42 Weeks of World War Bee

Just ten more weeks and the war will hit a year in duration.

PAPI has continued assailing structures outside of the O-EIMK constellation, with a two more Keepstars falling.

Imperium Keepstar Losses in Week 42

On Reddit somebody said that there was only one more Imperium Keepstar left outside of O-EIMK. (Though Gobbins said they were all gone at the PH alliance meeting.)  After that they will have to turn to the Imperium home constellation for more big targets.

Both Pandemic Horde and Brave had alliance meetings this past weekend.  (Recordings here and here respectively.)

Both meetings emphasized the point that there would be no titan and super carrier assault on the Imperium capital constellation and that anybody holding out for that was destined to be disappointed.  Instead, the plan will be to do this with subcaps.

While I get the reluctance of PAPI to trust in CCP’s servers after the losses at the second battle at M2-XFE… you might argue that CCP’s bad servers probably saved them more titans by failing than they lost, though not as many simply not jumping into 4,000 Imperium pilots set up and waiting in the system would have saved… assaulting the Imperium with just subcaps is tying one hand behind their back tactically.  We’re certainly going to eagerly undock capitals to defend the constellation.

I suspect that the real plan is to harass and annoy and hope that we’ll get sick of the whole thing and leave on our own.  But as long as we can surge numbers to log in to meet their attacks on ihubs and cyno jammers, the going will remain tough for PAPI.

Delve Front

I think “hot drop o’clock” was included in at least half the fleet pings I saw over the last week as the Imperium sought to make sure that TEST did not feel safe or welcome in Delve.

The week saw a number of ihub transfers as TEST took over some systems from NCDot and Intrepid Crossing and gave some systems to Legacy Coalition member Already Replaced as they sort things out to try and make the region their home.

Delve – Apr 25, 2021

The metaliminal storm that was keeping cloaky ships away from the Imperium home constellation has moved along into “fake” Querious, the stretch of that region that is only accessible via gate through Delve.  That led to an uptick in PAPI incursions into the constellation.  While no serious fights broke out, they have been in more and taking a shot now and again at  some of the cyno jammers outside of 1DQ1-A.

Other Theaters

Of the remains of the Legacy Coalition old regions, Catch, Immensea, and Impass are all held by alliances not a part of PAPI.  In Feythabolis, much of which was held by TEST, Brave, and Already Replaced just two months ago, only Evictus remains as a major PAPI holding in the region.

Feythabolis – Apr 25, 2021

Esoteria remains a struggled between The Bastion and its allies and Army of Mango and Evictus, who are trying to defend/take the remaining TEST systems and structure in the region.

Esoteria – Apr 25, 2021

And, up in Fountain, PAPI forces have take the last Imperium held ihub in the region.

Fountain – Apr 25, 2021

That probably wraps up the second conquest of Fountain for the war.

My Participation

I was a bit more active that last week, though a lot of the pings were hot drops which you need to show up for right away or miss them.  But I did get out with larger ops to defend our constellation and chase off PAPI forces.

Munnins on the smuggler’s gate in 3-DMQT

One Harpy fleet op saw me in a Scalpel, the Minmatar logi frigate, in T5ZI-S.  In there I realized I had an Acolyte II combat drone in my bay, so I launched it, put it on the nearest hostile ship, which happened to be a boosting Cyclone battle cruiser.  I then forgot about the drone, having to concentrate on reps and staying alive.  Later I recalled the drone managed to get it and my ship safely back to 1DQ1-A with most of the fleet.  Checking zKill I saw that the Cyclone in question had been blown up and my single drone managed to get me top damage for the kill.

Just one drone will do it

Top damage doesn’t get you anything, but I did find it funny that I managed it without really trying.  I just wanted to get that drone out there in a fight where we were 10-30km off the enemy.

I managed, through that, not to lose a ship this week, so my losses for the war remain:

  • Ares interceptor – 17
  • Malediction interceptor – 7
  • Crusader interceptor – 5
  • Atron entosis frigate – 6
  • Rokh battleship – 5
  • Scimitar logi – 4
  • Ferox battle cruiser – 4
  • Drake battle cruiser – 4
  • Purifier stealth bomber – 3
  • Guardian logi – 2
  • Scalpel logi frigate – 2
  • Raven battleship – 1
  • Crucifier ECM frigate – 1
  • Gnosis battlecruiser – 1
  • Bifrost command destroyer – 1
  • Cormorant destroyer – 1
  • Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
  • Sigil entosis industrial – 1
  • Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1

Other Items

CCP gave us the Monthly Economic Report for March 2021, which showed what happens when you announce drastic industry changes are coming.  Production saw a surge and people tried to build what they could before the changes hit.  See the red line below:

Production vs Destruction vs Mined – March 2021

That also managed to drive mineral prices, which had plateaued a bit in February, up to a fresh new all time high as people sought materials for all that new production.

The peak concurrent player count for the week remained about where it was in week 41.  But for CCP, any week where it stays above 30K is probably a good week.

  • Day 1 – 38,838
  • Week 1 – 37,034
  • Week 2 – 34,799
  • Week 3 – 34,692
  • Week 4 – 35,583
  • Week 5 – 35,479
  • Week 6 – 34,974
  • Week 7 – 38,299
  • Week 8 – 35,650
  • Week 9 – 35,075
  • Week 10 – 35,812
  • Week 11 – 35,165
  • Week 12 – 36,671
  • Week 13 – 35,618
  • Week 14 – 39,681
  • Week 15 – 40,359
  • Week 16 – 36,642
  • Week 17 – 37,695
  • Week 18 – 36,632
  • Week 19 – 35,816 (Saturday)
  • Week 20 – 37,628 (Saturday)
  • Week 21 – 34,888
  • Week 22 – 33,264
  • Week 23 – 33,149
  • Week 24 – 32,807 (Saturday)
  • Week 25 – 31,611
  • Week 26 – 39,667 (Saturday)
  • Week 27 – 34,989 (Saturday)
  • Week 28 – 34,713
  • Week 29 – 35,996
  • Week 30 – 38,323
  • Week 31 – 38,167
  • Week 32 – 37,259
  • Week 33 – 35,886 (Saturday)
  • Week 34 – 35,626
  • Week 35 – 35,379
  • Week 36 – 35,085
  • Week 37 – 34,394
  • Week 38 – 36,319
  • Week 39 – 35,597 (Saturday)
  • Week 40 – 35,384 (Saturday)
  • Week 41 – 33,708
  • Week 42 – 33,521

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