Do you really need to warp to every planet every PI cycle? Customs offices hold a lot of PI. You are vulnerable at the customs office. Consider deferring some planets until next cycle.
- Warp to Static Safe Spot.
- Warp to Tactical Bookmark (or Tac) off Customs office.
- Warp to customs office. Transfer goods. Warp out. A bookmark in your current tac to customs office line is best (similar to an insta-undock but from space) good enough is POS or safe spot.
- If you still get caught then empty hauler back into customs office; and align to a warpout to get pod clear.
- Mix order up. If you have just completed PI on planets 1, leave planet 2 until later.
I have mildly edited the evemail exchange below, with commonly used terms, and removing names and fits to protect the guilty. If you really care, zkillboard and eve-kill exist.
Epithal kill ...
From: Saissore Foo
To: yyyy, xxxx (where yyyy is hunter, xxxx is hunted)
You caught one of our so called perfect fit Epithals the other day, I assume at a customs office.Loot fairy was mean; the only thing you got of any value appears to be the T2 invuln field.
Congrats; If our pilots get caught, its our pilots fault.
Secondly, what were you fit with?
Thirdly, did he warp directly from POS to Customs Office?
Re: Epithal kill ...
To: Saissore Foo, xxxx
It actually was quite tough.
I expected the epithal to have more stabs so i tackled him with three short points.
I hard a hard time following the pilot but it was when I realized he was running the planets in order so I was able to get ahead of him.
As well, I'd recommend your pilots fly to a safe above or below the POCO prior to starting their PI run.
No hard feelings, Hope to you see you out there.
Re: Epithal kill ...
To: yyyy, Saissore Foo
Good to know information. I'll mix it up more. Safe -> Random POCO -> Safe -> Random POCO, instead of in order. Isn't it funny how the mantra of when you get lazy you lose your ship holds true still? Right Foo ;) ?
I had 3 stabs on it. Would 4 of made a difference? I thought for a SB that is fit for catching Epithal (like I think yours was), then it doesn't matter.
When you mean above or below having a tac at a POCO, do you mean on grid or off grid? I take it this is for someone who might be following? They uncloak on the POCO, while I would uncloak 150+ km and then warp to safe to play with my goo another day.
Thanks for the feedback! Fly Safe!
An on grid tac at roughly 200k makes it even harder for hunters. If they decloak too soon (to shed recalibration delays), then you can see and be somewhere else instead.
Our Pilot had 3 stabs. The hunter had 6 points. No stabbed fit Epithal can escape from 6 points by themselves. Potentially an Epithal gun/damage mod fit might have saved the day in this instance? Maybe. Another friendly pilot with ECM may also have assisted. I think it is worth the very occasional loss of between 5M & 10M ISK rather than tie up another pilot for guard duty.
PS. I agree with some other bloggers that these structures should be called COCO's (corporation owned customs offices); or maybe even PCOCO (player corporation owned customs offices); but I will get more google hits using the common terminology, regardless of technical correctness or otherwise.