it gives you more good information than you would get with core probes, and, on top of that, if you do end up needing to look for a ship you don't need to reload or relaunch. It requires getting your skills up, though, but I would say it is really worth doing so.

    By pjharvey on Aug 25, 2014

  7. i just wanted to say thanks for the info/help.

    By mike on Aug 28, 2014

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