I had a ball, and learnt a lot about my own (lack of) situational awareness when I got primaried and only realised it when dmg started landing and my tank vapourized before logi could land reps on me. I have to admit the flashing of the reds/yellows in my overview obscures the fact that I'm getting yellow boxed until it's too late. I made a personal note to pay more attention.... and sure enough I missed it again!
I did high-5 myself afterwards though for setting up hotkeys for broadcasts otherwise I would've wiped a few more times during the evening. So take that as an agree for me that the tanks on the caracal's didn't take the alpha very well.... be that as it may, logi still did excellent work keeping us alive, and you can't anticipate the size or nature of the fights we'll get in to. Sometimes the enemy just have you beat.
I don't know whether this is because past classes were so good, or the articles were so good, or whether JC's instruction was so good, or whether the students are just getting to "that level"... I agree the lack of questions during the lecture was telling. Everyone was informed, set up, good to go. The only thing we really covered "in class" only was anchoring, and that as a kind of afterthought before we hit the roam.
Once again even though the starburst (Am I mistaken or did we do this in a class before? I'm sure we did at some point...) exercise turned into a live exercise very quickly, I'm amazed by the level of students that came to this class + roam: Went off without a hitch and if I'm not mistaken not a single loss during a maneuvre we didn't even get to really try out.
Logi were on the ball, at one point the harpy gang primaried me, I managed to bcast in time and reps landed before I even went to 1/2 shields. I dunno who you were as I was preoccupied, but very good work. Second time I was alpha'd, not so lucky, however it seems that was exactly the point at which they started burning through our reps, just as my loss was posted to fleet others also started pouring in.
Critiques: I wasn't very sure you guys were going to discuss maneuvering for the DPS dudes but luckily it was covered just as we undocked (anchoring). I do feel this is one way of doing it to keep a gang of students going, but it doesn't tell the class much about what you're doing and why you're doing it, and sure enough the questions about it did come. I would've liked to see this more covered in the lecture than it being a re-hash of what we'd all (very clearly) read in the reading material.
The gang was set up as the lecture progressed, with logi/ewar/dps roles apparently being assigned by Xil. That's cool, and got us set up and ready for the roam. However, I felt that even though I had all 3 types of ship fitted out, I was reluctant to change roles on re-ship and mix up the fleet that had so lovingly been put together. As such I didn't actually go out and do any logistics or ewar. I feel this is inevitable with a class this size, esp because you only need a couple of logi/ewar going.
So since a lot of "the point" of this class was logistics, *I* would've prefered a lot less time lecturing (we can read, as evidenced) and more time in space with everyone getting a chance to practise the different roles, get a feel for how we'll be maneuvering. The idea seems to do this in lowsec as we head out to roam, but we can't all be logi at that point and can't all get to fly the all the roles.
These are minor points though, excellent, excellent class overall. Most fun I've had in eve for a while (carebearing with some noobs atm), good fights, excellent lecture/reading material, o7 all agony pilots well done on the roam, and another o7 to fellow students you were awesome.