Oh man, was I called all sorts of names. People came out of the woodwork to tell me I was full of shit on that one. Some of them were Titan pilots today. Others no doubt hope to be Titan pilots soon themselves, and get some of these impossible kills. And most of all, I was told that the people these kills were against were just flying stupidly. I was told this repeatedly. Titan tracking is fine. People just drove right up into those Titan guns to die. Of course that's what happened.
One of the chief dissenters was LtCol Laurentius (formerly from Agony Unleashed). This is a guy that I have a ton of respect for, for a lot of reasons. Laurentius's argument was the same, but for a bit different reason from everyone else's:
@RipardTeg Btw Jester, your math on the tracking of Titans is way off. You forgot to factor in the guns signature resolution. #tweetfleetI replied:
@LtColLaurentius Large guns against small targets do much better in the field than your calcs say they should. #tweetfleetand his response, reasonably enough, was:
@RipardTeg I'd be glad to see a shred of evidence supporting that claim tbh. Because all you have got right now are killmails.Fine. Challenge accepted.
One of the fleets that Rote Kapelle likes a lot are arty Tornado fleets. These are Tornados fit with 1400mm guns, plus a bit of tracking: a single Tracking Enhancer II and a single Tracking Computer II. Under normal circumstances, Rote uses twelve or so of these ships at between 35 and 40km to alpha our targets to scrap. There's not a lot of finesse involved and our ability to kill frigate-size targets with these ships is minimal or non-existent. Standard tracking is 0.012 rads/second. So, frigate-hunting is part of the support for this fleet, not the main body.
But I decided to do a Kirk and change the conditions of the test. Laurentius and the other critics of my Titan post say that if a pilot is flying smartly, then all the tracking in the world shouldn't matter. I shouldn't be able to hit, say, a fast-moving inty in this Tornado no matter what I do. And even if I hit him, I shouldn't be able to hurt him. Well, let's find out. Thanks to some adjustments to the standard Tornado fit, a supply of faction Depleted Uranium ammo, and a highly illegal-in-Empire Drop booster, I increased the tracking of my Tornado by about three-fold, to 0.036.
Now all I needed was a suitable target during our next Tornado roam. But even if one appeared, a lot of my critics say that I shouldn't be able to hit him unless he flies dumb. Laurentius says that even the target flies smart and I somehow hit him, I won't do significant damage because my gun's signature is 400m.
Hey, Laurentius and everyone else? Here's your shredded evidence:
For the record, Billy Colorado is one of Agony's finest nano pilots. The irony here is bigger than a Titan. I didn't expect to have the chance to prove my theory against an experienced Agony pilot, but sure. I loaded up my tracking ammo, injected the Drop, and took aim. This guy knows more about using speed and transversal to avoid damage than I will ever learn. He was moving against our fleet exactly as he should have. Anyone want to claim he was flying dumb? Check out every other ship in our fleet using large guns missing him by a mile.
Check me out, hitting him not once, but with all three of my gun groups, including the shot for the kill mail.
Laurentius's response, when I showed him this kill mail?
@RipardTeg Aww this is just wrong man. There is NO way you should be able to hit a ceptor with BS guns :) The game is broken i tell you.The game is broken in this regard? Really? Seems to me, I remember saying that. Thank you for agreeing. ;-)