Thursday, December 20, 2012
Fweddit - The Retribution Bump is Over
I've no hard numbers. Those are still locked in the CCP statistical vault. But as an example, just the other day, a 20 jump roam through Minmatar/Amarr lowsec garnered a single kill. Disappointing. That same roam on December 6th would have brought several big fights and thirty or forty kills.
I'm not suggesting faction warfare is dead. Far from it. Just that players seem to be quickly succumbing to the same malaise that was affecting them pre-Retribution. Fighting the same people over and over again, facing the same comps over and over again, putting up with the same bullshit tactics over and over again. It gets tiring.
Faction warfare definitely needs some new blood. I'm not sure how to get that new blood into faction warfare, but we need it.
Maybe RvB (Red vs. Blue) need to join. Red on the Minmatar side. Blue on the Amarr side.
Maybe faction warfare simply needs to affect some aspect of an entire faction, such as tax and broker rates? Maybe faction navy ships should only be available through faction warfare loyalty point stores? If that even gets 50 more people interested in the warzone, looking our way, wondering what's going on, then great.
It would be fantastic if it were all up to the players to now get other players excited about PvP and lowsec war, but if the mechanics are such that faction warfare is ignorable, then it will be ignored for the most part. We probably need mechanics that at least draw eyes and some interest to what's going on down here. As it is, we're a bottle episode, self-contained, nothing we do affects anything outside our own little sphere of influence.
The march to -10.0 continues. I'm sitting at -9.1, thanks to an Iteron Mark III and subsequent pod kill last night. The transport itself was empty, and the pod was worth next to nothing, but the sec status penalty was worth it.
We had a flurry of systems flipping back and forth after Retribution. It would look like we're settling into a status quo. But still hard to say. Come the middle of January, more solid analysis can be made.
If you're an EUTZ corporation looking for some solid PvP opportunities, then Fweddit wants your corp to join the alliance. There are a bunch of EUTZ Minmatar who don't have enough Amarr to fight. If you're interested, get in touch with Rina Kondur or Fenrir Vice.
I have a record number of killmails this month. Previous record was 150. I'm now up to 167 and December is not over yet. Maybe 200 if I'm lucky. The month started off gangbusters. This far into December, it feels once again like November.
We submitted our alliance logo on December 5th. The Space Chicken above. Hopefully we'll see it inserted into the Retribution 1.1 update. Crossing fingers. It's a damned fine logo, though.
Sorry. I wanted to do an exciting Fweddit/Faction War update, but there simply hasn't been a lot going on in the warzone. This is the best I could come up with. It could be argued I should not have posted anything at all.