I need to do a little bit of a background story on the Heild area for the rest of this post to make sense so I shall. About 6 or 7 months ago r1fta decided we needed a system not so much to have the entire corp live in (around 70% of the corp is highly nomadic) but to use a central point for doing corp stuff from and hold events and such in. We picked Heild in Molden Heath.
Our nest-builders started living there and over time a beautiful thing happened, Heild became a frigate fight club. Our neighbours in Bosena (Gunpoint Diplomacy) started coming in for fights so did several other entities in the area; The Executioners, Point of Dispute, some regular Tusker & Repo tourists and some others too. We all shot each other and were more or less civil about it, lots of explosions no hard feelings no grudges. It was a lot of fun.
Sure it attracted some bads too who were more interested in 'winning at all costs and 10 to 1 killboard stats' then in having a good fun brawl. Basically we ignored them or on occasion formed up with the other fight club people like RANSM to smash a gate camp or engineer a fight or some such. Leading to hilarious accusations of us being a bluefest on several occasions (both ransm & texn are in fact set -5 to us).
Fast forward to last week when E-UNI moved their lowsec camp into Heild, and not just into Heild but into our ancestral home station. Which is a shitty spit-out station that's terrible for capital logistics.
Now originally I responded to this by shrugging and moving elsewhere as for sometime I had found that Molden Heath was a little to small/underpopulated for our number of dudes & dudettes in frigates. So I had planned on leaving a jump clone there and moving down when I felt like a bit of fight clubbing. While roaming solo up north and specifically nullsec a little more. My plans just got shifted into a higher gear when the unista's moved in.
Apparently though the University didn't feel like fight clubbing and seemed to enjoy camping the station undock and the gates and dropping 6 or 7 people including ecm on single frigates. Really quite annoying.
RANSM meanwhile started fighting the unista's in more organized gangs, a couple of our dudes joined in. As I understand it the university despite still vastly outnumbering them, would only engage on gates and stations. So RANSM did the logical thing and removed station and gate guns from the equation by going to war with Ivy league. We had some guys flying in the gunpoint gangs, their CEO talked to our CEO and we went to war with Ivy League too, TEXN then did the same.
|By Joe Struck|
So that's how the conflict originated. But then Ivy League responded the way they do to all wardecs, and decided to try and bully us into dropping the wardecs by threatening to 'bring all of their duders down and camp us in'. Which is a strategy that has allways worked for them in the past when dealing with hisec griefer wardecs. And they seem quite convinced will work now. But it won't.
Usually their strategy works well because when dealing with some hisec griefers just making it hard for them to play will make them stop eventually. And most hisec griefers are interested in shiny kills and worry about silly stuff like their killboard stats and losses. Well we here in r1fta give exactly 0 fucks about losses, if our killboard efficiency was 1% but were getting into 'gud fights' erryday we'd be just fine with that despite apparently losing them all. We're all about fights and the hunt not about stats.
So far almost three days in uni's blob sitting in the Heild area has not affected our gameplay at all. Those of us that want to help with the 'war effort' have rallied around that cause and are doing just that. Some people with shinier security status have relished in the new ocean of hisec targets and are having a blast with it. Our brave solo warriors are off solo'ing and our wolf packs are out prowling, business as usual pretty much. Our esteemed leader, who's loathing for Eve University runs quite deep by way, is off flying solo in nullsec somewhere.
And the uni? They're sitting in Heild occasionally undocking to shoot at something when they feel their risk of loss is low.
|By Peri Simone|
Another thing I found quite intriguing is a line of responses by unista's including their CEO Kelduum on various blog, forums post and tweets, saying we should just come and talk to them and we'll arrange blues or some such or we should have read their wiki and we would have known (even if we did know -and we did- we would still have decced you and so we did indeed).
Uhm, excuse me come again? Did you just say; "if you just adjust your corp culture to ours and play by our rules their wouldn't be an issue!" Because it sure sounded like you just did, is my name Neville Chamberlain or someting? Which part of the word Rebel in our corp name do I need to clarify exactly?
We're not in Ivy league and I have absolutely nothing to do with your 'WSOP' or 'Open NAP' policy. I'm in r1fta and our policy is 'no blues' there's only one exception (Black Frog Logistics) and there won't be any other exceptions, not now not ever for as far as I'm concerned.
So the way we see this the unista's can either adjust to the fight club style of play in the area, god forbid you might actually learn something from solo and small wolfpack frigate fights.
Move out of Heild to a neighbouring system and stop camping Heild stations and gates so we can move around without dealing with camps, Atlar is nearby (and not already inhabited and has direct hisec access) Oddeluf & Istodard is are nice systems too. We'd be happy to come and fight you regularly with small stuff some other pirate corps might be quite willing to bring bigger stuff on occasion. You can be stubborn and keep a blob in Heild and not adjust. In which case the wardec stays until your lowsec camp moves on, weeks, months a year it's fine by us, bank rolling it won't be an issue.
|By Joe Struck|