The real Reavers anniversary date is October 14th so far as I can tell. That is the earliest mention of it I can find in the forums. But, for no real reason, the fact that another year has gone by doesn’t seem to occur to me until a week or so after that date has passed. As it happened last year, so it happens this year.
And as I did last year, I will mark this passing with another summary post. For those wishing to revisit the first year, here is the summary:
The first year of Reavers saw many changes to the game. There was a long transition from Dominion sovereignty to Aegis or Fozzie Sov. That saw the introduction of jump fatigue, entosis links, and constellation-wide sovereignty contests. It also saw the end of the vast rental empires that funded several groups, as you can see in this year over year sovereignty map that I posted last year.
There is still some rental space in null sec, but it is confined to the northeastern corner of New Eden.
As Reavers played through changes in sovereignty mechanics in its first year, the SIG played through a host of changes in its second year. Again the map changed and a year later finds us in a new home in the southwest of New Eden.
The long war in the north… you can make the case that we fought from November 2015, in what was called the Kickstarter War at the time, until our retreat from Saranen in July at the end of the Casino War… wore us out and drained our finances. While the Phoebe jump fatigue changes made that migration south painful, it also kept our foes from pursuing us down south to continue the war as well, at least according to Elise Randolph on Asher’s recent podcast.
And while other changes came during the last year… citadels being one of the most obvious… the specter of war cast a shadow over much of the year as far as Reavers were concerned. While I saw jacket pals in many fleets and flew with Asher Elias often enough (he even got us some titan kills), but actual Reaver deployments were few.
We went down to spar with TEST in Wicked Creek last November, the FISHKINGBOIS deployment:
- Wicked Creek Without a Paddle – November 12, 2015
- Home from Wicked Creek – November 18, 2015
There was an experiment with Typhoons:
- Typhoons and Jackdaws on a Saturday Afternoon – January 18. 2016
There was a deployment down to Querious, the second home to all Reavers, to chase Pandemic Horde around after the returned home from Cloud Ring.
- Reavers Move South Again – January 25, 2016
- Last Flight of the Raven – February 12, 2016
- The Defense of the 60M-TG Station and Our Return to the North – February 14, 2016
And after that there is the long gap in Reavers ops, when the Casino War kept all available pilots occupied in the north.
The Reavers tag on the blog did not get used again until September of this year, when the conquest of Delve was wrapping up and there was a return to normalcy. Then it was time for Reavers to head off to Querious again, a region I know better than Delve at this point, in order to take moons and pacify the region.
- Delve Conquest Complete – September 14, 2016
- Scenes from an Astrahus Kill in Querious – October 11, 2016
- Barghests Down in Querious Astrahus Fight – October 24, 2016
That is just nine Reavers posts over the course of the last year, compared to 27 the year before. The war dominated most of the year. With a new settled homeland Reavers can now range out on deployments. Or we will, once we get Querious settled. Always some work to be done somewhere.