|A C28 cloud.|
I get Von on for a while, and scan down my system. There are two new gas sites, and no wormholes other than my static. It is very likely closed. This is a good time for some gas sucking. I log off Von and get my mining alt to do it. If he gets killed AFK, it's not a big deal.
I get my mining alt set up sucking and orbiting gas, and a new round of ice mining going. Then I leave to play games with the Boy. I return in a half hour, and both holds are full. Checking the discovery scanner and a dscan in wspace shows no change. Good. Back to the local station/POS, and then return, and get both guys set up again. Then I wander off again.
I am not at the tower more than a minute, when I see a ship on overview with me. Huh? Why would he... oh, he's in my trap. He's been decloaked, and he's in amidst my grid of small guns. He has to get cloaked pretty fast, or else. He does not manage it. Pop, he's dead. The pod lingers for a second, then warps off.
|Come in to my parlor.|
A decloak trap is the use of a warp bubble to drag someone into something that will decloak him. Typically in wspace, a trap is situated near a tower. The hope is that the victim does not notice he's been decloaked in time. If there is time for the tower's guns and other POS parts to lock him, it applies damage and if he is small, he probably dies. If he is large, he still cannot cloak once he's locked, and he must warp off before the warp scramblers finish locking. If a scrambler locks, then it will be followed by two 90% webs, heavy nossing, and jamming. No lone ship less than a capital will survive.
I had toyed with the idea of setting one up for a while, having seen many other people's decloak traps in wspace, but very few which were done well (in my opinion). I set mine up shortly after TNC burned down my last tower. I thought it was a great design, anyway. The evidence of the last couple months is negative: nobody killed at all. Apparently few pilots visit my system, or maybe those that do are just pretty canny about traps like mine.
Anyway, now there's a wreck sitting out there. I fly out and grab the loot. Then I log off my mining alt, since he's of no use now that my system is unzipped. I log Von in, and make the trip out with a salvager to clear the wreck and grab some nice T2 salvage.
I tell Jayne about it later, and he confuses me by saying he got the salvage. No, I did! I saw me do it! It turns out my tower also got a guy yesterday, which created the wreck Jayne got. Double evil laugh.