For over two weeks we have been receiving reports of the exploits of Brave Newbies Inc. corporation, which claim to “own” the Hek solar system. The interesting thing is how quickly this group has apparently appeared out of nowhere. What’s also worth noting is the low entry requirements they ask from new members and the cheap ships they normally jump into.
This has gained them recognition from the community (they were featured in the last Community Spotlight by CCP Phantom) and alleged support from several sources, who praise their initiative, commend them for their will to engage and overcome their enemies with numbers and their determination to make themselves noticed in New Eden.
This is their first nullsec roam…and their first nullsec victim:
To have people a week into the game board their cheap, disposable combat vessels and deciding to go hunting in 0.0 is nothing short of commendable.
Of course, some entities have mobilized to see that they get a real education, and have been actively trying to kill them, like smile jedimind from BLOOM. [BL00M] who finally lost his Armageddon after slaughtering more than 30 enemy ships:
The Brave Newbies stand their ground, though, happily throwing themselves at valuable ships and pushing everybody back eventually. It’s a matter of numbers and, frankly, caring about fighting and not killboard stats.
At first many corps attacked us seeking easy kills. Last night a gang of 20 Thrashers forced a Machariel, a Drake, and a Tengu to flee when they realized that while we were perfectly happy to die they were not so eager. Tonight saw us truly dominating Hek. We faced off against a Typhoon, two Tengu’s, two Tornado’s, and several smaller ships. Under the command of our brilliant FC, Tsukasa3, we killed one of the Tengu’s and the Typhoon with a fleet of about 75 frigates, destroyers, and the odd cruiser. We baited them into aggressing us after undock, as we swarmed around the Typhoon someone warned of smart bombs. The last time a fleet I was part of encountered a smart bombing battleship half of us died to take him down. This time we knew how to set orbits and avoided his smart bombs while pounding him to death. The Tengu died the same way. Baited into aggressing so he could not run back into the station to hide we killed him in under 40 seconds through numbers. If nothing else we prove the old Chinese proverb “Quantity has a quality all its own.” Previously sniping Tornado’s had been a big problem for us but we drove these two off and killed any other ship that attempted to snipe us. While this battle might seem small, we are a corp that can regularly assemble fleets of 150 pilots. Today saw several pilots deploy Ruptures for the first time as our newbies train into them. Our enemies are getting the hek out of Hek so we will be looking to travel in search of the fun fights we love.
A corporation of relatively new and inexperienced players being so bold as to say that a system is “theirs” because they say so, and are eager to fight for it, is living testament to the spirit of EvE Online: player interaction moves the world, and everybody can change it and shape it around them if they have the will and the friends to do so.
We can’t help but notice how older players have been jumping aboard, too. Players as old as 2006 are flocking to Matias Otero‘s ranks, perhaps attracted by the promises of crazy fights and being part of an interesting project out of scratch.
We wish Brave Newbies Inc. all the best.