Saturday, March 31, 2012
Life in Stain - Ball is Rolling
I'll likely bring both accounts into the Hobos if accepted.
Poetic, of course, for the PvP, roams, etc. Poetic's one year anniversary is coming up soon, so let's see if she can get herself on a Titan killmail before the birthday happens. That would be a nice cap to a year of playing.
Scottish as the nullbear ISK earner. There are already some choice planets I'd like to do PI on, but that the POCOs are controlled by Against ALL Authorities (-A-) corps. Scottish should be able to get access to those once part of the big -A- family.
There was some talk of current and future ops which I could get involved with (I won't be mentioning them here, even if nothing specific was discussed), though I was already aware of their possibility via EN24 and VandV's live Friday podcast. We talked about what I'd like to see myself doing eventually (scouting roles). What ships I can fly (pretty much up to battlecruisers fitted with T2 mods, battleships with T1 guns.) My current skill plan, which I'm dedicated to for the next 12 months, is entirely perception and willpower, strictly combat support skills in gunnery and missile operations. Every skill in those two trees to five. After that, another eight months skilling up all drone skills to five. Then back to ships.
It's funny how shit turns out. Three months ago, my plan was to see about joining Bagehi and Sindel in the Association of Commonwealth Enterprises (A-C-E), part of the Important Internet Spaceship League (BDEAL) alliance. Then BDEAL completely implodes, and A-C-E joins Test Alliance Please Ignore (TEST). Even though BDEAL was allied with TEST and had sovereignty in Fountain, they weren't TEST, so joining them was okay. But to join TEST outright? Not a fucking chance. There is no bigger group of conceited assholes than in TEST. Goonswarm are humble and modest, fucking Tibetan monks, by comparison. TEST has no reason for the conceit, all they do is swing from Goonswarm's ballsack.
It's weird, because Sindel and Bagehi are so very un-TEST-like. (Though they may one day be indoctrinated into the Extraordinary League of Asshats.) If I ever catch one of them using the term pubbie, they get a smack on the head. With a mallet or an anvil. They both have good strong minds though, so I would expect them to have fun doing what they're doing, while remaining free-thinking individuals.
Back to how shit turns out. I come down to Stain to do my thing in nullsec. Do it solo. Stain ain't so bad. Easy to get around in. Very rarely encountered bubble camps. Only ever came across them in 37S-KO (which is along the Period Basis-Catch pipe) or deep in alliance pockets (7R5-, which is -A- space in Stain, or X5O1-L, which is Babylon 5 space in Stain.)
As it turns out, playing EVE Online solo is dreadfully boring, and my time logging in started to decrease. I was missing people to chat with, go out in game to do stuff with. Time to join a corp. I was in Stain, wanted to remain in the Stain area (for the most part), so I should look at corporations based out of Stain. Remembering what Hong had said was the easy choice, "Stop playing solo 'tard, join a corp. I can get you a referral into my corp" (paraphrased). After looking into Hobos further, it became the best and most obvious choice.
The En Garde situation is very similar to BDEAL (though without the internal politics). A small alliance. Attached to a larger alliance. So you get to take part in 0.0 sovereignty issues, without being involved with it 24/7 hardcore. The Hobo portion of En Garde is laid back and chill, which is extremely important to me. I don't plan to and want to be involved in any situation where I have to call in sick to take part in required call to actions (CTAs). But I will take part in all that I can, as schedule permits. Some of these sov battles sound like a lot of fun.
I'll find out either Sunday or Monday if I'm in. Hopefully I'll get the invite. I'm looking forward to joining a good solid corporation with good solid people.