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So my Nano-Vigilant… has sadly been lost. It was a pretty good experience, although slightly awkward and painful. So let’s begin shall we…

It was a dark and stormy night (seriously I had thunderstorms going on) and the fateful decision was made to go roaming in nano ships. Plans were laid, pings were sent, and a fleet was formed. This really just meant I said in alliance I’m about to lead a nano roam and collected a small group of people daring enough to come with me.

We left our staging and headed out across Geminate, into Kalevala Expanse… and found absolutely nothing. Slight amendment to that, we did indeed get our kill of the night: Super Leet PvP. We made the decision to head towards Scalding Pass instead. We instead met a Drama Sutra fleet. I learned a few things that night:

1. These gentlemen know how to fly their ships
2. These gentlemen can afford to fit their ships with some pimp fittings.
3. They have links

We had a handful of blues in the next system who offered to engage as well. Our fleet consisted of a handful of smaller nano ships, Confessor, Thorax, Vigilant, Svipul, Scythe, Gila, Cruor, and Maller. Our blues had a Curse, and a couple of Ruptures I believe it was. Drama Sutra was rolling with Tengu links, Rapier, Typhoon Fleet Issue, Muninn, Sabre, Gila, Stiletto, and possibly more ships I forgot about.

Now that we got the boring ships listing out of the way, the enemy fleet was competent, their guys knew how to fly, and were very well fit ships. I was hesitant to engage even with our blues, as their nano fleet had DPS out the wazoo, and were quite competent. So we played some warp around games and in mid warp the Sabre dropped drag bubbles off the gate. Most of us were in varying locations scattered around the system Atioth. Our blues + Enemy fleet landed in the drag bubble. The Sabre and Stiletto were on the gate with a decent separation though. So my brilliant plan was to warp in blind to the gate (as our scout had to warp), gank the Sabre and and Stiletto and see what we could accomplish with the enemy fleet.

durr_answer_2_xlargeSo, if any of you are following… the brilliant move I made in my tactical decision was not realizing… I was in line with the gate when we warped in to kill the Sabre. I was excited for a kill after an hour+ of nothing and messed up that little part of it. So a handful of us who were right next to each other landed in the bubble as well. I overheated and started burning away. That was brilliant, if I hadn’t completely ignored the Rapier. I got webbed from well over 40k, and another fleet member said he got webbed at 90k+. Faction webs + overheat + links can be scary. It ended pretty much as expected…

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It was an interesting little game for a bit of course. Then I got absolutely wrecked due to a really stupid warp in. It was a simple mistake and we got wrecked for it, so props to the Drama Sutra guys for taking full advantage of it. I always find it amusing when you are roaming through hostile space, and you end up fighting a separate hostile gang because the locals dock up and ignore you. It was fun though, and will definitely get another Nano Vigilant soon.

The Once and Future Lobster King

Kasken

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So I’ve been in Get Off my Lawn a few days now and settled in a bit. I got several ships moved, a handful of them blown up, and a good chunk of kills. As of writing this I shot myself up to #5 on the corporation killboard! I also managed to 1v1 Suitonia (EveIsEasy video maker on youtube) and had some fun fights.

So, impressions of LAWN / CFC thus far. The organization, communication, and the like is truly impressive. I’ve been GRRR CFC for a long time. I disagree with SRP, risk adversity, and a good chunk of that still. But, I can’t find a reason to dislike LAWN thus far as an alliance. Statistics, income, where the isk is going, and communication has all been transparent. The IT services are beyond top notch (it’s cool to see the auth system DIP used pimped out and functioning flawlessly from the user side). Fleets seem to be semi-frequent, and I am slowly starting to invite more people onto my micro-gang roams as I begin learning the area.

Contracts have been pretty well stocked, although there was a strat op last night I didn’t go on because I didn’t have a Tengu kicking around and none were up, but I got to mess with my nano vigilant which worked out. I flew on one op, with an FC… who has that “Dank frags man, bitches love my dank frags” type attitude. I figure most alliances have some of those dudes, and I just won’t fly under them. As a guy who has never done drugs (besides some heavy drinking in college), that way of talking sounds so uneducated and retarded to me personally, I just can’t listen to it. I’m also not a fan of, “it’s cool, I can say “nigger” because I’m not racist, I have black friends.”

Thus far my overall impressions of CFC / Lawn in TLDR: Incredible organization + communication. Badass IT setup. Fights are rough to come by (even on a border region) but that is a general state of Eve. Also… dronelands aren’t the most active of regions in general. Onto the fights!

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So I took my Confessor out, which is still one of my favorite ships, promptly got myself stuck in a bubble, and forgot to switch into defensive mode… I did manage to pop the tackling Taranis but pretty much insta popped with it. After that wee bit of embarrassing stupidity, I grabbed an arty wolf and headed back out to roam the Geminate area. Our fleet consisted of the overwhelming DPS of… the arty wolf, a claw, and an ares. Naturally, what we end up finding that we can catch is two procurers mining in a belt. We pin both and go to work. We are deep in a dead end pipe series of systems, we have seen some people floating around, and the though process is gank and run…. with our overwhelming DPS against mining barges that can beast tank.

The procs did what you would expect, dropped drones and start hammering us. My wolf fit was not exactly what could be considered cap stable, and this entire process involved took a while. I had to warp off to rep + regain cap, and since we were expecting backup we didn’t kill the drones right away. One of our inties had to burn out almost dead, and the second inty kept tackle while I warped off and back, he survived with 2% structure left. We managed to kill one procurer finally, second warped off. The Arty wolf is decent in some respects, but as a primary DPS source…. not so much.

We took a small break and went back out, I brought a Stabber and Kibitt came with me in a sniper Cormorant. A Blackbird and Myrm came after us… which allowed us to kill the Blackbird and get out before Myrm could tackle. Not an amazing kill but it was amusing. We then caught and killed an interesting Vexor fit in a bubble.

Fast forward to the next day when I fought Suitonia 1v1 TO THE DEATH!!!!!!! If you don’t know who Suitonia is… here is a link to his youtube stuff. He is a very good manual piloting fellow, who knows his stuff inside and out. I had, at work, watched his video of his troll ceptor entosis stations to get fights video. I then logged on, and saw his name in intel, and that he was in a Raptor. A short period of time later we got the message that one of our stations was being attacked. I did the only logical thing, which was jump into my Malediction and head straight over.

Disclaimer: my Malediction fit is used as tackle, if I had paused in my excitement long enough to realize I was indeed going to dogfight, I would have refit a scram instead which could have made the difference. I still rarely lose fights with my Malediction, and I figured let’s do this. I got there before most anyone else (for some reason they were trying to form a full on fleet which was silly) and found him as expected near the station. I landed and burned away, not at full speed because I wanted to separate him from the other person there as well. Note: the second inty didn’t even move (zero velocity) so it was quickly obvious he was going for the solo fight. I turned, rolled in to engage and we shot past each other as expected.

This is where lack of scram and inability to hold range murdered me. He was able to kick my MWD back off before I could pull any sort of range letting him get back on top of my with blasters extremely quickly. I had my rockets overloaded (and even had javelin loaded so I got some free hits, however he was buffer fit. I took him down to about 1/3 shield before I popped, which isn’t terrible. With a scram I might have been able to hold him at Null range instead of anti-matter which would have let my rep keep up much better and possibly won me the fight. Either way, he was cool and we chatted in local for a bit after so I was happy.

Malediction Loss   (Suitonia’s Raptor Fit)

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A bit later I went roaming in my Confessor (cause it’s so fun to fly), ganked a Covetor, that I burned 107k towards to tackle without him noticing. I was talking to a friend in one of the hostile forces near us that said they won’t fight us because, well LAWN always hot drops them. I was telling him in general I don’t do all that and the like. Ironically, we catch word of a Gila coming to us, get tackle prepped with a random alliance mate who is nearby. He happened to be the blops cyno… so our kill (Gila) ended up getting blopsed on mid conversation of me saying I don’t do that. At least my buddy knew it wasn’t specifically me since I had been roaming the area.

We returned and intel reported a Vaga was 2 jumps out from where i was staged. I  jumped into my Deimos and headed over, to discover the Vaga had a Loki with him as well. I tackled the Loki as the Vaga ended up being far off,  but he kept burning out of range. I had forgotten to get Null in my cargo as well since I had just moved all my ships out here. I was trying to bait tank him in a bit, and the Vaga finished killing something and came on in to play. I was perfectly fine with this, as he burned into web / scram range of me, at which point I had to legit rep and brawl. I did fine… until the Hyperion landed. I popped the Vaga, and worked more on the Loki but I couldn’t get range to live and eventually died, however more people in alliance started to show and maintained tackle. I swapped out to a Garmur because I wanted to keep Loki / Hype pointed safely at range and I had no other good ships to brawl them with. Loki ended up getting killed, and the Hyperion played some gate games with it’s crazy beast tank. Only two of us recognized when he deaggressed, so when he jumped gate myself and a Sabre jumped with him. Caught tackle, and he died on other side.

Fight on 1 Side (Notice Garmur = top damage with EM missiles on a Loki cause of my Deimos dying)
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I am aware some of the deaths / fits were…. interesting. I didn’t “FC” I was in fleet with Ashimmu and a Caracal, that was it.

Finally, after that we went down to BWF-ZZ to play, as one of my friends brought in his Tengu. We engaged on the station, and even though an Archon undocked, we had plenty of kills and no losses there as well, that was pretty fun. They had a Claymore, another Ishtar, and some other things that did not show up on report as they didn’t die or get any kills.

Battle Report

377537310_1024I went out again last night, but only got a couple of hauler kills. I also lost a Jackdaw vs an overkill response by xXDeathXx but it happens. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Jackdaw, it was underwhelming after flying the Confessor. I haven’t taken out my Svipul yet, but I finally bought one. We managed to kill a Cerberus but that was it.

The industrial kills we had, weren’t impressive, besides the decloak we got on the Crane, however I might have found a new favorite ship to fly. The nano-Vigilant was a frigging blast. I survived skirmishing with a nano-gang, of course I didn’t kill the Stiletto or Heretic because changing ammo types apparently is too difficult for me. It aligns fast as hell, warps decently of course, and can project dps solidly while stopping real tackle from landing on you with a faction web. I intend of rolling with this a bit more. Granted, with links it would be far more effective, but even with just regular fleet bonuses it is solid.

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Lastly, I actually have a big chunk of readers now, which I greatly appreciate. Writing is fun, writing where no one reads it though is boring. So first off, thank you to all of you who read this. Second, I am thinking about trying to make this more interactive.

IE: Let readers pick out some ships for me to roam and write reports about, take some of the readers with me in small fleets if people are interested, and things like that. I also am very interested in making some PvP videos, I just have absolutely zero knowledge of using things like Vegas and the like to make it happen. I’d absolutely love someone who is good at it to help teach me, or fly with me so we can make movies together (that sounds a little like bro-love). Or any advice, commentary, things, suggestions, I’d like to start getting some feedback from people and expand my Eve gameplay using you readers to do it.

Basically I am encouraging you, the reader, to take an active part on my Eve life, get in touch with me in game (Kasken) or leave comments on here if you have any interest…

The Once and Future Lobster King

Kasken

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I’ve made some fairly significant Eve changes lately. I’ve taken the last 2-3 weeks pretty much off, not doing much in Eve. I’ve played some Attila Total War, some SWToR, and in general ignored Eve. I had a few random fights, including watching my Drake get ganked while being outnumbered outgunned, and ecmed by drones cause never not enough overkill.

First off, I turned over Vitri to one of the most enthusiastic semi-newbro dudes I’ve met in game…Marc Skitsurr. He is going to try and rebuild Vitri, which is something I don’t have the time or inclination to do. I also have been browsing various corps to possibly join, and couldn’t find that absolutely perfect fit.

I spent some time talking to a few corps, and opted to join one that I knew were a good group of guys. I spent a while trying to recruit them into DIP actually, and was pretty familiar with them. I joined Cat0ps. Yes, I joined a corp in the CFC. I’ve spent enough time anti-CFC, and I still disagree with some of the changes they brought to the game. However, a good chunk of these guys said Lawn is a pretty awesome alliance, and I figured I’m on the verge of quitting, why not give it a shot.

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I joined, got their services setup…. which was the same system DIP used but much more polished. It of course made it quite easy to know how to setup though 🙂 I then setup the Goon coalition stuff, pretty easy to do. I will give their IT stuff props, was crazy easy to get everything running. I had contracts accepted and stuff moved already, which is pretty awesome, and already killed / lost my first ship. Trade my malediction for  crow, but since I was outnumbered I was ok with that. I bought a new inty went back out and caught tackle on one of those Caracals and got him killed after so I ended up happy:)

We’ll see how this new journey takes me. With the upcoming advent of FozzieSov, and in a few weeks I can FINALLY change my attributes and train something other than Perception/Willpower… I am hoping that such massive changes will rekindle that Eve fire and bring the game back to an exciting level. I have no responsibility for the first time in 6 months right now. My goal is to learn the area and start FCing again, because that’s one of the few things I really enjoy doing. Without needing to worry about moons, politics, and keeping people happy, hopefully if I focus on FCing and just having fun… Eve will be awesome for me again. This also means if I am active again… I can start writing in the blog!

The Once and Future Lobster King,

Kasken

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So with the dissolution of Diplomatic Immunity I have been refocusing on my actual corp…Vitriolic Animosity. Our numbers have dropped significantly, but it’s mostly because we underwent a cultural revolution. Vitri had been growing, and the people who took over recruiting had their own corporate vision and culture they wanted to have. My own style was not necessarily on the same course as them. However I was so focused on DIP I ignored that part entirely.

With DIP gone, and me refocusing on corp, we were looking at alliance offers. We’ve received many of them of course, and different ways to go were thrown out there. Several CFC / N3 alliances or style alliances were brought up as possible places to go. I didn’t really want to go to a huge coalition or have that militaristic angry style experience while having “quadruple max CTA you space aid fucksticks” screamed at us.

A large group of our newer to Vitri players chose to leave us and go more towards that. There was a pretty big schism in their thoughts, ideas, and belief in their abilities vs my thoughts about pretty much all of that. Therefore we lost a chunk of our players through that. I’ve also been cleaning out inactives and players who are active but not actually part of the corp. Basically we are consolidating down to our core group of players who want to grow again, re-learn small gang and combat… and head back to null. I don’t want people in corp who want to do their own thing and ignore the rest of us.

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I posted on the forums, we have probably a completely non-achievable set of things we would like to  have in an alliance. We’ve had some very good offers, my top choice offer sadly is in the CFC so it would tear apart my corp if we went there, plus my own personal anti-coalition and we join the biggest one in the game. Great group of guys, just hanging out with the wrong crowd 🙂

We haven’t fully ruled anyone out yet, and still sorting through offers. Our current decision is to hang out in  high sec, roaming low / null for a bit while getting our group back into the Vitri of tight knit dudes. Of course if the “perfect” offer hits us we will leap up and head in that direction 🙂

Ze Explosions are Le Cool!

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That’s right, I finally got to PvP. We settled into an area, and by settled I mean I moved a handful of ships somewhere and opted to go out roaming without a care if I would lose a ship. I opted to do this in a brilliant and stupid way, and created a hull-tanked Typhoon fit. The theory was I could gank small tackle that would scram me and keep mjding away giggling like a schoolgirl. It started off well, I went through low, into Cloud Ring, and headed towards SMA space in Fade. I jumped through a gate and had a Jackdaw say hello to me. It was adorable. SMA reacted violently and swiftly to a hostile in their carebear heaven, and a fairly large fleet ended up following me. I use the term “following” loosely as I was in a BS not designed for warping with any speed. I thought I was good as the MJD animation went off but a last second scram must have caught me, because I had the light flash, and then didn’t move. I did kill an old corpmate though before popping. I could have had another few kills but chose to go after the Brutix navy instead… poor decision on my end. RIP my beautiful Typhoon.

I got back and jumped into my Kestrel and went around low. I found a Tristan in a site, and burned after him. He dropped his drones on me and burned away, I realized by time I caught him… this would be bad so I turned and warped. Things got amusing though, as I didn’t get a chance to aggress (scram + web + rockets) and landed on a gate. Three of his buddies landed with me… and aggressed. They were all in frigs, I only whored on two of the mails sadly. Then a CO2 Svipul showed up and decided to end the entertainment.

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I took a brief break, jumped into my Omen Navy and headed back out to SMA space. Now that I know they form kitchen sink defense blobs, and react quickly, i figured I would go say hello again. I went with no hardwirings, implants, or links…which lost me some kills sadly. They had a mining fleet out, and left either an afk… or bait Procurer in the site. I made sure to stay well outside of scram + web range and shot at it…endlessly. Damn brick tanks. I saw more of them enter local and watched combat ships appearing on scan. I overheated guns a bit to finish it, and managed to pop it as combat ships started landing on grid.

I played some cat and mouse, and eventually left system being chased. I was left with a Stabber, Brutix Navy, and a Drake who wanted to play. I pulled them off gate a bit, and had Stabber about into armor but couldn’t keep point on at the right range to not get wrecked by his friends so he escaped (links would have killed him). The Brutix Navy kept chasing me so I worked on him for a while too. He ended up being hull tanked… insanely so. I took him to like 70% hull and gave up, because too many ships were flitting in and out, including things I expected to scram me. Since he kept burning at me, I figured he had plenty of help if he ever became in real trouble. Was fun but only kil for like 30-45 minutes of fighting was the Proc.

I got back, repaired and reshipped into a Stabber and went looking for more trouble in low sec. I jumped into a medium, and was shortly thereafter followed by a slicer + comet. Slicer engaged as I burned away, separating him slightly from what I assumed was a scram / web comet. Once he got a little closer I turned and engaged, ripping chunks out chasing him. A Stabber is fast… but it’s no Slicer. He pulled far enough out and warped off. I had manually piloted to avoid the Comet, whom I now turned to say hello to. He died, and as I was warping out the slicer had landed again but I called it good.

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At this point, I opted to fit what is still one of my favorite ships in Eve, and proceeded to have an epic brawl… The Confessor. I don’t fly mine the way your average Confessor does. I don’t kite, nor do I pretend it’s a Navy Omen. I have a Navy Omen and Slicer for that. I treat it like an in your face tank the world and kill you ship. SO I scanned down some sites, and discovered a Jackdaw in one. I warped, found him on the outside of the gate, and we both engaged. Enter a good 4-5 minute fight. He was linked + crystals I believe, small neut, web, scram, and dual MASB + rockets. He made a few mistakes, and I think he wasn’t worried due to crystals + links and ignored things like range control which he could easily do. After brawling for a few minutes (in which a buddy warped in a Tristan and got blapped) I burnt out a repper and went down as expected. His shields were still holding, but had made it down to half structure, and I still had 20 cap boosters in my hold. Another cycle or two of his ASBs and I think I would have gotten him. If I had links in system… I would have been completely fine. A small neut even running both reps and lasers is not an issue in the slightest with my Confessor fit, and that extra resistance + rep would have made it easy peasy to tank. I was mostly keeping up with t he reps with the AAR out of paste, and overheating on occasion. It was a long fight, and tanking almost 15k damage in a local tanked Confessor… I’m cool with. Another one has already been fit 🙂

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Overall it was good times, I definitely didn’t come out isk efficient for the evening, but a night spent solo… that can be expected. I am hoping to rebuild Vitri to where we can take small roams out, and find an alliance where we can do this, make isk back as needed, and have bigger fleets as well. I basically want the PvPer’s perfect world… in a game where it doesn’t exist. Ah well, it was fun to just go out doing dumb stuff and not worry about it. I’ve been watching lots of Warlords of the Deep’s PvP videos lately too which is probably inspiring some of this. I need some work on my manual piloting, but still not too shabby 🙂

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Vitri Recruitment

Kasken – The High Klaw

CEO: Vitriolic Animosity

P.S. We are indeed keeping Lobsters in Space alive!

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Yes, we all knew that gif was coming when DIP was on its way out. So what happened? I mean reddit has had tons of theories of why we failed. However, at the end of the day I was leading DIP. If DIP failed, blame hits the leadership, not excuses. Nor did we get killed off by TEST (who really didn’t interfere with DIP for most part excluding helping PFR), nor did PFR end us, nor did RA backstab us, or anything like that.

So what went wrong?

Accelerated timetables, quantity over quality at times, too much Kasken knows best, lack of patience, and frustration causing RAWR moments. Combine that with a lack of actual Eve gameplay aside from Skype, things went south. DIP was not in an entirely  un-salvageable spot either. We basically agreed that it was better to let it go peacefully than carry on trucking.

Prologue

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DIP was created, months ahead of the original plan. Actually, per our initial time tables, Vitri would be about to leave FW and looking towards null sec currently. Instead we are in a cascading alliance leaving. I wanted DIP to be different, something unlike the standard null sec alliances. Obviously I wanted DIP to be good, in general people don’t like losing. I wanted a more mature crowd, as the local spam and trash talking annoys me.

I chose to create all this, and run, with zero resources, a handful of guys i recruited who proved invaluable, and plunged forward. I knew it would be difficult, and dear god was it.

I had gotten used to flying with the big boys in Eve, overall. I can fly anything, and had to step down to flying cheaper things, with pilots who didn’t know what anchoring meant. I struggled with that. I am not the msot brilliant FC out there, and I am not used to running 200 man fleets. However, I can, in my opinion anyway, solidly handle 70ish and below sized fleets. It was awkward when I zoomed out and realized half my fleet didn’t anchor correctly, have prop mods on, or have in general a clue what was going on. Even simple things like Kestrel fleets, my missiles could hit 81k out, half my guys were like 40k. The struggle was real.

That was partially my hangup, I guess the bittervet side of me started hating training newbros. It’s weird because I hate people who bash on new guys for being new, but at the same time I didn’t want to be the guy that required training them. I couldn’t just go super elite in my recruiting either, as no one had heard of us, and recruiting top quality talent into an unknown nobody is rough to achieve. I’ve been around forever, I’ve eve FCed skirmish stuff for many bigger alliances. I however typically remained quiet, didn’t thrust myself into the limelight and didn’t have tons of contacts everywhere to reach out and yank people in.

Chapter 1 – Rolled Out

98303242_128We moved from FW to Stain, to Detorid, to a different home in Detorid within a span of two months I believe it was. That put tons of stress on our pilots, and then we picked up our first, what I like to call, “Breakthrough Corp.” Rolled Out, currently in Triumvirate joined us. They were one of the few contacts I had, as i knew most of their leadership pilots from Nulli + Black Legion. AgentFiftySix and Ama Atavuli were two of my favorite pilots to fly with in Eve, and them joining gave us a huge boost. I had very good FCs, guys I liked, and a boost in fame as Rolled Out was not an unknown nobody corp.

I mishandled them being there. I had doubt issues, as I personally felt they were working for Rolled Out to achieve goals, and not towards alliance goals. Combining that with, what can only be described as this picture with one of their members, there was severe trust and antagonism building. It ended with Rollo leaving and heading towards their old home. From that point forward, I basically sat there like an idiot glaring at them whenever anything went wrong I blamed Rollo. When they started attacking us, I knew it was because “they were out to get me”.  When Tri told us not to attack The Spire and wanted to reset u son the spot to kill our cap fleet it was because of Rollo…although in that case I was specifically told they were trying to convince Garst to reset us to gank our caps at that moment.

Looking back a bit more objectively, and I’m obviously still biased by my own experiences, I seriously mishandled that entire situation. I lost some good friends because of it. I still don’t think my concerns were entirely unfounded, but I blew them up beyond what they should have been. The entire situation was, well, my fault. Ama / Agent, I’m sorry bros. I screwed up, and I’m glad to see Rollo is fully thriving again in Tri. As to the other unnamed car I collided with… you and I will probably never go out to drinks and chill, but my reactions towards you were at least partially undeserved.

Chapter 2 – The Red Menace

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At this point, with DIP struggling to stay afloat, the remaining corps, Pandemic Lizards & Elysian opted to take a deal with Greg2010 and move into Insmother. It gave us halfway decent sec systems, a place to call home, and a fresh start. We began recruiting, building up DIP and things were progressing decently. With the anticipation of Fozzie SOV hitting, and DIP needing moons, we attacked Spire. Garst basically said down little bug, I will crush you because Kira from DRF is telling me things about how evil RA is. No, all those moons are mine, because I am nearby. I detested this attitude. That style of holier than thou pisses me off because it is exactly why Eve belongs to giant groups of dickheads instead of the way it used to be.

We pulled back expansion plans for Spire and ended up taking pretty much Southeast Insmother. The goal was lots of SOV will give us expansion and recruiting plans. Red Alliance supported us doing so, and when the times permitted it dropped supers to help my Yolo Moros grinding. I know Red Alliance has a rough reputation from the past, but in my four months or so dealing with Greg2010, they are good people now. They went above and beyond, and way out of their way to help out a new struggling alliance. To be perfectly honest, it was nicer and better than most of the alliances who trash on them are / were doing.

It was during this time, we recruited some ex-ex-Kadeshi corps in. Yes the double ex is on purpose there.

Chapter 3 – Mini D3

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Sonic Jihad joined as a reformation of a Kadeshi corp (Soul Snatchers) that left specifically to join us. A period of time after the joined, we also picked  up Synapse, another ex-Kadeshi corporation. Things got awkward rapidly here.

First, Omar is an amazing FC. He plans, sets up, and is quite thorough in his preparation for fights. He can and does typically win his fights and has a blast doing so. Mad props for his ability. The flip side is, he has the N3 style mentality. Rageping, quadruple max CTA, space-aids, and a mildly intolerant attitude towards non-pvp during pvp time. I screwed up here and let him run with it. Rather than reign him in, I allowed Omar to run wild and do what he thought needed to be done as military director. It led to friction with other CEOs in the alliance, but most especially with Synapse.

Now, the problem is I agreed with most of what Omar was saying. And this is what helped put us squarely on the path to behaving as an N3 coalition group (and cascading appropriately). Omar’s mentality was very much that of N3 style, and his corpmates were very similar mindsets. He also has someone who I shall refer to as the drama queen that started an epic ruckus which helped propel the downfall…explained below.

Synapse, when negotiations were started, were highly recommended, ironically from Omar. I spoke with Abinus a great deal before them joining. My expectations, per Abinus were 15-20+ guys in fleets nightly. A full blown PvP corp that also had dudes who did industry and some ratting. Their killboards were extremely solid, and Abinus sounded like he knew his stuff.

After arriving, what I ended up having was a group of Synapse who loved to mine, and lost tons of mining ships to the same group from Tri frequently. I couldn’t get anywhere near those numbers in fleets, and if it wasn’t during a four hour block between 0100-0500 ET I was not supposed to expect any of Syyn to be in a fleet. My frustration level and irritation level shot through the roof. Fleets were whelped, which happens I know. However, there was no taking ownership, it was all someone else’s fault on why it happened,  not the FC who happened to be from Synapse as well.

They also had a station, per DIP all stations, and SOV belong to the holding corp. In order to drop said station, they would not abide by the guidelines unless we paid equal shares of the station. We ended up doing this, and it cost me personally 12 billion isk, Omar paid 6 billion isk, and Synapse paid 6 billion. That station lead to billions in carebear losses on the killboard. I am not sure why I got so fussed with the killboards, so I reacted… badly… to seeing mining barges, carriers, and other insanely stupid losses frequently on there. This led to the ultimatum from Sonic Jihad.

downloadThe ultimatum came from Sonic Jihad was a boycott. They would stop doing any and all work for the alliance as spearheaded by said drama queen. Real life would take priority, IE watching tv instead of helping with PvP unless we basically evicted Synapse.

This lead to me trying to figure out, do I kill my US TZ, or my EU TZ. I mean, the choice was literally which TZ do I want to completely rape and destroy. I wa sbeyond furious, as this special person basically rages and has tantrums about anything not going his way. Ultimately, after conversing with Synapse, they opted to leave along with Elysian Ascent. This lead to the Wyvern fun.

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Synapse had a super building in O-9 when they decided to leave. I was trying to be a nice guy and letting it build so they could evac. However, knowing they were going to GClub (basically becoming new pets of them) Greg and I thought sending them off with a new super is a bad idea to “The Enemy”. I coul dhave kicked from alliance, and thus aborted their super to be an epic douche. Believe me, it was indeed tempting. However I was trying to work on my character flaws instead. When we told Abinus we will buy it, rather than let it leave, he first lied about when it came out. Then pretended the builder was on vacation who mysteriously came back mid conversation. We knew it was pretty much going to be ninjaed out. However, we opted to try and believe them, rather than be dicks and see if Abinus word was any good. As predicted (and they were super smug like they pulled a fast one we never saw coming after) they got the Wyvern out. I’m not sure if they understood how close I came to killing that. Damn my turning over a new leaf.

This whole drama batch had DIP fairly shaky, teetering on the edge. Finally, the Thrakkar incident occurred which helped give the final push. Well, a combination of the Thrakkar incident and my dislike of where DIP was and what we had become.

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                                Chapter 4 – Errik Thrakkar

First, Errik Thrakkar and his legion of alts, have made the entire journey that was Vitri + DIP possible. He built and ran our IT services. Setup and coordinated logistics. Recruited,m interviewed, performed background checks. Any and everything that is involved in building a corporation, alliance, or moon empire he either ran, or guided, typically doing most of the work himself.  Not to sound like I have a man crush or anything, but the guy is also quite smart, albeit a drastically different approach than myself.

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Thrakkar is also a salty (enough that he could dry up the dead sea if he went swimming in it) military vet, who excels in big picture planning. He advised and counseled me on pretty much any and every decision that was made over the last 5 months of VItri / DIP being in existence. I, in the wrong arrogant fashion, ignored most of said advice. I believed I knew what I was doing, that I was right, and ignored 97% of advice  handed to me.

I think the PFR war and ensuing reddit war is what finally drove all this over the edge. I basically got pissed at PFR for being annoying on reddit, and downvoting everything I ever stated. Rather than act like a mature adult, I was like, TO WAR! Thrakkar warned me it could involve TEST intervention, which I also ignored and plunged forward. Did we wreck them, overall yea. Sorry PFR bros, but we won almost every fight we had, and without TEST you guys were slaughtered in general. Am I upset about that whole war…god no. It provided epic content and good times.

Combine this, with all the drama above, and I had a second in command of the alliance who did insane amounts of work, and was largely ignored by the all knowing Executor. He continued getting more and more frustrated, and began looking for a new home. Once this became, somewhat public, Omar told us that if one or the other leaves the alliance, his corp is gone. The thing is, Thrakkar wasn’t even wrong. I kept plunging forward, not fixing the issues we had, and knowing what was right even if it proved the contrary. I rationalized every mistake I made, and continued. Regardless of anything else that happened or will happen as a result of DIP / Vitri, my choices and action regarding Thrakkar… is the worst mistakes I’ve made. Even now, after leaving Vitri to actually have fun playing Eve again, the guy is moving out Vitri from Insmother, and making an epic difference. Thrakkar, I am so sorry for the dogpoo way I treated you. I basically took everything you were doing in game and out of it for granted, and quite frankly was a complete “fucktard” about it. That might come across as a little man lovesick, but it’s more of a bro apology.

Chapter 5 – The Knock Out

knockout-clipart-stock-vector-knock-out-93868531So combine all of this, and then Sonic Jihad gets informed I was unhappy with DIP and wanted to leave Insmother. Once again, Captain Drama Queen went berserk, and pulled all his support for SJ, including assets and decided DIIP is terrible and they need to get out.

Yes I was unhappy with DIP’s state. We had become what I didn’t want us to be. We were no different than any other nullsec alliance. We had drama, ragepings, mocking of newer pilots. We had CTAs, a coalition, and little brother status. I performed reddit wars, super secret meetings, and I did not like where we were at. We had strayed far from my original concepts of what I wanted DIP to end up as.

Combine that drama bomb again, with Thrakkar being directly asked if he was leaving. He said yes. Poof, Sonic Jihad was pulling up and leaving, and Pandemic Lizards were merging to go with them. So technically DIP wasn’t all the way dead. Most of our allies urged me strongly to stay and rebuild. They said you have the SOV, and ability to do it. But it came down to, I didn’t want to anymore. I am tired of rebuilding an alliance, DIP is not where I want it to be. I don’t have the energy to rebuild it from the ground up. I literally, dreaded logging into Eve. As in, it was a job I was beginning to hate going to. When a game you play to relax irritates you to the point where you dislike it… that’s a bad sign. So on TS3, with everyone leaving, we agreed to call it quits.

downloadWhere do we go from here? My corp is not dead, far from it. Will we lose people, naturally. I have one of the best core group of guys in a corporation I have seen in a long time. The overall foundation from my corp is not changing, nor will it. They are all committed. We will purge some inactives, and some people will drift off naturally. However as a corp, we are looking at where we want to go.

We have been spammed with offers and the like of course. I’m not sure where I want to go but it will involve the following:

– Fun…not rageping get tf in fleet now or the world ends, but fun PvP.
– Some sort of nullsec style, roaming at a minimum.
– I get to FC, I am not going to go through a training program but some 2 year Eve vet who thinks he knows everything
– Logistics that don’t involve us running 30+ towers for moon goo
– No drama preferred
– Willing to take a corp where not everyone can fly T3 doctrines or afford to
– Mature group, not spamming local with dick pics and acting like retarded monkeys
– Does not use the word “Dank”

This is of course will be a corp decision. There are a few choices that if Vitri wants to go there, Kasken will indeed not go with them. There are certain entities and styles in Eve that I am choosing at this point to stay away from. However Vitri wants to go, Vitri can indeed go.

Conclusion

download (1)At the end of the day, DIP failed as a result of me. Not because I am a terrible leader, but because I made mistakes, dabbled in too many pies, and did not listen when I should have. I made some poor choices and failed to see the consequences those choices would have. Perhaps if I hadn’t driven Rolled Out… err out.. of DIP things would be different. Or if I had left us in high sec longer, or researched Synapse better.

At the end of the day, I screwed up. I learned a ton. Leadership, at least alliance executor needs a hands off approach (something Thrakkar has been arguing for me to do). I kept stepping down and sticking my hands into everyone’s cookie jars. Major mistake. I didn’t delegate enough early enough and got saddled with too many jobs. I overworked the dudes who were doing jobs as it was. Mistakes were made. Lessons were learned. DIP was a  great experience. In four months, we owned 19 systems, and made an impression. I don’t regret the experience, just my choices along it.

To everyone that flew with DIP, IE allies, friends, members… thank you. I wasn’t the easiest to deal with all the time. I could be a complete dick. You guys are the reason DIP lasted while it did. Thank you a ton for bearing with it, and thanks for all the fish.

To everyone who flew against DIP… thank you. We had some epic brawls, they don’t always mean much to all of Eve, but some of those fights made impressions. PFR especially, you guys have given us some tremendous fights that will last in my memories for a while. Thanks for providing content, the annoying ganks, and the exciting brawls we had.

Vitri… you guys are amazing, and I can’t wait to see where we go next together (or not depending on the choices I suppose)

As a final note, I will in fact remain The Lobster King, The High Klaw, and Vitri will continue it’s lobster themed paradise.

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

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DIP has officially ended the campaign aimed at PFR entitled Operation Payports. I call it ended with limited success. We achieved some of the goals we wanted, but not everything. One thing we did have, were some pretty amazing fights.

For starters, DIP now has a NIP in place with PFR. SOV / POS are off limits for engagements. The Reddit flame war should also die down.

What did DIP achieve during this? We unified our coalition for starters. We gave people a focus, got them logging in, forming fleets, and woke people up. We proved what DIP itself is capable of, and that we can hold our own within our coalition. We also had FC’s step up into the mix, and in general made things happen.

I had originally wanted to take two systems from PFR, possibly the 3rd if they manage to build the station in their “hidden” system where another corp lives hidden away. That obviously didn’t happen. DIP cannot contest TEST in the US TZ. TEST opted to help PFR. DIP vs PFR in the US TZ was extremely close, and some of those fights where a hairs breadth from swinging from a win to a loss as it was.

The campaign was a blast. I had fun, at least when I could log in and actually play Eve in Eve, not via Skype where I seem to live a good chunk of my life now. I even managed to FC a fleet or two and that is one of the more entertaining aspects in Eve. With the campaign ended DIP is going into cleanup mode.

TakingOuttheTrashThat’s right, DIP is cleaning house. Mass purge incoming. DIP has been struggling with identity issues. Yes I said identity, not gender. Our killlboard has been littered with silly losses, and people were farming our home area because too many easy kills were happening. So DIP will be doing what any entity does when they are fattening up and want to remain PvP oriented… cleaning house. Inactive corporations, or corporations that are culturally non-fits will be leaving our alliance, voluntarily or ejected.

Sometimes things work out, sometimes they don’t. There is one corp who is voluntarily leaving us who will be missed, as they are small, an excellent set of PvPers, and punch way above their weight class. I am sad to see them go, but it happens. So sometime within the next week DIP will drop roughly 150ish members on paper. The good news is we already in discussions that would more than fill that void if everything goes as planned. This being Eve… I doubt it will happen but things surprise you.

We are in the process of streamlining alliance leadership, roles, and positions. In the last month we fattened up a bit, pulled in some serious quality talent, but haven’t organized it to put it to use. Each time DIP grows, and purges excess we end up leaner and in better shape than previously. We have more people to shoot at than we used to, a better crew in which to do it, and a higher sense of PvP than previously. Our recruitment standards are more selective, and we are actually turning some groups away for inactivity, terribadness, or full on carebears.

This means we are going to scrutinize applicants more. I was giving people the benefit of the doubt, glancing at efficiency and seeing if they had a clue. Now I am looking over killboards. I’ve learned to read the fine print there.

“Kasken, wtf are you talking about?”

A corp can have a super high efficiency, because 5 people run in fleets and get a bajillion kills. The rest of the corp may do nothing but carebear. Or a pilot can have average efficiency, then you look at what they do and its pvp all the time, and taking on risky fights. I’ve learned to look behind the overall picture and go into the details a bit.

This does not mean we only accept pro godlike pilots. There is an attitude we are looking for. Someone doesn’t need to know everything. Nor do they have to be elite pvpers. They need to have a few things in mind:

PVP First and Foremost
Everyone can learn something
Alliance is in it together, we are not a collection of individuals, we are DIP (brainwashing!)
Self starters
Non dickheads

So since I know everyone out there is dying to know what the hell I mean, allow me to enlighten you. I want to be Black Legion (Not PL cause I dun care about supers) without the toxic mentality or cult worship mentality. I want an alliance of dudes who are damn good at PvP, who can function regardless of which leadership figure is around, but aren’t absolute dickwads. Tis a noble goal, but hella hard to build. However, DIP is now only 4 months old. I am proud of where we are, what we’ve done, and hopefully what we will continue to do.

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Kasken – The High Klaw

CEO: Vitriolic Animosity
Executor: Diplomatic Immunity.

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Yes, I have indeed started you fine gentlemen off with more terrible photoshop! That is now the official FC hat of Diplomatic Immunity. I finally got a chance to break off form the ungodly amount of tedious work that is Executor, and decided to take a flash form fleet out. Allow me to explain…

After LP1M was successfully defended by TEST, without RANE, err PFR interference, DIP decided to hit G9L as it was nearby, and had no SBUs present. After a fairly epic evening of fighting with PFR, and winning, the next night local was almost 200ish (hostile) and system was saved.

The final IHUB timer came out the day after however. We had no SBU’s up, but PFR  had caps they were bouncing around and it appeared they might try to rep IHUB with said caps, so we flashformed a fleet (and I use the term loosely here) and rolled on over. We ended up around 35ish pilots give or take, 3 Scimitars (one of which apparently ended up being AB fit), a Scythe, and roughly 15ish Ishtars with misc support (including a small handful of Blackbirds).

We show up in system, and PFR has a Sabre on gate that bubbles us to slow us down so their logistics repping the IHUB can safely dock. PFR has us outnumbered, with more Logistics but far less DPS than us. Once we realized they were going to refuse to come out, we warped over to one of their onlining defensive SBUs and started to shoot it. I figured maybe we could force a fight somehow.PFR reacted as expected

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TEST was rang and they started heading out in our general direction with a small Tornado fleet and miscellaneous support. I nodded my head and kept shooting the SBU waiting. Fast forward a bit and TEST arrives next door. I misheard the intel here, and we had roughly 40ish TEST next door combined with 40 PFR in our local. I have less than 40 in fleet, what could possibly go wrong.

I later found out a roaming TEST Caracal fleet linked up with the Tornados and came in to get in on the fight. I did was any sort of madman would do, and setup on the gate to fight incredibly outnumbered. As expected PFR warped in, and TEST jumped through their Caracals and random ships, leaving Tornados out of system briefly. Our handful of Blackbirds did fine work, and since PFR was close to us, we started popping their logi with ease. The Tornados jumped in, and I went to primary them, but they began pinging around.

We lost a Scimitar who had gotten out of range of the Ishtar fleet and was literally alphaed by Tornados when he reversed course to head back, and then a Scythe because… it’s a Scythe. We were officially down to two Scimitars, and I was considering warping off when TEST got on top of us, webbing / scramming myself and poof went my Ishtar. I don’t even think Scimitars got a rep cycle on as they were still fixing their range.

We lost a few Ishtars, not terrible though and rest of our fleet escaped. I had fun, and even though we were terribly outnumbered we won the isk war…barely. I will concede, we won it because TEST managed to kill a PFR Sabre / Basilisk without assistance from DIP as mistakes were made. Ishtars are by far not my best fleet to FC, as I simply put hate them and when I fly in Ishtar fleets it doesn’t require skill so paying attention to how to FC them…meh.

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It was a really fun fight though, and we popped something like 40+ ships which even though many were cheap, made it entertaining. Thanks to TEST for showing up and PFR for undocking once TEST came in.

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This lead into the weekend in which we had a burn PFR tower plan setup. A hellcamp was setup in 4-C on PFR home station staging and DIP with friends burned and reinforced several PFR towers in the area. It was a fun day with tons of kills to be had, mostly on DIP side and the ensuing drama in PFR was highly entertaining. Of course all drama will be denied and I will probably be told how wrong I am by those Reddit masters of the downvote button, but I should start recording PFR comms and saving chat logs because they are great.

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Many thanks to Boom over at Game of Sov for making the battle report easy for me!

In other news, I recently discovered (IE buddies of mine told me) that I have the best tears on reddit. This actually made my day and I laughed. PFR smug posting about how I cry terrible when i lose (loose and lose are not the same thing). Thankfully I rarely have to cry.

Finally I would like to add, many of the people on Reddit who read my blog, seem to think that I am an angry fellow. Like everyone else, I can get mad, but in general I am not supermad. My dislike of PFR stems from two things, distrust of PFR leadership, and the hypocrisy in which they exist.

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“We stand on our own military might”
“We don’t want blues nor need them”

If you would like to face just DIP, please stop calling in every third party within two regions.

You do not stand on your own military might when constant reliance on neutrals for support is obvious. Nor can it keep being blamed on the fact RA has supers. They were dropped on structures, and on your Hel once…. which is a super. Beyond that, RA is not dropping supers in at fights we have.

You may not have many blues, and I would commend PFR for that, except, you call in everyone and expect not to get shot in fights with them. So you treat tons of people as blue, but don’t blue them. At least DIP is honest with our friends and don’t “use” them when it’s convenient.

Finally, in general, narratives drive Eve. PFR is an excellent narrative for DIP currently. We are using you as a rally point for DIP, flexing the small muscle we have been building, and getting good fights out of it. It is akin to the Third Crusade PFR attempted. PFR exists on the supposed narrative of Freports, IE Diana’s Crossing Zebra post. Reading the comments made me chuckle though.

Anyway, despite everything else, this campaign against PFR has been a blast for DIP, and thank you PFR for bringing it, and as annoying as it is to be required to fight a larger entity who calls in even larger entities, it has been an absolute blast. I look forward to seeing you out in space more 🙂

DIP vs PFR has been providing more small gang and fun content then most anywhere else in Eve currently…

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Kasken – The High Klaw

CEO: Vitriolic Animosity
Executor: Diplomatic Immunity.