Monday, January 31, 2011

6VDT Station taken by TEST

We successfully claimed the 6VDT station. IT didn't try to fight us.

In 8 hours, the system will be taken if IT cannot bust our TCU protection squad.

Morale is high, momentum is building.

Friday, January 28, 2011

IT gets saved by CCP

We had several IT Titans and Supercaps bubbled before downtime this AM. Strangely, many of the bubbles around only the IT supercaps, but not the station or other POS that we had caged, disappeared when the servers came back up allowing the Titans to jump out.

This was very very suspicious because we can't figure out why IT Titan pilots would even think to log into a known caged POS immediately after downtown with cynos ready since the stations should have been bubbled and jumps impossible to execute. This appears to be an inside job, I hope CCP internal affairs will investigate what happened in this case. If it is just a bug, it is a huge stretch that it only affected bubbles anchored around IT supercaps.

We are working very hard to lock-down IT's main system in Fountain, and letting those Titans get away because of either foul play by CCP employees or a bug is frustrating. Camping a system 24/7 isn't easy and we don't appreciate losing those Titan kills because the bubbles we anchored disappeared. We had scouts on the bubbles up until downtime, so there is no way an IT spy was able to offline them before the server went down.

Despite this setback, we are achieving our objective of holding the system. The final battle for the 6VDT station is this weekend. IT has hired Pandemic Legion, so we are expecting a massive hardcore fight! (From PL, IT seems to be out of steam.)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Clown Lockdown

This is how a null sec station looks when things get very serious. We have camped IT into their staging station, and the plan is to keep up 24/7 blockade until we own the station and system.

The Fountain war has been on for weeks now, with IT successfully halting our initial push but unable to take back their two lost stations. Setting up timers for downtime was a good strategy against the US heavy CF coalition. The brilliance of scheduling a secret massive op starting during the State of the Goonion address was a great move. We have managed to kill IT's attempts to break out of their station so far. While nothing is certain until we own the station, I am very happy that our tacticians came up with this plan.

Blockading a system like this is very good for participation. It is so easy to log out at a POS and then log back in and jump into the fleet at a moment's notice. There is no lag time finding a fleet, looking for a fight, etc. In this case, if IT doesn't bring a fight, we win their staging system. If they do bring it, we get to see who will win in a full on head to head battle. It ain't over till the fat lady loses her station.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Xystance loves IT

A heartfelt message from Xystance, TEST ex-military director and CSM hopeful, to IT.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Catching the boomerang

The proceedings in Catch provide hope that the Stain/Curse/-A- juggernaut may decide to put some pressure on IT after mopping up Catch. If IT is forced to fight on 2 fronts, we will likely see the war in Fountain shift into overdrive.
I am interested to see if -A- decide to keep pressing Init. completely out of nullsec. I doubt -A- want to control Immensea and Teneferis, but they may have allies looking for more space. Initiative is certainly not providing IT with support in Fountain at this point. I think -A-'s strategy of falling back and then hitting hard after revitalization has payed off well. I am really interested in how -A- views IT's assistance in taking over Catch several months ago. Payback can be a bitch.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Gratz CCP!

Best wishes to CCP at taking best MMO for a second year in a row. While we pressure them to work harder and focus on more excellence, CCP is still clearly cranking out the best virtual world/spreadsheet on Earth right now.

Here's to many more years of iteration and inspiration!

The Eye Strengthens

With the Goons' new station in B-DBYQ, the Eye of Terror grows even stronger. Placing a Gallente outpost was a smart move, as it allows many corps to set up offices there, easing the logistics of major war. Making it easy for pilots to gather on the edge of Fountain is the obvious culmination of the infamous Eye of Terror. Can a strengthening hold on western Fountain translate into further gains by Dek Co?

Fountain remains contested space, this weekend will show which way the locus of control is shifting. This war has now lasted months and time will show who wants Fountain more.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

IT gets back in the game. [NSFW]

IT has indicated that they are back in the fight. The cloud ring assault led by the mole didn't materialize, but we are looking forward to many fights this weekend stimulated by our reinforcement-o-rama today.

In order to show my fair and balanced perspective, here is some fun IT propaganda:

Here's to the good fights and great ganks, endless trolling, and entertaining sandbox drama!

Unicorn manifest destiny = best destiny.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

For the Pets

The big IT counteroffensive fizzled out today, we are reduced to shooting more IT infrastructure in Fountain. Hopefully, we will get some fight tomorrow!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fountain Update

IT keeps dropping SBUs. We keep happily shooting them, tabulating the ISK they are wasting in the process, which is substantial. If we can take the station in 9R4-EJ, the Deklein coalition will be in control of the eastern 30% of Fountain. With luck, IT will spam SBUs in that system as well, giving us more easy killmails.

We haven't seen the IT Supercaps much, likely because the NC has had cap fleets organized to fight Pandemic Legion who could happily be diverted with a few jumps to kill IT capitals. BFF!

In addition to threatening to attack Goons at Fanfest in the flesh (classy move, IT), IT coms are full of complaints that they are fighting "ALL of EVE!!!" We are certainly glad that IT is fighting ALL of us.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to All of EVE from TEST!

Thanks to all for the good fights and the great ganks!

May your 2011 be filled with production, riches, and frequent and giant explosions.