Up until now, I kind of brushed him off. But given the reaction of both the Goons and RvB, I'd say that Gevlon is now a thorn in the side of both huge organizations. I was hit over the head with this fact by a tweet by Powers over the weekend.
What was all that shit gevlon said about fighting a prepared target? http://t.co/ACKOspiEha #tweetfleet #itookanrvbtotheknee
— Powers (@Powersv2) February 22, 2014
When a Goon like Powers is trumpeting the victory of a RvB fleet with T1 logistics support that outnumbers a Darwin's Lemmings fleet, which is essentially Marmite's farm team, by 3:2, something is happening.
The funny thing is that Gevlon is using Goon tactics against the Goons. The latest is, to use the technical term, shit posting on forums. I made the mistake of reading a Gevlon thread on the EVE-O forums and both sides were letting the fecal matter fly. Once again, a victory for Gevlon as it shows that Goons don't trust RvB to fight a forum war on its own. Especially as RvB is trying to put distance between itself and Goonswarm Federation. Almost as if Goons want people to realize that RvB and Goons are close allies.
The linking of RvB to Goons in the minds of high sec residents willing to fight against the GSF presence in The Forge is one of Gevlon's strategic goals and I'm surprised that Goons are walking into that trap. It is one thing for RvB to fight; that's what they do. But fighting wars to protect The Mittani's financial interests? That is something with the potential to rally the Grr Goons crowd against RvB and to Gevlon's cause. But Goons are known for playing the long game and perhaps tarnishing RvB's reputation will serve them down the line.
I'm glad that the conflict over customs offices in high sec didn't end within a month of CCP making the customs offices player owned. Fighting is good and drives the economy. Besides, I now have something new to write about.