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As the defacto leader of TEST Alliance Please Ignore, Fras Siabi was due to make the customary CEO update specially in wake of Montolio’s resignation, here is the full monty.

When I decided to take a break from TEST leadership for a couple of weeks, I jokingly picked a Dune gimmick. I figured if I came back to things, it would offer up some hilarious options, and if I decided to stay out of leadership for good then it would be forgotten and I would be able to run off to wherever all on my lonesome.

Lo and behold, I never got my break. I spent the first several days of said vacation dealing with people being upset and confused about just who Ingen was, what montolio’s plans were, and laughing at the fact that people were seriously upset about what some guy in Raiden. posted in coalition discussion. I managed to get away for a couple more days and then was brought into a poorly planned moon auction where several corp CEO’s felt slighted. A few hamfistings of the keyboard and a fit of anger later, I returned full time to being the guy who followed montolio around and picked up the pieces or filled in the blanks. Fast forward a week and montolio tells me he’s done with TEST because of the horrible drama surrounding Raiden/Thorn sov.

In what still feels like a blur of madness, I have somehow returned from my desert and ended up as the actual CEO of TEST. I am never picking my own posting gimmick again.

The Great Purge and the Diaspora


Test is massive. We have 12,947 12,496 members at the time of this posting, and Dreddit itself weighs in larger than the third largest alliance in the game. Much of this is, for lack of a better term, fat. While large numbers have meant that we as an alliance are capable of throwing huge numbers around in multiple timezones and have a larger skill pool to pull from, it comes at a cost.

We started 2012 with around 4000 members. At the time we had just finished smashing ourselves into the wall of blap titans and tengus that was Raiden and were in the process of shooting Russian sov in Geminate. We were losing fleets daily, throwing around our fledgling capital fleets, and having a grand time. Throughout the year we picked up a large number of corps, tripling our size. There are many reasons for why we picked up a massive load of members and corps, why we doubled in size between June and December, but what really matters is that many of these corps joined without meeting our standards of cultural integration, meeting our regular activity needs, and without putting forth the effort to integrate.

Boodabooda and Slug Hard have already begun cleaning up Dreddit, cutting down inactives and accounts with expired or missing api’s. We will soon begin looking at TEST corps and trying to figure out where we can make some changes. There will be more details posted in leadership channels about the kind of criteria we are looking at, as well as some further news information for the general membership of TEST to check out.

TEST has changed a lot over the past year. We tried new things, left a big coalition so that we could build a bigger one, and lost track of what TEST is. We purged and blued everything South of Fountain. We then prepared for a war against an enemy similar in size who declared they wouldn’t commit supers/titans to unreinforced nodes and who hold similar amounts of space. We stood at the edge of a war that promised to be fun for all of about three weeks or at least until the first major station system either way was lost. We had to sit back and ask ourselves what would be fun for TEST. A war against another massive sov holding alliance, especially one that’s primary tactic is no fun allowed, would not be fun for TEST. We didn’t have the fresh leadership, the funds, or the backing of most of our own coalition. So we backed down.

Many people became upset. Many became confused. In the time since this we have seen many people hang their TEST hats up on the wall and move on with their lives. I myself was almost one of them. The reasons are many; everything from “I’m sick of this,” to “Eve isn’t fun anymore.” The simple fact is that TEST lost a lot of what it was. We diluted our culture during a rapid expansion and we failed at integrating our coalition members into an existing culture. We failed to craft a narrative and to make people feel included into a grand story. Our forums became a cesspit, our alliance began to eat itself apart at all levels, and then finally our coalition burnt out our leader. We’re going to be making changes, working to get TEST back on its feet, and finding out what happened to our balls. If we can’t manage this, then we’ll ride this alliance into the ground and shit on as much as we can.

Moving forward into a fairly brave and boring new world


The immediate plan for TEST’s future is fairly simple. Externally, we are going to continue scale back our sov holdings to exclusivly Delve and Fountain. TEST sov in regions such as Catch and Querious will gradually be transferred over to the people who actually live in those regions. This will reduce some strain on our wallet and allow us to stop having to jump shit out to the ass end of some region like Esoteria to fuel jumpbridges or pos that no one uses.

Internally, there will be leadership changes and shakeups. Montolio and I were both in agreement that TEST and the HBC both grew at a tremendous rate, and we as leadership failed to adapt our alliance’s internal structure. Our alliance went from running a 4000 member alliance with a singular region and our biggest threat being people like Staff0 or Rolemancer dropping sbu’s and then not reinforcing the ihub, to being 13k members with sov in six regions, assets in 13, and doing nothing more to change our leadership other than adding a “subdirector” title to some people’s names.

We will of course be dropping in size, but we will also be pushing for a more defined and visible alliance leadership. Gone will be the days where we sit there and try to figure out why someone who has been afk for six months is suddenly making widespread alliance decisions. Ingen and myself will be forming a group of people that I am calling “The Bob’s” to sit down with people and figure out exactly how we can trim up our leadership bloat. Our alliance mascot isn’t Middle Management Dino without a reason.

Our long term goals are still in a state of flux but are all summarized by the simple concept of making TEST fun again. The first part of this was pulling TEST out of the muck of leading the HBC head on. Sort Dragon has some great ideas and wants to give the HBC the time that it needs, and TEST leadership needs to focus on TEST. We will be looking at everything as an option. Yes, everything. TEST is an alliance with special snowflake needs and we need to make sure that we get back to what TEST is about, not what people tell us we are about. We don’t exist for the money, we don’t exist for holding massive tracts of sov. We’ve done the Space British Empire thing, we had fun for a while, but now we’ve hit the wall and shit is flying everywhere. Its time to get back to basics, and its time to find what we in TEST are about again, even if that means giving the good boys of nullsec the middle finger so that, heaven forbid, we might have fun in a video game.

Squad Deployments

To start us out right after all of this shit, squad deployments are back on (assuming someone doesn’t attempt to move in next door to our sov and start hitting our things tomorrow). We’ve set aside 50bil for the beginning and we’ll see where it takes us. If you are interested, simply shoot a forum pm to myself and/or Ingen Kerr with the following information:

1. What squad/sig you represent and who leads it if not you
2. What your squad/sig is doing and where you are doing it
3. Who would be responsible for isk
4. A rough estimation of you plan to use the isk you are given

On Nork leaving


Some say that 4chan and Reddit Eve groups are destined to be together for all eternity. Maybe that’s true, maybe it isn’t. Either way, TEST has had an interesting history with the various Eve 4chan iterations. We started with Shurk, moved on to Broski Fed, survived a forever war with rifters and thrashers, gave some of Fountain to Elite Space Guild, and then took in a corp out of ESG with an obnoxious, loud-mouthed CEO and a terribly pubbie name: Coronal Core Research Inc.

A name change and some minor adjustments later and Kaesong Kosmonauts was born. NORK. joined DAWWW and became famous after Richter had a mighty sperg over the CFC Cultural Revolution. His autistic rage was so strong that even the Mittani himself braved TEST comms to hear. We knew then that we needed them.

NORK. officially joined TEST at the beginning of May, just as Delve 2012 was becoming a thing. They bolstered our ranks, Richter became Mayor of Murder City, and many members of the mighty Kaesong Kosmonauts put in a lot of time and effort into helping TEST achieve its goals. Since then its members have proven to be a wonderful asset to the alliance, providing content both in game and on the forums as well as many other things such as Kapital construction and fleets.

Sadly, some things end, and not always in a positive way. Amid a torrent of drama both internally and externally, Richter and Nork. made the decision to leave TEST. I imagine that whatever anyone says this was not an easy decision to make. Nork were one of the best and most loyal corps that TEST could have ever asked for, and for an iteration of an Eve 4chan entity they were incredibly stable. Regardless of where they decide to go to, I wish the best for Mr. Enderas and his corporation. Any alliance would be lucky to have them.

So that is that. Expect more regular updates and hopefully more regular declassifying of terrible shindiggery that goes on in leadership channels. I’m also sorry that I didn’t manage to put in any innuendos like I promised. It was a rather dour weekend.

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30 Comments

  1. former NC FC

    PL runs TEST. PL wants to keep the moons. PL stops TEST from doing anything aggressive. Fras is a cool guy, but he is leashed.

    Did I miss something?

    P.S. say riverini WHERE IS THE DAILY SOV MAP man?

    March 25, 2013 at 11:03 am Reply
    1. Ummmm....

      Its on TMdc

      March 25, 2013 at 1:56 pm Reply
  2. Tutu

    whats ya all problem with this missing sov map link – are u to dumb to google it and set a bookmark?

    March 25, 2013 at 11:39 am Reply
    1. Yes, yes they are:)

      March 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm Reply
    2. DubbaYooArr

      I would rather give my page hits to EN24 then TM.C

      March 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply
    3. nc spy in goonswarm

      Yeah man what's the deal with news sites at all when we can have two dozen bookmarks for different forums, right?

      You are dumb breh.

      March 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm Reply
      1. Tutu

        Haha you are a typical google user, using google to avoid to type .com

        March 27, 2013 at 9:00 am Reply
  3. atlasMK2

    Will TEST become another Atlas? Grew too big for their own boots, leadership issues, a crazy ex leader (hello bobby) that went afk due to mental issues and could cope with being a prat, sorry space overlord i mean, and soon after Atlas disbanded into nothingness.

    Looks exactly the same scenario. PL are the puppet masters holding all the strings, not TEST.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm Reply
  4. Sky Faggot

    Gotta love the total lack of bias in the headline.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply
    1. that was the actual test announcement title πŸ˜›

      March 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm Reply
  5. What a terrible title.. shame on you

    March 25, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply
  6. Jesus Loves You

    TEST have now graduated from non-official PL pets to official PL pets.

    March 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm Reply
  7. I love the comments from the oblivious fools not realising that was the actual title Fras gave to his CEO Update… xD

    March 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm Reply
    1. DarthNefarius

      He is too happy? :p

      March 25, 2013 at 3:45 pm Reply
      1. FailCascade

        I too am happy.

        March 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm Reply
        1. DarthNefarius

          So you also are gay πŸ˜‰

          March 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm Reply
    2. former riverini FC

      I love how you ignore our requests for the daily sov map. You even promised it would be back in a week, that was a month ago.

      At least explain what the problem is. I'm not gonna go to "the other" site or use a bookmark.

      March 25, 2013 at 9:33 pm Reply
      1. Mitty

        Confirming EVEmap runs on a shortcut on this site, it's not that it hasn't been online like forever or could be bookmarked.

        March 26, 2013 at 7:49 am Reply
  8. orly?

    This is a tall order… trim the fat while keeping the membership at large settled. Keep your present blues – if too many people shift from you to your blues that's also bad. This sounds easy but it really isn't.

    <popcorn>

    Let the failcascade begin.

    March 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm Reply
  9. DarthNefarius

    Alll Hail Maud' Dib

    A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows. To begin your study of the life of Muad'Dib, then take care that you first place him in his time: born in the 5th year of the Padishah Emperor, Mittens. And take the most special care that you locate Muad'Dib in his place: the Region Fountain. Do not be deceived by the fact that he was born in Delve and lived his first years there. Test, the Alliance known as HBC, is forever his place.

    March 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm Reply
    1. OhGodWhy

      LOLOLOLOL fucking awesome

      March 28, 2013 at 7:03 am Reply
  10. Gecko

    Look they called their new leadership BOB kill it with fire I say.

    March 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm Reply
  11. DubbaYooArr

    wtf with the title lol

    March 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm Reply
  12. swampdonkey

    CCP nerf PL please.

    March 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm Reply
    1. PLgrunt

      Test is just PLs pet aliance πŸ˜›

      March 25, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply
      1. SG Goonslap

        Test has always been somone's little bitch. The fact they went from Goons to PL is simply that they got passed around the cell block when Bubba Goons grew tired of them. Sad thing is the overwhelming majority of them are way to stupid to even realize what they are, they just take it like champ.

        March 27, 2013 at 12:50 am Reply
    2. PL grunt

      PL nerfs EVE… doesn't work the other way around

      March 25, 2013 at 7:21 pm Reply
  13. Because...

    Most irresponsible Title ever. Truly ashamed to visit this site.

    March 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm Reply
  14. GUEST

    War with goons was the only reason for staying / joining TEST. There is nothing left. All the carpetbaggers in the alliances crushed have switched sides. Best thing left is to place alts in NPC space and score on the renters and carebears. Maybe goons will attack anyway.

    March 26, 2013 at 12:12 am Reply
  15. Staffo 0

    HAHHA Gj Montolio

    March 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm Reply

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