2013 has barely started. But I'm increasingly struck by the irony that what is likely to be the biggest fight in EVE Online in 2013 was:
- accidental; and,
- almost literally fought over nothing.
For those not keeping track at home, I'll remind you that nuclear reactor accidents, airplane crashes, and failed rocket launches are horribly bad things that should be avoided at all costs. And here we have the King of Space comparing an Internet spaceship battle to them.
"Jester, that's not what he meant," I can hear some of you saying already and yeah, I get that. But the subtle implication is there and I don't think this is the first time we've heard about it. The truth is, at the sov level, spaceship battles are slowly becoming incidental to our spaceship game. The meta game is becoming more important and anyone who wishes to take sov is having to think more about how they're going to fight the meta game than how they're going to fight the spaceship game. Make no mistake: the meta game comes first. By the time spaceships are actually involved, the winner and loser will have already been decided at the meta level.
"Don't make us get out our spaceships," the sov coalitions seem to be saying, "because you won't like it."
Where does this come from? That isn't too hard. Granted, I haven't blown up hundreds or thousands of SBUs, TCUs, POSs, and stations like I know a lot of you have. But I've blown up a couple of dozen and you don't have to clean out thousands of septic tanks to know that the activity is no fun; a couple of dozen will do. ;-) Do it hundreds or thousands of times and I can definitely sympathize with sov coalition pilots when the last thing they want to see is the inside of a spaceship. I still have enough friends in the CFC to know that even though I don't think they just went through a war, they do and they have the structure KMs to prove it.
Which is why when you have Shadoo promising members of the HBC spaceship fights without having to do any of the un-fun stuff, I can see the appeal that's going to have for a sov coalition.
But isn't it kind of ironic that it's come down to this? Sooner or later -- hopefully soooner -- CCP is going to have to get around to fixing this and I suspect you're going to hear a lot about it during CSM election season. I've written on the topic lots of times before and I want to do so one more time, this time simplifying my beliefs on what should be done about the problem down to the core. But that's another post.
For this one, I just wanted to quickly point out the irony of a coalition leader letting us all know that spaceship battles are bad, m'kay?