Saturday, May 23, 2015

Weekend minipost: Only MoA

I check the killboards and war reports in-between the monthly complete evaluations to avoid wasting donations. I couldn't miss the activity decrease in the Marmite-CFC wars. While the wars are still up, kills don't happen. According to the (inaccurate, but acceptable) war reports, on the week that started on May 3 Sunday and ended on May 9 Saturday they killed 30B CFC. On the next week 14B. On the one that ended today: 11B. This is too low to remain a donation recipient. Also looking at their killboard I had trouble finding CFC who weren't in shuttles. So today and on May 30 I send all my 12B donations to MoA, then analyze the May killboard and find a new donation recipient.

Please note that I do not say that "Marmite sucks", they weren't hired, they promised nothing. It's OK for them to not hunt CFC, just like it's OK for me to not give them donations.

Friday, May 22, 2015

For the Empress! (part 1)

The Evil One announced that this year there will be Burn Amarr instead of Burn Jita, because of roleplaying reasons. I doubt if he consulted with the Ministry of Love (CFC gankers in highsec) before this decision, because Amarr is 1.0 security, so Concord reacts the fastest here, faster than in the 0.9 Jita. This will force gankers to redesign their doctrines as usual gank ships (Talos, Brutix, Catalyst) simply don't live long enough. I'd guess they move to arty Trashers and Tornadoes. I'd like to point out that Minmatar T1 cruisers (Stabber, Bellicose, Rupture) only have 4 turret hardpoints, making them bad gank ships, forcing gankers to blot out the sky with Trashers or grab deep into their pockets for Tornadoes.

May is almost over and there was nothing burned yet, despite earlier Burn Jitas all took part mid-spring. The last year wasn't a victory march for the Empire of Evil: they lost several regions and the "NPC Trash" is slaughtering them left and right. That 2.4T in ships and the highsec POCOs that my GRR project took from them is irrelevant, they didn't want it anyway. So a weakened CFC is trying a harder task than before: burning Amarr. This isn't simply a doctrinal change. Large amount of ships and fittings needs to be built or transported to Amarr, which is a trade hub, but not as large as Jita and not properly stocked with ganker stuff. Not to mention that former stockpiles (like thousands of Catalyst hulls) now have to be liquidated or transported.

These are all positive signs, but doesn't give us victory without lifting a finger. At first, the stocking and doctrinal changes affect anti-burn pilots too. For example ECM ships worth nothing against alpha gankers, as they fire their one salvo in the moment they go GCC. Jamming them later changes nothing. There are three ways to fight Amarr gankers, two announced today, the third and most important on Monday.

The first is wardecs, available only to highsec PvP groups as no one else can capitalize on it. While decs weren't effective previous years, they are now, due to removal of death-clone-jumping. Today a Goonie can't just set his medical clone to Jita/Amarr and self-destruct, he must use a jump clone if any is pre-installed in highsec or take a looooong walk from Deklein to Amarr that includes the always camped Niarja gate. Also, they have to set their medical clone upon arrival, missing this and getting podded will get them back to deep nullsec. While there will surely be convoys, stragglers, disconnectors and TiDi victims can be pointed and killed on the way, teleporting them back. So it will be a turkey shoot for highsec deccers. Since arty trashers are pretty able to defend themselves, probing them out on insta-warp or camping their station is probably not as good idea as it is against blaster Catalysts. In all years RvB joined any anti-Goon war to protect them, but in last year this was an empty action: RvB ships didn't show up during Burn Jita, probably the line members were fed up serving Goons. Also RvB usually don't operate in Amarr space, so deccers will likely not face RvB action.

The second form of resistance is troll freighters. They performed well last year and freighters received fitting options since then. By fitting tank to your max-insured freighter and placing unscannable double-wrapped cargo box in it, you can waste lot of man-hours of the gankers with trivial losses to yourself. Simply place some worthless item in a container and then courier contract this to your freighter pilot and fly into Amarr. Then fly out. And in again until they bite. Or maybe orbit the most ganked gate (probably Ashab) and troll them on local, preferably with the title of this article.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Where did all the PBLRDs go?

Due to Fozziesov, the renter alliance of the Evil is closing doors, abandoning systems and ejecting corporations. This is common knowledge, nothing to see here.

What is interesting is where the member-corps of Greater Western Co-Prosperity Sphere went. If you look at the "former corporation" part of the Dotlan corporation page of PBLRD, you see usual joining and leaving until mid-April, when joining stopped (only sov transfer corps joined) and mass exodus started. The corp page also lists the member count and the current location of leaving corps. Corps that already joined a new alliance have 2343 members. 686 people stayed in alliance-less corps. Since PBLRD used to have 4K members before the exodus, it means that 1000 members left their corps and shopped for a new home individually. Let's focus on the 2343 pilots who stayed with their corps while it found a new alliance and see which alliances gained them:
  1. Fidelas Constans: 1431
  2. SpaceMonkey's Alliance: 295
  3. Intrepid Crossing: 156
  4. Get Off My Lawn: 155
  5. EON Alliance: 90
  6. The Bastion: 61
  7. Brothers in Arms Alliance: 46
  8. Brothers Of The Dark Sun: 46
  9. Inver Brass: 35
  10. Sons of Seraphinus: 34
  11. Brothers of Tangra: 30
  12. Sock Puppet Federation: 26
  13. Black Wing Syndicate: 20
  14. Goonswarm Federation: 9
Yep, 80% of these players joined "proper" CFC alliances, with the two well-known PvE groups FCON and SMA on top. So renting didn't end in "the Imperium". PBLRD was simply merged into FCON and SMA.

Is it a common thing in EVE?
Not really. NA is also closing and many corps found new home, but none (besides few-men sov-transport corps) joined NC., SN2, Darkness, Kadeshi or Gentlemen's Club. They rather formed Kids With Guns Alliance and RUCA Emperor or joined groups I've never heard of. From BoT not a single one got into PL. They rather joined Shadow of xxDeathxx and 1,2,3 corps (272 pilots) joined [intense drumming] SMA.

PS: The CFC hellcamp of MoA continues, who absolutely cannot do anything about it.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Taking out the Trash, attempt #3

More than a year ago, the Evil One commanded his minions for "cleaning up our home territory in the Northwest, which has been run roughshod over by a team of also-rans and nobodies such as Triumvirate and Mordus Angels". Since the CFC is an unstoppable war machine winning every time according to their propaganda site, Mordus Angels were exterminated last March.

Considering that "Taking out the Trash" campaign ended with complete success, it's strange that 8 months ago they had to be hell-camped again. Goons were even live-streaming sitting on a station doing nothing. According to military experts doing nothing on a station destroys enemy alliances.

Let's see how much CFC were slain by Mordus Angels, especially looking for these two destructive hellcamps:
I don't blame you if you couldn't find the hellcamps on the chart without help. So much for the value of sitting on an unconquerable station. Also, the chart is totally showing a near failcascade of MoA.

Why am I writing this? Because once again, the CFC (calling itself Imperium now) is hellcamping 5ZXX-K:


PS: I've seen (and ganked) dozens of badly fit mining ships before, but this one totally not killed by the twice-destroyed MoA managed to surprise me. No, you don't need to check its alliance tag, you already know it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Logical proof: selfishness is better than selflessness

For years I've been preaching about ignoring the leeching morons and slackers and spend our resources on ourselves and the surplus on "big" goals instead of on lesser people. I've posted countless research and examples how recipients of help abuse and waste it. However I lacked a simple and elegant proof that selfless help of others is wrong. Now I have it.

What is selfishness? The actions of Adam are aimed to serve the needs and wishes of Adam.
This can only be wrong if serving the needs and wishes of Adam is wrong. If it's not wrong, then Adam is right to serve them.

What is selflessness? The actions of Bob are aimed to serve the needs and wishes of Adam.
However we already established that serving the needs and wishes of Adam is wrong, so Bob is wrong to do it.

I can't see why no one (me neither) noticed the paradox earlier: if Adam is wrong to serve Adam, then everyone else must also be wrong if they serve Adam. Claiming that selfishness is bad, but selflessness is good, is claiming that everyone should serve Adam, except Adam which is nonsense.

If we accept that serving Adam is bad, then selfishness is the least bad form to do it, as only his own effort is wasted on serving Adam, while in case of selflessness multiple people can (and often do) waste their effort on Adam.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The price of developing EVE-tools

Practically no one doubts that the EVE API gives a huge advantage to those who have the IT knowledge to use it. They just claim that even this very unevenly available data is better than no data and CCP doesn't afford to develop zkillboard or dotlan or the various background API check and alliance IT tools that players use.

Which is nonsense. CCP could and should develop anything that players would pay for. As they realized that enough players pay for skins, they developed skins and sell them for AUR. What is the proof that players would pay for third party tools? The fact that they already paid for them. I mean the fact that Zkillboard, Dotlan and all the IT tools exist mean that someone developed them. As there is no free lunch, some players (non-players wouldn't care) had to pay for them. Maybe it was the alliance from RMT/PLEX-affiliate money. Maybe it were random players with adclicks. Maybe it was the developer himself, doing unpaid volunteer work.

Considering that CCP could implement and host such tools more easily (they can access their own data without API limits and they already have various sites to share fixed costs), it's obvious that CCP would make profit if they'd get the payment/adclicks/volunteer work that that currently the third party developers receive. Note: volunteer work can be received by giving out libraries and sample data, the volunteer writes and debugs the code that an employee just have to check for malicious parts and then put it on the official site where it can access the real database. The volunteer would even receive a bonus he can't now: writing code for a major software corporation looks much better in a resume than making a game fansite.

My point is that the work is already done (often in multiple, competing instances) and it's already financially stable (developers get sufficient payment to continue). So it would be a no-brainer for CCP who has monopoly in EVE-related software to jump on this market and make a killing. CCP would get a nice profit from selling these tools for AUR, while players could access it regardless of their real life profession. Who would lose: those who now have a monopoly on the API-based EVE data and use this monopoly as an IWIN button in EVE.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Weekend minipost: hellcamp

Goons once again are hellcamping the MoA staging system to prevent them playing and finally crush them.
What could poor MoA do to upkeep some pieces of morale? Went to silly roams that absolutely did nothing.

I wonder when will they failcascade due to their inability to do anything.