So You Want to Command a Fleet in RvB?
Info For New FC's and Veteran FC's
Note: Posted in general chat so future FC's can see it before commanding.
Have you ever thought that you wanted to be more than just another ship in the line? Do you want to make a name for yourself? Earn a good reputation? Perhaps even aspire to one day join the command staff in the most active PvP corporation in EvE? This guide is here to help you to become somebody. This guide is for people who have aspirations in EvE. Although this guide is mainly focused on new FC's please read it if you are an experienced FC as we do things very differently here!
Of course I cannot answer every question you may have here, so if you do want some more guidance you have lots of options:
Mail an FC or Command Member in game
Post in this thread
Ask an experienced FC to help you
Convo an FC or Command Member in game
To begin I'd like to point out your primary objectives as a Fleet Commander in RvB.
Keep people entertained! This is RvB, we're not a serious business corporation, we're here to have fun!
Keep fights going! That means talking to the enemy FC, balancing ships and numbers!
And I cannot stress this enough:
The objective of a Fleet Commander in RvB is NOT to win fights. RvB FC's are there to help create balanced, fair and fun fights with as little drama as possible. Forget everything you learnt about Fleet Commanding in 0.0/low sec because here: Winning is NOT IMPORTANT.
Now, I'll break commanding here into three steps:
Forming the fleet, getting a fight
During the fight
End of the fight
How To Form Up and Get a Fight:
You can do this on your own or if you are a little nervous then ask an experienced FC to help you along with this! Just convo one of us and we will help you the whole time!
Communication is Key: Before you even start a fleet consider asking in RvB Community or R-V-B if the other side has a fleet out. If they do, ask who their FC is and convo them. If they don't then either wait for an enemy FC, go and FC for the other side or go out and roam. (Eventually you will gain access to the channel RvB Fleets where this can also happen)
Once you have convo'd the other FC you can say something along the lines of:
- Want to get a fight going?
Cruiser down no logi? Frigates only? BC Down? Logi allowed?
(You can always tell the other FC it is your first time and you would like to do frigs only, 90% of the time they will agree)
Shall we fight on the Poinen gate in Jos?
Your rough numbers?
Ok so now you have some intel it's time to form your fleet. Form your in game fleet and create a fleet advert open to your corporation. Post your advert in your corp chat and form your guys up in your home system. Tell them where to go, what ships to bring etc. A message of the day can help here as it means people don't have to keep asking your questions, a good fleet MOTD reads something like this:
SHIPS: CRUISER DOWN NO LOGI
Our FC: Samuel Vokan
DO NOT SHOOT: Charles Burger (Enemy FC)
Form up: Warp to Sam in Liekuri
Again I must stress:
Balancing fleets is NOT about getting the exact same number as each other. The right way to do this is to say roughly 15 people cruiser down and NOT: Ok we have 7 cruisers 8 frigs because by the time you get there these numbers WILL change and people WILL create drama.
Using Scouts can also stop drama. Either A: Use a scout to get a view of their fleet before the fight or B: Warp the fleet to a corp bookmark around the fight location to get eyes on their fleet before combat. This stops you warping into a blob twice the size you were expecting.
Ok so now you have your fleet together, you're formed up in your home system, you're in the right ships, you're ready to go. Try to keep comms as open as possible, talk to people, keep it relaxed, keep it fun and try to keep form up times short.
During the Fight:
Encourage people to reship as fast as possible
Call primary's and secondary's (People get the most terrified by this part. If it's relatively close and not a small gun maller then it's a good primary, simple!)
Remind people not to shoot the enemy FC
Keep encouraging your lads and lasses. E.g: Good job reshipping guys, Keep it up!
If you're losing the field feel free to tell everyone to scatter, winning is not important.
You may die to stray DPS, just let someone else call targets whilst you reship.
DO NOT BITCH TO YOUR FLEET ABOUT THE OTHER SIDE OR THE OTHER FC. EVER.
Good job! The fighting bit is over. Remember winning/losing is not important here. The key points to look back on are whether your guys had fun and whether it was a good fight with some good kills!
End of the Fight:
(Optional) Let the enemy FC go at the end, this is one of the best gestures you can do as an FC. Please do it! It will give you an amazing reputation. Do this even if they wouldn't do the same to you, be the man! Sometimes they will return the favour!
Tell everyone to put gf's in local! Do it yourself as well, you can also put a gf in your convo with their FC.
If you won: let your guys loot the field then head home.
If you lost: head back to reship and organise another fight, even asking the enemy FC: “Same again?” will do!
Tell your guys to link killmails in fleet chat for everyone to see.
Enjoy your free rewards: RvB offers FC's a great 'Loyalty Point' reward scheme. You deserve it!
So there we have it. Your first time Fleet Commanding in RvB hopefully doesn't feel as scary now! And if you're an experienced FC from elsewhere in EvE you now know more about how we act around here.
If you have any questions or feedback please do get in touch with a command member! Thank you for reading!
Former RvB FC Co-ordinator
Former RvB Veteran Fleet Commander
Former RvB Team Commander
Former Republic Guard
(Links in red will only work if you have access to the FC section of the forum, access is given to regular FC's)
(Links in green are from external sources and not all information will be relevant to RvB, they are however a good source for additional reading)
RvB and FC Etiquette: http://rvbeve.com/fo...-and-etiquette/
Shmores Fleet Operation Guide: http://rvbeve.com/fo...897-rvb-fleets/
Free FC Ship Replacement Program: http://rvbeve.com/fo...program-v20131/
New FC Free Ships Reward: http://rvbeve.com/fo...raging-new-fcs/
Fleet Commander Title Thread: http://rvbeve.com/fo...mmander-titles/
RvB Fleets Channel Info: http://rvbeve.com/fo...nel-rvb-fleets/
Some RvB FC suggestions http://rvbeve.com/fo...ce-suggestions/
Gary's Target Calling Advice http://rvbeve.com/fo...-and-knowledge/
External Link: FC Target Calling 101 http://evegateway.bl...alling-101.html
External Link: Fleet Commanding 101 http://evegateway.bl...anding-101.html
External Link: EVEWiki Command Guide http://www.eve-wiki....Commander_Guide
External Link: TenTonHammer Target Calling Guide http://www.tentonham...calling_targets
Azuals RvB FC Class (Audio Guide from 2011) http://rvbeve.com/fo...s-rvb-fc-class/
D-Scan Results Tool (For Scouts) http://eve-dingo.com/index.php