Sunday, December 23, 2012
Fweddit - The Inevitable Meltdown
Except they're missing some subtleties. And obvious differences in the examples they like to draw from.
I was complaining about certain EVE University rules and protocols while I was a member of the corporation. It was not a case of me starting to bitch about them on the day I left. I was asking tough questions well before I left the organization. Kelduum asked me to leave the University because of my repeated questioning of their leadership hierarchy and the absurdity of many of their rules.
I still don't hate EVE University. When it comes to teaching new players the fundamentals of the game, they do a fine job of that. That's basically all I took away from them. I have never complained about that aspect of the University.
The stuff I complained the most about, it turns out I was right to complain and suggest alternatives. Those rules and procedures I spent the most time questioning, they either no longer exist or rather than being strict rules are nothing more than guidelines now. The University does a slightly better job of turning out other than just super-carebears. They actually turn out people who understand that EVE is a game about conflict. I'll take some credit for that change, after a year of constant criticism.
After EVE University, I hopped around the game a bit. Looking for something that interested me. Something that fit with my playstyle. I was with Arrakis Technology, The Littlest Hobos (of En Garde, pals of Against All Authorities), and The Fancy Hats Corporation.
I left all those groups on good terms. I still talk to some of those guys. Not often, but the lines of communications are still there. No hard feelings. I've never said a bad word about any of them, because I have no bad words to say about them. If anyone I knew was thinking of joining them, I'd encourage them to do so.
Then there was Late Night Alliance. I joined because Hans Jagerblitzen was with them. Autocannons Anonymous, I still believe are a good group of people. The rest of the alliance, not so much. It didn't take long to realize that Ka Pow Pow equals a giant bag of dicks. My second day in the alliance and that was becoming readily apparent. Even while I was with Late Night, I'd often express the opinion that I could not stand Ka Pow Pow. Hans and Vordak can certainly testify to that. Ka Pow Pow, another of that special group of EVE player who believe that they are god's gift to PvP, while not being particularly good at it. You want people who take internet spaceships way too seriously, you'll find them all in Ka Pow Pow. Don't get me started on the drama these guys would create, simply because they were bored, within the alliance itself. There's fun awoxing, and then there's awoxing to be dicks. They were definitely the latter.
Leaving Late Night Alliance for greener pastures was easy. I still think Autocannons Anonymous is a quality corporation, even if they're the odd man out in the Late Night group, not really fitting into the chip on shoulder mentality that the rest of the alliance has.
Fweddit are my kind of people. Laid back. They do not take the game seriously. It's all about fun. There's a surprising lack of any drama in an organization as large as Fweddit. It's remarkable, really, how well everybody gets along together. Three hundred people in an alliance, you'd think personality conflicts would be commonplace. But not so. Everyone in Fweddit seems to be on the same page. And not just Fweddit, but YoloColo as a whole (which includes Fweddit, Imperial Outlaws, and Moar Tears.)
That's not to say I don't have small issues with Fweddit from time to time. Our inability to follow through with a plan can be annoying. We could definitely use a few more Hannibal Smiths. I too love it when a plan comes together. But that's a minor complaint. Fweddit, like any organization, is going to have its periods of frantic activity and its periods of doldrums.
So, no meltdown on the horizon here. Even if I do leave Fweddit someday (and I don't see that happening for a long long time, if ever), I suspect I'll always be on good terms with them. Something really shitty would have to happen for that not to be the case.
So for those Late Nighters hoping to scream I told you so to Rina or Pinky, well, you have a long long wait ahead of you.