Archive for October, 2012


Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2012 by shaleelianne

Tonight, Hans Jagerblitzen from the CSM came onto the Fweddit comms to chat about the state of FW and the direction it is headed.

For the two hours I was there, I was highly impressed with everyone’s manners (it’s Fweddit after all lol) and thought that a lot of people brought forth some really great ideas.

A couple of things people came up with:

Make all faction ships only available through FW stores.

Give incentive to join the losing side by giving the same LP throughout the factions for pvp kills.

Give incentive to join the losing side by doing…well, anything.

Fix the war zone map.  It really needs some attention.

More on this later after the discussion is over!

Girls On Eve

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2012 by shaleelianne

Girls in EVE are special snowflakes, because no two girls are alike. You can quote me on that.

Before EVE I never really considered myself a gamer. I did play World of Warcraft but that was pretty much it. And really, most everyone I knew played WoW, it was just another form of entertainment and the people I knew who played it weren’t like ‘hard core gamers’.

The huge difference between WOW and EVE is that, WoW had tons of girls, it wasn’t really a big deal to be female on that game.

But EVE on the other hand….

I’ve heard the ratio of female gamers on EVE to be something like 5%, not certain if that is correct or not but from what I’ve seen, I would say that is pretty damned close.

You would think that with their being so few girls on EVE, there would be a better sense of camaraderie among the female population but my experiences are far from that.

Simply put, you can’t categorize all girls under one banner, that’s hardly fair. Just like you can’t say that all the guys on EVE are the exact same either.

When I first started EVE, I was hoping to find another girl to be BFFs with on the game but there simply weren’t any around. PIE had one absentee female but when I was a part of the corp, she was on break or something.

Later, once I started joining militia fleets I still rarely ever met another female.

Eventually, we got a girl into our corp and I was ecstatic! Finally I will have a BFF and we will bond and do things together and gossip about people and life will be grand! She was even a roleplayer, like myself, and I was all weeee, this is great.

She fucking hated me lol.

She was pretty much the downfall of my old corp, in fact. She was so catty talking about me in private channels and being a mean girl that I was like, fuck it, I’m leaving corp. I wont rehash that whole drama, you can read about it here if you’re curious.

Moving on!

Somewhere along the way, I was told about the Women of EVE channel, a game channel only for women, verified by the moderators. To get into the channel, you have to go through a whole voice chat on comms with the mod, and talk. (no they don’t ask your bra size or anything girly of that nature)

The channel was nice at first but very quiet. The idea is a good one, a place where girls can chat and bond without any interference with guys. In practice, it was sometimes awkward. You’re basically in a channel with a lot of people you don’t know and have little in common with except you’re female. Sometimes I’d chat, most often not.

On one of my particularly chatty days, some of the girls and I came up with this crazy way of making ISK, and I laughingly told one of my friends about it on Instant Messenger. He asked who, and I told some of the names.

He was like ‘wait a minute, that isn’t a girl.’ I was like, ‘sure it is, girls are verified’, and he is like ‘nope, and I’ve been on comms with him enough to know’. He was the guy’s CEO after all.

I was appalled thinking that some guy infiltrated the ‘safe haven’. I mentioned it in the chat when I found out, talking to some of the girls, something like ‘omg I just found out so-and-so is really a guy’. The next day in the chat, the guy logs on and I confronted him in the chat channel ‘So I hear you’re a guy.”

One of the mods of the channel convos me and tells me that so-and-so is a transgendered.

I felt really bad for ‘outing’ him and immediately opened up a convo and apologized. We had a little chat, everything was fine.

Fast forward two months later, literally to the day, and another mod of that channel sends me a nasty letter telling me I was ‘intolerant’, ‘drama causing’, and ‘hateful’.

Whoa nelly.

I immediately sent a perfectly nice response back, albeit a little confused on why it was being addressed now, that I had apologized to the person months ago and nothing more was ever said. Again, I figured the matter would be dropped. She sent back some scalding letter and it really pissed me off, because I think of myself as highly tolerant, and those who know me always say how NICE I am, I would never go out of my way to hurt someone’s feelings or out someone just to be douchey. It’s not who I am!

I whined to my BFF Xolve, someone who at the time was a Director of Fweddit, and he took some Fwedditors into the public channel and said things. (typical Fweddit style)

I left the Women of EVE channel because it wasn’t worth the hassle, and she threatened to ban me anyhow.

Oh well.

But for every mean girl, I’ve met some really nice ones too. Hitome Kei, Persephone Proserpine, and Greygal (all of Amarr Militia) are super awesome.

Outside of Militia, Sindel Pellion is super nice and fiesty, I also have met Mintchip a couple of times. Love her or hate her, I think she does a lot of good for EVE. She has tons of followers from other games, and I feel like she exposes EVE to a lot of people who might not have seen it or been interested in it.

And of course there is my nemesis, the dreadfully evil Susan Black of the Minmatar. She’s not really my nemesis, but everyone likes to pit us against one another merely because we are both females with a blog on opposite sides of a war. Silly, but it is what it is.  When I think of Susan and I, I compare us to Glinda and Elphaba from ‘Wicked’.  Good witch (me)  and bad witch (her) who eventually become friends.


Until that happens, I leave you with a song …


What is this feeling?
Fervid as a flame,
Does it have a name?
Yes! Loathing
Unadulterated loathing
For your blog
Your ships
Your trolling
I loathe it all
Ev’ry little post, however small
Makes my very flesh begin to crawl
With simple utter loathing
There’s a strange exhilaration
In such total detestation
It’s so pure, so strong!
Though I do admit it came on fast
Still I do believe that it will last
And I will be loathing
Your blog
My whole life long!

(Amarr Militia):
Dear Shalee, you are just too good
How do you stand it? I don’t think I could!
She’s a terror! Minmatar!
We don’t mean to show a bias,
But Shalee, you’re a martyr!

Well; these things are sent to try us!

(Amarr Militia):
Poor Shalee, forced to reside
near someone so disgusticified
We just want to tell you:
We’re all on your side!
We all share your loathing…

Loathing her blog our whole lives long!

Interview: Wolf Kolona, Gallente

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2012 by shaleelianne

Wolf Kolona
The Ghost Headquarters
Kill Boards
Recruitment Thread

How long has your corp been apart of FW? And why was Gallente chosen over the other factions?

We’ve been a part of FW for a grand total of 4 months and 15 days, after we decided that being mercs in highsec just wasnt cutting it anymore.

We chose Gallente over the other for the fact that we only had the standings for Gal or Minny FW, this war zone looked the liveliest.

Tell us a bit about your corporation and what you’re looking for in a potential recruit.

We’re a laid back group, mostly EU members with a few Americanoes, that just enjoy to make jokes at each others expense (usually mine).

We Lead ‘almost’ nightly fleets with either myself or one of our Trainee FCs at the helm (the title of trainee links into our confusing reimbursement scheme)

The corp is led by our ‘core group’ of guys who were with us through the tough transition from being mercs, with a bunch of newer faces thrown in the mix.

New recruits should be able to fit in well with us as a whole, a general rule of thumb is that if we can’t get them talking to us in the first week like they’ve known us for years, they’re probably not a good fit, though most people love us after a few days ♥

In terms of skills, we’re always on the lookout for talent, but we end up picking a few guys that are rather new to the game (a few months old) and train* them with the skills they need.

*Train in this case means you’ll die a fire rather quick, and love every second of it.

What kind of rules does Ghost Headquarters have?

The main one, and my pet hate, has to be shit fit losses on the kill board that just make you look at it and scream, ‘WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?!’ – blobs I can understand, but fitting small guns and a hybrid tank on a battleship is just embarrassing.  If you’re unsure about anything at all, don’t be afraid to ask someone that’s been here longer.

How important is plexing and sovereignty to Ghost Headquarters?

We do tend whore it up on the ISK side of things when it came around to upgrade day, but it’s not overly important to us as a whole seeing as we live on the fringes of FW space where the sov of our system cannot be flipped.

From your perspective, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the Gallente Militia?

They’re a great bunch of guys with a great guy in charge overall (Julie ♥) and can pull a strong fighting force when needed.

On the other hand, they can be disorganized to the point where you want to slam your head against a wall, with people trying to talk over FCs and a fleet of guys telling you how ‘the only ship I have is tackle!’. Julie often finds himself getting burned out due to all the general militia relying on him to take fleets with only Dopified there ready and willing to help him, but not many other people taking on the FW nubs due to the aforementioned reasons.

What’s the one thing that frustrates you most about FW?

It has to be either the people who complain that there isn’t a fleet up, yet are too lazy to get on up themselves, or the general blobbyness of the opposing milita.

In your opinion, what is the best thing about FW?

Hands down, the people. From the amazing EU lineup from the likes of Dark rising, SOTF and GHQ to the Americans in Justified Chaos and even the Auzzies led by Larkness, if we all collaborated together we could easily be winning the war.

What are some of your most memorable experiences from FW?

The first time I realized the militia as a whole had potential as we took down a small pirate BC fleet while they had triage archon support, took them down easy.

What’s a typical day like for a Ghost Headquarters pilot? ie, what sort of ships would you fly, what kind of fleets do you run, etc.

Our members often like to run around solo or in very small gangs in small stuff like AFs, cruisers and the like, when the evening rolls around we have an almost nightly fleet taking out anything from frigates, to shiny cruisers, to BLOPs, to BS Fleet with triage support on standby, nothing we don’t really dabble in!

What do you think of the sudden pre-Retribution changes that are taking place in FW today?

While it’s a shame some of the militia plans can’t be thrown into effect, I think it’s a good thing for CCP to keep us on our toes.

Discuss the Caldari Militia from your perspective. Who do you admire the most? Who do you enjoy blowing up the most?

I don’t really think much of them, the only people I can see that could cause some problems would be either Happy Endings or IBS in OMS (the latter only because they only blob with falcons. Soulless Brutor – I Love to get the chance to shoot that guy, he leads Squid scrub fleets and really sucks at it (especially when he tries to self destruct his proteus), kudos to him for organizing them though.

Link to any blogs, killboards, or videos you’d like to share.

Our Recruitment thread for anyone interested (no, really, join us.)

A Link to my second-in-commands evenews24 articles (he recently got test all riled and made the nano-transistor market die).

Thank you for doing the interview, any parting thoughts or shout outs?

No problem at all, just a few shout outs to be had:

Badass, the day you stop blowing up, is they day eve will shut down forever,Johnny Motherfu*king Bagpipes thunders, Neoph and the rest of the GHQ Crew, Keep-on-killin!

Apart from that, keep up the brilliant blog!

FW System: Abune
Spacestation: Yvangier VIII – X-sense
EVE Related Celebrity: Angel HUN, Great guy or Soundwave, he always makes me laugh
Pirate Corp or Alliance: Probably BYDI
Way To Make Isk: Industry alts ;D
Ammo: Void
Ship: Proteus
Corpse: All of them ♥
Food & Drink While Playing EVE: Nothing beats some Southern Comfort.
Song To Fly To: Barbie Girl

Q & A With PIE

Posted in Interview with tags , , on October 23, 2012 by shaleelianne

Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris [PIE]
Amarr Militia

What prompted PIE to leave FW when it did?

After 4 years of FW, I think saying our pilots were burned out on it would be a gross understatement. Pilots were leaving PIE or just not logging in anymore.

Do you think the move to null strengthened, weakened, or had no impact at all on your corp?

Overall it was a good thing. We got to kick back and relax a bit. I think the main thing that came out of it was that we were reminded there are other things to do in EVE that are fun. On the flip side of that, it also reminded us that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the hill.

What was daily life like for PIE in null?

That’s impossible to answer for PIE, as we were all over the place, it was like furlough. For me, I would do roams with CVA and allies once in a while. Mostly it was a time for me to step back from EVE and recharge a bit.

What brought PIE back to FW?

My main goal as CEO is to help PIE pilots experience EVE in whichever way they enjoy, within PIE rules of course ;-). FW is an aspect that I and many other PIE pilots like, so I didn’t want to keep us from that. However….

What kind of goals does PIE have since rejoining FW and do they differ from when PIE was in FW originally?

…. There are some of my pilots that loath FW, and I totally understand that. No one is required to participate in FW anymore. I’m trying to encourage my pilots to NOT overdue any facet of EVE, FW in particular. I don’t want anyone dreading to login because they feel they have to go and plex for six hours or something. FW is great for easy PvP, and for us it’s got the added RP sugar which is nice. Some of my guys will certainly spend a ton of time in FW, but some won’t. My aim is to make PIE enjoyable for all of its pilots, not just the FW guys.

Do you think PIE will ever change any of its well-known rules, ie, PIE only accepts Amarrian toons and only flies Amarrian hulls?

Not on my watch.

But really, no I don’t think so. It’s what makes PIE – PIE. We are the elitist zealots who are better than everyone else, and nothing you can do or say can convince us otherwise, God is on our side, so there!


What is daily life like for PIE now that you are back in the war zone? What is priority, claiming space or pvping?

For those of us who are doing FW, I’d say both. We don’t like seeing Amarr down so many systems, but it’s also a lot of fun to shoot heathens in the face. The best is when you get to shoot enemies while claiming space for the Empire!

How difficult is it to run a full on RP corp in a militia that so few RP in?

Heh, it can be trying at times, particularly with the more unsavory elements in the militia. We have to strike a very fine balance of “they are militia-mates, but they are horrid, horrid people”. Even if the militia are not ‘RPers’, sometimes they’ll talk about Amarr as ‘their side’ so we try to take those little bits and run with it. If they are being ‘lolrp!’ it’s easy just to ignore them or troll them some by staying IC 🙂

What do you think of the Inferno changes? Also, what is your opinion of the proposed Retribution changes for this winter?

Honestly I’m not too familiar with the Inferno changes other than everyone is saying FW is(was) an ISK making machine. Retribution(and it’s early patch) I think are great strides in getting FW where it really should be.

Thank you, CCP, for making it so you have to kill the Navy NPCs to capture a plex, thank you, thank you, thank you, four years late, but thank you.

Thank you for your time, any parting thoughts or shout outs?

Thank you for having me.

I’ll do a cheap plug: PIE is recruiting, visit PIE PUBLIC in-game and see our recruitment guidelines at

It’s good to be back, I’m looking forward to doing my part for the Empire and having some fun while doing so. To old friends and enemies alike, “I’ll see you in space.”

-Admiral Mitara Newelle-Shutaq, PIE Inc.

Dev Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2012 by shaleelianne

I really love that they are releasing some of the new features for FW ahead of time.  If you  haven’t heard yet, you can find the details here in CCP Fozzie’s dev blog.


Shalee’s Warzone Diaries, pt 2

Posted in Uncategorized on October 22, 2012 by shaleelianne

Last night was our corp tournament to celebrate our one year anniversary. Corpies were asked to fit up three tech 1 frigs without t2 rigs, ECM, Jams, or active reps. I drew names and of everyone who was participating and paired people up.

Almity had set up a safe spot out in Egghelende and had the two fighters warp in to him, where he was streaming it so everyone back at the station could watch.

After we lost two fights, we were out of the contest.

Honestly I’m not much of a solo pilot and I rarely ever duel, so I was kind of hoping to die early on so that I could just get things over with! I really don’t know why I was nervous over flying a frig! I’ll drop a dread easily and not be nervous at all. So strange.

Surprisingly, I won my first two fights in a tormentor. For my third round, I tried out a merlin, but ended up losing. Overall I came in 3rd place. Durr came in seconds, with Snape winning.

Then we had a Battle Royale, with RTS Avalanche from TMFED joining us. For this, we all warped into the bookmarked safe spot within 30 KM, and pretty much shot each other until one person was left alive. This was hilariously fun. For this, I flew a whatever-mods-I-have-in-my-hangar fit punisher. In the end it came down to RTS, Kato, and I.  Kato ended up winning in a slasher.

After our tournaments, some of us joined up with Fweddit and Agony, they had a plexing/pvping fleet going on in Kourmonen.

Some things never change. We’ve been fighting over Kourm since I’ve been in FW. Currently the Amarr holds the system but the Minmatar are keen on taking it back, which is a good thing because that means we get a lot of fights.

The bad part of that is that the Minmatar base out of Huola, one jump away, so they can quickly reship. I.LAW and Fweddit lives several jumps out so when we die, it’s a chore to reship quick enough.

And since we are fighting over plexes, whoever is first inside usually wins the fight because they are able to set up at ranges, get their ECM far enough away etc. It’s a bitch trying to warp griffins and such into a plex, they pretty much insta pop.

Despite reshipping issues, we won all the fights that I was there for. When I called it a night we were holding Kourmonen.

Today when I logged on, Kourmonen had been plexed to around 65%, the system was swarming with Minis! Many think we will lose it again, which makes plotting to store some ships there for reshipping a pointless task. Once they take the system we will be locked out of the stations.

Have I mentioned how much I hate station lock outs?

Oh, and I’m really jealous that I missed out on the Bhaalgorn, Vindi, Logi, etc fight. It happened about an hour or two before I logged on. Really, no one should be doing ANYTHING til I log on dammit! Is that too much to ask?!

Shalee’s Warzone Diary

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2012 by shaleelianne

Last night I logged onto EVE, checked to see if corp had a fleet or were doing anything, we had a couple of people out soloing, which I suck at so I checked to see what Fweddit was up to.

They had a kitchen sink fleet out in Metropolis and invited me to tag along. I nano’ed out a ruppy and went to meet up with them. They headed back to meet me around Hofjaldgund/Eszur. For those of you who aren’t familiar with that area, there is only one star gate that leads into Metro, and it is frequently camped with insta locking-omfg-popping ships.

I used to be a little bit arrogant about gate camps while I was in a frig. I mean really, what are the odds I’m going to get caught? I flew a frig for nine months in PIE, I was good at running away! I remember the first time someone warned me of going through that gate, and I scoffed, thinking ‘oh I got this.’ Well, they got me instead lol.

The FC last night warned of a gate camp on that gate, and said he’d bring the fleet back to meet up with me there, that way anyone who wanted to drop fleet could head on back to Egghelende.

Once I got there, the enemy gate camp had left, but I did manage to help point and nearly kill a Proteus, but he managed to make it back to gate, where half the Fweddit fleet was waiting on the other side to finish him off. Boo, no kill mail.

At that time an EVE Uni gang was reported somewhere or other. Someone in fleet opened up a convo with their FC and arranged a fight.

We all headed back to Egghelende and shipped down into destroyers. We outnumbered them a bit and offered to let them ship up into cruisers but they declined, so some of us shipped down into frigates.

We headed out and while we waited, a congo line was formed. Serious effort was put into the congo line!

( picture provided by Almity, obviously my chat boxes are in pink 😛 )


We were bored. And a bored Fweddit is a dangerous thing. Many, many links were posted in fleet, but I’ve learned long ago not to click the things. Ever.

When we left station I had a security status of -4.0. I had thought to just wait in the fight for some of EVE Uni to go GCC so that I wouldn’t lose any sec, however, too many in our fleet were flashy pirate and they called them primary. I said fuck it, sec status be damned, and started locking up all the things that were close enough to kill. I waited for over an hour for that fight, so I was getting anxious to shoot something!

The fight was pretty fun, my little coercer lived. We waited out GCC and headed back.  I returned with a security status of -4.6.  So close to being flashy pirate!

Some of EVE Uni came onto Fweddit comms after the fight to chat which I thought was pretty cool.

I’m thinking of posting on the EVE Uni forums under their recruitment section, I.LAW is always looking for new pilots! If you didn’t know, I’m also the Recruitment Director for I.LAW but have been really bad about putting any effort into actual recruiting. About half of our guys come from us blowing them up and then them convoing us asking to join lol. I finally put up an add on the EVE forums, I’d be really appreciative if you guys posted on it!

All in all it was a pretty low key night, but still very fun.  I wanna give a big shout out to Fweddit & Moar Tears for letting me tag along! ♥

Interview: Greygal, Amarr Militia

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 by shaleelianne

What brought you to EVE? How long have you been playing, and is Greygal your first toon?

I’d heard of Eve way back when it was in Beta, and over the years was tempted to try it many times, but resisted the urge because I just knew I’d get addicted – just knew it. Then one late night about three and a half years ago, the Eve advertisement was flashing at me on a gaming-related website, I was bored and decided what the heck, let’s just go ahead and give it a try, I can always uninstall it. I putzed around, completely overwhelmed for eleven days, thinking ya, this is cool, but I’ll just play the trial and call it quits. Then I stumbled into a wormhole, left probes behind, got lost in space, got rescued, then with shaking hands and racing heart I grabbed my wallet and subscribed.  The rest, as they say, is history.

I’ve used the character name “Greygal” or some variation of it for many years in a variety of games; when I started Eve I actually created a different character name at first but after only two days, realized I wanted to play “myself” and not someone else, so I created Greygal.

How long have you been with Agony? What prompted you to join them?

When I was almost six months old, I attended a PVP Basic class run by Caldak. That class changed my universe – suddenly I could fight back! And even though I kept losing fights, at least now I had a clue why I lost! I knew then that I would one day join Agony, there was never any doubt. I took every class available and never missed an alumni roam over the next nearly two years, before I finally stopped flirting with the idea and actually applied and was accepted to Agony. I’ve been in Agony a year next week, I lead gangs, I run classes, I’m now head of PVPU, and I can’t imagine life anywhere else.

What other things have you tried in EVE besides FW?

Did the obligatory highsec Empire carebear thing for a bit, have a mining/industrial alt that’s mostly collecting dust right now, and I spent nearly two years in wormhole space with my old corp where I did a lot of capital and T3 production stuff.

Describe your FW experience so far.

It’s been a blast, literally and figuratively! There has been some challenges – like recognizing that even though we are not involved in the metagame, we ARE a part of it, having to adapt our fighting tactics around no bubbles and no on-grid warping in the plex’s, learning to work with others (Blue? What’s that?) and the ever-annoying use of multiple booster alts. At the same time, these challenges have also been the best part of FW so far – all of us in Agony *love* developing and adapting tactics. In particular, I’m really enjoying getting to know so many other pilots and corporations – The Amarr militia is a fantastic group of pilots to fly with!

How does FW differ from other things you’ve experienced in EVE so far?

The biggest difference in FW vs nullsec or wormhole PVP is the lack of “hunting.” There is no “hunting” in FW – you just undock and there are targets everywhere. You don’t have to roam 10, 20 or more systems to find a target, you don’t have to chase and bait them, you just undock and explode. I actually miss the hunt. I’ve also never before dealt with such obnoxious smack talk – fortunately this comes only from a small subset of our opponents. On the other hand, I do get a kick out of how Agony’s no-smack-talk policy really annoys and frustrates those same people!

Tell us a bit about Agony.

Agony is all about the PVP: we live and breath the never-ending hunt for the Good Fight. We relish fighting outnumbered and outgunned, we believe that superior tactics are more satisfying than superior numbers. We thrive in target-rich environments, and we never stop theorycrafting, experimenting and learning. We are vagabonds, traveling throughout the universe moving from place to place, always looking for fresh hunting grounds: our home is each other, not a system or station.

More than that, however, Agony is just the best bunch of chill and casual people to fly with. We are not a PVP training corp, even though we offer PVP classes. We are not “L33T” jarheads, we don’t care about killboard stats – being “top loser” for the month is more celebrated and appreciated than being “top killer.” We are RL>Eve, and it never ceases to amaze me just how much everyone cares about everyone else in the corp.

What are the requirements for joining Agony?

While we prefer applicants have PVP experience, having a great attitude is more important than anything else. At a bare minimum, we do prefer applicants have the ability to fly T2 frigates such as interceptors and have a reasonable amount of skillpoints focused on combat.

If you view a ship loss as an opportunity to improve, a blob as a challenge to face (Durka!!), if laughter is your response to overwhelming odds as you pick them off one by one, if you think flames flying out of your ship is the only way to fly, if you play serious without taking the game seriously, and think that the best response to any situation is maniacal laughter while crazily thinking “How the hell is this going to work?” then Agony is the home you have been looking for.

If you obsess over your isk efficiency, rage-log at simple losses, scream at skirmishers for losing tackle, belittle others and never fight unless you have overwhelming numbers, Agony’s probably not the best home for you.

For those who decide to take the leap and apply to Agony, I advise really taking your time when completing our application. Those who answer our questions fully, let their personality shine through, who come across as someone we’d like to get to know and fly with, and who seem “real” are far more likely to get an interview than those who are just boasting about their L33Tness.

To learn more about applying to Agony, go here.

How often does Agony run their pvp classes? What does a pilot have to do to join one?

I am now head of PVPU, and try to schedule two classes a month. It’s not always possible, because I’ve got to schedule it around other
operations and support staff availability. To join our classes, simply register on our forums  and watch for announcements. We also announce classes on our in-game mailing list, AGONY PVP UNI, and on several twitter feeds.

Do you find it difficult being a female in a predominantly male game? Discuss some of your experiences.

I’ve been gaming since the days of bulletin boards and 300 baud modems, so I long ago got over the whole frat-house atmosphere of most multi-player games. In general, I don’t find it difficult being a female in a predominantly male game, but to be honest, I mostly just don’t really think about the differences all that much anymore.

When I do think about it, most of the time I find being a woman is an advantage – a female voice is often effective at clearing coms, for example. I find when I am running classes, the students are more likely to open up and ask questions of me, cause they don’t want to appear “stupid” in front of the guys but are less concerned about that with me. In my prior corporation, I found being female a major advantage in diplomacy and other negotiations.

For the most part, because I do my best to keep learning and getting better at the game while maintaining a chill and fun attitude, I’ve been treated with respect and camaraderie throughout my Eve experience. Sure, there is the occasional jackass who thinks its appropriate to talk down or belittle me, but I just call them primary. Repeatedly.

Ultimately, it comes down to how you play and not what your real-life gender is. If a player learns the game, strives to improve, takes opportunities to step up and lead, is fun, genuinely enjoys themselves, and isn’t afraid to fail, they are going to be treated with respect. People will want to fly with them, regardless of their gender. If a player wants everyone to do all the hard stuff for them, is all gimme-gimme all the time, whines and moans and is just plain unpleasant to be around, they are going to be trolled, ganked, and worse regardless of their gender.

Would you recommend FW to new players? Why or why not?

Absolutely, but with the caveat that they MUST get into a good player corporation as soon as possible. Trying to get involved with FW through the NPC corporation is just going to lead to disenchantment, since there is virtually no centralized organization, communications, or access to other corporation’s events and fleet opportunities as a member of the NPC FW corp. Once you get into a good player corporation, you have access to people who are willing to help you learn, fly and die with you, get drunk together, and laugh, a lot! As is true of anything in Eve, getting in a good corp is the key to enjoyment and success.

Faction warfare provides new players with an overwhelming amount of opportunity for practicing and learning PVP within a community of people who genuinely care about the game and the Good Fight. A thick skin for losses is a must, however – you’re going to die, a lot. But over time you’ll improve!

What do you think of the proposed changes for the winter expansion?

I love most of the changes – especially the ship changes! – except for the change where anyone on grid of a plex will stop the timer. I see that being easily abused and not in a good way. I’m not sure about some of the plex ship restriction changes – I like the idea of the Rookie plex size, but I can see that T2 logi/ecm gangs will become predominate in the larger plexs, reducing or even nullifying the use of T1 cruiser hulls (which would be a shame considering the changes coming!). I think defensive plexing will become the new farming FOTM, but much less so than the current farming.

What would you change about FW if you could?

I’d allow us to warp on-grid in the plex’s. Drives me nuts not being able to warp around the plex.


FW System: Kourmonen for the fights!
Spacestation: Kamela
EVE Related Celebrity: Chribba
Pirate Corp or Alliance: Love the Moar Tears guys, and while I don’t really think of Fweddit as a pirate corp, that’s another great bunch of guys!
EVE Related Website: Too many to list!
Way To Make Isk: I’m always broke!
Ammo: Jammers Otherwise faction antimatter or phased plasma
Ship: Griffin! Most fun you can have for less than five million isk!
Wartarget To Shoot: Thinnish. He is always so classy and graceful in a fight, win or lose.
Corpse: Ewwww…
Food & Drink While Playing EVE: Diet Coke and M&Ms
Song To Fly To: The entire Meatloaf Bat Out Of Hell album! And I can’t get “Fight Us Maybe” and “How to stay aligned” out of my head

FC Relationships

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18, 2012 by shaleelianne

I’ve had in mind for a while now to write about the FC’s who have groomed me into the pilot that I have become today (through no fault of their own lol).

Starting EVE is hard enough with low skill points and an all about floundering about with no clue on how to fit your ships, what to do and where to go.  Doing it as a female gamer makes it ten times worse.

My first corp was PIE, as many of you may know. And if you aren’t familiar with PIE, it is one of the oldest corporations in EVE, a pure role-playing corp. When I joined them they were a part of the Amarr Militia. They have many rules, one of them is that you can only fly Amarr hulls. Needless to say, I became knowledgable of all the Amarr ships but failed to learn any of the other races for a very long time.

In PIE, we plexed. Like, we plexed a lot. The first nine months of my EVE career can be summed up by plexing and roleplaying. I spent the majority of my time in a frigate. We had nightly plexing fleets but I rarely ever PVPed, that I remember.

Garst Tyrell of No.Mercy was in PIE when I was. He and I were great friends, we role played a lot (check out the early days of my RP blog), but we never flew together. He never saw my value as a PVP pilot, only just a ‘cute widdle gurl I could squeeze your cheeks’. Or something to that effect.  Garst left PIE and became one of the leading FCs in militia before his corp moved off to null sec.

Zenton Karvash was in PIE as well with me. He and I (and the wonderful Omnicide Incarnate) would plex too. (a lot, remember?) but as soon as he started pvping, he would lose patience with my lack of skill and I’d go off pouting and I never really learned anything from him either.

The only thing I can really remember being a big part of in PIE was the Battle for Kamela. I was in the tackle squad and Jackman2232 was my first real FC. I remember thinking how much fun he was. (until him I’d only ever been exposed to super-serious PIE folk)

While in PIE, I met Aldrith Shutaq. We role played a lot, but also we started plexing together. We would do our slicer of doom duos, and got pretty good at being each other’s wingman.  Instead of running from fights, I’d stick it out, live or die.  Eventually we would leave PIE and create the corporation, Knighthood of the Merciful Crown.

Suddenly EVE was brand-spanking-new. I started to venture out into militia fleets. I remember the first fleet I joined was FCed by some scrub who flirted with me the whole time.

But I didn’t lose hope! I was determined to pvp, because once you have a taste for it, you crave it. I wanted to fly big important ships, I was so sick of romping around in frigates!

And that is when everything changed. Predator Elite joined Amarr Militia and started his BC roams. Apprehensively I joined his fleet one night (because I totally had a BC fitted up), expecting the worst, braced myself for ‘omfg its a gurl‘ or ‘wtf you don’t know how to fly that thing, off with you!‘. But no. He was chill. He was like, meh whatever, get to the gate we are rolling out.  Finally I found a place to really learn what to do.

Until then, I’d never really been a part of fleets and knew very little about pvping unless it was in a frigate and wasn’t sure how to be a part of a large fleet with the sole purpose of killing all the things.

I’ve decided that FC relationships are a lot like real life ones, and these are how my FCs rank up:

Predator Elite, ‘the HighSchool Boyfriend’.

He knew of my inexperience but it didn’t matter to him. He took his time and taught me much of what I know today. He gave me the confidence to join his fleets. And the more I flew with him, the more I learned. He was always very patient with me and willing to answer any question I might have without making me feel like a complete scrub. And there were so many questions. He always made me feel a necessary part of the fleet, not because I was female, but because of the dps I brought.

Eran Mintor, aka ‘that one hippie guy you get into a relationship with to spite your parents’.

I had met Eran in local one night, he a Minmatar, I Amarr. I had known of him, that he was one of the Minni FCs leading the push for Arzad. Back then we fought like mad for that one system, some of the most fun fighting I’ve ever experienced. We started talking ‘in character’ aka rp, and eventually through rp I convinced him to become a ‘race traitor’ and join Amarr. Fun times. As an FC, Eran tought me heaps, how to fit my ships and how to fly them. As Predator, he had endless patience with me.

First General and Zero2Respect, ‘college hookups with no strings attached’.

After Pred and Eran, there were a couple of other’s I’d flown under once or twice like First General and Zero2respect.   Zero’s fleets were very fast paced, but it was fun trying to keep up with him! Zero was in the Euro time zone, so it would be rare that I could join his fleets, but I loved them when I could. He would run huge fleets of fast small stuff and people would be all over the place, spread out at all the gates across two or three systems. From Zero I learned that I didn’t really need to be in a controlled fleet at all times with an FC holding my hand.

First General’s fleets are the exact opposite of Zeros. FG is very precise and in control. He projects this amazing calm, confidence, and flies the bigger, blingier stuff. If he were a boyfriend he’d be something akin to Christian Grey from 50 Shades of Grey. (aka rich, powerful, and dominating). From FG I learned how to be a part of perfectly executed fleet.

Almity, ‘the Husband’. Steady, reliable.

I have been flying under Almity for over a year now, and we have settled into a nice routine. He has a nice soothing voice over comms and makes everyone feel at ease. He is encouraging and helpful, teaches when I ask. Ignores my faults. Praises my wins. He is awesome. He has all the qualities I love in an FC.  He doesn’t take unnecessary risks either, he’s not much of a LeeRoy, which I greatly appreciate.  What I learned from Almity is how to think outside of the box, like when he surprises the Minnis with RR nomens.

DurrHurrDurr, ‘that drunken one night stand you regret all your life’.

Haha, just kidding. To be fair, I’ve only flown in a handful of fleets under Durr. If you can get past the overly loud (seriously fucking loud), obnoxious TEST-esque behavior, then it’s worth flying in one of his fleets. He is good at what he does, which is blowing up the enemy and seriously pissing them off. I learned where the mute button on Mumble is because of him! (which isn’t a good thing, I almost missed a fleet rolling out because I forgot I had him muted)

So those are my favorite FCs who have made the most impression upon me, for better or for worse. Tell me about some of yours and why they made such an impression upon you.

Happy Birthday To My Corp

Posted in Uncategorized on October 12, 2012 by shaleelianne

I feel compelled to do a birthday post since most of my corpies have already.

Imperial Outlaws is a year old.

Some of you may already know that we splintered from KOTMC for various reason, mostly due to a little RP drama. Basically we were outgrowing what KOTMC had originally started as.

We wanted to kill things. All the things. Not just the dirty Minmatar, but sometimes we wanted to shoot other things, targets of opportunity- and sometimes those don’t come with a nice little militia star.  Some of us wanted to shoot a thing and not worry about getting strongly worded letters from CVA. lol.

So we splintered and joined an alt corp I created, Imperial Outlaws.

In this new corp, we would live up to our Outlaws name. In the beginning we struggled to stay above negative five, though after a few months we decided it wasn’t worth the hassle. Pirates were the bread and butter of our corp.

But one thing I insisted on, always, was that we would remain Amarr Militia.

After a while, we had moved off to Otosela- a non FW system on the far end of the Minmatar war zone  19 jumps or so from our previous home base.

It was the best thing we could have ever done for our corp. At the time, the Minmatar heavily outnumbered the Amarr and we were getting frustrated with the blobbing and having the same exact fights, night after night.

In Otosela, it was like moving out into the wilderness  Pioneering. We had no one to rely upon but ourselves. We had no militia allies to fleet with, no one to call for backup. We were alone, and that taught us how to rely upon one another.

We were a small, tight knit group of pilots who learned hit and run tactics  to use scouts and cover all your gates, to fight outnumbered and win, to use the element of surprise to our advantage.

And then suddenly TEST decided to use Otosela as their staging base for one of their campaigns. Our sleepy little system turned into chaos overnight.

True to their name, they surely ‘tested’ my patience, though of course that is how they play the game. Once again we found ourselves in an omfg-wtf-blob situation. However, to our credit, we were able to have a lot of fun, choosing our fights wisely.

After TEST had moved on, we were faced with some internal drama, basically two alpha males clashing and we had a few rough weeks where many of us weren’t certain if the corp could survive it.
I convinced the other directors that we should ‘go home’, lick our wounds, and rebuild our corp with militia pilots.

We moved to Arzad, a system that is within the Amarr/Minmatar war zone but far enough away from Late Night alliance that we wouldn’t constantly be getting blobbed. We could use the tactics we learned while in Otosela and have a lot of fun once more within militia.

It was a good move for us. We picked up several new pilots. Almity, one of my fellow directors, rose to the task of becoming one of Amarr’s most trusted FCs. We formed new bonds with old Amarr corps. We were once again a strong, well oiled machine.

And then Inferno was announced. Suddenly plexing was going to matter and that is something our corp never really cared for. Knowing that station lock out was imminent, we chose a system close to the warzone without being an official FW system. We moved once again, and it was the right thing to do for our corp despite backlash we received for moving.

As Inferno drew closer, many of the Amarr FW corps decided to leave. They asked us to leave with them, and for a while we discussed it. Stay or go? Stay and fight outnumbered, a situation we were used to, or leave with the others as a protest to CCP for such horrible changes?

In the end we decided to stay. Again, we were faced with overwhelming odds stacked against us. As Inferno went live, we were locked out of just about every station within our warzone. With the Minmatar drawing massive amounts of new farmers to their side, we were further outnumbered and our side had Fweddit, a group of guys who could fly T1 thrashers.

Regardless, we embraced our Fweddit ‘brahs’. We made friends of Moar Tears. We opened up dialogue for the short-lived visitation of Nulli. We sought out Agony. With every new group in our time zone, we reached out, forged friendships, and shared a difficult kind of existence in Amarr Militia.

So, after a year, this is who we are and these are the things we have survived.

We have become many things, but most importantly we have become friends. We have become an online family of sorts, and I can truly say that I love each and everyone of my corpmates, I am so proud of them and everything they have accomplished.

Happy Birthday ILAW, heres to another year.

~ Shalee