Well it looks like I am the death of Incursions! The last time as a corp that we tried to go for an Incursion there wasn’t one anywhere near us and it fizzled out.
Now I’ve been looking forward to joining some of the more organised Incursion fleets that a couple of my corp mates have been enjoying and after fixing my Amarr faction at the weekend (yes… it actually worked!) I made a beeline to the only high-sec Incursion in the area. Luckily I had a friend there already and he managed to get me into one of the organised “armour” fleets as I was in a plated Hurricane and I got my first taste of a Vanguard level site run properly. This site went very quickly and within 10 minutes I had 10m ISK sat in my wallet.
We quickly warped off to another Vanguard and began working our way through the NPCs. The Sansha were dropping like flies around me and soon enough we had finished the second site and I was another 10m better off – I could get used to this…
Then my jinx hit – half the fleet had to leave and we were off looking for a replacement fleet. It looked like we were going to get another fleet when we heard that the “shield” fleet were heading out to take on the “mom” and once that ship goes down the Incursion is over.
Now from what I can gather from my brief introduction there are basically organised shield and armour fleets running most of the time with the required logistics support. Apparently there was some sort of agreement in place to only take down the mothership if there were at least 2 other hi-sec Incursions available. There was some grey area about hi-sec Incursions that were surrounded by low-sec and suddenly the shields fleet were taking on the mothership early.
After listening in on the comms chatter about this on my journey back to Hek I decided that this might be the worst possible time for me to be getting into Incursions :(
Each fleet now seems determined to take out the mothership before the other… *sigh*
It all seems very counter-productive to me – most people are getting involved with these fleets to do some challenging PVE that pays a lot better than endless level 4 missions and closing off the Incursions earlier than they have to be is just hurting everyone’s ability to do that.
The current plan from the armour people is to try to beat the shield guys to it and hopefully they’ll realise that it’s a pointless exercise and things will go back to normal.
Me? I think I’ll go back to my normal life for a week or two and see how things are after. Chasing 20 jumps across hi-sec to find out that there’s going to be nothing to shoot at in an hour seems a little pointless for now.