Until recently the FW blogosphere was rather quiet. I had not posted in almost two months, other blogs I follow were also quiet. I'm sure the holidays and vacations kept some away, but I believe the silence had more to do with a relatively quiet warzone.
After the Retribution changes and new and exciting fights
that were had there was just not much to talk about. Sure Amarr took a
bunch of systems and knocked the Minmatar down to tier 1 for awhile but
besides that there was nothing to report. My corp and our allies settled
into some nice small gang/solo pvp. I stopped running larger more
focused fleets due to lack of targets.
We found ourselves shipping and fleeting up as needed. Things like
Eve Uni or some other larger fleets strolling into our area would let us
dust off our armor cruisers/BC/BS fleets and have some proper organized
fun. With UK folding and LNA no longer the power house they once were
our focus had to change to keep the fun rolling in.
Having the ability to put out a ping and get 50+ in fleet at a
moments notice is a great thing, as long as you have something to fight.
The sad thing is the US TZ Minmatar do have the numbers they need to
counter us. They just don't have the organization needed.
Just the other night we ran into a 50 man fleet shooting an I Hub.
There was no LNA and only a few DL in local helping. I believe the
problem boils down to elitists within the Minmatar Militia. When UK
needed numbers they reached out to general Militia and neutral friends.
Once in a great while LNA would even come help. Sadly those days appear
to be gone.
LNA has treated the rest of their own Militia so poorly they have no
one to turn to. When Amarr pushed Dal, a system where dozens if not
hundreds of Minmatar lived, LNA couldn't be bothered to lift a finger
and try to stop us. The Euro and Russian time zone Minmatar fought tooth
and nail but when they needed help their call went unanswered.
There has always been a fundamental difference between groups like
LNA and my friends. We have never been elitist awoxers. Looking back at
our little war zone Amarr has always been inclusive. Predator Elite,
Eran Mintor, myself, and many other FC's ran open fleets. We included
people in our fun. "All you can bring is a punisher? Ok get in it and
The Amarr Militia has always been much more open and welcoming to new
people. It has been one of our greatest strengths. We grow pilots. More
importantly we make lasting friendships. If I have learned anything
from watching groups like LNA rise then fall is this; Eve is a game but
it's the people around you who make it worth playing. Treat your militia
friends well and with respect and more often then not they will return