Ah it’s Carlos Warren. Good to see you on the forum. I’m an admirer of your work.
I think it’s a combination of factors.
Some of it is just the maturity of the game. Back in the early years, like the old Goon vs. BoB war, the leaders of those alliances were the guys who had built them from nothing. They were way more emotionally invested. Nowadays the big bloc leaders are all guys who inherited their empires, which just isn’t the same thing.
Also, bloc leaders seem to be a bunch of independently wealthy folks who don’t need to work for a living like most of their line members. They seem to have endless free time. Every year they all seem to be able to jet off to Iceland for Fanfest like it’s nothing. They all raise a glass or two together there, while the rest of us are back home with our noses to the grindstone. I’ll wager that they have more of a sense of identity and comradeship with one another than they do with their own alliance mates.
Furthermore, I think that they enjoy bragging about having thousands of nerds to do their bidding far too much to put that at risk by engaging in grudge wars. My impression is that they also have a “been there done that” attitude towards war, and just aren’t really interested in doing it anymore.
I think that the culture of the line members has changed over the years as well. For the average bloc member, they are there to enjoy a safe space for krabbing. There is an overall reluctance to PvP. They value stability over conflict. That’s why players choose big blocs nowadays. People who want grudge wars take one look at the blues list of these blocs and run away as far and as fast as they can.
That said, I think grudge wars do still play out on a much smaller scale here and there. Highsec wardecs used to be a great source for that kind of vibe, before they were tied to structures. Now that outlet is lost to us as well.
This is downright silly. There are individual players who are trillionaires in this game. Plenty of them. The idea that isk is a determining factor makes no sense. Horde started the Casino War, for example, because they were paid a mere 500 billion by one guy who happened to have that in his wallet.
I do think there is a tendency towards miserliness among the player base though. If I had a trillion isk, I’d blow it all real fast causing all sorts of chaos. I really can’t think of any other reason to have so much isk except to see what kind of trouble you can cause with it. But it seems that all these trillionaires are just hoarding it so they can look at their wallet balance and pretend it’s not monopoly money.
So, in conclusion, what’s a belligerent undesirable to do? Nothing for it that I can see but to undock in a PvP ship and try your best to make people hate and fear you. Judging by the way Horde guys talk about you, Carlos, I think you already do this. We may not be able to get the big blocs off their asses, but we can certainly create a few little grudges of our own out there.