If life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.
Target selection in EVE Online PvP is important. You need to have a firm grasp of exactly what ships you can and can't engage when flying. True to form, I attempt to gain this knowledge the only way I know how: The Hard Way. Here are a couple of failed attempts at engaging a target. If you were instead looking for advice on how to do it the right way, you came to the wrong place. I suggest you try out one of those other blogs where people know what they're doing.
Remember the story of me and a gang-mate teaming up on a Rifter? Well, I shall now tarnish that glorious adventure by telling you what happened a few minutes later. My wingman and I had just warped into a system with only one other pilot in local. Scanning about for a moment located him in a Thrasher. Now, Destroyers are designed with one role in mind, and that role is to kill Frigates. "But surely," I had thought, "there are two of us and only one of him." Sadly, my math lessons were not paying off.
Tracking him to an object, I in my Punisher, my wingman in a Rifter, warped in at different ranges to ensure one of us was close enough to tackle. I landed about 80km away from the Thrasher, and 40km from the Rifter, and knowing I wasn't going to close those sorts of distances quickly, I warped away with the intent on warping back at a different angle to land on top of him. During my short trip through warp, I heard my colleague state that the Thrasher was Artillery fit, and he was taking quite a beating trying to close the distance.
I landed atop the Thrasher, and set in a close orbit, just in time to see my friend's Rifter explode. Once the Thrasher set about firing at me, however, I saw that he wasn't able to track with me this close. Surely, I was meant to take revenge for my fallen comrade. That is, I was meant to do so until a second Thrasher landed 30km away from me. I began seeing firsthand the beating that the arty Thrasher was able to put out and made one of those judgement calls that sometimes doesn't end well. I decided to make a run for it.
Now, I'll never know if I could have tanked the second Thrasher long enough to dispatch his friend, and maybe even long enough to get under his guns as well. What I do know, is that once my transversal dropped against the Thrasher I had tackled, I wasn't able to tank them both. It didn't take long before the two of them had laid my Punisher low, and we were all exchanging GFs in local. I can't blame him for calling in backup, after all, we had hoped to engage him 2 on 1 as well.
Clearly not having learned my lesson engaging Thrashers, I decided to step it up a notch by shortly thereafter engaging a Stabber. Only this time, I was solo. Having spotted him on scan, I had asked over comms what some more experienced pilots thought of my chances against him in a Punisher. The wise response that I got back was that it depended on if he was fit for PvP. Deciding to roll the dice, I soon found out he was.
Having landed the tackle (although he probably wasn't really trying to get away) I had settled into a low orbit and was somewhat pleased to see that his Medium Autocannons weren't able to track me this close. I was webbed and scrammed, sure, but I was still maintaining enough speed that he wasn't able to hit me. It wasn't his guns I should have been worried about. I've mentioned before that a Cruiser pilot has multiple ways of dealing with pesky frigates like me. One of them is drones, which the Stabber does not have. The other, is an Energy Neutralizer.
I had faced a neut in combat before, but that was a small neut fielded by another frigate. This was a Medium neut, and was turning out to be a completely different animal. An animal with claws and teeth and such. I lasted about a minute before my Cap had been completely bled dry and, with my Afterburner shut down, began getting hit by my opponents guns. It wasn't too long before I was watching my pod in warp, having only gotten my opponent to half armor. More GFs were exchanged in local, and more lessons were learned by me.