One down, 100+ to go. I'm starting to rethink this project already.
A) Tristans are no match for destroyers. I barely had my opponent's Thrasher half through shields before I popped. I think the only damage I was dealing was with my rockets. I was scrammed and webbed before I could close the range. Six AC II's are going to do a lot more damage in 5s it takes to get in blaster range than a couble of rockets launchers are. To add insult to injury, I paid the 30m isk ransom my opponent asked for to spare my 100m isk implants and 20m isk clone. (Note: be sure to use empty clone next time).
B) I forgot to overheat weapons; I should have overheated weapons at the start of the 15s engagement, but I'm not sure that would have made a difference. Also, my drone never the cargo bay - DOH! But really, even if I had remembered to do those things, I'm not sure that I'd have had enough time to manually adjust my orbit.
C) I spent three hours looking for a solo match near Amamake for Tristan #2. All of the ships I found were T2 frigates or small gangs. Solo kills are elusive, especially for the lowly Tristan.
As for my pledge - flying a Trsitan exclusively until I have 10 kills is not realistic. I have the means to purchase 100 fitted Tristans, but getting even a small number of ships to another region without using my hauler just isn't reasonable. Also, I've been invited a number of times to join other operations that require a bit more firepower than my Tristan can supply and it seems pointless to pass those opportunities up for the sake of the pledge.
No, I'm not giving up just yet. I just have to be more realistic about my expectations. I have an opportunity to take a few Tristans out to NPC null sec. This opportunity comes at a time when I've been invited to join a WH corp. If I join the WH corp, I will not likely have an opportunity to use my Tristans. On the otherhand, I've been leaning toward life in the hole since I came back to EVE a few months back. I'm drawn to the frontier and wild-west game play idea. So, yeah. I'm rethinking this project. Meanwhile, if you happen to see me in a Tristan, grab a frigate and engage me, but don't expect me to pay more than 15m ransom for my pod.
On another note: I need to stay away from EVE-O forums. Its a poisonous environment with lots of rage from a lot of folks who think they know how to design a game better than the professionals. Also, that bitter taste in my mouth is starting to become noticeable again.