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I haven't talked much about Stay Frosty or A Band Apart lately (on purpose!), but I thought it was time to write a post about where we are and what we are up to. The Alliance has been in a bit of a "growth" mode lately, despite the Summer doldrums that usually infect New Eden. Our growth has been carefully managed to try and enhance our offerings and not simply to get bigger. Size has never been a goal of our efforts, quality being the sole purpose behind everything we do.
You can break the Alliance down into categories, Low Sec PvP, High-Sec Industry, Wormholes, and Special Projects. Into those categories we are striving to build best-in-class corporations to serve all areas of play, support and adventure. Barring Sov Holding and Faction Warfare. This is not always possible to achieve by simply growing each corporation individually from within. Sometimes it is necessary to merge the interests of like-minded people and areas of operation. This is what we have strived to do. Especially in both WH space and in HS space.
As always A Band Apart operates like one large Corporation more so than an Alliance. All gangs and all operations are open to all members, and the entire point is to provide mutual opportunities and support Alliance wide. I remain extremely optimistic that this model will continue to show itself as an extremely vital and powerful way of doing things in Eve. And so far, the evidence is pretty darn overwhelming.
If everything continues to go as planned, we should start hitting our true stride this Fall. I say this because we've been essentially in build mode since March. Hard to believe it has only been five months!
It is Summer in Eve and things tend to slow way down during these months. We are no different. It is rather pointless to try and do anything significant during this stretch, however we have managed to further expand our capabilities and our reach in ways that I find outstanding, even during this Summer. I give ALL the credit to this to our amazing group of leaders and pilots, they have taken on several major side-projects this Summer and run with them. Largely without much assistance from myself, in some cases because I simply can't help. I'm rather dedicated to my -10 sec status for example.
As for Stay Frosty we continue to fight the good fight. We attract as many pilots as we lose (either to the Alliance or to other entities) and our core group of dedicated ass-kickers continues to develop. On the horizon we will be implementing a rather aggressive FC training program, preparing for another FFA this Fall, building a team for the next NEO and then preparing for yet another move this Winter/Spring. Those are the goals that I can share publicly at least.
The primary goal however is to simply provide what we have always provided, a home for good fights without the bullshit. We have no egos to feed in ABA. We are all here because we want to be. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to do whatever they want, whenever they want, and however they want. That kind of freedom isn't for everyone, and we don't want everyone. Only a few.
It is important to always keep that in mind as we continue to grow and expand. If we lose that, then we become just another in a long line. As long as I have anything to say about it, that will never happen.
The truly great news is that I continue to log-in and play as often as I can because of the people in ABA. We have a great group of players that I am honored to fly with, work with and help. We are very fortunate to have attracted such an amazing and talented bunch of nut jobs.
I can't wait to see what happens next.
As always, if you are interested in joining any of our amazing Corporations and being an important and valued member of A Band Apart, join our channels EVEOGANDA and/or The Frosty Hammer to talk to us.