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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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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

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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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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

Related

34 Weeks of World War Bee

This past week saw Snuffed Out carry on with their prodding of the Tranquility Trading Consortium, the null sec coalition that runs the Tranquility Trading Tower in Perimeter, among other things.  Having destroyed the TTC keepstar in Ignoitton last week, the group declared war on the TTC, leading people to wonder if they were going to actually assail the high sec trading hub.

This led to the push/shove scenario and answered the question as to whether the owners of the TTC… which includes both sides of World War Bee.. would cooperate to defend their lucrative market situation.

The answer was “yes” as both TEST and The Imperium joined the war to defend the TTC, leading to a set of instructions going out to Imperium pilots about how to setup their overviews so they could be allied with TEST in high sec yet still see them as hostile targets in Delve.

In order to declare a war in high sec a group has to designated a war headquarters.  In this case, Snuff’s HQ was an unfit (and perhaps unfueled) Raitaru in Ichinumi, which the TTC forces promptly destroyed.  That meant that the TTC “won” the war and kept Snuff from declaring war again for two weeks.  This quick resolution led some to believe that Snuff was just in it for the memes.

Meanwhile, in his weekly fireside chat on Saturday, The Mittani announced the F2 program, a call for members of the Imperium to step up and be more than just F1 monkeys in fleets.  The idea is to take an organization that, since the levee en masse inception of KarmaFleet, has often been seen to simply be about simply getting more people into fleets and pulling the few who show some talent into positions of responsibility, and get more people to step up into support roles in addition to going on fleet ops.  Scouts and spies were mentioned specifically, but were not the sole possible paths.  Mittens banged the drum for this through his whole speech and, though he vowed there would be no shaming of people who did not step up, wandered perilously close to that position a few times himself.

In the traditional Imperium way, having long adapted to the daunting complexity of life in New Eden and the running of a space empire, there was a promise of guides to help line members find that second role… the F2 button on the space career… to help support the coalition.

Delve Front

As we enter the eighth month of the war, Delve has now been in play for almost half of that time.  PAPI put down a Keepstar successfully in NPC Delve on their fifth attempt back in October.  That means that the invasion of Delve, the alleged final stage of the war, has now gone on longer than many past wars have taken all told.  I know everybody loves the “not winning fast enough” meme, but public promises as to when 1DQ1-A would fall have all proven to be pipe dreams so far.  The system, and the constellation behind it, remain in Imperium hands and largely unscathed.  But for PAPI to take Delve, they must evict the Imperium from 1DQ1-A.

That said, there isn’t a lot left of Delve in Imperium hands.  PAPI came in and took the 1-A81R constellation, home to The Bastion and Get Off My Lawn.  Aside from a few outlying systems near Querious, the 1DQ1-A constellation is all PAPI has left to take.

Delve – Feb 28, 2021

The hellcamp in M2-XFE carries on.  There were some operations by PAPI against the bubbles over the week, but no real break out attempts have come.  And the two metaliminal storms continue to wander the region, though the electrical storm looks like it might be out the door and into Fountain if it carries on in its current direction.

Other Theaters

In Querious Brave has managed to hold on to the systems they have been trying to claim.

Querious – Feb 28, 2021

That said, Siberian Squads hasn’t gone away either and remains in their own constellation as well as staging out of the Keepstar in W6V-VM.

In Catch however, Brave’s holdings are under siege as The Initiative and other groups have laid siege to and started taking what one might consider Brave’s core home systems in the region.

Catch – Feb 28, 2021

Brave is committed to Querious now because their backfield is on fire behind them.  Likewise, Immensea remains under pressure, and Federation Uprising is down to two ihubs and Warped Intentions has lost all of theirs.

Immensea – Feb 28, 2021

And down in Esoteria The Bastion has kept the pressure on TEST, though an incursion popping up in the region probably hasn’t made their life any easier.

Esoteria – Feb 28, 2021

There is word that Impass and Feythabolis may also start getting the torch soon, once some of the above regions are wrapped up.

My Participation

I was a slacker yet again this week, though I have to say that a lot of the ops I saw pinged were in EUTZ, which I cannot really go on unless I know they are going to be short.  I can’t go missing in the middle of the work day for long.  I did jump in when PAPI made a run at the bubbles at the M2-XFE camp, which put me on some fighter squadron kills.  I also got the final blow on a TEST Scimitar, so my Rokh has a kill mark on it now.

The M2 Keepstar abides

Other than that I ran around Delve and collected my PI.  PAPI hasn’t been after the customs office in the region, or at least not in the systems where I work, so that trickle of income has remained steady.  Oh, and I was on the Theta Thursday show on INN last week, proving that they are getting low on available guests.

With that my losses for the war remain:

  • 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

This past week saw the Bastions of War update from CCP which introduced improvements to marauder class battleships.  Buffing 2 billion ISK hulls in the middle of their economic crunch seemed a bit comical to me, but the left hand rarely seems to know what the right hand is doing at CCP.  We will see if that changes anything in the game meta.

The update also nerfed heavy assault cruiser survivability, which will no doubt change the null sec war meta, which has largely been “HACs online” for most of the conflict.  It seems that Muninns and Eagles might fall by the wayside, though the speedy Cerberus might still be viable.  What will replace those as ships of the line remains to be seen.

CCP CEO Hilmar Petursson gave an odd interview about the EVE Online economy which was published over at The Gamer in which he went on about the New Eden economy in attempt to play up some bizarre connection to the GameStop short selling event earlier in the month, by describing things that don’t or can’t really happen in the game.  Has anybody, as an example, really been banned for margin trading?  It was really every bad interview I have ever witnessed where the CEO proves he doesn’t know his product and nobody is there to stop him.

And then CCP posted their Expert Systems dev blog, which in classic CCP fashion, uses words that sound cool but which do not mean what they seem to think they do. (see “logistics” meaning “repair” for another example.)  While lacking in details, this came off as a “rent a skill” program to get new players to pay money for temporary access to skills to try them out.  It seems like a complete non-starter to me, but I’ll have more words about that later.

And the peak concurrent users for the week rang in about where it did last week, with Sunday being just slightly ahead of Saturday this time around:

  • 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

Related

33 Weeks of World War Bee

This week saw Snuffed Out, the big bad guys of low sec space, declare that they were going to attack the Tranquility Trading Consortium (TTC) Keepstar in the Ignoitton system in a low sec stretch of the Sinq Laison region.  The TTC is a combined operation of TEST, Pandemic Horde, and the Imperium, who split the profits from these structures.  While the primary money maker is the Tranquility Trading Tower in Perimeter, one gate over and in the same region as Jita (which means you see results from it when you do a market search sitting in Jita), the TTC runs other structures, including the one in Ignoitton, which is used for third party capital and super capital sales.

Snuffed Out had been paid to leave the structure alone but apparently decided, with everybody burning ISK and resources in the war, that it would be more fun to just blow it up.  Which they did yesterday.

Vily issued a statement advising people to evacuate their stuff before it ends up in asset safety.  Elsewhere (I cannot find it at the moment) Snuffed Out issued a statement that they could no longer abide a structure like that acting as a safe haven in their back yard.

At the beginning of the month Snuffed Out destroyed the Sixth Empire Keepstar, the most majestic structure of his holiness Max Singularity VI, also in the Sinq Laison region.

Delve Front

The past week saw PAPI’s operational tempo continue to escalate.  The completed taking all of the ihubs in the SG-CTQ constellation, which includes the KarmaFleet home system of 39P-1J.  Then on Wednesday in EUTZ they made a major push against the ihubs and cyno jammers in the O-EIMK constellation, which includes the Imperium capital system of 1DQ1-A.

The subsequent battle saw nearly half a trillion ISK in destruction as both sides traded blows in the constellation.  The 8WA-Z6 system was the main focus of the clash, seeing 355 billion in losses alone.

Battle Report Header

At the end of the fight, PAPI had managed to reinforce zero ihubs and only destroyed five cyno jammers, which could be replaced.

The fight, which saw fairly equal numbers, seemed to take the wind out of the PAPI sails again, and the remainder of the week saw only small actions in Delve, including the occasional feint towards the M2-XFE hell camp.  Progodlegend blamed CCP node reinforcement for PAPI’s failure.

Delve – Feb 21, 2021

The Imperium continued to lose structures, but the main base of the coalition, 1DQ1-A and its surrounding systems, remains mostly unscathed nearly eight months into the war.

Meanwhile, on the weather watch, the two metaliminal storms that have come to Delve are both still hanging about.  The Electrical storm, which looked to be headed to 1DQ1-A, turned back and headed towards the constellation containing the M2-XFE hell camp.  I wonder who is hurt more by the lack of cloaking in the area.  Then the Gamma storm headed into a dead end constellation, so will eventually roll back out into the rest of Delve at some point.

Other Theaters

In Querious, Brave and Siberian Squads have been in a shoving match over ihubs, with both sides taking and losing ihubs over the course of the week.  Brave did score a coup just yesterday however, taking the ihub in W6V-VM, the Imperium staging system used by Siberian Squads.  But the region is still in flux.

Querious – Feb 21, 2021

Catch and Impass, the other end of Brave’s problems, also remain in play.

Catch – Feb 21, 2021

Systems were reinforced that Brave had to defend and The Initiative managed to take another ihub in Catch.  Brave’s core systems remain intact, but ihub timers there continue to be set, forcing them to defend.

Immensea was also the scene of more ihub action.

Immensea – Feb 21, 2021

Federation Uprising and Warped Intentions were both under pressure to defend.

And down in Esoteria, The Bastion and its allies kept the pressure on TEST in the region.

Esoteria – Feb 21, 2021

They did not take any further ihubs, but they managed to kill a TEST Sotiyo in what may be the most expensive engineering complex loss so far.  The loot on the field valued at 100 billion ISK, is alleged to be greater in value than Brave’s SRP budget.  Those in the know say that there were two titans in build when the structure was destroyed.

Further afield, Evictus began to evacuate Feythabolis, unanchoring structures, with an eye to moving into Delve.

My Participation

Valheim ate up a lot of my time, as it did the previous week.  I still managed to find some time to go on a few fleets and sit in the M2 hellcamp, which always seems to have 100-150 people in it just waiting for some abandoned PAPI line member to log in and take the hit.

The bubbles still stand around the M2-XFE Keepstar

I did managed to log in to the 1DQ1-A constellation fight towards the end.  There was a call for ECM burst interceptors to break locks on entosis ships as the vulnerability timer ended.  I went out in a Malediction and made several runs at the PAPI forces around the ihub, which padded my kill board a bit.

As part of that I also managed to close with the TEST Wyvern that ended up trapped on its own and was quickly bubbled and attacked by Imperium forces.

Just had to get close enough to fire my pop-gun laser

I got on the kill and got to watch it explode.  In that screen shot you can see a Nestor exploding… it may have been out to give the Wyvern pilot an opportunity to refit as the Nestor has that ability… the Wyvern itself, an Imperium Rorqual on its tail hungry for the loot and Salvage, and my Malediction interceptor racing to catch up.

Despite a couple of close calls, my losses for the war remain as follows:

  • 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

With the Tuesday update CCP managed to break jumping to cynos.  While an emergency fix went in quickly, requiring a launch restart for those already patched, this is the sort of thing that causes consternation out in null sec.

CCP released the Monthly Economic Report for January 2021, which includes the carnage from the hull timer battle at M2-XFE.

There was some alliance drama in Red Alliance, an ally of the Imperium.  This led to people and corps jumping to other orgs, including Siberian Squads.  The Russians are fractious and it is best not to get in the middle when they fall out.

Also, somebody on Reddit put together a map of null sec to illustrate the sides in the war at its start.

Null sec affiliation in the war

When somebody complains about the “blue donut” and they are in one of the alliances in the blue zone on that map, you are free to point and laugh.

At one point last week both sides in the war accused the other of padding their alliance numbers with freshly minted alts so as to hide any fail cascade.  That sort of thing, if either side is doing it, won’t help with numbers in fleets, which is where line members count.

Brave chief Dunk Dinkle was attacked by a bee this past weekend.  But he keeps bees.  I am sure there are multiple metaphors for the war in that.

Also, I went through all of the weekly updates and added the tag WWB Weekly Update to them. Now you can click on that if you want to scroll back and see how the maps have changed over time, when Fountain Frank showed up, when I started actually putting maps in the weekly update, or any of the inconsistencies in my own reporting, of which I am sure there are many.  It is all there in one long continuous scroll.

But you don’t have to go back to see the weekly peak concurrent user numbers, because I keep that going every week with the full list.  This past week saw Saturday once again take the top spot for the week as the numbers fell back down to about the 36K 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)

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32 Weeks of World War Bee

This past week saw drama in Brave Collective, the fifth largest alliance in the game currently and a member of Vily’s Legacy Coalition.  On Wednesday morning US time they had an alliance meeting where it was announced that they would be moving into Querious.  The fact that this was going to be fun was repeated frequently.  Other groups were reported to want to come live nearby and be close to Brave.  They were going to total take out Siberian Squads, who announced last week that, after having left Legacy Coalition, they were joining the Imperium and going to stage in Querious.  And taking and holding Querious was going to be in addition to maintaining their presence in Catch and Immensea, along with whatever commitments they might have to the war in Delve.  Nothing was being abandoned, there was no evacuation planned.

This seemed like a late point to make this sort of commitment.  As late as Week 24 of the war Brave held significant numbers of ihubs in the region.  They have since lost all of those ihubs, but now they were going to move in and start all over.

A while later a leak showed up on Reddit dumping internal leadership discussions about the state of the alliance and the move to Querious that was very much at odds with the happy, upbeat tone of the alliance meeting.  The outlook there was bleak and the ability to hold their old space while moving into Querious seemed unlikely, while the cost of all of this was going to be prohibitive.

This led to another alliance meeting that evening where Dunk Dinkle admitted up front that the leaked discussion was real.  He said it was embarrassing, but then commenced to hedge and try to paint a rosy picture once again.  Everything will be fine.  The M2-XFE hell camp is dragging the Imperium down.  Goons will collapse soon.  Victory is close at hand.

That prompted further leaks which reinforced the idea that Brave’s finances might be at the breaking point, along with some memes.

Meme’d… nice use of @dril for it too

One of the strange bits was the need to pay 12 billion ISK to TEST to be able to receive Imperium ping relays for intel.  But then Vily said on Discord that TEST pays that too and that it is just some guy in TEST that runs the service.

Sure thing

Looking over from the Imperium, that seems like a pretty ad hoc way to run a coalition.  Whatever.

Despite financial problems and too many commitments, Dunk echoed Kerensky in 1917 in saying that he has to keep Brave in the war.  But the fact that somebody in leadership is leaking these discussions indicates that there is discord within the ranks.

And then it sounded like there was discontent over in Federation Uprising, another Legacy Coalition alliance.

Admittedly this war is different than past wars.  Seven months of continuous fighting at this scale is unprecedented in New Eden and the obvious assumption on the PAPI side was that this would be the Casino War all over again with the Imperium falling back to low sec in a few weeks.  But Vily declared repeatedly that this was a war of extermination to drive Goons from the game because they are all bad people, and few things will make Goons dig in and hang on than making things personal.  Welcome to Delve.

Delve Front

PAPI continued to field large fleets and push on Imperium space in Delve, successfully taking ihubs in the SG-CTQ constellation.

Delve – Feb 14, 2021

PAPI also managed to destroy more than 20 large structures like Fortizars, Tataras, and Sotiyos in the region.

The hellcamp in M2-XFE carried on.  No serious efforts were made to try and break out the remaining ~130 titans and myriad smaller capitals trapped in bubbles around the Imperium Keepstar.  There was an uptick in capitals logging and getting destroyed as some players apparently were getting tired of waiting (some have been trapped in there since Dec 31, 2020) for the rescue that does not seem to be coming.  The big break out two weeks back apparently got enough leadership titans out that the rest of the trapped ships do not seem to be a priority.

Then there is the metaliminal storm, which has wandered down and has removed cloaking as an option in the staging systems for both sides in the war.  That is likely going to make things interesting, and all the more so if it keeps on moving down the path to 1DQ.  It does, in some ways, help the defender, as cloaky camping eyes cannot remain hidden.

Other Theaters

In Querious Brave started laying down ihubs as part of their move-in plan.

Querious – Feb 14, 2021

Since there were no ihubs in place, there was no contest over deploying them.  They just had to spend the 500 million ISK per ihub… if the Jita price is any indication… and carry them out there.  That is more ISK they are spending.  And, as you can see, they ended up getting reinforced.

Siberian Squads (SB-SQ), which joined the Imperium last week and which Dunk Dinkle was saying they would simply brush aside, took ihubs from PAPI during the week as well.  Brave did take the GOP-GE ihub, which is an Imperium Keepstar system, but they failed to take the Imperium Staging system in Querious, W6V-VM.  That also has a Keepstar and is where Siberian Squads is now based.

Back in Catch and Immensea The Initiative and their friends continued to make life difficult for Brave, Warped Intentions, and Federation Uprising.

Catch – Feb 14, 2021

Immensea – Feb 14, 2021

Out there structures and ihubs continued to be reinforced regularly and lost fairly frequently.

And then down in Esoteria The Bastion has kept on pushing against TEST, so that this week I not only have to put up a new map, but I have to change over to the whole region rather than just the northwest corner.

Esoteria – Feb 14, 2021

The Imperium continues to try and make Legacy Coalition regret their plan to move into new space in Delve and Querious while holding their old space.  Again, hearing the heart ache this is causing Brave, the second largest member of TEST’s Legacy Coalition, will only make the Imperium increase its efforts to disrupt their backfield.

My Participation

I will admit that I used most of my available game time to play Valheim last week.  That meant EVE Online (and World of Warcraft) didn’t get a lot of attention.  I did go on a couple of fleets and did some time on the M2 Hellcamp… missed a carrier kill when I  was in the bathroom… but wasn’t all that invested.

Well within range of my Rokh

So my losses for the war remain:

  • 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

The Mittani announced the Silver Ticket program last week.  The Golden Ticket program was an offer to any alliance with capitals trapped in M2-XFE to negotiate a price for their release.  Only one Golden Ticket was available and TEST was the only alliance barred from the plan.  This seemed largely a troll and nobody has taken up the offer that I have heard about.

The Silver Ticket program is an offer to individuals still trapped in M2-XFE to contact Imperium diplomats in order to sell their trapped capitals to the Imperium at a modest discount so that they could get out of the bubble camp with some ISK in hand.  This offer has netted the Imperium a Leviathan already.  (A ghost titan too, one from the second fight that showed up as an unfitted kill.) The pilot, who had gone over to Brave from GSF to play with a friend was apparently treated badly by Brave due to his corp history, which certainly motivated him to sell.  You can argue that he is the exception due to his background, but that is one more titan in the ranks of the Imperium.  But Brave has been having some troubles keeping up with its “Stay Classy” motto of late.

CCP also announced the Reign Quadrant this past week with the first February update which, as I mentioned, seemed to be dedicated to the Tactical Supremacy alliance, which has been one of the groups attacking Catch.  Another blow to Legacy Coalition there.

Tactical Supremacy is Victory, CCP says so

We also got the annual Guardians Gala event along with a login campaign.  Reports are that the sites pay off fairly well, but that they are more difficult than last year.

The war and the holiday event were not enough to boost the weekly peak user count, though it did not sag by much compared to the previous week and it is still up some from the holiday doldrums:

  • 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

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31 Weeks of World War Bee

We are now past the seven month mark for the war, which officially kicked off way back on July 5, 2020.

The headline news of the week was probably Siberian Squads opting to join the Imperium.

Siberian Squads

I mentioned back in the Week 29 post that Siberian Squads was leaving Legacy Coalition and possibly moving north to join in the shenanigans going on up there.  Unlike Red Alliance, which left PAPI to join in with their Stain Russian pals, Siberian Squads is joining the Imperium as a full member.  The will be taking up residence in Querious to keep that front active.  What will happen to there holdings in Tenerifis remains to be seen, but I assume that they used the two week interlude to move their stuff out of the region.  The FI.RE coalition seems salty about this.

This is something of a reversal of the Casino War where I announced several times that this alliance or that was leaving the Imperium. (Or in the case of Circle of Two, had betrayed the coalition and changed sides mid-battle.)  Since the war started the Imperium has actually grown while Vily’s Legacy Coalition is now missing some of its members.

Delve Theater

I mentioned back in the Week 28 post that the Imperium had given up the gate camp in E3OI-U that was protecting what was being called Helm’s Deep in order to maintain the hell camp on the logged out titans in M2-XFE. (See the Delve map in the Week 27 post for my last mention of Helm’s Deep on the map.)  PAPI finally noticed that the camp was gone and made a push to reinforce those constellations, culminating in day long series of entosis contests.

The Helm’s Deep constellations

PAPI was able to bring the numbers and were successful in taking two of the four constellations in play.

Delve – Feb 7, 2021

The back two constellations are significant as they represent the homes of The Bastion, Get Off My Lawn, and TNT alliances as well as hosting the KarmaFleet home system.

The TCU Sovereignty

GSF owns all the ihubs since they have the numbers and can bring the entosis forces, but those alliances get the territorial control units so they show up on the sovereignty map.

PAPI has pushed hard on ihubs over the last two weeks and now controls all but four constellations in the region.  They key to things for the Imperium is 1DQ1-A.  PAPI has not made a serious effort against that system and so long as it and its Keepstars and other structures survive, the Imperium will remain defiant.

Other Theaters

PAPI also expended some effort in Querious when it came to ihubs.

Querious – Feb 7, 2021

PAPI put 800 pilots up to attack the GOP-GE, W6V-VM, F2OY-X, and RF-CN3 ihubs, but only managed to secure the latter two.  That leaves a couple of footholds with structures in the region for Siberian Squads to base from and start harassing Severance (-7-) and Stellae Renascitur (S.R.) in the region.

Catch remains a battleground, with The Initiative continuing to press on Brave and Warped Intentions, with the latter losing several more ihubs over the course of the week.

Catch – Feb 7, 2021

Likewise, Immensea next door has become another bleeding sore for Legacy Coalition.

Immensea – Feb 7, 2021

There both Warped Intentions and Federation Uprising have been losing ihubs and the occasional structure to Imperium and Stain Russian forces.

Down in Esoteria, The Bastion and its allies continue to hold the northwest corner, so I’ll just roll the same map as before.

Northwest Esoteria – Feb 7, 2021

TEST has been telling their pilots to leave Esoteria and move to Delve, which seems like a trip with a fire at either end.  But they have been away enough that they lost another Fortizar.

My Participation

I did not spend a lot of time in New Eden over the past week.  The sovereignty battles tend to happen in EUTZ, which I can sometimes join in on as a break from work, but not always.  I did spend some time at the M2-XFE hell camp, which continues watch on the ~130 titans still logged out in space and was fortunate enough to be there when an Apostle decided to log in.  That put me on the kill board for February.

Apostle Explosion

Otherwise much of my space time was spent doing maintenance things like collecting PI output to sell.  I did get my corporate dividend payment for my 5 Imperium war bonds.

War Bond Dividend #1

The 1.25 ISK payment appeared to be a test run to see if the system would even work.  41 million ISK isn’t a ton, but right now my only other income is PI, insurance, and SRP and every little bit helps.  Fortunately I did not lose any ships this week so I didn’t need to collect insurance or SRP.  My losses for the war remain:

  • 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

This past week CCP posted a dev blog about the first battle at M2-XFE.  The Dev blog lays out some details as to who lost how many ships, how the battle compares to other large battles in New Eden history, and plans for a monument to commemorate the battle.

Planned monument

CCP was also awarded two Guinness World Records for the battle, which was detailed in a separate press release.  The records seem a bit dubious compared to some of the past records, but are still a good PR moment for the company.

Meanwhile, the weekend saw the peak concurrent user number stay up above 38K for another 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

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