World War Bee: Avenging the Casino War


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Editor’s Note: This article comes direct from the Goonfleet forums. Some content has been moved for formatting purposes.

tl;dr: The same people who attacked us in the Casino War are invading (or making excuses) in two weeks – except that unlike the Casino War, they don’t have the infinite cheated ISK anymore, while we have Keepstars and Delve. We’re calling this one World War Bee, and we hope to avenge our loss in the Casino War!  If the pubbies don’t bitch out, it’s going to be amazing.


You might remember TEST from the Fountain War, where we we very patient and diplomatic with them for years before they betrayed us, tried and failed to kill us, and then we wiped out everything they had in one of the galaxy’s most vulgar displays of power culminating in the massacre of 6VDT.

Years later they took part in the Casino War. After we lost the North, we have entertained ourselves with campaigns of vengeance. C02 was completely erased from existence for their treason, NCdot humiliated and glassed, kicked out of their favorite region of Tribute. Against these same pubbies, we have won every single supercapital battle and laughed as they docked their faction titans in shame in their keepstars – which we then destroyed.

As I’m writing this post I’m trying to recall all the shit that has gone down since the Casino War, and it really is impressive how thoroughly we’ve ruined these guys time and time again – every major supercapital fight since BR-5? We crushed them. Same people. Over and over again. Sucks to suck – yet for some reason they think this whole invasion scheme is a good idea, and maybe this time it’ll play out different and we won’t spend years hunting them for sport. Again.

It wouldn’t be a war with TEST without a story of them being backstabbers; the Madness of Montolio plagues their culture to this day. One of the reasons we deployed northwards against Snuff was that Legacy was interested in having a go at Panfam in Cache, and our deployment might pull off Horde or some of the other hangers-on and give TEST a chance. We figured TEST would have a damn good reason to fight Panfam, given everything that PL has done to them since the Fountain War; surely they’d want revenge?

For whatever reason, TEST has a habit of allying with Panfam to attack us, and then after that falls apart Panfam turns on them and pushes their shit in every single time. This has happened repeatedly through their history, after the Fountain War and again after the Casino War – they are like an amnesiac lapdog, forever surprised when their master beats them.

So we had high hopes for Legacy against Panfam in Cache. We’d shake the dust off with a GEF deployment to Cloud Ring and draw off Snuff, Conifers and Horde while Legacy fought against Panfam.

An Imperium soldier asks "Do you want to live forever?"

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An exception to our campaign of vengeance due to convenience, TEST hasn’t paid a price for their involvement in the Casino War. That’s because it was much more sensible to have a NIP with them, living right next door as they do; they need it more than us and were entirely aware of the balance of power. They knew if they ever pissed us off seriously we would skullfuck them due to that awkward unpaid blood debt, so the NIP made good sense for a variety of reasons which I’m absolutely delighted to report no longer matter ever again because TEST has announced they didn’t want that NIP anyway, it will end on July 5th – oh and also they’re invading us.

But we already knew that, and have been talking about it internally for weeks – mainly because Piggles couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

See, the past couple of months Progodlegend has run around talking to basically every alliance who has ever shot at the Imperium and gotten them on board with the idea of invading us – because we’re in a super weak state, see, things are really rotten internally, it’ll be easy guys – same play as the Casino War, same gaggle of hostile FCs – Killah Bee, Piggles, the usual Panfam crowd, blah blah blah. Except they haven’t realized yet that the reason the Casino War worked was that they had literally infinite isk from the now-banned casinos – in their minds it was totally their skill as commanders which brought them to victory against us, and an inconvenient historical footnote that, immediately after we lost the Northwest, their casino allies were all banned by CCP for real money trading. Oops! And that’s the real reason why the pubbies hate us calling it the Casino War.

So we knew the bads were planning this. We announced our withdrawal from Cloud Ring to pre-empt their strategy, which was to be a standard dogpile which would work great if we were complete idiots who couldn’t have seen this coming a mile away. Having now juked our foes, we have pivoted in a massive effort to fortify our space and prepare for restofeve.jpg to descend on us.

A serious internal debate emerged in the directorate: how to message this situation to our line? We knew the enemy had an all-Eve invasion plan aimed at us. We knew our asses were hanging way out in Cloud Ring. We knew it was literally the same idiots from the Casino War. But we’d look like fools if we just said ‘guys, they’re going to invade us!’ because they could just not, right? And we couldn’t expose our sources or methods behind the intel. We’d look like we were making excuses for leaving the region, etc etc. How to get your guys to prepare for full scale war without giving away the fact that you know one is coming? You can hear me tiptoeing around the impending invasion on that Wednesday fireside, and that’s why.

There can be no bystanders

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So I am simultaneously annoyed and delighted by what happened next:

They spelled the whole damn thing out on Talking in Stations. (gets slightly more tolerable at the 30 minute mark, the first 20 minutes will kill brain cells)

Got their whole gang together and yammered about breaking the NIP, openly admitting their plan to dogpile us in Cloud Ring – and the fact that it had been planned for some time. Usually if you’re going to try to backstab your neighbor, you don’t tell them weeks in advance! So that solves all of that.

We suspected this was coming, the evidence built up as NCdot deployed against us, and Piggles couldn’t shut the fuck up so we’re yanking everything back from Cloud Ring and digging the fuck in. GSOL are flying around like goddamned heroes doing an absolutely insane amount of work, because it’s rare that your enemies spell out their plan to invade you on live TV and that you’ll have two weeks of extra notice, too!

So now these toolsheds have brought their bullshit to our doorstep. We’ve spent years scheming up better ways to turn Delve into the greatest pubbie woodchipper ever created, and are transforming our space into a hyperdense ball of go-fuck-yourself. You can hear the pubbies hesitating and blaming each other for the fact that we fucked their little plan up on Talking in Stations yourself, but understand this: we want them to invade us. This is the perfect war for us right now. We have Keepstars, and they do not have any casino isk. We will be outnumbered, we will lose titans, we will lose Keepstars, but no one can fight a war of annihilation quite like us – and at a fundamental level, no one enjoys it quite like we do. We’re fucking ready. Bring it, bitches.

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  • Parv

    All hail Mittens and let’s unleash our vengeance

    June 22, 2020 at 10:27 PM
  • George Ewing

    My vote for name…. Casino War 2.0: The Reaping

    June 23, 2020 at 12:49 AM
  • Simon Chui

    Ah, you make a lot of loud noises, but I’ve read some Wikipedia articles on psychology and I know that people use bluster to hide their weakness. Therefore everyone should send their titans down to delve.

    June 23, 2020 at 1:50 AM
    • Alaric Faelen Simon Chui

      oh please do. I love titans on my KB. Delve is a meat grinder, there will be glorious death dished out en masse for both sides. I have a hangar full of ships ready to kill and die in a ball of fire.

      June 23, 2020 at 3:24 AM
    • Rammel Kas Simon Chui

      You seem to forget one thing: This was the result the last time the north tried to compare size and came up… well… a little short. This was NC.’s stager keepstar dying in MO. Their last ships were caught by INIT on the way out only some two hours before this happened.

      First year psych student bullshit won’t solve your math problems.

      June 23, 2020 at 7:27 AM
      • Simon Chui Rammel Kas

        Math and facts won’t win this war! It takes discipline, skill and ships! The Goons have been secure in Delve for so long, are you sure your members still know how to fight? You’d better make sure everyone gets some practice in, shake off the rust, before the storm hits.

        June 23, 2020 at 8:54 AM
        • Rammel Kas Simon Chui

          Oh you weren’t clued on what we’ve been doing in Black Rise of late are you? And last night Alphastarpilot had a bit of a problem dealing with ruthless aggression:
          His whole fleet barring one sabre, one stiletto and 8 Feroxes sunk. At point blank range.

          As Mittani said: Bring IT

          June 23, 2020 at 9:25 AM
        • Vertigoe Simon Chui

          Goons have been fighting all along, we went to Hakonen to fight on enemy turf, we fought from ROIR facing PH and Deadco. Come on down to Delve and see for yourself. Dont forget your wallet you are gonna need it to replace your lost ships since there is no casino money.

          June 23, 2020 at 5:42 PM
  • Vertigoe

    been afk, coming back to the game now, see you all in 1DQ ready to defend the soil we built after Saranen.

    June 23, 2020 at 3:09 AM
  • phuzz

    Say what you like, but Mittens writes the best propaganda 🙂

    June 23, 2020 at 8:34 AM
  • Bertram Renning

    I have been out of touch with eve in a while, did The Bastion, Get off my Lawn, TNT and co merged into the goon hammer, making the imperium and GSF indistinguishable ?

    June 23, 2020 at 12:35 PM
    • George Ewing Bertram Renning

      those are all member alliances of the Imperium

      June 25, 2020 at 5:44 PM
  • All this reminds me of was when Mittens stood up at fanfest to give a presentation about Goons, turned out to be completely drunk and spent the whole time visibly thinking he was hilarious while the rest of us sat there silently looking forward to it being over.

    Near a decade has passed and I’m left thinking the same thing. Jackass.

    June 23, 2020 at 2:43 PM
    • Vertigoe Matt Critchley

      But you are still thinking about him.

      June 23, 2020 at 5:40 PM
      • This was meant to be read in Jack Sparrow voice, right?

        June 27, 2020 at 5:11 PM
    • White Dominion Matt Critchley

      Was that day he told someone to kill theirself.

      June 23, 2020 at 8:49 PM
  • Total Newbie

    Vily should have just stayed coked up and insignificant. PiGLips should just stick to being a retard and eating hot wings. #FUCKTEST

    June 23, 2020 at 3:51 PM
  • Guilford Australis

    TEST really has a fetish for breaking agreements, it must be said. I remember very well PGL’s announcement a couple years ago that they planned to invade Detorid in anticipation of the expiration of an NIP with Winter Coalition even though the agreement hadn’t actually expired yet.

    Beware, ye fools who trust these idiots in the future.

    June 23, 2020 at 8:16 PM
  • Mitch Kohan

    Ok I’m really hard for all this

    September 13, 2020 at 1:23 PM