Daily Archives: April 27, 2012

Travel Advisory – Conflict in Jita

And The Mittani went into the temple of Jita, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold tengus,

And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of fear; but ye have made it a den of pubbies.

-Endie, Goonswarm Minister of Communications

CCP may think that the Jita event is “f***ing brilliant,” but they appear to still want to cut down on the number of people who are being taken completely by surprise by the event.  Proof again that the forums and the blogs are only a small part of the community of any game.

So when you launch the EVE Online client, you might see this.

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Despite the disclaimer at the top, you might even see it more than once.  I tried it, and I see it every time I launch the client.

And the part about surrounding systems is serious.  When Jita stopped letting more people in… well… all those auto-piloting targets sitting stuck at the gates to Jita in Perimeter, New Caldari, Sobaseki, and so on became too rich of a target to resist.

At one point the call went out to remind people that this operation was to burn Jita and not every single neighboring system.

The burning continues.

And if you are wondering if things are really happening in Jita, take a look at this map.

Ship kills in the last hour - 23:30 Apr 27

That is the EVE map set to show the relative amount of player owned ships killed in the last hour.  The giant flaming red spot is Jita.  That is close up, so you can read the system name.  Zoomed out so you can see the whole of EVE and…

Kills in the last hour, zoomed out

The big red spot that is Jita still dominates the map.  And if I change that to the last 24 hours…

Kills in the last 24 hours, zoomed out

And the red circle of Jita is so big that it covers a sizable proportion of high security space.

So while I saw quite a bit of “Goon Fail!” baiting in local in and around Jita, this event appears to have turned Jita into the center of PvP play in EVE Online.

You are here... and it is not safe

So that travel advisory is well warranted.

Oddly, when it comes to pods, while Jita is again the big red spot, Perimeter, an adjoining system, is not that far behind.  I think somebody smart bombed all the pods that were stacked up at the gate due to traffic control after their ships had been destroyed.


Burn Jita – Video from the Jita 4-4 Undock

I took some video of the opening night of the Burn Jita campaign.  These were taken at the ship undock point at the Caldari Navy Assembly Plant at Jita planet IV moon 4, commonly known as Jita 4-4.

Jita 4-4 undock, lit up with explosions

Since time dilation was active and slowing things down to 15% to 25% of normal speed, the video is compiled at 4x the speed it was taken, which gets it almost up to what would be “normal” speed.  If you want to see things running at time dilation speeds, you can look at this.

Here is the direct link to the video.  It is available in quality up to 720p.

Watching in a larger frame at YouTube is recommended.

The music is “We are the Red Cavalry” performed by the Red Army Band and the Red Army Choir, back when there was a Red Army.  The music is available at iTunes and Amazon.com.

The second half of the video is the fight between the CFC fleets and a fleet that declared war on Goonswarm in order to fight them in Jita.

The first half of the video is just general shenanigans at the 4-4 undock.  I was on voice coms the whole time, and as far as I could tell, nobody from the Goons, or the CFC in general, was actually causing any of these ships to blow up.  This appeared to be other people keen to get in on the fun.

You can see a lot of white beams converging on ships.  Those are salvage beams.  People were going crazy trying to loot and salvage wrecks.  There were a few hundred ships just hanging around the undock watching the show.  It was pretty safe for me in my Ibis.

We got a message from The Mittani this morning.

I have arisen this morning to discover that I am, yet again, a ~bad man~ – such an awful person that the gaming press is again scratching their heads about how terrible I am and why any of you follow me. However, despite the cries of the wretches in Empire, it seems that CCP are pointing at the carnage in Jita and laughing – as expected – which means that the Burn can be followed up by Hulkageddon to really screw the economy.

CCP interviewed about Burn Jita at EuroGamer

Anyway. You’re all very bad people and should feel bad, or something.

EVE News 24 has a post up about the even with a video as well.

They are also keeping a freighter list of shame.  See who got ganked.

PC Gamer has an interview up about the Jita event. Not with Mittens, but they used a couple of my pictures.

SynCaine talks about EVE and Trammel.

Cyndre was there and has pictures.

Stabs was trying to loot.

More Drake Fleet Jita pictures here.

Monde Persistants has a write-up in French. It all sounds so much better in French.

Here, just for kicks, is the sort of kill that the gank fleet is really looking for.

And finally, it seems that for a lot of people, Jita is now closed.

Click on pic to see the tiny text

Too much fun!

Scenes from a Burning Jita – First Night

I couldn’t get a main to Jita, but I had an alt that I made ages ago handy.  He was in an Ibis and only three jumps out from Jita.

So at the first Jita fleet call I got on coms (so I could hear where things were going down) and flew in.

Time dilation was moving between 15 and 27%.  There were over 2,000 people in the system.  And fights were happening… slowly.

Dabigredboat was running a Drake fleet to attack anybody who had declared war on the CFC in hopes of being able to defend Jita, which included that fleet of now dead Abaddons in the pictures.

Meanwhile Digi was running the gank fleet of Tornadoes looking for full freighters.

And all the time ships were exploding while looters and salvagers were swarming over the wrecks. (White beams are salvage beams.)

And this was just opening night. (A day early, in case you did not get the word. Surprise!)

Tomorrow people will be out in force.

Until there, here is a bit of what I saw in Jita. Odd new slideshow technology has been added to WordPress.com I see.

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I will have to figure out what to do with the video I captured.  What music goes with the burning of Jita?