And so as I mentioned I was going to do in my last post, I took my trusty Onyx and had a bit of a trip through Providence.
This being the first time I have jumped into 0.0 space since I left the game two years ago, I was overly cautious. I had my alt scout and basically took my time to go through. My friend followed in his trusty rifter and we spent a bit of time going over the basics of nullsec survival. We made bookmarks near the gates, we had a bubble demonstration and eventually made our way to 9uy. Last time I was here I had the pleasure of bubbling the station for pew pew. This time I bubbled it for the lols
I was a bit disappointed however, there were only 5 in system, no hostiles. Still, it freaked me out a bit. In High sec you can be fairly safe assuming you’re not carrying anything of great value and there are no war decs against your corp. in nullsec with a proper alliance you can be certain of your safety if local contains only blues, but in Providence, despite the NRDS intention, you can’t tell who is going to kill you.
We met some nice proviholders from Sanctury Pact, and I remembered that seeing an onyx on screen is probably not the most peaceful ship you’d want to see. If it was me, I would assume that if I saw a lone HIC coming towards me, there would be a medium to large fleet of HAC’s or battle cruisers arriving shortly thereafter.
So I made my intentions clear in local (emiko is my alt):
[ 2012.05.16 12:08:13 ] EVE System > Channel changed to Local : XHQ-7V
[ 2012.05.16 12:08:37 ] Marites Camates > Konbanwa
[ 2012.05.16 12:08:56 ] Marites Camates > ogenki desu ka
[ 2012.05.16 12:09:10 ] Akura Kawanaka > nihongo o wakarimasen
[ 2012.05.16 12:09:23 ] Marites Camates > skosh
[ 2012.05.16 12:09:31 ] Akura Kawanaka > watashi mo
[ 2012.05.16 12:09:44 ] Marites Camates > Amirican living in Yokosuka
[ 2012.05.16 12:09:58 ] Akura Kawanaka > Australian pretending to be japanese living in australia
[ 2012.05.16 12:10:04 ] Marites Camates > haha
[ 2012.05.16 12:10:11 ] Marites Camates > Okage sama de
[ 2012.05.16 12:11:00 ] Emiko Kasono > we’re peaceful btw – just sight seeing, despit the fact Akura is in an onyx
[ 2012.05.16 12:11:26 ] Marites Camates > rgr, we are drinking, couldnt fight ..cant see
[ 2012.05.16 12:11:42 ] Significant other > dam coffee
These guys were sitting on one of the gates in a cane and a cruiser that I don’t remember. Unfortunately, when we were on the way out we noticed a 8-10 man gang from “Forceful Entry” alliance (never a good sign) and noticed a BC wreck on one of the gates – looks like our friend was smooshed.
On another note – on that killmail was a corporation called Centrelink Australia (this is sort of the Aussie equivalent of Social Security)
http://eve-kill.net/?a=corp_detail&crp_id=99309. I thought that was pretty funny.
So I also spoke to the recruiters at ANZAC Alliance. It turns out that my corporation name backfired and Rooman thought that I am an Alt. I’m certain I can convince them otherwise however.
I’m looking forward to a bit of alliance pew pew. According to The Ancient Gaming Noob I will be entering the north again (ANZAC is in Executive Outcomes alliance) just after a major conflict. which is probably good, it will give me a chance to settle in before the next round begins. I was never a fan of cloud ring though – as it connects with NPC held Syndicate, it was too easy to attack. the system is large and there are only a few bottleneck systems that we could defend easily. still, we had some of our
The result of the last fight that I spoke about <a href=”http://evemonkey.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/renovating-providence/“>here</a> the system was taken and given to Sys-K. it turned out that it was just an over-eager sys-k member thinking that the station had been killed before it actually had who removed the SBU’s before their time.
Thankfully CCP has changed the sov mechanics so that the defending force would have had to repair the station to a certain level in order to trigger the restart of the station timer cycle. Since we maintained superiority in the system after downtime, CVA were not able to repair the station and it was merely a matter of waiting the three hours for our SBU’s to online again, after which, the station was taken without a hitch and the TCU was destroyed. Later that night Sys-K’s TCU came online and the system takeover was complete.
The Against All Authorities Alliance leader posted a very informative post on our forums about the current political situation. I have to say, I really really appreciate it when alliance leader or High-Council representatives keep the grunts like us informed of long term strategies and goings on that we aren’t normally privy to.
Here are the TL;DNR points in bold and my comments:
Providence: Remove the threat install content for us and replant the rain-forest.
This has been interesting – We liked Providence the way it was – it provided a good training ground for new pilots and some good pew for the others. We liked the fact that there were so many targets there but we couldn’t stand by and let threats to our sovereignty stand and hence CVA had to be removed.
Stainwagon: Big mess over misunderstandings …. AAA is keeping a close eye and trying to make sound judgment before decision.
(Apparently there was a bit of a fuss over the stain empire etc resetting a number of alliances in the area including IT alliance. a hesitant peace has been brokered).
Northern Coalition: What to do about the threat they pose? the Jury is still out.
The next biggest threat is now the Northern Coalition. This interests me greatly as once again, the Eve universe has polarised into two massive groups, the Northern Coalition + goonswarm and the Southern Coalition + IT Alliance.
The Southern Coalition headed by AAA, Atlas, Systematic Chaos and IT alliance are less tight-nit, preferring to be individual alliances with the chances of good fights between all.
The Northern Coalition however is a very different story. Having spent the majority of my nullsec career in the NC I know they are Extremely tight-nit, with each alliance readily deploying their forces to aid any of the others that come under sustained attack. and they intend to remain this way indefinately.
AAA sees the NC as the biggest threat to their existance in eve currently. I dissagree however. In my experience the NC has been a purely defensive arrangement with only the occasional poke into the south. The New sovereignty mechanics have made it very difficult to engage in a sustained campaign away from home, effectively preventing the “AFK empires” that existed pre-dominion. If alliances cannot muster their forces in time, a station system is only 5 days away from being taken over – far less than was possible in the old system, where so long as the system was not tightly locked down with the attacking forces had to be ever vigilent against new Pos’s being erected.
However, with the possibility of one half of eve uprooting and attacking the other half in a coordinated manner, the risk is minimised that each individual alliance will be vulnerable to a concerted counter-attack.
IMHO, the NC deserves to win any fight – they’ve proven to be the most solid and long-lasting coalition of alliances in the history of Eve and the recent attacks on their sovereignty in Fade and Pure Blind have only strengthened their ties. Triumverate, by no means an incompetent alliance has been broken on the bullwark the Northern Coalition presents time and time again.
The difference between the threat that The NC presents now and the threat that the Greater Bob Community presented last year which turned the rest of Eve against them is that the NC is not expantionist in any serious way, whereas BoB openly was.
Only time will tell, but at the moment, as it has been for the past year or so, Branch is possibly the most stable region in the entire universe. and to take it, any opposing force will have to wade through nearly 15,000 pilots. not something any coalition will want to do without very strong inter-alliance ties and the ever present threat of ex-providence holders re-taking their space in the south.
Before I continue, I would like to say that I mean no disrespect of any kind to the people in providence region. nor am I trying to contribute to a propaganda campaign.
I just have a few thoughts on gaming in general which this campaign in to providence has made me think about. Particularly the part where today, with 400 in local, the vast majority of which were -A- and Ushra’Khan we reinforced the station in 9UY without even a wimper of coordinated resistance.
My new theory: Role players may not be of the type of person that are able to beat those that are playing the game for the purposes of being good at it, for winning.
Let me explain:
I am a type of gamer who plays to be the best, I don’t play games for fun, I play for the satisfaction that comes from winning. I joined the Northern Coalition and then Against All Authorities because they are among the best in the game at what they do. I wanted to experience all there is to experience, and I want my alliance (and by extension, me) to win. As a result of this, I will shut up on Team Speak when the FC is talking, I will do exactly as he/she says, I will bring the best ship I can, fitted exactly as the alliance leaders dictate. When there’s a CTA on I will be in fleet and on voice chat and I will do my absolute best to be the best at my role in fleet. I try to have my “game face” on at all times.
Recently, during the lockdown of D-G one of our FC’s said that when CVA + pets were bubbled in their own POS, instead of jumping out, they should have dropped the POS forcefield and started shooting. That’s what our FC’s would have done.
Recently in a campaign against the goons, the goons defeated the -A-/IT attack by reinforcing their own ihub. They wanted to win, they used game mechanics to do it.
-A- are committed to winning this war and we will use every legitimate tool at our disposal to do it.
My alliance leadership are the same. They want to win at all costs, it’s what they enjoy doing. I am going to reproduce a post from the -A- forums here – I hope it doesn’t get me into trouble, but I’m sure it’s fairly harmless:
During this campaign: DO NOT EVER EVER EVER TALK IN LOCAL….If you have something to say ….do it in corp/alliance/ and if its damn important ..gang. Kill provi with silence. Kill Provi with guns. Kill them any other way but trying to do it in local. Close local.. Keep it closed. I know that the smack comes from other alliances as well. -A- will not do it. Burn it all to the ground with a grin on your face.
What is providence supposed to do in the face of such cold determination?
Does a roleplayer even play for the same reasons? I don’t know, I’ve never really met any.
My theory is No. I believe having dedicated roleplayers who truly get pleasure out of playing this game for those reasons at the head of your alliance will cause them to be less focussed on winning and more about “fun” or whatever roleplay reasons they have chosen to adopt.
Perhaps I am an ignorant non-role-player, but I have an image in my head of a fat guy playing mock up medieval battles with foam swords Vs a hardened heavy cavalry knight from the actual middle ages.
or perhaps this image would be a better representation of the current state of affairs:
Am I being too harsh/Ignorant? do I have a valid point perhaps?
This is a campaign that relies on the morale of the enemy breaking, one of the reasons that 9UY was chosen as a target. Please tell me that CVA wants to actually hold their territory rather than just go off to empire with a wimper at the first sign of a fight.
I am a business man by nature, as are most of my race. The Caldari have always been and will continue to be in the foreseeable future. Supply and demand. These are the two irrefutable laws that we live with just as other races live with gravity and the principles of thermodynamics.
My decision to apply to The Ushra’Khan is not, therefore, based on any political motivation, nor is it a self-righteous crusade to free the Minmatar slaves. Although I can sympathise with them, I also understand the desires of their Amarr overlords. Yet still I believe the practice of holding slaves inefficient. Amarr society should be freed from this burden, the slaves replaced by automations, “robots” if you will, which are far more cost effective.
Nevertheless, the demand that has compelled me to join with the Minmatar freedom fighters is a purely selfish one. I have a grudge against the Goonswarm and all their allies. A grudge which has caused great demand, and vengeance must be supplied. It has become apparent that the Amarr loyalist Providence holders have chosen their side in this conflict. It is my decision, therefore as a business man, to free them from themselves, from their inefficiencies, from their mis-placed loyalties, from their yet still living corpses.
Business is War, as they say…. and I have business to attend to in Providence.