Note that these FOB rats will also POD you without hesitation !
One of our Alphas warped to a belt in her Venture and there was a FOB rat response fleet there when she landed. She was literally insta-popped and while she was trying to figure out why (as she hadn’t aggressed anything) suddenly she got the “meat popscicle in space” screen and was in her med clone 20 jumps away !
We had some guys try to go for the FOB. 3 tanked Scorpion Navy Issues and a Nighthawk. Each time a ship warped to the bookmark (300 km from the FOB), more rats spawned and warped to the same spot. Ended up with an Ashimmu, 4 Augorors, 4 Omens and 4 Cruors. Plus the Apocs and Abaddons that stayed by the station.
It took everything they (our fleet) had just to kill the 4 scrambling frigates and the Ashimmu. One of the SNIs was in structure before he could warp out.
Each of the SNI’s can solo regular L4s but combined they could barely kill a single FOB cruiser ?!?!?
They ended up warping off to refit their ships with the intention of trying again a few hours later. When they returned, the FOB had already despawned.
Remains to be seen if they wil even bother trying again. From what we’ve read - the reward is NOT worth the risk or time involved.
Got to love how for years CCP has had us killing rats pretty much non-stop, then brings out “content” that makes you a target if you have bad standings towards those same rats.
It’s not like most people even have the opportunity to try and do missions for any of the “rat” corporations so pretty much everyone will have bad standings with them.
Might be different if we had Pirate Agents in more places so that people could try to raise their standings with those corps.
We had a couple n00bs try it after they did the tutorials. Found out where the Guristas agents were and tried to get there in speedy ships. Didn’t make it past the first Null system. Gave up after a couple tries.
Maybe those FOBs should house Pirate Agents as well ! If you have the standings (same as you currently need for any other agent), you could dock up (temporarily) in the FOB and get missions from the agent(s). At least until the FOB despawns (or is popped). (If you try to stay docked up after (x) amount of time - you are automatically booted out of the FOB.)
That way, even if you have crap standings you could still pull L1 missions (which would probably be focused mainly on attacking the local Faction navies, or mining the local ore belts (isk sink !) or hauling their stuff from one FOB to another, etc, etc). Work you way up from there just like with any other corporation.
Might make having those FOBs around a little more enjoyable.