June 18, 2010

Blog Banter Stuff

Welcome to the eighteenth installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by none other than me, CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to crazykinux@gmail.com. Check out other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

On May 6th 2010, EVE Online celebrated its 7th Anniversary. Quite a milestone in MMO history, especially considering that it is one of the few virtual worlds out there to see its population continually grow year after year. For some of you who've been here since the very beginning, EVE has evolved quite a lot since its creation. With the expansion rolling out roughly twice a year, New Eden gets renewed and improved regularly. But, how about you the player? How has your gaming style evolved through the years or months since you've started playing? Have you always been a carebear, or roleplayer? Have you only focused on PvP or have you given other aspects of the game a chance - say manufacturing. Let's hear your story!


So. I reached one year on EVE less than a month ago. I joined the game with one purpose in mind.

Shooting other people.

Since my clone was created, my training has been oriented towards one purpose. To kill. Now thats not to say that I was much of a killer early on, I certainly seemed to die more often than kill at the beginning of my EVE career. Moving to 0.0 within 2 weeks of starting this game was a true baptism by fire. I lost quite a bit as I learned the harsh realities of living in a nullsec environment. I joined eve with X.E.N.O. Corporation. They played Homeworld 2 during its prime, and that is where I joined up with them. After HW2 died I switched to various other games, including Company of Heroes. As that died I looked for a new game, and tried the 2 week trial of EVE. Within those two weeks I was hooked.

I started out in Venal, Deklein as a pet corp of Mostly Harmless. OWN Alliance, as it was called, lost favor in the region and was expelled to NPC Space several weeks after my move to 0.0. due to a "Civil War" of sorts with De4iant. There OWN slowly died, as corps left and losses mounted. They seem to be back on their feet as a small NC entity and I have fought elements of their alliance during the last northern campaign.  X.E.N.O. ended up leaving and moving to Gallente High Sec looking for a fresh start. Unfotunately it took us a couple months to find a new home. During this time I had trained up to fly battlecruisers quite effectively and found my love for piracy. Unfortunately X.E.N.O. had too many carebears and not enough PVPers. We eventually got a start in Insmother with Veritas Immortalis, a pet alliance of Atlas. Basing out of N7-BIY, we saw moderate action. Then the turning point arrived in my Eve life. A friend of one of X.E.N.O.'s Directors invited us to join the Mavs. A corp of Atlas at the time, it was an opportunity of a life time. I immediately dropped my roles and joined up. Shortly thereafter Veritas was destroyed by Red Alliance, but I had already bailed out. I had found my PVP paradise. Between the action with Red Alliance and our vacationing terrorizing CVA and all neutrals in Emsmek and Domain Regions. This was all fine and dandy, but once RA was gone Atlas was... boring. Then we held a vote and made a decision that put Mavs on the line once again. We joined IT.

Sir Molle invited our corp to bolster the weak US Time Zone of IT Alliance. We held a vote and the vast majority of Mavs wished to join that fight. Contrary to Atlas Reports, we gave notice to Bobby Atlas that we were leaving. This didn't stop him from going emo when we did leave, and although we were set blue for the Northern Campaign, Atlas is still less than happy with the Mavericks having been "poached" by Molle. Low even for Bobby Atlas, he trapped quite a bit of assets in Insmother when he surprise reset the Mavs (Thanks to those members of Atlas who helped us get our stuff out!) We staged out of Syndicate and hit PLs moons, then launched the full scale invasion of Fountain. It was awesome to take the PNQ system shortly before dominion launched, as it gave us a foothold on the region. I still remember the taunts "you've only got one station, one system". Now we rent Fountain and own Delve.

I have a couple alts, both PVP oriented as well. One is a supercap alt, the other is a covert ops alt (very handy for large scale fleet battles for scouting/warp ins and outs/cyno popping).

I carebear infrequently and with great distaste. I won't knock (too hard) those that do, but I can't see the challenge in shooting computer ships that have no intelligence.

Looking back at my early days of Drakes and Caracals, it almost seems a different game. I did/do get a pang of nostalgia when in Pure Blind/Fade/Deklein :)

That is all.

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