Psychology and stuff.
I’ve been following the Greedy Goblin for a while now and although he is an arrogant SOB, generally he has a useful point in most of the posts he makes. When I was playing WoW most recently I followed his blog and made enough cash for all the useless toys that I wanted in-game.
I stopped following because I quit wow a few months after cataclysm came out, mostly because of the horrible boringness of the daily quests, I couldn’t stand logging in every day, feeling like I could only progress if I played. (bear with me, this has a point)
Now that I’m playing EVE a friend of mine pointed out that the Greedy Goblin was also playing eve. so I hopped over to his blog and read through all his EVE related posts. As per usual his posts did a mixture of informing me, making me think and pissing me off. This time around however, I found myself slightly pitying him. Perhaps it’s a testament to the complexity of EVE, but everyone goes through newbie stages. Gevlon is full of enthusiasm, and is often right, but he is very obviously still new to the things of EVE. Don’t get me wrong – I’m certainly not dumping on him. I think he’ll go far, but some of his ideas are ignorant of what drives the player base of eve.
I would highly recommend to him to just for a month or so, swallow his pride, take an unknown alt and be a nobody in a nullsec corporation, and participate in a few wars before ranting on about how eve can be won. I would highly recommend Against All Authorities (my previous alliance) as they are very nearly constantly at war. What he will gain from this is an understanding of the enormity and difficulty of holding 0.0 space. He has this idea that Eve nullsec can one day be under control of one empire. I have also had this Idea and I would certainly love to be a part of it, but there is something fundamental at work that would prevent it from ever happening.
Back in the day, there was BoB. The most powerful alliance in the game. But because of BoB’s every growing power, other alliances who were previously enemies with each other banded together into the Anti Bob Coalition and for a while, eve 0.0 space was split almost directly in two halves. When The Anti BoB Coalition was victorious (regardless of how that happened) they effectively controlled all of EVE nullsec. Everyone was blue to everyone else, EVE was won! do you know what happened next?
EVERYONE GOT BORED.
All the alliances gradually reset eachother’s standings just so they could fight eachother. As the Northern coalition found out when I was with them, if you have no enemy, you grow complacent and weak. This leaves the door open for opposition. as I have in my bio:
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. – Confucius (circa 551-479 BC)
I do support his Titan project however (unlike many of his commenters) I believe in the right alliance and for the right battle, Titans are very useful. (see this post AAA have more titans than any other alliance in the game, and they use them regularly.
That said, Gevlon’s commenters that say that people just want good fights is true. Against All Authorities kicked out CVA from their space to teach them a lesson. And then a few months later let them back in because of all the good fights they were missing out on. Good fights are fun and although there may be a certain satisfaction in totally obliterating the enemy. as I mentioned in this post I would have loved CVA to actually put up a fight rather than letting us just walk all over them. Again, in this post the Northern coalition obliterated a Sons of Tangra battleship fleet with next to zero losses. Not just chased them off… we killed them all minus two logistics ships. That was NOT FUN! we weren’t satisfied at the end. There’s no adrenaline rush if you don’t have some risk involved in a fight.
Anyway, Long story short I guess. I’m going to be trying out more trading to see how it goes. Previously all I needed to do was get enough money for a battleship and some other things and my nullsec alliance replaced it fully fitted if I got blown up, so once the entry point was reached, there was no incentive for me to earn more ISK. Now, however since I’m not in nullsec anymore, I’m going to see how much money I can make. stay tuned.