It is that time again.
The annual event, which vacationed in Amarr last year, has returned to its home in Caldari space. Burn Jita went live just after down time today and by the time I got up this morning to check there were already a dozen freighters down. (The reported first victim of the event.)
The event was promised for February, some disinformation was sent out to confuse the issue. While Reddit correctly detected the ruse, that did not stop Crossing Zebras and EN24 from reporting the event as having been delayed or even cancelled.
This morning there was a post over at INN describing what went on to setup the disinformation campaign. But the net result was mostly this:
Another tale for the annuls of New Eden. Meanwhile, the event is on!
Jita and its surrounding systems are now the hunting ground of hundreds of angry bees… bees, because another theme for this year was to create a new character with the first name “BJBee.” Having that name isn’t a requirement, but a bunch of people ran with it and you can see them all in local.
Also new for this year is a ship change. Gone is the trusty Catalyst of past years. The Amarr Coercer is now the gank ship of choice for the event… preferably with the Blood Raiders SKIN.
Amarr is, of course, the home of lasers, so each gank will now be highlighted with mass of multi frequency beams. Somebody is going to use another crystal just to stand out I bet.
The result though is the same.
The event is set to run from today through to the 27th, though I wouldn’t bet against the event being extended a few days if there are still Coercers to burn. There are reported to be more that 30K fitted hulls in place.
So you’ve been warned. If you value your freighter and its cargo, it might be a good weekend to stand down. If you undock and find a wing or two of Coercers landing on you, it will be too late to change your mind. They only show up when you’ve already been bumped into position.