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46 Weeks of World War Bee

Week 46 kicked off with a big brawl in 3-DMQT, a system that saw almost nightly clashes as the “Siege of 1DQ” finished up its fourth week in stalemate.

Meanwhile, CCP announced some new changes and pushed some recently announced plans to Tranquility (TQ), the live server, much more quickly than people seemed to expect.  Even the main EVE Online Twitter account didn’t seem to get the memo as it was boosting a story from the 13th about trying out changes on the test server that had already been pushed to TQ on the 18th.

Maybe they just hadn’t had their coffee yet

Overall it was kind of a busy week, so I guess even they had trouble keeping up.

Delve Front

Once more I can recycle my map of the conflict area in the Delve front, originally created to show the situation at the end of Week 43.

O-EIMK Constellation – May 23, 2021

The war in Delve entered a new pattern with the Monday fast form by PAPI to try and reinforce the infrastructure hub in 3-DMQT.  That routine continued through the week, with the Imperium quickly noticing PAPI’s flash form routine just before the vulnerability window started.  That led to a series of nightly clashes where PAPI often won the ISK war and was able to drop another Azbel in the system, but in which they also failed to gain any sort of foothold, losing every Azbel at the end of its deployment cycle, or reinforce the ihub.

The battle plan for this was leaked (high quality meme) so the Imperium was informed.  And, if you want to experience how this all works yourself, somebody made a browser version of the game called Delve Defense.

Looking at the weekly campaign report, ship losses went up by ~600.

Week 46 Campaign in Delve

However, some variable exceeded its max value and somehow GSF lost 6,861 ships that added up to zero ISK.  I would guess that the actual losses exceeded one trillion ISK in the region.

Other Theaters

Over in Esoteria the Army of Mango Alliance continued to push back on The Bastion and its allied and their long held foothold in the northwest of the region.  The Imperium allied forces have been reduced to just six systems now, half of what they held at the end of Week 45.

Esoteria – May 23, 2021

In Feythabolis a couple of systems traded hands, but neither side is pushing the other completely out of the region so far.

Feythabolis – May 23, 2021

And The Initiative appears to be still plugging away in the PandaFam backfield, reinforcing ihubs in Etherium Reach again.

Etherium Reach – May 23, 2021

Whether or not they can win an entosis contest and take an ihub remains to be seen.

My Participation

With a nice, predictable cadence of operations happening I was able to jump into a number of fleets.  The big brawl in 3-DMQT opened up the week, during which I lost three Drakes and a Scythe.  But it was announced one pilot cycled through seven Drakes during the fight, so my losses were not extraordinary.

Another Drake about to explode

I also lost two Jackdaws and a Cormorant in further skirmishes over the week, leaving my loss totals for the war as:

  • Ares interceptor – 18
  • Malediction interceptor – 7
  • Drake battle cruiser – 7
  • Crusader interceptor – 5
  • Atron entosis frigate – 6
  • Rokh battleship – 5
  • Scimitar T2 logi – 5
  • Ferox battle cruiser – 4
  • Cormorant destroyer – 4
  • Purifier stealth bomber – 3
  • Jackdaw destroyer – 2
  • Guardian T2 logi – 2
  • Scalpel T2 logi frigate – 2
  • Scythe T1 logi – 1
  • Raven battleship – 1
  • Crucifier ECM frigate – 1
  • Gnosis battlecruiser – 1
  • Bifrost command destroyer – 1
  • Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
  • Sigil entosis industrial – 1
  • Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1

Other Items

CCP, in a rush to do… something I guess… pushed out the changes for warp core stabilizers and interdiction nullification less than a week from when they began to solicit feedback.  The rushed nature was apparent in the details that they appear to have overlooked.

CCP also announced the plan for combating AFK cloaky camping via mobile observatories.  We’ll see if their in a rush to get that out the door tomorrow I guess.  As with the warp core stabilizers and nullification changes, reactions for this change were all over the board.  Those against AFK cloaking felt the change would not go far enough as the mobile observatories would not be exactly tough to kill.  Those defending the cloaking playstyle felt that these things would be spammed everywhere and, in conjunction with the stabs and nullification changes, make null sec much safer than it should be, with bubbles on every gate, faction scrams at every gate camp, and mobile observatories in every system.

In brighter news, CCP won the Webby Award for Games in the “Public Service, Activism, and Social Impact” category for its work with Project Discovery.

And the April Monthly Economic Report was posted… and then fixed… and then fixed again.  But it is looking okay now.  Or no worse than usual.  I should have the usual post about that tomorrow.

Perhaps in response to these changes, or boredom with the war, or sunshine and a receding pandemic, peak concurrent numbers were down noticeably over the course of the week, with the peak day of week 46 dropping a couple thousand players when compared to week 45.

  • 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
  • Week 43 – 33,731
  • Week 44 – 33,742 (Saturday)
  • Week 45 – 33,758
  • Week 46 – 31,768

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45 Weeks of World War Bee

Welcome to my week 45 summary.

Look, it was this or a wild west revolver

In just a few more weeks I will be able to add the inevitable “One Year Ago in WWB” section to these weekly posts.  Let’s just all hope I never need to fall back on an Olde English 800 image for the opening section.  Even 800 days might be too much.

The stalemate in Delve, the so-called the “Siege of 1DQ,” appears no closer to reaching and end.

The grind of war appears to be wearing on some of the attackers.  Kel Drosto, one of Brave’s FCs, sent this out to the alliance:

The other thing for us winning this war…

Our current clone deployments should be as follows:
Deathclones: T5ZI (Delve)
Jump Clones: P-ZMZV (Querious) GE-8JV (Catch)

You might think to yourselves “But Kel, Why? Im so bored of tidi slugfests”

Yes. So am I. I am bored stiffless of this war and want it to be over.

However. I have noticed a huge trend in our participation in main coalition fleets. I just led a fleet out of T5ZI… 160 in fleet. Guess who had the most? Test with 100+. Guess how many I had from Brave? 28. 28 people from Brave actually turned up to that fleet.

Now. Say we do indeed lose this war…. Who do you guys think, honestly, has the most to lose? Do you think it’s Frat? Do you think its Horde? Absolutely not. It is us.

If we, and those of you reading this, want to maintain the cushty little nullsec homes we have then it is ESSENTIAL to go on the main Delve fleets. Because, Horde, NC, Frat, they all have homes very far away from here to return to. We dont. This war, we are ALL IN.

We lose this war. Test is first, then the rest of Legacy is next. And you thought Catch was bad. Delve/Querious would be hella worse.

So. Yes, it is a slim chance that we lose this war, but it is still a chance.

You want to maintain where we live? You wanna keep having those fun standing fleet fights with kitey nano bulshit gangs? Then get into Delve. Get into this war.

You guys have all done so well so far. The resilience and perseverance demonstrated by you guys, everyone in this community is some of the best I have ever witnessed in my entire life. Thats not an exageration. This war is tiring. It’s dull. But there is an end. We just have to keep fighting it. The only people prolonging this war right now, is us, ourselves.

So, my challenge to you guys. I want to see a full fleet of Brave. 256 Brave people in a fleet in Delve. We’ve done it before and very recently. I have witness a full fleet of literally 99% Brave. Lets do that again. Lets smash goons into the ground and so we can get back to our Null Carebear Lifestyles.

Peace out

Brave, with close to 14K member currently, is the fifth largest alliance in the game, the fourth largest in PAPI, and the second largest in Legacy Coalition, so them not showing up in numbers relative to the base saps the strength of Legacy’s commitment to the war.  And this isn’t the first time it has been noted that Brave has been lagging.

It is leaks like that which strengthen the resolve of the Imperium line members, because we’re pretty sure we can hold out longer than they can.

Delve Front

As I said above, the stalemate continues,  so I get to re-use my map of the area of conflict in the region yet again.

O-EIMK Constellation – May 17, 2021

That nothing has changed on the map does not mean nothing has happened.

PAPI has continued to drop (and lose) Azbels now and then and attempt to reinforce structures, including POS towers, in the 3-DMQT system, which remains the focus of the siege.  A particularly bloody battle broke out not too long after downtime on Friday that saw a lopsided loss for PAPI as they faced both Imperium supers and bombers from The Initiative.  There is a write up here, but the battle report shows the numbers.

Battle Report Header

They reportedly did at least reinforce the POS tower.  But that means they need to come back for another run at it.  And even if they kill it, they then have to put their own tower down, defend it as it deploys, and keep on defending it from Imperium attack.  So we will see how that goes.

Undeterred by the by the morning losses, PAPI formed up again at close to 00:00 UTC for a surprise rush at various targets in the constellation, including the ihub in 3-DMQT.  They got on grid with that and put entosis ships into action, but with the ADM of the system at six, they needed to sit there and cycle for an hour to reinforce the hub.  That gave the Imperium plenty of time to spin up fleets and turn off the cyno jammer again to jump in carriers to defend.

And as tidi kicks in, the timer slows down

There is an Imperium Fortizar on grid with every ihub in the constellation, so carriers tethered up and sent waves of fighters at the attackers, wearing them down and eventually stopping them.

At that point, even though PAPI was clearly going to lose the objective, they were well ahead when it came to the ISK war so could have come away with able to claim victory on that front.  But then they did the same thing they tried to do earlier in the day and warped all their fleets back to the E-VKJV gate to jump everybody through all at once.  Stuck on the gate, choking the server as it struggled to handle the surge, The Initiative lined up another bombing run on them in exactly the same fashion as earlier and scored a huge hit.  I was logged off already, the whole thing came at an awkward time for me, but I still had the Mind1 stream up and got to see the PAPI fleets blowing up on the gate.

Watching PAPI burn on Twitch

There is a post up describing the fight.  The battle report before the bombing run had PAPI comfortably ahead in the ISK, afterwards the battle report showed they had lost more than 200 billion ISK to the Imperium’s 85 billion in losses.

Second Battle Report Header

There is a nice video of the bombs landing and ships blowing up in a building crescendo of light.

There is also a Fountain Frank version of the video if you prefer.

PAPI is salty about this bombing loss, blaming the servers again, despite having made the same tactical error twice in one day.  I have been on enough Imperium ops where we have staggered fleets and had to sit around off grid while other people jumped so as to avoid just that sort of issue.  But PAPI thought trying to jump 6,000 capitals into a system with 4,000 people already present was a good idea, in a game where the all time record for a battle was 6,142, and paid for it dearly.  You have to fight in the environment you have, not the environment you wish you had.  Ignoring the realities of the New Eden servers is not a wise strategy.

Vily has reportedly been telling PAPI to petition CCP for reimbursement, the way he did when he tried to have PAPI jump 6000 people into M2-XFE when there were already 4,000 Imperium pilots there.  CCP has already stated their policy on that sort of thing, but Vily has to blame somebody I guess.

Meanwhile The Mittani pretty much broke the smug meter on the Meta Show on Saturday, not that making the exact same mistake twice in one day didn’t deserve some mocking.

The Imperium capitol constellation holds out for another week.  PAPI’s stated plan to take the final Imperium systems with subcaps alone has not paid off so far.

Otherwise the week was mostly skirmishes and the occasional destruction of a PAPI Azbel in 3-DMQT.

I think that was Azbel kill #6

So it goes.

Overall the Delve regional campaign stats showed that the week ate up 14K ships and capsules for a total of 1 trillion ISK in losses, with the ISK was tilted in favor of the Imperium.

Week 45 Campaign in Delve

That is still fewer ships than two weeks back, when the number was past 16K and 1.5 trillion ISK lost, but it is still proof that the war remains hot in Delve.

Other Fronts

My view into other fronts has been mostly based on the maps over at DOTLAN for a while now, at least since Brave abandoned Catch, because I am not in any of the groups involved in those campaigns.

This week however I ended up hearing some chatter about PAPI jump cloning or flying out to the space that Legacy Coalition had otherwise abandoned to defend the remaining Keepstars, help with sov contests, and reinforce Imperium and allied structures in those regions.  This included a Fortizar I had ships in, which I ended up gating one system over to park in an NPC station just in case.

The most noticeable effort is in Esoteria, which The Bastion has been assailing since we lost Fountain months back, where PAPI has been helping out Army of Mango to push back on that incursion.

Esoteria – May 16, 2021

The Bastion and its allies are back into just northwest Esoteria and lost another four ihubs since week 44.

In Feythabolis the struggles continues, though there Army of Mango lost an ihub over the past week.

Feythabolis – May 16, 2021

Elsewhere, The Initiative continues to try and gain a foothold in their target region of Etherium Reach.  While they have not been successful, they have gotten PanFam and its associates in the northeast of null sec to jump clone back home to form up against them.  Being a threat to which PanFam must respond makes them a nuisance.

My Participation

I missed both of the big fights on Friday as one came very early in the morning my time and the other landed just about when we were talking about dinner and what to do on a Friday night.  I did jump into the second fight in an interceptor to nose around and see some of the action.  I missed the big bombing run finale, as noted above, but I did get in and tackle Pittsburgh2989 because he is so perpetually salty about the Imperium that it is hard not to take an opportunity to annoy him. (Like Vily, he has a completely made up, “Goons done me wrong” tale to tell.)

Grabbed him for a bit

He painted me and I had to warp off as I got down to about half armor, but I had fun.

I did get out on some of the skirmish fleets over the course of the week.  I got to use my Drake for a short bit, and got a kill mark on my Bhaalgorn, but mostly flew in the ever forming cormorant fleets that have been clashing.  This is the level of commitment both sides can afford I guess.

Cormorants in 3-DMQT

Corms are fun, light, and easy.  I still miss the old hull model though.  But at least I have some fun SKINs for it.

I ended up losing not one but two corms during these skirmishes… actually, in the same skirmish… but that is the way things go.  I also lost an Ares trying to get to the new battle monument in M2-XFE.  I’ll have to go scope that out later.  I will just add those to my loss list for the war.

  • Ares interceptor – 18
  • Malediction interceptor – 7
  • Crusader interceptor – 5
  • Atron entosis frigate – 6
  • Rokh battleship – 5
  • Scimitar logi – 5
  • Ferox battle cruiser – 4
  • Drake battle cruiser – 4
  • Cormorant destroyer – 3
  • 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
  • Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
  • Sigil entosis industrial – 1
  • Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1

Other Items

CCP announced their planned changes related to warp core stabilizers and interdiction nullification.

In Testing

The changes are up on the test server and they have update their proposal a couple of times, adding some new ship types, removing stealth bombers, and changing the default strength value of warp core stabilizers.  The forum thread is contentions, but not nearly as long as I might have expected.

The applications to run for CSM16 also closed this past week.  We should get the vetted candidate list soon.

And on the peak concurrent front, week 45 saw the top count stay on par with the last few weeks:

  • 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
  • Week 43 – 33,731
  • Week 44 – 33,742 (Saturday)
  • Week 45 – 33,758

Then again, a conspiracy theory emerged on Reddit claiming that CCP is falsifying those numbers because a single person could figure out where nearly 34K people were hiding in the 7,805 star systems in the game because there they felt they hadn’t seen enough people when traveling from Jita to Amarr, so who can trust anything anymore?

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44 Weeks of World War Bee

I was gone for most of last week as we had to drive up to Oregon to pick up our daughter and bring her back from her first year of college.  That meant about 12 hours each way going up and down US Interstate 5 and all the attractions that has to offer.

Weed is as advertised

I will say that the Pilot/Flying J facility in Weed has some of the cleanest bathrooms you will find along any highway, and you can buy a camo muscle shirt emblazoned with the town name in their mini-mart.  We also had to stop in Yreka so that my wife could re-write an real estate purchase contract in the parking lot of the Starbucks using the WiFi with her laptop.  Between that and being on her phone while I drove, she didn’t miss a beat for most of the trip.

And, while I-5 is notoriously boring for much of its length, there is some nice scenery around the CA/OR border.

Mount Shasta

Meanwhile, the boring parts are mostly flat and wide and optimal for exceeding the speed limit, a habit or bother California and Oregon drivers who both seem to share the opinion that those numbers are mere suggestions.

But, it looked like a good week to be away as not much changed with the war.  There was some /r/eve drama when PAPI mod SapporoJones banned notorious Imperium shit poster Dr_Mibbles for reasons that, if applied more universally in the forum, would result in a dramatic decrease in posting for both sides in the war.  Then further bans hit Imperium posters pointing out the hypocrisy.  But because a PAPI mod went after an Imperium poster it just served as a rallying point for the Imperium and appears to have just reinforced the “PAPI can dish it out but can’t take it” narrative that The Mittani has been stoking up on The Meta Show.

So, not much happened in a general sense I suppose, though the Imperium did announce a Drake doctrine, which brings me back to 2012 and my first fleet battles.

The battle joined with Drake fleet in 2012

I look forward to throwing heavy missiles around.

Delve Front

As noted above, not much has changed.  I can re-roll last week’s map of the O-EIMK constellation because the situation remains mostly unchanged.

O-EIMK Constellation – May 9, 2021

The focus continues to be PAPI attempting to gain a foothold in 3-DMQT.  Rather than attacking the Ansiblex jump bridge, cyno jammers, and the POS towers set up by GSOL on every moon in the system, they have begun dropping their own structures.  Since the ADM for the system is high, they can’t drop a Raitaru or Astrahus, they have to go for large stuctures, and the Azbel seems to be the Upwell structure of choice.

A TEST Azbel deploying in the system

It takes a while for those to anchor in a hostile system, so there is a wait for it to come online.

More than five days left when I took this shot

A couple were caught before they could get into the anchoring timer.

Otherwise, Delve remained an active region in the war.  I ran another week long campaign report which shows that while the ships destroyed number was down from the 16K it was last week, it was still well above the 8K or so it was the week before.

Week 44 destruction in Delve

The ISK value of destruction was down some though, as there were no Keepstars and only a single capital kills to be found.  Also, both sides seemed content to feed Cormorants into fights, which even at PAPI prices are still relatively cheap hulls. (Also, I ran that report a little early in the day, there was a fairly big fight later on that boosted the number of kills by a couple hundred if you click on the link.)

Other Theaters

Feythabolis continues to see fighting, with Army of Mango (AOM) pushing into the region and a number of systems unclaimed by either side in the war currently.

Feythabolis – May 9, 2021

Esoteria continues to be active as well as AOM is also pushing back The Bastion and its allies along the northern extent of their reach.

Esoteria – May 9, 2021

AOM has taken back six ihubs from the Imperium and its allies and is still pushing on the stretch of systems that the insurgents have held for months now.

The Initiative plans for attacking Etherium Reach were momentarily stymied when PanFam jump cloned back home to attack and destroy the staging structures that INIT had set up in Wicked Creek.  So the map of the region shows no change so far.

Etherium Reach – May 9, 2021

However, INIT just changed tack and settled down in an NPC station in Uemon in The Forge region, which is just two gates from Etherium Reach.  So the campaign against PanFam’s back field is not yet over.

My Participation

While I was away for most of the week, I was back home by Saturday and was able to jump into a few ops.  However, they ended up mostly chasing PAPI fleets around.  PAPI was looking for targets of opportunity and ran when numbers showed up to oppose them, so we mostly saw them off then hung around a bit to make sure they wouldn’t just jump back in.

On the E-VKJV gate in 3-DMQT once again

As such, my losses for the war remain as follows:

  • Ares interceptor – 17
  • Malediction interceptor – 7
  • Crusader interceptor – 5
  • Atron entosis frigate – 6
  • Rokh battleship – 5
  • Scimitar logi – 5
  • 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

EVE Online turned 18 years old last week, as May 6th 2003 was the official launch date.   People celebrated by posting pictures of themselves when they were 18.

EVE Online becomes an adult I guess

On Thursday CCP launched a new login reward campaign with 8 days of rewards including SKINs, ships, and skill points.  The campaign runs long enough that if you log in today you can still claim all the prizes by visiting the game every day until the event is over.  The final day offers 100K skill points, even for alpha clones, so it might be worth the effort.

CCP also kicked of the new development quadrant.  Dubbed “Foundation,” it is focused on the main NPC empires of New Eden and has featured a number of significant lore events… well, significant for those into the lore anyway.  There was also a mention of the empires competing to construct  new stargates, with a hint that a low sec gate to the Stain region might be a possibility.

It is also your last chance to apply to run for a spot on CSM16.  Get it done now.

And then there is the peak concurrent user number for the week.  Week 44 of the war saw numbers stay on par with the previous week, though the peak landed on Saturday, no doubt because US players were all taking their mother’s out to brunch on Sunday for Mother’s Day.

  • 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
  • Week 43 – 33,731
  • Week 44 – 33,742 (Saturday)

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43 Weeks of World War Bee

The week saw an uptick in clashes in Delve as PAPI, after having announced last week that anybody waiting for a huge capital fight over the O-EIMK constellation was going to be disappointed, kept to their word about assailing the systems with subcaps.  With no Keepstars left to shoot, they launched their subcaps at the Imperium.  I put together a campaign report to try and capture a general sense of how much destruction went on over the course of the week.

Delve Campaign in Week 43

The PAPI side is an incomplete list because I haven’t the energy to add all 100+ alliances in the coalition, but I put in the major players that were active. (Also, I missed Siberian Squads on the Imperium side, but they add just 13 ships to the total.  Next time.)  The Imperium losses are padded out a bit by a few final structure losses, but is mostly ships.

If you change the campaign dates to the week before, the ISK value is a little more, largely due to the final two Keepstars, but the total ships destroyed is about half.  That feels like a serious boost in activity in Delve to me.

Delve

I think I can forego the full Delve map for now as the sovereignty situation outside of the O-EIMK constellation seems unlikely to change so long as the PAPI assault continues. (And the metaliminal storm has moved off into Querious.)  Instead, I’ll put up a map focusing on the primary PAPI objective.

O-EIMK Constellation – May 2, 2021

While the bulk of both forces sit facing each other in the adjacent systems of 1DQ1-A and T5ZI-S, most of the fighting has been taking place in 3-DMQT.  1DQ1-A is a tough nut to crack and the easiest for the Imperium to defend, as we can just undock and join the fight.  The other systems in the constellation are cyno jammed and have no connection to systems held by PAPI.  That has left 3-DMQT as the most viable target to attack.

PAPI has set up an Ansiblex jump gate connection between their staging system and 3-DMQT, as the Imperium has between 1DQ1-A and 3-DMQT.  In order to gain a foothold in the system, much of the PAPI effort has been expended in attempting to bring down the Imperium Ansiblex in 3-DMQT.

The Imperium guarding the 3-D Ansiblex

PAPI has managed to reinforce the Ansiblex there several times, including during a large brawl on Saturday.  However, even when they succeed with that, the system is not cut off from 1DQ.  Imperium command simply drops the cyno jammer in 3-D and uses titan bridges to throw forces into the system.

Watching another repair cycle

The battles over the system will no doubt carry on until PAPI either takes the system or tires of the effort.  However, that effort is really only putting off the inevitable.  If you look at the constellation map, there are only two systems they can get directly into before they have to setup and fight in 1DQ1-A itself.

And they still have to turn the ihubs in those two systems in order to follow through on their usual plan of setting up jump gates and cyno jammers in order to kill the Keepstars.  The sovereignty battle won’t be easy.  They cannot jump or gate directly into the rest of the constellation and the ADMs are high enough that they have to spend most of an hour on each node in an entosis contest, while we will be able to pop nodes in a few minutes.

O-EIMK constellation ADMs

This feels like a clash that is going to carry on until one side or the other gets tired of it.  Combat alone won’t likely won’t resolve the struggle, some persistence is going to be required.  We shall see.

Other Theaters

Feythabolis continued to see contests over ihubs as The Bastion. Red Alliance, and other allies pushed into the region.

Feythabolis – May 2, 2021

Likewise, the push and pull continues in Esoteria, which connects to Feythabolis, as The Bastion and allies continue to vie with Army of Mango and Evictus.

Esoteria – May 2, 2021

Last week also saw The Initiative move on from the torched regions of Catch, Immensea, and Impass to open up an new front in the enemy backfield.  This time the target is Etherium Reach in the dronelands, where PandaFam and their associates live.

Etherium Reach – May 2, 2021

The particular target, according to Fountain Frank on the Meta Show, is Solyaris Chtonium, generally referred to by their ticket, Slyce, though Pandemic Horde holds a stretch of systems there as well.

My Participation

I managed to get into the first big fight in 3-DMQT at the start of the week, which I covered in a post.  I declared it the start of the PAPI assault based on just that first fight, so am happy enough to have been vindicated in that statement by the ongoing fighting since.  I have been through the Ansiblex into fights more than a few times… and in via a titan bridge as well.

The Ansiblex in 1DQ1-A

My lucky streak ended in a fight when Tom Flood who, in this age of “kitey bullshit,” still loves to take his fleet in close to brawl, managed to get his whole logi wing destroyed, including me in a Scimitar.  So I will add that to the loss list for the war.  My revenge was quick in coming as I managed this epic kill.  Fear the corvette plague.

My losses for the war are now:

  • Ares interceptor – 17
  • Malediction interceptor – 7
  • Crusader interceptor – 5
  • Atron entosis frigate – 6
  • Rokh battleship – 5
  • Scimitar logi – 5
  • 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

EVE Online has been nominated for a Webby award for the Project Discovery work and CCP would very much like it if you could go cast a vote to support that.

CCP dropped the second part of their industry update, which added new components to all battleship and larger hulls.  This has caused uncertainty and price jumps for those hulls, as well as further mineral price increases as people scrambled to get builds in before the change, so that when I checked Jita earlier, Rokh hulls are now selling for more than what I paid for a fully fitted Rokh on contract about a month ago.  Manufactured T1 battleship hulls look to be 350 million ISK and up.  It might be a good time to try a Praxis, which appear to be much cheaper.

CCP also introduced a new set of packs, complete with game time, SKINs, and skill points.  But selling skill points for cash has already been normalized, so whatever.

The validity of the MER and its consumer price index, which includes non-player produced items like skill injectors, was both a topic of discussion at The Nosy Gamer and on The Meta Show.

And, on the peak concurrent user front, numbers remained about the same this week this week despite all the activity over the O-EIMK constellation.

  • 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
  • Week 43 – 33,731

Related

The Assault on the Imperium Capitol Constellation Begins

Over the weekend several of the PAPI alliances had meetings where it was announced that those expecting a huge capital slug fest were set to be disappointed as the coalition would be attacking the remaining Imperium held space in Delve, the O-EIMK constellation, with sub caps alone.

Yesterday in late EU/early US prime time the sub cap attacks began in earnest with an attempt to bring down the Ansiblex jump bridge and the cyno jammer in 3-DMQT, which sits at the southern end of the constellation, and which is the only way into the jammed systems if attackers do not wish to come in straight through 1DQ1-A, the Imperium staging system.

Arriving at the Ansiblex mid-fight

The Imperium still has a small jump bridge network spanning the constellation to facilitate moving forces around, with the key one being the 1DQ1-A to 3-DMQT route that lets us quickly move between the two routes into the area.

As the attack commenced pings went out for more and more fleets on our side.  In addition, as an early defense, anti-sub cap dreads were dropped into the fight along with a Baltec fleet as the first line of defense, followed on by more Baltecs, Feroxes, Jackdaws, and bombers.

A Revelation explodes behind an Initiative Abaddon

Time dilation was down to 10% as more than 2,500 capsuleers began a two hour brawl over the Ansiblex.

I joined one of the Ferox fleets as I ate my lunch and was able to jump straight into the fight to start shooting targets.  The grid was crowded and there were many targets in range.  Our progress in shooting was slowed down by the tidi, though we did not seem to be pushing the server too far beyond its limits.  I had the calls diagnostic window open and nothing was lingering for minutes on end the way they were during the M2-XFE fights.

Another ship explodes

From my perspective it was just lock, shoot, then move to the next target.  We mowed down logi in the hostile Ferox fleet that was close to us, then began to burn down the Feroxes as well.  It felt one-sided enough that the FC eventually just called for us to sort by distance and shoot from closest to furthest as targets became available.

Things went well enough that by the time we were told to de-aggress and warped to the E-VKJV to see the hostiles off I had managed to get on 70 kill mails, including getting the final blow on three different ship including the one flown by Lady Scarlet.  It is always fun to get the kill mail on enemy leaders and other notables.

Kill marks on the left shoulder of the ship

Actually getting the kill mail in a huge brawl with a couple thousand players is a pretty rare thing and tends to go to the people closest to the data center, so getting three was kind of neat.

However, looking at the battle report, we were having such a free time because the hostiles were concentrating their fire on the capitals we brought along, knocking out 19 dreadnoughts and 2 faxes.  That focus tilted the ISK war well in their favor.

Battle Report Header

That arguably understates the losses on the Imperium side as, with the industry updates that were pushed with yesterdays patch, capital are now much more expensive to build and replace.

A fax that was supporting the Baltec fleet blows up as we pass through a mass of subcap wrecks

In in the end though, we won the objective and were able to take satisfaction in destroying a mass of hostile subcaps.  We hung around to shepherd the Ansiblex until it was fully repaired.

Guarding the Ansiblex as it repairs

After it was done we were able to take it straight back to 1DQ and stand down.

We survived the first major attack on the constellation and pushed the hostiles back.  But that was only the first attack.  I expect we will be battling again before too long.

Related:

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

Related

41 Weeks of World War Bee

The war, at least from my vantage point, has changed up a bit.  Yes, PAPI is still slowly grinding down structures outside of the O-EIMK constellation, racking up some more Keepstar Kills in the last week.

Three Keepstars Down in the old Helms Deep Pocket

But Legacy Coalition, which has pretty much given up on their old space at this point, has decided to start living and working in Delve, Querious, and Period Basis.  They want to rat and mine and manufacture and do all the things you move out to null sec to do in order to build and sustain an empire.  They’ve mostly left 1DQ1-A and the O-EIMK constellation alone.  So the Imperium has begun to spin up some old organizations like Black Ops and the NGSA which specialized in scouting out and dropping on capsuleers going about their space business.

Killing ratters and miners is a thing now and pings for bombers now fill up my scroll back.

Delve Front

As noted above, Delve has been most devoid of large clashes.  Hot drops and scouting are the theme of the week, at least on the Imperium side.  That left the map looking mostly the same.

Delve – Apr 18, 2021

The metaliminal storm stayed in the O-EIMK constellation, though it moved to the Fake Quireous end of it.  That was still close enough to give most of the constellation a no-cloaking cover, leaking over into T5ZI-S, the PAPI staging system.

Other Theaters

Feythabolis remains under attack by Imperium forces, bent on burning down any of the Legacy Coalition territory they ca.

Feythabolis – Apr 18, 2021

There is still work to be done there, but the western end of the region has been cleared.

Esoteria remains a battleground, still between The Bastion and its allies and Army of Mango and Evictus.  Evictus may also come under pressure in Feythabolis.

Esoteria – Apr 18, 2021

There is also another incursion in the region just to spice things up for both sides.

And then there is Fountain, which honestly I haven’t heard anybody mention… not that I have time to listen to every podcast and stream… where Federation Uprising continues to claim more ihubs.

Fountain – Apr 18, 2021

As long as the region keeps changing hands I’ll keep posting maps, but I am not sure who is really in there for keeps.

My Participation

I have to admit that I didn’t do anything really related to the war this past week.  I logged in and collected my planetary interaction materials… as noted, PAPI isn’t really spending much time in 1DQ1-A or its constellation… and put them up on the market to generate a bit of ISK.

Epithal out for a pickup run

Otherwise I was a complete slacker.  As such my losses for the war remain as follows:

  • 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 began its industry rework plan by seeding blueprints and formulae for new reactions as part of the first April patch on Tuesday.  The industrial chaos era is coming.  In a bit of an ironic twist, CCP released a video about how important industrialists are to the New Eden ecosystem even as they were planning to make every industrialist miserable.

CCP also announced the plans for the CSM16 election with dates and requirements for those looking to run.

CSM 16 is approaching

You can start writing your campaign thread now.

And on the player count, the peak concurrent was down a bit this week.  No doubt slack time in the war and the end of the recent in-game event contributed to that… well, that and maybe the nice warm weather some place are getting.  So the weekly peak concurrent run look like this:

  • 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

Related

40 Weeks of World War Bee

40 weeks is considered a full term pregnancy in humans, so if you or somebody you know happened to become pregnant back on July 5th, when the war started, you’re probably having a baby about now if everything went well.

The war remained somewhat low key for another week.  The march of structure kills remains, with PAPI knocking down some more Keepstars in Delve and Querious under the cover of cyno jammers, blocking any chance of engagement with Imperium supers and titans.

Keepstar Kills for Week 40

Of course, PAPI lost a Keepstar too, just in transit rather than one already deployed.  They’re much quicker to kill that way.

Delve Front

The Delve maps remains unchanged from last week, though for the moment there are no ihubs or TCUs being contested, so I’ll update the map just to have a clean layer.

Delve – Apr 11, 2021

The metaliminal storm has seated itself firmly in the O-EIMK constellation, denying cloaky eyes to our enemies, but otherwise not much has changed.  Not that there aren’t a constant stream of skirmishes going on in the region, especially across the 1DQ-T5Z boarder.  A glance at the Saturday night stats shows quite a few ships blowing up, though mostly on the PAPI side of the fence.

24 hour kill stats taken at 16:00 UTC on Sunday

While there has been an ongoing attempt to claim that 1DQ is under siege or interdicted, PAPI also has to jump some supplies in, leading to the usual sort of losses like this Charon.  I wonder if they were just hauling across the system.

I ask because somebody pointed out that a lot of manufacturing has been going on in Delve, with 1DQ and T5Z again being the competing poles in the region.

1DQ vs T5Z manufacturing jobs starts

Just for comparison, the jobs starts in Jita and Perimeter, the former being the top system in New Eden, looked like this in the same Saturday time frame.

Job Starts in Jita and Perimeter

So there is plenty of activity going on in Delve, just no large fights for the moment.

Other Theaters

As I mentioned last week, Querious seems settled for now, Brave having moved in.  Just to carry on with industry, the new Brave capital in P-ZMZV has production up and running as well.

How to tell where Dunk Dinkle lives

Likewise mentioned previously, Catch, Impass, and Immensea are pretty much done as far as Legacy is concerned.  No manufacturing going on there, though The Initiative has been posting links about how much loot they have been pulling out of those regions as they have been burning them down.

The new target for burning down appears to be Feythabolis, where Brave and TEST systems are under siege.

Feythabolis – Apr 11, 2021

Esoteria remains in a tug of war over the remains of TEST’s holdings in the region between The Bastion and its allies and Army of Mango and Evictus.

Esoteria – Apr 11, 2021

And then there is Fountain, of which I see little mention elsewhere.  There Federation Uprising continues to take ihubs, though I am not sure if anybody is defending on the Imperium side, as the groups there like The Initiative have been focused on burning down the old Legacy regions.

Fountain – Apr 11, 2021

My Participation

Another slow week for me, though I did manage to undock a few times.  Once again the biggest success was on a Mister Vee op.  He took us out in Harpies to cover another fleet and I managed to get on a kill mail.  The kill is not significant, but I like to get on at least one kill mail a month to prove I am still alive and playing.

Harpy out by a friendly Fortizar and Keepstar

I also got to warp around in various formations with Dave Archer when PAPI started shooting our cyno jammers then ran off before the response fleet even undocked.

A plane of tethered Baltecs

One kill mail and no losses leaves the cost of the war for me as follows still:

  • 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

This is the last day of The Hunt event in New Eden.  If you want to shoot some Guristas you had better get on it.

As I mentioned on Friday, the new head of the London CCP studio was talking about the shooter formerly known as Project Legion and Project Nova despite CCP previously saying that they weren’t going to talk about it until they had something to talk about… and the interview was all bluster, so they clearly had nothing to talk about and talked about that.

Tomorrow will likely see the first round of patch updates for April from CCP.  As of this writing I have not heard what might be coming, but it could include the industry update that even CCP says will cause economic chaos for the next 4-6 months and put battleships out of the reach of normal players when it comes to pricing.  Looks for a post on that tomorrow once we get some details.

And on the peak concurrent front the game made it past 35K again on Saturday:

  • 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)

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39 Weeks of World War Bee

We’re around the horn and well into the back stretch of this war lasting a full year.  All we have to do is make it to July 5th and we’re there.

This past week saw PAPI offer the “Silk Road” exit plan for Imperium members looking to exit the war and extract their capital ships safely.

The offer – You will probably need to click on the image to make it legible

The claim is that one Imperium pilot has already moved a faction titan out of the war zone, though it almost died along the way because PAPI wasn’t communicating well enough to cover safe passage.   This offer is akin to the Golden and Silver ticket offers that the Imperium offered PAPI members when their titans were trapped in M2-XFE and seems about as popular.

This led to a parody offer from low sec appearing on Reddit shortly thereafter.

There was plenty of time to contemplate offers and write parodies because the actual war has largely devolved into a series of structure bashes.  In Delve (and Querious) that has meant PAPI getting some more high profile Keepstar kills in systems they were able to cyno jam to prevent Imperium capitals and supers from intervening.

Keepstar Kills in Week 39

Meanwhile, the Imperium has been racking up its own tally of structure kills in the territories that Legacy Coalition abandoned, Catch, Immensea, and Impass.  There haven’t been any keepstar kills yet there, but there are a few on the menu that Legacy will either have to let die or move to defend.

Delve Front

PAPI has reiterated their desire to burn down the Imperium capital in 1DQ1-A once they get done with bashing structures outside of the O-EIMK constellation… which could take them a while.

The view from 1DQ1-A

Meanwhile, The Mittani called for an increase state of readiness in case PAPI does decide to assault the Imperium capital.  Members of the coalition were asked to stock up on ships likely to be uses in a defense of the constellation, to make sure that fittings on dreads, carriers, faxes, supers, and titans were up to date, and that people had bookmarks setup for various locations in the constellation that could be useful if a fight develops.

The ihub in 9O-8W1, which had been unclaimed for a while, was picked up by Already Replaced, so I can’t just re-use the previous map this week around.

Delve – Apr 4, 2021

I also had to update the map because the metaliminal storm that had wandered off towards Fountain, reversed course and headed back into Delve again, and was centered in T5ZI-S as of yesterday.  Being an electrical type storm, systems affected (highlighted in shades of purple) do not allow cloaking.  This storm covering most of the Imperium capital constellation, it is something of boon for the Imperium, as it means that cloaky camping eyes have to stay logged off or get scanned down.

Other Theaters

The battle over ihubs is over now in Catch, Immensea, and Impass, so I feel freed from having to post maps of those regions for now.  These former Legacy Coalition home regions were no longer being defended and the Imperium and its allies have been blowing up structures without opposition.

Likewise, the situation in Querious appears to be settled for now, with Brave, Severance, Sentinel Dawn, and TEST holding most of the ihubs.

The only hot spots in the war outside of Delve… which isn’t all that hot of a spot right now… are Esoteria and Fountain.

In Esoteria The Bastion and its allies have been in a back and forth struggle with Army of Mango and Evictus over the remains of TEST’s holdings in the region.

Esoteria – Apr 4, 2021

And then there is Fountain, where Federation Uprising continues to push into the region, taking ihubs from The Initiative and Siberian Squads, both of whom have been busy elsewhere.

Fountain – Apr 4, 2021

My Participation

I responded to a few op pings, undocked once, and neither had to rep nor fire a shot in anger as the enemy had run back to their staging by the time we were pointed their way.

I did get my monthly dividend payment from the Imperium war bonds I purchased.

There is a notification for that now

I spent that… 41 million ISK… and about 2 billion more stocking up on some ships for the coming battle.  2 billion ISK doesn’t go as far as it used to.  The rise in mineral prices and the scramble to buy things before CCP implements their next big change has found its way down the supply chain to me.

Anyway, as such my losses for the war remain unchanged this week.

  • 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 launched The Hunt event, which includes Guristas sites to run, login rewards, and the usual round of sales promotions.

Live now in New Eden

That has another week to run, so you still have time to start logging in to collect the daily rewards.

Then there was April Fools where CCP did a bit of knife twisting.  For as long as I can remember… which honestly isn’t all that far back at my age… people have been asking for a low sec gate connection to the Stain region, which is otherwise an NPC controlled null sec area that is farmed for LP for implants and BPCs.  To get to stain you have to run what has been at times a pretty well camped gauntlet of systems in Catch.  CCP decided to yank the chain of those who have been asking for a low sec route into the region by announcing the gate on April Fools.

No gate for you

The Stain Russians are once again thwarted.

Meanwhile, the peak user count for the week settled back down a bit.  With an event going on there is often a bit or a spike in the count, but this week a fight didn’t break out right at the usual peak time of the day to help goose the numbers a bit.

  • 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)

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37 Weeks of World War Bee

When the headline topic for the Meta Show is the red dot (which I mentioned last week) and the New Eden Post up and disappears itself, it might be a sign that the war has become less than exciting, at least on the main front in Delve.

There the Imperium is still holed up in 1DQ1-A with the bulk of its forces and a dizzying array of citadels on the main grid, while PAPI scrupulously avoids any direct confrontation in that entire constellation, busying itself with destroying Imperium structures with its supers and titans in cyno jammed systems.  They blew up the D-W7F0 Keepstar and started attacking the F2OY-X by gating their supers in so as to avoid any possibility of having to face another titan battle after M2-XFE.

I went out to watch at F2OY-X

That doesn’t bode well for any hope that there will be a battle over 1DQ1-A, where even a cyno jammer won’t prevent Imperium titans from showing up, as they are in system already.

The Imperium plan is to out last the invaders while simultaneously burning down as much as their backfield as they can.  Vily’s plan of driving Goons from the game seems less likely now than it did back in September when that was his main talking point.  Likewise, the stated plan to take Delve, Fountain, Querious, and Period Basis while keeping all of their old territory seems to have fallen apart since Progodlegend laid it out three months back.

So I am left wondering what the end of the war will look like.  The Imperium isn’t leaving 1DQ1-A without a fight.  Vily and Progodlegend have invested their reputations in an unattainable victory.  PanFam and Fraternity, the least invested in the war, and the group still able to mine and rat in their own space, seem the likely overall winners in the long term.

Delve Front

The invaders retook the PS-94K ihub in the SG-CTQ constellation and, as noted above, blew up the Keepstar in D-W7F0.  Smaller structures died as well, but those were the two major events.

Delve – Mar 21, 2021

Otherwise it is skirmishes and structure bashes and attempts to annoy the invaders by making them defend the ihubs they have taken.

Other Theaters

In Querious Brave went on something of an ihub spree.  They took two ihubs away from the Imperium and planted 17 more in systems that were otherwise empty, so the map of the region looks solidly Brave and Severance.

Querious – Mar 21, 2021

Meanwhile, in Catch, the former Brave capital system fell.  The Brave SOTA last week as much as said they were simply over extended and were going to lose their backfield, so they are focused on Querious while their old territory burns.

Catch – Mar 21, 2021

Likewise, Immensea (and Impass) are both being taken apart by the Imperium and their co-belligerents in those regions.

Immensea – Mar 21, 2021

In Esoteria, Army of Mango alliance and Evictus are stepping in to take the remains of TEST space.

Esoteria – Mar 21, 2021

That has led to fighting between The Bastion and allied forces and AOM, giving whatever TEST has left in the region.

There isn’t much left in those regions to be burned at this point.  Whatever you think of Legacy Coalition’s plan to live in Delve, Querious, Fountain, and Period Basis, they are now committed to it.  And, speaking of Fountain, that appears to be where Federation Uprising has been promised space and now that they have been burned out of Immensea, they are starting to take ihubs there.

Fountain – Mar 21, 2021

The Initiative retook a bunch of ihubs in the region once the invasion moved on to Querious, and not much has happened since.  PanFam announced a re-invasion of Fountain back during week 20 or so, but by week 23 it had petered out.  Now it looks like somebody is finally going after the region again.  The Initiative is also done with their work in Legacy’s backfield, we’ll see if they come back to Fountain to push back in Fed Up.

My Participation

Once again I did get out and go on a few ops.  They most exciting was probably the spectacular Tom Flood Muninn welp in GY6A-L.  I was out with the logi wing and we were getting chopped to bits after Tom brought us into a fight with the odds stacked against us. (The HAW dreads were a nice touch.)

I actually thought I was going to get away.  I did, initially, finally getting out of bubbles and eluding the Malediction that had me tackled, getting into warp with 53% of my hull remaining.

That feeling when you’ve escaped the trap

Unfortunately, it was out of the frying pan and into the fire as I landed in a bubble on more hostiles.  I nearly got away again.  I was out of the bubble and aligned and almost in warp… and then my ship exploded.  Actually, due to tidi, my capsule was ejected and I got to sit and watch my ship explode.

Watching my ship brew up from my pod

The battle report shows what happens when you throw a fleet in to face odds 2 to 1 against.

Battle Report Header

At least I got my SRP by the next day.

I also managed to lose two Ares interceptors doing other operations, which brings my loss totals for the war up to:

  • 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 announced a Quality of Life patch coming this week that will have an impact on null sec.  They key item is the ability to have multiple clones in a single citadel.  For people who have clones with implants for specific doctrines or roles, it has been a pain in the ass to have to undock and warp to another citadel to swap clones every time you were doing something different.  I have clones in 4 different citadels in 1DQ1-A and I barely do anything special at all.

In addition, there will be some nerfs, because there are always nerfs.  This time around ECM burst interceptors will be taking a hit.  I gather few people like those… but I am one of those few.  That is the way it goes though.  Everybody gets their turn in the barrel.

Also on tap is Friendship week.  Not really in sync with a war, but there it is.

As for peak concurrent users for the week, that fell before 35K, supplying further proof I suppose that the war in Delve isn’t exactly lighting a fire under anybody at the moment.

  • 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

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