im a returning casual player so please enlighten/ bear with me.
i got blown up outside of Jita in a Sunesis (straight warp-to-dock from gate)
lost about 2bil. thats about 10 months of my casual play. (half of all i have)
a few points to help me reflect that i’d appreciate greatly,
-has the mechanics changed? i mean this has never happened before.
if this "could’ happen i’d never hit the 4 bil. bank anyway.
i mean i would imagine if this can happen say even once month i wouldn’t never do courier again.
i mean i’ve done my homework and know the 2sec align cap, how to mwd-warp on bigger ships etc.
-does the corporate has anything to do with it?
i mean im currently in an old empty corporate (where everybody has quit)
does that make me an easier target? (less protection etc.)
-or if the current faction war that i saw somewhere has anything to do with it?
(that this can only happen while the war lasted)
-oh and im currently alpha, this only affects the cloaking as far as i know.
can being omega prevent this in any way?
-is there any way to take caution and to prevent it?
i mean if this is allowed i wouldn’t see any small personal couriers running with any chance,
how much is the cost of doing this kind of casual killing anyway?
When you warp to any location your ship will land approximately 2500 meters away from the target. On stations, this means that you can land outside of the docking range and are vulnerable to ganks as you approach the station. This is especially dangerous at trade hubs where gankers may try to kill you. Instadock bookmarks solve this issue.
An instadock bookmark is simply a bookmark that is placed at least 2500 meters inside of the docking range. One common way of creating an instadock bookmark is by undocking from a station and saving the location immediately or while the overview says that you are within 0 meters of that station. Instadock bookmarks can be used in combination with the autopilot. Set the target station as your destination and warp to the instadock bookmark. Enable autopilot after entering the warp. As soon as you land on the bookmark your autopilot will automatically dock your ship.
The autopilot ensures you don’t have to rely on your own clicking and potential client lag as the autopilot will schedule the command and execute it regardless and at the very moment you exit warp so faster than you manually ever could.
okay sir this last post has made it perfectly clear now. Thank you very much for that.
i swear to God I always thought the station bookmarks would always be instant docks,
If the slow-boat thing has existed for more than 10 months then
it must’ve been Pure dumb luck that i got this far, cos i’ve never noticed lol.
(a couple seconds of lag was the most i noticed)
thank you again sir and we shall see if i can be motivated enough to play seriously again
It works like this since the beginning as far as I can tell (never read anything to the contrary) and it definitely works like that (and before) since I play EVE since January of 2017 so yes you’ve been lucky in the past or didn’t notice this, which is not surprising as the slight delay of slowboating might seem as a bit of lag or be so short one doesn’t even notice it at all (especially if you arrive to a new grid and it has to load so it even can hide the fact you didn’t dock up right away as your client might seem to freeze or lock up for a moment while loading the grid) which is even more so the case if you fly a fast, agile ship instead of a slow cumbersome hauler.
If interested you can check my guide if you want which has guidelines, tips and such that you might find useful:
When you warp to a destination, you don’t land in that exact spot. You land somewhere on a sphere with 2km radius around the spot.
This means that if you press ‘warp to within 0km’ on a structure or gate your ship will warp to a point at the edge of the docking/jumping radius. Often you will land inside direct docking range, in which case you can instantly dock. And sometimes you land just outside immediate docking range, but you probably didn’t notice as docking a second later usually isn’t a problem.
… until you try to dock in a ship with expensive cargo and without enough hitpoints, and a Tornado blows you up in that one extra second it takes to get within docking range.
This is why it’s recommended to warp to an insta-dock bookmark well within docking range of a station, instead of warping to 0 at the station itself.
Turning on autopilot while in warp ensures you will automatically dock after landing even if your client starts lagging because of the huge amount of ships on the Jita undock.
This should be already understood but here it goes, someone is nearly always scanning all ships on their way into Jita, they know what you are carrying before you jump into Jita, and yes, absolutely the lag is horrible on the gates around Jita either by design (gankers have to be catered to), or just bad design, either way assume they know.
The best drops from ganking come in small ships as people think a small cargo hold means low value and gankers aren’t falling for that cause it’s just obvious that is not a sound tactic.
The reason why it never happened to you until now is that when you warp-to-dock normal way like you did, there is chance that you land at ± 3km from station. This means that more than half times you will be at 0km or less than 500m and you will be able to dock without anyone being even able to target you. Additionally, for anyone to target you, they need a second and another 2seconds to scan your cargo and shoot. Which means that if you land within 2km, then with your ship they won’t be able to shoot anyway, you will be invulnerable before they can press F1. So really there is for the ship you used only 1:7 chance that you will be vulnerable and gankers aren’t there 24/7 either. So really very small chance to die, you just were unlucky today.
Also, <2sec align is not 100% safe either, I lost my sunesis yesterday to gatecamp who had the setup to instalock that. So don’t be suprised when you get stopped at your warp with “insta-warp” ship.
before AP would dock your ship, you’d hit your insta-dock bm, then click dock in the selected items panel. you’d get the message “you cannot do that while warping” ,and you ship would auto-dock. if you were too slow clicking dock you’d get “you are in a warp”, and have to manually dock.
it’s worth noting that very agile ships , like a sub-2 second sunesis , come to a stop quicker, and are more likely to land outside the docking ring, while a heavier, less-agile ship will coast into docking range .