2.3. Fleet Staus
A few things:
You've noticed that we've been making an effort to ship people into
warbirds this last week or so. Not surprisingly this has coincided with
a couple semi-successful jumps on PM, a successful jump on LoF last
night, etc. If you are ACTIVE, and you're not a dedicated trader/itemer
or a raider/RC, we need you in a warbird. Last round we built a
reputation for the ability to jump anything and everything, because we
always had a high number of ships online. We haven't lost our spirit
this round, but we do have diminished ability to see it through when
our online presence is so limited.
2. We are HAPPY to fund
warbirds. The AA is there for you, and we're shelling out 2.5-3 bilion
a ship. A well designed L220-230 ship is just as effective in group
fights as a L250, for significantly less cost -- we just have to design
them to cover eachother's weaknesses. We can basically afford to buy
you a combat ready ship anytime. There's absolutely no reason for you
to be active and not shipped or or within a couple days of shipping up
(if you want to trade for a few extra ship levels, or are low on
turns). Sitting around doing nothing isn't fun for anyone.
Set up IRC highlights for yourselves. View --> Options -->
Highlights on mIRC will allow you to create a highlight list and have a
sound play when someone says your name. If you're not paying attention
to IRC, or if you aren't even at your computer but your speakers are
on, it might alow us to alert you when your presence is necessary for
the dealing of death and destruction.
4. Since we clearly are
having a round which is far below our typical standards of activity,
it's easy to start being apathetic about the game and the alliance. You
might ask, "why should I take the time to ship and be on IRC when we
never jump anything, and never do ops, etc?" The reality is that we
CAN'T do anything unless we have you online and ready to go. There are
ports being raided all the time... but when we have barely anyone
online and able to jump at prime raiding time, there's nothing we can
do. With all the people on vacations or extended absences, we have to
make the best use of the active players that we can.
Currently in the way of warships we have:
Ashanthalas (semi active)
Omi (semi active)
I want to see this list grow, and soon.