Returning player here. Ran a corp out of our deathstar POS, ironically called “The Citadel”, in a class 3 wormhole. It was here that I fell in love there with the very best aspect of EvE, the ability to strive forth and claim a little bit of New Eden for ourselves. And so it was that the tiny and insignificant system J125049, codenamed “Brightstar” became ours. Our POS purred for two years, unchallenged and undefeated, even tho our corp was a nothing bit a tiny band of randoms. We explored the connecting systems, constantly changing, getting isk and mostly getting killed in pretty much every battle, always outnumbered and outgunned, and mostly outclassed. But regardless, we still had our home, our very own system, even tho we were nothing but an insignificant, tiny corporation.
This i believe is the true strength of wormhole space, a place where small corporations can claim space for themselves, even if its only a single system. I expressed back then my worry that, inevitably, wormhole space would slowly get taken over by larger and larger groups. Essentially, that it would slowly become less and less likely for all the little guys like us from surviving. Even then, I lived in constant fear that one day I’d have to wake up in the middle of the night, pass a ranting wife raging about the thing we need to do tomorrow (or whatever, she hates EvE), and man the guns against a fleet of rattlesnakes someone has been seeding into our space for days… But it never happened. Why? I personally think it was because of two reasons:
A: we didn’t piss anyone off, and
B: a deathstar POS is a pain in the ass to take down.
Our POS was a beast, with like 6 of each ECM type, and gun’s galore, with even more offline redundancies. Plus we built a single carrier, our homefield capital advantage. But even then, it would have been as nothing to a determined attacker with the ships and pilots. As a tiny corp, we wouldn’t have stood a chance!
SO, I’m interested to hear from the people playing today out of Citadels in wormhole space, and especially those that also endured living out of POS structures. Would you say Citadels are an improvement? Are they harder or easier to take down compared to the deathstar POS’ of old?
Are small corporations living in wormhole space doomed to fail?