This is the thing, this universe is divided between to opposing factions. The team hates Nekopara and thinks its weeaboo trash and the other team that loves Chocola and Vanilla more than their own cats.
Got tired of Whack-a-Vassal (aka CK2) so I decided to reactivate my EVE Online account.
Once I got on, I immediately jumped in an Incursus frigate (focused on hybrid guns and armor tank) and ventured forth to harry the faction warfare pilots. It's my current goal to improve my individual PvP abilities. The following screenshot is of my first fight:
A few minutes into my journey, I tracked down a Tristan frigate (a ship focused on drone fighter squads, usually armor tanked) at a faction warfare site. The fight went alright, the other pilot was kind enough to be sitting on the warp-in beacon, enabling me web/scram his ship (webbifiers slow ships down and warp scramblers prevent folks from escaping) and apply the full damage of my short range blasters. The Incursus gets a bonus to both blaster damage and armor repairers so I was hitting hard and able to tank the incoming damage... he had an energy nosferatu equipped which put minor pressure on my energy capacitor (but nowhere near what an energy neutralizer would do), but not enough to stop my armor reps. I had him beat, but just as I was finishing him off a third party in an imperial navy slicer (fast, often long range ship) appeared, got into kiting range, and finished my ship off (I did kill off the tristan though, so yay!).
After the battle I realized I had made two errors: the first was failing to disable auto-cycle and auto-reload on my armor repairer which caused me to waste nanite paste charges (which make the ancillary armor rep I was using more powerful) so I was very low on charges when the slicer appeared and once it went into auto reload I was unable to use the repper at all for the duration of the fight (which didn't last much longer once I was completely unable to repair damage sustained). It's unlikely I would've been able to beat the slicer to begin with, but I at least could've made a fight of it. The second mistake was forgetting to launch my ship's single drone... the incursus is a ship focused on hybrid guns, but the drone would've contributed some additional damage.
I reshipped an headed out again. The second fight I found was against a breacher (missile boat, shield tanked). When I initially entered the system the breacher entered behind me while I was warping to check out a FW site, I knew he must've seen me warp off so I set up at the warp-in point and sure enough he followed. Once again it was a short range fight, one that I was winning... until I made the incredibly stupid mistake of burning out most of my ship's modules (overheating modules makes them perform better, but overheated modules take heat damage which can break them). Unable to web/scram or use my ship's afterburner (i.e. I was completely unable to control range at this point), I fled! I explained what happened in local chat and there were mutual LOLs.
It should be mentioned that many faction warfare pilots seek to avoid PvP at any cost, seeking only to grind the FW rewards without engaging in PvP... which is funny because FW was designed to encourage frequent PvP. Thus there were many cases of me landing at a site where I knew someone to be only to have that person run away at the sight of me (and tbh, a lone incursus isn't something insurmountable since it's a very basic ship).
Lost the third fight to a heavily tanked rifter frigate with an energy neutralizer. His ship was just faster than mine, could apply neut pressure, and had a ton of tank (his damage was crap though). I'm not sure if he buffered the armor HP with plates or if he ran a dual-repped fit (he seems to favor the latter, according to his killboard), but I don't recall seeing him repping so it was probably plates and damage mitigation through transversal velocity. Ah well.
Fourth fight wasn't really a fight but was quite lol-worthy. I discovered a magnate exploration ship at a cynosural beacon (cynos are used to jump folks from different systems without the use of a stargate). Exploration ships are not combat ships but are very cheap and often used as disposable cyno ships (they light the beacon others jump to). I figured I'd just gank the ship and move on. As I engaged it I started taking massive amounts of damage, which was odd... but then I realized I had attacked the magnate right outside a space station and the security guns were firing on me for my criminal act! Luckily I managed to finish off the magnate and warp off with a just small amount (a slither, really) of hull remaining. Moral of the story: look both ways before mugging someone in the street (or something like that).
Fifth fight was utter BS. I tracked down a kestrel frigate at a site, figuring it'd be a good match up. But it was a trap! Once I engaged, a sizeable fleet suddenly decloaked on top of me... including someone in one of the rarest and most overpowered frigates in the game (rewarded for winning the alliance tournament). Needless to say my ship didn't stand a ghost of a chance.
It's still possible for teams to become imbalanced, but from what I've experienced the game now will dump people looking for games into your game to fill in any gaps left behind by kicks, disconnects, or rage quits. It's otherwise working now like what things were before.
My only complaint still is the inability to build a "playlist" of maps or anything where I don't have to keep going in and running searches manually and it'll automatically assign me games when I'm through with one and ready to go onto another.
Cool down still exists, but I only really get bothered by that when I was shutting TF2 down anyways.
So I went back to play around with my Banished town for a bit.
This poor guy has to walk all the way from the far-side of town, or in this case the opposite end of the ocean-sized lake in the middle of this map to hit a construction project one time. After that he has to leave to get food.
Never mind the homeless, those are people who commute impossibly long distances and who effectively render themselves homeless while working.
Caught a Purifier (stealth bomber) attacking a POCO (player-owned custom office) in a random wormhole system this evening. While I had no interest in the POCO's fate, I happened to be flying a hard counter to SBs, an Astero (SoE faction frigate focused on stealth, can be fitted as either an explorer or a drone combat frigate... mine was fitted as the latter). While remaining undetected thanks to my cloaking device, I figured out the Purifier's orbital trajectory and intercepted it. Once I had it tackled (scram/web) it was lights out for the SB since my light drones could tear it to shreds while the Purifier's torpedoes simply could not apply damage to my Astero well (torps don't apply damage well to small, fast targets), couldn't even puncture my shields (and the Astero is armor tanked). Only thing I could've done to improve my performance in the encounter would've been to use my hobgoblin light drones instead of my warriors since the purifier was web/scrammed so tracking/speed wasn't an issue and hobs do more raw dps (plus thermal damage rather than the warriors' explosive). The Purifier was worth about 40 million ISK (including fit and cargo) and dropped about 11 million ISK worth of caldari navy mjolnir torpedoes, but unfortunately I didn't have the cargo space for all the torps so I wound up scuttling the wreck.
I'm guessing those red icons are indicative of a healthcare/deathcare crisis?
Yea, the red icons with the skull and crossbones indicate their ill. In this case I'm sitting on an exploded Typhus bomb and I can't do much than try and wait it out.
I had a Bubonic Plague outbreak in one game that got pretty out of hand. I forget how many people died, but I quickly rebounded. The worse this episode will likely do is force me to close non-essential jobs and allocate folk to essentials while I wait for everything to crawl back up. Meanwhile I'll end up building more hospitals for the next time this happens.
The fun thing is I know how this happened. Someone on the far-side of town where I had not built any hospitals fell ill and had to walk through all my high-population centers to get aid. On the way she affected several people who carried the disease further before she could get medical care.
I had outbreaks before but the people effected were close enough to a hospital they just walked in and maybe five other people got sick and went to the doctor immediately. The luxury wasn't available here.
This evening I was playing some EVE Online again when I spotted someone piloting an Obelisk freighter (slow, vulnerable cargo ship with a huge cargo hold but large tank) through low security space. Obviously I wasn't about to pass up such a tempting target so I grabbed my Sacrilege (missile-launching heavy assault cruiser) and caught the freighter a bit off a gate. Since this was low sec and my assault was criminal, I started taking security gate gun fire (and took some fire from some NPCs at the gate), but that wasn't my primary concern... I didn't want to let the Obelisk slip through the gate since my weapons timer would prevent me from using the gate to pursue on the other side. To try and burn him down quickly, I overheated my missile launchers and to slow his progress I took to ramming him (as well as webbing). Unfortunately, I was concentrating too much on my ramming trajectories... because I realized too late that my missile launchers were taking too much heat damage and wound up breaking... forcing me to abandon my assault, thus allowing the target to escape. The encounter left me quite frustrated with my ineptitude as a would-be space pirate. Got a cool screenshot out of it though:
And once again, this Star Wars clip is a good representation of my reaction: