Amarr is Burning


“I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near theTannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like [chokes up] tears… in… rain. Time… to die…”

Roy Batty, Blade Runner

An Obelisk explodes under a hail of gunfire, while the anthem from Top Gun blasts over Mumble. All the while, over one hundred members of the Goonswarm Federation [CONDI] along with their friends and allies erupt with exuberant cries. In Kaaputenen the Anti-Gank squad that had been swarming around the doomed freighter begins to assist CONCORD in scouring the offending Goons and their Catalysts from space. A calm, reassuring voice interrupts the celebration, and instructs us to give in to the white knights and take the pod express back, and out of the TiDi. As I stare at my corpse, liberated from its pod and floating in space, and watch as laser fire from uncountable masses of CONCORD battleships destroys my fleetmates, I think back to Roy Batty’s monologue from Blade Runner for some reason, probably the attack ships on fire part, and then my screen blacks out and I load in station. I’ve lost my tenth or so Catalyst of the night and am completely famished. Originally, I had gotten on to return a few of the paper-thin gank ships that had been provided to me by the fleet commander, but I quickly got drawn in by the atmosphere and excitement on Mumble. It would be hours more before I bothered to eat. yHD5jRd

What have I become?

When I started Eve, I knew who Goonswarm were, as I think it’s safe to say, almost everyone who follows Eve at all does. I knew they had a reputation for being rude and ruining peoples fun, I knew that they were a wealthy and powerful nullsec entity, and I knew that they were closed off to the outside world. A tight-knit community spawning from a forum somewhere on the internet. Basically, my plan was to completely avoid them. Well, it turns out, starting a corp while learning to play Eve is awful, and Karmafleet is a pretty sweet deal for a new player. I joined Karmafleet after about a month of playing Eve, and was welcomed into the GSF with relatively open arms, after an extensive background and credit check, obviously. Joining Goonswarm meant that I could now browse their archives and look back into the historical accounts of things like the Burn Jitas and Hulkageddons of the past.
“Never did I consider highsec ganking being something that I would do, much less enjoy.”
I had never been much of a player killer in the past, or really much of a PvP:er in the other games that I have played. However, I knew that Eve would have to be different from the outset, simply due to the fact that sov warfare and the huge player created events were my biggest interest in the game. Never did I consider highsec ganking being something that I would do, much less enjoy. Burn Amarr changed that. It was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve done in Eve, and I think I might even be inclined to continue high sec ganking on my own time going forward. Personal feelings aside, I couldn’t decide what exactly the alliance benefited from staging this event. Due to the omnipresence of anti-gankers and onlookers, more often than not wrecks would be targeted and destroyed by our own pilots, so even when one of the targeted freighters would drop billions of ISK worth of loot, it was quickly vaporized. The Burn Amarr operation and the sister fleet run by CODE. destroyed somewhere north of 850 billion ISK – official numbers have not been posted yet. On top of that, the Imperium’s collected corporations pushed out well over 15,000 Catalyst destroyers for the pilots involved. So, what was the point of it all? rB5JDcQ

It’s not about the ISK. It’s about generating content.

Eve is a sandbox, and nothing in Eve happens except by player action. Without the players making things happen, there are no great battles, no elaborate scams, and there is no reason to log in. Burn Amarr provided content to thousands of people over the weekend, and not just for members of the Imperium. Anti-gank fleets ran at all hours of the day all weekend, trying to protect freighter pilots from the nefarious swarm. Market speculators and investors reacted to the change in supply lines by adjusting their prices, and trying to fill holes left by exploding freighters. Scavengers from all over rushed into the areas around Amarr, trying to scoop up loot as it fell. Of course, some poor souls provided content in a personal way, by unwittingly offering their freighters on the altar of content. Events like Burn Amarr, are to me, the lifeblood of Eve, what makes it interesting, and what brings Eve into the spotlight. So, is the Imperium a benevolent force who did this for the good of Eve? Absolutely not. Some people with more money than necessary were bored, and wanted to uphold tradition, drink some beers, and have some fun. If it happened to enrich the sandbox, so be it. I had a lot of fun over the course of Burn Amarr. I learned a few things about combat in highsec, and I realized just how much living in nullsec can change a person’s view of the game. Being in highsec now is a nerve-wracking affair for me due to masses of neutrals in the system, and knowing that at any moment, anyone without regard for the ship they are flying, could destroy me with very little repercussion.   Images by Lodangles, used with permission
Tags: Burn Amarr, Goonswarm Federation, gsf, highsec ganking, karmafleet, player events, Sarin

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Sarin Blackfist

Sarin Blackfist is a linemember with Karmafleet, part of the Imperium.