I think my biggest disappointment so far in the war is the lack of coverage it is getting. Huge forces are arrayed against each other, clashes of hundreds happen regularly, and thousands have collided several times. And yet there hasn’t been much written about what is going on.
Last week CCP released a video with the title TOTAL WAR RAGES IN NEW EDEN and I thought surely that this was the coverage I had been waiting for, official acknowledgement by the company. But, no. The video was solely focused on the Triglavian Invasion event which currently, if I followed the video, involves about 4 systems total in the game.
I don’t want to begrudge anybody their PvE fleets or attention to the Triglavian events. The game supports all sorts of different play styles. But when 100+ alliances are lined up to evict us and four full regions are in play, my sense of what constitutes “total war” in all caps seems to be measured on a different scale.
Basically, Alton Haveri and The Scope seem to be indulging in a bit of sensationalism. Damn click-bait journalism. *shakes fist*
In looking for coverage I am sure somebody will want to point at a couple of streamers, or Reddit, or a five hour long episode of Talking in Stations where somebody spoke about how they felt about the war, but I don’t have the time or patience for any of that.
I long for the coherent written word (which leaves /r/eve out of the running 99% of the time), and on that front the usual suspects, INN and EN24, haven’t said much. (And New Eden Report seems to be dead again, though every time I say that an article gets posted, followed by another long silence.) I will give credit to January Valentine for trying to do a series of summary updates on Reddit for a bit, but that fell by the wayside after about a week.
In the past I have generally depended on other sources to get a sense of what is really going on in a war. I remember a time of ongoing written updates and opinion pieces about such conflicts. As a line member in a coalition I am probably less well informed than any decent spy. All I have as a baseline source is a war update thread in the GSF forums which tracks big fights and battles over objectives. Otherwise, I just write about the bits and pieces of the war I see in person.
Of course we are not really into the interesting bit of the war either. As I noted last week, we’re not yet to the part where we’re fighting over Keepstars or where titans are clashing, the things that generate headlines, at least when the ISK to real world money calculation is high enough.
But the war so far has kept me engaged, providing that sense of purpose that gets me to log in regularly. And there are fleets forming and going out pretty much all hours of the day, so there is opportunity to join in as well.
Since I mentioned my PAP link status last week, I’ll keep going with that as a metric. I was a 33 for the month last week. That number has risen to 46 as of this writing. I wouldn’t use that number as a literal representation of my investment… none of that time spent lurking in Catch is counted, for example… but it does show I am logging in.
Another metric I can add in is ship losses. So far in, in war related activity, I have lost the following ships:
- Ares interceptor – 5
- Scalpel logi frigate – 2
- Atron entosis frigate – 1
- Purifier stealth bomber – 1
Nothing bigger than a frigate really so far, though that Purifier loss was on a rough op. A returning FC brought us out for what turned out to be a work up cruise to get him back into running bombers and they bit off more than they should of in TEST space. But that is what SRP is for.
For the wider war, the northern front in Fountain saw a lot of action.
PandaFam has been attacking aggressively from their base of operations in Hophib. The constellations on the Fountain side of the regional gate have had their ihubs reinforced multiple times, so the map there often looks like this:
As of this writing on Sunday afternoon, according to the structure list on DOTLAN for the region, PandaFam has managed to capture 7 ihubs in the region, along with 2 TCUs, which represents quite a bit of work.
They still have not captured ihubs in any of the critical systems that would break the Ansiblex travel infrastructure which allows us to move fleets from Delve to support The Initiative, though there was an attack on the Ansiblex in KVN-36, on the critical backbone of the Fountain bridge network, that destroyed the structure. But an Ansiblex is easy to replace. Attackers need to take the ihub in the system to prevent us from putting up a new one to have anything more than a short term impact.
On the southern front things have been less active. In Period Basis TEST and their Legacy Coalition allies have managed to keep us from taking back the ihub in XZ-SKZ. There have been several skirmishes over it, and the ihub remains reinforced, but they still hold it.
Otherwise, while there have been fights in the south, the attacks have been nowhere as aggressive and what PandaFam has been doing in Fountain. Legacy seems content to defend their one foothold in Period Basis, troll entosis in Querious, and scatter POS towers around in hopes of securing an advantage.
Even in Delve, which is closer to Legacy than PandaFam, it is PandaFam that gets out and organizes gate camps and such.
We clash with Legacy often. There are lots of short, sharp fights with 5-20 billion ISK in losses between the two sides. So I wouldn’t say they aren’t out fighting, but their allies up on the Fountain front, who had to move across New Eden for this operation, as opposed to just living next door, seem to be putting in a lot more effort.
So it it looks to me two weeks in.
Addendum: Somebody at INN is writing weekly updates on Sunday night as well it seems. You can try to line that up with what I wrote, if you are so inclined. That post has more details.
Addendum 2: The New Eden Post has some coverage of the war, so I will have to keep an eye on them as well.