The Value of Red

Plus one.

I saw a post on Taking Wing that I started to comment on, but you know what happens?

mhizzing said:

I am a believer that the active killboard speaks volumes more than a green one. If it is active and green, that’s great. But if I am looking at a killboard and I do not see any losses whatsoever, I can only assume that 1) you are better at PvP than anyone I have ever known or seen in New Eden, or 2) you’re sticking to combat within a comfort zone.

In light of this, I find it extremely… shallow, to use the killboard as any serious measure of performance. I still do it even though I write these words, though. Once again it’s hard to give up something that is so simple to compare with.

Kills and losses are a sign of activity, that is all. I commented once on Jester’s Trek that if a pilot was really all about going out and getting a good fight, they’d have an efficiency of about 50 percent.

This makes Brave Newbies some of the few honest people in Eve.

Sometimes you’ll win and sometimes you’ll lose. Sometimes you’d find someone better than you, sometimes you’d find someone worse.  Sometimes you’d get ganked by a gang, sometimes you’re part of the blob.

Sometimes they are exactly as good as you and it’s a coin flip on who wins.

High efficiency comes with choosing your fights, which is what all players end up doing over time.  If you don’t want to lose your ship everyday, you learn to mitigate risk.  You fight in gangs or fleets, use EWAR and logisitics, fight in durable, high performance ships, use various tactics to fight from a position of strength. It’s inevitable.

We learn to fight from a comfort zone because winning is more fun than losing.

In Open University of Celestial Hardship, red on the killboard is not frowned upon so long as pilots and fleet commanders get training value from the losses.  If someone posts a string of solo frigate losses, we’ll end up pulling that string to figure out what that pilot is trying to do and help them get past the problem. We post an After Action Report and debrief every engagement that goes bad. We collectively strive to be better pilots by learning from each others mistakes.  We’re extremely efficient.

Kill more, die less.

The value on the killboard is not the kills, it’s the losses.  But only if you value the loss. If you don’t care about the loss, if you discount it, if you don’t talk to someone about it, don’t analyze it, then you’re probably not going to learn from it.

Minus one.