NRDS is a state of mind

Three months ago I entered the world of blogging with this post about sociopaths, piracy and rules of engagement. At that time I’d just left a corporation made up of people I generally liked. This corporation was fairly large stakeholder in a not-red-don’t-shoot (NRDS) alliance basing in Providence. My leaving was, in no small part, because a group of corporation members ganked a neutral hauler in w-space to steal some valuable loot all while the alliance maintained that we were NRDS. I’ve been reflecting on this first post and my thought process during that time quite a bit recently … because I’ve joined a not-blue-shoot-it alliance.

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
And you may find yourself in another part of the world
And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife
And you may ask yourself, “well … how did I get here?”

A few weeks ago, Sansha attacks on empire colonies in New Eden heralded the return of live events. The early events were met with disorganized resistance; disorganization soon turned to fleets of players gathered from player-created intelligence channels such as SynePublic. But as players who were interested in following — and participating in — the storyline became organized, so did the sociopaths — they realized that the promise of a live event was an easy way to lure pilots into waiting gate camps.

The low-sec events are enticing with the promise of Sansha capital and super-capital ships and the thrill of being caught by opportunistic criminals at every turn. By comparison, the high-sec events have proven to be incredibly boring, though pretty. I set out to attend as many low-sec events as I could make — and if a high-sec event occurred nearby, I’d drop in for a cameo.

One night I sat on the Tama gate in Nourvukaiken holding with a fleet composed of pilots from random corporations and alliances. The fleet commander held on the gate, unwilling to jump her pilots into an obvious trap (I scouted for the fleet in my Harpy and the Associated Destruction gang waiting for us included capital ships). As I sat there, while Rote Kapelle and Cry Havoc freely engaged the Sansha-controlled Wyvern, I made a decision. Two nights later, I applied to Moira. (a Rote Kapelle member corporation) after a brief conversation with Julianus Soter, the CEO and a well-known figure in New Eden’s role-playing community.

And you may ask yourself, “what is that beautiful house?”
And you may ask yourself, “where does that highway go?”
And you may ask yourself, “am I right? Am I wrong?”
And you may tell yourself, “MY GOD! WHAT HAVE I DONE?”

Not long after, I found myself in Ostingele, a den of scum and villainy in the Placid region. As a member of Rote Kapelle, I was in the fleet taking lead on turning back the Sansha incursion. As we repelled the Sansha, criminals made attacks on targets of opportunity — but being part of an organized fleet allowed us to hold the field against both the opportunists and the Sansha.

Another pilot who won't be getting in my way.

And now, the events have drastically slowed. I find myself as a member of an NBSI PvP alliance. The alliance doesn’t hold, and doesn’t appear to desire, sovereignty; that’s a couple of boxes checked, I don’t enjoy the chains that come with holding sovereignty.

Sadly, I’ve had to subjugate my NRDS-leanings in order to fit in. Well, I can live with that — NRDS is a state of mind. Nobody says I have to go out and shoot at haulers and mining barges. Nobody says I have to probe down mission runners and gank them mid-mission. Most pilots flying on Rote Kapelle’s home turf are looking for trouble and would be red if it mattered; gray is the new red. At least these pilots consistently apply their rules of engagement.

We can’t always get what we want, but sometimes, we just might find we get what we need.

Same as it ever was … same as it ever was … same as it ever was …
Same as it ever was … same as it ever was … same as it ever was …
Same as it ever was … same as it ever was …

– Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime


~ by paritybit on 2010/05/28.

9 Responses to “NRDS is a state of mind”

  1. Spoken well!! keep it up man, i really do enjoy reading your postings. I regret having cast all 4 of my ballots by the time i met you, but if you run again next time, ill reserve one of my votes for ya 😉

    • Thanks for the words of encouragement.

      I think we got lucky with a lot of good candidates this time around (lucky for the players, unlucky for me as a candidate) and the end results are pleasing even if I didn’t make the cut this time around.

    • Did you run this time? i have 7 ballots to cast 😉

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  3. Always good to have another blogger in my Alliance noting our crazy NBSI ways. It’s been good so far to have you around parity, here’s to more of it!

  4. Yours is a noble sentiment and it’s one which I share. I once tried ninja salvaging but didn’t get much joy out of it. I’m just not one for enjoying the misery of others. It’s why we’ve always stayed independent of other entities that would pressure us to act otherwise (apart from our brief affiliation with TREAD who were NRDS).

    However, I wonder how you would react if you were in an alliance gang which came across non-combatants and you were instructed to tackle by your FC. Would you ‘accidentally’ fail to get them? How often could you get away with that before somebody remembered you wrote this blog? Do your alliance colleagues mind your moderate stance or does it make you a bit of a liability? Or will we witness the slow erosion of your ideals as you decend into sociopathic schadenfreude?

    • That’s an interesting sentiment; I’m quite sure that as I now have no mining barge kills (and very few hauler kills — and I’m not proud of them) I will say that I won’t tackle a mining barge or hauler.

      I don’t need to make excuses as to why; if they don’t like it, they can kick me. I don’t think it will come to that.

      I also don’t care much for station camping people who did not ask for a war and who I have no quarrel with. I know that STIM (and therefore all of Rote Kapelle) have done this in the past, and that’s their business — I don’t have to be involved with it.

      I’ve been in the NBSI gang mentality before — I don’t like it and I’m not going back. If you see me slip, point me back at this reply.

  5. How much do the people we associate with reflect on who we are? The corp I’m in recently elected to not join a large and growing alliance partly because that alliance participates in suicide ganks (against neutrals) and is generally childish about what they do and who they kill in local. They said we could continue to operate NRDS and they’d be fine with it, but they don’t restrict the behavior of other corps in the alliance.

    Keep in mind, paritybit, that STIM didn’t only camp your old corp into a station to go after newb/PvE kills, but they also posted urls and content in local that was so vile and offensive it caused you and a few others to file petitions with CCP.

    So… you’ve not joined that corp, but how much does it reflect on your corp that you’re now in the same alliance as STIM?

    • If I only associated with people I liked, I would have left EVE a long time ago. For every person in a corporation that I like, there is one that I dislike, often more.

      Does every member of the Beegees really reflect who you are? I would imagine not. And further, did every member of Tread reflect who you are? I’m quite certain not.

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