Akiainavas used to be my system. For those who don’t know, it is one of the 4 noob tutorial systems where they do the profession missions.
Each of those four systems were extremely high PvP areas.
Solomar is absolutely correct, Akiainavas would routinely have kill numbers competitive with Tama. Back then, there would be 120 people in system any day of the week, and 30 of them were looking for fights. Yes, noobs were part of that but it was also a place for casual fighting with other pvp’ers.
I think we fought every major PvP alliance back then as well as dozens of skirmishes against other local and nearby PvP corps. The locals we would fight one day would rep us when we got in over our heads with the larger PvP groups the next. It was a strong sense of community and the culture of hijinx was strong.
It was increasdibly interactive. Yes, we made people mad. We also provided highs that cannot be experienced in pve… and we always kept it interesting.
For a long time, there were fights on station so routinely that I relied on using neutral reps to share aggro as one of my predominant ways of getting fights. It was a madhouse and I didn’t pve at all those years. Someone was always fighting, talking smack, or causing a ruckus in local.
I remember a small Russian PvP corp who were remarkably skilled, I’d guess we fought them daily for about 6 months and they disappeared.
You can frown on the noob killing, but even that can be done well. I remember a small corp of fresh noobs who flipped a bait can and tried to kill me and a corpie, so we shipped -down to velators with remote reps and fought them until we lost our ships. I’m sure we killed a few, but you would have thought those guys won the Alliance Tournament when they bagged us. I remember we chatted them up and they were tickled pink. I bet those guys still remember doing it, wherever they are.
We ran local events, like The Clean Moon Initiative (where we destroyed local POS’s and invited noobs to watch), or Bot Enforcement (where we all got together in a belt to gank some miner bots and invited all the noobs to watch/participate). We used to get a good crowd together sometimes.
I played there for years until just before Retribution. CCP started taking petitions against anyone picking fights in those systems, and after 2 petitions I moved out. Shortly after that, can flipping mechanics went away and wars went up in cost 25x… and I moved to Umokka with several local wardec corps where we all slowly faded away.
I don’t really know of anyone running shenanigans like we used to. No place for it in the game anymore…
We had and shared a lot of fun, and I don’t think anyone is having that much fun anymore…