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On the 20th of December of the year 2018 otherwise known as the year, YC120, CCP games announced they would be placing a monument in J115405 the wormhole system known as Rage. Now, this system has been in the news a lot lately, because of the assault carried out by Goonswarm and its associated alliances. The system is known as the home system of Hard Knocks. A notorious wormhole alliance known for evicting smaller wormhole alliances. And who has regularly been named one of the reasons wormhole space was dying.

Now I am not going to be writing about wormhole politics or Hard Knocks in particular. And why or why not they deserved what they got. What I do want to focus on is making it a monument. And why I consider it both a testament from CCP to the player base and a testament to CCP games failure to balance the game.

Fort Knocks as it was called, was the first keepstar deployed in game. It was deployed during a very tumultuous time in eve. World War Bee was in full swing and everyone was getting used to using citadels and the new capitals and mechanics that came along with them. Goonswarm and its associated alliances just got evicted from their long-term homes. By what was at the time called the loose banded Money Badger Coalition. With the most notable members at the time being, Northern Coalition, Pandemic Legion, Pandemic Horde, Test alliance please ignore, Darkness, Psychotic tendencies, SNUFF, Shadow Cartel, the at the time recently flipped Circle of Two and many more I am forgetting. But during all of this Hard Knocks was capable of moving the assets into place to begin construction on Fort Knocks, and be the first alliance in the game to have anchored and armed a keepstar class citadel. Here is a scope report about those events. 

Now, this is an achievement, everyone who has lived in wormholes knows how hard it is to move in and out with heavy assets. And a keepstar does require some bulk to be moved. So as a testament to that dedication I am behind CCP games decision to make it a permanent monument for everyone to see.

However, as I noted earlier in this piece I also see this monument as CCPs failure to balance the game. Since the construction of that specific keepstar. With the addition of the current rorquals, with the prevalence of skill injectors, CCP games opened the box of Pandora. Combined with some small nerfs and rebalances of popular ship classes that were used to fight outnumbered, CCP ushered in the age of N+10. It caused an imbalance in playstyles to where the current meta in null sec is the whoever brings the most ships always wins. For those of us playing long enough, this was not always the case. Not too long ago small groups like SNUFF or Shadow cartel (notorious low sec alliances) could take fights outnumbered and win. They could do this based on superior knowledge of doctrines, superior skill and skill points. This sadly is no longer the case.

Since the day this keepstar was launched until the day it died CCP has neglected the players who do not wanna be part of the big null sec groups. Who did not want to be just a number, but who strived for their own identity. A keepstar is now just a play toy to the largest single group of players in this game. A structure that will be neglected by the rest of the players because one single group, now decides who is allowed to put them up. All because of the keepstars underwhelming firepower and the unbalanced approach by the developers to favor extremely large groups over smaller individual groups.

CCP please remember what this game was supposed to be about. A sandbox where one can do whatever they want. However, the game currently is heavily favored towards extreme numbers instead of individual skill. So maybe it is time to revisit what the game is supposed to be about. And if these extremes will be healthy in the long term.

CCP, remember we wanna fly dangerous o7

14 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Fort Knocks was not the first Keepstar anchored.

    December 21, 2018 at 22:46 Reply
  2. Not goonswarm

    Wow. OK first of all. It was The Initiative that assaulted that system. After that screw up I didn’t even read the rest. Get your facts straight. #fakenews

    December 22, 2018 at 01:03 Reply
  3. Punky260

    Okay, seriously. You had some nice articles before. Why start with that baiting bullshit now? “I will write about rage for 2 lines and then whine about the meta for the rest of the article.”
    Why even disguise this article as something else? Just say you wanna write about the balancing, thats fine.

    Also, IF you want to write about balancing, do it right. Take time and dont throw out 5 sentences about how Goonswarm are the only onces who can achieve anything in the game…

    And on the topic: “to where the current meta in null sec is the whoever brings the most ships always wins.”
    Wrong. Simply wrong. Oijanen Armor Timer. TEST + Goons brought more guys than NC + PH, but didn’t win the objective. How is that possible if your statement were true?

    As I said, either take your time to write an article or don’t do it at all. Thanks.

    December 22, 2018 at 05:20 Reply
  4. Whatever

    I am no expert, but seems these guys where off to to evict some other group, and forgot the inherent risk of wh space, that they can not get back if the hole has been taken over. Something they have used to their own advantage many times. Seems they had the equiptment at hand, but no people to use it.

    December 22, 2018 at 14:51 Reply
  5. L.W.

    Already unsubbed after 9 years of eve, CCP finally killed it lol.

    December 23, 2018 at 15:54 Reply
  6. INITly

    “box of Pandora”

    I see what you did there

    December 23, 2018 at 16:48 Reply
  7. Santa

    For the love of god, why won’t this mismanaged, hate filled, broken, sack of shit game just die already?

    December 24, 2018 at 20:29 Reply
  8. Dryson

    My concern is this.

    Let’s say that Hard Knocks, looking to get its prestige back, decides to unite all of Wormhole Space against Null and Low. The destruction would be devastating to say the least.

    Instead of random Wormhole gangs aggressing a system, multi-fronts from every wormhole into Low and Null would take place.

    There would be vitally no stopping Hard Knocks from launching a massive assault from Wormhole space as Null Space alliances would take the opportunity to evict enemy alliances from territory they want in exchange for paying a tribute to Hard Knocks who would then come back twice as hard as they are now.

    Just saying….when you can see the mouth of the beast talking, its the hidden ass mouth that you have to be worried about.

    December 25, 2018 at 07:04 Reply
    1. SomeRandomGuy

      I doubt they can fit so many supers and titans through their hole for this to actually count.
      They would would die horribly while the hole closes behind them.

      January 9, 2019 at 14:07 Reply
  9. Kriddius

    What? Superior numbers matters in warfare? What madness is this?

    December 27, 2018 at 14:03 Reply
    1. VOICE OF UNREASONABLE

      ^^ This.
      If you are fighting enemies that outnumber you, you’re bound to lose stuff. Keepstar, astrahus, POS. It doesn’t realy matter what it is… it’s supposed to die against the mad numbers goons&co can found nowadays.

      Of course, it would be nice to have some ‘underdog’ mechanics, that could give the ‘little guy’ a bit of a hand in a fight. But should that give him enough of a hand to compensate a 1000+ man disadvantage?

      The real question is: Why do so many players keep joining the imperium…?

      Reason: Benefits.
      Imperium = Safe PVE = a way to make ISK
      Imperium = victories nowadays… (People tend to like winning fights)

      That being sayd. with the imperium going strong, and other coalitions draining or at least refusing to stand up. More people are likely to flee. And the problem may keep growing.

      For myself… after being evicted a few times by different parties. I chose to join the ‘big baddy’ and start enjoying the game again.

      December 28, 2018 at 09:01 Reply
  10. drone2753-w2

    If they had blackwatter to protect it, it would survive…

    And now for “real”: FK was build with solo one purpose, to hide first keepstar in a wh, to make it really hard to attack, and to brag with it ofc. Imo, that wreck should be a monument to human stupidity, monument to new eden arrogance, retarded way of thinking that “we’re safe here”.

    Since everything that HNC is came through steal/scum ( no wander the are pathetic legion now ) cccp should replace dat wreck with isk logo.

    December 28, 2018 at 08:57 Reply
  11. Alan Mathison

    EVENews, what happened to editing, here? I very much appreciate getting article from people whose first language may not be English, but this is what editors are for. I have first graders whose second language is English who display a better grasp of sentence construction.

    January 1, 2019 at 14:59 Reply
  12. Great post, thanks.

    January 14, 2019 at 15:12 Reply

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