Interview: zero2espect, Amarr FC & CEO


Zero Heavy Industries [0000]
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In game channel: Feel-the-lerv

What inspired you to create [0000]? Also, was it originally a FW corp?

[0000] was created because I wanted to build up a team of players that I felt the game (and FW) deserved. Creating something different and special. It’s worked out great. We have always been a FW corp.

Has it changed much since it’s creation?

Not really. Our recruitment standards have remained the same, the people we look for remain the same, we have policies that ensure that our standards are kept high. What has changed is a general inability for the Minmatar to project any kind of resistance into our op-area. The majority of good fights we’ve had over the last couple of months have been against pirate factions. It’s like their spirit has been broken.

What is your recruitment process like? What sort of pilots do you look for?

We ensure that all new candidates meet our criteria before joining. We have moulded ourselves along the lines of the French Foreign Legion. We accept anybody who has the skills and the commitment to our corporation of warrior brothers and sisters. They must have the ability to fly with courage and zeal. They then take on board an oath of service that we take very seriously. A new 0000 is given the rank of Engage Volontaire and must undergo a right of passage. They receive no financial assistance from the corp and are given the task of proving to others that they indeed do belong. Those that make it through this process and are voted in by the existing members via the Vote of Acceptance are onboard into 0000 as Legionnaires and are granted their Kepi Blanc to wear with pride. Just like in the French Foreign Legion all that have received the Kepi Blanc and complete their oath of service are bound to us for life. No matter where, what, when or how – 0000 will come to them in the hour of their need.

What kind of corp rules and policies does 0000 have?

We have many rules that are designed to ensure that we remain an active and effective corp. But more importantly we have our ethos which is:

1 Légionnaire, you are a volunteer serving zero heavy industries with “Honour and Fidelity”.
2 Every Legionnaire is your brother-in-arms, regardless of his nationality, race, or religion. You will demonstrate this by strict solidarity which must always unite members of the same family.
3 Respect of traditions, devotion to your leaders, discipline and comradeship are your strengths, courage and loyalty your virtues.
4 Proud of your status as Legionnaire, you display this in your attitude, which is always impeccable, your behaviour always dignified but modest, your commitment to the Legion shall be beyond question.
5 An elite soldier, you will train rigorously, you will maintain your weapon as your most precious possession, you are constantly concerned with your ability to engage and overcome your foes.
6 A mission is sacred, once given to you, becomes sacred. You will accomplish it at whatever cost
7 In combat, you will act without passion and without hate, you will respect the vanquished enemy, you will never abandon your dead or wounded, nor surrender your arms.

Do you find it difficult being both the leader of your corporation plus one of the main FCs/leaders for Amarr Militia?

Not at all.

Will [0000] remain in the militia for the foreseeable future or do you have plans to move elsewhere?

We have already started to shift our focus. With the Minmatar and Gallente literally putting up zero resistance to our sorties we have already begun a process of identifying and war-deccing non FW corporations so that we can maintain our combat skills. We are committed to remain at least until the “promised” “improvements” come to FW so that we can decide where our future takes us.

What kind of advice would you give to someone who is starting up a FW corporation?

Don’t just accept anybody – or you run the risk of looking foolish. I would recommend someone to aspire to have 4 good guys as a goal rather than 50 shit ones.

What do you think of CCP’s announcement to focus on FW for the winter expansion?

We’ll see. They havent done anything right in 3 years. My confidence is low.

Assuming you are a bit of a roleplayer since you post on the IGS (rp forum boards), do you think rp has much of an effect on how you run your corporation or the choices you personally make as a pilot?

We kind of RP but not Eve RP. It just makes it more fun.

Has PL’s move into Amamake affected your corporation or the way you run fleets?

It has, but more so because it keeps the Minmatar docked more these days. While PL are here the days of 60vs60 BS fights will never happen.

How long have you been playing EvE?

Since Beta. EvE sure has changed.

What attracted you to the game?

The ability to do anything. No predefined story or path. You get out of the game what you put in.

What other aspects of the game have you tried other than militia?

Check the employment history. Everything from living the merc life with MC, piracy and contract killing with Veto, plain old piracy and griefing with the Church and Infod. Capturing and holding space in MM and Triumvirate. Basically everything…except mission/WH grinding. 🙂

What are some of your most memorable experiences in FW?

Definately the militia’s first SC kill. 0000 was just out for a normal roam and low and behold, an Aeon goes GCC. We call in the rest of the militia, kept it bumped, HIC’d it and BOOM.

Do you participate in plexing and system capturing? Do you think it is a worthwhile endeavor?

[0000] doesn’t hardcore plex but we keep an eye out for vulnerable systems and will close a plex or two to keep the militia rolling. I think plexing, or more correctly, militia sov should lead to more rewards – to make it worthwhile and attract more pilots (targets) to FW.

What makes FW awesome?

0.0 guys wish they could undock, make a jump or two and catch a fight. That’s everyday here.

What do you wish CCP would change about FW?

Make it more rewarding to attract new blood. Have the ability to set aligned factions to blue, allowing cleaner inter-faction co-operation. Faction standings have to be looked at, how to lose it, how to gain it. Having guys lose FW standings for repping a guy who’s done something wrong and then having a real up-and-down resolve rate with GMs is just a joke. Oh, and yeah, I wish I could use something like FW dictor bubbles in friendly systems.

What do you think about the use of alt spies, neutral alts for bonuses, and outside cap support?

Spies are seriously just gay. People who use them are gay. People who depend on them are fags. The Legion has never used them, never will. Personally I don’t use neutral alts apart from shipping stuff around empire – keeping on top of who’s red and who isn’t just isn’t worth the pain for me. Neutral utility alts are just part of the game and I became comfortable having them in gangs a long time ago – as a pirate you need them as scouts and logies – and in 0.0 it really doesn’t matter what corp an alt is in. Regarding outside cap support, for the normal day-to-day fights I think it’s gay. If it’s a big bunker op or pos fight, and we learn from interested parties that the enemy have used the bat-phone, the only prudent approach is to make sure your own personal bat-phone has someone on the other end.

Who do you admire in Amarr FW?

Dunn when he was around. The influence he had on how we fight, what we fight with and generally trying to shake things up was a mix of exactly what Amarr needed and what the larger militia was capable of. Pred also gets a mention because every day, he’s out, he’s shooting things and he’s never shy about getting the team together to counter a threat. FG as a recent addition has certainly had a big impact and 0000 are proud to call the WB guys brothers in arms.

Which of your opponents do you most admire?

None really. It’s hard to admire much about guys only interested in a 2vs1 then run when anything approaching even numbers is in space. There seems to be a real lack of interest from the Red team since Captain Vaguy left. 0000 is accused of “blobbing” all the time in local. Seriously guys, there’s usually 5-8 of us online at once, because we only allow combat pilots in the corp, we’re always all in gang and we usually collect a few hangers-on. Our typical fleet size is 5-12 people with alts. We don’t call for help unless we’re seriously overmatched, we do not run from even fights. We want some red corps to start acting the same to get some real action going before FW turns into the rest of EvE and just goes like a bit “meh”.

What do you think of mixed fleets? (Minmatar/Amarr, etc)

Not much.

What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are as a pilot?

Aggression. Flying aggressively gets you the best fights, but also costs you ships. In my experience the more aggressive you fly, the better results you get.

What types of gangs do you most like to fly in?

Fast, moving, searching, pinning and prosecuting.

What advice would you give to someone joining Amarr militia?

Join a proper corp and enjoy FW rather than just pissing your time away in the 24th. Make some friends, make it an experience.

Have you tried other militias or have you always flown with Amarr?

Old skool Amarr.

How long have you been an FC?

Since forever.

What do you consider the most difficult part of FCing?

Dealing with noobs or people who think they know better and are quite happy to FC from the back seat.

What types of gangs do you most enjoy FCing?

Ones that get lots of kills or otherwise gain reputation for the Legion.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done as an FC?

Only really ever lost 3 big fights. One was a rape in Gallente space. The other was a friendly BC gang against pirate tengus and sleips and the last was my part in getting raped by the big RAIDEN sc gankfest where we lost the caps. Apart from that I always feel for the guy who’s 2 jumps out and calls a point on something that’s going to fuck him up real bad by the time we get there.

What kind of advice would you give to someone who is an up-and-coming FC?

Just do it. Take your licks and keep going. If you’re any good, you’ll get better. You’re definitely better than the other 127 people in militia chat who aren’t fcing….

FAVORITE:

Ship to fly: Heretic (alltime). Curse (militia).
FW System: Amamake has its charms.
EvE Celebrity: Kill2 – forever changed the way thousands of pilots think about flying
EvE Related Website: http://www.zeroheavyindustries.net/kills
Null Sec Alliance: – meh – honestly 0.0 and anything to do with 0.0 has lost my interest.
Wartarget To Shoot: All of them.
Corpse: Dead ones…with nice boobs.
EvE Online Forum: My Eve (Videos).
Space Station: Kourm IV 18 is where all the kool kids hang out.
Song To Fly To: I have about 128GB of songs that I fly to, picking one is just impossible.
Way To Make ISK: 0000 operates a lemonade stall on Saturdays and Sundays.
Ammo: Amarr Multi is the preferred choice for true professional murderers.
Pirate Corp: I’m going for an old skool answer here that might not mean much to the “newer” guys. INFOD will live forever in the hearts of all that were associated with it – especially as part of The Church.
Junk food while playing EVE: Beer is food right?

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