Disclaimer: This post is entirely out of game. it has nothing to do with Eve whatsovever
So you may have noticed from the disclaimer at the bottom of my last two posts that I have been away in France posting using pre-scheduled posts.
Now I have a habit of taking screenshots wherever I go and this time I took over 700 over the course of a week, that’s 100 a day!
I hereby present you with some of the more significant/better looking ones.
For those of you who have fought against a Mostly Harmless alliance fleet of some sort and lost, you will know that we have a habit of filling local chat up by having everyone in the fleet type “ook”. The story behind this is as follows: When Mostly Harmless went to help rid the universe of the Band of Brothers, Sir Molle, leader of BoB said in local:
“Hello northern monkeys, this is your god speaking”.
to which we all replied
This was unfortunately before my time in MH, but since assisting in successfully driving out BoB, the alliance has taken the theme up and now identifies itself as northern monkeys. This is why I’ve named myself evemonkey and this is why, after every successful battle we ook in local.
This whole monkey theme, combined with the existing hitch-hiker’s guide to the galaxy theme (our alliance ticker is “-42-“) gives us a keen sense of identity which I think is extremely important if not crucial in keeping the game fun and helps us not take everything too seriously.
And so, I can really understand how alliances like CVA and UK can inspire loyalty in their members, with a strong group identity. If I were a psychologist I would write something here about maslo’s hierachy of needs or some such thing and eloquently spell out how all this is just an extension of human nature, but all I can say is, it works.
Disclaimer: This post is not a stealth-subliminal recruitment advertisement for Mostly Harmless Alliance, the most Froody alliance in the entire EvE universe.
also disclaimer: this article was posted automatically while I’m off in RL visiting the land of Tau Ceti Federation
The lonely outpost
Stares at the sun with a smile
ahh, serenity – Akura Kawanaka
This post was scheduled automatically while I’m off in real life visiting Tau Ceti Federation’s homeland
Oh no! what have I done?!? After constantly ridiculing people who buy T3 ships as having too much isk to spare, and having further ridiculed the ships themselves as nothing more than expensive e-peen… what do I do? I hear they have dropped below 500mil fully fitted and after a large glass of wine I go and buy myself one on an impulse…. what a complete tool.
Akura kawanaka > anyone fly a tengu?
AAAAA> I can fly a tengu
BBBBB > tengu is t3
Akura kawanaka > I realise – I’m looking at buying one
AAAAA > You can bassically solo plex in it fairly easily
BBBBB > you can do that in an Ishtar at a fraction the cost
AAAAA > yeah I know but you know everyone hasn’t got gallante trained up ect
Akura kawanaka > I want it for e-peen purposes
BBBBB > can’t argue with epeen 😛
Akura kawanaka > at least I acknowlege I’m doing it for that reason
Of course, I must now think of myself as far superior to all you tech II-flying Neanderthals. It certainly looks hella cool though:
Strategic E-Peen Cruiser by starlight
Of course, in order to transport it out to nullsec, I also made a bit of a more sensible purchase. Previously I had bought myself an Occator for the massive cargo hold, but in combat operations it is better to be flying a cloaky ship, and in order to support black Ops incursions I need to be flying a blockade runner, so I bought myself a Viator which has a not too shabby cargo hold of 10,279 with rigs and my skills, but the warping cloak is the main use.
Viator blockade runner undocking
Undocking from jita I was actually more fearful than I am in nullsec…. I seriously hate carrying anything of value through heavily populated areas but anyway…. on the way from jita to my home region of Pure blind I was actually targeted by a crusader, although because I was flying manually and cloaking immediately he didn’t achieve full lock. it was actually a relief to get to the friendly gate camp into the first 0.0 system.
With the tengu at the moment it’s a probing/remote repping/interdiction nullifying monstrosity but I’ll be turning it into a t3 command ship shortly. also at my stop in Jita I bought the Wing command skill and warfare link specialist so I should be able to fit a decent warfare link Tengu within a month or two.
anyway – more pictures:
Over the past weekend the Northern Coalition banded together to get rid of the evoke stain that had spread into lower Cloud Ring.
On Saturday night we didn’t have much luck, taking heavy losses in the initial few skirmishes with evoke fleets as Sons of Tangra and Pandemic Legion joined in for the pew also. I lost my brand new Megathron “Mr Pew” on the saturday night and was out of the fight for the rest of the day, however our luck didn’t improve. I’m told that later that night we Doomsday’d our own fleet – the hostile fleet warped out just as our fleet was bubbled and the DD went off.
There was more fighting on sunday night and due to our absolutely awesome Alliance-level replacement program was in another fully fitted Megathron with zero out-lay on my part. This one still has the designation that it came with: “42.10” I like it, it’s clinical. I have another three-and-a-bit days to go until I can use tech II large rail guns so I went and bought some tech I ones and joined the fighting.
This time we took out a few Pos’s in the station systems of G8AD and 9-4 and disabled the station fittings in G8AD. I was told that earlier in the day we had managed to successfully doomsday an evoke battleship fleet. most of the evoke pods went to the station in G8AD, which we then proceeded to siege.
By the time I joined we were shooting the station fitting and cloning services to prevent their use by the evoke pilots inside. The undock point was permanently bubbled by a Heavy Interdictor. over the next few hours we attacked POS’s in G8AD and 9-4 as they came out of reinforced mode. In addition to the 150+ battleship fleet we had what looked to be a fleet of about 30-40 dreadnoughts helping us so they went down very quickly. the couple of times that I was targeted by the POS I didn’t even get into armour because the tower was destroyed so quickly.
While waiting for another few POS’s to come out of reinforced we camped the station, killing anything that undocked. This of course got very dull and someone had the brilliant idea to start a conga-line. It took nearly 20 mins for it to get properly sorted but in the end, the results were worth it.
I also made a post that night with more pictures that I won’t repost here (Click here to see them)
That night I logged out at a pos in 9-4 and on monday night it was on again, once again killing station services and three POS’s. By Tuesday the Northern Coalition had forced Evoke out of XZH and G8AD.
The massive effort by pilots in Mostly Harmless, Tau Ceti Federation, Morsus Mihi, Magesta Empire and Defi4nt (oh, and yes I think we saw one Razor ship…I think) over the weekend was truly amazing. We Northern Monkeys Still fight together as one!
As one of our alliance members said on our forums: “Never have I been more proud to be related to a group of people that eat bugs out of each others fur and fling poop for fun.”
When I started this blog I decided that I wasn’t going to do any monthly updates or any blogroll posts or anything related to meta-type things, but I had to post this.
My blog was trundling along nicely at between 50 and 100 views per day until Sunday night…..
The NC were laying siege to an evoke-held station (battle report post comming in the next few days), we made a battleship conga line with approximately 40-50 battleships and I took screenshots and put them up and posted the link in my corp channel for people not in the fleet to see what they were missing out on. A corp member then posted it in alliance chat, where it got posted in fleet chat and then local chat, and then a Magesta Empire guy posted it on COAD.
This was the result: