January will tell more of the story. It does feel like some of the changed mechanics do add a level of fairness to the playing field, which seem to be bolstering moral and the idea that taking systems means something. I do see more chatter, more positive comments concerning warzone control and the like.
The Amarr aren't gaining much ground overall, but there are certainly more systems flipping to and fro with more frequency. That's good. Effort actually amounts to something tangible.
Speaking of effort. We flipped Dal into Amarr hands. Three days of plexing fleets, organized by Almity for the most part, and to a slightly lesser extent by Pinky Feldman. It's a major coup for the Amarr, to be sure. A lot of the smaller Minmatar corporations and alliances, as well as the those in the NPC corp, staged out of Dal.
I'm on the other side of the coin from Hans Jagerblitzen and Susan Black. I love station lockout. It gave the Minmatar something to fight over. It gave us something to push for. Now a bunch of Minnies are spending their days hauling their shit to a new system. Op success!
We've lost a bunch of our momentum in the last couple days. We were back up to 27 systems owned, and now we're back down to 22. But Dal is still safely in our hands. So, cultural victory!
Fweddit were ready to move into Dal, make our new home in a faction warfare system. Vacate our safe digs in Egghelende. But Gallente plans have put that on hold. We don't want to go through the pain of moving everyone's shit, then maybe having to do it all over again two weeks later. We'll see how the Gallente master plan plays out. In a month or so, I can see us finally moving into the warzone.
The Gallente are steamrolling the Caldari. Currently, the Caldari own two systems. What is causing their malaise? Word is that the Gallente are mega-blobbing every system they take over, not even trying to bring a good fight. Their strategy is to keep all resistance parked in station.
After the Gallente are finished taking all of their systems, they plan to come down to Amarr/Minmatar space, try to take all the Amarr systems too. From what I've heard, they want to show CCP that faction warfare is broken. I'm not sure what they hope to prove is broken. About all they're doing is proving that demoralizing an enemy with mega-blobs will keep them docked up or keep them playing games other than EVE Online. That's not really a faction warfare issue.
Here is my suggestion to the Gallente steamroll machine, if and when they head down our way. The two systems you'll have the most trouble with are Siseide and Dal. So, when you come down, park your initial staging fleets in Egghelende. If you can take Siseide and Dal, then your chances of taking all the other Amarr systems is nearly a given. If you can't take Siseide and Dal, then you fail. You might as well begin your venture with the two systems that will be the most challenging and difficult to take.
Of course, saying you want to do something, and then actually doing it, are two very different things. Fweddit knows this better than most.
Vordak, the former CEO of Autocannons Anonymous, finally saw the light.
There was no falling out before I left, that happened later and for extremely silly reasons. After I left, I led a one-off T1 Cruiser fleet (I have yet to return to the warzone's area since this incident; Mafia Redux lives very far away) into the warzone: about 6 T1 Cruisers and a Scythe. We roamed the warzone looking for anything to fight, we found LNA gatecamping Otelen gate in Huola. We land at range and see what they do: some of them warp off (to reship, we discover shortly) and the other stay and fight. We have a fun fight with relatively even numbers, despite a disparity in ship classes. GFs are exchanged in local as my fleet is forced from field, I laugh about it with the guys in Gay Night Pride (social channel for much of LNA). Link to the fight. Keep in mind, we weren't discriminating against the Minmatar: this happened maybe 30minutes later, one of the better fights I've had in a while.I like Vordak. Though for a period of time there, he was making that difficult. After I left Autocannons Anonymous (and Late Night Alliance), he went a bit kooky-pants when I started up the propaganda machine. He took the Late Night bashing all too personally.
Fastforward a few hours and Manos Kdo logs in and sees that I had fought a LNA fleet, he proceeds to spew vitriol at me informing I was excommunicated, blacklisted, banned, what-have-you. I go to Gritz1, Tea and several other stalwarts of LNA and they are on my side (or so they tell me) and promise to try and reason with Manos. Baha sides with Manos and it seems that is the final say on the matter.
I don't much care, Mafia Redux is an incredible group and I wish I'd found them much earlier. I'm still on good terms with many individuals in LNA, although I've been blocked from all public channels and private channels.
The only thing I was disappointed with was the ban from Gay Night Pride. For years, I had campaigned to get my AUTOZ members access to Gay Night Pride, insisting that it served more or less like an intel channel and a place to get into fleet. Every time I was shot down and informed that it wasn't an intel channel, but a "social channel for friends to hang out." The hypocrisy of the situation has not escaped me.
But recently he's got a taste of Late Night serious business, and he's back to being the Vordak I remember.
Even when I was doing the Late Night propaganda, I kept Autocannons Anonymous out of it as much as possible. They were never part of my issues with Late Night. Anytime anybody has an issue with Late Night, you can nine-times-out-of-ten trace it all back to a member of Ka Pow Pow. Their corp culture is dickishness. They do it well, but it is hardly productive with anybody they deal with, either Amarr or Minmatar.
I think that's it for the warzone. I have a sneaking suspicion I'm forgetting something, but for the life of me can't bring it to mind. No doubt, in a couple hours, I will remember what it was I wanted to further mention.