Thursday, September 23, 2010
My first corp drama!
Remember how I posted a few weeks back, about how being in a corp is like being in a RL relationship?
Well, this is my scenario at the moment:
I fall in love with my new corp, Mad Bombers. Everything seems peachy. I spend a week moving lots of my stuff to my new home in 0.0. I make bookmarks everywhere, I get to know the neighbours, I sign up to the Mad Bombers forum and even post my RL pic there. I'm thinking, yeah this is going to be a very long-term relationship!
And then I find out that my new partner is a heroin addict.
And by heroin I mean FALCONS.
I couldn't believe it. I saw them using falcons in some of our random gangs and at first I thought, oh it's ok they're just using a few falcons for fun here and there, no big deal. Surely it's not a habit. Everyone dabbles in ECM every now and then right?
Then serious warning signs started showing. Someone posted a Falcon ship fitting thread in the forums, and then I see this:
Check the 5th most ship used in kills. FALCONS.
I panic. What could this mean? Would you leave someone you love because of a drug addiction? Or would you stay there and help them overcome it, and if they can't then just accept and love them and stay with them anyways?
Well, I pretty much did the worst possible thing I could do so early in the relationship. I posted my views on the corp forums.
Of course, I happened to pick a particularly bad day to try the INTERVENTION, as I was feeling rather emotional, edgy, and in a trolling mood.
It started off as a post in the offensive falcon ship fitting thread, with a small rant about my disappointment in them and that I thought they were better than this (typical relationship manipulation crap). Then the forum discussion descended into outright e-peen waving (linking km's) and sarcastic thread derailments, while some members white-knighted me and others were FURIOUS and threatened to kick me from corp.
Ahhh... The first lover's tiff.
It all ended later in the day, with the offending posts/threads being deleted, and me sending an apology email to the senior members.
I don't want to start a fresh discussion/drama about FALCONS here, so I'll suffice to say I think they are the bane of solo (and small gang) pvp'ers in EVE, and wouldn't mind if ECM was completely deleted from the game. Most of the people I admire and look up to in EVE think the same way too.
The fact remains that I have made a commitment to my corp for now, and I have to accept them for who they are. It doesn't mean I need approve of it or to fly in a gang with falcons in it, but I'll live with it and still do my own thing and play the game how I want it.
I feel like I'm writing to an Agony Aunt for some advice here:
Anyone have any suggestions or care to share experiences on how to deal with a beloved Corp's destructive addictions?