You know, we are burning Jita again in just a couple of days.
And when I say “we,” I mean our coalition, the CFC. The people in the north end of null sec space, which consists of Goonswarm and its friends and allies.
Seriously. It was announced a while ago. I noted it down in my calendar right here… “April 19 through 21, get latest version of Fraps downloaded, Burn Jita.”
Only nobody seems to be be talking about it.
Was April 1st a bad day to put up that notice?
Maybe I am not looking in the right places… I know I rarely look in the official forums, and I only stray into Kugu when I know there is something to see… but still, it seems like there ought to be more noise.
Last year Burn Jita was controversial. People were talking about it, blogs posts were up all over the place discussing it, counter events like “Defend Jita” were being planned. The day it kicked off it made the real world news. My video from the Jita 4-4 undock may be the most popular “exploding spaceships/Red Army Choir” mash-up Poland has ever seen due to the scope of the event.
Back in November I was wondering if the Retribution expansion, with its changes to bounties and such, would impact how another Burn Jita might play out.
Little did I suspect that the whole thing would get overshadowed by the elections for the Galactic Student Council… and given how low key that has been over the last few weeks, it is like getting overshadowed by dandelion. Ironic that a sandbox game should have a sandbox parliament.
What is going on? What does this lack of excitement and outrage portend?
Will people be even more surprised… and then outraged, by turns, at Goons, CCP, and online gamers in general… because of the quiet run up to the event? Will exploding freighters and industrials jar people out of their sense of complacency?
Or have things like the ongoing MiniLuv freighter ganking, the Hulkageddon forever, and the miner bumping hijinks of James_315 made this seem… just part of the norm?
The whole thing is kicking off on Friday… which, EVE time, is 5pm Thursday at my house… or possibly sooner. When people pile up hundreds of ships, it is hard to make them wait.
Will this be an epic event that captures the attention of the community or will it just be another day living next door to the Goons?
Addendum 4/19 – An update to the scrawls on the map in the post. In a fleet last night it was mentioned that Fatal Ascension has told its members not to participate in Burn Jita. They are the tangerine blob in Fade and Pure Blind on the map.
This may be because TEST, with whom they have had issues in the past, has thrown in and is coming to the party. However, intel last night indicated that TEST might have missed a jump somewhere and ended up burning Amarr for a bit.
And RvB seems to be in for some fun as well, planning to shoot gankers and do some ganking of their own it seems.