I was extremely tough on Clarion Call 3, so it's only fair that I give credit to Rooks and Kings where it's due.
Lord Maldoror has released a new video, "VideoBR 4: Anatomy Of a Fight". In terms of keeping up the narrative from Clarion Call 1 and 2, this is what Clarion Call 3 should have started from. The video focuses on a single fight where two carriers and a small group of sub-caps hold off four super-carriers. The key topic is fighting out-numbered and how triage carriers can help a small gang up-engage under these conditions... not to mention survive themselves.
The video is not perfect by any means; it is cursed by Lord Maldoror's narration. LM is good at a great many things, but narrating videos is simply not one of them. Imagine George Lucas doing a dramatic reading on Broadway of all of the worst dialogue from the Star Wars saga and you'll have a pretty good idea of what the video is like sometimes. LM simply needs to step away from the microphone, handle the parts of these vids that he is good at, and let other people narrate.
That isn't the only problem. Like CC3, the video is also full of purple prose. "The red mist descends," LM intones completely without irony at one point, sounding a bit like the leader of a Greek chorus. And the musical cues are rushed and clumsy, often hitting all the wrong emotional notes. Clear Skies 3 is invoked in the music at one point for no reason at all. And the vid goes to far too much trouble to make an ally look foolish to no good purpose except to make them look foolish.
And you know what? All of these problems are completely forgiven because the subject matter is so good.
The editing is tight and crisp, almost perfectly done. You can tell exactly what is going on at every point in the battle, where things are happening, and why things are happening. You can follow the progression of the battle at every phase, and understand why one phase ends and the next begins.
But the crown jewel of the vid starts at 7:42 in, and goes on for nearly six minutes. This long section describes, with a remarkable lack of drama and a great deal of clarity, exactly how triage-fit Archons can survive massive incoming DPS singly and in pairs. Close-up screen shots are used to show exactly what actions the pilots are taking, at what points those actions are taken and why. It's a tour de force tutorial in an advanced EVE combat tactic unmatched by any previous R&K video. I recommend this section of the video in the strongest possible terms to any prospective triage or rep carrier pilot. Those six minutes will make you a better EVE Online player.
Within the video itself, the six minutes are merely an interlude explaining how two carriers are holding off four supers. But they do a great job of acting as the center-piece explanation of the fight. Once you watch that six minutes, you understand how R&K held off multiple supers without taking losses. Excellent work! And again, the editing of the rest of the fight is spot-on.
So despite the problems, overall: thumbs up! Go check this one out and my thanks to Lord Maldoror for producing it. Now go get yourself a narrator. ;-)