Now, this fits fine with my play style. I spent four years by myself, doing the mining and industry thing. But that's no way to run a C3. When Surely You're Joking decided to "get Mabrick" they showed that a well run small gang could quickly and effectively shut us down and there wasn't a hell of a lot we could do about it.
That didn't sit well with HBHI but not in the way you might think. We didn't get mad. We didn't smack talk - well, I didn't smack talk. We didn't cry juicy tears because this is EVE and shit happens. We did, however, want to know what we could do to get better. The members of Surely You're Joking are nothing if not enthusiastic about sharing their insights - after they get the ransom of course. I mean, they ARE mercenaries after all. *LOL*
So we talked. We got invites to roams which I have not had a chance to pursue yet. You see, I've been dog busy moving out of a C3 and then rounding up all our stuff since we couldn't get it all out with one static. Hey, here's a quick aside for you. If you want to make your freighter runs a lot faster, get a buddy in a damn fast frigate with a web to sling-shot you into warp. In PvP I learned you never web then point, you always point then web. Here's why.
Anyway, that's a quick lesson on web warping a freighter and a long tangent. Now where was I? Oh yeah, Surely You're Joking are a great bunch of guys and gals once you get to know them. So, we did some talking, and then we talked some more and then the next thing I knew I was providing a full API to my CEO. Day before yesterday we got the official word from Pell Helix, CEO of Surely You're Joking. HBHI is now a member of the alliance. The paperwork came through last night.
So now you know why all the secrecy. We didn't want to blather about it only to look the fools if we didn't meet muster. Fortunately, we did and we are in!
For now we have moved into their C6 for some get to know you time - also know as probation. We have a nice new medium POS all to ourselves - also known as something their Dreadnoughts can put into reinforced in about 10 seconds should we turn out to be spies After that, we'll settle in a new hole along with one or two other HAHA corporations from what I'm told. That will give us the numbers we need to defend what is ours. Next time, we WILL be ready.