As reddit explodes in response to the latest Brave drama I posted a defence of us on reddit that I'd like to repeat here. If you know anyone who is just starting Eve and wondering whether to join Brave you may want to link them to this post.
There was an alignment chart posted about Eve alliances based on
Dungeons & Dragons which had E Uni as Lawful Good, RvB as Neutral
Good and Brave Newbies as Chaotic Good. I think that's very accurate.
E Uni offers structure and organisation. They are excellent at
the education side of the game and might suit a more reflective player who
wants to learn Eve in almost an academic way. They think before they
RvB is a frigate bloodbath. It's all about the pvp. Most new players
are best to make some isk, buy 50 cheap frigates, join RvB and pvp your
heart out until you're out of frigates then drop alliance and go make
isk in safety. It's not safe generally to do missions or mine while with
a RvB tag because war targets will kill you. It's kind of one
dimensional (or was when I was in it) in that it is purely about the
Brave is chaos. We are by far the most actively engaged entity in
nullsec. There is a continuous 24 hour defence fleet using whatever ship
you feel like and FCed by whoever is speaking at the time. In addition
we have lots of strat ops and roams and form fleets to take on people
who bring fleets to our space for fights.
Brave doesn't suit everyone but for the people that it does suit it's
perfect. It's continuous violence with almost no restrictions on your
behaviour or on what you fly.
Additionally Brave has a superb teaching and coaching division that
operates pretty separately from everything else and helps newbies with
patience and generosity.
Brave pays a price for its unrestricted style - we have a lot of
people, both our enemies and our own guys stirring up drama for the sake
of it. There's always drama. Sometimes it gets too much and can get a
bit depressing but it always blows over.
The unique selling point of Brave is that it has more action than
pretty much anyone else - in terms of people flying to our space to kill
us, in terms of people posting crazy stuff, in terms of our own guys
forming fleets and creating content.
One criticism of Brave is that it burns out newbies. I'm sure it does
- if you're the wrong type of newbie. If you like structure and calm
Brave will make you uninstall your client.
I think the key thing though is that a newbie has options and there
really is a corp for everyone. I haven't even yet mentioned excellent
newbie corps like PH, KF, Dreddit, Redemption Road - all listed on the
sidebar or look in /r/evenewbies or /r/evejobs.
Eve has a wonderful and diverse community and Brave fills an
important place in adding to that diversity. A lot of Eve is, frankly,
So if you're new my advice is this. Shop around, try several
different corps and insist on finding a community that's not just
adequate but wonderful.
And because people are all made different Brave, even with all our
flaws our craziness our disasters and sudden crises, really is the
perfect corp for some people.