25 March 2010

Fare Thee Well; Providence

Now, nobody lives forever
Nothin' stands the test of time
Oh, you heard 'em say "never say never"
But it's always best to keep it in mind
That every tower ever built tumbles
No matter how strong, no matter how tall
Someday even great walls will crumble
And every idol ever raised falls
And someday even man's best laid plans
Will lie twisted and covered in rust
When we've done all that we can but it slipped through our hands
And it's ashes to ashes and dust to dust
~Steve Earle
  It is with a heavy heart that I write this post.  Our alliance has recently made the difficult decision to leave our home.  While I have butted heads with the NRDS nature of the area at times I have always respected the work CVA has put into the area and the idea.  I cannot help but feel that EvE is losing something that it will never get back with the fall of Providence and I am sad to see it go.

  I have re-written this post twice because this is pretty huge for me personally.  I want to mention the drastic change that CCP has introduced which has allowed so much upheaval.  Obviously for the residents of Providence it has been a bad thing but I cannot help but believe that it has been a bad thing for EvE in general.  I have always hoped for the increased openness of 0.0.  However instead of coming at the expense of difficult to hold fringe systems it has come at the expense of systems within the heart of holders.  

  In the end though, no matter the circumstances, FA has left Providence.  It has been one of the busiest periods in my EvE life since that decision was finalized.  FA has now taken sovereignty as a "renter" and we have been working hard to setup shop.  This has been a crazy process but the membership of my corporation has proven up to the challenge and many have worked long hours in logistical support.  We are still in the "settling" stage so there is much work left to be done, but this is an exciting time for us.

  When time permits there will be much more news about the experiences of living in space with our name on it soon, so stay tuned.


  1. I've been on both sides of such conflicts in game, being both the conqueror and the one who had to leave a home.

    It's tough, but I think you will be fine mate. You are a good pilot and you will survive this change.

  2. I don't see any reason to think that if the Holders had accepted the status quo, stayed in Providence, and fought off U'K and other incursions as before, that that former stand-off would not have gone on indefinitely, with at most some slow rollback of allied systems in Northern Catch.

    Don't blame CCP, this was a diplomatic and strategic failure by CVA & the Holders.

  3. Thanks Ga'len, things are looking up now and it's an exciting time in EvE even if it's been tough for the former residents of Providence.

    Tom, I do agree that in the case of Providence there was a "way out" for the holders to avoid further conflict. However, in general the amount of upheaval following the release does point (at least in part) to the changes as the major factor in major space holders losing space. Whether it was a good or bad thing is probably too complicated a question to ask just yet.

  4. Meatay sorry for the loss of your home and little guilty of helping cause that, none the less my condolences all the same, never fun. On the flip side, renting is not soo bad access to space time to see if you like the landlord etc...I hope they treat you well.

    Best wishes.

  5. As someone who bled, killed and died hundreds of times in defense of Providence I share your grief. It was a difficult decision to have to leave and this isn't the place to lay blame or discuss the details, suffice to say that I believe also that Eve has lost something. To be honest, at this point, I'm not sure I could say exactly what. Many of the things we all believed in have turned out to be wrong or misplaced... Dominion did change things, but we'll have to wait and see what the long-term effects will be.

    Fly brave.