We joined Burn Away and everything seemed to be going fairly well. But just as we were starting to get comfortable with the alliance and do some joint hunting, we got notified that the alliance was shutting down. Apparently the alliance head, Rixx Jarvis, has to take a break from Eve due to RL issues. I understand that completely. After all, real life come first to a spaceship game and I wish him the best. However I was very surprised that no other corp members stepped up to take over as alliance head. I asked Rixx about it and was told that none of the members were willing to accept the responsibility.
It seems strange to me because Lucifer's Hammer seemed like a real close group of guys. I dunno what the deal is but Burn Away is effectively dead in the water less than two weeks after we joined them. Regardless, we aren't letting this slow us down. In fact, we are actually speeding up. Recruiting has been amped up and we are starting a new pirate training corp that will affiliated with Black Sail. This is roughly modeled after the Black Rabbits and their Black Rabbits Academy. We are also starting to form an industrial corp (similar to the White Rabbits) to help us fund the academy and hopefully get a ship supply program going.
I'm really excited about it. While recruiting I found that many people were interested in trying piracy but just didn't meet our initial requirements. An "academy" will let us evaluate the newer players, guide them, and then have a nice pool of experienced low sec pvpers to recruit from. While we still haven't gotten all the details ironed out, it should be operational soon.
There is still some talk about if we should join another alliance or make our own at this point. I am leaning towards creating our own and eventually having other pirate corps join if they want. We are still a long way from that point but it is a goal we can start working towards soon.
In other news, I love our new system of Lisbaetanne. It is a very active system and we have a ton of kills there already. When we are tired of killing the noobs, there are several skilled pvp pirate corps in the area that give us good fights. I have extended an invitation to all the Lucifer Hammer pilots who would like to join up but that offer is going to expire soon and we will be truly independent in a couple of days.