Had a problem today where I launched a flight of drones (2 geckos) that never appeared in my “active drones” window and were immediately abandoned in space - I’ve filed a bug report but was just wondering if anyone else ever had this happen? Couldn’t find anything with some quick google/forum searches. It resulted in a pretty embarrassing killmail as I fumbled around for my missing DPS and completely forget to activate my reppers (for your amusement: Stratios | Fury Audeles | Killmail | zKillboard). I was able to launch a second flight (5x lights) before I died and they entered space correctly and successfully connected with my ship?!
My initial target lock failed to complete too - it actually might have failed on the same tick as the drones were launched but I’m not certain (my sequence of actions is 1) decloak 2) lock target 3) launch drones 4) activate mods). The game showed me the locking animation for the full duration of my locktime but then I got the “unable to lock target” message you get when the other ship warps off or is invulnerable. Except he hadn’t warped, obviously, and when ships are invulnerable it tells you that immediately it doesn’t go through the locking animation first.
Just an all around screwy experience. First time I’ve had any kind of gameplay bug outside of TiDi fights or connection issues. The death is on me - I would have lived if I’d kept my head and prioritised activating my repper so that’s a good lesson to learn - but it’s frustrating. I die often enough to my own idiotic mistakes without adding bugs to the mix as well!
(Afterwards I was able to warp my alt back to the hole and scoop the two geckos so I’m 100% sure of what happened - they were definitely abandoned in space a couple of km away from my wreck alongside the second full flight of light drones)