Well, the party did not last too much longer.
There was apparently some attempt at deception in declaring the Burn Jita event over before everybody went home in hopes of luring some more freighters back into the system. But things now appear really over, with some of the key players off to Iceland and FanFest.
Image source: the internet… I forget where exactly. Sorry.
The tally posted over at The Mittani shows that 142 freighters, 13 jump freighters, 10 basic industrials, and 2 Orcas were blown up in the event, along with a few choice targets of opportunity. (A best/worst kills lineup is available.) That is a considerable increase over last year’s totals. Jita remains the most violent system in the game this month. (It was in third place for the month of April last year with the first Burn Jita, which is where it usually sits most months.)
The victim count sums up to around 573 billion ISK destroyed, which using the current in-game valuation of PLEX (515 million ISK per) rolls out to about $27,000 worth of destruction, given the only real world to in-game currency conversion mechanism we have. Nobody literally lost that much, but all of that ISK could have been used to buy that much in PLEX.
In all, the event felt, as was received, differently than the last time around. The lack of fuss surrounding the pending event has been attributed to the CFC not making a big deal before hand in hopes of catching people unawares. Not that I think that was really necessary. Anybody who were paying attention knew it was coming.
Those who did not pay attention… well… surprise… and confusion!
On the confusion front, a newer member of our corp sent out a corp-wide email letting us all know that The Goons were going to attack Jita and that we all ought to steer clear. I hope somebody explained to him that we were invited to the party.
The reaction from CCP was particularly muted. Last year they were giving interviews and playing up a huge player driven event as being exactly the sort of thing they want happening in EVE Online. They also took the time to put up a banner on the login page to warn people that the event was taking place.
This year there was no talk and no banner. I do not know if the whole thing was no big deal to CCP this time around, or if they were simply too busy wrapping up the CSM elections and preparing for FanFest, but things sure were quiet on that front.
On the blog front, it was pretty quiet as well. No calls to action, either to get people out to blow things up or to defend Jita against the CFC. There were some posts about Goon conspiracies, Goon contempt, and what happens to morons. But it wasn’t treated as a big deal.
Over at The Mittani, the summing up post includes an interview with Warr Akini about what it took to setup the event.
I expect that anything which remains to be said will be overshadowed by Fanfest posts and announcements, which will include what we can expect from the Odyssey expansion this June and who will be sitting on CSM8.
And so we move on. Ships blew up. Some people are angry. Some people are happy.
Just another day in New Eden really.