I finally had my precious Jaguar about ready for it's maiden flight and lo and behold, something else rains on my almost tangible parade... A guy called DuckEye. Some may have heard of him, some maybe not, but suffice to say his main love in New Eden is to declare war on corps of low ability and harass the hell out of them, watching the corporation fall apart. Alexia Morgan did an interview with the guy little under a year ago, which might be of interest to some of you; http://alexiamorgan.blogspot.com/2009/02/interview-with-duckeye.html. This unfortunately happened to an academy corporation of a bunch of close friends of mine about 3 days ago if I'm right. As the main corporation had pretty much all of it's combat wing indisposed fighting up in 0.0 at the time and me still in great debt to their helping me get off the ground within New Eden (no pun intended,) I decided that I'd drop into the academy and take this guy on, see how well I fare with all my solo piloting experience under my belt. Turns out, not too badly considering the circumstances.
The guy flies a Pilgrim, fully kitted out; tier 2 drones of every kind, cloaks, strong tank, the works (oh and a Typhoon for when things aren't quite in his favour). I however on the other hand can't even fly a cruiser with any great amount of sufficiency (my adoration of frigates has indeed shot my training plan in the foot a few too many times.) Combine that with about four years of flight experience next to my three months, and well over ten times the amount of skill points as mine, I would say I'm well and truly beat. Fortunately not, as he hasn't actually managed to kill me yet, though I can't say I have killed him yet either.
He has admittedly claimed a few lives of the corporation, but people are learning and are becoming cautious to his acts. Kills are slowing down and have actually been stopped dead according to his killboard today (Woop!) so with any luck we might see out of this in one piece.
This has been my first experience with war declarations and whilst a frustrating one, it has indeed been a valuable one. I've been able to witness how a very cunning and resourceful pilot flies, learnt more about flying various ships, covering team members, scouting and forming strategies, even a little about commanding a fleet. So despite the cons, there has indeed been a few pros. One major con to all this however; 2 million for a week's worth of causing grief to new pilots. Not cool. I had once thought war decs were universally expensive, but upon being told this, by the man himself during some fun local banter, it made me feel nothing but sadness. What are concord for, the reason of high security systems, if one can just pinpoint a bunch of like-minded players all finding their feet and pay a mere 2 million isk to unlock the gate holding them back known as piracy. I agree, there is a certain amount of hardening up to do (forgive me for omitting the profanity there,) but a week old pilot cannot harden up to a four year old vet. It just doesn't happen. I'm thankful that myself and one friend in particular have been able to stem the killing, if not stop it entirely, but the declaration isn't over yet and there is a long road to salvation still. Let's hope we don't fall down to our knees.
Any thoughts are as always appreciated, till next time.