That title sounds condescending towards Brave, but that’s not how I meant it. Basically, I just wanted to apologize for the way you’ve been introduced into the War Zone via my co-worker’s article. Also, I am hoping to clear up some issues that I have with that article as a whole. Oh, and I’ll attempt to do so with as little spin as possible.
[Editor’s Note: What follows is an opinion editorial piece from Gin Wuncler – a member of the Gallente Militia. The opinions expressed in this article are solely that of the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of FactionWarfare.com’s editorial staff.]
For those of you worried that FW may be a boring grind or otherwise not fitted to your style of gameplay, I would provide some reassurance. You’ll have the opportunity to fly solo, in large fleets and do small gang work sometimes within the span of a few hours. For a PvP-based alliance, I can’t imagine a more perfect scenario. New skirmish FCs will arise from your ranks, and they’ll gain confidence and know-how over time. The wealth of content here does not have much to do with the size of the ships floating in space but their vast quantity and the quality of their pilots. Although I didn’t get a chance to visit Catch when you all were there, based on what I’ve read I would say the level of content should be similar but with less PL knocking in your front door. To quote Dantelion, “fun every hour is a reality.” So at least we agree on something.
“We can rise up and prove all those who only saw us as the eternal losers wrong.”
I don’t really know where to start with this particular quote other than to say sorry for the cringe. Also, with even a thousand pilots, you would be a force to be reckoned with in FW, and I believe you all have doubled those numbers. Although on some level I think it would have been great to have those pilots fighting the pirates in Placid with us, I can’t help but relish the thought of finally having a fight where the odds are tilted against us (in FW at least). Regardless, I believe the next few months should prove to be fun for both sides as the pendulum begins to swing wildly for the first time in my Eve career.
“I did compare Brave with Operation Meatshield…”
Although tactically speaking there are a few remote parallels that can be drawn between OM and Brave, holding a system in FW and holding sov in Null-Sec are two completely different animals, especially pre-Fozziesov. I won’t pretend to be an expert on what it takes to defend a TCU vs a novice complex, but the battle reports speak for themselves. Suffice it to say that overall, our method of warfare is much more straightforward (and less SP intensive) but relies more heavily on individual piloting skill.
“Go forth my fellow Caldari, go forth and Plex!”
Out of all the articles and posts I’ve written or edited over the past year regarding Eve, this phrase single-handedly encapsulates all of the worst, risk-averse, blue-balling attitudes I’ve come across. From the CFC (or whatever) to Calmil, this tactic is used across New Eden, but the only use for it in lowsec is to hemorrhage members who go looking for a respite from the grind of orbiting structures and shooting various red shapes. Of course you will plex. It’s a great way to earn ISK through Loyalty Points, but that’s not what we are about in lowsec. As you may have already noticed, we are here to fight. We want it to be constant, fierce and exciting. We live for a battle that hangs on a knife’s edge where only your wits or skill can save you. So yes, by all means plex, but as I said before your numbers alone make you a force in these fights, so plex with the intent of drawing us out and into the brawls we all enjoy. Send us home with our shields or on them. In other words, go forth and fight.