Another crazy day…a weekend that I have little time to game or blog, but I did find a nice image from my archives that I've wanted to post for months.
Morning Ramble #58 | Views from Beyond the Gate #25 | World of Warcraft #3
A view from my primitive deed on Xanadu.
#Wurm #WurmOnline #Xanadu
A view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Star Fleet Academy in Star Trek Online
In this world there is no robot preventing my crossing as there was in Defiance.
#StarTrekOnline #STO #Defiance
Views from Beyond the Gate #13 | Star Trek Online #1
After 2 days of head start, even Grim is exhausted.
Views from Beyond the Gate #12 | Wildstar #2
Grim is the companion of Deadeye Brightland and one of my most notable images from the start of Wildstar on the Exiles side. I hope to see more of him as the game progresses.
Views from Beyond the Gate #11 | Wildstar #1
Laanestii is the stablemaster in Vulkhel Guard. She is the person to speak with when you are ready to get a horse. Do this early to get around quicker.
#ElderScrollsOnline #ESO #VulkhelGuard #Mount
Views from Beyond the Gate #10 | Elder Scrolls Online #2
Captain Tremouille is one of the first people you meet at Vulkhel Guard.
He is the captain of the ship that rescued you after you reappeared in Tamriel if you follow Aldmeri Dominion faction. He also points you in the direction of Khenarthi's Roost where you will find Razum-dar and your early questing. To get over there, he suggests looking of Sugar-Claws down on the dock. In all, he starts you on the Storm on the Horizon questline.
Views from Beyond the Gate #9 | Elder Scrolls Online #1
The war for Fountain has truly begun. This weekend, fleets from across New Eden met up to kickoff the Summer War for Goon Domination or the Please Ignore War or whatever people are calling it. I am calling it fun.
We started out Sunday night leaving our new staging station in Karan and heading to Fountain. I really think the station looks nice and don't mind using it as our temporary home.
After a few Titan bridges, since the jump bridge network is down, I got separated from the fleet in my hurricane. Not wanting to fly in dangerous space with a thin skinned battlecruiser, I swapped out to a bomber and flew to the fight – 17 jumps. It was pretty neat seeing some of the large fleet formations from current Test allies and in J5A, fights were already in progress, but I needed to get into B-D to meet up with the fleet I started out in.
The J5A gate to B-D was busy. But I went through anyway into full TiDi…and…
The other side was a bit busier and in my little stealth bomber, I had to get out of multiple bubbles before I could cloak up and assess the situation. Over 2200 ships in B-D. TEST, Goon, CFC buddies, NC., PL, BL, and many more were all maneuvering at 1/10th real time. It is really amazing how slow things can happen when running in TiDi. But things were still happening, so +1 for CCP.
I finally met up with my fleet and hit a few CFC baddies before we disengaged to get better positioning. But instead of heading back to the gate, we went to the station where another battle had broken out.
The battles raged on for over five hours that I was able to participate in. Each side took plenty of losses and each claimed victory. In the end, however, TEST saved J5A and showed that they can play at diplomacy and deceit just as well as the Goons. The Goons managed to take a few systems in Fountain from friendly allies, though, and in my view, fun was had by all – even if it was at 1/10th speed.
The final view I had as my bomber and then pod disintegrated around me, was the arrival of an Apoc fleet on the B-D station to continue the fight.
Things are starting to heat up in Eve as the summer gets underway.
While the big news has been the deployment of the Odyssey update and all the changes it has brought, the winds of change are once again sweeping through Eve politics. The largest alliances in the game have gone to war over changes made in Odyssey and this looks to be a fun time for all.
After taking a bit of time away from the game, I came back to see Delve under attack from NCdot. Fleets were called hourly to fight the invaders who claimed they just wanted good fights. Well, we gave them some fights as you can see.
Here I am shooting the SBU they placed in our system.
And if you look close enough, you can see my bubble in this image.
Now the big fight starts. The Goons have decided they are poor and need more ISK (or at least that is thier current excuse) so they are going to try to take Fountain. They may very well get it, but I think TEST is going to put up a better fight than The Mittani is used to.
The raw numbers seem to favor TEST with over 12000 members, but the Goons with 'only' 8000 have allies, and TEST seems to have been on a mission to distance itself from every alliance or coalition in the game in the last couple of months.
I think it will be interesting to see if the general Eve population sits on the sidelines here. The Goons have had a virtual monopoly on Technetium which allowed them to become rich and dictate prices across New Eden. With this market position, they have been able to dominate the game for years and terrorize players in all parts of space.
How many null sec wars have been started just because the Goons were bored?
How many industrials and freighters were lost because the Goons wanted to burn Jita?
How many miners have had their only means of income destroyed because the Goons wanted some fun with Hulkageddon?
If the Goons really are fighting this war because they are poor, wouldn't this be the best time to hit them hard and make them suffer the same way they've griefed so many capsuleers? Wouldn't it be nice to hit them while they are fighting an alliance that has the capability to field just as many blobs as they usually do.
While I doubt the general Eve community will act, I think this is the best opportunity for the citizens of New Eden to rise up and throw off the chains that have been imposed by the Goons. Stop them now, before they get rich again and start telling everyone how to play Eve.