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.
This weeks NPSI Spotlight interview is with Outlawed NoPro of the new startup NPSI group 29th-Legion.
- Tell me a bit about your time in eve online?
Hey, I‘m Outlawed NoPro, a member of the Goonswarm Federation and the leader of 29th Legion.
I created my first Character in 2016, though I only properly started playing about 1,5 years ago.
A friend got me into the game and carried me through some missions but I went to Renters in NullSec very shortly after.
I then went to Wormhole Space, tried Incursions, Wardeccing, Exploration, and eventually found my place in the Goonswarm Corp “Mine ‘N‘ Refine“.
Interested in the concept of NPSI, I began joining fleets with Bombers Bar, Björn Bee, Spectre Fleet, to name a few.
In February 2019, Odyssey 2049 and I had the idea of making our small roams open to public. Looking back at it, it was a *very* good decision.
2. Tell me a bit about your Group:
Everything started in the beginning of 2019 when I had the chance to connect with Eve Radio staff and followers, meeting many great pilots.
On the 29th of January, we were supposed to fleet-up and defend a citadel but the FC got called by work and asked me to take over.
I had been the FC in smaller fleets before, but never anything as important and obviously took the chance, having a lot of fun in the process.
From that moment on, I realised how much fun being an FC really can be and started considering how to build on this great start.
Shortly after, I started running small public fleets.
They were generally well received, and a 29th Legion member with connections in Spectre Fleet put me in touch with Maded Rift. He was very generous with his advice and suggestions, as well as offering us wider exposure.
At the moment we fleet up at least every fortnight, depending on availability and opportunities. We roam in LowSec, NullSec, and Wormhole space.
Right now, I am managing 29th Legion together with the gorgeous Odyssey 2049. Not only was it her who suggested the idea of creating an NPSI Group, but she also helps me manage every aspect of 29th Legion. No one could be a greater fleet Manager.
3. How long has your group been around?
Its inception took place on the 29th of January, hence the name.
4. What is your style of PvP?
I myself frequently multibox around Low- and NullSec as well as Wormhole Space and enjoy small gang PvP in general.
5. What do you fly?
As the leader of 29th Legion I strive to offer freshness and diversity in order to provide as much entertainment as possible. With that in mind, I greatly enjoy flying exotic ships with creative doctrines, ranging from Triglavians to Phantasms, sometimes Battleships but also Frigates and Destroyers. With the collected loot and donations we are also able to organise small events with free ships occasionally.
6. Who do you cater for?
29th Legion welcomes everybody, from bitter vets to green newbies. Remembering our own roots, it is our goal to get as many people as possible into PvP, whatever the kind.
We endeavour to offer assistance to anybody requiring mentoring, and seek to foster a caring community spirit. We aim to be inclusive, not exclusive, and pilots unable to fly 29th Legion doctrines are entirely welcome to bring any suitable T1 Frigate on our fleets.
7. Are there any limitations?
The main requirement we have is a working headset to be able to follow our comms on Discord. During our roams, we may encounter blues to members of the fleet. We do not under any circumstance ask pilots to shoot friendlies. We do, however, ask logi pilots to continue repping. Other than that, x-up and join the fun!
8. How often do you roam?
We roam at least three or more times a month, depending on circumstances. However, with the addition of new FCs this may change in the future. Having said that, we are focusing on quality vs quantity, so we will always adhere to a pace that won’t undermine such principle.
9. Where do you roam?
We mainly roam in NullSec pockets as well as Faction Warfare LowSec. In addition to that, we occasionally engage in small gang WH PvP.
10. Why NPSI?
Within an NPSI community, pilots get the chance to experience fights, ships, doctrines, and FCs without having to commit to a Corp or Alliance, and developing a sense of what game style they most enjoy.
It’s a great opportunity to meet people from all walks of EVE life, rather then being cocooned in a corporate bubble. It’s also a fantastic chance to learn from each other and make friends in the process.
11. What does NPSI mean to you?
To me, NPSI is one of the most important aspects of the game. I credit the NPSI community for introducing me to PvP. Without NPSI, I probably would’ve never had the chance to experience great fights, meet awesome people, or even have my own NPSI group.
Definitely one of the Key Points in my Eve Career.
12. How does someone get involved?
To join any of our fleets, it simply takes an X in our ingame channel, 29th-Legion. In addition to that, you will need to join our Discord server and enter the designated Public fleet channel. A microphone is not required by any means, however you will need to be able to listen to fleet comms.
13. Why choose your group over other NPSI Groups?
While I definitely wouldn’t position 29th Legion above any other NPSI Group, I would choose our community because of our fleets variety, as well as our newbro-friendliness in combination with a very chill attitude. While the last two aspects also apply to other NPSI Groups, we are one of the few to fly very exotic doctrines.
We don’t only vary our doctrines, but also our playstyles. Let it be roams,gate camps, third parties,structures bashing, yolo missions, we will go all out.
We have also run training classes on Singularity, and we plan on continuing doing so on a regular basis.
14. What would you like to see CCP do to improve visibility of NPSI Communities?
One thing that has always been on my mind were the Dashboards as well as the Projections in stations. While somewhat minor, I believe it would make a significant difference.
Right now, there are many obsolete Corps and Alliances ads shown on them. CCP should be encouraged to show modern trailers of active NPSI groups creating a lot more interest in the community as a whole, especially amongst new players. NPSI is, after all, a great medium to pass on knowledge to new pilots, encouraging much needed retention.
15. How do you see the future of NPSI?
I see a lot of potential in NPSI Communities. I hope and think that there will be a growing number of people getting a taste of NPSI, no matter from which side of the gun. In it‘s current state, I don’t see any chances of the whole NPSI-Style to die any time soon and I hope that will never even happen.
1. Favourite Fight in Eve?
Back when I lived in Wormhole Space, I was able to join a Bjorn Bee Drake fleet. At the time I wasn’t able to afford one so I took my beloved Bellicose along. We went to Geminate and encountered a Pandemic Horde fleet. Before too long, several other entities joined the fight, soon making it a battle with four or more parties.
With our 100+/- guys in fleet, we fought for about 2 hours without getting headshotted, ECM‘d (at least not too hard) or booshed.I ended up getting on about 40-70 kills and lost my ship while trying to return to HighSec with Bjorn and about 10 others who managed to get out. By FAR my greatest fleet.
2. Favourite Type of Gang?
Probably small to medium sized gangs in NullSec. One of the EVE pilots I most admire is Lussy Lou (iworstplayerever/ibeast) and he is my source of inspiration whenever I take a few people out and fly around NullSec.
3. Worst Welp?
Something I try not to remind myself of very often… It was the hull timer of the X47 Keepstar and our FC got us there in Jackdaws. Maybe 30-40? As he warped us to a safe and sat there for a few minutes, someone started noticing Machariels warping right on top of us. He called it out and the FC tried to warp us out in a desperate attempt, but we all end up getting smart-bombed without the chance of killing any enemies. To compound the misery, the FC placed the blame entirely on us for not following his commands and getting welped.
4. Funniest Fight?
Probably one of my duels with the famous DJ Accy. We were in Jita and I just tested out my new Triple Tank Breacher. The fight ended up being very close and even more intense due to the amount of close calls.
5. Can you describe the problems NPSI Communities face?
Probably, one of the main problems is the fact that everyone is basically able to join public fleets and the presence of spies is inevitable.As an FC, one needs to accept that fact and use forward thinking to mitigate the potential issues arising from it.
Furthermore, it can sometimes be challenging organising the Logistics involved. This is especially the case in smaller NPSI groups. In combination with wardec mechanics, it can be complicated for some pilots to join NPSI fleets forming in main Hubs.
As a solution, we offer to move ships to less monitored stations or nearby LowSec regions ahead of the fleet departure. We found that well-thought out logistic planning does improve members participation.