This fleet was formed with the intention of giving CCP's New Player Training Session's PvP Fleet a good fight. They were to form up at 17:00, head out about 18:00, and meet us about 19:00. They were forming up 4 fleets in each "faction" space, and we had the honour of fighting CCP Phantom & CCP Falcon's Caldari formup fleet. I thought we'd be facing quite a large battlegroup, especially when they announced they'd limit their fleet to 100 members in size. Unfortunately, they had a little over 35 members at max fleet size, and while we had 25-30 members ourselves.
We formed up at 17:30, and it took some time on my part to get in contact with our welcome adversaries, and determine where to go. I knew there would be other fleets out and about, and we were by no means the big fish in the pond. At the start, I thought we could get warmed up by heading into
lower Eastern Syndicate. We had intel of an 80-pilot fleet heading down the Poitot pipe, which was fast and mobile enough to make it very difficult to engage. We flashed them our fleet in MHC, and quickly moved into UM-Q with the goal of having their intel gatherers follow us into the fairly untraveled sections of far-eastern syndicate. Alas, they caught some of our members in MHC area, and didn't give chase.
At this point, I brought the fleet around to EZA / PVH / 6-C area looking for fights. This is a fairly active section of Syndicate and I hoped to find a good fight here. In 6-C on the EZA we had our first gank of an enyo that engaged our scout while we were positioned on the other side of the gate. Moments later, our scout mentioned The Cursed Few had a gang on the Reb Gate, including command ships and t3's. I warped the fleet to the reb gate as they tackled a Sleipnir. Upon arriving, there were quite a few ships on grid, as Moon Warriors and The Cursed Few were battling each other, providing wonderful targets for us. We managed to take down several billion in ships with minor losses, primarily because they kept shoot each other rather than us: http://www.agony-unl...related/117442/
At this point, we headed back to Stacmon to reship, and the headed to Black Rise lowsec to engage CCP. On route, several targets were noticed, but we only ganked an Enyo before engaging CCP in Ikoskio. CCP had recently engaged a pirate BS group before fighting us, and was at considerably weaker numbers for our engagement. I wasn't aware of their strength and warped us in at 100. In a twist of fate, they warped their fleet in at 100, too, landing right on top of us. With only half as many pilots, and many of those pretty young, it was a slaughter rather than a "balanced fight", which wasn't my goal. Unfortunately, sometimes that's how things happen. At least we got some CCP km's, unfortunately we didn't get their pods (darn lowsec). http://www.agony-unl...related/117505/
We took a bio, and Markee Dragon came into the area with a 13 man tanky cruiser fleet. This seemed like a great fight to me, so we chased them down, warped to a blatantly obvious celestial, and waited for them to engage. They obliged, and what followed was a brutal fight were both fleets pretty much decimated each other. TBH, I'm not certain where our BB came from, but it played a pivotal role in the end-battle where there were only a few of them and only a few of us. That, and we had members reshipping into noobships rejoining the fight, cluttering up their overview with constant targets. Overall it was a very fun fight. http://www.agony-unl...related/117488/
With most of our fleet in noobships or pods, we headed back to stacmon and reshipped for our last venture. We went back into Syndicate via MHC looking for fights, and ran into a small Goonswarm in X-M, netting us a couple kills: http://www.agony-unl...related/117520/ There were several targets in the area, and we hung around FD- & PF- looking for some kills, particularly hunting some snipers in PF- near the Orvolle gate. We weren't a particularly large group at this point, with about 16 combat ships on our team & half of them t1 frigates. The Cuban locals decided to engage our gang with an assault frigate group, which result in a nice brawl to end the night. Strangely, this brawl was more unbalanced than I expected. We didn't enter the engagement as a single fighting group, thereby stringing us out nicely for them to take down. However, we had a lot of medium-long range dps that allowed us to systematically destroy them before they entered autocannon/blaster range. http://www.agony-unl...related/117516/
Overall, I thought this was an excellent roam, although I'll admit we had a slow start and some periods of inactivity. Please post your thoughts and feedback.