Wardec Eligibility Mechanics
Recently, CCP introduced a long-awaited mechanism in EVE by which a corporation or alliance can elect to be ineligible from being declared war on (and subsequently be ineligible from declaring wars on others). The purpose of these mechanics is to stop a small handful of griefers from repeatedly decimating player-owned organizations who are PVP-adverse or not yet PVP-ready. These bullies have kept many corporations from progressing past infancy, and have led to many players to severely limit their activities in EVE to avoid PVP, going as far as remaining docked up for the duration of a war, forfeit membership in player corporations, or to quit the game all-together in frustration.
For the first time ever, player corporations aspiring toward PVP now have the opportunity to expand their numbers, amass firepower, train their forces, and stage deployments freely and at their leisure before making the decision to engage other players in combat. Should their forces crumble, they can simply re-enable wardec immunity until their forces are rebuilt, and disengage wardec immunity when they’re ready to charge into battle with a chance at winning and maintaining space supremacy.
(Please note that wardec immunity is not immunity from PVP: Players with suspect/criminal timers active can still be legally engaged, suicide ganking continues to run rampant in Hisec and is expected to increase as a result of the introduction of wardec immunity mechanics, and there is no CONCORD intervention at all in lowsec and nullsec.)
The Lotek Network
In order for the Lotek of New Eden to best take advantage of the new wardec immunity mechanics, a bit of restructuring is in order: the Lotek Alliance now has a new parental organization, the Lotek Network, which embodies the Lotek Alliance and all corporations and individual players who swear fealty to the Lotek Alliance and abide by the Lotek Network policies. External members (ie. members of the Lotek Network who are not in the Lotek Alliance) are not subject to the additional policies imposed onto the Lotek Alliance.
Henceforth, the Lotek Alliance will be dedicated to PVP and require that its members demonstrate fluency in PVP fundamentals and take appropriate steps to preserve the alliance killboard. Members who fail to maintain these standards for themselves, and alliance corporations who fail to maintain these standards for their members, will be removed from the alliance; however, they are welcome to remain members of the Lotek Network and may reapply to the Lotek Alliance in the future.
Network PVP vs Alliance PVP
External corporations may decide for themselves whether or not to engage in PVP (and, in particular, whether to render themselves immune to war entirely) and what kind of PVP to engage in. Whereas the Lotek Alliance does not warmonger, offer mercenary services, enlist in Factional Warfare, or engage in piracy, external Lotek Network corporations are free to engage in any of these activities provided they abide by the (relatively few) Lotek Network policies governing PVP (namely our “No Griefing” policy).
Whereas the Lotek Alliance does not warmonger, offer mercenary services, enlist in Factional Warfare, or engage in piracy, external Lotek Network corporations are free to engage in any of these activities provided they abide by the (relatively few) Lotek Network policies governing PVP (namely our “No Griefing” policy).
Presently, all POS-owning organizations are eligible for war; therefore, organizations electing opting to be immune from wars must forfeit owning their own POSes. However, war-immune organizations are still able to use POSes owned by other organizations. In particular, all members of the Lotek Network are welcome to use POSes owned by the Lotek Alliance.
Changes to Lotek HQ
Lotek and Ryoga HQ has been relocated to
Gulfonodi X – Moon 15 – Republic Fleet Testing Facilities. This station will also serve as primary staging for Lotek operations and will house Ryoga’s BPO repository. The Gelfiven office previously used as primary staging has been shut down, and the Egbinger office formerly serving as HQ has been emptied and will no longer be used.
Changes to Ryoga Lonely Hearts
In order to better serve the needs of newbies and conservative industrialists, Ryoga has been removed from the Lotek Alliance and has opted to become immune to wardecs. (Archer en Tilavine will continue to serve as both the CEO of Ryoga and the Executor of the Lotek Alliance/Network.) Members of Ryoga are no more or less vulnerable to PVP than members of NPC corporations; however, they also get to enjoy zero taxes (compared with 11% of NPC corporations), access to one of the most complete BPO collections in the game, and access to our wonderful community. In addition, Ryoga makes no effort to preserve its killboard, so members are welcome to be as reckless as they’d like without punishment.
In order to provide members with a more complete EVE experience, piracy will be permitted in Ryoga for the first time ever; however, this is not a focus of our corporation and will generally not be encouraged. Please note that piracy is still prohibited in the Lotek Alliance in most circumstances.
The Ryoga-owned tradehub previously established in Gelfiven is currently in the process of being relocated to Gulfonodi. It will take some time before the new market is up and running.
Impact of War Immunity on Lotek Operations and Growth
With the wardec immunity mechanics and restructuring of Lotek in place, the Lotek Network, we now have the opportunity to aggressively grow and expand without fear of drawing the attention of a major group looking to decimate everything we’ve worked so hard for while remaining flexible in if, how, and when we engage in PVP. Member corporations can decide for themselves if, how, and when they will engage in PVP, and individual members have the option of joining a corporation which best suits their PVP preferences.