Thursday, October 10, 2013

Return of Weekly Ops

For fuck's sake...

THIS ISN'T GOING TO BE A DUST BLOG. There, I said it, so you can keep reading, now. Asshole.

tl;dr - General Tso's (with some friends of ours) will be starting up weekly ops with varying destinations and varying fleet compositions, with HOPEFULLY varying FC's.

First, let's kick this off with a screenie of a dying Orca from one of our master (suspect) baiters, Skyfloater.

Us, being Japanese. (Get it?)

And Kaphine sucks, as usual. We started a great thread on our forums about shit that he should have known by now.

Now, the long part, for those that give a shit.

Why are we doing this?

Mostly because its fun, but also because I was surprised at the fleet turnout Tuesday (19 characters total throughout the roam with a peak membership at 17 half-way through). We generally haven't had good luck getting players to join Alliance ops in the past due to many reasons (see section at the bottom), but largely because of our hyper-casual nature.

We had a nice conversation on comms with most of the fleet after our shield HAC/BC roam last night, and despite not killing much, most people agreed it was good fun.

Picture above: not much

There was immediate desire to go throw our ships away in Amamake, which I declined outright, and there was minor pressure to start a brand new roam 20 jumps away in Black Rise, which I also wasn't willing to do after roaming for about and hour and a half already. This motivation got me questioning what it is my Alliance (and friends) would like us to do in the future. So, we verbally drew up a rough plan.

What is going to happen?

Starting last night, I put a legitimate scheduled op on the Alliance calendar. This will be the primary place to look for future ops. The details should be completely hashed out before the event is created. These details need to include the ship composition type, the launch time, the launch location and could include an FC. Members of the Alliance that wish to attend should RSVP, and those that absolutely know they can not make it should RSVP "declined". This way, if a large chunk of players actually decline the op in advance it can be quickly rescheduled without a small handful of people showing up in Command Ships get blue-balled. 

I will veer away from using Alliance mails to alert people to ops, so WATCH THE CALENDAR (and Alliance MOTD). We might encourage participation by enforcing an "any less than 10 accepted RSVPs will result in cancellation of the op" policy. So, again, watch the fucking calendar, scrubs!
FCIP may be reinstated, but the desire to kill people should be the driving force here. If an FC can't get people to commit to a doctrine, it is on him to alter it to something that will appeal to more players. I wish to definitely have different people leading the fleets, as my personal schedule is increasingly cramped, limiting my availability. 

If the fleet is organized and FC'd by a SMERG player, all loot drops will be contracted to Bashar Sardaukar at the nearest station for entry into SMERG PVPIP. If you are in SMERG, PVPIP entry is not optional, check this forum post for details.

BS roams will (most likely) never happen because of the giant hot-drop potential and the lumbering nature of the fucking things. Don't ask. Go fuck yourself. BLOPs are a different story, of course, but we sure as shit aren't going to wander around through Amamake in Armageddons.

Why haven't we done this sooner?

As I said above, we are largely casual, with a small core of hyper-dedicated pilots. That, however, has started to shift.

Also, there was a time where we did "suicide roams" in T1 fit T1 cruisers into Great Wildlands every single Saturday night. Half the fleet was drunk. These eventually dissolved to the point where only 4 people or so would show up. Why? I can't be certain, but factors included:
  • Not always getting fights.
  • The 20 jumps to the staging system of Skarkon.
  • The amount of time we spent ratting.
  • When we did get fights, we rarely killed anything since people in null don't believe in fighting small gangs with small gangs.
  • It was fucking Saturday night and people had better shit to do.
  • The same T1 cruisers were getting dull to fly.

So, we will try to correct almost all the problems with our new system. I can't promise fights, but the rest should be pretty simple to mitigate.

Oh, and pumpkin assholes.

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