After considerable preparation including innumerable cyno’s being lit for infinite jump freighters, hours upon hours of ship fitting thanks in no small part to EVE-Bet and their generous sponsorshop, endless shuttling back and forth between lowsec and highsec when I discovered I had miscalculated ammunition needs or module numbers, and of course making sure that EVE was aware the event would happen; when May 17th rolled around and the Crossing Zebras Spring Fling begun, I felt a considerable sense of relief.
At first things were slow to get going, with a considerable number of folks in local loitering in gangs with the intent to shut the event down. However once various faction warfare complexes were opened the pilots who had shown up for the Spring Fling soon got into the swing of it and the violence increased exponentially, as I handed out large numbers of ships.
As the night wore on various entities made a showing in well organised fleets, however use of FW complexes led such groups to spend more time shooting one another than interfering with the T1 carnage that was unfolding in Hysera. Eventually they all got bored of having to work for kills, and left behind only a couple of small organised gangs and of course the pilots there to simply FFA.
By the time I was too tired to continue handing out ships, and the involved pilots were becoming numb to the slaughter, Hysera had been the site of around 1500 kills, the vast majority as a result of the FFA. As with other community FFA’s we had prizes to award. To earn a prize pilots had to post kills to the RvB Ganked killboard however many pilots did not, so I have spent the last week comparing Ganked, Zkill, Battleclinic and corp killboards to select the winners of these prizes.
CCP Certified No 1 Killer
1 PLEX and a Carrier of the winners choice
Won by WaTeR UbersnolHiyo Silver!
1 PLEX and a Navy Dominix. (Navy Dominix donated by the guys at High Drag)
Won by BigneoLowest step on the podium
1 PLEX and a Pirate Cruiser of the winners choice
Won by Gorski CarThe Mark David Chapman
1 PLEX + 1 billion isk placed as a bounty on you. (PLEX donated by Xander Phoena)
Won by Gorski Car and Bigneo. Plex value will be split, bounty will be split.
Trust in the Rust
25 Republic Fleet Firetails + 1 Scythe Fleet Issue
Won by Alice KarjovicTeam Tibus
25 Caldari Navy Hookbills + 1 Osprey Navy Issue
Won by Xenos WigginLiberte Egalite Fraternite
25 Federation Navy Comets + 1 Exequror Navy Issue
Won by Sturm GewehrFor the Empress
25 Imperial Navy Slicers + 1 Augoror Navy Issue
Won by lady labiaCan’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs
2 Nefantar Thrashers
Won by Niart Gunn
I do have to say that while I did not manage to undock myself for this event, spending all night ensuring ships were constantly available, all the effort really paid off. I had a riot listening to fun and chaos on the shared comms available on the night, and seeing how new some of the attendees really were to EVE, continually undocking and getting into the mix.
To those who wish to put together such an event but feel that the juice is not worth the squeeze, just do it. Build it and they will come. Pilots in EVE really do like player-run events, big or small, especially if it offers them an abundance of targets. Advertise via the eve forums, twitter, and reddit. Contact the various NPSI and open roam communities to get them to attend. Chat with the guys at EVE-Events to get it listed on their site. But whatever you do, never dissuade yourself from putting all the work in for others to have fun. You never know, one day you to can claim to have been the cause of 1500 killmails.
In closing, we still have many ships remaining from those provided by the guys over at EVE-Bet, so expect another FFA in the fall, same time, same place. If nothing else, my choice of system and the invasion that choice leads to, really, really upsets the local Russians.
Tags: cz ffa, ffa, hysera, mangala, spring fling
Mangala Solaris has been playing EVE since 2006. In his time in EVE, he have been a missioner, a miner, a scammer, a trader & even a null bear, however over the past 4 years or so Mangala has been heavily involved in Red Versus Blue, and more recently has become one the key figures in the NPSI communities of EVE. Somehow in addition to all of this, he finds time to represent the players as a member of CSM 9.