The Frostline patch hit yesterday, which means that Operation Frostline is now live on servers and grids are now crazy big (update your bookmarks, everyone).
Bottom line, Operation Frostline is a mild remake of the Halloween event; this time we're killing Serpentis at the random sites.
I happened across a Frostline site in highsec last night while going from Point A to B to tend to my industry system. I was in my Sacrilege, not the best for dps, but certainly not the worst against frigates and cruisers, so decided to check it out. I was in a busy highsec system and expected the site to get swarmed, but I was the first person on grid, and began destroying the Serpentis.
It works very similarly to the Halloween event -- you land on the beacon to a locked acceleration gate and some frigates. Kill the frigates to unlock - from memory there are 4 waves. Gate unlocks, go to the 2nd room. Partway through the killing a Navy Apoc showed up, but I didn't relent in my killing spree and he was having trouble hitting the frigates with his large beams (not pulse, beams) and warped away just as I entered the 2nd room.
Second room has some structures and a mob of cruisers. From memory there's 3 waves of cruisers and then a single battlecruiser that actually drops the loot. My dual rep passive tank Sacri tanked this room at 95% or better the entire time. On the 2nd wave, a Tengu arrived but didn't shoot anything, he simply waited for the end 'boss' to try to scrape the loot.
BC spawns, we both dps him down, but I got can rights to the loot and the Tengu chose not to flip the can.
For my trouble, I got the Male and Female Serpentis shirts and a can of Quafe. I convo'd the Tengu and offered to give him the Female shirt (Aba being male and the Tengu char being female) but he declined.
From his initial response, I'm sure he expected me to yell at him or something, but I wasn't going to get upset about a shirt on the first day of the event. He declined the offer, we chatted a bit, and we went our separate ways.
From the way the dev blog is written, I would expect the Frostline loot to improve as the event goes forward, so I'll figure out what ship I want to use for hunting these.
Happy Hunting everyone.