28 August 2009

Moving House

Scheduled Mining Ops Have a New Location

Thanks to Sarah/Merthe's hard work grinding missions and training skills we should be able to expect excellent refine rates and have found a new system which is much more convenient to take advantage of that.

Most of the HiSec ops will happen here because it will allow us to avoid the multi-system jumps as well as long freighter trips.

The upcoming op will be taking place in the new system (Goram) so check the Mining Channel for details.

On a related note thanks to Nlor also for all the refining work.

26 August 2009

Ice and Frigates

Eve upstarts go boom

During the AOV ice mining op last night we had an unusual bit of excitement. It began with a very large fleet of T1 frigates from Local Threat passing by us and ended with almost as many pods going back to Empire. After Mendolus reported the upswing in activity nearby LogicFX tried to get a smart bombing battleship ready in time but was too late to get in on the mass destruction of these relatively new players. I heard reports that they were dooms-day’d but I assume it was another smart bomber who tore the frigates apart. Either way it was an interesting break in the mining.

On a related note Mend and Logic were able to pod a red who logged off while they killed his ship which was very fun for the whole fleet to enjoy.

Mining Competition

The AU-F mining division is holding an internal competition for corporate reserves.

All contributions are welcome, whether you are a miner or not.  All variants count towards their respective ore.


Veldspar:           25,000,000 units
Scordite:           20,000,000 units
Pyroxeres:          17,500,000 units
Plagioclase:        15,000,000 units
Ice:                     7,500 units

When each goal is met the person with the highest total deposited of that type will get a reward.  Nlor Rath has been kind enough to provide rewards for this so they will be a surprise until winners are announced.

The ore/ice may be placed in the Mining tab of the corporate hangers in either Vattuolen or Ukkalen.  If you need hisec hauling please contact Meatay.

When you make a deposit please send an EvEmail with the total of your contribution to Meatay so that your individual contributions can be properly counted.

Current Status going into the 1/23 weekend:

Veldspar:           2,269,353  units  Leader(Durnix)
Scordite:           1,758,115  units  Leader(Mark Blema)
Pyroxeres:          856,607    units  Leader(Mark Blema)
Plagioclase:        1,208,169  units  Leader(Mark Blema)

25 August 2009

Mining Op Rules

The AU-F mining fleet has a few simple rules when operating in High Security space.

Listen to the fleet commander when orders are issued. 
This means you should also listen to any combat escort commanders if they ask you to do something.
Manage your drones. 
This is very important!  If you use combat drones to destroy a belt rat ALWAYS bring them back into your drone bay when you are finished.  Unattended drones pose a risk to the fleet as they can attack anyone who does steal from a wreck.
Do not reveal the fleet location. 
The fleet is operating a variety of expensive ships.  Do not broadcast the intended mining location to anyone but fleet members or those who have a reason to know.  All miners should get the location from the AU-F Mining channel if possible.

Be careful "jetcan" mining for the safety of the fleet. 
It is important that the fleet avoids leaving jetcans in the field as much as possible.  Unless told otherwise miners will be allowed to spread out into the belt but should keep jetcans to a minimum.  Once your Cargo is full you are free to jettison a can and use it for a short period.  That can will be tractored in as soon as possible by the Orca pilot.  If you are in range of the Orca, always use the corporate hangers.

Remove the loot from wrecks, then destroy the wreck. 
Just like jetcans, the wrecks of belt rats can cause an enemy pilot to get aggression against a fleet member.  The Orca pilots will always try to handle the wrecks for you but if they do not make an effort to remove the loot and place it into the Orca.
Don't cross the beams. 
The fleet commander will attempt to asign specific ore types to pilots when possible.  However, keep in mind that Hi-Sec asteroid belts typically have short lives under the withering beams of a Hulk so much of the mining will be left to the miners discretion.  In light of this please try to mine from asteroids that are not currently being mined by another player.  This will help us reduce wasted cycles.
Use Ventrillo. 
If you are able to please use vent.  This makes communicating easier and typically makes the entire operation more fun in general.