Thursday, August 13, 2009
Welcome to New Mexico
Last night I logged on and the corp was idle, not surprising for a Wednesday evening, and I heard that the low sec roam was already done and had bagged a lowly mining ship. With free time on my hands, I proceeded to implement the Manhattan Project and get my bomber to 0.0.
I picked a good target area to patrol in a border null sec region, far from interference of CVA's NRDS policies that I would be violating. I'm calling the system I will be mainly patrolling New Mexico in honour of the first nuclear bomb test.
Once I ran past the two ship gate camp I started making bookmarks. The limitation of the bomb launcher is such that you aim by pointing your ship where you want the bomb to go and it flies 30 km in that direction before blowing up and hitting everything within 15 km. The theory is that you get into position while cloaked and then uncloak, launch bomb, and warp off before you get locked and tackled.
I wanted to validate the process and make sure there was no surprises so this morning I waited until the system was quiet and I did a test run at the empty gate. I got 30 km from the gate and launched the bomb, watching it with the ranges overlay on. It has a cute little icon and it was amusing to watch it travel from my ship towards the gate. Ten seconds after launching it exploded but quite a distanced from the centre of the gate... what's going on?
"Ah, of course," I realized after a second. "The distance in the overview is the range to the stargate's docking ring, not its centre of mass." Since region-to-region stargates are so huge nowadays, the 0 meter mark to the gate in your overview is still some 10-15 km from the centre of the actual gate. Good to remember. Most times I should be aiming at a ship and they will not have that problem.
After the bomb detonated, an Ishtar showed up on the gate and was probably wondering what the hell I was doing. I didn't wait around to chat and instead cloaked and flew off, my inital bomb test considered a success.
Next time I fire the bomb off, it will be at a ship.