Monday, January 27, 2014
Feign Disorder has Declared War against...
We declared war on the people that live in and around the area we deployed to. It is for the normal reasons. Gateguns and station guns when dealing with targets who out number and upship while falconing. It evens the playing field. Using game mechanics and all.
Some will say, "If you want that you shouldn't be in low sec." As long as we can declare war on people I don't see why we shouldn't use a perfectly valid game mechanic to aid us while fighting. When you see sentry guns doing the bulk of the damage on kill after kill and have people who cannot ignore the lure of things sitting on stations and gates one makes choices.
The thing is that war seems to br super personal. Maybe there is this vision of us around an illuminated tabel planning destruction. It would be mote awesome than reality. Right after we declared war we got distracted. We got called back to Molden Heath for a few things. We had our normally scheduled roaming fleets. We, basically, ignored our war targets and most of us were not even in system. They keep asking when we are going to undock. I even have one in my chat-room although he has not said anything and the poor dear will probably be bored all to hell. Maybe he will enjoy our random, occasional discussions about cooking, ship fitting, Siuil draining knowledge from Vov, and market chatter. I'm sure that people will look at the war stats with some win and loss reasoning and miss the point that we did it just to disable the sentry guns.
Today, we were busy. The boys crashed a public event. There were some other calls for our attention. In general, we were not present at all and the war targets keep going, "Feign Disorder, when are you going to undock and fight us?" I ignored them. For one, I don't really recognize the alliance name. For two, saying anything is just going to be a ridiculous mess of insults and accusations of tears. Someone joined one of the groups as an alley. Who they are? I don't know. I'll chuckle if/when Jita campers add themselves. We almost never send mains to Jita. For one, most are outlaw and for two, wardecs are a thing so most of us have out of corp logistics and support alts for the getting of stuff. And if someone did go and get podded on the Jita undock it'd be "Really?" as a response.
When THC2 was in Capital Punishment. TEXN would war dec carebear corps for high sec PvP. I can understand where the teeth gnashing and general anger comes from in that situation. However, war decs of low sec corp to other corp living in low sec is pretty much a removal of gate and station guns. For some groups there may be personal aspects to it. People certainly respond personally. But the words, "have declared war against you" does come across as super aggressive.
I don't think it is out thing to hunt one party down. I don't think we have that much negative emotion invested in PvP. PvP is what the corporation does but rarely do I hear the boys get a personal edge to it. And even then, it is normally smugness over killing someone who does their best not to die. I've always, said, with fair comfort, that we do not 'hate' anyone. We don't get obsessed over any particular group. Whenever I hear that so and so dislikes 7-2 or the occasions that plots to destroy us and evict us from an area have fallen across my lap, I'm a bit amazed at the ire involved. But then, PvP is approached differently by different groups. I can stand here all day and say that it is casual and 'fun' and we're not involved but I cannot dictate the response of the other party involved.
I won't try to explain to our war targets why they are war deced. It doesn't matter. When we did a weekend deployment back over the summer we declared war on the corporation that lived there because they liked to do the station thing. We then, mostly, roamed and ignored them. We then left halfway through the war dec and we never arranged a 'fight' day.
It is also hard to say 'we don't care' even if 'we don't care' because we are the ones that made the war declaration in the first place. That boils down to the concept of winning and losing and the reasons that people do the things that they do. I can't define the entire game by my personal household. It is one of those things that I have to remember.