Thursday, 4 July 2013

Fountain - The war rages on

DISCLAIMER: While I am a part of the CFC, I am making these comments alone and giving no inside information.  I do not speak officially on behalf of the CFC, all comments are my own.  I aim for this information to be as impartial as possible but this may not be the case given my exposure to the CFC side of the war.

If you play EVE and you've been even remotely awake lately, you will have heard that there is a war going on in fountain.
Just about everybody has a bit to say about it, so why not me eh?  Being involved in this war is pretty exciting.  This is the first time I've been involved in the combat side of a major war, and it's interesting to say the least.

Who is involved in this war?
Nearly everyone.  Officially it's the ClusterFuck Coalition (Goons & Friends) vs Test Alliance Please Ignore. Test have secured PL and the N3 coalition as allies for the war.  There are a lot of other alliances involved, and nearly all of them are helping TEST (because everyone hates goons as we all know).

Why is this war happening?
This war is the result of the moon changes that came in from the Odyssey expansion.  Moons provide materials which can be harvested by a POS, which come in categories.  These are R4, R8, R16, R32 and R64.  Prior to Odyssey, one R32 material was the king of all moon materials.  Everyone wanted it.  That is Technetium.  The Odyssey Expansion added more R64 moons across the universe, and added more reactions for R64 materials making them more useful for production and reducing the use of Technetium.  As you can imagine, this paradigm shift resulted in the price of technetium crashing, and the price of the R64s (Dysprosium, Neodymium, Promethium, Thulium) increasing.
Here's a graph to show you the Jita average prices from the end of march until now. Technetium is red.

As you can see that's a pretty big price drop.

Before the changes, the CFC were sitting on the majority of technetium moons.  This allowed them to build up quite a large amount of ISK which they could use to do the things they enjoyed, like Hulkageddon and Burn Jita.  These are pretty costly ventures and were always subsidised by the mass of Technetium.  With the prices sinking an alternate form of income was required, and naturally this was R64 minerals.  Fountain contains a lot of R64 minerals, and so the CFC declared war.

What has happened so far?
Initially the CFC managed to get a good footing in Fountain.  Part of this was due to Sort Dragon handing 5 systems across to the CFC, and part of it was due to TEST already being engaged in a lot of PVP being unprepared for an assault on Fountain.  While in the official announcement Mittani stated it would be a long war, and not a walk in the park, a lot of CFC members thought TEST would pose little threat and would be crushed in weeks.  While this may have been true if it were just TEST this was not the case, as TEST managed to secure new allies, even from enemies they were fighting with only days before.

This is where the war got interesting.  Suddenly about a week and half into the war, the fights became real, with both sides pushing to bring pilots into the field.  This turned the invasion into a proper war, and it will be months before we will see meaningful progress on either side.  Who will win?  Nobody knows, and anyone that claims to is either crazy or not very bright.  Both sides really want to win, and for the most part that dedication to fight is all that is needed to fuel the war machine.

In addition to everything else going on, on July 1st, an old director from S2N Citizens (Renter alliance for Nulli Secunda, a part of N3) logged on as an active director, stole ~400B is ISK, and disbanded the alliance.  Now 400B is a drop in the ocean to a coalition the size of N3, but by disbanding the alliance, all of their renter sovereignty was lost, which lost then 219 systems and around 40 stations.  This would normally be an absolutely crippling blow and caused N3 to have to temporarily pull from the war.  Amazingly, they took it all in their stride and with help from TEST and PL, managed to recover all critical systems in under 24 hours.  This allowed them to redeploy to fountain, to continue fighting the war, with a small group still working to stabilise the lost systems.  This will have an effect on their income for a while as it has no doubt damaged renter confidence, and all the systems will now be level 0, but with the sovereignty restored, it should be a minor inconvenience.

Being in the war can be pretty fun.  There are a lot of opportunities to get out and get into fights, and for the most part, both sides are delivering pretty good fights.  One thing this has shown me however is that Time Dilation is painful.  For those that don't know, Time Dilation is where the servers slow down everything when there are too many people playing on a single node for the servers to handle.  The slowdown gives the server time to process everything that's happening.
Most of the bigger flights are pushing the time dilation factor down to 10%, which basically means something that used to take 10 seconds now takes 100 seconds.  When you scale this up to the fight, a fight that would be 30 minutes long is now 5 hours.  It rarely works out to be that extreme for the whole fight, but they can feel like they are dragging at times (mainly when trying to warp out, feels like forever).

That's all super exciting, but I want to see it!
If you want to see the war for yourself, Mad Ani is trying to bring the war to the masses by streaming it on twitch in HD 1080, and it's really worth watching. Bigger battles he records for viewing later too.  When I'm not fighting in the war, I'm usually watching the stream (including now).  You can see it here:


  1. Lol, if someone links Mad Ani again, i'm gonna start shooting his damn arse dow in b-d. Spammers, goddamit.

    1. I'm always trying to shoot him down, he's a little tough to find though. For the guys not involved in the war he does provide pretty good coverage though, you have to give him that at least.