Going Against The Grain

There comes a time in one’s Eve career where you must stop taking advice and following the crowd, a time when joining yet another corp sounds dull and boring no matter what they have to offer out where they base their fleets. I used to take everything I heard over the years too serous and never bothered to “try” doing it in a different manner, whether it be a ship fit, a new way of running missions, or starting a new corporation. The first step to my individuality came when I co-founded a corporation with a new friend. We choose to go to w-space on our own. Having joined a number of corps already I had all kinds of thoughts on how to achieve this:

1) Gather around 10-20 others who we “need” to start the corp.
2) Find a suitable wormhole. Get a medium pos as the smallest acceptable size.
3) Come up with a complicated spreadsheet for corp payouts and Ore refining numbers for directors and FC’s to keep track of weekly payouts to members. As well as several other spreadsheets for other tasks.
4) Perhaps the biggest step: invest the isk to get our first pos up and running.
5) Come up with a labeling system for naming the various site bookmarks and wormhole connections.

All these things were common in every w-space corp I was a member of, so naturally I wanted to mimic what I learned and implement them into my new corp. Old conversations of ” we started with half a bill isk, lots of pos guns and T3 ships”, ” you need at least ten or more people”, etc etc. I however, had none of that. We were two pilots. Both with battle cruisers: a Drake and a Harbinger and less than 200 mill between us.
More over: we didn’t want a group with us, we wanted a private venture to make some isk with, temporarily, possibly becoming permanent.

We chose to break the rules, we bought a small pos, sold some assets for just enough fuel to online the thing and no money left for guns. We found a great C3 with a static C3 connection and began anchoring then dumping the fuel into it and brought it online.

Once it was up, we took our ships out to our static and began bringing in some isk. Over a few days we made hundreds of millions each, around 200-400mill/day. We used that money to re-invest in the pos, buying more guns for it, buying a few days worth of fuel, etc. We kept fuel lite knowing if we were found we would stand little chance against a hostile takeover and we didn’t want to waste the money isk filing the fuel bay up.

Weeks went by, we each got better ships and more pos goods each day with every cash out. We scrapped virtually every rule I had known… Armour tanking mixed with shields for my friend, less than half a bill in initial investments, virtually no one else but us living in the wormhole.  Over time we got battleships, T3’s of our choosing without anyone forcing us to go Tengu pilots or have some ridiculous pay sheet to look over on Google Docs.

It all started with taking a risk and going against the recommendations other eve pilots told us were the “right” way of doing things. If not for going with our hearts we probably would have joined yet another cookie-cutter w-space corp with a long list of rules and spreadsheets to look over, doing the same old thing we did in the past. Instead we played how we wanted, with what we wanted to fly.

It reminds me of battle clinic, or NPC chat rooms where ever single player is telling you THEIR way I’d the right way, the only way to fit your ship, or their way I’d the only path to being successful in your own corporation. Just the other night some new guy was being bombarded with scrutiny over his choice of laser turrets. Yet another “pulse over beam/beam over pulse” argument began.

Fed up with it all I simply write a small letter: use what YOU like to use, if you like sniping, go beam. For DPS close range fights use pulse, there is no right and wrong.

They felt better after my message, I’m sure he will pick whatever weapon style fits him and learn to use them properly over time. So many times in eve we get criticised for going against the normal methods, not following the crowd but all it really does it force you to play in a way you don’t want to, or feel you have to. Eve is vast, and wide open to explore if you only learn to do it your way and go out and explore what it has to offer you. Take some risks, but always have reserves if all should fail as it will many times over. You never know what you might find out there!

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~ by katsumi1980 on January 25, 2013.

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