Who Are You?

Of all the questions a recruiter can ask a potential recruit, that is the one we need to ask the most, “Who are you?”. There is little point in doing that, however. The internet is anonymity personified; the ultimate masquerade ball. Ask someone who they really are, and the answer you get is as dodgy as a three dollar note.

There was a time when 30Plus recruiters didn’t care. Back in the days of being a renter corp. Back then, we had a few guys join who planned on stealing from the corp, awoxing or general ass-hattery. Ironic as it may be, those guys, with one exception, ended up staying and shelving the devious plans they had in mind. The other guy got found out, kicked from corp, and quit game.

With us, it’s all about the people. As one member put it, 30Plus is a gentleman’s club, and occasionally, the game gets in the way. Shifting to an alliance with a PVP requirement has been troublesome, but not to the extent of ruining what we have got going. The problem we have come across is the small group of individuals who are just here for the ISK. In the old days, this was not a problem, but things have changed somewhat. FozzieSov has all but eliminated renting as a viable option. Corps like ours have found homes with PVP sovereignty holding alliances who have the sense to recognize the value of having their indices maintained.

However, this brings upon us the dreaded PAP requirements. For the uninitiated, this is a link you click at the end of a fleet op. It records your presence in the fleet. The total PAPs for the month are accrued to give an indication of the corps participation in fleet PVP during the month. There is a minimum percentage requirement based on the size of a corp. To be honest, it’s not really a good metric. The PAP system is lazy leadership at its worst. But, it is what it is. This has led us to take an honest look at our corp members, and ask them the question; who are you, really?

Do you help out with fleet ops? Do you get in comms and keep the banter going? Do you rat and mine in the systems we have volunteered to maintain? Do you grab a PVP ship when visitors come knocking? Do you build ships for the alliance? Do you assist in all the back room stuff that keeps an alliance running? At the very least, do you have your ratting ship properly safeguarded against the odd Stratios that wanders through?

You see, if a corp member does none of those things, but simply logs on and does some ISK earning, then all that person does, in reality, is add to the requirements demanded of us by the alliance.

All of a sudden, this person is no longer one of us, but a liability we must compensate for. We don’t need the tax money, and we don’t need the losses. And this person is increasing the size of our corp, and thus increasing our PAP requirements.

To be a member of a null-sec corp for purely selfish reasons is not camaraderie; it is exploitation, and nothing less.

We are a close-knit community in 30Plus. Everyone in our corp plays Eve as a component of a larger whole, or they should. The going away of the rental system (I seriously doubt xXDeathXx can hold on to their empire much longer) has seen a swag of insular and self-centered players with no home to go to. Whether this is a good thing or not is ultimately down to CCP to decide.

These players face a tough choice; back to high-sec, or adapt to the new situation and play Eve as an MMO, rather than as a solo game with the odd player piloted Stratios rat. The thing they can’t do is join a null-sec sovereignty corp and continue as before. But I have a feeling that won’t stop them trying.

It is down to the leadership of every corp in sovereignty null-sec to maintain their membership quality, and weed out those who are there for themselves. How they do that is down to the directors to decide. Whatever they do, it is necessary to repeatedly shake the tree to keep the parasites to a minimum.

Now, some may be thinking, “Hey, Blastie, you’re getting a bit rough on those like you, aren’t you? Weren’t you, until recently, a renter yourself?”

Yes, I was. I Logged in, did whatever I wanted with whoever I wanted to and logged out again. However, those days are gone and won’t be coming back in the foreseeable future. FozzieSov has brought with it a new dynamic; interactive gaming at a new level. Just as the corp full of do whatever care-bears is history, so is the corp full of hairy-chested he-man PVPers.

There is still a lot of struggling and soul-searching going on. But, any alliance that is gnashing its teeth at FozzieSov and the inability of their members to keep vast swathes of unoccupied and undefended space theirs, is missing the point. One troll-ceptor needs one ewar ship, not a fifty man fleet. To defend their system, an alliance needs people in it that are willing to accept the responsibility to ensure visitors have a miserable time in their space.

To achieve that, each and every corp needs to ensure that ALL their members are prepared to participate in the game properly. Not that everyone needs to fight, not that everyone needs to rat, or build ships, or fuel POSes, or have a cloaky scout out, or any of the many other things that need doing. But, every corp needs their members to individually be prepared to do SOMETHING.

Therein lies the problem for many a null-sec sovereignty corp. Nearly all of them, before FozzieSov, were myopic in their viewpoint. Indy corps were despised but necessary, PVP corps farmed Provi and low-sec to buff their kill-boards in between deployments.

It would seem Mittens is intent on proving that nothing has changed, FozzieSov is broken, and The Imperium will go and smash Providence to drive home that point.

If the entities hostile to The Imperium have any sense, they will not be in Providence for “teh gudfites”, but in Imperium space, entosising all the structures they can point a troll-ceptor at.

I have this niggling feeling that they won’t, though. I think myopia is not exclusive to The Imperium.

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