So you have somehow stumbled into yet another new EVE Online blog and simultaneously wondering what you are doing here and why you should stay? Time for some introductions…
My name is Xander Phoena and I have been a capsuleer for cracking on three years. I’ve done a little bit of game writing here and there in the past with some minor success. Video games have been an important part of my life for around twenty years now on both consoles and computers and no game has grabbed me by the ganglies like EVE online has. I have a podcast that has been going for a good few years now that covers multiple different aspects of geek culture and I found I was increasingly waxing lyrical to my fellow hosts about the magnitude and magnificence that is the universe of New Eden. The natural progression was to move this coversation to it’s own little corner of the internet and so inspired by some of the great EVE blogs and podcasts out there, you now find yourself here at Crossing Zebras.
I fly for a nullsec PvP corporation known as Zebra Corp (do you get the blog name now?) as part of the En Garde alliance, ostensibly AAA. Zebra has had a chequered history from fighting for the now defunct NC up north against the evil Empire DRF before crashing on Controlled Chaos’ (RIP) couch for a short while then being dragged down by Lucian James to Delve to fight with Brick Squad. Unfortunately, Brick Squad wasn’t really Zebra Corp’s cup of tea and so we languished and beared in high sec for a few months before realising we needed to be back where the real fun is at the start of 2012. One thing Zebra has never had a problem with getting guys into fleets and posting very solid numbers and stats. With some incredibly experienced and dedicated PvPers, Trader John was more than happy to give us a slot in En Garde with a view to full promotion to AAA when we inevitably prove ourselves.
I’ve promised my CEO I would pimp the fact that we are currently recruiting so if you feel like making the move over to null sec with an experienced group of PvP pilots who value banter, laughs and good killmails, hit us up on the official EVE forums or in our recruitment channel ZC Pub. We don’t have a minimum SP threshold as such at the moment but you need to be able to fly at least one of our standard T2 fleetfits the easiest of which to achieve being Interceptors but ideally you will be able to fly some combination both shield and armor logi (Logistics V needed), Tengus, Tornados, Lokis, Abbadons or Drakes.
As a sidenote, my alt – Xander Midi – currently flies with Red Federation as part of the mighty Red vs Blue. Sometimes you just want to log in, shoot some people in the face for an hour and log off without fear of blueballs or the complications of politics. RvB sets out to achieve this perfectly and with no restrictions to when you can join or leave, it’s something I highly recommend all pilots to try. Particularly if you are a newer pilot looking to dab your toes in the shallow end of the deep and dark ocean that is PvP.
Introductions aside, what can you expect here at Crossing Zebras? A little bit of everything to be honest. It’s rare that there isn’t some point of intrigue, cause for outrage or political side-swiping going on somewhere in New Eden and all of this will be ripe for the picking. On top of this, I expect there will be plenty of discussion on the direction CCP are taking EVE as well as their other activities such as Dust514 (very excited) and World of Darkness (not very excited). And it would be remiss of me not to take part in the superb Blog Banters that Seismic Stan organises month after month.
You can also expect my very good friend and fellow Zebra Corp pilot and director Jeg Elsker to pop up from time to time with a little opinion piece here and there. We are planning to put my podcasting experience to good use and fire something onto the interweb for you to listen to semi-regularly but more details on that as and when we have it.
And that’s it! Feel free to post in the comments, email me at xander AT crossingzebras.com or catch me on twitter.