Learning to FC

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Original text by Bamar

Becoming an FC is a slow, complicated, and non-linear process. Ultimately there's no secret to becoming a great FC. You need a combination of natural skill, tons of experience, and a good attitude. This article's objective is to provide some pointers for aspiring FCs to take their game up a notch. I've defined four general skill levels for FCs, simply read through the descriptions, pick out the one that best represents you (when in doubt round down), and then work through some of the suggested things to work on.

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The Noob

Summary

The beginning, we've all been here. You don't really know anything about anything. You've tried to read up on things a bit, and you think you have a vague idea about how to FC from observing others. Really though you're not really sure what to expect, and you're pretty sure you'll make a huge mess of everything.

Symptoms

Things to Work On

The Gang Leader

Summary

Things are starting to make sense, you're no longer nervous taking out a gang, and you think you're on the right path. There's still plenty you don't know, but you at least have a good handle on what it is you don't know.

Symptoms

Things to Work On

The FC

Summary

You're one of the go-to guys in your corp/alliance. You might not be perfect, but you tend to know what you're doing, and know what needs to be done. You've taken out large, expensive, and complicated gangs, and have probably coordinated with groups outside your own. You probably have a particular type of fleet as a specialty, but you don't have much trouble switching contexts.

Symptoms

Things to Work On

The Expert

Summary

You're "that guy" in your corp/alliance. You've been running fleets for longer than many of your fleetmates have been playing the game. You might not know everything, but you can usually figure it out pretty fast. It's rare that you see something new when running a fleet, and while you may still screw up from time to time usually it's because you knew better but did something dumb anyway.

Symptoms

Things to Work On

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