Seeing as how I was recently, along with many others, kicked from Test due to internal conflicts, I feel this is a good opportunity to address my fellow EVE players concerning the HBC without appearing as a traitor.
I was drawn to this game from watching the many videos of the great fleet fights of yesterday. I have read the stories of great EVE legends such as Band of Brothers, RAZOR Alliance, Morsus Mihi, Tau Ceti,Atlas, etc. Of course you cannot forget titans like Northern Coalition, Rooks & Kings, Pandemic Legion (of past) and Nulli Secunda who still to this day are home to some of the most skilled pilots in EVE history.
This is why the current state of Null sec saddens me. Null sec and therefore much of EVE has been held hostage by those who see the hoarding of ISK as more important than contributing to the growth and progression of EVE and its player base. We are all aware of the more recent developments in Null sec pertaining to the tension between HBC and CFC.
As a concerned member of Test I contacted Montolio and told him my thoughts regarding this situation. I expressed concern that he had basically allowed himself to be undermined and censored by Pandemic Legion. He assured me that this was far from over. I could not help but notice the contradiction between the statement he had released regarding his exchange with Shadoo and his response to my message.
Reading his statements while observing the interaction among Test members on Test forums, I was forced to come to the conclusion that this Alliance was no longer Montolio’s. He even created a poll thread asking who would support him and barely got 50% of responders to rally behind him.
I understand that many have ill feelings towards Montolio but I can tell you firsthand that Montolio is not the problem. Montolio is not the cancer in EVE. Montolio has no power. You’ve seen that in how quickly Shadoo was able to muzzle him. Test is nowhere near the new player friendly, fun-based “EVE Isn’t Serious Business” Alliance that Montolio initially built Test to be.
I will be forever grateful for Montolio taking me in and giving me a chance to grow as a new player in this harsh universe. Test now, however, along with Goonswarm has been overrun by people who have all but declared war on the very foundation of EVE: Freedom. These are the ones who drove me from Test for speaking truth. These people, like Shadoo have taken to themselves to stifle dissenting voices, conflict and anything else that gets in the way of their hoarding ISK and resources; but one must ask “for what”? What is the point of simply hoarding wealth in EVE without being willing to put the wealth to use in combat?
I now ask those legends I mentioned earlier to realize their role in this. They must accept the fact that they must be the ones to lead the rebellion against these people. EVE is in the hands of a select few who are on the verge of destroying the very core of what EVE is about. They seek to stifle all dissenting voices and crush any who come to null sec without bowing down to their agenda. NCDot, Nulli Secunda, Black Core Alliance, Razor Alliance, etc. Things aren’t the same as when you guys ruled Null sec. I do not see the same historic fights and fun I read about when I first joined EVE. It’s now a Blue Bureaucratic Bore. Many of us are tired of it, but we need you to lead the way as YOU were the ones who created the legends in the first place.
The EVE player is a special breed. It takes certain level of patience, maturity and intelligence to see the beauty in a game such as EVE Online. The EVE player takes pride in his/her ability to take charge of their fate in this world and write their own story. This freedom is slowly eroding because of the current state of things in null-sec.
- Max Doobie