With my EVE in-game time somewhat limited due to RL issues, last night was my first real experience with our new alliance, Surely Your Joking (ticker: HAHA). A workable chain of wormhole connections was available, and a good number of INQ-E pilots were able to get ships into our new C5 home and our lovingly small Caldari tower named ‘Bait’.
A quick note about wormhole content: it’s pretty amazing to fly through three different holes to ultimately reach our C5 when you really think about it. There are thousands of wormholes in EVE, and each of these have different static and random entrances/exits that can connect to either known space or other holes, and each of these holes begin and die from both time and mass passing through.
In this giant, dynamic mess, our alliances mapped out a route and guided haulers and new pilots (us) inside. To EVE players this process might sound obvious or ‘normal’, and from the outside it can appear as somewhat minimal, but take a second look at the whole thing and compare it to anything else in the genre. It’s not only unique, but pretty damn cool as well.
Back to HAHA. The alliance Mumble is both active and relaxed. People are joking around in-between providing information or updates, and different people from different Corps are moving in and out of channels as needed. As we were moving in and out, a scout reported an enemy ship in one of the holes along our route.
On a dime, Mumble becomes a very serious place, and Pell (the alliance leader) begins to FC and a response fleet is quickly assembled. With amazing efficiency, the enemy’s entrance location is scouted, and soon Pell is out in null-sec baiting. With the trap set, the order is given and a sizable fleet jumps into local.
Sadly we were unable to pin the enemy and score any kills, but just watching the entire thing develop was very rewarding, and reassured me that joining HAHA will expedited our PvP growth and get us into numerous entertaining scenarios.