I got a chance to redeem myself at least a tiny bit by informing the agony skirmishers and petra whom where doing a roleplay engagement that an earlier spotted proteus was coming their way, which I like to think at least contributed a little bit to them expecting it and being able to catch it.
Thanks for stepping up on scouting, roigon (and any of the other CovOps students that helped out on the roam). Caldak is a great FC to run as eyes for.
I was very sorry to be shut out of the action due to internet problems so I'm happy you were there to contribute to the killing.
Well wasn't so much stepping up as at least in my eyes the practicum roam part of the class ^.^
Weren't a lot of us though, but the fact that it was a sunday evening for the euro's probably had a bit to do with that. (america? asia? australia? nah never heard of those places. There's only europe)
As some more feedback on the roam, a bit of a pre-roam briefing for the student scouts would have been nice, getting a clear outline of what is expected of the scout for the roam and how it "should" play out. Which inevitably will go different, but having some firmer handles on that would have been nice. It did happen partly, telling us to go look for WH's, and giving us systems to go scout, but Caldak was more concerned with the SB fleet then with the scouts, which perhaps wasn't that strange since we had a hand full of scouts and at least 30 SB pilots and obviously a FC needs to rely on scouts not hold their hands. But seeing as we're not experienced scouts yet some amount of hand holding would have been nice.
The initial fleet form up was pretty messy/slow as well. It felt like it took a while for people to sink in that they had to go from stacmon to 31- more or less on own initiative with the help of various people scouting the route. I think mostly because of expectation, in both basic and wolfpack the class forms up in stacmon and moves from there, this break in format probably created some confusion.
That would certainly be a point of potential improvement for the SB/cov-ops roam portion; A more formal briefing before hand in terms of initiative and self-sufficiency. Perhaps also add in the class sign-up post that people are expected to have at least a certain coverage of tacs in syndicate. I personally have been greedily bookmarking all the free tac's I could get during previous roams, but some others hadn't, and not having tacs does impede travel speed quite a bit. Especially if one does not yet feel completely comfortable navigating null. Obviously there will still be people who won't have tac's, but those who want to be prepared will be able to go out in syndicate before hand and create some. (yes the catch-22 did not escape me in this, with having to go out in a cov-ops to make tacs so you can go to a cov-ops class)