I know you guys are used to grandiose boasts, lulzworthy memes and the occasional Jpeg of an octopus tentacle raping a cruiser (hey, don't judge our preferences... we're all about understanding down here.) And you'll still get those, but I'm about to get serious.
I am so incredibly proud of this guild. I'm saying this publicly, because these guys deserve it. We picked up a lot of randoms, be they complete noobs or simply guys who had never gotten a chance in a non-farm guild before. We're currently outnumbered heavily. A lot of guilds would have folded by now, or gotten demoralized or sloppy, which leads to lower activity and getting crashed. Look at EPA; with almost equal fleet to their invaders, they fell apart almost instantly. Not the Mighty Lowers; we're just getting started fighting. These guys have been making me proud all along, but the last 30 hours have convinced me of how lucky I am to be a member of leadership of such a phenomenal group.
TBT (Royal and China's battleguild) has been, for the last week or so very methodically working down from 09. Very slow, conservative tactics, very thorough in hitting every one of our bases. In turn, we've been making them pay, killing RCs, derbing their inactives (hi, King Baal and Prince Farmsalot, sorry you got kicked by Royal, but don't go inactive in the lowers next time) and generally conducting pro-level asymmetrical warfare.
Our guys have been active, exhibited amazing teamwork and listened to guild orders. I'd estimate we've killed 3x as much of their fleet as they have ours so far. Example of what our players are doing: Last night, they landed in 0X, and I realized we'd left a large inactive fleet on a perimeter JG. I asked for volunteers for a daring ninja op to sneak back in to 0X just as TBT landed, derb it, collect the derbs immediately in one tick, get to another JG 30 minutes away and sneak out before TBT could react from the LZ they were landing on. Keep in mind that when we realized the fleet was there, we had about a ten minute window to launch before it would be too late to get there, collect at the tick, and get to JG for escape. I had eight guys respond in minutes, and we pulled it off. It was like Dunkerque if the Allies had derbed the soldiers left behind instead of rescuing them. And it wouldn't have been possible without the insane activity of this guild.
Now, when TBT landed last night, we noticed something strange. They weren't spreading to farm. Now, they had leveled 07-09, spending 2-3 days in each. In 0X, however, they made a few base hits, but they were all very near the blob. It was the middle of the night in North America, so we decided to hold off texting even though it was obvious they were going to launch right away to come for our blob.
We expected them to launch one galaxy away to go for our inactives (most of which were active rear guard) but TBT surprised us with a bolder move than we'd expected so far, launching two galaxies down to catch our blob at the point we moved to before they landed in 0X. They should have caught a lot of our fleet. We had a very low margin of error and a small amount of time to make a decision. Well played, TBT, for luring us into a pattern and then switching it up. We made our decision, announced it, and got everyone moving. Only one small fleet was left inactive for them to eat. That's damned impressive for the amount of warning we had. I've never seen a guild successfully pull off an evac like that under that type of time pressure with so few losses. I've never been prouder of my guild.
We've had zero suicides. Morale and activity are both high. People are working together to locate and hit targets. People are still treating this as a derb delivery and not whining, even after they get all their bases hit. Over ten percent of our players have been able to build a new base as a result of derbing invading fleet. All this despite the fact that we're outnumbered well over 3:1. I've never seen a guild get invaded by such a far more powerful force and deal with it so well and with such high morale. And then today happened, with a very stressful movement period, and we only left less than a million fleet to be eaten by the China/Royal invaders.
So, thank you, guildmates, for being so awesome. From veterans to noobs to refugees from other guilds, you guys are incredible. And to our GM, Sassy, and my fellow VGMs Det. McBride, Wlerin, Sarah-bunny, and Battle, thank you for inviting me to be a part of the finest guild leadership I've ever seen (and I learned from some damn good GMs.) Whatever happens in the inevitable crash between China/Royal and the Mighty Lowers (win or lose, we're going to derb a lot more of you than you are of us), we aren't going to fold up anytime soon. This guild's too good for that. And I'm proud to be a part of it.
Today's Skype Highlights from the Mighty Lowers (dispatches from the front, obviously not doctored):
[2/26/2014 6:55:41 PM] Foxvolt (Dust (P.GarryLestia)): orly, didnt get the memo ;~;
[2/26/2014 6:55:52 PM] trevise173: blame sassy
[2/26/2014 6:55:59 PM] Foxvolt (Dust (P.GarryLestia)): I blame poetic
[2/26/2014 6:56:12 PM] trevise173: lol
[2/26/2014 6:56:14 PM] Foxvolt (Dust (P.GarryLestia)): Poetic, y daf*** u no tell me bout this
[2/26/2014 6:56:17 PM] Foxvolt (Dust (P.GarryLestia)): u obv knew
[2/26/2014 6:56:32 PM] Foxvolt (Dust (P.GarryLestia)): ffs kd pls, obv spai hell bent on screwing me over
[2/26/2014 6:56:43 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): yeh, def. poetic's fault
[2/26/2014 12:21:28 PM] sassy pants: need to find that time when it is crazy
[2/26/2014 12:21:32 PM] sassy pants: and make sure they dont do that
[2/26/2014 12:21:55 PM] sassy pants: laying back down, mind racing
[2/26/2014 12:22:49 PM] PoeticMotion: Let's just unleash the kraken. They'll never expect the kraken.
[2/26/2014 12:23:20 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): i'd prefer to keep the kraken under wraps for now
[2/26/2014 12:24:01 PM] PoeticMotion: The kraken is my p***s.
[2/26/2014 12:24:06 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): right, hence under wraps
[2/26/2014 12:24:22 PM] PoeticMotion: damn it, Wlerin. How do we shock and awe TBT without that?
[2/26/2014 10:54:58 AM] sarah: well
[2/26/2014 10:55:09 AM] sarah: unless we have hermaphrodites
[2/26/2014 10:55:20 AM] sarah: it can be just brothers and sisters
[2/26/2014 10:55:36 AM] sarah: (we proly do have hermaphrodites now that i think about it)
[2/26/2014 12:34:40 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): we'll significantly improve our chances
[2/26/2014 12:34:53 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): from like
[2/26/2014 12:34:56 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): 1% to 3%
[2/26/2014 12:35:40 PM] ian8144: if we already had 1% why haven't we launched at them before????
[2/26/2014 1:39:22 AM] Lovecraft -: Yes, not any other kind of handy. Please put your pants back on.
[2/26/2014 1:39:42 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: I don't have pants
[2/26/2014 1:39:44 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: ...
[2/26/2014 1:39:54 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: oh wait
[2/26/2014 1:40:06 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: wearing them right now
[2/26/2014 1:40:13 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: emergency averted
[2/26/2014 1:40:15 AM] Lovecraft -: Does thick, thick leg hair count as pants?
[2/26/2014 1:40:22 AM] PoeticMotion: Always keep emergency pants
[2/26/2014 1:40:23 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: stay calm people
[2/26/2014 1:40:51 AM] PoeticMotion: http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/020408" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
[2/26/2014 1:40:56 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: what if you're a virgin?
[2/26/2014 1:43:50 AM] Lovecraft -: Gah, 2am. If I am a virgin, I'll stay that way for one more night at least. Goodnight.
[2/26/2014 1:44:16 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: i mean
[2/26/2014 1:44:32 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: do virgins need emergency pants?
[2/26/2014 1:45:05 AM] Lovecraft -: I think so. You don't get to pick when you need emergency pants. Emergency pants picks you.
[2/26/2014 1:45:08 AM] CrazynTough Kiwi: totz not asking cuz I'm one >_>
[2/25/2014 8:33:02 PM] Sassy Pants: So I just had this message exchange with the brony:[AKB48] Princess GarryLestia Reply - Copy Savebox - Block Player - Report 25 Feb 2014, 02:33:53
Sorry, was having dinner with the folks; Got the order, already complied ^_~[2/24/2014 8:37:19 PM] PoeticMotion: I sent this to him:[AKB48] Princess GarryLestia Msg - Copy Savebox 25 Feb 2014, 02:35:46
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EAT OR SPEND TIME WITH "FOLKS"
what kind of gamer are you anyway?
[2/24/2014 8:37:20 PM] PoeticMotion:[2/24/2014 8:37:37 PM] PoeticMotion: I need to take a break from this game. I just told someone to derb their family.To Date
[AKB48] Princess GarryLestia Msg - Copy Savebox 25 Feb 2014, 02:37:41
Dude, it's come to my attention that you were spending time with your unauthorized family.
Your family has not been authorized by AKB48 leadership. Please derb them and return to your spaceboats immediately. You will no longer have family without prior authorization from leadership.
***[2/24/2014 8:41:12 PM] sassy pants: and lol poetic
[2/24/2014 8:41:29 PM] sassy pants: you are my favorite comic relief in this game
[2/24/2014 8:41:38 PM] sassy pants: no offense to all other hysterical people
[2/24/2014 8:41:58 PM] PoeticMotion: PoeticMotion takes a bow
[2/24/2014 8:42:03 PM] Albert: you mean constant rage about stupid people isn't funny to you?
[2/24/2014 8:42:05 PM] Albert:
[2/24/2014 8:42:06 PM] Albert: >.>
[2/24/2014 8:42:22 PM] PoeticMotion: Albert's everyone's favorite rager
[2/24/2014 8:42:23 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): inb4 he posts that on forums
[2/24/2014 8:42:26 PM] Albert: standard new member greeting "hello. welcome. don't suck."
[2/24/2014 8:42:32 PM] PoeticMotion: g****it Wlerin
[2/24/2014 8:42:52 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): i figure i gotta get in yer chats somehow
[2/24/2014 8:43:02 PM] Wlerin (Korisu): since you only seem to post the ones from when i'm offline
Special bonus out-take from this episode of "The Mighty Lowers Update":
[5:51:50 AM] ali awesome: why do i never make it into those skype log highlights
[5:54:41 AM] PoeticMotion: You're not in the various lowers chat rooms
[5:54:49 AM] ali awesome: that
[5:54:53 AM] ali awesome: can be fixed
[5:55:07 AM] ali awesome: i can be Alipoleon
[5:55:10 AM] ali awesome: Napolicus
[5:55:31 AM] PoeticMotion: Alicus, no offense, dude, but you're not exactly known for keeping tight lips when it comes to Skype chats
[5:55:39 AM] ali awesome: that's
[5:55:40 AM] ali awesome: cause
[5:55:42 AM] ali awesome: i don't
[5:55:47 AM] ali awesome: (rofl)
[5:55:49 AM] PoeticMotion: or when it comes to gay bars, for that matter
[5:55:59 AM] ali awesome: u just jelly