As we hang the new calendar on the wall, it is customary for many of us to look back and muse over the events which marked the year that has just gone by. For some players the prospect of being part of what has virtually become an existing parallel universe and knowing how their actions, for small they could be; can change the course of history of this universe simply grants Eve Online an appeal which cannot be found anywhere else.

The Cosmopewlitan – 2011: Not the year Players deserved, but the one Eve Online Needed.

On 31st we asked “Which they felt was their defining moment” for the year 2011, Eve-wise. After several rewrites of this article it became clear for us that we had asked the wrong question; we should have requested players to ponder which word could be described as the emotion which defined 2011. Since emotions don’t lie, they don’t have an “agenda”, they simply.. “are”. Eve Online players and CCP Games were raptured by this ambition desire to “over-achieve”. Should we sum it all in one word; we feel this word to be “GREED”. For Players, Developers, Carebears, Industrialist, PVPers, Incursion Runners, Worm Hole raiders, Botters and RMTers alike; Greed defined a lot, if not all, of what happened during 2011.

“Greed is not an emotion, is being human”

The Jita Spring – Players “Incarnate” into Paying-customers.

After the T2 scandal, players thought the worst scandal to ever hit Eve Online was way past them, the truth couldn’t have been far from this, since “Monoclegate” was bound to explode. The whole ordeal lasted less than a week for CCP Games but its repercussions are still rippling throughout the way players feel and CCP Games develop Eve Online.

Many players and observers tend to forget when the first brushes started between CCP Games and the player-base. The Eight-teen months promise, having waited four years to finally walk in stations, the Dominion sovereign changes. The crisis of the “Licensing Issue” was the first time in recent history were the player-base felt new CCP politics were destroying the game, in this case destroying a notable developing community by proposing a regulation of their actions. The $99 yearly tag for the “privilege of doing CCP’s Work for free” was met with a wild commotion. Some players were already showing the signs of an upcoming confrontation against CCP Games. High profile developers like Chribba and Wollari stepped up from their usualy calm and silent position and basically taunted at CCP Games for their short-sightness and what they and many of their fellow developers felt it was an ungrateful move against the developers purely motivated by avarice.

A controversial CCP Games internal news-letter was one of the igniters of the drama, in the letter CCP described their upcoming projects and objectives to their employees, the highlight of the piece was an open speculative discussion between two developers regarding the pros and cons of introducing a non-vanity RMT factor into Eve Online. Eve News24 was the first to break the story a month after it was sent, we were surprised to see how well spread was the distribution of the news-letter among the Eve Online underworld, nearly every big intel trader had a copy of it, yet it was a shouted-secret that everyone was waiting on the release of the Incarna expansion and judging on it, deciding whether going public or not. As Incarna released to great disappointment (shame since it was a killer idea), the newsletter inevitably went public. It served as the trigger of the “Jita Spring”. The uproar spilled into nearly every Eve Online forum. The reaction was anything but what CCP Games actually expected, for the first time Eve Online players stepped up, stopped being mere “subscribers” and started behaving as “disgruntled paying customers”; a different kind of beast. The effect snowballed beyond the half-a-million plus responses to the Eve-O forum thread-naught. Vocal customers reacted by mailing the story to the big-game press and aggregating the resulting news pieces to virtually every popular social network available.

Feeling this wasn’t enough, players delved into New Eden’s trade hubs and staged demonstrations, locking down the trade-hubs and surrounding solar systems, finding an effective way venting their anger against CCP Games. An anachist’s heaven rose as a disinformation war waged both on the web, the forums and specially in game; for example a savvy player created a character named “Jita Protestors” which was used to aggress other players on the 0.9 security trade-hub, this led to a system wide announcement of “Concord shootings of the Jita Protestors” which trended very well. Others
made really far-fetched efforts to spread the false idea of CCP Games was being considered for a game-studio sale.

Words really can’t describe the level of discontent the players threw against CCP Games; Kotaku put it this way:

when a fiasco gets a Downfall-meme video, that’s a kind of visual Esperanto for “this shit is officially fucked.”

And fucked up it was. Only after the promise of having the player elected Council of Stellar Management flown over Iceland in less than a week and the promises from many of these CSM 6 representatives to find a solution, CCP Games managed to quench the blood-thirst of the disgruntled player base. A discussion on the exact nature of CCP Games revenues and their right to find and generate new avenues of revenue continues until today. A once complacent community turned into an unforgiving one, having unhappy players is one thing; having a large base of disgruntled customers, calling for a boycot was another. CCP Games took the hint and along the CSM 6 made the needed commitment to turn things around.

In a ridiculous example of life imitating art, many of our readers pointed out the analogies between the unrest in the middle east and the short-lived unrest within Eve Online, while the situation in the middle-east is a real and serious issue and one that dates back decades or even centuries, there is one shared emotion which both could vaguely relate: “Yearn for actual change”.

For this reason only, we have chosen The Monoclegate and the following Jita Riots as the turning point of the year.

What about the Rest?

Everything else pales into comparison to the scope of the Monocle-gate scandal. Nevertheless there are things worth noting.

Dominion Hit the Fan.

The year started with players still getting accustomed to the 2009 Dominion mechanics, specifically the super-capital changes which were not introduced until further into 2010. An arms race had kicked-in, where super-capital producers could barely met the huge demand for the greatly improved Super-Carriers. If 2009 was the year the Super-Buff was proposed and 2010 was when players started building them in mass; then 2011 was the year of the “coming-out” party. Once the production reached critical mass, the effect of the Super-Carrier fleet were felt and drastically changed the landscape of Null-Sec after more than a year of complete stagnation, new avenues of income were presented to the players and the sandbox found – within the bounds of powerbloc stagnation – ways to prove itself worthy of being played in. The prowess of the Super-carrier empires became an “absolute” when single squads of these hulking monsters were able to slaughter tens of enemy Carriers and even a larger number of Battleships with no sub-capital support. Their immense tank allowed them to log off whenever things went awry; effectively casting a veil of impunity for their actions.

A year of Great Heists

It is hard to quantify how much isk was stolen from the chests of wealthy players, banks, bonds, corporations and alliances during 2011. A safety estimate would round the 3.5 trillion isk figure. The SOLAR FLEET heist, The Phaser Inc. Ponzi, the BORG snatch, the Majesta Empire pillage and the Somer.Blink jita clearing account for three quarters of this figure. These are the cases which leaked into the public, there are many undocumented instances were greed motivated moves toppled empires.

An unseen Worm Hole Civil War explodes

The sole indisputable lawless space in Eve Online was tamed at as astounding pace. It took Null-Sec coalitions years to fully conquer 0.0 space; while parts WH-Space are still an unexplored jungle, the best of it has already been colonized, industrialized by the cogs and gears of industrious player; bringing countless riches to the settler’s coffins. Greed soon kicked in, players formed into factions and vowed to wage costly wars inside this unassuming purgatory.

The Worm Hole Wars or World War W, as we named it, took many observers by surprise as the inherent nature of Worm Holes were long preached as “Coalition Proof” by armchair-analysts. The scope of this conflict proved them wrong. The repercussions of this reality are yet to be seen.

The fall of a Long Standing Giant

For anyone roaming the North, what was once a thriving empire, encompassing sixty-percent of the Sov Map and being home of more than 50,000 pilots; the ruins of the greatest null-sec empire of Eve Online is a somewhat striking landscape. Is almost akin of walking thought an ancient city. There is a sort of eerie feeling once you warp into the now deserted solar systems.

The NC downfall was a roller-coaster ride. An ill planned war against the Drone Russian had started well for the Northern Coalition, but the complacency of their leadership, their hedonistic tendencies and they careless management of critical situations led to their downfall. The great Battle of Uemon being the prime example of this, in this battle the Northern Coalition Titan fleet was destroyed. Along with it, the reputation, trust and pride was lost. The Northern Coalition leaders resorted into not fighting their own wars, foolishly finding solace in the promises they made for themselves of a GoonSwarm deux-ex machina. A promise which was never fulfilled.

It is interesting to note that Chad Mesiroff, a writer and friend of Eve News24 once commented how the Deklein Coalition intentionally left the Northern Coalition to die in order to take its place. Should this be the case of not, the North as a region took a well needed “new management”. Once strong RMT rumors implicating NC leaders began came afloat few people really cared about saving the face of the Northern Coalition in the following months.

The Gallente Casket of Ancient Winters is stolen.

GoonSwarm Federation opened the Pandora’s Box by announcing a campaign to “grief” gallente ice miners in empire space and tickle a very delicate part of the market eco-system. Sure, there had been several campaigns against miners before, but the GoonSwarm target wasn’t just the miner, but to grief the market itself. As predicted, the effects of the interdiction didn’t really kicked in until the market Ice product reserves depleted and speculators entered the game, greatly helping GoonSwarm Federation’s goal.

The price of vital null-sec commodities like oxygen isotopes incremented rose by folds, peaking at 1800 isk a piece as Jita turned into Jew York.

Although not officially stated as the reason of it, CCP Games responded by tweaking the suicide insurance mechanics, showing how severe the interdiction campaign had been. GoonSwarm closed the faucet for the time being, ice is back to the low 900s yet a precedent has already been made and it will be only matter of time before an alliance or individual with enough money launches another attack against a delicate strand of the market and make a good profit out of it.

Incursions are introduced, PLEX prices goes sky-high

A few kept lamenting the loss of their Northern care-bear heavens once they realized the potential of the “gift” CCP had given them during the Incursion expansion. The prospect of making over a 150mil per hour “ratting” was something only null-sec carrier dual boxers could dream of before Incursion. CCP had originally set “asian” for the difficulty setting for Incursions, this lead to a couple of shameful loses and CCP Games nerfing the raids a bit. The “99%” rejoiced as they figured out the mysteries of the “Sansha Incursions”, reducing the collective PVE grind to an exact science.

Observers were quick to correlate the rising price of PLEX licenses with the new found wealth of incursion-running capsuleers. The market reacted and today we have a close Dollar to PLEX to ISK conversion to what the black market proposed a year ago. Whether this inflation inflation is a good or bad thing for CCP Games PLEX sales is unknown, what is really known is the fact that playing Eve Online for “free” is getting really expensive.

Isk Bank and their clients get exposed.

Ten thousand soliciting customers and their black-market Real Money Trading outlet were outed by Eve News24 in a five part release. The entrails of a quarter of million dollars a year business got exposed shedding light on the severity of the botting/RMT rings and how little did CCP Games to stop it. Despite CCP Games actions toward Isk Bank and their customers, to this day Isk Bank still trades ISK as if nothing would had happened.

LulZec attacks on CCP

The then prolific hacker pranksters LulzSec staged a never before seen DDoS attack on Eve Online server, coming hot from the excitement of attacking the MineCraft and League of Legend servers, not to mention other attacks against FBI affiliates, Sony, the US Senate and a string of porn sites. What differentiated the attack on Tranquility was the fact that, being a non-sharded environment, the Eve Online service went down for all players. Sad thing is they weren’t protesting or making a point, they were just crying for attention.

Hilmar’s Epistolary Novel and a Crucible Solution.

There is really nothing more to say here than acknowledging both Hilmar Veigar and CCP Games having finally listened to their customers. A letter was send to a wary player-base, but it was the work done on Crucible really gives hopes on the future of Eve Online. It is not odd to see old players struggling against their “bitter-vets” instincts and making a return to the game. The Super-Capital changes, the fixes and the enhancement on the game play are yet to hit fifth gear, just as Dominion did last year. The road was tough for both CCP Games and their customers but CCP’s credibility has been restored beyond what it was a year ago, should CCP Games keep the route they plotted in the last four months, we can say the best of Eve Online is still yet to come.

Regarding the effect of the Crucible changes on the whole political landscape; there isn’t a single entity not trying to fuck the brains out of their enemies and the stagnation of late 2011 is over as war is raging throughout every corner New Eden, a war ironically motivated by greed, but a sort of “greed” that is really good for everybody’s business. :)

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57 Comments

  1. Qwerty4812

    can i get some news on whats going on in branch?

    January 3, 2012 at 8:38 am Reply
    1. ze germän

      goons are fucking around and rzr will get the systems if they continue begging

      January 3, 2012 at 8:52 am Reply
      1. C0unt Jeffrey

        WN. and Raiden. are starting to from properly in order to defend Branch but from what I've seen Raiden. is defending its sov in Vale of the Silent more than that of branch.

        January 3, 2012 at 9:30 am Reply
        1. baba

          WN disband soon
          Psixo dont come online when 80 titans 200 super 400 bs fleet was on standby for final fight
          RA Raiden stop helping WN
          Goons take branch without fight .
          Maybe branch is sold for RMT who know

          January 3, 2012 at 10:26 am Reply
        2. Front Line Grunt

          Defend? There's 3 WN stations left in the entire region, no more tech moons, no more CSAA's. They begged their allies for help then didn't show up leaving them to die. The one real fight they attempted (and they say they won) ended with a loss of 30 of their carriers, the station, system, everything. Now they're giving the boot to all the English speaking corps they have. WN has failed miserably and no amount of fan boy reach arounds is going to change that fact.

          January 3, 2012 at 10:48 am Reply
          1. War is peace

            WN didn't begged at all and most of the allies came anyway. It was WN itself that fucked it up bigtime. In the beginning, WN was absent when their allies were defending their space in Branche. Then they finally came and their participation was way bad compared to their allies. Not to mention that WN didn't bother showing up for certain prime Russian timers or that Psi send out a mail to the alliance that everybody should be there for the final HB7 timer and he didn't even came online.

            After that debacle many allies said: Fuck this, get your shit in order and then maybe we'll help you. According to my sources, WN is on the verge of collapsing and will reform again under a new name (I hear BN a lot).

            January 3, 2012 at 11:57 am
          2. The Observer

            old news is old

            January 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    2. TestGruntBestGrunt
      January 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm Reply
    3. ohh right knock it off!! i'll make your own branch update now, FFS.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm Reply
      1. zef

        Good! while your at it bring some updates on IRC/SOLAR vs XX

        now there is a good boy :)
        *pets riv*

        January 4, 2012 at 5:20 am Reply
        1. Slartybartfast

          Eve News 24 tries only to report on Solar and IRC when things are perceived to be going badly for them. It's bad for business to portray them in a positive light.

          Take, for example, their predictions of an IRC fail-cascade approximately one day before IRC yawned, stretched, scratched its gigantic carebear balls and conquered Oasa while 3/4 of the alliance was drunk and/or on holiday.

          IRC… putting the OH F*CK IT'S A BEAR in carebear since 2006.

          January 4, 2012 at 10:25 am Reply
      2. Tez

        Riverini: The only news reporter who bitches about having to write about news.

        January 5, 2012 at 9:55 pm Reply
  2. Heaven Sender

    Happy new year to all first !
    I would like to point few things about EVE at overal.
    I'm a player member of small 0.0 NPC Ally we live in Fontain and we are not blue to spaceholders and pets. We have pretty much fun be stick in their ass. Anyway what i thinking is EVE have cancer of blob.
    As not one time before was mentioned most of 0.0 space is hold by big ally/coalition and is allmost empty. What i mean i will talk about Fontain as i have better look. Every new spaceholder that take region start building outposts. Fontain become much as empire every system have outpost in it and every outpost system is empty beside few major ones. What is point to keep space in 0.0 and this space to be empty ? How ot give small ally chanse to "have" space ? And how to prevent ppl from play big blobs ? This should be problem that CCP need to work by me. Did i have any idea about solution ? Yes i have one i cant pretend bright but let we see. By me 0.0 need much more NPC stations spread across regions and less outposts. What will change that? Let we say you are TEST and you hold Fontain you have NPC stations and you have someone like us live in your space. Lets say TEST ally Goons ask you to help form big blob. You move your forces far from home. Next thing what happen is NPC ally start ruin your infrastructure RF your moons RF your JB. If you don't get forces back to defend you will loose your infrastructure. Imagine there is not 1 NPC ally in your space imagine that there is 3-4 such ally. Then to hold your space you need to have constant military presents in your space. This lead to that help your ally Goons form big blob you will lost your own home. And this combine with outposts able to be removed will be good improve of game. This is just private opinion. Best Regards Heaven

    January 3, 2012 at 9:02 am Reply
    1. How do u give a small entity a chance to have space? the response is simple -> you can't.

      It is part of the human nature to band together and form alliances. The truth is, the only reason large coalitions manage to hold so much space is their level of organization, this is something most small alliances either lack or are not willing to implement. In my experience BLOBBING is what makes eve… well Eve, and there is a lot of market for that kind of action.

      January 3, 2012 at 9:12 am Reply
      1. Matalok

        I think its more a case of small alliance vs. a group of corporations. We've seen some small (as in < 1k members) do some serious damage to nullsec holdings due to them organizing and working as a unit, most of the smaller alliances who complain about not getting a foothold in nullsec are the ones who work more as a bunch of corporations working generally to the same goal.

        January 3, 2012 at 10:09 am Reply
      2. DRF is FUN

        Max alliance size 2000 or COSMOS tax % that increases with numbers of people in alliance. Then also remove ability to set standings as alliances (perma neut to all other alliances).

        and dont come with the sanbox comments. its retarded. Real life is a sandbox and rules also prevent you from doing the fuck you want.

        January 3, 2012 at 10:15 am Reply
        1. zef

          CVA got more standings (granted, most are negative) than can be on the ingame standing list, solution: KoS checker, webbased tool to check standing.

          i see no reason why others couldnt do that if standings was removed.

          also generaly just bad ideas :/

          January 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm Reply
        2. pink panther

          hmm i think you are from china or north coreea, or you'r stupid

          January 4, 2012 at 6:50 am Reply
      3. enlarge space

        Good level of organization is important but not the only reason large coalitions can defend their huge empires, mobilty helps a lot with this as well imho.
        Space is very accessible due to the ranges of capitals, which reduces the eve galaxy to 10-20% of its gate-size. Having powerfull blobs of supers would be less of a problem if they could not move from one end of the map to the other within a short amount of time.
        Personally I'm a proponant to a less favored option for dedicated capital pilots, heavily reduced (halved) capital ranges, so strategic capital placement could actually become a valid consideration for alliances and coalitions. (btw, this should not be changed on its own but in combination with some other sovereignity changes)

        January 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm Reply
      4. hawkeei

        It depends what you mean by having space.

        Very small groups (~10) have the ability to reside in a wormhole system and remain there for an extended period of time. The lack of traffic and not being on a map allows for this.

        Small groups (~100) can effectively control swaths of low sec space and prevent smaller (and sometimes even larger) entities from using that space. Small groups can even rent space and have effective control of the system for a price.

        Moderate sized groups (~500) can hold sov in undesirable places for long periods of time if they stick together, are organized, and do not over extend themselves.

        You can give a small entity a chance to have space. It's just not going to the same scale and type of space that larger entities want.

        January 4, 2012 at 12:27 am Reply
    2. Justmy2cents

      You're basically saying you want your little alliance to have more reach into fountain with stations that can't be captured or cleared out by your enemies. while in turn you can wreck more havoc and tears from your enemies. How this would prevent the blob beats me. Lets stick to fountain for example, Test, Bdeal, .EXE have deployed near vale of the silent. So that fountain is a bit empty is quite logical. Yet we've seen no loss of JB networks or attacks on sov or anything sofar from your little coalition. Why? Answer is simple, because not all of the fountain alliances are deployed.
      This same answer is the reason why spreading the npc stations over a region will not prevent the creation of blobs.

      January 3, 2012 at 9:59 am Reply
    3. Matalok

      I'd honestly like VLAST/DADDY to bring some sov fights, but its not like you guys have even tried. The most you've done recently while we're deployed out of the area is shoot up a POS twice.

      I'm all for small alliances getting into nullsec, but hell you have to actually DO SOMETHING to get it. Making nullsec bias towards the attacker won't solve anything, it'll just make it easier for blobs to come in a steamroll an area.

      January 3, 2012 at 10:15 am Reply
  3. DsrthNefarius

    Blah the PLEX increase & Intro of Incursions ( which in fact began last year ) should been in seperate paragraphs. My 'analysts' also quickly correlated the rise in PLEX prices to the drop in numbers of people on line & reported losses of subscribers.

    January 3, 2012 at 9:09 am Reply
    1. Should there be less customers for plex, the price should go down, not up. there are more customers with more money to spend on plex, since plex is the only finite resource in EVE, it price is greatly dependent on offers-demand. I forgot to give due credit to speculators.

      you are right, if there were less people buying plex in RL, the offer would plummet and prices would go up, but as far as i know the offer didn't fell at all. If you check eve-markets, set the view for 90 days you can see the ammount of existing sell order http://www.eve-markets.net/detail.php?typeid=2966

      While this isn't "hard evidence" it appears that today there is almost as twice as much PLEX on "sale" than they were twelve months ago (when plex was around 330mil).

      January 3, 2012 at 9:20 am Reply
      1. DsrthNefarius

        Hmm I should have worded my thoughts better… there appear to be less PAYing Subscribers with the Incarna discontent but the number of ISK PLEX subscribers was possibly increasing until prices hit the roof. I see 1 hole in my arguement were PAYing Subscribers would be the only ones putting New PLEX on the market keeping the PLEX#'s but that is not necessarily true. I'm curious what the #'s of PLEX activations look like ( if they significantly rose or not ) but we won't seethat info from CCP as its a trade secret & speculators would be PO'd :)
        Still I see a conflagaration of events increase plex prices & blaming Incursions solely is very arguable

        January 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm Reply
  4. Imigo

    "Analyst were quick to correlate the rising price of PLEX licenses with the new found wealth of incursion-running capsuleers."

    :Citation needed:

    There were plenty of analysts saying that PLEX prices had nothing to do with Incursion runners, or at least that they were only one of many factors. In particular, this one here:
    http://www.evenews24.com/2011/12/21/garths-trek-w

    January 3, 2012 at 10:04 am Reply
    1. The article there was prompted by this piece, http://www.evenews24.com/2011/12/05/evan-drakes-d

      Garth's pieces are rants rather than pure analysis (although a well educated analysis).

      Apart from a very plausible market bubble and a number of PLEX sell orders dropping (which haven't), how can u explain the current price inflation, other than an exploding demand?

      January 3, 2012 at 11:00 am Reply
      1. Silver

        Maybe there are just a few thousand bitter vets who have a lot of money (ISK) on there wallets and just think "damn game. i don't pay real money for this anymore" and just switch to plex as long as there wallet supports that.

        If you have the option to either quit eve or play it some month for free without much impact on your wallet what would you choose?
        And i'm pretty sure there are a lot of people out there with tens or hundreds of billion at there disposal.

        January 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm Reply
      2. Imigo

        The top rated comment on that article also disagrees. All I'm saying is that when there is contention among "Analysts" it pays to cite who has said what, otherwise you're just using weasel words (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_word).

        January 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm Reply
    2. dreamersofreality

      The other thing that caused the PLEX rise was also the super nerf. As soon as those changes were announced and CCP ignored the counter offers and went ahead with it anyways. Also with a lot of old players comming back and PLEXing to see these new changes, prices rose as people were not PLEXing there Supers thus reducing the amount of PLEXes in the game. Simple Supply and Demand, and the supply is drying up.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm Reply
      1. anon222

        PLEX rise started WAaaaayyyyyyyy before super-nerf and Great-Come-Back of bitter-vets, so no – its not that

        January 3, 2012 at 7:19 pm Reply
        1. Urziel99

          ^^ They've been on a steady rise all year, but they spiked around the start of the Crucible expansion.

          Also to previous comment if super pilots are not plexing that means there are more in circulation on the market, thus supply is greater, not smaller. This could be offset by returning vets.

          PS. Dead supercap, Best supercap. But I'll settle for an inactive one too.

          January 4, 2012 at 7:31 am Reply
    3. DsrthNefarius

      I have to agree Incursion running may have correlated with the rise in PLEX but there are 2-3 other good reasons that correlated too. The 'analyst' uncited here sound like someone who got butt hurt because thier drake got laughed at in BTL PUB for a Vanguard invites

      January 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm Reply
  5. Heaven Sender

    You are wrong, my ally doing troubles on regular base. Right now there is like 1 JB RF and 2-3 tech mooons. And this skirmish is not from today it start since TEST left and will get harder in few weeks. NPC station will give a rock to allys just like us to live in space hold by some one big and provide fun not only for us and for space holders. It is good for space holders to have some one to PVP in his home. Not need to get 30 jumps to other region to get fight. To be honest we don't wan't space we start infrastructure war because of lack of fights … we are like child that you don't pay attention :))))) You stop pay attention and child start doing something stupid to drag your attention :))))

    January 3, 2012 at 10:17 am Reply
    1. a person

      To be honest if you are a small alliance then TEST would just blob you to death if they wanted to but they are deployed north so it is unlikely that they care about a few towers. Also 30 jumps takes no time with jump bridges and titans.

      January 3, 2012 at 11:35 am Reply
      1. FrontlineTestie

        Test has no titans bro, everyone knows that.

        January 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm Reply
    2. Justmy2cents

      So you're saying that you've accomplished to reïnforce 1 jumpbridge and 2 or 3 tech moons from the day Test & Allies left Fountain. You're right to call it childsplay indeed.
      How many techmoons did Test capture up north? They know they can take back the moons you reinforced easely, the jumpbridge may be inconvienent, but that about it. It will be replaced.

      The impact of your little coalition is factually lacking. Now dont get me wrong, your coalition is great to have around in Fountain core, you do bring good fights, and we can have a lot of fun together. You even have my respect for how you guys keep at it. It's just a bit disapointing to read here about your proposed changes that would only aid your situation and not improve the whole of eve. But atleadt you're trying, have to commend that as I'm staring at a blank when i try. It's just so much to take into account. No change in EVE is light as it affects so many players! Exactly this is what makes the sandbox fun, exactly this is what makes it difficult to change certain things.

      January 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm Reply
    3. Lordvampirechief

      Your like imbicil i look away, you still stupid.

      January 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm Reply
    4. Guest

      I wonder how you managed to RF 2-3 tech moons since there is no tech in Fountain.

      January 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm Reply
      1. Matalok

        I get the feeling they think the BDEAL POSes are tech, its quite funny, I wonder who is spinning these lies to get participation.

        January 4, 2012 at 9:17 am Reply
  6. Muul Udonii

    Hold on, how can we possibly claim this article is propaganda for PL/Goons/Brick/WhoeverisFOTMforthewhiners?

    Good summary, Riv.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:01 am Reply
  7. DRF is FUN

    With a max alliance size, i though people would be smart enough that it also implied a max corp size.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply
    1. DRF is FUN

      And no one will wait to check tickers, people will start shooting instand for fear that the other is actually someone that has no blues.

      January 3, 2012 at 11:38 am Reply
  8. Heaven Sender

    When you have hideout in NPC station you dont care that you get blobed. No matter how much they bring they will bring it for 1 night and live is not 1 night. We exist in Fontain only cause we live in NPC and we know that we cant lost it no matter what. This make us confident. I remember time when region was IT and HUN camp us 24/7 for 5 weeks no joke. And we did'nt give up there will be new space holders they came and go but we stay. And we stay for only 1 reason we live in NPC and we dont much care if we have sove or not. And honestly i personal prefer to not have space it is too demanding. When some one take your space it broke your moral how many big ally we saw to die same scenario during years. Why PL choose to not have space ? Truth is that when you have space you are vulnerable.

    January 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm Reply
    1. Pointofview

      You exist there at the graces of your masters. Take all the alliances in fountain, lets just say they park everything and everyone in your pretty little npc stations. Then undock… Tell me, how fun will eve be for your band of badasses when you cant even undock without dieing? No, you are aloud to stay because fountain is in the ass end of eve with nothing to fight/kill without jumping half way across the universe. Your group brings a change to the boring region that fountain is, with pvp, and keeping some folks (not the dumb ones) from being complacent. As for pl? Well holding space is about making isk, supers and a sense of control. Pl doesnt need these things, they make more money being on contract, have supers reimbursed under contract etc. Godfags and crew are just boredom relief to fountain holders… nothing more. So be thankful for your pocket of space, because who knows… you may piss off people to the point to where they will perma camp you until you jc out 😛

      January 4, 2012 at 4:41 am Reply
  9. herp_de_derp

    I think all in all this was one of the more exciting years in eve, with empires rising in falling in ways not seen since the collapse of BoB. With everyone getting over the super nerf and the new logoffskie mechanics, I believe we'll see even more capital engagements in the days to come, especially between Raiden and Co. and the CFC. What I'm surprised about is that the drama between SOLAR and xdeath wasn't mentioned in this article. The last time Russians turned on each other like this was in WWI. Were also starting to see IRC step out of its cocoon of Cobalt Edge, and atleast act like they are taking action in Oasa. (although they are attacking renters, which is kind of like shooting artillery shells at guys with bows and arrows). But who knows, all an eve player can wish for is good fights and the tears of someone who just lost their slave implants and had it posted on a killboard for the world to see.

    January 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm Reply
    1. 2012 Eve Drama

      Article banner is pretty awesome. Just wanted to say that.

      January 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm Reply
      1. herp_de_derp

        agreed.

        January 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply
        1. pink panther

          yea riverini is good at chosing banners but….thats about it.

          January 4, 2012 at 6:42 am Reply
          1. Urziel99

            At least they are changing again. Unless you'd rather look at "rise of the machines" and "hide and seek" for the next six months.

            January 4, 2012 at 7:26 am
      2. yok

        really wanted to get my hands on the original for making it background..

        January 13, 2012 at 4:51 pm Reply
  10. HairyTESTicle

    Godfathers and Vlast on a per capita scale are basically kicking the shit out of BDEAL, EXE and TEST on a daily basis. No, they won't ever grab stuff and hold onto it, 3 Carebear alliances clinging to the heels and sucking the dick of their master (GEWNS) on a daily basis to even think they are viable in this game. Godfathers has been in the middle of fountain, never been removed, and won't be as long as the metric TEST, EXE, etc use is how many sanctums can we run in a day.

    January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm Reply
  11. idk

    plex prices you get that new stuff aur or some to buy the stupid cloth stuff thats prolly why prices are up, not all of them get used for game time but they get changed for other stuff and than the cards are gone

    all the action is going on arround the region: vale of the silent or in the regions bordering to it
    the north is on fire and i think idk maby 80% of 0.0 alliances have send there forces there

    the rest of eve will get a break until all the deployed units go back home and more hopes
    be crushed from smaller groups that think they can get some space from the bigger sov
    holders (controlers), until they get home and than peaple have to make a deal or get the boot
    under a hail of weapon fire.

    so you wanne get into some fight's go north :)
    "vale of the silent or in the regions bordering to it, the north is on fire"

    January 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm Reply
  12. Karth

    This article makes me wonder again why I am playing this game

    January 6, 2012 at 6:34 am Reply
    1. Bob

      your either in love with the game, regardless of it's flaws and up's n down, or your not.

      January 6, 2012 at 7:55 am Reply
  13. Peeble Purbles

    Emotion is akin to a small child throwing a tantrum

    January 8, 2012 at 11:00 am Reply
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