To make a long story short I've decided to come back to Eve Online after about a 5-6 month break. The cravings were just too much and I really wanted to continue learning to become a pirate.
I started where I left off, docked in Hek surrounded by my Rifters, scanning ship and salvaging ship. Eve can be very overwhelming to players just coming back from a break. The learning curve is pretty intense and after completely leaving the game for a couple of months I didn't know how easy it would be to reintegrate myself.
I realized after tinkering with the game mechanics for a while everything started coming back to me. With the basic controls in line I wanted to get into piracy as quick as I could. I fitted one of my Rifters with lowly tech 1 modules and headed out to Otou for some hunting.
I got into Otou and remembered I had already set up some safe spots. I clicked on the first one and warped to 0. From there I relearned how to use the Directional Scanner. It was a lot easier to use than I remember, it's mostly common sense.
After a bit of trial and error I found a Thrasher sitting in an asteroid field. I warped to the field a couple of kilometers out to find the Thrasher was engaged with some rats. Now what I should have done already was study my local chat and figure out what type of people I was going to be dealing with. I was a bit too lazy to do this and I really wanted to just get into a fight, win or lose.
I activated my afterburner and headed in his direction. I spammed my warp disruptor not knowing it's working range (I need to study up on optimal ranges again!) and finally got him pinned down. I quickly fell into a tight orbit with all of my modules running. I hit my autocannons and waited for the damage report. Surprisingly I was doing quite a bit of damage to the Thrasher. Within maybe 3 seconds he turned his attention from the rats to me and we were engaged.
The battle lasted a little more than a minute. I realized later that I should probably micro-manage my modules as my cap ran out towards the end of the battle. I also had a Nosferatu equipped that I didn't use at all. The Thrasher ended up popping with minimal damage done to myself!
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I looted what I could and without thinking headed right back towards Hek. What I didn't know was that I was now considered a criminal. As soon as I hit the gate the gate guns took me out and I was left sitting in my pod. I waited out my timer and again stupidly went out to see if the loot was still sitting there. I grabbed a Rifter and as soon as I hit the gate I was gunned down again. I'll remember to always wait out my timers now.
Looking at the pilot he was a fairly new. His estimated SP is about 1.6m (a little more than myself.). I believe this fight was the perfect storm. He didn't seem very experienced in combat and the fight wasn't as intense as others that I've had. This was a great experience to get back into Eve, it gave me a lot of confidence to just go out there and start shooting at things. With a tech 1 fit I really didn't think I'd get far but it goes to show that fits aren't everything. Skill and experience are really huge factors in this game.
My fit was as follows:
3x T1 150mm autocannons
1x 1mn Afterburner
1x Stasis Webifier
1x Warp Disruptor
1x 200mm Rolled Tungsten plate
1x Damage Control
1x Armour Repair