I've been PVPing for quite some time and have gather up a lot of solo & very small gang experience. I have a few friends that I created a corp with and we have been recruiting a lot of new players and going through the beat head against wall phase of trying to teach them small gang PVP in FW.
I'm growing tired of FW as it's even more beating heads against walls trying to get the various personalities & corps to work together. There are only so many walls one can beat their head against before one's brains turn to mush, so I've been looking for more attractive ventures that might better suite our corp.
We have a corp of about 40+/- a few with roughly 15 active guys that aren't a alts or someone that hasn't logged on in more than a month, but it's hard to get 10 guys in a gang at one time. We are normally 5 to 8 at best at this point but it has it's ups where we can sometime field 10 Nanno Drakes or a few Arti Hurricanes. Seem to have a revolving door of activity & inactivity that always keeps us at the same levels of gang sizes.
When I can run corp gangs we actually do decent, but often spend more time avoiding Militia or Pie blobs than fighting but we tend to get a few kills here or there with minimal losses. However when I can't be around to FC, our guys lose ships to the blobs & gank gangs to the point it's hard to even keep a positive kill/death ratio.
I'm not hung up on KB's, but I know we aren't going to attract more experienced guys, when our KB looks like shit with loads of dumb losses. We get some pretty decent kills in our own right but the losses tend to more than make up for that, which leads to guys getting EMO and going inactive. But hey at least we have the ISK war won..
I can't hold hands all the time, and some of the guys are trying to step it up, but even for myself I know it's hard at time to avoid dying to bait & blobs, so I can't fault new guys for getting ganked even though I know some are avoidable.
I'm really trying to keep the corp small gang orientated (ideally 8 to 15), but for the above mentioned reasons It's really hard for our guys that don't always have alt scouts or the needed experience, to survive in in such blob ridden space of the FW low sec areas. I've looked at Syndicate as it's close by and we do random, roams out there, but it seems much the same there anymore. There are a few larger groups that essentially just gank & bait and with our numbers we would really have a hard time.
I don't have access to a jump freighter for resupplies so living a bit deeper in NPC null sec is sort of a problem. I won't become someone's pet and never a renter but is there any NPC space that has a half decent market that isn't camped by faggots day and night that a smaller PVP corp could survive and maybe grow or is best option just to stay in low sec but move to quieter space and just roam Sov space?