EVE University graduate. Drama Llama. Covert operations pilot. Poetic Stanziel has been very active in the blogging community bringing views from seasoned high-sec pilots, we please to share his stories and views on current Eve Online events and invite you to read more stories from his Poetic Discourse blog.
Poetic Discourse: Own What You Can Afford
All sorts of rumours about Test Alliance. That they can’t make their sovereignty bills. That Pandemic Legion loaned them 100B ISK. That they’re now renting out their space.
Then there was this tweet today:
@ktouborg TEST is now renting space out. Fix nullsec, or renters (instead of one’s own pilots) are the future of nullsec income.
Whatever happened to the old credo: “CCP can change what they want, but players will always adapt.”
I just see a lot of complaining. Not a whole lot of adapting. Or at least, not a lot of willing adaptation.
Granted, I’m not particularly knowledgeable about nullsec finances or politics, so feel free to clue me in. I’m just coming at this from the outside looking in. Wondering, what the big deal is all about.
From what I understand, current technetium prices are at about the same levels as they were 18 months ago. Everyone seemed to be doing fine then. Sure sure, Test Alliance now owns thrice what it once did, but if the rumours are true, they can’t afford it. They wouldn’t have been able to afford it 18 months ago, either. So other than the intervening 18 months of unfettered OTEC bliss, not much has changed.
Has OTEC, and the price increases it successfully manipulated, has that caused a mass loss of sense and reason?
Why does Test have to resort to renters? Why can they not simply adapt the Goonswarm model? From what I understand, Goonswarm doesn’t rent space to its allies (Razor, Space Monkeys, Fatal Ascension, etc.) It simply gives it to them for being good, capable and reliable allies. If they aren’t reliable, Goonswarm kicks them the hell out of the space and gives it to someone willing to be reliable. Goonswarm ends up with an amount of space it can manage and afford, and in turn is rewarded with a good number of large and faithful allies.
Based on the influence map, I see Test trying to hold three large regions (Fountain, Delve and Querious), while having given Period Basis to their allies, Tribal Band. Why not give Querious to their new buddies, Raiden? Or, maybe it’s about time Honey Badger partner, Pandemic Legion, started pulling it’s weight in sovereignty and took some piece (if not all) of Delve.
Even if that’s not possible or realistic, what really is the big deal with renting?
At the end of the day, there’s been a change to EVE Online (i.e, the re-introduction of alchemy). It’s shaken a few things up. OTEC made some people very rich. Everyone knew that wasn’t going to last forever. And it hasn’t. While OTEC lasted, overly-optimistic expansion occurred. But things change. After every boom comes a recession. Booms are not indefinite. What could be afforded, can no longer be afforded.
Keep over-extending, refusing to adapt, refusing to admit to the reality of the situation, and the necessity for contraction will turn into a forced catastrophic collapse.
Feel free to clue me in on the reality, if I’m way off base.