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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)

Related

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

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)

Related

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)

Related

38 Weeks of World War Bee

Another week of skirmishes and undefended structure kills in Delve.  I was inspired to revive a bit of propaganda from a past campaign in the region.  Back in 2012 the Walltreipers Alliance held out for an extended period against overwhelming odds, earning the respect of all in the campaign.  Somebody repurposed an Asterix map for that back then, which I revised to reflect the current situation.

The Siege of 1DQ1-A

In a bit of a replay, the main corporations from the 2012 Walltreipers Alliance ended up in The Initiative and are currently involved, once again, in a fight against heavy odds.

Over on the PAPI focused Trash Talk Tuesday show this past week Vily made another attempt to reel back in the comments he made to Polygon when interviewed about the goal of Legacy Coalition in the war back around week 11.  For those in need of a reminder:

When we started this war, we knew that we were fighting this to the end,” Vily told Polygon. “For us, this is a war of extermination. This is a war to the death. We are aiming for the removal of Mittani and The Imperium from Eve Online. […] We are here to purge them.

-Vily, in an interview with Polygon about the war

He has tried to walk that statement back a few times, saying he didn’t really mean it.  But the original statement wasn’t him on yet another Twitch stream speaking off the cuff.  This was an interview with an online publication, a situation where one would generally be ready with some prepared statements.  Meanwhile, his attempts to “prove” he didn’t mean it have all been hand waving, leaving one to suspect that he did mean it and that now he merely regrets its.

Vily did say that PAPI would be attacking 1DQ1-A, that they have a plan to destroy the Imperium capital.  Details were absent, as one would expect, so we will just have to wait and see if he really meant that as well.

Of course, then on Friday afternoon CCP announced their “significant update to industry” plan which seems designed to make capital ships cost 3-5x what they do today, something that will discourage any sort of bloody assault on the Imperium capital.  In addition to the usual effect of locking in the “haves” versus the “have nots” in terms of power, it is likely to make the capital “haves” much more conservative in how they use them.

This led to a cross-coalition Meta Show on Saturday, with representatives from both sides of the war discussing the possible impact of these proposed changes.  There seemed to be agreement that the rich will get richer… Malcanis wins again… but when the question of whether or not expensive capitals would mean an end to the war, neither side backed down.  Kenneth Feld of Pandemic Legion said he had titans ready to go and wasn’t leaving until 1DQ1-A had been burned to the ground, even if it took another year to get there.

So the war remains “on.”

Delve Front

PAPI had a banner week when it came to Keepstar destruction, knocking down five more in systems where they were able to put up cyno jammers in order to operate without the threat of Imperium capitals showing up to defend.

Week 73 losses

The Keepstar in 39P-1J was the KarmaFleet home base citadel, so I am going to guess a lot of stuff is on its way to asset safety.  My PI Epithal is headed that way now.

Off it goes

The coalition instructions for the last few weeks has been that if you want to keep something safe, move it to 1DQ1-A.

Otherwise the map of Delve remains the same as it was last week.  At least I can just run last week’s map, which will save me a bit of time.

Delve – Mar 28, 2021

There has been no push into the final Imperium constellation and no ihubs flipped outside of it.

Other Theaters

In Querious Brave and Severance have managed to claim all the remaining ihubs, so none are left in Imperium control.

Querious – Mar 28, 2021

That is their new home.

We are getting down to the end of the fight over Catch, as Brave has lost their final ihub in the region.  There is only a single Legacy ihub left in the region belonging to Warped Intentions, circled in red.

Catch – Mar 28, 2021

Once that is down and structure clean up has finished, Catch will cease to be a front to cover, the fighting being all but done now.

Likewise, Immensea is down to the last bits and pieces.

Immensea – Mar 28, 2021

Impass, which I haven’t bothered to post maps of, is also pretty much done, so the Legacy Coalition alliances that lived in those regions are now committed to Delve, Querious, and Fountain.

Further along in Esoteria, that region remains in play with Army of Mango and Evictus trying to backfill TEST’s space to keep it out of the hands of The Bastion and its allies.

Esoteria – Mar 28, 2021

And then down in Fountain, the most recent of the secondary theaters of operation, Federation Uprising continues to push into the region.

Fountain – Mar 28, 2021

My Participation

Another week of me going on a few ops.  I seemed to favor Mister Vee this week as I ended up on a few of his fleets, though not much came of them until a Muninn fleet yesterday that ran out to defend an armor timer on a Fortizar in 39P-1J.  We successfully did that, then went to shoot their jump bridge that connects T5ZI-S to HZAQ-W, which drew a response from them, which got us to ping for another fleet, which got more of them revved up and we soon have 1,600+ of us zipping around in HACs and dragging the server down to the point that things were not responding.  I had locked and was shooting PAPI ships at one point and getting no responses… no hits and no misses, just ammo being expended.

After that started to get really bad we decided to extract and I got stuck on the gate out because my guns wouldn’t finish cycling down so my aggression timer was stuck at 1:00 and wouldn’t start counting.  Somebody suggested spamming F1 until they responded, which eventually worked, after which I had to wait out the very slow due to tidi timer.

Waiting on the gate as ships explode around me

At 20 seconds left I became the primary and overheated my hardener and lit off my assault damage control.  With three seconds left on my timer I was at 25% shields, which gave me just enough buffer to jump though.

On the far side of the gate I arrived just in time to help kill a TEST Minokawa, which was a nice way to end the fight.

So I ended up with no losses this week, though I was very close to one, so my overall 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

As I mentioned at the top, there was CCP’s Friday afternoon announcement about the coming industry changes.

We also got the Monthly Economic Report for February, which included some new data.  I wrote a post about that.

Over at War on the Rocks, a site that explores defense policy, there is a piece up about EVE Online and the current ongoing war and how it may be relevant (and not) to current ideas on war.

And on the peak concurrent user front, the high point on Sunday was up over previous weeks, reversing the downward trend we had been seeing.  I will say, however, that peak largely seemed to be driven by the escalating fight I mentioned above, which kicked off just before the usual daily peak tends to land.  Still, it got us over 36K.

  • 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

Related

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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36 Weeks of World War Bee

The war is extending into numbers that make me want to try and break it down by quadrants.  It would be nice if it fit into four nice, 9 week segments.  But it doesn’t really.  Not that there have not been phases of the war, they just don’t slice up into nicely symmetrical time segments.  Instead they are all messy and overlap.

We have, for example, been in the “invading Delve” phase since last October, which started with the PAPI attempts to get a Keepstar in NPC Delve, which succeeded on the fifth try.  We finished the two months of “PAPI titans trapped in M2-XFE” phase in week 35 and PAPI has taken that as a cue to move to what seems to be a “declare victory and hope the Imperium will take the hint and leave” phase of the war.

Talking in Stations declares victory

I suspect that they will be disappointed.

Not that there wasn’t some bad news for us.  PAPI continued to sblow up our structures, including two Keepstars this past week.  More disturbing to me was a notification I saw mid-week.

Elvis has left the building

I wondered if ElitistOps had once again been cast out of Goonswarm for some transgression as they had back under the reign of Darius Johnson. (SA post about it if you want some gory history from over a decade ago.)  Them coming back to Goons at the start of the war had been a big boost and they got up to the antics for which they have become rightly know, like Madcows stealing a Leviathan from an unfueled TEST POS back in week three of the war.  That earned them a lot of leeway on ping abuse.  The word is that they have gone back to Snuffed Out to get back to their more normal mode of operation and that the split was amicable.

But their leaving hasn’t slackened the pace of blowing up unwary Legacy pilots as they try to evac out of their old territory.  Things like this Erebus packed full of goods gating through null, or this Ark caught in Brave’s station hauling fuel, a Vagur being used to carry, or even this Impel being used to transport a lot of value in a cheap hull.

Not that PAPI hasn’t had their own kills.  Despite repeated warnings… I think there is a ping about every hour about this now… Imperium capital pilots keep jumping to the bait cyno beacon in AJI-MA, including a Ragnorak and a Wyvern recently.  The carnage continues.

Delve Front

As noted above, Vily has been preaching a “Victory in Delve” message of late.  TEST went so far as to expend the effort to take all of the territorial control units (TCUs) that they could in Delve just so the region would look to be all theirs on the null sec influence maps.

The Imperium still lives in Delve

Unfortunately, TCUs don’t really count for much and have generally been ignored by both sides, as ihubs demonstrate the practical control of a solar system.  Also, they like to ignore that big patch of Goonswarm space in Delve, the fly in the ointment of their propaganda.  And when you zoom out the blue donut needed to get to the gates of 1DQ1-A becomes apparent.

Which isn’t to say they don’t control most of the ihubs as well, as the ihub map from DOTLAN shows.

Delve – Mar 14, 2021

PAPI now needs to defend those ihubs, which the Imperium has been out reinforcing regularly, even flipping a couple over the course of the week.  They have their conquest, but we still live in the big blue circle on the map and can range out from there to make them work to hold it.  Their progress on territory has stalled.

As noted, they have been reducing our structures in systems where they have held the ihub for long enough to put up a cyno jammer.  They killed the Keepstars in M2-XFE, S-6HHN, 5-CQDA, and ZXB-VC under the umbrella of cyno jamming safety.  They clearly do not want to fight Imperium titans after losing badly at M2-XFE.

Meanwhile, on the weather front, the second Delve metaliminal storm has moved off to Period Basis, leaving the region storm free.  In order to celebrate, the RNG brought an incursion into the YX-LYK constellation, so we have that to deal with as well.

Other Theaters

In Querious Brave continues to hold onto their new living area.

Querious – Mar 14, 2021

That is good news for them as their old space in Catch is on fire and will soon be naught but ashes and memories.

Catch – Mar 14, 2021

Brave is down to just three of its old core systems.  They managed to defend GE-8JV, where their Keepstar and much of their assets in the region are located.  It seems unlikely that The Initiative and its allies are going to let Brave unachor that Keepstar in peace.

Likewise, Immensea continues to fall as the last few Legacy systems are under siege.

Immensea – Mar 14, 2021

And, while I haven’t been covering Impass, another Legacy region, that has begun to fall as well, with The Initiative finding an low power Fortizar in the region that ended up being quite a loot pinata, including a cache of dreads, which got scooped up.

Then there is Esoteria, where The Bastion has continued to take systems now that TEST has mostly given up.

Esoteria – Mar 14, 2021

The Army of Mango Alliance (AOM), which left the front lines back in week 17 of the war, and which had promised TEST that they would help them defend Esoteria, has begun to scoop up systems of their own in the region.  Perhaps they will better defend the systems they take that the ones TEST has left behind.

My Participation

I did get out into the war a couple of times this past week.  The highlight was a series of running battles to defend several Fortizar timers in Delve.  We were successful across the board despite starting off down in numbers.  I was in the early Ferox fleet and lost my ship in PUIG-F when the FC’s client disconnected and we were left hanging in space for a minute.

Feroxes Firing

However, I was able to reship and joined the reinforcement Cerberus fleet to get back in the fight, flying a Scimitar this time around, which survived.

Cerbs moving fase

I ended up on a few kill mails, so proof of life for yet another month, but had to add another hull to my loss list, which now stands at:

  • Ares interceptor – 15
  • Malediction interceptor – 7
  • Crusader interceptor – 5
  • Atron entosis frigate – 6
  • Rokh battleship – 5
  • Ferox battle cruiser – 4
  • Drake battle cruiser – 4
  • Scimitar logi – 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
  • Cormorant destroyer – 1
  • Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
  • Sigil entosis industrial – 1
  • Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1

Other Items

The Imperium switched their structure timers settings, an operation that takes 30 days to process in order to keep alliances from flipping them for immediate tactical gain, to be in Euro time again.  They were in US time, which meant that structure fights tended to be very late indeed for the Euros.  With the flip the Euros will now be on the front line and US time zone players can filter in as reinforcements if a long fights erupts.

CCP kicked off the Federation Grand Prix event which had tasks and rewards, including their first Expert Systems give-away, a package that boosted player skills up so that they could fly an interceptor hull, which makes the event much quicker/safer.  This seemed to me to be a much more viable path than trying to sell these packs, but we’ll see how CCP runs with them as time goes on.

And then here in many parts of the US Daylight Savings Time started.  I don’t know if that hour’s shift will impact the weekly peak concurrent player count, but for this week it was down a bit again, sagging right to the 35K mark.

  • 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

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35 Weeks of World War Bee

As last week passed I was starting to wonder what would be the headline item for this post.  A lot of stuff is on fire in various regions, but there didn’t seem to be any big news.

And then at the Saturday fireside The Mittani announced that the Imperium was giving up the M2 Hellcamp.  After two months holding the pigeon, as the metaphor went, we were going to finally let go.  Move ops to get people out of M2-XFE happened immediately after the fireside.  I was out during the meeting and missed the move ops, but was able to get a bridge out later that evening on my own.

One bubble left on the M2-XFE Keepstar Grid

There has been a lot of follow up hurf and blurf about this, but the primary reason behind dropping the camp is that TEST holds the ihub and we have been unable to wrest it from them.  The ADM is up to 6 as they have made it a capital system, so any entosis contest is a steep hill to climb even if we can get even odds as we have to entosis each node for an hour while they only need six minutes.

And they have held the ihub for long enough that they will soon be able to put up a cyno jammer on the system.  The hellcamp has long depended on our ability to bridge/jump in reinforcements in response to any breakout attempt.  With the cyno jammer, that will no longer be an option, so it is time to let go.  The Imperium Keepstar in M2-XFE is now bereft of its many bubble companions, looking lonely there in space.  And soon enough the remaining PAPI capital ships will log in and jump back to their staging, free at last.

Now the Imperium’s posture in Delve is defending 1DQ1-A and harassing the invaders by setting timers.

Delve Front

With the M2 hellcamp over, the Imperium is left with just the O-EIMK constellation unconquered in Delve.

While there have been any number of revisionist “we don’t need to take 1DQ1-A” war goals thrown out there, both TEST and PanFam have had that on their list from early in the war.  Vily and TEST need it to make any sort of claim to their extermination goals and PanFam had set its sights on the faction Fortizars in 1DQ1-A as their target.  PAPI can claim they won the war at this point, but the Imperium will feel rightly validated in their resistance if, after having most of null sec arrayed against us, they couldn’t throw us out of our capital system.  “1DQ stood!” will be on the lips of every Goon forever going forward any time the war comes up.

Delve – Mar 7, 2021

So the final Imperium constellation, now circled in blue on my weekly map, must be the focus of PAPI in the region unless they just want to go home.  Otherwise they’ll just burn down the remaining structures outside of O-EIMK and wait.  PanFam can always walk away, having destroyed enough of our stuff to satisfy honor or whatever.  But Legacy, and TEST specifically, wants to live in Delve and have given up defending their old territory in order to move in.  A bee’s nest of angry Goons in 1DQ1-A is not something they can safely ignore if PanFam leaves.

Meanwhile, in the weather news, the electrical metaliminal storm that had made its way through much of the region has finally pushed off into Fountain.  Only the two systems adjacent to that region, ZXB-VC and 5-CQDA, are still feeling its effects.  And the gamma storm seems to be headed towards Period Basis possibly, after having traveled through Catch, Querious, and Delve.

Other Theaters

Over in Querious Brave managed to take all the ihubs that Siberian Squads had grabbed and continues to hold onto other systems, including GOP-GE and W6V-VM, which both have Imperium Keepstars.

Querious – Mar 7, 2021

That effort has come with a price however, as we look over at Catch.  There the core systems that made up Brave’s home previously continue to fall.

Catch – Mar 7, 2021

Red Alliance, The Initiative, French ConneXion, and even Against ALL Authorities… a name from the past… have taken some of their ihubs.

Likewise, Legacy alliances are also under pressure in Immensea, where ihubs continue to fall.

Immensea – Mar 7, 2021

And then, down in Esoteria, The Bastion and its allies have begun to spread, killing more ihubs.

Esoteria – Mar 7, 2021

Going through zKillboard for the region shows that there is action daily there, so TEST hasn’t given up in full, but they are finding it more difficult to keep in control.  Ansiblex jump gates seem to be a favorite target of The Bastion.

My Participation

I didn’t do shit this past week.  Work, home, Valheim, and a lack of action in my time zone conspired to keep me from doing much in the war besides spending a couple hours on the hellcamp and then getting my Rokh back to 1DQ1-A.  As such, my losses remain as before.

  • Ares interceptor – 15
  • Malediction interceptor – 7
  • Crusader interceptor – 5
  • Atron entosis frigate – 6
  • Rokh battleship – 5
  • Drake battle cruiser – 4
  • Scimitar logi – 3
  • Ferox battle cruiser – 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
  • Cormorant destroyer – 1
  • Hurricane battle cruiser – 1
  • Sigil entosis industrial – 1
  • Mobile Small Warp Disruptor I – 1

Other Items

CCP Rattati, the EVE Online Director of Product, gave a long interview at the Oz_EVE Twitch channel in which he went over his views of the New Eden economy, the economic starvation plan, titan proliferation, and the new Expert Systems “rent-a-skill” plan.  The whole interview is available on YouTube and there is a transcript of it over at INN.

During the interview, which took place on Monday, CCP Rattati was quite adamant that CCP did not want to sell skill points.  Then, on Wednesday, CCP sent out an offer to many players to sell them skill points.  So if CCP is wondering why their player base can be such cynics about what they say, I might have a good example for them.

Meanwhile, the peak concurrent players for the week held above 35K again this week, but it is cresting slightly lower every week, with Saturday falling below the 35K mark this time:

  • 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

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