We're at war again. Although I should point out that this time things are slightly different - please see the latest post of Azmodeus Valar in the blog 'Insanity by Increments' for a great outline of circumstances. That said - I was interested in outlining my views around the reverse of circumstances - when we find ourselves Wardec'd and why someone may wish to place us in that position...
It seems to happen with irregular monotony (work that out).
A few personal thoughts...
I'm not sure why anyone would wish to declare war on a voluntary institution dedicated to assisting new players to Eve. Surely all of the player base is advantaged by larger player numbers? If new players see that more experienced pilots like targeting new players are they likely to stay? That said, if it IS a griefing tool then, as such, it's worthless. Standard Wartime Operating Procedure means that no mining or missioning is permitted which may be a consideration for those who Declare war - perhaps they think it's fun to curtail others enjoyment of the game? BUT students are able to drop corp for the duration of the war with no negative effect and then rejoin following hostilities so, no gain there for the grief squad as anyone who wants to can continue to mine or mission under an NPC corp.
The number of members which E-Uni has means that most of the time we outnumber our enemies 100-1. We cover most of the world's timezones so can usually field a decent number of that advantage. Contrary to popular belief rather than being confined to station the players who remain in Uni are baying to be released in fleet to confront those who have declared war. Yes we are inexperienced and fly T1 Frigates for the most part but where one Piranha would take a week to eat a cow a shoal can do it in seconds.
Easy kills? Nope - refer to point one about mission and mining craft being grounded. You won't get easy kills to boost your board. Also, let's face it - if anyone sees that your kills and efficiency are being buoyed up by E-Uni ships and pods are they likely to be impressed? You took out a 2 month old player in a T1 Frig -<applause> - I'm not sure this proves your effectiveness as a pirate / merc corp (delete as appropriate).
In any event - despite it perhaps being a tad inconvenient on the most part what war DOES offer is variety. You will know by now that I am a miner at heart and enjoy nothing more that staring at walls of Plagio as they slowly crumble down. That said we all enjoy a change and, in times of war, I am a tea boy for the Ivy League Navy (ILN). That is to say I'm on the bottom rung of the ladder but keen to learn. When the call to arms comes I too will fleet up in my T1 Frigate. Keen to get a point on the enemy of my friend. I'm working on skills that may one day perhaps even make me good at it.
So, whilst I can't quite understand why anyone would wish to wardec the Uni. I cast aside my confusion, draw on my fashionable Oakley's of targeting +1 and say - 'here we go again...'