I tried to go to Luminaire today, but alas, it was not to be. A fleet of us got together, sorted out logistics, spooked some camps along the way from FW LS to Dodixie, and then we watched the Live Feed of the Luminaire event. Once the Leviathan was at about 30% shield, we said screw waiting, let’s go. We had been holding back to see if the null sec fleets would pound each other down, but that was not to be.
We got to the Pettinck-Luminaire gate at were locked out. For a while. While watching hundreds of ships orbit a gate on the lowest graphical settings was a new experience for me, it was less than enthralling. I honestly had more fun playing cat and mouse to move some Caldari gatecamps out of the way earlier. We were making the route safe for some of our lowsec pilots to rally up.
As I was sitting at the gate, idly punching the jump button to see the error message, the gate briefly unlocked, and I was pulled through all by my lonesome. My Myrmidon was immediately, although languidly, target, scrammed and popped by the fine members of various branches of the Goonswarm. TiDi gave me a wonderful slow motion experience. On the plus side I got my pod out. Yeah, those Navy Cap Boosters were from the active tanked fit that I dropped for plates to use with our logi. Who were having a grand old time on the other side of the gate.
I warped off, and a very odd thing happened. Because I had somehow accrued the combat timer that prevents jumping, even though I was targeted and fired upon first (someone tell me what I don’t understand about aggression mechanics, please!), I had to bounce around Luminaire in TiDi for a few minutes before trying to escape. My pod, while in warp, told me I was being warp scrambled, and I was taking pod damage. So I picked another celestial and started spamming the warp button. In a very odd collection of moments, I went from being scrammed while in warp to being scrammed while in warp in a completely different direction. I don’t even know how this is possible. If I am warping, I’m not targetable, or scrammable, I think. Much less able to take damage. But all these things occurred at the same time!
I got out. I went back to Dodixie.
So overall, the whole Luminaire event was a bust for me. No chance to see the Leviathan, although I was watching the feed. I heard it went down. Cool beans, but what else would happen? It is Gallente space, after all. The whole experience left me wondering about a few things:
Eve’s interface for large scale events is terrible. The hostiles I tried to target and interact with on the Luminaire Gate were so lost in the overview that the ships popped or warped before I could do anything.
On the Luminaire side, the gate camp was a clusterfuck, in multiple ways :). I knew I would lose the Myrm, and that’s fine. I just had no chance to really respond to anything. It took getting halfway through armor before I could lock or launch drones or fire. I also incurred the aggressor tag somehow, even though I was locked, scrammed, TP’d and taking damage before I locked anyone. I probably don’t understand aggression in Eve well enough at this point, but it seems silly.
The overview really can’t handle large events, either. I have a few tabs set up just to sort friendlies, hostiles, war targets, etc. It was still useless today. The pod-saver tab worked, only because it has nothing in it save for planets, gates, and the sun.
From a player participation side, the system locks and lag and TiDi kind of ruined the whole experience. Great kudos to CCP for doing this event. I love the idea, I anticipated the hell out of it. They publicized it, the community got behind it. But in execution it pretty much fell flat. The rest of my fleet never jumped through, and eventually turned around to regroup and head back to Low Sec.
Maybe next time, CCP should look at spreading such events out. Make various fleets have to choose from a number of systems to engage in. This would make the whole thing less node-intensive, and reduce the player counts in each system. With one spot where everyone wants to go, the infrastructure ground to halt, and the larger blocs got to run much of the show. Even more people were just stuck sitting at gates.
Overall, I’m glad the event happened, but I was hoping to play some role besides killmail fodder. Cheers to anyone who got in and took part!