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Cause of near instant destruction?

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While returning from a trade run to Wraith in a Mk3 shuttle, I was nearing the jump point after leaving the station. The TRS was clear of hostiles. I had nearly entered the jump point and just before I entered it I caught a glimpse of a Firestorm appearing, in front but not dead ahead.

I thought I briefly saw a faint reddish corona around it.

A second later I got a message that I was KIA.

No warnings or alarms that I noted. I was wondering what caused my destruction? Anyone have anything like this happen before?

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Yeah, I've had something similar happen several times before. More than likely his PTA took you out. There are some threads around that talk about how deadly they are, and even some of the good kill zones for specific ships. You might want to check it out.

It's just one of the risks of flying around in your fuel conservative, quick, but poorly shielded shuttle.

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Just because you have shield's and armor doesn't mean you can't be killed...

The same goes for the ground, just because you're wearing a bullet proof vest doesn't mean you can't be killed by being shot in the chest

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Just because you have shield's and armor doesn't mean you can't be killed...


Good point, I hadn't thought about that. It's why pilots can die in the FC when the FC hasn't receieved much damage at all, as well.

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PTA's took out a shuttle in 1 or 2 seconds? Wow!

Note to OPS: Institute a new SOP of deploying probes along trade route. Check local and probe view to ensure there are no heavy hostiles are heading for shuttles next jump point before HJ is initiated.

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Note to OPS: Institute a new SOP of deploying probes along trade route. Check local and probe view to ensure there are no heavy hostiles are heading for shuttles next jump point before HJ is initiated.


You can assign a fighter as an escort as well and send him him through the gates before jumping yourself. If there's a cloaked ship there checking probes won't help you, you'll almost certainly die.

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Originally posted by Cdr_Tane:

While returning from a trade run to Wraith in a Mk3 shuttle, I was nearing the jump point after leaving the station. The TRS was clear of hostiles. I had nearly entered the jump point and just before I entered it I caught a glimpse of a Firestorm appearing, in front but not dead ahead.

I thought I briefly saw a faint reddish corona around it.

A second later I got a message that I was KIA.

No warnings or alarms that I noted. I was wondering what caused my destruction? Anyone have anything like this happen before?


Yes,

It happened to me during beta testing. I was trading nukes and the Gammulans didn't like it. They decloaked as I was approaching a gate and needless to say I was instantly KIA. After that all my trading was done with my CC. Not a guarantee of survival but it does increase the odds.

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