Art by Cryo Huren
~WE HAVE SOUNDED THE HORN OF GOONDOR~
You knew this day would come; you knew that you would be called. Only as a last resort; only when it matters most, when the fate of our tribe and the galaxy itself hangs in the balance. The Horn of Goondor, only to be sounded in our darkest hour, when the enemy is at the gates of Fortress Delve and it is time to win or die.
That time is now. There has never been a bigger defensive war in the history of Eve Online, and we’re going win this thing – or lose every last Titan we own in the process.
150,000 pubbies have surrounded us and declared that their mission is to exterminate Goonswarm and the Imperium from the game itself – the very same campaign Sir Molle and Band of Brothers attempted to prosecute against us in the Great War. For months we have fought them, outnumbered 3-1 against 103 alliances, the largest blue donut in the history of Eve Online – TEST, NCdot, Pandemic Legion, all of them, all at once.
They expected this would be easy. They underestimated us. For months we have held them back from Delve, but now they have moved their supercapitals in range of our home region, and it’s time to throw down. Unlike the Casino War, the enemy does not have infinite isk to rely on; we will not withdraw or retreat from our home. We have spent years preparing for just this moment, and the next month will be one of constant battle at the very highest stakes in online gaming. It will be amazing, and this kind of war won’t come around again for many years. The time to return and fight the good fight is now.
Goondor calls for aid. Will you answer?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~STRATEGIC TILDE RESERVE UNLOCKED~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
But wait: Does Eve Online, A Bad Game, Kind of Suck?
Months before this war kicked off, something strange happened. Namely, I started playing Eve Online! In-client. For more than a decade I’ve been a mostly-metagame player, with the hope that eventually Eve would become the game I always hoped it could be. Perhaps because Pearl Abyss acquired CCP and thus there are some adults in the room, perhaps because of blind dumb luck, but for whatever reason after CCP nearly ruined the game in 2019 with such nonsense as the Blackout, the Drifter Invasion, and all that other crap, they actually made the game good! I go on fleets now on the regular and fiddle with a 33-planet PI chain while scheming and plotting. It owns.
The game is probably in the best state it’s ever been for balance and user-friendliness. I’m not going to tell you it’s perfect and wonderful because I want people ready to fight in heavy TiDi against the combined forces of the entire damn game, and that means a bunch of gritty, tough things are gonna happen – but the underlying game itself is in the best state it’s ever been.
I want to help, but I can’t play in-client because of RL etc – what do?
There are a number of ways you can help. Spread the word to your friends so they’re aware that we’re at war and need help; if you have caps/supercapitals/titans logged off in a station in Delve, if you can give those to your buddies who are playing and fighting they’ll get to use your ships in anger even if you cannot. Otherwise you can contract them to your corp directors, or you can contract supers/titans to DJ’s Retirement Fund (the Goonswarm Federation alliance executor corp) and they will be used for the war and reimbursed afterwards. Every ship counts!
If you need help returning, here’s some information to make this easier for you to get into the fight ASAP: https://wiki.goonfle…m/Public:Retvet