Welcome to ReverendMak.com

Hello New Eden! You likely have no idea who I am, and I’ve only been playing eve for just under a year, and frankly I’m pretty bad at most aspects of the game. And therefore, you should read my blog.

Seriously.

Oh, and listen to my podcast, too, once it’s all pulled together. But more on that at another time.

Need more of an introduction than that? Sigh. Okay, here goes…

I’m Reverend Mak. I first heard about Eve Online years ago, and even downloaded the client. But for whatever reason, I never got around to starting a trial account. Fast forward to spring 2011: a friend can’t stop talking about the game, and I start reading more about the player-created history of the game, the rise and fall of alliances, the cons, the wars, the betrayals, the Goons, the spies… And so I made a character.

After fooling around in the game for a month or so, I bio’d my first character and started over. Thus, on 2011.05.25 (at 16:34:00 to be exact), Reverend Mak (Caldari-Deteis-Merchandisers for those who care about that stuff) became a capsuleer. I ran through all the tuturials and career agent missions then went on to that amazing noob paddywhack machine, the Sisters of Eve epic mission arc.

By the time I finished that, I had decided to focus on mining and industry, and then later create a pvp alt. Looking at the map, I chose Hageken system, in Lonetrek, to settle in as my first real “home”. Basically I wanted a Caldari system, with lots of belts and several good stations, and a 0.5 or 0.6 security rating.

And then I mined.

After not much time shooting rocks, I started to notice that there was a corp that was very active in Hageken, also doing mining. I saw their anchored GSC’s everywhere. So the first time I saw one of their pilots in local, I asked them how they liked being members of the corp. That’s how I met one of the directors of Abh Academy. They seemed happy and mentally stable (two things that seem oddly rare among New Eden immortals), and a little research showed that they had a sister corp in nulsec, where I eventually wanted to move my operations, so I applied to join.

I hung with the good carebears for a few weeks, mining and skilling, and occasionally making money running courier trips off contract. The game wasn’t fun in and of itself, so much as the interaction with other ABH Academy members. The most exciting thing that happened was a 1 week wardec. Instead of turtling up, a bunch of us decided to try to fight back. We had maybe two small fights with inconclusive results, and then our wartarget stopped showing up. It was fun, but looking back I can only shake my head at how little I understood about what was going on.

Eventually, though, our sister (parent, really) corp let us know that they were doing a recruitment drive, and who of us felt we were ready to “deploy” to nulsec? I was still very green, and was told I could wait, but the idea of moving to the “big show” was too appealing to put off. I refocused my skill plan away from the hulk/orca/refining/manufacturing path I was on to rush to get to the bare bones minimum requirement of being able to fly a Drake. Yeah.

Requirements for deployment from Abh Academy to Abh Empire have since gone up. But at the time they were really pushing to bump up membership in nulsec. You see, they had lost a bunch of carebears recently due to a war they had been in; now that the war was winding down, they were rebuilding.

Now, the friend I told you about at the beginning of this Great Expository Wall of Text was a director in a corp in an alliance associated with the Northern Coalition (RIP). So I had heard a little about the terrible juggernaut that was the DRF, and how the noble folks in the north were fighting a desperate battle for survival. So I knew a little about this war Abh Empire had been involved with, but I didn’t know what their role, if any, had been during the conflict.

Believe it or not, I only really realized that I had joined the “evil” DRF after I had been living in Cobalt Edge for about a week. Abh Empire, the nulsec side of Abh Academy, was a member corp in Intrepid Crossing (ticker IRC). IRC were the Euro/US time zone industrial client state of Russian alliance Solar Fleet. Many outside of IRC seem to mistakenly believe we are a bunch of Russians; this is based on some dunderheaded smack talk in local from various random roams that come through from time to time. But we are mostly a mix of English, American, German, Spanish, Dutch Portuguese, Canadian, and Latin American capsuleers, only a handful of whom know any Russian at all. Coms are mostly in English, with one or two corps also using a second channel for translation during fleet ops.

Anyway, I stumbled almost totally accidentally into being (as Arydanika keeps calling me) an “evil IRC dude”. But despite randomly falling into it, I am totally happy with the alliance I now call my online family. I love flying for IRC. And my friend from Fidelas Constans? I shoot his corpmates in the face every chance I get. (He’s now CEO of his corp, and so of course never actually has time to get in a fleet and play Eve. I’ll pod him someday, I’m sure.)

And speaking of shooting people in the face…

I set out thinking Reverend Mak would be a happy capitalist/miner/industrialist. After my first big fleet fight, though, I found that I spent all my mining and ratting (which in the Drone Refions is just a different kind of mining), watching intel for the barest twitch of a hint of action. Manufacturing was abandoned, skilling past the retriever was forgotten about, and my whole vision was quickly shifted to becoming an increasingly valuable soldier on the PvP side of the alliance.

I have an alt that does planetary interaction, trading, and blueprint research. My main shoots rats and collects alloys to sell, but mostly is out roaming solo or in gangs when my wallet can support the losses.

So that’s how I got where I am today. I am addicted to the post-PvP adrenaline shakes, fascinated by solo and fleet tactics, and still very intrigued by the Great Game of diplomatic PvP played out at the alliance and coalition level.

And that’s who Reverend Mak is. At least so far. It’s where I’m coming from. So as you read further blog posts here at ReverendMak.com, know that I truly am a noob at this “terrible game”, and that while I understand the appeal of the carebear life, I am, at my core, a large nulsec alliance PvP pilot, living and killing 24 jumps away from the nearest hisec system. And loving it.

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