So I went and interviewed DurrHurrDurr because he's an attention whore.
Normally I don't interview people, because I'm appallingly bad at it. But in this case he contacted me and pretty much interviewed himself. All I had to do was try to keep up. If anyone else wants an interview, just sent me a briefcase full of ISK and I'll see what I can do.
DHD > I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THAT I LIKE YOUR BLOG - ALSO ALLCAPS
RA > Ha ha, thanks.
DHD > How are you liking TEST so far broseph?
RA > I seem to remember you masterminded the trolling of OWN a few months back.
DHD > Mhm.
RA > Yeah Test seems a lot more fun and organised than OWN was.
DHD > Oh yeah, OWN was dead weight. The entire thing with OWN actually happened out of boredom. I didn't expect it to take off at all.
RA > I'm still sort of finding my feet in Test, and getting a feel for it
DHD > Ah, that happens. There's a niche for pretty much everyone in TEST.
RA > I don't know much about it really, other than it's connection to Dreddit. TEST sort of popped up on the radar one day from nowhere, and seemed to have a enthusiasm for pulling stunts.
DHD > I can give you a bit of history if you'd like. I joined Dreddit on its second day.
RA > Yeah it's interesting to know how things snowball. TEST seems to be riding a wave right now and going from strength to strength, especially if Fountain works out.
DHD > Well, Dreddit is made up of the readership of reddit.com which is a news aggregator. Back in February someone named Fletcher Hammond made a post on the gaming subreddit about starting up an EVE Online corporation for Reddit. He made it and got about 600 members on the first day. By the second day we had 800 members.
RA > Sweet Jesus! CCP must love you.
DHD > We set up a base of operations in placid and learned how to play by fighting numerous war-decs. We had massive fleets of 50-60 frigates, all Tech1 fitted to fight 2-3 battleships. We got a lot of kills and started expanding a bit into the nearby low/nullsec, mainly Syndicate. Where we got hot dropped and had a Titan cynoed onto a mining fleet by Goons, who then saw us undock in 50-60 Rifters and try to fight their caps. They thought it was hilarious so they blued us.
RA > Ha ha.
DHD > We started doing some ops with them, living closely with them in Syndicate after they lost Cloud Ring, and when TCF invited them up to live in their space, they insisted we come along. So we did, and we got our first taste of player-owned null-sec and sov warfare. When Goons made a deployment a month or so later down to Curse, we went with them. As soon as our corporation was old enough, we became the executors of TEST. If I remember correctly, ARSED and OMFG were our first members. We did a lot of dick-waving in Curse, pushed in the renters there with the goons until they collapsed, and then came back to Deklein. When TCF said they were folding and giving it to goons, they gave us a chunk of Deklein (including Defi4nt's space) for being awesome as hell. We did our first solo deployment down to Curse, which went well. We made a few friends and stuff. However, Fountain is going better than expected so we had to cut it short and come back.
RA > Fair enough. That's pretty good going for a bunch of guys in Rifters. Most new corps get swallowed by High-Sec war-decs and ground down by mercenary corps.
DHD > Mhm, I think we survived because of a give no fucks mentality we've developed. We like PVP, dying, and generally being dicks. And putting our dicks in places.
RA > Admirable pursuits!
DHD > Yeah, it's a fun time. We have a Retarded Shenanigans division, which I run. We reimbursed every cruiser hull and below during Hulkageddon with it.
RA > Oh yeah the next one is up soon.
DHD > Mhm. I don't know if we'll be covering hulls this time though. I'd like to, but donations have fallen off a bit.
RA > Are you afraid at all that TEST might get bogged down in 'serious business' with sov holding and grinding through Fountain?
DHD > Not really. We have an active and involved community. Last time I ran a suicide roam I had 40 or so people show up with minimal advertising 5 minutes before it started. We ended up dying without any kills, and everyone still thought it was fun as hell
RA > Fair enough.
DHD > So we went through a wormhole and dropped a TCU in Esoteria a few hours later. And then our entire fleet died engaging a bunch of carriers on a station. We're pretty unique in that we really strongly encourage community participation. There are usually over 100 people logged into our teamspeak at any given time.
RA > I'll have to try to join up for some of those fleets. There's something very liberating about diving into to a fight with no thought of survival.
DHD > They're pretty fun. They're pretty much called 'DHD is the FC'.
RA > FC'ing is fairly uncommon trade in EVE. How did you get into that?
DHD > I did it back when we were brand new. I'm by no means a good FC. In fact, I'm not that good at all. But no one really gives a shit in TEST unless it's an important op. Home defense is often run by new or inexperienced FCs.
RA > The freedom to fail is important I guess. I think a lot of people myself included are put off the idea of FC'ing by the responsibility of getting everyone blown up.
DHD > Yeah, when your job is to get kills and die it's not so bad.
RA > Well you'll have to excuse my pitiful interview skills but I can't think of anything else to ask.
DHD > Ha ha, that's all right.
RA > I'll head off for now, and grab a coffee.
DHD > Take it easy man.