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The Return of the RAZOR Alliance to Tenal

My desire to see more fleet actions during the war in Tenal this past weekend was a futile hope.

Friday morning, the map of Tenal looked like this.

Tenal - April 6

And now, on Monday morning, it looks like this.

Tenal - April 9

And in between I was able to get in on a single Tenal fleet on Friday night, and all we did was go out and put an infrastructure hub into reinforce mode so it could be blown up 24 hours later.  That mission wasn’t even worth a post.  The screen shots I took will probably end up on EVE Online Pictures.

No epic battles with thousands of ships and time dilation in play.  The sovereignty map for today shows RAZOR Alliance pretty much in control of Tenal, with Raiden down in the Vale of the Silent, an appropriate place I suppose given how little they did in the war over the last week.

Of course, there is a story behind all of this.  That is the lore of EVE Online, the stories of what the players did.

Unfortunately, I don’t know the story, or not in any detail, and there are NPCs out there to intone it to me, guiding me through the lore with a series of quests and cut scenes.  It is like the stories in any city of moderate size, you only know the ones with which you are directly involved and maybe a few more you have heard from friends.

Still, there are enough resources out there that I can piece together bits of it.

Pictures follow after the break.

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What Happens After the End of White Noise in Branch?

The crusade by the Deklein Confederation (or whatever the right, polite company term is for the Goonswarm and their allies in the Deklein region of space… I know what the real one is) appears to be winding down.

This pretty animated .GIF from the Something Awful forums tells the tale, showing progression from Dec. 20th to Jan. 8th.

White Noise in Branch

White Noise got squished, with the Deklein Coalition pushing in hard from the west, while White Noise ally Raiden was handed to some systems on the east.  WN only owns KMC-WI in Branch at this time.

As they put it over at EVE 24, Mission Accomplished.  And I was able to help in my own small way at the start and the very end.  They also serve, who only x-up and wait.

The question now is what comes next?

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The Last Detail – POS Shoot at Burger King

I had the good fortune to get on just in time to help knock down a tower in BKG-Q2, the system I refer to as Burger King, where I spent quite a bit of time idle and ended up getting stuck in at one point during the war.

Okay, it was not a White Noise tower… but it was not one of ours, so down it went.

There was an announcement on one of the Deklein channels that an impromptu POS shoot was going on and inviting people to come and help out.

I clone jumped to my Maelstrom in Mittaningrad, and headed out alone for BKG.  This turned out to be a clear run from Deklein into Branch.  Hostile activity in the region is clearly winding down.

I showed up, maybe the 4th or 5th person in the fleet to do so and opened fire.

First shots fired in anger from my Maelstrom

And fired, and reloaded, and fired… it was a small fleet and so was slow work.  People showed up slowly over time, though there were only 11 of us hitting the tower at our peak.

Dominix adding its weight

Eventually though, we broke down the defenses and brought down the tower and then the other pieces of the outpost.

Burger King cleared

Naturally, this all took so long that I had time to set up Fraps and take a video of the station’s demise.  I am sure you are totally excited to see it. *cough* (Audio may be BSCL people talking about mining until YouTube catches up and lays music over the sound track.  No actual EVE sounds were recorded as EVE is still refusing to make noise.)

My next goal is to actually get on the winning side of a kill mail against an actual ship.

Right now my PvP victories are all over structures.  But at least my return to Burger King was a success.

Watching the War in Branch So Far…

The war in the Branch region of null sec continues, mostly without me.

Imagine that.

I did get some hits in early, going on that POS shoot back before Christmas.  That was fun, in a “I’ve never done anything like this before” and “OMG would you look at that” kind of way.

And then there was the reinforcement fleet to Burger King, which left me stranded out in Branch where bad guys were roaming.  My accomplishment for this week was getting my Maelstrom back to Mittaningrad in one piece.  Essentially I flew 11 jumps last night, including a jump bridge, and only saw a single person in local besides myself until I got close to Goondom.

Safe back in Mittaningrad

It seems that the fighting had moved on.

Back in December the map of the area looked like this. (Maps from here, cropped by me to focus on the area of conflict.  That little purple dot in the yellow is still where I fly most of the time.)

Deklein and Branch Sov, Dec. 27

As of 18:00 UTC yesterday, the map of the area looked like this.

Deklein and Branch, Jan. 4

So it is starting to look as if the White Noise statement about Deklein being rid of Goons by February might come to pass because the Goons will be living in Branch.  White Noise is either losing badly or conducting the most ambitious maskirovka attempt ever.  Consider me lulled into a false sense of security.

There was actually a bit of coverage of the war over at EVE News 24 last week, something of a summing up of the story so far, once you got past the initial moaning paragraph.  My favorite quote from the comments was, “You know an article is going to be good when it opens up with a lot of excuses and bitching. ”

There was not much new in the article for me, as Gaff tends to IM me all the juicy bits.  My personal favorite was Goons sending doctored kill mails to the White Noise chief and getting reimbursed for their “losses” because he was too busy to validate them.  That and the great buy-out of the market, where Goons spent as much as 20 billion ISK buying vital supplies on the Branch market so White Noise could not use them.  Go economic warfare!

After that, EVE News 24 seemed content to ignore the war and focus on a mercenary corp who headed into Goon space, presumably to audition for White Noise by showing that they could, you know, kill Goons.

So the only news is the official Goon variety and associated rumors and comments over in the Kugutsumen forums.  The official propaganda posts are always fun to read, doubly so since they tend to include official White Noise communications.  Go meta game!

As for me, now that I am safe and sound back in Deklein again I feel I had best turn right around get in on the action once more.  Getting on the kill boards seems to be the best external indicator that you are on the team and helping out.  We have to get out there and uphold the honor of the corp and the alliance.

Living on the left coast of the United States does that make it a bit of a challenge.

As noted in the report from that last link, the war is being fought largely on European time.  So when I see posts about planned fleet ops, they tend to occur either while I am at the office or when I had best be turning the lights out and going to bed.  My best bet seems to be what happened with that POS shoot, where the op took so long to get together that I managed to get home from work, have dinner, get online, and sneak in at the very last second before it kicked off.

With a weekend coming up, I am hoping I can get in on an operation somewhere.  We shall see.

Left Behind at Burger King

Not every day is eventful in EVE Online.  Not every day is a huge space battle… or even a string of POS destruction.

Some days it can be like work.  You haul stuff around, shop for stuff on the market, go pick it up, list other things, fit out your ships, and generally to the maintenance required to keep things going.

And then some days you think it is going to be a big day… and it isn’t.  At least not for you.

Today was one of those days.

We had a big fleet op planned because White Noise did as well.

Очень важная операция,делаем первый красивый бой, просьба всем быть.

Внимательно следим завтра за альянсовой почтой.

-Official White Noise Notice

There are no secrets in EVE Online.

This was translated to us as “Very important OPS. Possibly the first awesome fight. Everyone please show up. Pay attention to alliance mail tomorrow.”  And I was a bit keen to go, having just finished up the skills for the recommended ship for this sort of operation, a Maelstrom.

My First Maelstrom

Unfortunately, I was off to a bad start.  The op started when I was still asleep.  And since I had the day off, I was not keen to get up.

Still, I did have a bit of luck.  Once Gaff got me on the right channel to find the reinforcement fleet (I was in a channel that *almost* had the right name, with about 100 other people which made it seem like I was in the right place) I was able to join up for the convoy out to the fight.

A convoy was required because there were groups out there, like these guys, camping gates to try and knock off small groups of reinforcements. (They ran off to safe points when we passed through their system, so the convoy worked, but I would have liked to have gotten a shot in at them.)

And convoys do tend to be slow.  People join late.  People fall behind.  People get ahead and get lost.  Jump bridges run out of fuel causing you to have to make extra jumps (which happened to us).  And the fleet commanders tend to be a bit cautious because they want to deliver as many ships to reinforce the fleet as possible.  That is their job, but it takes time to do it right.

So we were moving at a snail’s pace.  You think system travel in EVE is slow, try it while attempting to keep about 100 ships together while one guy scouts ahead.

Fleet Warping Again...

But we were buoyed during our travels by reports from the fight.  A kill mail came through that showed an engagement where we killed 76 White Noise ship for the loss of only one of our own.  The enemy was out and looking for a real fight it seemed.

One of our scouts finds an enemy fleet

And then we started slowing down… even more so.  We halted at one point to get jumped in by a titan, but that never came to pass.  Then we moved on, turned around and moved back, then eventually halted in a system whose designation made me immediately thing of Burger King, hence the reference in the title.

Eventually we formed up around a titan who was going to bridge us into the action.  So we sat and waited to be called.

Waiting at Burger King

After a while and some confused messages, we were told to jump back to where we started.  Our initial fleets had broken contact to refit and replace losses and to avoid the 77 titans that White Noise and their allies managed to get onto the field of battle.

The Enemy Titans En Masse

At this point I was about ready to head back to a system with a station where I could log off.  I had been traveling around with this fleet for about three hours at that point.

And then the news came that we were to sit tight and wait until the main fleet finished refitting and reforming and joined up with us.

So I was sitting there at Burger King, with no password to that POS bubble (nobody seemed to know it) and no access to the station in system (it appeared to be bugged after the sovereignty change) when my wife got home and said it was time to head down to the post office to renew our daughter’s passport. (Both parents must be present for that.)

At least that was an activity that made running around in space for 3 hours seem not so bad.

So I had to simply log off in Burger King.  Now hopefully that system will continue to be a staging point for operations, because it is a long and dangerous route home… or a quick one if I run into a gate camp.

Deklein Will be Rid of Goons by February

Although I spent Christmas in empire space, thanks to the magic of jump clones, packing up some stuff to be shipped out to null sec, I have been keeping an eye on communications and other bits of intel that find their way to me, usually via Gaff.

It seems that White Noise had a meeting of their own which, like the last State of the Goonion, shortly found its way to the web in audio form and is posted, along with a summary, over at EVE News 24.

Some of the key items from that:

  • White Noise was “surprised” by the attack, despite The Mittani discussing everything short of a seating chart for the victory celebration to take place after the defeat of White Noise.  Winter is Coming was more than a meme.  Maybe White Noise only read the State of the Goonion summary over at EVE News 24, which was terse to the point of uselessness. (The subtitle for their post was “Too Long, Didn’t Listen.” I am told that EVE News 24 hates the Goons.  But then the fill in the blank statement “_______ hates the Goons” has a lot of potential answers I suppose.)
  • White Noise jumped straight to the Godwin’s Law moment and made the historical (hysterical?) comparison to Germany invading the Soviet Union in 1941.  White Noise certainly fit the bill when it came to not being prepared despite obvious intel that the blow was coming.  Can they trade systems for time until they get their act together is the real question.
  • White Noise is getting their allies together and plans to start their counter offensive on January 1st.  This includes borrowing forces from Red Alliance down in the south, which apparently has enough free time to ship pilots across the map just for a chance to kick the Goons in the nuts. (Because, of course, they hate the Goons.)
  • White Noise says that the Deklein region will be cleared of Goon forces by February.

So, with that in mind, here is the sovereignty map for December 27th, borrowed from here:

Null Sec Sov. December 27

If things go as planned for White Noise, most of that big yellow splotch in the upper left corner should be gone.  That little purple patch as well, which is where I live when I am in null sec.

We will have to see what the map looks like on February 1st.

Until then I have a bunch of mining equipment set to to be shipped out to Deklein.  I need to start making some money somewhere along the line.

Though, I suppose if it came down to a desperate moment (it won’t), PLEX recently hit a new all-time peak price.  According to the November EVE Price Index, PLEX was selling for nearly 500 million ISK per unit at one point before settling down a bit.  Lots of ISK out there chasing PLEX I guess.

And the war, in which I played a very small part one night, goes on.

To Soar with Titans, To Sow Destruction!

When I last wrote, I was hanging around in Mittaningrad, so named, as I understand, for the heroic defense that took place there back in July, looking for something to do.

Me, still at Mittaningrad

With fleet ops active, screwing around in empire space or hunting rats in the asteroid belts were officially verboten, so something to do would mean getting into a fleet.

Fortunately, as I logged on to see what was going on last night, there was a convoy forming up to bring people out to our advanced staging point, from which fleet ops were being launched.

With Gaff’s help, I was able to join the convoy fleet just as it was leaving.  In fact, due to my fumbling, I was actually a couple of jumps behind it for most of its run.  It was a good thing somebody pasted the route into the fleet channel.  And with a 100+ ships breaking trail, and a couple of stragglers along for the ride, I do not suppose I was in horrible danger.

I arrived at the staging system, left the convoy fleet and joined Gaff in second fleet, and I did so, as usual, just in time.  It filled up to its maximum 255 ships just after I joined and a third fleet started assembling.  There were a lot of people out there.

So I warped out to the second fleet leader to see what I could see.

And what did I see?

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