Fifteen months ago a joined a small wormhole corporation called Hiigaran Bounty Hunters Inc [HBHI]. We lived in a C3 for awhile, having fun and killing Sleepers. It was a good life, until a carrier the corporation built inside the hole attracted the attention of those who are carrier kill crazy. Those crazies will go to great lengths to kill capital ships of all stripes. The CTA's are endless.
I know they are endless because after being camped hard by those crazies and paying them 5 bISK to leave, we joined them. Life in a C6 started out pretty good. We had some good fleet fights. We made some ISK... okay, a lot of ISK. Getting good pipes was hell, but we managed. I setup fuel production for the two POS we had and learned a thing or three about how fleets work and what FCs should and should not do.
But then the good fights in wormholes disappeared. People began to get bored. You know what happens to a group of people when boredom sets in. So a plan was hatched to go nomading. That's where you break down into self-sustaining fleets and head out to farm the now mostly empty wormholes around you. But that idea was stillborn. Instead alliance leadership decided we'd move to Stain and set up shop there. We would have PvP every night. There'd be roams and all sorts of fun things to do!
I decided I'd give it a try. I bought about a bISK of PvP ships and had them Frogged out to Stain. Then I jumped in my trusty Nemesis and took the long way out there from Amarr. It was promising at first. Strictly Unprofessional, an alliance 350 strong at the time, fancied themselves the lords of that area of space. They resisted our invasion. They camped our clone station hard. I lost a few ships to their camp. It was shaping up to be a great brouhaha!
Then it abruptly came to an end. The roams turned into moon POS bashes. Our hardened adversary seemed to failscade. Soon we were all alone and far from anything. Alliance fleets were soon being flown out of Amarr. I started to wonder what was going on. Then several of the corporations formerly known as Strictly Unprofessional joined our alliance.
WTF I thought. Were all those promises of glorious PvP just something said to get enough subcapital ships out to Stain so we could POS bash? There was mention of the tens of billions of ISK the moons out there were going to bring in. Then there was talk of super capitals. Then I put two and two together and started to suspect the real reason for the Stain deployment was to fund something else entirely. Something of no practical benefit to my fun or my enjoyment. We subcapital pilots were just a means to an end. The lone wolf in me rebels at the notion. I am no capsuleer's means to an end.
So I went roaming a few times alone. I found no one. I figured a lone ship would be ample reason for someone to undock and fight. It wasn't. Once I roamed with a corp mate named Mikey. We didn't run into our first ship for eight jumps, and then the Manticore ran away from our Brutix and Hurricane. We saw no one else. That's how boring null-sec can get. For all the great wars, once there is peace I guess it is just run away or be ganked. I don't think all null-sec is that way, but I certainly understand Rote Kapelle's desire to kick all the non PvPers out of their section of NPC null now. It was no fun and my glorious life of PvP in Null certainly was null. I chalk it up to the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong group of people.
I soon found myself back in high-sec to find something to do - whether that was roaming, missioning or just seeing another ship. Because of war decs, I've seen more action in Gallente high-sec then I did all that time I spent in Stain. I've made more ISK too, but that's irrelevant because it's not why I went to Stain. So for the past month, I've really been mulling over what I'm going to do about things.
The final decider was my currently ongoing RL situation, as I've mentioned in previous posts, and the new SOE ships. I'd really like to make some of those. However, the blueprints only come from SOE shops using SOE LP. That means running a boat load of SOE missions. That's been a little problematic. We've been under constant war dec for the most part, and while that's fun I'm not going to risk my mission boat to a bunch of high-sec war deccing pantywastes. And these war decs are only going to get worse because of things I can't talk about. All I'll say is this: Gevlon Goblin may have to eat those unkind words he wrote.
But as for Mabrick, I've decided to go back to the life of manufacturing. There are new and crazy cool blueprints to acquire and new ships to build. In a few days, after my son is accepted into HBHI, I will be leaving my wonderful friends there and rejoining the Center for Advanced Studies. From there I may go back to my old corp, the one I founded, or I may not. All I know is I'll be a free agent again and I like that idea a lot right now. It's a good time to be a lone wolf industrialist again.