If you're in an armor BLOPS fleet: offline your plates before bridging!


Setting up the Radial Menu to bridge:

Hit Escape and open General settings. Change Open Radial Menu With and Radial Menu Delay to suit you:

radial menu setup

Put your bridger in your Watchlist and keep them at 1km range. When the call is made to get ready for a bridge, open the Radial Menu on your bridger by clicking & holding the assigned button on their name in the Watchlist. While holding the button down, move the cursor over the top area of the Radial Menu.

When the bridger decloaks, you should automatically decloak. When the bridge goes up, the menu's top section will light up and the menu will read “Jump through to [system]". Release the button to take the bridge. If you’re not in jump range when the BS decloaks, use the Approach option instead (bottom left) then use Jump once in range. Do not activate your propulsion module.

jump via Radial Menu

Quickly check jump ranges (Windows users):

Install AutoHotKey. Right-click the desktop, hover over New, and left-click AutoHotKey Script. Name the script (e.g. "dotlan_ranges.ahk" or similar). Right-click it to edit the file and replace the contents with the following:

^!1::
Send, ^x
clipwait
Run, https://evemaps.dotlan.net/range/Sin`,5/%clipboard%
Return

^!2::
Send, ^x
clipwait
Run, https://evemaps.dotlan.net/range/Hel`,5/%clipboard%
Return

^!3::
Send, ^x
clipwait
Run, https://evemaps.dotlan.net/range/Lif`,5/%clipboard%
Return

^!4::
Send, ^x
clipwait
Run, https://evemaps.dotlan.net/range/Ark`,5/%clipboard%
Return

^!q::
Send, ^x
clipwait
Run, https://zkillboard.com/search/%clipboard%
Return

^!w::
Send, ^x
clipwait
Run, https://evemaps.dotlan.net/range/5/%clipboard%
Return

^!e::
Send, ^x
clipwait
Run, https://evemaps.dotlan.net/range/10/%clipboard%
Return

Save the changes. Double-click the file. The script is now running, indicated by the green [H] icon in your taskbar. In EVE, click & drag a system's name from the top right into a chat, select all, then hit Control + Alt + 1, 2, 3, or 4. A new tab in your system's default browser should open up to the system's DOTLAN range maps for BLOPS, supercaps, regular caps, or rorqs/JFs, respectively.

There's also the option to search zKill with whatever's in the clipboard (Control + Alt + Q). Use this to quickly check characters' kill histories. W and E will produce a DOTLAN map highlighting all systems within 5 or 10 gate jumps of whatever's in the clipboard (very handy for getting an idea of gate-to-gate proximity in unfamiliar areas).

Here's how to change the hotkeys to whichever key combos you prefer.

You can also make the script run automatically when Windows starts. No longer will you be that tedious goober asking, "is [blopsing_system] in range of [krab_filled_backwater]?" for the 40th time.

Note: your browser will likely replace included spaces with "%20" instead of an underscore like Dotlan uses, so the 16 systems with spaces in the names need manual attention in the resulting URL. You could use RegExReplace (or whatever) to replace spaces in the script's outputted text, but I can't be assed.

DO NOT AUTOMATE IN-GAME FUNCTIONS WITH THIS TOOL OR YOU'LL BE RIGHTFULLY PERMABANNED.

For non-Windows users and/or AutoHotKey-haters: use a browser shortcut instead! Alt-tabbing is slower, but most contemporary browsers allow you to assign keywords as shortcuts for search strings, usually replacing your search term with "%s" in a URL. Google "search engine settings" or "search shortcuts" or similar. Use e.g. "...dotlan.net/range/Sin,5/%s" in your shortcut search, et voila! Searching for "db Jita" (or whatever) will now take you to DOTLAN's Sin range map for Jita.


Remember the ABC mantra: Always Be Cloaked. If you're not currently shooting at something, be cloaked. You just undocked and warped off? Cloak. You're gating somewhere? Cloak in warp! You just bridged into a mid and nobody has said anything yet? Starburst and cloak (i.e. burn away from the cyno and cloak on-grid). You were told to get off-grid? Warp to a celestial at range and cloak. You have to do the I-Gotta-Piss dance over to the commode? Warp off and cloak! Mom's yelling into the basement that you should answer the door? Warp off, cloak, and answer the fucking door!

Note: some FCs (dumbos) mean "warp off and cloak" when they say starburst, some (smarties) instead mean "burn away from the cyno and cloak on-grid". Usually the situation will indicate what is appropriate, but if you're unsure, try to stay on-grid so you can catch warps.


If you can be helpful: bring hunters, Blockade Runners, bridging BLOPS, or extra DPS alts. Maybe you have dictor alts you could seed in useful spots. Nobody knows you can do these things unless you use your words. Ask your friends for fits and procedures!