During our soundboard about structures for a moment we wandered into the topic of small groups attacking larger groups. For a moment I thought of the well worn example of David and Goliath. However, I didn't like it. It did not feel particularly creative. Also, as I spun the topic around I saw that the analogy didn't fit. David after all killed Goliath against the odds and I wasn't thinking about the simple formula of small group taking out larger as if it is a divine right.
My thoughts revolved around the small groups having the ability to bite chunks out of the large ones. To use the strengths of small numbers to make an impact. During my time in Molden Heath this often happened. I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed fighting draws with familiar locals. It was often frightening. I regularly had to take a deep breath and tell myself that not even the loss of every ship in my hangar would make me back down.
Defiance has an appeal to me that few other things do. I don't want to own space. I'm not competitive by nature. I'm not territorial. Insulting me in local tends to leave me puzzled. Do they mean it? It doesn't even make any sense. But it is defiance that keeps me running. It may be screaming into the darkness or whistling into the wind but it is an aspect of Eve that I very much enjoy.
Of course, I've kind of said that my favorite way to play is to be a torn in someones side for the sake of being there. It is why David and Goliath miss the mark. The goal is not to topple and replace and then maintain the throne. For many that means content and it brings content as well as tangible goal points. But, in this game of dreams and created pathways there is just a daily life to enjoy.
My thoughts have wandered away from its birth spot in the discussion of how smaller groups take out larger structures, or at least have an opportunity to attack them. That is an opportunity that is decreased depending on how structures have programmable vulnerability windows.
The question was raised, should the little guy be able to take out the bigger group? I don't think the game should be set up to be David and Goliath. I do want to continue being able to take that bleeding hunk out of the big guys calf.
I don't know why. It is just how I like to play. I don't desire to be the best or most notorious. I have no draw to kill boards or fame. I just want to putter through space, defend myself when I need to and attack if i want to. In many ways I enjoy not having a reason other than not having a reason.
I'm pretty sure when i first sketched this out I had a different thought in my mind. Ah well. Self discovery is useful.