From the Gallente Militia With Love

 
Lowsec was love at first sight for me. From my time as a noob I would hold it in reverence and entertain fevered dreams about being a renowned pirate, but didn’t start my life there in earnest until January 2013. Part of the reason I didn’t ‘get in’ until then was because I hadn’t made the right connections. Another was my idea that I somehow needed to pay my dues and become a better PvP-er before I could hang with the bad boys in lowsec. Between 2006 and 20010 I had few short and horrible stints in small pirate corps that were just as lousy as myself, as well as one in a more established outfit where I was utterly lost. I had so little success that I ended up unsubbing for months and years at a time. Always starting out from highsec at square one when I came back to give EVE another shot, with only a few more SP to show for my sordid history. As I talk about lowsec through Lowlife I have always at least attempted to cover as many aspects of it as I can speak with any authority on. But there is one I hold especially dear to my heart, something that not only got my foot in the door, but took me way down the rabbit hole. Today I am a part of lowsec and it’s a part of me. I have been trying to play this game since 2006, but didn’t find my EVE until much later. I have the Gallente Militia to thank for that.

From prince to frog

“From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.” – Franz Kafka
EVE has a unique pull on me. Every time I had fallen off The Learning Cliff it eventually drew me back. There was something there, an itch there was only one way to scratch. I had (yet again) returned to EVE in 2012, and despite a friend’s misgivings about Faction Warfare (the same person who got me interested in EVE to begin with), decided it was worth a shot. After a few days of mucking about in the militia channel asking dumb questions I was directed towards Moira, and by extension their alliance Villore Accords [GMVA]. One year, five months and 25 days later I still haven’t looked back, or unsubbed. During my life in New Eden I had ‘grown up’ with the concept of EVE is Hard™. Hard game, hard people, and no free lunches. So note my surprise when I stepped into GMVA; it was like realizing you still have the hand brake up and releasing it. Within hours of arrival I was handed a free ship and ushered into a fleet, while being meticulously and patiently coached in Faction Warfare. I had my first fight in the alliance moments later. For me this was a revelation of what EVE could be. Every day I would log in, expecting the fun times to taper off like they always had before, but it never happened. Although I wasn’t really a complete novice, I learned more about PvP during my first months in GMVA than I had all of the years before that. When I stumbled my mates were there with helpful advice and another free ship for me to blow up. The only requirement was to “undock and shoot something with it”. Concepts that were alien to me until that point.

The ‘real’ Gallente Militia

My entry into GMVA also opened a world within a world. The Gallente Militia is technically anyone and everyone who has signed up with the Federal Defence Union. But within that exists what is the ‘real’ Gallente Militia from where I stand. Corporations and alliances that work together, sharing comms, FC’s, fleet members and strategic goals, for all intents and purposes acting as a coalition with democratic government. Nobody ‘tells’ you what to do in GalMIil, you do it because you choose to. You do it for the guy next to you, because you’ve rubbed shoulders on the same comms for months or even years. GalMil had a real sense of community I had not come in contact with in EVE before. I was just as welcome in a Justified Chaos fleet as I was with my chums in GMVA for instance. If someone’s home system was under attack everyone would rally to their aid without a second thought. layout1

Ill communication

The central and most pivotal foundation for this coalition of sorts, this ‘real’ GalMil, was and is shared TeamSpeak comms. Members need only log into TS to see if there are any fleets up, join their channel with a click and it’s off to the races. It doesn’t matter what corp or alliance you are from, just as long as you are GalMil and have a suitable ship you are welcome. So no matter if it’s a Drunk ‘n’ Disorderly shield AF fleet, C.Q.B HAC’s out to raise hell, the infamous GMVA TTT, or Justified Chaos pushing the latest front line – there is something going on every night. By this method a GalMil ‘culture’ has developed, a militia-wide sense of identity. Although the unmatched success of the Gallente Militia can be directly attributed to shared comms for years, some groups, such as Aideron Robotics, have elected to remain on segregated comms. This in turn has created some friction within the militia.

Undisputed attitude

Something that appealed to me was the balls deep attitude that is common in GalMil. The most important thing was never your SP, PvP skills, or how big and shiny your ships was, it was always a willingness to undock and fight. This quality is closely followed in my regard by the variety of FC’s GalMil is so fortunate to have. Ranging from the grand tacticians – pushing the front lines and putting every man in a ship with tireless logistics, to the privateers – warmongers and pirates wearing the Gallente flag as a thin guise while fighting everyone and everything within reach. I enjoy both play styles immensely, as well as the ability to choose which I prefer any given day. All of this is strongly underlined by a community where ‘farming’ is a dirty word and FW is about war, not ISK.

For the Federation

The Gallente Militia is not without faults, nor for everyone for that matter. However, without it I wouldn’t be the player I am today, if I was one at all, and you most certainly wouldn’t be reading Lowlife.   This article has been edited due to a bad combination of incorrect intel and a failed attempt at satire. I apologize profusely to any Aideron Robotics pilot whom this may have offended, as it was never my intent. The “little North Korea” was intended as a joke, I apologize to anyone who took that seriously and realize I should have worded it better. The bad intel came from direct communications with Aideron pilots who gave the impression Marcel “would get mad” if they were seen on GalMil TS comms. I have since been informed that this was incorrect and take full responsibility for the mistake.
Tags: fw, galmil, lowlife, lowsec, niden

About the author

Niden

12 year EVE veteran, Snuffed Out scumbag, writer, graphic artist, producer, Editor-in-Chief of Crossing Zebras and the second most influential player in EVE, according to EVE Onion.


  • Mattpat139

    Dude, as a fellow gal-mil member have a salute o7

  • Open Graves

    I happen to be an Aideron pilot and I can promise you that I have never been told to not log into galmil TS. I happen to have both installed and prefer mumble and my corp mates are always on and ready to fleet up and have fun so I seldom ever need to get onto galmil. I also have never found anyone to give me permissions on galmil comms whereas everyone in galmil gets mumble permissions by a simple API verified account. Also mumble has some very nice configurations for logi and other specially squads to be able to hear fc put still talk amongst themselves. Mumble server is open to all galmil. Come to the dark side. We have cookies.

    • Kamar Raimo

      What does disturb me a bit is the fact that Aideron insist on going their own way while most other GalMil corps share coms. In an alliance meeting some people have expressed concerns when Aideron switched to mumble and officially declared that participation in their fleets requires mumble access. Some people, including myself, don’t really like giving their APIs out too much.

      • YoYoMommy

        The API is optional and is not used for verification. On top of that it’s only access mask 72 so militia, corp, alliance not everything…

      • Open Graves

        There is only a limited API required and you are welcome to review any of the necessary settings. It isn’t much more than you can get from a show info on the pilot from what I remember. Eventually it can get upgraded to the SSO from Eve, but until that point there needs to be some attempt at validating identity. Also, I moved her from Ushra’ Khan and the Minmatar FW crew and I remember having the same issues with our alliance running separate comms and I agree that it isn’t optimal, but when you end up getting tied up in politics and have people with elevated rights on the TS server banning your pilots during fleet ops it is necessary to have your own comms some times. I don’t know that Gal Mil has gotten that bad, but there are definitely politics in FW. There are definitely some people in every branch on FW and probably the rest of Eve that just don’t get along with each other, but that does help drive conflict in the game and create content.

  • Billy Daniels

    Hmmm. Great article up to the bit about Aideron Robotics. Blogging is easy but it seems fact are hard. Your comments are incorrect. All AIDER fleets run on Mumble but most of us have TS installed so we can jump into GalMil fleets as we often do. I don’t see any quotes from Marcel in your article so it sounds like you just got trolled by spewing out what someone else told you? Feel free to drop him a line and get things direct from him so you can set the record straight. I love your articles by the way, but getting this sorted would be a good thing.

  • Marcel Devereux

    Warn me next time you post something like this so I can empty my bladder before reading it. I almost peed myself laughing so hard!

    Three things:

    1. Fact checking. Helps to get the full story and the actual gist of things somewhat right.

    2. Sarcasm. Or are there regulations against that where you are from?

    3. This site is super slow. Your techs suck.

    // md

    • Niden

      Apologies, see the above statement and the updated article.

      • Marcel Devereux

        No worries. It was a funny post and we had some good laughs.

    • xanderphoena

      Marcel, you know from hanging with Jeg and I at FF last year that he is our tech dude. I will have him take a look at it because I don’t have the faintest clue about that stuff. I’ll also let him know you think he sucks… 😉

      • Marcel Devereux

        I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to leave you out. You suck too! ;-p

    • Jeg_Elsker

      3 – indeed, unfortunately we had to move to cheaper hosting since this site is pretty much funded out of Xander and my own pockets. ISK doesn’t pay hosting bills! Trust me however, I am aware of how crappy the loading times are since we moved.

      • Marcel Devereux

        It was getting in the way for my jokes so I had to call it out ;-p How much do you guys pay for hosting?

        • Jeg_Elsker

          we were on a special offer for a year of shared hosting with dreamhost (for the record, they are utter shit) – package was costing like £9 a month, we have however today just changed to a new host to improve things – still working out the performance before I will know what the end cost is going to be for definite but looks like it will be around the same cost.

  • Billy Daniels

    The Aideron Robotics meetup.
    toddie.com.au/aider/img/aider-meetup.jpg

    • Marcel Devereux

      Damn! Mah threads look sweet!

  • Billy Daniels

    One thing Niden got right is that Faction Warfare with the Gallente Militia is awesome. If you’re not already in a corp then there are plenty of great ones to join including Aideron Robotics at aideronrobotics.com
    http://toddie.com.au/aider/img/its-time-tristan500.jpg

    • YoYoMommy

      Why: because our comms are better 😛

  • Nyjil

    Oh crap! I need to change my desktop again! All hail Dear Leader!

  • Blastil

    I tried to read this article, but it was censored by dearest leader.

  • Niden

    I have since edited the article. Please accept my apologies. I have added an explanation at the end.

    • Billy Daniels

      Kudos to you Niden for your response, sincerely appreciated (dips lid).
      It gave us a bit of entertainment for a few hours anyway. The door is always open for you to come and join Aideron Robotics at any time!

      • Niden

        I actually have zero bad will towards Aideron and I’m grievously sorry it came off as that. I know there are some great people in Aideron and I guess I’m just a little frustrated that a simple thing like comms often holds us apart.

        But I’m not joking when I say I heard Aideron pilots say during the Okkamon campaign that them joining GalMil TS would upset Marcel. Perhaps they spoke out of line and I took it too literally, for which, again, I apologize.

        • Billy Daniels

          I think it boils down to a mis-understanding. The balls deep spirit you refer to in your article is embodied by a handful of low SP Aideron pilots who have stepped up to FC in the school of “burn and learn”. We need to be doing all we can to foster and encourage this. Whatever was said/heard in the heat of the Okkamon campaign is history and it’s good for all GalMil to have this cleared up.

          • Niden

            Couldn’t agree more.

        • Nat Silverguard

          I was part of that fleet so i would like to clarify things. 1st off, that was a “training fleet” which is also being led by an aspiring FC. Since most of us are newbros, as any other things, we need to follow proper procedure (which in this case our roam) in order for us to learn properly. So we did just that, tried to finish our roam properly.

          We didn’t say we don’t want to join the GalMil TS and that dear leader will summary execute us if we do. What we are trying to say is that dear leader will unleash his wrath upon us if we didn’t complete the said exercise. In fact, most of us (including me) joined the siege after we docked up at Fliet and completed our exercise.

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