Daily Archives: February 24, 2011
Momentum in EvE is huge. Alliances live and die because they offer their members a significant enhancement to their EvE experience… or they don’t. When things are going badly for an alliance, whether its leadership, luck, or just being plan outmanned, it tends to spiral. People don’t log in, or join fleets. They may leave their corps, or whole corps may leave.
But it doesn’t take much to swing things. A big fight that you win, an awesome kill, it energizes people, they log in more, they join ops, and you can play that momentum into bigger and better things. On the other hand when things are going great and you hit a pothole, things start to get bad, even a shrot run of bad luck and leadership gets taxed to do more and more, and usually they stop trying as hard after a while, because its a game, its supposed to be fun, when it stops being fun leadership will do less and less and do other things for their fun, which leads to death spirals and failcascades.
Larger alliances and Corps are more insulated from the negative affects (everyone likes being on the winning side), but smaller corps can quickly find themselves in a situation where they suffer unsustainable losses in player hours and even players.
[EDIT] Replaced dead link with movie link. [/edit]
So I hop on for my alliances weekly meeting. Its been a rough week. We have had a lot of stupid losses, some non-participation by key players, myself included, short tempers, some folks going through some REAL tough times in real life. Just a Piss-poor week by all accounts.
One of our WH spies reports that our hostiles Archon is on the WH in scram range. Why do people do this? Its a bad idea. The carrier can’t get OUT but the hostiles can… easily. So we start organizing a fleet. I start beating the drums with friendlies, no dice. I call PK, no dice (he wanted to but 30j is a long way for a lone carrier)
We get a fleet together. Drake, Domi, Rapier, Prot (cloakey hidey fit) Falcon, Rapier, Pilgrim, Jag, Ishtar, Blackbird, Onieros. I know. Its awful. Its terrible. We went for it. D-scan showed a damnation, two drakes, a Thorax and some stealth bombers wandering about.
Drake warped onto the bubble they had erected on the WH, called point, in come the stampeding herd.
THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!!!!
We killed the Thorax, podded him, A drake, a Nighthawk warped in, he went down, a kitsune and a manti were next, then another drake. We were getting hit by bombs. Including lockbreakers. Too bad there were two recons holding points. Our blackbird went down early, that pilot switched to a pilgrim. The domi swapped to a Hyperion, the Proteus said fuck that I’ll get in the Domi.
The Archon’s cap was holding, so we started DPSing. Pretty slow since we couldn’t really hit him with drones. We noticed he wasn’t repping. My scanner showed a rep on him. DPS, DPS, DPS, finally he dips into structure. No reps. Scan again. WTF is he doing? He hits low structure and BOOM!
What. The. Fuck.
Guardian warps in. Literally seconds after the carrier goes down. He dies in seconds too.
We kill the pods. Scoop the loot. Exit the area and get back into Empire.
We needed this. We needed this BAD. This is the kind of thing that takes a small alliance and galvanizes it.
Ok I’m going to try to get to sleep. Video should be up tomorrow.
Thanks to BrenDiesel (reactivate your account PUNK!) for the 2nd picture. Your google-fu is strong.
Thanks to Apex for manning up and getting point
Thanks to KHoweveritsspelled for coming along with RR. I know KMs aren’t important to you man but you saved us a couple of times.
Thanks to Aeocas for getting us a warpin and putting up with me stepping all over him.
Thanks to HairlessHarry for replacing his ship and getting back FUCKING FAST
Thanks to Vorg for
Thanks to Alexis for being agile
Thanks to Fuji for DPS
Thanks to Star for DPS
Thanks to M’ing for jams, webs
Additional thanks for everyone, I know I’m rusty as hell at FCing and my commands were far from crisp but we got the job done.