After a couple weeks’ absence from our Friday night low-sec roam, I was finally able to participate again. Two weeks doesn’t seem like that much, but my fleet mates had dropped sec status by about 1-2 points each. That sounds like a lot of missed fun.
So, I was eager to jump right on in. And this time, I brought a artillery-fit Rifter that cost a whopping 10 million. Though it matters little when it comes to how well you fly, there’s something intensely satisfying in being the top damage dealer on nearly all my kills. And that’s the situation I was in with this fit. In an artillery Rifter, your optimal + falloff is about 12 km. Fighting at around 7500 meters gives pretty good damage, though your alpha strike is far better than your dps.
But the fun part is how little I care about dying in it. I typically fly T2 Minmatar ships that run between 200 mil and 500 mil each. Suffice to say, it took a bit of time to adjust my thinking. Defense and “maybe I shouldn’t…” simply don’t exist. We didn’t even bat an eye when we found a Vexor (typically a frigate killer when fit with webs, particular T1 frigates). To our surprise, it dropped extremely quickly.