This is a game where a lot of people are trying to win against other people while embarked upon separate objectives. The analysis into what is and what is not will always be marred by the subtle textures of individuality that seeps in between things. Mix that with what seems to be an automatic avoidance of harsh honesty for the muddied waters of explanation and sometimes I am very, very frustrated with the eyes wide shut views vomited forth about this game.
I've been stewing over a comment made. "They don't want to fight you because you all use falcons." The general reaction was, "What?" when that was said. Trace back to a fight or two, months and months ago, when someone did, indeed undock a falcon. Does that taint someone? If a fleet has another objective and you are in their path and die as they plow through you is the solution for the FC to cry:
"Logistics support! Falcons! Bear thee away down yon jumpgate and through it for only the honor of men shall stand upon the shores of this fleet this day! I cry unto you DPS ships, for glory and honor tank only! Forthwith into battle of divine intent and style. Not for reasons of sensibility or intelligence shall we stop and ponder the shores of pewpew! For glory and victory shall be the burden of men and sensibility the tools of the weak. Those pilots who wallow in dishonorability by flying things others don't want to fight are cast aside this moment as we shall plunge our brawling fleet into their kiting setup knowing that the glory of honorable battle defines not the smart and quick of wit but the stupidly brave. Let us handicap ourselves and hobble all actions upon the viewpoint of those who wish to kill us and find frustration that this fleet comp does not wither under their baleful glare. The burning smack of local will ignite the fires of our victory Only glory shall await us as we burn in a fire. For I say to you, who wanted to succeed in that fight anyway?"
Seeing someone recently comment on a forum that 7-2 will only fight with an overwhelming advantage, I, as a member, roll my eyes and toss my hair in irritation. How dare our corporation fly together in an effective manner when we advertise ourselves as gang PvP!
There are two sides to a story and both sides are heavily tinted by the individual opinion. I know that we will fight outnumbered but I can understand that people who only fight us when we outnumber them, equal them, or bring a superior force due to fleet doctrine can feel that way. I point out the same when someone always flies with logistics or falcon with positive security status and engages us upon a gate. "They always fly with logi/falcon" or "They never aggress first because they want us to take gateguns."
Strategy matters. Going full zerg lemming style into battle does work but even that work is limited. How many people farm Brave Newbies for the fact that they can go to their system and pick off dozens of ships in an uncoordinated blob. I don't actually understand the enjoyment a highly skilled and trained pilot gets doing this but I understand that they find satisfaction in it. What they are doing, however, is applying strategy. They are not diving face first into the zerlging lemming blob to die in the inevitable fire that exists in the heart of that swarm. Instead, they are using the situation to push themselves while mitigating what happens. I call it making a proper, strategic decision. Other people call it [expective] kiting for [sexual slur descriptor].
I do not like Falcons because I do not like ECM jamming as a mechanic. However, I carry EC-300s in about 2/3 of my ships with a drone bay. I do it without shame. I understand why people bring Falcons to fights. I am frustrated by them. I do everything I can to push them off the field. But, I absolutely understand why the Falcon is there. It isn't about 'fair' fights and 'equal' fights and 'good' fights it about strategy and achieving strategic goals.
That is not the same as looking for a fight.
It may be the time I've spent recently trying to understand station games and up shipping. When they happen and the fleet disengaged and the growling about it starts I wonder what goes through the 'defending' sides mind. They sat on their station and did their best to pick a few people off. They put themselves in as unkillable a position as they could. They are not looking for a good fight where both sides are forced to battle against each other. That isn't the goal.
"W'ere not going to fight that." I think the real answer, even if unspoken is, "Good," not "Why won't you sucide your fleet into ours? We cannot hold enough sense to understand." It is rather valid tactic to get people to leave you alone.
"No one is going to fight that fleet," I often hear as a ball of T3 and logistics rolls by. I can only think that they are not out for the fight we are. And selective memory. How easy it is to forget what one wishes to forget. If it happened once the other twenty eight times it didn't or another fleet comp was flown goes out the window because this one time in a spaceship...
Blops, Hot Drops, bait, wormhole hiding, traps, and trickery are all part of the game. None of the exist in a void of their own. I've gleefully shredded hot dropped fleets before. It is not an automatic IWIN button. I have learned how to get Falcons off the field or at least distract them so that they have no choice but to focus on me or die because they did not leave. That is what I thought was part of playing this game. Going out and trying to do well, every time, in every way. How dare I have fun trying to win in PvP fights.
Everyone's ideal game world is different. I will never do the right thing for everyone. From the people who find my Jaguar to be to expensive to those that whine if I'm in anything larger nothing will ever be right. I'll always be wrong. I bought a Jaguar to a frigate fight. How dare I fly a Sleipnir. The dishonor of having EC-300 drones. How dare I. How dare we. Why won't we just lay down and die to their fleets every single time?
And not doing the exact same thing and fleet comp every time. Its sinful. At least since we're going to hell we're doing it in style.
Roll my fucking eyes.