Friday, October 29, 2010

EBB #22. Loyalties of an Opportunist

Welcome to the twenty-second installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so 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 Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month topic is brought to us by L'Dene Bean of Nitpickin's who asks: Why, and how did you pick your corporation? Is your loyalty solid or just until a better placed organization "recruits" you. The shorter version:  Who holds your Unshakable Fealty and why?
So let's just say I have never been the most "loyal" of followers while in eve.  Usually I find myself on the other side of decisions made by those in-charge.  At least until the semi-recent past, pre-STIMULUS.

So what makes STIM so different?  I'm not 100 percent sure to be honest.  I've pirated, been the CEO and co-CEO of two mildly successful merc/pirate corps.  Been in industry corps, robbed them blind, mined for them, produced ships, traded, the whole gamut.  STIM just feels like home.  It's that feeling that has slowly added a bit of loyalty stock the longer I remain in STIM.

STIM capitalizes on PvPers, we are elitist assholes for the most part, willing to do crazy, suicidal things on a regular basis in search of just one more kill.  We enjoy the fight and more often than not find sick satisfaction in dying in a horrible fire to those blobs more than 2-3 times our size.  We operate in mostly lag-free environments, with little to no mandatory ops to go kill xxx TCU or setup xxx SBU.  It's real, pure, fast paced eve-style PvP. Mesh STIM with four or five like minded corps in RK and you get a solid backdrop of not only corp but alliance.

Jay Carr said,
“They were fast-moving opportunists encased in cynicism and proud of it.”

And I have to say we are proud of it.

For the record, I chose to join STIM after reading up on them after my previous corp disbanded again, from day one of my trial I was in more fights, better teams and stronger leaders than most of my previous years in eve.  While I still maintain ties to some of the other pilots, corps and alliances I used to fly with STIM is where my usually fickle loyalties lie.

After all,

“I would rather be an opportunist and float than go to the bottom with my principles around my neck”  - Stanley Baldwin

Other Banterers

Merry Life and a Short One
The Elitist
A Mule in Eve
Mike Azariah

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FENDing off the last few weeks

So I suppose I have been slacking and not really coming up with anything creative to post here!  Meanwhile in eve Rote Kapelle has been having a great time back in Syndicate.

We'd love to take the credit for pushing Primary. (the recent additions to TXW) into inactivity, but really it seems that World of Tanks and a lack of will to play the game has gutted the attempt to re-form and re inspire the Primary. Alliance.  A bit of a shame as we were looking forward to some good fights in TXW for a change.  Over the last few weeks their activity has really trailed off leaving us searching for more targets, and finding them.

Heh, Rote Kaput.  Good one!
We engaged in a CONCORD sanctioned war against "The Fendahlian collective" and their friends "Sacra Cupola."  The fights were fun, but mostly consisted of station games in either Stacmon or Dastryns, but that fit me just fine as we were able to score some good kills and the FEND gents were good or rather nice enough to continue to fight, bringing out numerous ships and hulls.  Didn't matter to me, got to fly in my Abaddon of sheer tankyness for a while, haven't been in that beast in ages!  Repairing in station costs way to much isk btw!

I am impressed with Ushwi Hobak who was apparently quad boxing against us.  he got on so many kills because he brought out a well tanked Maelstrom, plus scimitar basilisk and usually at least one other DPS ships.  We kept trying to kill him, but no luck, or at least no luck very often as he was able to tank and redock at will.  Such is the fun of station games!  In any case, props to the quad box, pretty impressive.  He wasn't so successful at keeping his fleetmates alive, so we ate them up pretty well.  Including these couple engagements, Stacmon Slaughter.  That Vagabond pilot should read my guide btw, was inside scram range from the undock of the station, paid the price.  While they were at it they provided a few lolzy killmails, like the Rapier without a Web. 

Most memorable moment goes to the pilot "losingsleep."  We had just forced their camp in stacmon to dock and killed his Raven while doing so, he left in a shuttle and returned in a Cyclone.  Johnny Cruz mentioned on vent that he was travel fitting that thing with stabs, I, still fit for station games, had two scramblers on the Abaddon, ready to pin him down.  He warps into the station again, apparently trying to either salvage or tease us with his invincibleness due to over-stabbing.  I'm pretty sure his smile dropped when my four points and Johnny's two points landed on him.  Suddenly forced to stick around landing us with a very funny killmail.

Anyways, war was soooo last week.  This week we have joined the intrepid pilots of Reaper Industries, our long-time friends, into the Rote Kapelle fold, providing a much needed boost to our EU TZ.  It's great to have them around, and RK gangs now tend to roll out of TXW on a near 23/7 basis. 

In other internal news, voting for our alliance Logo has finally been completed.  I have to say that I am sad, my personal favorite, "looking up, no RK" failed to make it into the last rounds. Though I am happy that all the back-and-forth over the logo will hopefully now be over.  I was put in charge of organizing a fair vote and getting a final result and was amazed to have it finished before Christmas 2020. 

To the left here is a sample of the winner, well close enough!  Now that the vote is over my responsibility for dealing with it also ends, horray!

So that mostly covers the last two weeks, until next time, here is looking up, no RK!  Thanks for the work Rixx Javix, very impressive!