2.6. Change of plans
off, apologies for this period of disorganization. It's been finals
time for most of us, and we've had a security issue recently that made
me reluctant to post up plans. Hopefully that's all sorted out.
carefully considering the options, we've decided temporarily stop
raiding/jumping/hunting and focus on all out cashmaking in order to
This decision is based on a few factors:
1. KAOS/KPG, Ronin, and SD/XF/GoD are not raiding enough for a pure-jump mentality to work.
L265 raiders are no longer feasible to field without a safe place to
dock them and I'm not going to stoop low enough to pirate them.
3. Their replacement raiders, L210 armors with 4 def equipments, are slow, ugly, frustrating, and generally ineffective.
4. These armor raiders would also have difficulty retaking some of our planets. They also take huge amounts of RC turns.
4. We're fighting too many alliances too effectively wage a war of attrition.
I see no way of *winning* this war without a fortress. We could fight
it to a standstill, sure, and cause more pods than we take, but we'd be
unable to cause any *real* damage to the alliances we're fighting
simply due to all their numbers. That's not at all satisfying to me,
and I doubt it would be for you. Furthermore, rebuilding 8002 would be
a slap in the face of all the alliances that put so much time, effort
and money into taking the first one down. They've done their best to
wreck our plans for the round and rebuilding the planet would defy
everything that they've hoped to accomplish.
Now, I realize that this may not be a popular decision. Lots of us don't like trading much, myself included.
There are a few concerns you'll likely have which I'll try to address.
1. This isn't "giving up" or "not fighting." This is simply setting ourselves up to fight more effectively.
We're not going to "trade for the rest of the round and then it will be
over." I anticipate having the needed money by the end of the month at
most. I also expect this round will go on quite a bit longer than some
of the others since it will be the last before 3.0.
was raided before! It'll be raided again." It won't. Last time the
planet was incomplete because we didn't expect so many alliances to go
after it. We won't make that mistake again.
We're looking for
around 600-700 bil in donations. I realize this seems like a hell of a
lot at first glance. It is; I'm not pretending this is going to be
easy. However, I'd also point out that money flows in FAR quicker than
you'll realize. Following the 8002 raid, the AA was at 0. Right now,
it's already at 130 billion -- and this is without any emphasis at all
being put on cash trading or AA donations, getting absolutely no cash
from any of the raiding we've been doing and the AA shipping numerous
raiders and warbirds. If everyone's contributing a little bit, I
promise you it's going to skyrocket.
Following the completion
of the planet, we'll reship everyone and take our revenge. It'll be
swift, merciless and brutal. We'll take no prisoners, spare no
alliances, and make them regret ever attempting to gangbang us. We'll
complete the planet and then some this time, and they won't begin to be
able to touch us.
Depending on your approach to this, this could
either be a spectacular triumph or a total disaster. What I'm asking
for is selflessness on a completely unpredecented scale. No alliance
has ever tried to do this before, as far as I know. But the fact is, I
wouldn't ask you to make this effort if I didn't think so highly of all
of you or have complete faith in our ability to pull this off. As long
as we approach this with a good attitude, trade smartly, and everyone
contributes, we'll be fine.
Now, for those of you who are eading
this post with abject horror, there's another option. If you ABSOLUTELY
CANNOT TRADE EFFECTIVELY, we're also in need of drone clearers and
drone layers. We need at least a half dozen of each, with the drone
layers being available throughout the day so we can get rid of enemy
stacks when needed. If you have no time to be active, then we'll want
to be dropping stacks of our own to make droning more difficult for
them and get some more kills.
This is NOT an invitation for 50 people who don't want to trade to hop into drone clearers.
A couple things to mention:
you can put in the AA is needed.[/b] If you can only manage to make 400
mil in a day, donate it! It makes a difference, trust me. More is
obviously better. Even a Zallun trader should be able to make at least
600-700 mil a day, but if the refreshes just aren't cooperating, even
250 mil is 250 more than we'd have had otherwise.