Break out the cake and wenches! Shadow Cartel celebrates our 5 year anniversary today! Surely to be a fun day I thought I’d head off the rest of the pack by congratulating everyone on a strong five years. Where many entities in Eve have come and gone in much shorter periods SC is seeing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

In fact our ranks of dastardly devious derelicts have swelled across all three time zones with EU, US, and AU boasting strong turnout overall. As a relatively new member (March 2013) I was not around for the growth of the Alliance, yet feel no less committed nor less proud to be part of something unique in Eve.

I’ve been around the block  so to speak, watching entities rise and fall, members leave, the occasional implosion that sadly has seemed to plague many low sec groups from lacking participation to internal squabble and turmoil.

While SC is no stranger to these things, I feel it’s the quality of the people over quantity of much bigger organizations that keeps the alliance in an odd yet fresh place. In my opinion, we have some of the most innovative and gifted pilots from all over New Eden creating new and exciting things. Always it seems we manage to pull off some amazing and exciting feats.

For my own personal experiences I feel rather at home here compared to any other entity I had joined in the past. This is no doubt due to the steadfast leadership of Wowbagger and company. I feel he above all deserves credit even though he’ll never take it, that’s what amazes me about a person like Bagger. He’s as personable as he is critical wanting the absolute best, yet never demanding it trusting in the skill of people he leads to show for themselves.

I find this rather a unique quality. You’ll never openly hear many people admit this, but people stay for Eve because of the relationships it fosters. Sure you get kills, bragging rights, etc… Too often I feel we, as competitive players, get distracted from the intricacies of the game We need to take a step back and look at the people around us, so our competitive natures aren’t a detriment to ourselves.

This probably has to be my only qualm, and it’s a natural one that I’m certain all alliances in Eve deal with. You have so many different people, from so many different cultures across the globe coming together in a universe all our own to explore, enjoy, conquer, and love.

If there is one word I’d use to describe Shadow Cartel with it’s friendship. I consider everyone here friends and that is something I’ve never been able to fully do in any other organization in Eve which is a testament to just how unique this Alliance is.

Here’s to another 5, hell- even 10 years (or until the servers flicker off)! Cheers guys.




Enjoy the fun little Venture roam we did ; D



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  1. mercfromabove

    wooo SC

    December 1, 2013 at 06:39 Reply
  2. Dumbledore

    Congratulations, SC; May your cargos be filled by blingy drops from your enemies and may your killboards be populated with e-warping titans!

    December 1, 2013 at 07:59 Reply
    1. tara read

      hopefully not the latter since those are now considered an exploit ; D

      December 1, 2013 at 08:56 Reply
  3. the one

    came expecting an indepth article of 5 yrs of sc left after reading a love letter to wowbagger

    December 1, 2013 at 08:38 Reply
    1. tara read

      Ssssh no one is supposed to know!

      December 1, 2013 at 11:09 Reply
  4. N3_Grunt

    Congratz! I really enjoyed the vid, especially the last part where it was every man for himself 😀

    December 1, 2013 at 09:13 Reply
  5. hiPeanut

    Sweet article, I know I’m only new here but I’m loving it already!

    December 1, 2013 at 11:31 Reply
  6. Karla Brigandi

    Hi, I’m Karla Brigandi, the slicer in the beginning of the video. We nearly pissed ourselves laughing when all you guys turned up in BattleVentures, best thing I’ve seen for ages 🙂 love the site.

    December 1, 2013 at 13:16 Reply
    1. tara read

      hahaha yeah we we’re laughing our asses off the whole time. Glad you enjoyed it!

      December 1, 2013 at 14:34 Reply
  7. Simon pieman

    Well please don’t make a habit of celebratory posts about all lowsecs mediocre alliances turning 5 please, celebrating a top ten lowsec entity at best turning 5 is a bit of a nothing post imho.

    Other then that a good read and funny vid 🙂

    December 1, 2013 at 15:29 Reply
    1. sadleric

      A good read and a funny video is far more than you’ll get out of half of nullsec’s larger alliances.

      If you’ve got it, do it.

      December 1, 2013 at 15:35 Reply
      1. Dumbledore

        Aye aye. A good read and a funny video are always welcome.

        December 1, 2013 at 16:07 Reply
  8. Linda Sofia Hartlén

    Happy birthday 🙂 /Lady Naween, SC

    December 1, 2013 at 21:06 Reply
  9. Megna

    Nice write up Tara 🙂

    December 1, 2013 at 22:35 Reply
  10. hiPeanut Best anniversary present ever!

    December 2, 2013 at 00:35 Reply
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