Lain sent me an Eve mail telling me that he had stumbled upon a high sec corp looking to dip their feet into PvP. He immediately dragged them into -THC2- public chat and waited for me to log in to meet them. I was beyond flattered by the situation. We then dragged the poor creature into a private chat and grilled him on the situation.
The basics are that he is a new member of a not so wealthy group. The biggest barrier is ISK. I removed that barrier by offering to front up to 500mil in T1 frigates and T1 cruisers if they were willing to take the drip and come swim with us. I also made the offer of an experienced FC and member or two.
He went back and forth with me about the FC thing. Wanting experience and all of that. My response is that while wanting experience is good having a good experience is better. Having a knowledgeable FC and a pirate member or two will help prevent the situation from being a WTFBBQ. Even if they do not 'win' and hold the field they would still get some kills, have an extended battle with clear, coherent (hopefully) direction and have a good experience.
And that is my goal with these ventures. It is not to kill inexperienced players and pad my kill board It is to introduce people to PvP in an environment where they can productively gain from it. Having a calm, clear, cool FC with command of the field and situation makes all of the difference, even if everyone dies in a fire in the end. I don't mean to step on toes but I cannot see it being good for moral for us to wipe the floor with them, free ships or not.
The other nice thing about assisting them financially is that I will be able to control a lot of the fitting process (which means the boys will) and we can teach them about proper PvP fits at the same time.
I hope the situation works out. I'm all ready to make forum posts to my various groups and get a really fun, exciting little event going. Sadly, I have to wait for their conformation and agreement. I hope they take me up on the offer. Helping people have productive, informative and pleasant PvP experiences can help break that barrier of fear of loss and motivate them to spread their wings some and try what else is out there to try.