BB74: The Most Important Reveal at Fanfest Was……

This post from the Nosy Gamer.

I didn’t go to Fanfest this year, nor have I ever been, nor will I probably ever go. I am considering going to Eve Vegas, as it’s not too far from me, but travel to Iceland is probably a bit too much. Normally, though, I watch all the streams and videos of Fanfest and its various keynotes. I didn’t do that this year, as I got the feeling that there were a lot of presentations about things that we knew the broad strokes about, and the details would come out as they became relevant. It seemed that a lot was accomplished at this year’s Fanfest in the roundtable discussions, and I am reading about some of those in various places. One of the roundtables was attended by Noisy, and was described in the blog post that I linked above. It was quite interesting to me, not only for the reasons that he talked about, but because I had also read this article.

These two sources gave me an idea of what we can expect from the future of warfare in Eve Online. Recently on an episode of the Meta Show, Mittens claimed exuberantly that because Lenny was responsible for his travails, the MBC did not have an inexhaustible war chest, so his tactic of wearing out the MBC would be successful. Now it would seem that Lenny makes hundreds of billions of ISK per month as an IWI banker in addition to whatever he makes doing other stuff in Eve. There are a lot of IWI bankers. 12 of them got banned. According to Noisy, those 12 should have been banned, but were let off the hook for some reason. I would wager that some sort of deal was struck in which the offending bankers were allowed back into the game if they promised not to RMT (and be subjected to close scrutiny), but rather actually spend their ISK in New Eden.

Now when you can buy a couple of Titans a month in Eve, there really isn’t much left to spend your money on. Eep openly mocked this fact by spending $30,000 worth of ISK on skill injectors to inject every skill in the game to level 5. And when you’re doing that, you really don’t have anything in New Eden that you can get excited about buying. Except Pandemic Legion. Except the MoneyBadgers. Yeah, I suppose the IWI crew could build themselves a Palatine Keepstar, but after that, what’s next? The mega rich of Eve need something they can spend their money on month to month. The only thing that really fits the bill is a coalition.

Now I really don’t know what the deal is with the MBC. I joined Horde to fight the Goons, and I hope we keep doing so. However, I’m quite liking it, and I doubt I’d leave if we stopped. In my last post I actually advocated a looser MBC that engaged in blueshooting (of blues who aren’t really blues, of course) in order to diversify content. Truly, though, the front is fairly unified. PL of course came to the aid of my alliance over the last couple of days, but so did NC., which is never a guarantee (although could be deemed likely due to their friendship with PL). However, Darkness. also turned up for fighting. The MBC could be a bit tighter than a lot of people expect, though I for one don’t know the details.

Frankly, the game plan of the MBC isn’t really talked about or known clearly. If, however, the ultra rich of Eve, particularly the IWI crew, continue to be involved and continue to spend their money on the MBC, Mittens could find himself facing an enemy that looks fractious and disengaged at one moment, then suddenly reforms with newfound dedication, unity, and Goon hate seemingly spawned out of nowhere for some unknown reason (read: money).

Sure, PL and PH could be dispersed, only to be replaced by some other group that the IWI crew have paid to play entosis in Fade and Pure Blind. Mittens really won’t win with his plan to wear down Horde. His best chance at winning is to get IWI off his rear, and preferably paying his allies. It seems there are a lot of people that are astoundingly rich in ISK, and CCP is directing them to pay people to fight. When a few of these people get together with a mind to accomplish something, they can apparently shake things up a bit. The old Leonard Cohen lyric comes to mind: I’ve seen the future, and it is murder. An even older line from Paul of Tarsus comes off the tongue as well: the love of money is the root of all evil.

Gevlon Goblin quit the game because he thought broker fees and a Palatine Keepstar were going to create an unassailable bloc, and that ruined the game for him. Well, apparently that group has already been here for a while: I Want ISK. Whoever runs New Jita, if there ends up being one, will just be another Lenny or another Eep Eep. So the good news is that Gevlon’s doomsday has already come and we’ve still been enjoying the game. That’s why I backed off of my initial terror pertaining to the increase of broker fees, which still may come. The bad news, though, is that we are only just now learning who New Eden’s apex predators are.

Steady State Operations

The war is over. The war has just begun. There are a few things that I want to touch on with this post. To some degree I’ll talk a bit about what has happened, but here I’d like to talk mainly about the road ahead in terms of the war against the Goons and the future of the MoneyBadgers. Apparently, the Goons do want that space anyway, and there are some things we can expect, and some things we should think about.

So the Goons lost. They’ll say they didn’t, but they did. They made a lot of bad decisions. By actually committing to a defense they could have kept morale higher, even while losing, and would have avoided a lot of what they are doing now. Their choice to become NPC trash and attack from lowsec was not really borne out of a rational approach of how to tackle the war, but rather they were just tired of defending. They will say, though, that they have not yet begun, or are just now beginning. That much, at least, is true. They are climbing up Pure Blind towards their home. As they do so, they are taking space, and that space will have to be defended, at least to a degree. They are still going to have to deal with being hell camped, just as yesterday’s battle of O1Y where they were camped into a POS has shown.

They are still going to lose systems, as Horde has shown by reclaiming systems Goons had recently taken. There is no way out of the whackamole, and the order of march in Fozziesov is about determining which moles you can actually whack. As Citadels hit the game and new options for projecting and deploying become available, both sides will have to think outside of the box concerning conquering space and what their battle objectives should look like. This sounds like an idea for a future blog post, but suffice it to say that here we are in uncharted territory, and there will be a lot of fun to be had in terms of innovating and rethinking how we wage war.

Another thing that we should also be rethinking is our concept of a coalition. The MBC has already taken steps along this path by calling itself a coalition, even though parties often don’t even bother to set themselves blue, and various groups in the coalition are driven by different motives, cash and Goon hate being chief among them. As a line member in Horde, I can’t say I really know what my alliance’s long term plans are. There is a lot of taking things as they go, I imagine. This fact is used by the Goons in their spin. They want to ‘break’ the coalition, and some of our members seem to be thinking in terms of ‘we have to stand unified in order to not be broken.’

I’d actually like to take issue with this outmoded concept of a coalition because if it prevails, then the MBC is as vulnerable to a failscade as the CFC. If there is disunity, the MBC can be perceived as vulnerable, and if there are losses, elements of the MBC, whether players or corps or alliances, can be tempted to jump ship. However, as mentioned above, the MBC has a number of motives. Cash, content, and Goon hate are certainly there, but there is also a strong belief among many MBC parties that the blue donut is bad for the game. If the MBC replaces the CFC blue north with the MBC blue north, the MBC has actually lost one of its objectives.

Because I do not want a blue donut in the north, and because Fozziesov includes an element of hell war that the Goons are bent on inflicting upon themselves and others, I’d like to throw some thoughts out there about the war and the MBC. Now apparently, privately, various Goon FCs and Mittens himself are going around calling people crying and saying that they aren’t having any fun and we need to be nice to them, give them gudfights, and otherwise be buddy buddy with them after we have had to deal with the brunt of them being out to ruin our game for years. In my opinion this should be treated as more metagaming. Further, there has been no public change in policy. Above board, they meant to lose, and their approach to winning is just to make everybody miserable. I’d personally like to oblige them. No gudfights for Goons. No quarter. That’s what they’ve always dished out. Let’s return the favor.

We do, however, enjoy breaks from the whackamole. They aren’t going to form for any meaningful fight anyway. In Horde, our guys had great fun with TEST the other day. Everybody was bored, so we blew each other up. Darkness and TEST are running around in our space constantly. I don’t really so much mind. From what I have seen from Horde, we do a better job of sticking to the NRDS policy than our neighbors, and I actually wouldn’t mind changing that. If there’s anything I don’t like about Darkness and TEST bugging around in our space it’s that we aren’t bugging around in theirs. It would be nice if Horde’s weekly schedule involved some small scale entosis operations going on constantly, some large scale entosis operations going on weekly, but then some good old fashioned camping and roaming in there as well so that this war involves some actual fighting.

I’d like to liken the north to the state of feudal Japan during the Chinese Yuan dynasty. At that time, every lord in Japan was fighting against every other constantly in their own version of historical real life forever war. But when the Chinese showed up to invade, they all got together and repelled them. As soon as the invasion was blunted, they went straight back to fighting each other as before. And when the Chinese invaded again, the same hing happened. I’d like to see the MBC evolve into something like that: when you’ve got a big fight coming up, just bat phone your enemies.

Naturally there are some difficulties that will be involved with this. Do we take each other’s moons? What exactly is the MBC’s objective? How do we define an awox? Some of these things should actually be discussed among alliance leaders. Some things should just evolve naturally as unspoken understandings. I can’t really ramble on about all this sort of stuff. I can only say that leaders in the MBC should have some sort of commitment to sticking together on some level, but should always be wary of creating a new blue donut.

I’d like to end the post with just a couple of things on the table. Distinguish between war and fighting. Make sure you have both. Don’t try to make the war against the Goons fun. Don’t let them have that. They say they aren’t interested in it anyway. Fighting in Eve is fun. Make sure you have that. If we make the MBC like the CFC there won’t be any targets to have fun with, there will be only Goons.

The Goonhammer

I’ve just logged in from the marathon entosis operation last night, and checking DOTLAN I see that Deklein is in flames. I am particularly delighted to see that the RFY-Q8 constellation (the Testagram) is under Darkness. control, which was Horde’s primary mission. Our boys done well. It will be a night to remember. Also, as I logged in I see a large amount of red in O1Y as per usual. I haven’t yet taken time to decide what I will do in game this afternoon or what exactly is going on in our space, but just seeing all the red has brought me to where I’d like to comment on the Goons’ campaign against Horde.

First, to all the Goons out there, I just wanted to let you know that this campaign is yet another bad idea from your inept Space Hitler. Let’s take a look at this from a couple of angles. First, it’s a part of your alliance’s plan to deny fun to your enemies. However, it’s not fun for you either. Second, let’s look at the psychological impact. A long time ago a Bombers Bar FC made a comment to me about that group’s constant forays into Provibloc. He said, “it’s like kicking babies in the teeth – when you win, you don’t feel like you accomplished anything worthwhile, and on the rare occasion when you lose, it just makes you feel pathetic.” All this campaign is doing is showing you that your alliance can beat Horde. And when you don’t beat Horde, it shows how pathetic you are. Third, let’s look at op success and failure. Let’s say it works and Horde drops from being a 7,000 pilot alliance to a 5,000 pilot alliance. What exactly have you won? You still have a huge alliance that isn’t really central to MBC operations beyond being a gaggle of noobs hanging out as a buffer and providing swarms of entosis Slashers when needed. Let’s say though that it doesn’t work, and our numbers don’t decrease. You are wasting time fighting Horde while TEST and NC. and PL and Darkness. etc. ruin you.

Don’t believe the hype, Goonswarm. You’ve been taught that harvesting tears is the zenith of the game. You’ll get shown streams of this or that noob quitting Eve and getting frustrated, but you won’t be shown the thousands more who you are egging on to be your next generation of enemies. You’d best be served by fighting those who always have and always will hate you rather than make enemies out of the majority of new players joining the game who are fighting against you out of a sportsman’s competition rather than the seething hatred that you have earned for yourself from the likes of TEST and others.

Don’t look at a video of one noob crying and giggle to yourself that you are winning. You are wasting your time and effort pursuing a goal that will not accomplish anything for you strategically. Horde will remain. Horde will be large. 5,000, 7,000, or 10,000 doesn’t really matter. Horde is doing its job planting itself in Fade and will continue to do so, no matter if we shrink a bit, stay the same size, or grow. Mittens talks about how new players don’t understand hell war, but I will have you know that new players are going to be more willing to find out what it’s like than older players looking for the most efficient way to make ISK AFK. When you look at what you are doing, look at real numbers.

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So how’s camping O1Y working out for you? You’ve long loved Mittens because he is such a scoundrel and conman. Only now, you are his mark. You are the ones being conned, spending your days in O1Y while your space is taken away. I will end this paragraph with the same sentence I started the previous one with. Don’t believe the hype, Goonswarm.

I’ll end this post with some notes to my fellow hordelings. Mittens is trying to hang on as long as he can by trumping up rhetoric concerning a successful campaign against an Eve newbie group. The community’s reaction has been to comment that Goons are trying to prove they can beat Horde, which is nothing impressive. The Goons are also trying to preach to Horde that we are being abused by our seniors and being used as meat shields. Well, there is no abuse about it. We are the meat shields. That is our baseline mission. It is a mission to be proud of.

When I was in the Army, the most glorified image to be found was not the highly trained special ops soldier or the super genius intelligence collector, but the infantryman of the line. We all knew that the territory is just not under control unless there are boots on the ground, and that the infantryman was the back that bears the load. That’s what you are. In addition to being the buffer, to being the distraction, we do get a great number of opportunities to accomplish a lot more than anyone ever expected we would. There is no shame in being the rock bottom in the war machine, but rather it is the position of greatest honor. Take comfort in that.

After saying that, though, I do realize that Eve is a game of great proportions. There is a learning curve, real consequential loss, and there are ruthless enemies. Some of you may have come into Horde without clear expectations and are finding that the gameplay is not what you’d like. Now I think most of you are actually impressed with the scope of this game and this war and are excited to pay the price of victory. But for those who aren’t, don’t quit Eve. There are other places to go and things to do.

However, if you do go somewhere else, I encourage you not to run to highsec and get involved with any random corp that you run across. Some are good, but most are bad. I also encourage you not to take shelter in just any given alliance out there. Frustrations will grow high. Despite being told by all these guys that you don’t need skill points, you will be surrounded by people who have them, and you’ll constantly be tempted to do things the same way they do. You won’t be able to. It will be discouraging.

Frankly, the best place for a newbie in Eve is in a newbie group. I’d recommend the Brave Collective as an option. I think I can say this without irking Horde leadership because from what I have seen, the overwhelming majority of our players are excited by the challenges we are facing. But for that rare person who is thinking of quitting Eve or joining a veteran alliance, Brave is a better option. Horde has inherited the lighter side of our personality from them. We’ve taken Brave memes like “stay classy” and “fun per hour” and condensed them into “don’t be a dick.” They don’t exactly have the strong meritocracy and content creator leader idea that we’ve inherited from our PL buddies, and they aren’t generally as well run as we are, being more bureaucratic. However, when it comes to training noobs they have it pretty well down pat, and they do go out and have a lot of fun. A lot of our leaders and members started out in Brave, and while I think we’d all say that we have put together the best newbie group in the game, Brave is a good option for those who can’t figure out how to make it work in Horde.

Obviously, DON’T join KarmaFleet. We just took over their main staging. They are in retreat with the rest of the Imperium and are lead by the same ridiculous leadership that took the bait and are punching at Horde while their empire crumbles. They are basically a lowsec corp at this point. Great things are not in their future.

But anyway, I think I’ve spent a lot of time on those to those who don’t have the stomach for life in Horde, when such types are exceedingly rare. I’d meant for this post to be a message to Goons and to the average Horde member who is pumped up to fight but may be confused by propaganda about our friends and leaders abusing us and all. Nothing could be further from the truth. We are the bait and the buffer, a very important role that everyone respects, and quite obviously we’ve done A LOT more than just being the bait and buffer. So I’ll just end with one more sentence, again to the Goons. Grow up and get a war plan that works, such as getting new leadership.

A Beautiful Mind

I just saw the Meta Show today with CrassKitty as the guest. She is a new Eve player and streamer who has apparently been interviewing various Eve famous people, alliance leaders, and whatnot. During this episode, she didn’t get to ask but maybe a question or two, and conversely, she was asked a few questions at various points during the show but otherwise didn’t really have much to do with the episode at all. Also Laz, made a comment or two during the show, but for the vast majority of the episode he basically stared at his feet or into space. This particular show was pretty much a non-stop stream of conscious mental ejaculation from Mittens. Now Goonfolk are apparently wrecked if they participate in the real world war of words concerning the things that bee happenin’ up north, so this was actually pretty close to my first full-scale exposure to what the big goon is trying to say. Honestly, I was shocked. I was also provided with a wealth of psychological information about their fearful leader. I’d like to impart that information.

First, a little supporting data. A narcissist is in many ways a normal human where psychological processes develop to an unhealthy degree. Technically narcissism is a form of neurosis, that category of disorders involving extremes of degree, as opposed to psychosis, which centers upon detachment from reality, although in the case of the Mittens we can see a lot of detachment from reality. Essentially what Narcissism is, is a failure to compensate for weakness. We all have weaknesses, and we all compensate for them. The toughest SPECOPS soldiers are those who feel an extreme need to be able to kill anyone they see, as they have a need to be seen as strong, and to be able to protect themselves and others, who they are afraid are in danger.

This may seem an unflattering characterization of our greatest heroes and protectors, but I am just trying to illustrate how our weaknesses drive our strengths. The most social people are those who are afraid of being alone, the the most charitable people are those who are afraid of being seen as lacking character, the most powerful people are those who are afraid they are too weak, etc. It’s just psychology. In the case of a narcissist, though, the person has a very extreme level of self-hatred, of feeling unlovable, and very strong insecurities that they feel they need to hide and compensate for to a massive degree. They create a false self that has no flaws, always succeeds, can do anything, has done everything, etc. They must reassure themselves that those around them believe this false self to be true. This need becomes so strong that narcissists really don’t see other people as people. They don’t bond with them empathically.

The term for those around the narcissist is actually not a human term at all, but a “narcissistic supply source.” When you meet this guy who has been to every country in the world and done everything there is to do in life and succeeded in every way one can in life, you may be tempted to really like this guy. You become a supply source for his narcissism. You feed him the self-esteem that he doesn’t really have by buying his story. That’s really what you are to him. Assurance that he is okay. However, sooner or later you are going to find out that he hasn’t really been everywhere and done everything, and he is not really invincible. Probably because you are catching wind of the lies you are being told about going to that prestigious college in Serbia that burned down and can’t provide  transcripts or whatever. When the narcissist becomes afraid that you’re not buying his story, he turns on you. You will have a strong enemy who will do and say anything to bring you down. That’s where we seem to be on the Metashow today.

As I watched, I honestly wondered if Mittens were on drugs. Laz was quite relaxed. CrassKitty, the newbean, was pretty chill. But not old Alex. He just couldn’t stop ranting. Now I’ve always been one who believed that salt adds flavor, have written some inflammatory stuff myself, and have always loved Eve because the opportunity to really psychologically invest in things that happen in the game. I’m a bit of an “Eve is real” guy. But I really started to stress out watching Mittens go on and on today. He didn’t seem stable, and I wanted to take him by the hand and tell him to calm down, this is a game we’re talking about here.

The guy seems to be taking /r/Eve way too seriously. He commented several times that everybody thought he was evil no matter what he says, and proceeded to lay absolutely thick condemnation upon everybody not directly behind him. I take it he never plans on being friends with Gorski Carr or DurrHurrHurr, and he made several comments about his foes being horrible people. At the same time, he devoted quite a bit of time to talking about how great Eve was because you can scam people and prided his alliance on teaching people how to scam. It seems to him that opposing him in a war, and people actually plotting in a clandestine way about ways to defeat him, is a wholly morally unacceptable position, but scamming and being a space Hitler is just great. I dunno, in my mind, doing dirty against a war opponent is morally higher ground than just scamming any innocent sucker.

There was an incredible lack of consistency in his vitriol. Again, everyone against him was pure evil because they plotted against him, and he is perfect, despite his being evil, which really isn’t evil, or some such nonsense. His rhetoric was inconsistent. His memes, Band of Backstabbers and the like, indicate an approach of taking moral high ground, but minutes later he is talking about scamming being the highpoint of Eve. Why should we all hate Co2 for backstabbing him (if we grant him his wish of seeing them as backstabbing him rather than just seeing the light) if according to his ideal of Eve, they did a great thing by backstabbing him? He, after all, rose to prominence by backstabbing BoB? I mean if you’re going to be a space Hitler, if you’re going to build a false self of being Eve’s ultimate backstabber, what’s with the whole Band of Backstabbers Co2 is evil for their betrayal stuff?

You could see the fragile psychology holding itself together by the insistence on terminology. “We’re not going to buy into their frame,” he says. Mittens would whelp a hundred Titans before he lets anyone call this war World War Bee.

Finally, there was the ultimate contradiction of distain for new players who won’t have the resolve to fight a defensive war, while Goonswarm is the original noobie alliance who loves the new player. The eve player base is immature and base, while he is apparently of an older, more civilized generation. Of course the whole show was him ranting nonstop like some kind of a foul-mouthed fourth grader, talking as much trash as he can about everybody.

None of this would inspire confidence in me if I were a Goon. This guy is not playing a game. It’s his livelihood. His livelihood depends on everybody buying the false self that the Imperium is unbeatable. His logos and videos don’t make sense if all 20,000 of his people are crammed into Saranen. People are walking on him, not believing the false self anymore. So he has to ratchet things up. He has to trash people as morally repugnant and uncivilized demons for attacking him – in a game of space pixels where groups are supposed to attack each other. In the end, he was exuberantly insisting, ‘I was right! The conspiracy I said was happening was happening! See! I’m not a maniac! Everybody is out to get me!” Like no shit, moron, you’re at war. You just come off like an unhinged maniac.

My advice, Mittens, is to tone it down. You’re actually letting on that deep down inside you know your gig is falling apart. And the way you’re playing it is not inspiring. Take a Xanax. Or a Rufie. It will make the date rape so much more pleasurable for everybody. Take it from a PTSD vet. If this kind of stuff goes on for too long you won’t ever be able to get back to normal. You might even have to get a real job.

House of Cards

So I know /r/eve hates for the subreddit to get clogged up with posts from bloggers, but there are so many good memes out there right now with World War Bee going on, and I just can’t resist contributing to the war of words. I’m the type that needs to throw down a few paragraphs, though, so I hope you guys will indulge me. In my last post (not linked to the reddit!) I talked about my decision to join Pandemic Horde and take part in the war. That post was just me talking about my own situation. With this one I want to talk about the Goons and the CFC and their role in my decision. Also in my last post I stated that most of my Grr Goon sentiment from the old days had evaporated. With this one I had really intended to write a pretty level headed post about why the CFC needs to die, but I delayed a couple of days in writing and now have the pleasure of following this hilarious CEO update that the Goons published on TMC. I’m afraid it will be difficult to avoid getting a little saucy after reading that comedy.

Starting off down to earth, though, I’ll begin by stating one of the things that I like about the Northern Coalition. that I didn’t mention there but saved for this post. You might be surprised, but actually one of the things that I really respect about that alliance is that they lost N3. Their alliance membership declined by just about zero. When you’ve really taken the hardest blow you can take, and then you’ve dusted yourself off to find yourself basically unscathed and ready for the next round, there really isn’t anything anybody can do to you. You may win battles and lose battles, but from that point on, you know nobody is going to take you down. TEST also has my respect for that. What I’d like to say here in this post is that Goonswarm really doesn’t have that strength. From their beginnings Goonswarm began their tenure of greatness through betrayal in the destruction of BoB, which makes all their hollering about backstabbing in this CEO update all the more unbelievable. They came to this game large, and after their initial rise have been able to benefit from a reputation of being the biggest and best alliance in the game. When a new player joins Eve, he asks around who the biggest and best alliance is, hears about Goonswarm, and tries to join, only to be betrayed by a jump freighter scam or an application deposit scam. Those who join do so through the Something Awful Forums (or KarmaFleet, lately), but the situation remains that the new Goon is there because the Goons are the biggest and baddest alliance out there. This makes for a culture of fair weather friends. I’d like to wager that the Goonswarm, and really the CFC, is a house of cards that will fold. They haven’t earned the stripes that NC. and TEST have, and therefore have to preach about their resolve through this ridiculous line of spin that we’ve all been making such tremendous fun of in all the media channels and hope their own guys believe it.

Really, when reading things like this CEO update I almost can’t resist mailing Mittens some tissue for the tears. In general it was just a rabid attack on anything and everything. They are going so far as to attack CCP on their choice of name for the war, fearful that their spin has not been adopted by the player base at large. All the talk of betrayal is just mind boggling, since they are pretty much the arch traitors of our game. This is obviously a seed planted to keep FCON, Lawn, and Bastion in line as their meat shields. Also, the update attacks new players in general, claiming that they are incapable of the resolve needed to defeat them. Now I personally try to avoid groups where the members log in just so they can play League of Legends or those groups from the generation of players who think Eve is about being the biggest dick imaginable. Most of the fun I’ve had in Eve has been as a highsec CEO training new players, flying with Brave, a new player group, and now with Horde, a really fantastic bunch of new players. From what I see, the player who sticks with Eve is going to have an understanding of the type of hard work that Eve involves. I can’t help but laugh at this feeble attempt by Mittens to calm quaking meat shields by saying that new players won’t be able to get the job done. Finally, the ranting continues with a litany of extremely unpleasant tactics that the Goons will employ against their attackers. I say unpleasant for the Goons. They seem to fail to realize that their enemies are already set up with their strongholds in lowsec, in the south, in the east, and in the west. These systems being taken are means of wrecking the CFC and not really much more. Who ends up with them after the CFC is gone and what they do with them remains completely to be seen. All this bluster about all these miserable attacks on MoneyBadger systems reeks of pure delusion. Sure, some work will be done to raise some ADMs. Ratting makes iskies. But jeez, all this talk of eviction of a coalition that is basing from lowsec and on deployment far from their bases is just a flight of fancy from someone who has no tactical sense and is just huffing and puffing in order to be impressive to a member base that they are afraid will bail on them, and with good reason.

Returning to a point I alluded to in my last post, I’ll say that my decision to fight against the Goons is not really borne by some grand Grr Goon, but rather that it’s just time for them to go. PL’s attack on Nulli was really that alliance’s statement that the big blue donut and the cold war that had been killing the game for over a year was really not the way to play Eve. As the powers that be figured out the ISK flow, a natural consequence was for everybody to blue up and rat. Eve should be about reward being commensurate to risk, but with Code (and Goons) active in highsec, if you really wanted to be safe you needed to go to nullsec because everybody was blue and refusing to fight. This is really the environment in which the CFC was created. I mean when was the last time anybody heard of any really audacious campaign or exciting move pulled by the Bastion or Lawn or FCON? I mean we all took off our hats and applauded when FCON mustered 450 souls to defend their capital. That’s what Eve should really be made of. What I’d like to say to Lawn and Bastion and FCON is that if you really want to keep your space and do some good, hard fighting for the benefit of the game, switch sides. Don’t listen to all the talk of betrayal. You’re being betrayed right now by an alliance that will do anything or say anything to keep its outdated mode of Eve going so Alex can keep bread on the table by keeping his meat shields under lock and key, keeping the entirety of the north all blued up and populated by players looking for a safe place to rat.

I saw a pretty cool comment on twitter recently that said, “MoneyBadger vs. Imperium will be fun, but MoneyBadger vs. MoneyBadger in the north after the Imperium is gone will be REALLY fun.” I am totally behind that statement. There is no cowardice or betrayal in throwing in the towel on the CFC. You’ll keep your space, and there will be Goons to kill. After that’s done, the last half of the blue donut will be gone, and Eve will be as it should be, with smaller coalitions and alliances staking smaller chunks of space, and more fun and content to be had for everyone.

Now if you ask the MoneyBadgers why they are fighting, you are going to get one of three answers, each of which has four words: “someone is paying us,” “we hate the Goons,” or “the content is here.” If you ask the Goons, you get some frenzied longwinded wall of words about betrayal, and CCP hating them, and crushing enemies and all that. The reason for the over the top and completely implausible spin is because they know they are a house of cards. They know they need their blue donut if Alex is going to make his house payment by whoring his players out to H1Z1. If you stick with these guys, you’re being duped into fighting a losing war. Did you notice all those tactics mentioned in the CEO update? Right after claiming that new players don’t have the resolve to take space, they mention all these tactics that are just going to be miserable for them, and for their meat shields. I say let the Goons go through all that crap in their efforts to prolong their end. The only people who will be screaming betrayal are the Goons, who have been and will continue to do so in order to keep their troops in line. But if you ask me, you’ll be doing Eve a favor by dismantling the last mega coalition and saying goodbye to the abominable blue donut, returning New Eden to its proper state.

Really, that’s why I signed up for the fight. The CFC was borne out of a particular business model. It was a ratting zone. The Goons are bloated. Some of the other CFC alliances are bloated. This business model has been bad for the game. Generations of Eve players think of Eve as a game that you play while watching TV, AFK ratting in your Chimera. This new generation that the Goons seem to have such distain for has a different idea, though. They are not players that have no stomach for work and no resolve to accomplish the mission, though. Quite the opposite in fact. Everyone who plays this game knows that it is very meticulous and requires dedication. However, Eve is a game that is meant to be played and enjoyed. It is my hope that FCON and Lawn and the Bastion want to attract members that really want to play, rather than just AFK carrier rat. So I advocate dismantling the CFC and trimming the fat because it’s just time for the CFC to be done. We did the big mega coalition blue donut thing in 2014. It wasn’t any fun. So if you’re reading this and want to know where to get into the fight, dreddit is recruiting. For the brand spanking newbean, Horde is waiting. Brave is in the fight too. We’re all up north getting rid of a style of Eve that just isn’t cool. If you’re an alliance leader who is reading this, be on the right side of Eve history and put the CFC to bed. The only people who will be blathering about betrayal will be the Goons, and they’ve been ranting so much that everyone is already calling their nonsense the delusion that it is. Don’t be a meat shield. Heal the game and take down the CFC.

For the Horde!

I’ve long thought that winding up as a member of the BoB Chamber could be a realistic possibility for me, though I suppose I expected to eventually join the NC. side of the house. There are a few reasons for that, really. Long before I started blogging, when I was a relatively new player, the Goons grew me into their enemy, and when I found myself a member of the CFC in the Get Off My Lawn alliance, it was with some reservation. I didn’t stay long there because I wanted to do some industry that was going to be difficult to do there with them in Delve, and I left after a short time even though I quite enjoyed fighting under Basil and Eingang Vulpine. I would not settle down among the ranks of the Goons, though. That much I knew. Down the road, as I considered an eventual life as a supercapital pilot in one of the older alliances, I thought I would make my way towards NC. because a good friend of mine, actually my first friend and mentor in Eve, is currently over there. Also, while I didn’t know Tiberius Stargazer while I was in Brave, I flew in his fleets on several occasions and liked him. He also stuck up for me when I was getting lambasted by the Bearded Battle Bears during my unceremonious end with the HERO coalition. There were a couple of other reasons I looked toward NC. as well, such as the cool times with Christopher Berg of NC. late into the night when I was upgrading my system as a renter in Northern Alliance. And finally, there was that awesome day when some jackasses from Darwinism. were popping cynos in Chamemi preventing anyone from moving through, so I called in some buddies in Caracals to clear them off the station so we could light cynos, and when the jerks were gone we all lit and a half dozen NC. carriers jumped in and then waited in space off the station for my cyno to finish. I forgot to go red and ended up getting stuck for a second cycle, and the NC. carriers waited with me until the second cycle was done before docking up. I thought that was damned cool.

However, for me, the idea of hooking up with an old school supercap alliance is still a long way away, as I don’t plan on getting my super for at least another year. On top of that, my time in FW has been very fun and super educational, and I really had no plan to leave the Bleak Lands any time soon. Originally moving to FW with the hopes of getting some FC experience, I ended up going in completely the opposite direction and getting totally hooked on solo PvP. For the last couple of weeks, though, I’ve been taken some time off my main and been running incursions on an alt to make some quick ISK to reach an industry goal without having to liquidate considerable market stocks. During that time, hell has broken loose in New Eden, and I don’t want to miss an opportunity to ride the twister. Earlier in my Eve career I detested the Goonswarm with a Gevlonesque passion, though that salt has lost its savor, and I even supported their kickstarter for the sake of good lore (before I read the draft chapter and realized it would have been bad lore). World War Bee is looking to be to be a temptation I can’t resist, though, and at this point I want to fight against the Goons not so much because of some inner rage as because I think the CFC has run its course. It’s just time for them to go, and it seems that the moment where this is going to happen has truly arrived. But more on that later.

For the immediate, I’d have to consider just how to get myself into this war, and I talked to a number of friends about what to do. My primary issue is that I feel a bit like Luke Skywalker in Empire Strikes Back, called away to do something awesome before my training is complete. I think I’ve graduated from Paragon of Suck to Possibility of Not Hopelessly Bad when it comes to solo PvP and don’t quite want to wind up in my final home in Eve until I’ve come back to complete my adventure in solo factional warfare. So I considered places where I could hitch a ride for a good fight, and for the last day or so I have been in Pandemic Horde as my new home. Now as a member of the PanFam I have indeed joined forces with the Children of BoB, but not in a path that I had considered before. While it is quite possible, actually likely, that the distant future after this war involves another home, I am open to all possibilities. From what I have seen so far, the Horde is super well run. There are a number of my ex-Braves here, and I do look forward to again flying alongside newbros as the grease that makes a good fighting force great. It was an interesting choice for me, as someone who loves the taste of salt and faced PL in Catch as they formed the Horde from the blood of my alliance’s wounds in HED-GP. Lately, though, one can’t deny that PL has been doing good for the game, and I think I’ll learn a lot from this leg of my Eve journey.

So I am off to kill the Goons with my new family. But more on that later.