Tuesday, November 28, 2006

How mighty those winds of change...

As I write this, I must admit to sipping on the sweetest of Matari Rum. While pod pilots do get to experience the whole of the Eve cluster…my Amarrian friends would not like to hear how good a slave culture can make a sugar based liquor. Maybe that is the inspiration for this communiqué…The only constant in the galaxy is change.

While good Rum and Amarrian Folk music pour over my quarters…we live in a dramatic time of change for all pod pilots in the cluster. DED and CONCORD have forced all empires to more stringent ship specifications that should boost the defensive capabilities on most ships upward of 50%. On capital class ships…try 400%. This has a profound impact upon small combat corporations like the OEC…which will only become fully known once we begin operations again. We have chosen to comply with the directives, and have hired a small firm named Prime-Armor Inc, to carry out the modifications on our fleet ships. We should be complete in 24 hours time. It is amazing how nano-production methods have advanced taking a job that was once a 3 year process and made it into 3 months. The OEC was simply rotating ships that survived combat back into the dry docks for their armor upgrades.

But the changes do not stop there. Interbus has released its proprietary contract system for all pod pilot corporations to use. DED has declassified its system scanning technology, which allows CONCORD to react so quickly in secure sectors. The Amarr Empire has de-criminalized combat booster drugs for pod pilots (other empires will follow suit), and a breakthrough in combat logistical retrieval (slang of ‘salvaging’ comes to mind). It really is too much to write about…but the consequences should become fully known soon.

The OEC has been reviewing a lot of its combat tactical doctrine in light of the coming changes. Overall, we should be in fine shape…but we will need to make a few big changes on how we operate in fleets and the roles each member is assigned. Capital ships will become almost invulnerable to us. But we will continue to fight for our niche in Eve. Preparations for our move home have begun…but that will be a long journey both militarily and physically.

ASCN contract is nearing completion. I must say they drop a lot of good cargo from their Empire fleet assets. A Raven was stocked full of BPC and BPO of assorted Tech 1 ships and modules, and we finally hit an industrial carrying POS fuel outbound to ASCN space. Finishing strong would not even be a phrase I could use…finishing like true professionals is.

No comments: