Docking: Tactic or Cowardice? Revisited

I often make the mistake of writing as if my audience is as smart as I am. This isn't just a problem in Eve, it has also been an issue in Real Life. I often have to go back and re-write things to make them a tad easier to understand. Often, significantly easier to understand.

This appears to be the case with a recent post I wrote called Docking: Tactic or Cowardice?

In that post I made the argument that docking is an act of cowardice in the face of your enemies. I hoped that my (to me anyway) now famous tongue in cheek writing style would be apparent to anyone reading that post. But apparently not. So let me re-visit it briefly to explain what should have been as obvious as the nose on your face. If you already know what I am going to say you are excused, since you are obviously smarter than a fifth grader.

I have been in systems with hundreds of reds in local. (Can anyone say HED?) I've been in systems with any number of reds in local, from none to once over 2,000. So your numbers don't impress me. I used to sit on the gate in HED and bomb enemy blobs alone in my Manticore, so really, your little blob is not very impressive. That is just one example. So let's be clear however, when you are camping with 14-1 odds... do I really even have to say this?

Even I might dock in the face of those odds. There is cowardice and then there is stupidity. 

Now, I offered several times in local the opportunity for anyone to fight me and all I got was silence.

Would it be heroic to stand and fight the blob alone? No. As I've learned many times since starting to play Eve, there is no such thing as heroics in New Eden. The "hero" is the one left standing at the end of a fight. Certainly there are Hero tackles, Hero saves and Hero efforts that anyone can make in this game, but standing alone against 14-1 odds is only going to get me killed. And that is not heroics. That is lunacy.

As anyone who reads this blog already knows I am not a fan of blobs. A blob is easily defined, it is the creation of a gang of enough power to specifically kill anyone with lesser power. Putting a gang together to go roaming is not a blob, as it is as likely to catch one ship as it is hundreds. The focus here is on intent. When I am alone in system and someone wants me dead and they form up 8-18 ships to get the job done, that is a blob. Camping a station, campaign a gate, with the specific intention of having enough power on hand to kill whatever comes thru or undocks is a blob. Now obviously some Alliances in Null have to do this tactic sometimes to protect their space, that is understandable. (I still don't like it, mostly cause it is boring, but I understand the need.) But in low sec there is no need.

This is all semantics, but I thought it needed to be addressed. When my words get thrown back to me in local I guess it means I haven't done my job properly. So I hope that explains it in easy to understand terms.

Probably not.

New Rules

Things are changing here on Eveoganda.

Moving forward I won't be posting as often as I have been during the last two years. This is 100% due to certain realities that I've had to face in real life. Not only with my family, but also because of my business. And now, on top of everything else, the current economic situation in Washington has actually impacted me directly. This requires, and has required for several months now, an increased amount of diligence on my part. Which simply means more time, which means less time for other pursuits. Like Eve.

Those of you that are waiting on commissions already know that I've been moving extremely slow. That isn't fair and I will be spending more time working my way thru the list of projects on my plate. So no worries there.

This in no way means this blog will be going dark, or shutting down, or anything like that. But my long-standing rule about blogging every day I play Eve went under the carpet about a month ago. So it is time to admit it and move on.

I don't like writing about real world concerns on a Eve blog, but the reality is very serious business. Actual, real, serious business.

So there it is. Now back to Eve.


The new Eve Is Real web archive slash gallery slash marketing venture slash vanity project has gone live this week. This is many things but primarily I have decided to think of it as an extremely positive step in the right direction. A unique and distinctly Eve'ian way of sharing with others the one thing that really makes Eve so special - the community.

Eve is indeed real. It might be virtual on my computer, but it certainly dominates a chunk of life, thought and effort. Which brings it out of the virtual and into the real for me. I don't fight that relationship, often I have to step back from it when it gets crazy, or change the way I deal with certain aspects of it. But primarily I am very happy with the way Eve and I deal with each other.

The important thing about the new site is sharing. A central depository in which we (the community) can share our works, views, humor, art, dedication and passion with the rest of the world. I'd say that is a worthy attempt and CCP is to be commended for even trying such a thing.

So I've decided to support the effort any way I can. I was given a chance to upload items a week or so early and took it, in fact I continue to upload a few things every day. I'd really, really, really, really like to win some prizes. So please feel free to support your hard-working, dedicated friendly neighborhood blogger by sharing some of the work I've uploaded to the site. The top 20 "vote" getters win some sweet prizes.

So far this image is my top vote getter: Game Mechanics

This wallpaper for Lucifer's Hammer is also doing very well.

As is my favorite screen shot ever! (Of the ones I've taken)

I have a lot of images posted so feel free to "vote" for anything of course, even other people's stuff. Although that would be extremely rude! ( I kid of course) This one I loaded yesterday of a fleet of Battle Badgers I had completely forgotten about is also cool.

The point is, this is good stuff. I navigate thru the images and videos every day and find new and exciting things I've never seen before. That is amazing. Eve is real and it is worth sharing.

So share.

Twitter Tuesday: Twits from Tweetfleet

Welcome to Twitter Tuesday on Eveoganda! The semi-regular day when I ask my fellow Tweetfleeters to ask me any question they'd like, no matter how hard or silly, and I force myself to answer them as best I can.  Let's see what they have for me today shall we?