Not all of the silence in here is due to me having been away from New Eden because of issues over the so called Monoclegate affair. Before that I actually was quite active in getting my first feelings for 0.0 sov space and testing the waters to see if a small Alliance might be able to venture forth and get their name up on the starmap with a single system.
Some time ago (see older blog-posts like Gone ratting) my Alliance already tried that once using a renting system. But when the alliance we have been renting from (Atlas) fell, we had to go as well. Renting was quite an interesting first option for us to get a few corp-mates interested in the capsuleer ruled vastness of the outer regions of known space to experience that part of New Eden for the first time. It also managed to whet our appetite.
After this first taste we started trying to get more people into the corporation interested in excursions into 0.0. Before we knew it – thankx to diplomatic contacts – another opportunity did present itself to us: That of trying to get our own solar system. This time around it was a step up from renting: We would have to try to get our own system together with other corps and alliances.
And the incredible thing happened: we really did it! We managed to get a TCU up in a system and put up our alliances “flag” on the map for a second time! To be honest we were quite fortunate insofar as the alliance to which the region was belonging to (IT alliance) was at that moment not faring too well. Otherwise this undertaking would not have been successful. But without having tried it out, we wouldn’t have seen if we could do it at all.
Most of the actual sov-warfare (like shooting i-hubs and SBUs) was done in small gangs of Stealth Bombers which proved ideal for hitting those structures and dispersing when larger hostile gangs showed up.
For pilots first exploring 0.0 I can therefore strongly recommend using a Stealth Bomber as your first craft of choice as it is also much easier getting to the systems in question. They also help you to stay alive when larger gangs do show up while still packing quite a punch.
Infrastructure Hubs do take a long time to bring down so we really where happy that we didn’t have to count exclusively on bombers for our sov structure warfare. The picture below shows a Firbolg Fighter launched by a helpful carrier helping us take down a TCU.
Sadly there started to be infighting in the coalition and it did break up. But for the time it did last (nearly half a year) it offered ample opportunities for those of our pilots interested in sampling those (and that is what the corp I am in is trying to be all about anyway). I even got to participate in a battle reported in evenews24 0:-) We did also forge nice friendships! (Which in my opinion was the best part – aside from being able to make nice screenshots and having stories to tell 0:-) )
After the breaking up of the coalition we did return to my corp’s ancestral home to rest and start thinking about a possible next step. It was clear that we would have to try to get more pilots interested in participating and starting their own fleets, so we decided to try that from a region that is more accessible for the bulk of our members. So at the moment we are looking more into neighboring Syndicate.