GSF CEO Update: The Elo Knight Ownzone

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USA NUMBER 1 !
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(southern baptist voice) god bless freedom squad. god bless Merica.
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I think the biggest issue has been with most of our squads, Freedom squad included, being deployed to Delve where we are consistently and systematically dumpstering everything and anything that dares undock. In spite of the less than stellar performance in the North, the kill numbers out of the south yesterday alone, while contending with at times 5, 6, 7 or more enemy fleets simultaneously show just how effective of a fighting force we are.Also, the drone link makes you sign in to read it, but it's totally worth it. As a person who works with drones, I can attest that they like their fire water almost as much as their operators do.
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i was there
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Regardless what you think of "Goons" they have a great style about them
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Also the more i think about it is Crapswarm more of an accounting tool than a real division.
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Only one page? This makes no sense to me.
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Thanks Obama.
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elo knight please leave us alone
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The last Update was only two weeks ago, not much has happened except us losing capitals hand over fist, heh.
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FIGHTS IN DULL SEC \O/ yyyyyyaaaaaayyyyy
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Not necessarily. A lot of people have personal logistics carriers but don't have the skills trained to fly with Capswarm, so getting them into a group where they can coordinate convoys (while directors remind them of all about the fun things they could do if they only trained those skills they needed to fly with Capswarm) is somewhat useful. Not really useful as an accounting tool unless "number of dudes with carriers that aren't terribly useful to the alliance" is a useful statistic to have on hand.
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I wasn't, and I am a nobody fw pilot. But it seems to me you can't win all the time elk knight has skills. Bob had skills and goons ended them. Highly skilled pilots with highly honed skills have value . It's ok to admit it . In the right arena you can't beat then. If the goons fight them in goons terms though. Well we saw that drama play out already.
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Thanks, Space Obama.
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N O I
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Spanks Spobama
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If you're talking about those fistful of finns guys, they had pretty well fit Machariels and stuff, not what i'd call "scrub ships"
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401k are the freedom fighters dude.
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Might be as you say; I only remember seeing some carrier killmails in crap ships. I stand corrected. Nevertheless, QPO has for years been a litmus paper for whether you're ready to own a carrier. Red means no.
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QPO has only had a station for about a year now ;pVFK was the "jump here blind and die" system before that
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as a non-goon, what are the requirements for capswarm anyway?
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Could see where and when that kind of information might be important. But i digress love the style.
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Tossing away capitals on the QPO cynobeacon due to lack of scouting, etc? Perhaps we have grown comfortable with the reimbursement program or it's just become routine to do things. IMHO we should try not to lose focus, and Im not saying all are, but some seem to have lost focus. Perhaps with a thought like "There's always someone looking to kill ships like mine everywhere", can help. I don't know, but we can improve. Don't get me wrong. This can be avoided. Perhaps even easily. I think alot of us have shitloads of isk, but will we remain rich this way?
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Yes.And if you think idiots dying to blind jumps on camped beacons isn't hilarious then you my friend need to get more fun out of life.
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When Boat says jump, you wait.
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Damn that Elo Knight attacking in the weakest TZ. Nice to know that AUTZ is no longer the weakest.
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It wasn't in QPO, it was in VFK and it was Fistfull of Finns guys, like Andski said. 2 Machariels and few other supports usually. At first, I remember Goon turned off the cynobeacon for a few days but then reactivated it because those who blind jump need to die anyway to learn their lessons
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With Odyssey, getting people trained with the right skills will be easier as most important and usefull skills for carrier and dread will be in requirement. Also, no need to train BS 5. I'm sure these are good news for my old ally gsf and for all newer players too.
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BS 5 is gone, sure, but it's only a relatively small part of training a character to be somewhat competent in a carrier. One of my alts is almost entirely focused in flying Archons and Aeons - at 38M SP, it exceeds the requirements for my alliance's capital and supercapital groups for those hulls, but it still has a fairly long way to go.And dreads require a lot more skill training.
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Wow talk about delusions of grandeur holy fuck, are you a CFC moral officer or something? Fabricating BS so your members can feel better about themselves?
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Are you crazy? hes just attacking his own timezone ffs, what is it with all this BS coming from Goon members recentlyAUTZ is our weakest because NCdot are winningOh wait now USTZ is our weakest because Elo Knight is winningGet real
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I believe the word you are looking for is morale, and no, I am but a simple line member who is having one of the best times in my EVE career. To be honest, I wish I was making this stuff up, rhetoric and propaganda are more fun to argue about, but battle reports don't lie. Half the numbers and five times the kills is hard to ignore.
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We've mostly been catching stuff in VFK lately
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Is that capital ship giveaway limited to alliance members?Just for this site only, in future please paginate.
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I don't normally delete comments but racial slurs = deletion. Sorry for your crippling autism.
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He was being ironic you dumb shit, get out.
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A shitload of fucking skills.
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Ha! Someone understands me!
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No worries, tell sven I said "HI" and that I miss hanging out in fleets while he trolled people on teamspeak.
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*wishes he was more of a noob so he could get into goonswarm*but srsly.
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Ok.
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Wasn't it, like, six weeks that the Goonswarm fleet doctrine was rifters, rifters and then more rifters? Now it's carriers?It's like the gentrification of the inner cities. One minute you are fending off teenage hoodies trying to nick your watch outside the Tube station and the next minute you are knee deep in rich gits worried about how many food miles the organic beans at Tescos consume.
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Resubbed just a couple weeks ago, used to be in BL, after reading this I want back in! I used to write some epic poems, one of my favourites being when DBRB lost his nyx. Looking forward to writing some more hehe.What happens once you guys lose local? Gonna just stay docked?

(Editor's Note: Alliance Updates are aimed at an internal audience and the discerning reader should interpret them through that lens.) 

Let's face facts: our recent performance in the North has been somewhat lacking. Black Legion moved back to Venal about a month ago and has been casually harassing CFC assets with impunity. While we have managed to wipe out one of their Loki fleets, that victory was short-lived; less than an hour later we lost an entire Alphafleet - more than 120 battleships - to bombers. We attempted to catch the Black Legion dread fleet in a trap, and fed them a cap-fit Titan, cap-fit supercarrier, a properly-fit Wyvern, and the last shreds of our dignity in return for 37 insured dread kills. Insult to injury, yesterday evening we tossed away another fourteen-odd capitals in Syndicate to Rote Kapelle and Black Legion, who arrived to deliver the killing blow to our inadequate and unprepared support fleet. It almost goes without saying that while Black Legion remains in Venal, we can expect the QPO cyno beacon to become a glorified bug zapper for unscouted GSF capitals. 

We've discussed the Elo Knight menace before - during the war for Tribute - and we have been blessedly free of his rubbishing as Black Legion went on a quixotic quest to hunt their nemesis Pandemic Legion. Now BL is back to snapping up PL techs in Venal, and we're not doing so well. 

 

Freedomsquad and You

We have been blessed with the ascendancy of our European time zone; in years past the Euro hours were our weakest period in both population and leadership, and yet due to the steady development and grooming of European Goonion - and a slight relaxation of kneejerk Freedomland jingoism - GSF has abruptly found itself possessing what might just be the strongest EU TZ force of any single alliance in the game. In recent sov contests and tower fights, we have done the unheard of: intentionally timing towers to Euro Prime, as that was the safest hour, the height of GSF dominance. Rank madness, say the Great War vets: 1:00 EVE was once the Hour of the Goon. 

Yet for whatever reason, as GSF's Euro dominance has waxed, the hours of Freedom have waned. Perhaps this is because of Big Macs, OBAMA!!!, or the patriotic expectation that we could simply rely on alcoholic Predator drones to sort out problems for us while we lay about on our couches. Nevertheless, the thread connecting all of our recent drubbings at Elo Knight's hands is timing: they occur at Freedom O'clock. 

The one remaining specialty of our US TZ involves everyone hopping in fat capital ships - obviating the need for us to actually :effort: move between gates - squatting this blob, stationary, on top of a station, spewing clouds of obedient drones, and then delegating that last iota of pilot effort to the fleet commander so that we can watch porn and have killmails handed to us on a platter - or not, we're mostly content to just squat here. We have grown flabby in US TZ - our other main US TZ doctrine is 'Hamgus', for god's sakes. Drones, obesity and ham: Eve is Real. 

We need to fix our shit and stop shedding fleets hand-over-fist to Black Legion. That means getting our US TZ into shape. Freedom Squad began as a dream, partially sparked by jealousy at the pile of skulls the cosmopolitan Goonion had amassed; after a slow start the squad has begun actively seeking combat more engaging than Bootcamps (we still love those, don't worry). There's a newbie drive on, Black Legion all over us like a Justice Department wiretap on an AP reporter, and there's never been a better time to join the fight for Freedom~ 

Newbie Drive: In Progress

Two weeks ago we began our newbie drive; this drive is already a smashing success. We've brought in more than 90 newbies to Goonwaffe in a very short time - but that means we need more help than ever with mentors to shepherd our people into space, man the trenches in GFHelp, and ensuring that our newbies are showered with isk, ships, and love. The newbie drive only ends when we stop buying banner ads to direct our brethren to the recruitment thread, so help us keep the momentum up and buy a banner ad today. They're only $7.95 - and will annoy everyone on the forums for an entire month. 

Introducing Crapswarm

Those vicious capital directors and their 'requirements'. They want you to have fighters on your carrier, obscure skills like 'capital energy transfer' and 'mechanic' trained, and more sense than god gave a solo QPO-jumper. So inflexible, with their automated api systems and elitist Capswarm jabber group. What about you? You have a carrier, but it's shitfit, and by god it's three months or more until you're Capswarm spec. Yet you want to use your carrier as a traveling jalopy, a space Winnebago stuffed to the gills with cruisers and frigates, marauding around the galaxy with your squad buddies and pooping on things. What to do? 

Never fear, un-capswarm-specced carrier owner: Crapswarm is here! That's right, as foreign deployments become more of our schtick as an alliance, we've decided to create a group that will act as a holding pen for everyone rich enough to own a carrier but too unskilled and unwashed to achieve the heights of the Capswarm-spec Master Race. Think of it as a holding pen or waiting room for pilots who can rat badly in carriers or move their stuff from point A to point B, but don't yet deserve alliance reimbursement. 

Innominate et al will be setting this up shortly, and you'll be welcome to join as long as you have a Carrier, JDC4, and only a few diseases. You will then be strongly urged and possibly shocked repeatedly until you get out of Crapswarm and into Capswarm, but at least this way everyone can convoy their Space Winnebagos in a more coordinated way. Look to a thread from Innominate and the Caps Team about this shortly! 

Carrier Giveaway: Still Happening!

We're still giving away free carriers, but you have to actually be Capswarm spec for them. Don't forget about this insane giveaway program. Take our alliance riches - please! 

Just Announced - CCP Pre-Party: One Day Before The E3 Goonp!

We have a new subforum for Goonps in SGBS, if you're wondering why you abruptly can't find the latest about Zastrow's Memphis BBQSwarm or the upcoming post-E3 party in Los Angeles. If you are planning on attending the E3 Goonp, it just so happens that CCP has announced a party for players and devs the day before, on Thursday, June 13th - and this is an open bar party at the Standard Hollywood Hotel. That means we'll party on Thursday with CCP, then party on Friday at 48's place - don't miss it. 

Squads and SIGs: Join Today!

Are you bored between Stratops? Did Elo Knight just kill your carrier after you blind-jumped to the QPO beacon? Remember, boys and girls, GSF squads and SIGs have never been more active, and are getting into fights across the galaxy from Outer Ring to Omist. If you or your newbie friend aren't part of a squad/SIG, you're missing out. GSOL, Freedom Squad, European Goonion, Arsehole Squad, Top Goon, Space Violence, Miniluv, Black Ops, Corps Diplo, Recon: there's a shitty gimmick for everyone! Even GARPA is recruiting! 

The Mittani
Goonswarm Federation CEO, Space Tyrant. Likes yoga, Alaskan Malamutes, bacon, and delegation.