NPSI is not some underground capsuleers club with secret handshakes, nods or winks.
NSPI is not for l337 pilots with a gazillion skillpoints.
NPSI is here – for everyone.
For many, NPSI introduces capsuleers to PVP, and a whole different spectrum of opportunities within EVE online. Like it or not, NPSI is growing, and is here to stay.
NPSI – or Not Purple Shoot It – quite simply, is fleeting up with the mentality of “if you’re not with me, you’re against me”.
Broadly speaking, in EVE, this means that anyone in your fleet (who by default appear as Purple on your overview & brackets) is your friend, and everything else is a valid target.
There are a number of big-name NPSI groups out there. In this new series of articles called “NPSI: Community Spotlight”, we talk to some of the larger, more established NPSI groups. These organisations engage in large fleet warfare, cloaky high-value target hunter gangs, and those that provide newbro friendly content. In addition to established groups there are new and recent additions to the NPSI fold that provide first class small gang content, and those starting out on the NPSI pathway in setting up an NPSI group.
This series is by no means a be-all-and-end-all of the content available out there – it is a representative selection of a group of entities that are recognisable in the NSPI world. If you would like your group to be featured in this segment, please join the NER Discord and contact the writer or an editor.
- Tell me a bit about your time in eve online?
I started playing EVE nearly 9 years ago, when I saw some screen shots of the game (as an astronomer I found the space views not bad at all!). I stayed for the stories (more Chronicles, please, CCP!), since they appeal to my love of sci-fi and RPing. I’ve given “real science” presentations at FanFest and been to Eve Vegas; I even won some plex for cosplaying!
I think I’m the only one in EVE who plays just a single toon; I have no alts.
After some years in Eve University, I stumbled across PvP during a brutal fun war with RvB and that is all I’ve done since. After years of FCing fleets of all kinds in EUNI, I eventually left due to limitations with EUNI’s Rules of Engagement (they have greatly broadened their ROE since then). Eventually, I joined Hidden Flame to do NPSI in all its forms in a friendly relaxed environment.
I’ve started FCing with SF to get even more people into NPSI.
To me EVE is about a shared experience for every complex and unique encounter.
- Tell me a bit about your group?
We were part of Affirmative for a while (until QFC ended and the squirrels moved to Provi), then a short-lived but energetic WH alliance.
Now, every Friday at 23:30, we do the Friday YARRRRR! NPSI fleets that I started a few years back. We’re a small group, but NPSI, for everyone from newbies to bittervets, is what we’re all about.
We bring in peeps from other groups to FC Friday YARRRR! as well (e.g. shoutout to Muon Farstrider). We don’t SRP, but we throw a big pirate party every Solstice, when we hand out shiney ships for free; if you survive the roam, they are yours to keep!
- How long has your group been around?
I joined HIFL about 3 years back, though it has been around for about 5 years. We (Tani Makia, Daminion Fruvanio, and myself) run it as a triumvirate, trading off FCing, although I think my fellow triumvars prefer logi’ing and making ISK to FCing. They leave most of the spending and exploding to me.
- What is your style of PVP?
I like it all! Though I prefer fast brawly doctrines that have a large engagement profile so as to maximize content. Smaller ships also permit more relatively new players to join (and we’re all about getting newbies addicted to pew pew). We will go hunting ratters for example, as a shake down for the newbies and doctrine, while looking for a fleet fight from the locals. Personally I have a 20% rule: if I think there is better than a 20% chance of ‘op success’ (however it is defined for that fleet — instead of holding the field, it could be trying something new, killing a shiney, popping bait before cynos drop, or winning the ISK war), I’ll take the fight.
We go to lowsec most often “because it is hard”, but we do nullsec as well. We plan on branching out into some WH NPSI eventually.
- What do you fly?
We fly everything up to and including battleships. We even did TORP fleet blackops for a while, but that has a relatively high SP requirement. Pirate and faction frigates, attack battlecruisers, assault frigates, faction cruisers, and T3Ds have all been recent fleet doctrines. I like coming up with different but workable doctrines that people don’t expect. If you always bring the present best meta fleet, you get less content.
- Who do you cater for?
Everyone who wants pew pew! Newbies, bittervets, people new to lowsec, members of the blue donut who want more seat-of-the-pants action but in a more who-cares-if-we-welp type of setting.
And yes, our fleets have been causes for diplomatic incidents on occasion. If you’re a newbie, we tend to throw you into the deep end…then toss a life-ring in after you. Even if you can’t fly the mainline ship of a given doctrine, support ships, which are low SP and alpha friendly, are always needed and welcomed.
- Are there any limitations?
Just one rule: don’t be a dick. We’re about being as inclusive and welcoming as possible, so our fleets are PG13.
- How often do you roam?
Friday YARRRR! is, as you might expect, every Friday at 23:30. My SF fleets, the Tuesday Troubles, are usually 01:00 Wed EVE time for western USTZ peeps.
- Where do you roam?
Presently out of Amarr into lowsec FW space or into sov nullsec, but sometimes out of Stacmon. It really can be anywhere to anywhere, depending on where the content is and what people are interested in doing.
- Why NPSI?
We meet lots of players while introducing them to various ways of unrestricted PvP. You get to blow things up with no commitment, no hassles, no obligations. What’s not to love?
As ‘older’ players, we learn things too as we fly with peeps with fresh eyes (“what? no timer for attacking a lowsec gate? when did that happen??”).
- What does NPSI mean to you?
Purple rules over blue or green or red. Destroy all the non-purple things (if you’re unfortunate enough to have blues that we fight, no, we don’t make you turn on them…but it is encouraged — we are pirates after all).
We meet and mingle with a variety of people and ships and environments that in a fixed Alliance or group you might not come across. And as an FC, I find that much of what makes good content comes from the people you fly with as much as those you fight against.
- How does someone get involved?
Join our in-game channel (Friday YARRRR!) and in-game mailing list (Friday YARRRR — no “!” cuz /CCP/) and type that magic letter when the time comes (that would be an ex). We usually list in the SF channel now too.
Talking and acting like a pirate helps as well.
- Why choose your group over other NPSI groups?
Don’t! Do them all instead; we try to not overlap each others’ fleet times. But really, find the group you like, from style and ship type to attitude and environment. In terms of complexity, Friday YARRRR! tends to fall somewhere between RR’s gloriously giggly welps and BB’s moment-of-terror-between-hours-of-waiting whaling fleets. Try them all and see what and who you like.
- What would you like to see CCP do to improve visibility of NPSI communities?
BMs available to fleet-mates and an in-game way to list publicly (to all players) fleets and calendar events.
- How do you see the future of NPSI?
More Moar MORE! It avoids blue donut issues and still gets a lot of wide-ranging content, from dropping on miners to fighting capital-supported response fleets. I think people like this appeal. NPSI as a Coalition, if you think of it that way, is I think the 3rd largest coalition in the game and growing.
- Favourite fight in eve?
There have been so many good ones, it is hard to pick just one. The Defense of Aldrat that got me into PvP still burns brightly in my memory; I was sooooo clueless.
But probably my best FCing moment was the defense of a citadel. We were outnumbered and outgunned, but by clever planning and FCing and with a cohesive team doing the unexpected, we won the day.
- Favourite type of gang?
I like gangs that maximize the engagement profile. That is, with the best chance of getting content and having fun. This tends to be “fast but brawly” types of doctrines. If you’re kitey, no one wants to play with you, but if you are too slow, you get kited in turn. And big ships can easily get caught by locals who can outnumber and outship you. So AFs are one of my favorites at the moment: a gang of a few dozen people, with half of them in support (booshers, logi, webbers, instalockers, etc) and the other half in high dps AFs can wreak havoc anywhere. But we do eventually fly everything.
- Worst welp?
I took over a RR fleet once when we were in nullsec. Nearly my first action was having us regroup with a long warp in our frigates to a gate at zero just as a large local spike occurred. By the time we landed, bombs were flying everywhere. Nearly the whole fleet died. The tears. The laughter.
- Funniest fight?
Ask a certain ex-HIFLer about a certain quadruple boosh “fight” that went horribly hilariously wrong…(we still have the recording of his hysterical laughter)
- Can you describe the problems NPSI face?
Communicating what we do to the playerbase at large. As it is, you have to know someone who knows about NPSI; there is no way to publicly announce NPSI fleets. And of course there is the problem of SPAIS 🙂
In-game channel: Friday YARRRR!
In-game mailing list: Friday YARRRR