About the only action I've had this week was a POS bash Monday night.
Another wormhole corporation, one that made their displeasure with our TLC operation known, K162ed into our home. Of course we put together a 40 ship fleet and tried to provoke a fight. In the end we blew up two offlined medium faction towers to no avail. They never came out to play. It wasn't that they weren't around. They shipped up in cloaky's to online a bunch of more valuable offline towers so we couldn't blow them up. I get that. It's okay.
I'd like to say we wouldn't have blown up nearly 1.5 billion ISK in stuff if they hadn't voiced their displeasure with our TLC operation., but that would be untrue. We'd have probably done it anyway, because we could. This attitude as elicited more than a few comparisons between us and Goonswarm. Some have gone so far as to label SYJ the Goonswarm of wormhole space.
And to be honest, SYJ had an incredibly busy June with over 1000 kills costing the victims over 100 billion ISK in ships and POS modules. This doesn't include the other things we managed to acquire. And most of that was done with overwhelming tactical firepower. That's what elicited the comparison. Evidently we blob.
Looking at the operations I've been on, it's a true enough statement. Our small gangs tend to be in the 30 to 40 ship range. We favor overwhelming fire power at any time. If that makes us like Goonswarm than so be it. But if you believe that, you're missing some key distinctions.
SYJ is a mercenary alliance. We do this for a job. Our clients expect us to fulfill the contract. Failure to do so not only means we don't get paid, it also means we don't get more contracts. This is a business. We run it like a business. We intend to do business. If that means the other guy doesn't get a chance, well it's business; not personal.
If we enjoy it, that's a bonus. And I am enjoying it. I like being part of the fleet. I enjoy blowing things up. There is a part of me that feels everything I blow up gets replaced at some industrialist's profit. I'm good with that. That's good economic stimulus. It's also made me #5 on the SYJ kill board, but that's only because the real PvPers are busy practicing for Alliance Tournament.
It may also all be a rationalization. Maybe I enjoy it because I am more like them than I'd like to admit. I know in the past I've doubted if this is really where I belong. I still don't get pleasure from tears. I still don't like the idea of being a ganker. I still don't pod kill (unless you're James315.) But I do fleet PvP. I blow things up for ISK. And I like it.