Yfir-maðr Sǫk Umrœða

Let me start this off by stating clearly that I am just a lowly line member of our Corporation/Alliance and without a doubt don’t envy our Leadership in the least!

We, The CORVOS, are not a very large Alliance, I’d say we’re in the middling size of Alliances in New Eden but our Leadership has to deal with a full on metric shit-ton of stuff while managing the Alliance and keeping us all organized, productive, active and entertained.

One of their latest issues has been with them dealing with another Leader within the Alliance that was making decisions and working on Alliance plans without any counsel and wasn’t communicating transparently with them which obviously ended up causing some problems within our Alliance and with our Blues and in the end got he and his Corporation booted from The CORVOS. Initially the ousted Corporation was set to +5, for what was to be a seven day period, to allow them to move out any assets but then we found out the ousted Leader had been actively working to recruit others in attacking us, as well as actively trying to pay our Blues to attack us so… they have been reset completely and their members are now fair game!

Drama, drama, drama  – but also content, content, content 🙂

 

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

 

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Ófriðr CT8K-0

“Clusterfuck”

That is the only word that comes to mind for last nights events. We’ve been Blue to Phoebe Freeport Republic for awhile now and have helped them with their ongoing SOV efforts – last night their Station in CT8K-0 came out of reinforcement and a Fleet (or I should say Fleets) was formed to defend and repair it, things did not go well… Battle Report: CT8K-0 / 2014-12-16 05:00 +/- 1 Hour

From my perspective the main issue was communication – there wasn’t any – it felt like there were multiple Fleets on the go each with their own objectives and no cohesive action plan in place. We were all on different comms and I have no idea how communication between the merging of Fleets was being handled. The F0RCED ENTRY. contingent was led by our main FC, Fifth Dimension on our own comms. Fifth was watching the main PFR FC’s broadcasts and delegating our actions accordingly but this wasn’t working pretty quickly once the main engagement started.

Not sure when things fully fell apart but at some point Fifth decided to re-ship and with almost 400 pilots in CT8K-0 just mess around with some folk and see if we could separate a few off to get a kill or two. We managed to get one – Samuelle Adams (Stiletto) – and then I promptly got blown up myself and podded on the way back to Skarkon.

Not entirely sure what to take away from the engagement. I did enjoy the Fleet action with my Alliance mates and am pleased with our efforts, actions and leadership during the engagement but at the end of the overall battle I was left feeling frustrated with it in general. Had there been more inter-Fleet communication or even some kind of inclusive planning beforehand I think things would have gone much differently.

Oh well… as was said yesterday… “This is EVE ~ Shipwrecks happen!

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Sunnan-þoka

Translated the title of this post means “Mist from the South” which I’m tying, loosely, to the theory of ‘The Fog of War’.

There is a lot going on in our Region of New Eden and the vision and direction of our Corp/Alliance is clouded with some ambiguity at the moment.

I’m a former US Marine so am intimately familiar with ambiguity, The Fog of War and the broader stratetic levels of war; Grand, Military, Operational and Tactical but I’m not one of the decision makers for our Corp/Alliance (which at this point I’m fully embracing as I’ve got very little knowledge with the politics in New Eden)

So while we wait out this time of uncertainty I’m embracing some theories and lessons learned in the Marines and relying on some of the foremost experts on battle tactics.

 

Sun Tzu is a favourite of mine… “There are occasions when commands of the sovereign need not be obeyed. When it is expedient in operations the [leader] need not be restricted by the commands of the [higher authority]…. When you see the correct course, act; do not wait for orders. … The [leader] must rely on his ability to control the situation to his advantage as opportunity dictates. He is not bound by established procedures.”

The OODA (Observe-Orient-Decide-Act) Loop Theory developed by Colonel John Boyd is also a favourite… First, you anticipate ambiguity to gain advantage over an enemy who has not.  Second, understanding the disorientation that fog causes for an opponent, you perpetuate the state of confusion through surprising maneuvers. To win, Boyd tells us, you must get inside your opponent’s “decision cycle” by going through your own OODA cycle faster than the opponent, and by varying the speed and rhythms of your own maneuvers so as to provoke confusion, chaos, and panic. “The best way to succeed…” he said “is to revel in ambiguity.”

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Ágætr Rekkr

There is lots going on with the Corp/Alliance and our ‘Blue’ friends and sometimes it’s hard to keep up on who’s where , what the goal is and where I would be the most help – sometimes there are multiple Ops being run in different Systems over multiple Comm Channels.

Being one of the lower skilled members of the crew I’m not always sure what I can add to an Operation but I’m always game to jump in and our FC’s are always willing to have me along. One of the Ops I joined in on this weekend was a Null-Sec Outpost Bash and I was able to provide some decent DPS to the Op with my Hound and while it was not particularly exciting we did get into a few scuffles (which I cloaked up for and attempted to get into a strategic spot for a warp in) and I got to Fleet with Mr. Stoseph Stuarts of Stoseph’s Content Creation.

I tried to get in a good exploration roam on Saturday but it was busy out in New Eden, close to 45,000 logged in mid-day on Saturday. I was semi-successful and stumbled upon a system without too much thru traffic that  had 7 Signatures and more than its fair share of Data and Relic sites. Scanned down 4 Relic Sites and 1 Data Site, opened the majority of the cans – I’m getting better at them but those Data Site cans are still pretty tough – pulled out around 150 million ISK of loot in that one system and played some cloaking games with a few of the passers-by before bailing on the exploration roam and heading home.

I scan down the Cosmic Signatures in our home system on a regular basis and will examine the Wormholes and Combat Sites a little more if they look do-able. On a quiet night recently we had a few new Signatures in System so I popped out and scanned them down and found an Angel Creo-Corp Mining DED-Rated (2/10) Complex. After taking a look at the EVElopedia entry for it I re-shipped into my Wolf and dove in – cleared it quickly and got a Gistii B-Type Small Shield Booster out of the Deadspace Control Station in the final room – looking forward to the day that I can get into some of those higher rated Complexes!

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Óvíss Ævi

With the changes to Force Projection, Null-Sec SOV-Warfare and entities like the Phoebe Freeport Republic Alliance taking action there is a sense of uncertainty and a possible transmogrification surrounding FØRCED ENTRY. at the moment. I’m not in the ‘know’ but there are meetings taking place and plans being made.

I’d be surprised if there wasn’t a few big moves made by our Alliance and Corporation leaders in the very near future.

Me? I’m in for whatever, as long as we’re having fun, will follow the big bro whichever direction he goes…

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Ný-kominn Leika

Only got on for a bit last night but had some fun exploring the Phoebe changes and checking out the area …

  • Loaded up my Training Queue with a few months of skills.
  • Hit a couple of Data and Relic sites to see what was new in them and found a few items I’d not seen before – enjoying the adjusted volumes of the loot, can carry a lot more of the more commonly found stuff.
  • Noticed quite a few new Neutrals in the neighborhood with some new Alliance names in the mix. Phoebe Freeport Republic and Gatekeepers Universe being two of the more prevalent ones.
  • Didn’t see one Cyno lit up during my time, albeit short, logged in. Which made me a little sad as I was looking for some easy kills – these could be few and far between now?

Will hopefully get on for a bit longer tonight and see if I can’t join some of my Alliance mates in some fun. Or since our Wardec with The Pursuit of Happiness came to an end while I was away maybe I can get back into some SOE mission grinding?

We’ll see what the night brings!

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Fjándmaðr

I’ve been back at EVE since August and with the help of my brother, Corp and Alliance I’ve been able to set up a solid base of operations.

We’ve got a few Alliances near us, some we’re Blue with, some we seem to have good relations with and will on occasion provide assistance back and forth or get into a ‘Friendly’ Fleet fight with and then there are others, like Bad Intention, that we seem to always be clashing with. There seems to be some antagonistic interpersonal connections between some of our Alliance members and some of theirs – I’m sure there is a volumes worth of back story there.

Although I feel that I’ve got a decent foundation of knowledge with the game and game play I’ve got a long ways to go in getting familiarized to all the players and the relationships between the players, Corps and Alliances.

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam

Nýsa

Politics and Warfare are key components of EVE Online and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m fairly oblivious to the politics and unacquainted with all the big Alliances and the interactions between them but in my return to EVE I’m doing my due diligence and performing my research but with the next Release “Phoebe” there will be some significant changes to long distance travel and with that there will likely be a weighty shake up of who has influence where. It sounds like there will be a chance for smaller Alliances to get in on a piece of the Null-Sec action – they will just have to time it right…

EVE Online influence map 2007 – 2014

EVE Files Daily Influence Map

I’m looking forward to experiencing this shake-up and to being in an Alliance that will actively pursue our stake in the upheaval.

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Fjúka Hœttr!

Virðing,
Kalam