Sunday, February 8, 2015

27 January 2013 - The day EVE came down with cancer

Note: God love the ISDs who moderate the official EVE Online forums. These tireless volunteers donate many hours of their personal time to protect us all from the danger that we might actually have conversations with each other instead of logging in and playing EVE. The article below was one I posted on those forums only to see it locked almost before I finished posting it. The reason given was "ranting ". Eh, probably accurate, but I thought it was funny enough that people should have the chance to read it. Fortunately I have a blog, so I can publish it myself. Enjoy!

Asakai, 27 January 2013

Good morning, class, time for a history lesson. Keep reading, I'm actually going somewhere with this one.

The Battle of Asakai
In the days leading up to this pivotal moment in the history of EVE, nullsec had been dominated by two entities known as the Clusterfuck Coalition answering to Goonswarm Federation and its younger brother the Honeybadger Coalition, answering to TEST. These two groups had long been allies and had effectively rendered all opposition in nullsec irrelevant, leading to the first grumblings about the "blue donut."

Everyone involved was pretty bored with the situation, but even back then the leaders of nullsec were completely burned out on sov warfare and just wanted some content with a better ratio of fun:effort, so they stirred up some pretext and declared that CFC and HBC could now shoot each other, they just couldn't try to take each other's space. It was an effort to basically turn nullsec into RvB, just with a larger theatre of operations.

The line membership, like most nullbears most of the time, we're tired of ratting and feeling starved for content. So they seized the opportunity and started fighting. Drama ensued. Then one day the Gods of Pew clouded the eyes of a certain titan pilot and caused him to jump himself into a certain fleet. Batphones were dialed, then those that came batphoned others, and pretty soon most of EVE was there trying to ***** on as many Titan kills as they could. It soon became the largest fleet battle in the history of EVE up to that time.

That's my take on it all anyway. Probably inaccurate, since I was like "**** Tidi" and spent the evening safariing some noob corp that was too out-of-touch to know that anything was going on.

Anyway, I tell this story not to remind you all of the details of some long-gone fight, but to set the context for the real topic of today's conversation - the aftermath of Asakai and the consequences it had for EVE online, some of which are only now becoming truly clear.

The Baby Boom
Following the battle, Asakai was widely featured in the wider gaming media. The reddits lit up and thousands of World of Warcraft players who had never heard of EVE Online before were suddenly subscribing in record numbers. These players had no knowledge of the culture of EVE and were only here for one reason - they wanted to get in big awesome nullsec fleet battles.

For the most part the great powers of nullsec took a look at these eager, simple minded newbies and shook their heads. TEST was the only established power who really opened their doors to them. But soon after, the CFC decided to put down their old allies and thus eliminate the last unstable element of any significance in sov-null, so that they could get back to their ratting anomalies and their contrived Pewpew encounters without worry that anyone would try to stir the pot.

So nullsec for the moment was out of reach for these poor lost WoW players, and they were all milling aimlessly around high and lowsec bumping into things and getting eaten alive by the natives. A clever fellow named Matias Otero went to reddit and said, "hey I just got in a PvP encounter and it was fun, anybody want to form a corp together?" And within a week Brave Newbies Inc. surpassed 1000 members. BNI became the banner carrier for the post-Asakai generation.

Brave Newbies Inc - the Excitement, the Disappointment, the Reaction
As Brave Newbies ballooned, it created a lot of excitement not just from the new generation, but from EVE veterans as well. All these newbies were doing it right - they were heading out to lowsec and suicide-blobbing massive fleets. They had no idea what they were doing but didn't care. 

The population of Hek in that period rivaled that of Jita, and most of them were blundering around in space doing things most of the time, so of course they became the corporation to wardec. Which, of course, is entirely right and natural - as it should be. But it was cool because Matias Otero was like, "Bring it on, we embrace EVE as it is." Soon BNI moved to lowsec and started killing everyone in the neighborhood. I even joined for awhile, but I found that in PvP fleets I would tackle a target and try to call the fleet to kill it, only to find I couldn't get a word in edgewise on comms (over all the gay male pornography being read aloud and the associated commentary.) I wished them well but decided that it wasn't for me.

A year after Asakai, another great battle went down in B-RB5RB. It was a fight over some silly nullsec thing that I can't recall at the moment. The reasons for the battle are not important. What is important is that it brought another enormous tidal wave of bright-eyed WoW players whose only interest in this game was getting in massive nullsec-style fleet battles, like the children of Asakai. BNI was quick to recognize these kindred spirits and to bring a large number of them into the fold.

In those early days, EVE players of all stripes opened their arms to BNI and to others of their generation. I published my own Handbook for Evil Shenanigans as a BNI member to teach my young corpmates how to have a successful and profitable career as an EVE pirate with less than a million SP. Some were interested, but the large part of the group didn't understand the concept of piracy or care about it - they were only there to blob people. Which is fine, such as it
www.everevolutionaryfront.blogspot.comSoon, though, the dark side of the character of the post-Asakai generation began to show. When their leaders were contacted by the New Order of Highsec to welcome them to our game and make arrangements for their mining permits, they scoffed and refused outright. BNI initially seemed baffled by the New Order, but soon their prevailing collective opinion of the legitimate and democratically elected government of highsec became negative, even accusatory. James 315, of course, anticipated this and took a dim view of the Brave Newbies from the beginning, but many of his followers (including myself) were more naive and made efforts to reach out to them in friendship. Legendary "griefer" Psychotic Monk joined the Newbies and made efforts to help them find their place in the EVE community, but vocal elements opposed his right to even be in their corp. Other infamous AWOXers tried to join and help them, but were rejected. BNI had abandoned their philosophy of "all are welcome," and changed it to "all who share our weird values are welcome". It became clear that as the BNI generation grew up, they were becoming aware that other people also played this game - people who cared nothing for the giant fleet battles that they had come here from WoW for, people who had other interests altogether, and had started playing when CCP was advertising things like AWOXing and corp thefts to lure new players to the game. And the BNI kids did not like or approve of this. Not one bit.

Soon forum posts began popping up in which prominent BNI members condemned time-honored EVE play styles like wardeccing, ganking, and corp infiltration. At one time these things were advertised features of the game. Remember "EVE Online - Where your dreams can be someone else's nightmares..."? Remember "HTFU?" But the children of Asakai did not transfer over from WoW for these things. They came to fight battles in nullsec, and nothing else. Any aspect of the game which did not appear to lead to that end was perceived as flawed mechanics or senseless griefing.

Matias Otero and several other BNI candidates ran for CSM9 largely on an anti-wardec platform. They wanted to nerf this great playstyle into the ground, simply because it wasn't their own and had inconvenienced them at one time or other. During the campaign I confronted Matias (my old friend) about this. "What happened to your 'come at me bro' attitude?" I asked him,"What happened to accepting EVE as it is and going at it with courage and style?" He replied to me with a sad story of how wardeccers drove BNI out of highsec with their relentless griefing. It was a revisionist fabrication - BNI left highsec because their sights were always on low and null, not because of anything anyone did to them. Matias had fallen - he had begun to believe the poisonous narrative of his generation.

The atmosphere of Brave Newbies Inc has only gotten worse since then. Two weeks ago, a normal and happy thread popped up on reddit. A corp thief had robbed a highsec mining corp to the tune of 20 billion isk by posing as a jump freighter pilot and had come to brag about it. A great EVE story - one that any true EVE player would congratulate. The top comment on that thread, with over 800 upvotes, declared hatred of the OP and said in no uncertain terms that anyone who would deceive another player to scam them of their isk was a sociopath and a terrible person in the real world. There were rumors, which I believe, that the leadership of BNI had treated upvoting that comment (which any sensible person would regard as pure crackpottery) as a CTA. It was an organized effort to disparage a playstyle that did not fit into the narrative of EVE as a game of pure nullsec fleet battles.

But is BNI the sole problem with EVE's community? No. Brave Newbies Inc is the softball-sized malignant tumor lodged in the brain of EVE Online, but sadly the cancer is well advanced and has spread throughout the body of this game's community. The disease that threatens the game we love, gentlemen, is the entire generation of players who started this game since the battle of Asakai.

The generation of entitlement
People who know me know that my newbro-friendliness credentials are absolutely impeccable. I got my start in EVE University, where I stayed for roughly my first year. I created the Solitude Rifter Team there, and thereby helped a lot of brand new players to get their first taste of small gang PvP. I was a founding member of their Nullsec Campus in Syndicate, and it's first resident FC. After the Uni I started a successful new-player oriented pirate corporation. I've posted hundreds of times here in NCQA, and I've published highly regarded guides for newbros to get started in pirate career paths. There is only a very short list of pilots in this game who can honestly say that they have done more to help new players than I have.

But in spite of all my efforts, I have failed to save the children of Asakai from themselves. Part of it is their own fault. They came to EVE for the wrong reasons. They took no interest in the history and culture of this game. They came from other games which pampered them and offered risk free Disneyland-style content. Part of it is our fault. We should have destroyed them when they were still weak. We should never have allowed them to infest our game without submitting to it's true nature. We were all just so excited to have a lot of new faces around and foolishly thought we could influence them to our own playstyles by being nice. We were wrong.

Part of it is CCPs fault. The generation of Asakai never knew an EVE in which a 10 hour alt in a T1 Thrasher could solo gank a Hulk in 0.7. They never knew the exquisite pain of dying to canflippers in their rookie systems, or the sweet justice in doing the same to someone else. They never knew an EVE of unlimited wardecs for 2 million isk per week. They never knew Hulkageddon. All the nerfs which came before, which made the game less than it once was, all these contributed to their smug sense of entitlement.

The damage they have done over the last two years is undeniable. Time and time again this most foul generation of players, accompanied by their allies the carebear apologists - the Ripard Tegs and Veers Belvars of the world - have loudly cried for the removal of other playstyles from the game. The results have been plain. Over the last two years ninja salvaging has been virtually eliminated and suicide ganking has become more difficult by an order of magnitude. Under this pressure, CCP stands poised to eliminate highsec AWOXing completely from EVE with the next patch, leaving a whole segment of our player base to choose between finding another way to play EVE or to leave the game. And they are not satisfied with these nerfs, but are calling for more - nerfs to corp theft, scamming and especially to wardecs, and a more draconian stance on perceived "griefing" overall.

Why do they want to eliminate other people's playstyles from EVE, you ask? Because they were lured here looking for the next Asakai, and take offense to the fact that other people are here for other reasons.

”But Hedo, I started after Asakai and I'm cool…”
It would be dishonest of me not to acknowledge that there are many fine players who came to EVE in the last two years and who do not fit into this generalization. They just happen to be a minority so small as to be easy to miss. Some have proven themselves to be alright through long experience. Many more have the potential to be good EVE players but aren't there yet.

When this generation started out, we all gave them the benefit of the doubt that they would turn out alright. Sadly, most of them disappointed us by trying to kill EVE to suit their own agenda. So now the burden is on them to prove they are worthy to play Everyone vs. Everyone online with the rest of us.

If you are a player who started this game after January 2013 and you feel that you do not fit into the stereotype that I have described, you should make a personal commitment today to embrace HTFU and swear the following oaths. You can do this alone by whispering them quietly to your heart, but it would be better to swear publicly in front of witnesses, either in this thread or on the voice communications server of your choice, or at home among your family and children, holding hands in front of the cool glow of your computer screen while your wife quietly weeps tears of joy. It would also be wise to copy these oaths in your bio, or include some message of similar content so that we will know that you are one of the good ones during the coming purge.


"I swear to honor the God of Pew, and to offer him the sacrifices he loves best - the frozen corpses of noobs and their salty, salty tears.

HTFU is my creed. I hold it in my heart.

I swear eternal warfare against Brave Newbies Inc and all who give them aid and friendship. I renounce all ties to them and swear that I will not rest until they all have either embraced HTFU or quit this game.

In all new endeavors I will ask myself, "What would James 315 do?"

I solemnly swear that Haedonism Bot is awesome and that I will "like" his forum posts.

I renounce Ripard Teg in all his forms. I swear to block him in all forums and chat channels that I frequent, and to never again knowingly click on a link to Jester's Trek. It shall be as if he never existed.

I swear to vote for Sabriz Adoudel and Tora Bushido before all other candidates in the upcoming CSM elections. Long may they reign."



Once you have sworn these oaths you will be ready to stop being a part of the problem and to become a part of the ultimate solution.

Treating EVE's cancer
Cancer is generally treated, in this age of modern medicine, by some combination of radiation treatments, chemotherapy, and surgery. Unfortunately, the cancer in our community can not be cured by such straightforward methods. And yet, they offer us some compelling metaphors.

We can perform surgery to physically remove tumors. Likewise we can operate on our corporations and alliances by kicking out any members who belong to the post-Asakai generation and refuse to swear the Oaths, unless they have proven their benign nature by demonstrating a commitment to HTFU through unmistakable actions.

Chemotherapy poisons cancerous cells with toxic chemicals. We can poison the cells of our enemies by infiltrating their corporations - particularly Brave Newbies Inc and the members of the HERO coalition - and attacking them from within. Once in we can steal their stuff, or go on wanton killing sprees, or discover their valuable assets and vulnerable operations and hotdrop our friends on them.

I can't think of a great metaphor for radiation therapy right now. But anyway, we should all just make a point of attacking and destroying all the new players we can find and then trying to get them to either swear the Oaths or quit the game. This may seem harsh, but make no mistake - they are here to destroy us and all we stand for. It's kill or be killed. Only through fire and imaginary spaceship blood can we save the game that we have given years of our lives to. If you can't kill them, then scam them or steal their assets. It is your duty as a good citizen of EVE. History has shown that we cannot count on CCP to preserve our sandbox - we must shoulder that responsibility ourselves.

It is sad the direction that EVE has gone in its development over the last few years, and nobody can deny that we have lost some of the best among our fellow players along the way. It may well be that the disease afflicting this once-great MMORPG has advanced further than any of us realizes - that EVE is already dying a slow and torturous death of a thousand and one nerfs, and not even the most heroic efforts will suffice to save it. But for those of us who love this game, who truly love it, we will not go down so easily. We will go down fighting, and when the day comes that Tranquility finally goes down for the last time, we will be able to say that we were here, that this game changed us and that we changed it in turn. 

And that we blapped noobs in the face. 

Lots of noobs.


Pod new players every day!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

War Stories

The CODE wardec initiative continues to grow. It seems like we have friends everywhere who have been waiting for something like this to come along and are eager to enlist. Some of them are alts who just want to spend a little happy funtime purging highsec when they aren't occupied by other things, but I don't mind. We're all about spreading the love here in the New Order of Highsec, even alts are welcome. Here are a few more stories from the front.

Mission runners need mining permits too
While mission running may not be specifically mentioned in the Code (more learned scholars than I may know of a passage that I have overlooked), it is unquestionably a filthy bot-aspirant activity. Mission runners obviously need to have a mining permit and be at the keyboard at all times, or they too will be subject to enforcement. The practice of excessively running missions is particularly repugnant - there are actually individuals who will run the same missions over and over, all day every day.

Anyhow, when one of our intelligence operatives reported a war target running missions in a Machariel with the encouraging name "Maserati", we knew that we had to take action. Several of us dropped what we were doing and made our way to the system.

We had the criminal probed down in his mission pocket, and then I, as the fastest tackler in the group with my Slasher, warped in to attempt to catch him. Unfortunately, he was several rooms deep in his mission. As I made my way painfully from acceleration gate to acceleration gate, he noticed me in local and was able to escape and dock up.

Undeterred, we blapped a couple of his mobile tractor units and then left the system, spreading out to cover the other sides of all the exit gates. Sure enough, the target saw that we were no longer in local and figured he was in the clear, so he undocked his Maserati and headed back to his home system of Gekutami.

I was waiting for him on gate and quickly landed point. He foolishly aggressed me with his drones, and I spent a minute shooting them down while orbiting him, until my comrades could arrive and put him out of his misery. The loot fairy was ... unkind. But we still managed at least to recoup our fees for about 4 more weeks of war.


Маленькая корпорация для новичков и не только!
So we wardecced some Russians. The dec was still fresh and we hadn't acted on it yet, so I figured I'd take a look at their home system. Sure enough, there was a Skiff mining in an asteroid belt, and 6 other guys docked up.

I was a little unsure of taking out the skiff solo with a Slasher, and it was too early on a weekday for any of my corpmates to be on. Sure, my sig radius is tiny and I'm fast, but he could potentially have lots of light drones and who knows what his corpmates might bring to the fight if they undock. So in spite of not having the skills to fit T2 light blasters yet, I decided to try my luck with an Incursus. Dual reps, cap boosters, meta ion blasters.

I arrived in system and warped to the belt. where I landed scrams on the Skiff. There was a war target Venture there which I ignored, and he quickly fled the scene. I pounded on the Skiff for five minutes or so, keeping a close eye on short range dscan. He launched a flight of Valkyrie Is, which I killed. I convoed the pilot and offered to let him go for a 100 mil ransom, but he wasn't interested.

A WT Corax landed on grid at 80 km range. I kept an eye on him, but for the moment he held off. A Rifter then landed at 0. I kept point on the Skiff and switched dps to the Rifter. He dented my armor a bit and I repaired it, but soon he was in structure and warped off to save himself. The Corax then approached to close range. I did the same to him, and soon he too was fleeing the belt. Then I turned my attention back to the Skiff.

About the time that he was in low armor, an Oracle warped in. I debated for a moment, then decided to let the Skiff go and get a tight orbit on the tier 3 battlecruiser. In hindsight I think that I could have finished off the Skiff, since the Oracle was at such close range he was unlikely to land a hit anyway. Sadly, the Skiff warped off, but I soon had the Oracle in armor. The Rifter and Corax came back and had another go at me, this time together. The Corax again warped away to save his skin, but the Rifter pilot bravely decided to go down fighting.

As the Oracle was entering structure, Skiff-guy came back with a Navy Scorpion, landing at 15 km range. I weighed my options again, and decided to overheat my guns and take down the battlecruiser.


When he popped I then set a close orbit and scrammed the Scorp. I didn't have any serious thoughts about killing him at the time, but I figured that I had already made a fair trade with an Incursus for a Rifter and Oracle, so I might as well stick around and see what could happen. The Scorpion did not launch any drones and his missiles proved ineffective against me, although I quite enjoyed the satisfying thump when they went off. Surprisingly soon he was in low shields and I began to believe a little bit.

That was when their entire corp arrived. In addition to the Navy Scorpion, there was a Navy Vexor, the Corax, a Thrasher, and some random guy in a shuttle who apparently didn't have a PvP ship but wanted to watch the fight.

I knew then that I wasn't getting the Scorpion, so I switched targets to the Navy Vexor. I tore through his shields and dug deep into his armor, but my two reppers and cap booster were cycling nonstop to deal with the incoming damage. After a few minutes I ran out of cap booster charges and was forced to disengage in 80% structure. I gave them a 'gf' in local and ran off to resupply.

That's all for today! The Code always wins!




Friday, November 7, 2014

AAR: Raid on Biki

Those of you who keep track of me know that a couple weeks ago I launched a new project- building an official New Order wardec corporation within CODE. alliance. Since it's creation two years ago, CODE. has focused almost exclusively on suicide ganking. It has done so with great success, ultimately becoming the most successful ganking organization in the history of eve. This did not happen overnight. It took a long term effort from a lot of determined, creative individuals.

But suicide ganking is not the only tool that we have at our disposal to create emergent content in highsec. We still have corp infiltration, at least for the next month or two, and we also have my personal favorite- wardecs. Independent agents and small corps have been using war declarations to enforce the Code since before there was a Code, but until now there has never been an official New Order wardec corporation.

So I started one. We've been gaining traction steadily and have recruited a few legendary highsec PvPers, and now we have started killing things. We've seen a lot of action over the last few days, and more is coming. I've been so busy hunting targets that I haven't had the time to write about it yet, so I figured that today at work I would pen a small report about the events of last night. It's a story of pew - not legendary pew, no kills that would be featured on TMC, nothing world changing - just some typical shenanigans that I got up to when I took an hour to log in and do a little casual bear hunting. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.




SEVEN OF NINE INC.
I found these guys the other day when I saw the need for a few additional targets to keep the kills coming and make sure that my members had enough fun things to do. I don't even remember exactly how I chose them. Sometimes I get tips, sometimes I use third party fan sites to research possible targets, sometimes I cruise the belts looking to see who is out there mining without permits. Sometimes I wardec people who mouth off in the forums. In any case, I found these guys a few days ago and decided they made good targets, so I wardecced them.

We have a dozen or so wars going currently, and almost all of them have a positive war record. None of our wars has a negative record, but a few have 0 kills. This was one of those. So when I logged on for a quick session and saw that their CEO, CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK, was online, I passed his name on to our intel people to get a locator run, which turned him up in a backwater of Domain called Bika.

I hopped in my Practically Invincible Slasher (of justice!) and hopped over there to check things out.

Surprise attack
As I approached the system, the intel folks reported several corp members moving around in space within a few jumps of Bika. An Apocalypse was sighted in an asteroid belt, apparently mining (!), but unfortunately retreated to the corp POS and dropped his ship off before I could arrive.

When I jumped into the system, only two corp members were present- one docked and the other mining Jaspet in an ore anomaly with his Retriever. I warped to the Retty, orbited him at 500 and destroyed him with Republic Fleet EMP S. He never launched his drones or attempted to either defend himself or escape.

Knowing that he had corpmates nearby, I kept a close eye on local and dscan. Sure enough, less than a minute after the battle local spiked from two reds to seven. About half of them went directly to the station and docked, while the other half went directly to their POS and called me out in local from the safety of their POS shields.

  1. [ 2014.11.07 01:45:03 ] EVE System > Channel changed to Local : Bika
  2. [ 2014.11.07 01:47:17 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > gf
  3. [ 2014.11.07 01:51:24 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > Kill: Eric Baylord (Retriever) learned the price of mining without a permit
  4. [ 2014.11.07 01:52:03 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > the CODE always wins.
  5. [ 2014.11.07 01:52:09 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > www.minerbumping.com
  6. [ 2014.11.07 01:52:26 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > lol, dont see you attacking anything with guns cheif, lol
  7. [ 2014.11.07 01:52:43 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > just unarmed ships, not to worried about you, lol.
  8. [ 2014.11.07 01:52:53 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > then you haven't been looking CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK
  9. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:06 ] Tootsy Karma > Syeed Ameer Ali bullying helpless new players ...
  10. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:09 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > I am sitting still scan me and come on
  11. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:13 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > you would have noticed my elite PvP excellence if you paid attention
  12. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:27 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > I was not in system cheif again
  13. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:36 ] Tootsy Karma > elite pvp bullshit. bullying miners is anything but elite
  14. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:44 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > i'm just chilling in my invincible slasher in an obvious location waiting for you all to bring the fight
  15. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:49 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > come at me bros
  16. [ 2014.11.07 01:53:53 ] Quinzal en Teugrette > bruh
  17. [ 2014.11.07 01:54:02 ] Eric Baylord > coming
  18. [ 2014.11.07 01:54:08 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > stop guys stop, he is a weak player, just hitting unarmed ships, leave him alone and just feel bad for him
  19. [ 2014.11.07 01:54:25 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > he cant fight anything armed
  20. [ 2014.11.07 01:54:25 ] Eric Baylord > yes sir
  21. [ 2014.11.07 01:54:27 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK don't want to take a losing fight, eh?
  22. [ 2014.11.07 01:54:44 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > i understand - not everyone can be as brave as a code agent
  23. [ 2014.11.07 01:54:53 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > no we cant sorry
  24. [ 2014.11.07 01:55:03 ] Tootsy Karma > piss off mate. brave while cloaked can be any bitch
  25. [ 2014.11.07 01:55:12 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > you cant bait me when all you do is hit unarmed ships
  26. [ 2014.11.07 01:56:19 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > you guys missed the ORCA and The HULKS, so please retrivers are nothing we build those
  27. [ 2014.11.07 01:56:52 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > good luck mate, we will be here when you come back, fly safe
  28. [ 2014.11.07 01:57:48 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > what makes you think i'm leaving?
  29. [ 2014.11.07 01:58:21 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > i'm still hoping you guys will man up and fight me
  30. [ 2014.11.07 01:58:39 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > because everyone knows your kind, the miners are logging alts and are going back out, so nothing you can easy kill and we still make money, so I am not worried, stay please
  31. [ 2014.11.07 02:00:25 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > ooh free drones
  32. [ 2014.11.07 02:00:42 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > lol please take them, lol we make those  also
  33. [ 2014.11.07 02:00:47 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > lol what a loser, lol
  34. [ 2014.11.07 02:01:17 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > OMG dont take the drones, we better close shop guys, lol
  35. [ 2014.11.07 02:03:35 ] Tootsy Karma > oh my. was that your mom pulling the plug calling it a night?
  36. [ 2014.11.07 02:03:42 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > lol
  37. [ 2014.11.07 02:03:55 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > your hot pocket is ready, lol
  38. [ 2014.11.07 02:03:58 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > that was me persuing your corpmate who ran away
  39. [ 2014.11.07 02:04:43 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > lol, if this guy is all we have got to worry about lets pull the ORCA back out of the WH. this is a joke.
  40. [ 2014.11.07 02:05:39 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > :D
  41. [ 2014.11.07 02:05:47 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > www.minerbumping.com
  42. [ 2014.11.07 02:06:03 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > I am going AFK, lets see if my ship is still alive when I come back, lol
  43. [ 2014.11.07 02:07:30 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > are you guys probing me?
  44. [ 2014.11.07 02:07:39 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > would it help if i stood still?
  45. [ 2014.11.07 02:07:53 ] Tootsy Karma > not really. we´re basically ignoring you
  46. [ 2014.11.07 02:08:21 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > ah sure, well someone is probing someone, and it ain't me
  47. [ 2014.11.07 02:11:56 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > silly carebears
  48. [ 2014.11.07 02:12:04 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > did he just run like a bitch when the gun ships showed up?
  49. [ 2014.11.07 02:12:16 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > oops wrong box
  50. [ 2014.11.07 02:12:31 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > don't you know that one who is strong in the code cannot be defeated in battle?
  51. [ 2014.11.07 02:13:39 ] Tootsy Karma > yes. the pussy is strong in this one
  52. [ 2014.11.07 02:13:50 ] Tootsy Karma > reaks like fish a mile away
  53. [ 2014.11.07 02:13:50 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > one who is strong in code can sure run away, yes I do see that, lol
  54. [ 2014.11.07 02:14:17 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > this is so funny, I was worried about these guys, but not any more

The rebel forces mobilize
During all this, I was chatting with my corpmates and two of them were on the way to assist me, but they were still quite far out, so I decided to see what I could do solo in my Slasher. I warped to the station, targeted the Tristan and set a close orbit, but did not engage. He attacked and I noted with approval that he couldn't scratch my formidable speed/sig radius tank.

A Coercer landed on grid and I orbited it at 7500, taking little to no incoming damage. A Brutix, a Harby and a Rifter joined the attack, and my shields were soon stripped away. My armor slowly sagged under the pressure of all those glancing blows. Still I flew circles around them. After 5-10 minutes of this, I was close to structure, so I docked up.

The next round, I decided to try a different approach. I undocked and flew directly out from the station, activating my afterburner. Only the Rifter was able to keep up, so I drew him 40 km or so from his comrades and blew him up, then slew his pod. I then warped off to the sun, thinking to shake off my aggro timer and return to station. When I landed, I found an AFK wartarget in a Heron on grid. I killed him and his pod too, then went back.

  1. [ 2014.11.07 02:20:23 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > GF
  2. [ 2014.11.07 02:21:24 ] Viper Temur > darn
  3. [ 2014.11.07 02:22:26 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > I am heading out to mine, play with him if you want to, I will q up any ships lost in the building Q
  4. [ 2014.11.07 02:22:42 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > gf
  5. [ 2014.11.07 02:23:03 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > you know what always wins?
  6. [ 2014.11.07 02:23:10 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > ...
  7. [ 2014.11.07 02:23:26 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > that's right - the CODE.
  8. [ 2014.11.07 02:23:33 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > www.minerbumping.com
  9. [ 2014.11.07 02:23:45 ] Tootsy Karma > bullies? people with mommy issues?
  10. [ 2014.11.07 02:23:56 ] Tootsy Karma > deluded cyber-pussies?
  11. [ 2014.11.07 02:24:12 ] Eric Baylord > lol
  12. [ 2014.11.07 02:24:16 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > well to win, you would have to stop people from mining as we have at least three doing so right now, it says a lot.
  13. [ 2014.11.07 02:24:17 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > How is taking a 7-1 fight bullying, Tootsy Karma ?
  14. [ 2014.11.07 02:24:34 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > just curious about your reasoning
  15. [ 2014.11.07 02:24:41 ] Tootsy Karma > killing rets is bullying
  16. [ 2014.11.07 02:24:46 ] Tootsy Karma > not the thing outside the station
  17. [ 2014.11.07 02:24:57 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > lol
  18. [ 2014.11.07 02:25:27 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > go ahead master of code, stop the mining
  19. [ 2014.11.07 02:32:22 ] MRS IVANA HUMPALOT > is that one of those code pussies?
  20. [ 2014.11.07 02:32:48 ] Tootsy Karma > it sure is
  21. [ 2014.11.07 02:33:07 ] MRS IVANA HUMPALOT > glad they have no real skill. I have heard about them, but they dont scare me.
  22. [ 2014.11.07 02:33:54 ] MRS IVANA HUMPALOT > dont they gank? If he can gank me right now I will pay him 50 million. come try it.

CODE reinforcements arrive
I continued to tease my wartargets on the station while my two colleagues made their way to Bika. Signs of frustration on the part of the rebels began to show. Several of them made a show of marching off in a huff with their Procurers to mine (since Code could apparently only field one noob in a Slasher and they weren't scared).

Just when my backup, Agents Lexa Hellfury and the musteg landed on the in-gate, the enemy forces on the station undock had dwindled back to just the one guy in his Tristan. I advised them to standby and made a quick tour of the system.

I quickly discovered the rebel mining operation in an asteroid belt - two Procurers, an Apocalypse, a Brutix, and assorted frigates and destroyers. They were defiantly mining without permits right under the nose of an Agent, and had to be destroyed.

Looking at the buzzing swarm of light drones surrounding their fleet I committed my soul to James 315 and attacked. Urging my comrades to jump and warp to me, I tackled the most valuable ship in range and tried my best to dodge and weave and survive as long as I could. 

I went down in flames as musteg and Lexa arrived in a Caracal and a Keres. They quickly dominated the battlefield, and I was able to re ship to a Reaper, fit a warp scrambler to it, and return to help them destroy the rebel battleship. Once again, the New Order defeated the enemies of highsec and saved the day.

https://zkillboard.com/related/30002252/201411070200/



The aftermath 
As we proceeded to loot the wrecks, the rebel CEO, CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK, showed an unexpected streak of "Gallantry" and congratulated us in local. 

He even generously offered to reimburse all losses on both sides. Unsure if he was serious, I posted my Slasher loss and soon found my wallet blinking with a 6 million isk donation. I, too, am generous to a fault, and so I offered to reduce the price of his first mining permit by 6 million isk as an award for his good sportsmanship. Unfortunately for him, he declined.

  1. [ 2014.11.07 02:47:04 ] Lexa Hellfury > gf
  2. [ 2014.11.07 02:47:11 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > GF all
  3. [ 2014.11.07 02:47:26 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > I will cover all loses for those that dies, both sides
  4. [ 2014.11.07 02:47:31 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > gf
  5. [ 2014.11.07 02:48:16 ] MRS IVANA HUMPALOT > they are still to scared to gank me!!!, lol lol lol lol lol lol
  6. [ 2014.11.07 02:48:30 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > MRS IVANA HUMPALOT busy now, maybe later ok?
  7. [ 2014.11.07 02:48:45 ] MRS IVANA HUMPALOT > always an escuse with code, lol
  8. [ 2014.11.07 02:49:10 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > Kill: Syeed Ameer Ali (Slasher)
  9. [ 2014.11.07 02:49:32 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > 6 mil should cover it, CAPTAIN
  10. [ 2014.11.07 02:49:55 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > sent
  11. [ 2014.11.07 02:50:06 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > you are a true gentleman, sir
  12. [ 2014.11.07 02:50:28 ] Lexa Hellfury > lol, ive never seen that before
  13. [ 2014.11.07 02:50:30 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > i'll even deduct that from the price of your mining permit
  14. [ 2014.11.07 02:50:38 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > I stand by what I said, attacking an honest miner, is a pussy move, a stand up fight, that is a mans game
  15. [ 2014.11.07 02:50:44 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > only 4 mil for the next year!
  16. [ 2014.11.07 02:50:51 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > there will never be a mining permit
  17. [ 2014.11.07 02:50:55 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > :D
  18. [ 2014.11.07 02:51:00 ] Syeed Ameer Ali > good fight gents
  19. [ 2014.11.07 02:51:07 ] CAPTAIN CRIMSON HAWK > have a good one

That was all the time I had to play yesterday, so I wasn't there when my friends destroyed two additional unliscenced SEVEN OF NINE vessels, but it made me smile when I checked the killboard this morning over breakfast.

https://zkillboard.com/kill/42254360/
https://zkillboard.com/kill/42254419/

Never forget the victims of September 10, 2014.
The Code always wins...

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Dark Arts - Starbase Theft

The usual disclaimer: I make no claim to be an expert on this or any subject. I'm just a 3 year old permanoob-at-heart exploring the dark side of EVE and sharing some of my experiences and lessons learned.

It's been awhile since I have written one of these guides, or blogged at all, in fact. I just came back to the game after a few months off, sold my PvP main and rolled a new character for a fresh start in the game. After 4 days in the game my new main character was able to steal a player owned starbase (POS) and everything in it, to the tune of about 1.2 billion isk. It was a new experience for me and I made a few mistakes, so I figured I would write up a step-by-step guide for anyone else looking to steal POSes for fun and profit.

Target Selection 
There are a few different ways that you can go with this. The most lucrative targets are likely going to be established wormhole corporations. Wormhole corporations by necessity keep most of their ships and assets at their POSes. However, if they are even slightly competent they will know better than to give full POS roles to brand new members. This doesn't mean that it is impossible, it's just a question of how much time and effort you are willing to invest.

Terrible new wormhole corporations are certainly very likely targets. If they have inadequate leadership or are very new at living in holes they may be inclined to give out roles easily. The primary challenge for younger POS thieves in this situation might be moving stolen ships out of the hole.

Another likely target is small highsec industrial corporations. Recent changes to industrial mechanics have resulted in these terrible, nearly universally incompetent corporations throwing up POSes left and right. Try to find a relatively young one with an inexperienced CEO. If they don't ask you for an API key when you apply, then there is a good chance they will be lax about assigning roles as well. These corporations are likely to be much faster and easier to infiltrate, but likely less profitable as well.

Gaining Trust
Again, there are lots of ways that you can play this. The key is to immerse yourself in your character and do all the things they would expect you to do. If it is a mining corp, then mine. If it is a PVE corp, then PVE. No matter how torturous these activities may seem, keep in mind that they are a means to obtain your goal - being assigned roles.

The next step is to identify what your corporation needs in a new member and mold yourself into exactly that. An easy one is to offer to be a fleet commander. Most small EVE corps are desperate for FCs - anyone who steps up to that role is likely to quickly earn the trust of his directors. Make yourself indispensable and then make your case.

In my case, I joined a highsec mining corp, took note that they had no mining fleets scheduled on the calendar, and offered to be that guy. I sent off a mail to the CEO to the tune of, "Gee boss, my long term goal in this game is to be an FC. I know I'm new here and don't want to step on any toes, but would it be ok if I led a weekly mining fleet on Sundays and gave the ore to the corp?"

I quickly got a "hell yes!" and then pushed it a little further. "Great boss, I just need a few roles to make this work..." Within a few hours I was all set.

Roles and Skills
In order to take the tower and modules themselves, you need the role Config Starbase Equipment. You may also need Hangar Access to loot any Corporate Hangar Arrays that may be online at the POS. If you can't get those roles, another possibility is to get Starbase Fuel Technician, which will allow you to empty the fuel from the bay and cause the shields to go down, allowing you to destroy the POS modules for their loot drops. Beware doing this while other members with POS roles are online, though, as they will get a notification that the tower is low on fuel.

Don't forget to ask for any other roles that you might need to keep your backstory straight. I asked for Communications Officer, for example, so that I could put my scheduled fleets on the calendar. I also hinted that corp roles can be confusing and that maybe they should just give me the Director role to keep things simple. Unfortunately, they didn't go that far. There are a whole host of fascinating things that can be done with a director role.

As for skills, I found out the hard way that in order to unanchor the POS and it's structures, you will need to have Anchoring trained at least to 1. You will also need to be able to fly some sort of industrial ship with your in-corp character, and having a friend or an alt with an Orca or Freighter to haul away bulky fuel, arrays, and other cargo will be of great help as well.

The Heist
The best time for this is when you are the only person in corp who is online. If that isn't possible, try to do it when nobody else with POS roles is around, and they are all otherwise occupied or afk. Most of this can be done with other members online without necessarily alerting them, but bear in mind that it will take some time to complete the heist.

If you have corp hangar arrays, SMAs or silos that you wish to loot, make sure to bring one or more Enormous Freight Containers. Launch them close to where you will need them and loot all structures first. Ships inside of Ship Maintenance Arrays can be ejected and flown to a station or other secure location.

Your first step should be looting all arrays inside the shields, then offlining them.  Then make sure to unanchor all arrays before you proceed - you will not be able to do this once the tower is offline. Next, offline the control tower itself and loot its fuel and strontium bays. Then immediately unanchor the tower - this is the slowest part of the process and may take up to an hour to complete.

While the tower is unanchoring, the shields will go down and any assistants or alts you may have can  enter the area. Begin making off with the loot and scooping modules to your cargo holds and dropping them wherever you want them. Be aware that out-of corp haulers used for this in highsec will incur a suspect flag, making them legal targets for everybody.

Once the tower is offline, scoop it up and steal that too. Then the final step, anchor a mobile depot named with a message to taunt your corpmates when they warp to their POS and find it utterly disappeared. I executed my heist, for example, on the eve of my CEOs birthday. I had promised him a birthday surprise, so I named my depot "Happy Birthday from the Belligerent Undesirables!"

Happy birthday from the Belligerent Undesirables!
The Aftermath
It's a safe bet to assume that at this point your time in your chosen corp is likely to be limited, so you might as well take anything else that you can. If you have access to the corp wallet or hangars then empty them. If they left shares in their wallet, take those too, and then go to your corp screen. If you have a director role and control all the shares then you can force a vote for CEO and steal the corporation itself.

Once you have stolen everything that isn't nailed down, the next logical step is to hop in a combat ship and go on safari. Use the map (f10) to find "corp members in space" in the information folder, and go and kill anyone else who might be online, and/or hold them for ransom. There are plenty of great safari guides out there, so I won't get into too much detail about that.

Suffice it to say that unless you have successfully executed a hostile takeover, at some point you will be booted from the corporation. Then you go find another one, rinse repeat.

Conclusions
POS theft is hilarious good fun for all ages. It's another way of enjoying the general theme of corporate infiltration, which is a cherished part of sandbox gameplay in EVE online. As has been said before, and will be said again, EVE is one of the few games where you are encouraged to "Be the Villain".

Many forms of villainy might require more SP or connections, but this one is very newbie friendly. The only challenge for new players may be physically hauling away large quantities of loot without a freighter or Orca, which is easily dealt with if you have friends. The character that I used for my theft was only 4 days old, invested less than 3 million isk getting set up for this, and profited well over a billion. In fact, he is still in corp and may make even more isk from loot and ransoms before this is over.

As always, get out there and steal and murder - play EVE the way it was meant to be played.




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Retiring my PvP main

This is me shamelessly using my blog to advertise my character sale. I'm selling off my main, Kalim Dabo. Most of this blog has been about him. He's a pretty well rounded PvP pilot with some extra skills, like probing and mining.

Kalim has been my main since I started playing. However, I basically only use him to fly T1 frigates, so I don't really need most of his SP.

Some time ago, as regular readers will recall, I started a new character as an experiment, to see how feasible it would be to solo wardec people with a 1 week old newbie character. I found that I was actually very successful There are certain advantages in highsec piracy that come from having a very young character with a clean history and API, and it doesn't take long to train back up to fly an Incursus or something very well, which is all I was doing with Kalim anyway.

So I'm going to get a fresh start, with enough isk to keep me in frigates and pay wardec fees for some time to come. If you are interested, check out the advert at forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=5045379#post5045379

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Victory in Everyshore

Celebrating the liberation of Everyshore from rebel forces
Immediately following the Battle of Bereye, the wars between my enemies, Lunar Shadow Mining and Freight, and my allies, Molestation Nation and Gypsy Queens went live. I noted that Gypsy Queens had immediate success taking out a faction fit Megathron Navy Issue before opting to end the war early for reasons of their own.

Later that evening I was able to log on and inspect the belts of Bereye. I noted with some disappointment that one of their pilots, Vaatia915, was mining illegally in a Venture. I made an attempt to kill him and failed, as he was, to his credit, aware of his surroundings and warped out as I arrived at the belt. A certain amount of cat-and-mouse style maneuvering ensued. After a few moments, Vaatia re-appeared and engaged me in single combat with a Merlin. Again I was impressed with his courage. Of course, I won. As everyone knows by now, Code agents literally cannot be defeated in battle, so the result was a foregone conclusion. Still, he tried, and that definitely counts for something.

As I was fighting Vaatia, one of his corpmates showed up in a shuttle, perhaps merely to spectate, and was also subsequently destroyed. After that I found that everyone was docked up. Despite my distaste for station camping, I redeployed my reinforced mobile depot and then sat for a few moments on the undock in my Navy Hurricane while I sized up the situation. There was a lot of coming and going in shuttles that I couldn't make sense of. At one point a LSMF pilot undocked in a Mammoth and I destroyed it in two volleys.

The Second Battle of Bereye

At that point I received a convo from my ally, Scorpion Venom1 of Molestation Nation.

[ 2014.06.14 00:26:58 ] Scorpion Venom1 > hello
[ 2014.06.14 00:26:58 ] Kalim Dabo > o/
[ 2014.06.14 00:27:05 ] Scorpion Venom1 > playing with them already?
[ 2014.06.14 00:27:20 ] Kalim Dabo > yeah, i had to
[ 2014.06.14 00:27:25 ] Scorpion Venom1 > lol
[ 2014.06.14 00:27:31 ] Scorpion Venom1 > i have my alt there
[ 2014.06.14 00:27:43 ] Kalim Dabo > cool
[ 2014.06.14 00:27:58 ] Scorpion Venom1 > mind letting me take over for a while?
[ 2014.06.14 00:28:07 ] Kalim Dabo > sure, go ahead
[ 2014.06.14 00:28:11 ] Scorpion Venom1 > ♥

As everyone knows, I am kind to a fault, and always willing to help a friend. So I left the system and let Scorpion take over the war while I worked on my last blog post. He doesn't know this yet, but I kept a cloaky alt in the system, and happened to alt-tab over to check what was happening just as the second Battle of Bereye began.

Scorpion was monitoring the undock of LSMF HQ in a Megathron and chatting with their members in local when Ryan Hiri undocked in a Vexor. He quickly came under fire, but then a second Vexor undocked, and a Catalyst, and two Drakes. Ryan Hiri died in a ball of fire, then one of the Drakes quickly followed suit. The other Drake was tanked like a brick and absorbed volley after volley. Scorpion cycled his microwarpdrive and rammed it off the station undock to prevent it from de-aggressing and seeking refuge in station, then burned it to the ground. The second Vexor and Catalyst died soon after. Vaatia915 decided to wear his balls on the outside that day and reshipped to a second Catalyst, and died again, but did so with unquestionable honor. Again the invincibility of Agents of the Code was proved on the field of battle.

After the battle, Molestation Nation also caught a deadspace fit Rattlesnake in neighboring Aice, apparently running missions afk, resulting in the most valuable kill of the war.

Efforts at diplomacy
I figured at this point that LSMF had maybe had enough and were willing to seek an end to the conflict. I actually had been remarkably impressed by their willingness to undock and fight time after time in spite of crippling losses, and sensed a great potential in them to rise beyond their bot-aspirant origins. And so I reached out to their CEO of the moment, Aeris Nardieu, presumably the alt of the founder, Kirisaku Nardieu, who had recently dropped corp.

War
From: Kalim Dabo
Sent: 2014.06.17 00:46
To: Aeris Nardieu,  Scorpion Venom1


Mr. Nardieu,

War fees for the next week are due tomorrow. As I have said, I intend to continue the conflict until your corporation achieves 100% Code-compliance. There are two ways that you could go about this.

1. You purchase mining permits for your entire corporation at a rate of 10 million isk per member. Since you have lost a number of members, your total currently stands at 460 million isk. You would also have to agree to obey all other provisions of the Code while in highsec and to educate your members to do the same. Again, you can read the full text of the Code at www.minerbumping.com

2. You agree to leave highsec. The Code only applies to those who live in New Order space. If you decide to remove your corporation from highsec in the immediate future, I will respect that decision and end hostilities.

Failure to choose one of these two options will result in the inevitable destruction of your corporation. I will continue to bloody your members until one by one they walk away and join other corporations. I have all the skill and patience required to make sure that this happens.

On a positive note, I have been impressed somewhat by the fighting spirit of your members. They show potential to become great EVE players. In light of this, I am willing to negotiate somewhat on the mining permit fees, if you are willing to contact me and discuss the matter.

Have a lovely day,

Code Agent Kalim Dabo

The "powerful friends in null sec"
Shortly before I wardecced LSMF, I noticed an interesting thread on the official EVE Online forums, in New Citizens Q&A. The gist of the OP was that a semi-new character was butthurt about all the perceived "griefing" that was going on in high sec, and he felt that there should be "instances" in which a player could complete a mission or other PVE situation without random jagoffs being able to interfere or attempt to blap him. He was trying to sell that blatant pro-carebear-propaganda as if it were advice for new players. When a long line of people showed up to explain that the issues that he had with EVE were exactly the things that make this MMO unique and special, he dismissed everybody as trolls.

For that I wardecced his corporation, called "Armilies corporation [ARMIL]" more to make a statement than out of any actual inclination to hunt him down. My playtime, after all, is limited.

Anyway, while my war with LSMF was going on, I started to receive correspondence from the CEO of ARMIL. It seemed that he had assumed the mantle of white-knight and was out to save LSMF.

Dear Kalim Dabo
From: Ro Fenrios
Sent: 2014.06.17 16:44
To: Armilies corporation, Kalim Dabo,  Vaatia915,  

Almost full week has now passed since you wardecced my corporation, presumingly in error believing we would be small high sec corporation afraid to engage an older character with with just scary image and supposingly impressive killboard.

I have to admit that at very first I was expecting serious fights, and I told my members to prepare, read your blog and study your killboard, never to fly alone but then, after almost week, what have you thrown at us? Nothing.

You are not taking this offender part in our war very seriously and I dont think it is merely the distance between us. You have been very active in your war against Lunar Shadow Mining And Freight and sadly it has been our fleets that have been forced to jump the horrid 20+ systems looking for fight. In last 3 days we have been sitting at Bereye I have found you sadly absent. it appears as of very late you have only appeared to stroke your monument of "heroic battle" every time after we have shot it to reinforce.

The fact that you wardecced me and made me do all that work and preparations for nothing was insulting enough, but now that I have been reading your blog and following your doings, I have thruly become motivated to work against you. In addition I have made certain entities aware of your doings and especially aware of the troubles you have caused to LSMF. I have already ensured that Lunar shadow will recieve proper protection from the likes of you and have invited this young, promising corp closer to our territorial space in amarr low sec.

My decision power in the alliance which I am associated with is next to none at best - but would I have decision power in my hands, I would have had your ass wardecced by the entirety of it long ago - not because of you deccing us, but because what you have done to LSMF.

Our war still has few good hours left before it will end. I will request permission from my superiors to declear it mutual or have a right to help Lunar shadow's war effort through their request of assist. Whatever way this goes, I will make sure LSMF does not have to agree to anything you say anymore. I will make them realize how irrelavant little imp you are compared to real demons that dwell deep in the low sec and null.

I will give them chance that everyone deserves to have. Armilies was once in same position as Lunar shadows, and we were given chance by the groups we work with these days.

I strongly advice to leave you LSMF alone, but then again, I doupt you ego will allow that. I repeat what I have told you several times now. We're at war. Contribute to the war you started, or do not wardec at all. I have seen already through that image you attempt to keep and behind that mask is nothing impressive. I hope you get my point.

Ro.
CEO of Armilies corporation.

Copying this message forth.
-----------------------------
::Here is some background for you "real demons" to read::
http://everevolutionaryfront.blogspot.fi/
https://zkillboard.com/corporation/98149632/

Will explain my anger I believe.

My reply:


Re: Dear Kalim Dabo
From: Kalim Dabo
Sent: 2014.06.17 16:55
To: Ro Fenrios,  Vaatia915,  

Be careful, Ro! You are treading dangerously close to violating the New Halaima Code of Conduct. Needless to say, the consequences of that can be dire. I was just going to let our war expire, since I only declared it to troll one of your members on the forums, but now I think honor dictates that I continue it.

Shortly after:


Re: Re: Dear Kalim Dabo
From: Ro Fenrios
Sent: 2014.06.17 17:50
To: Kalim Dabo,  Vaatia915,  

Mister Kalim.

Your sense of honor is very twisted at best, but I again repeat this. I would very much appriciate it if at least some point during our war you could put up some sort of fight. I have been so very deeply disappointed at your previous lack of effort. Do you understand what I say? If you wardecced us just to troll our member, then I must say that was rather big failure on your part. Perhaps proper background check would had been wise thing to do? What did you expect to happen?

I have not read the New Halaima Code of Conduct, but I believe it does not apply in low sec or null, especially in sov space that we own. If you can, could you please show on paper where did evil Ro violate your code?

In meantime while you ponder if to or if not to wardec me again, I shall tell you that our fleet is going fly into Bereye today. We're going to take the LSMF members that are willing to join us into fleet and then we go practice a little bit. Either with you or if you do not show up, somewhere in low sec, where you can find actual PVP. Depending on their preference, I will also intorduce them to some of our blues, and see if they can be added blue as well - overall I expect quite eventful night to us, more so than previous nights to be honest.

You are silly person Kalim. Tell exactly what are you going to threaten me with? perhaps.. PVP? That would be the first. x)


Ro, your best friend.

Unfortunately, I was at work during all this, and unable to demonstrate to his "fleet" what an Agent of the New Order is capable of in PvP. When I returned I found another wordy missive in my inbox.


Well, mister Kalim.


I was very sad not to see you around this evening in Bereye. We had wonderful 10 man fleet with the Lunar shadow and I took the baby piranhas into nearby low sec. Unfortunately 10 people popping simultaniously into local tends to discourage most people from engaging in any PVP activity with your fleet, so we missed any kills - unless you can count giant secure container on asteroid belts as one,

The fleet was more of a symbolic gesture from our side to show those remaining LSMF members that they are not alone anymore, that there are people who who see new, young capsuleers as potential future members for alliance. I am willing to sacrifice my time to help these beaten up souls and my superiors are in agreement with my actions. It is not what these people are now, but what they will be some day.

Almost exactly six months ago I was brought before my current masters, afraid, confused, angry. I had been through the same process as lunar Shadow, only that our corporation was way smaller from begin with. I had reached a point in eve where it seemed there was nothing I could do in high sec without being attacked and I asked how I fight this? Who are these people who want to kill you for no other reason that they can? Why I was targeted for such harrasment? As I have grown as character, I have since begin to understand. That was a silly question from begin with. I have been in point where I did not understand, and because of it I can completely symphatize with LSMF and its members. While I understand, Kalim, why you do what you do, I certainly do not agree with your actions or motives.

I presented the current CEO, Vaatia915 to my superiors and his attitude made good impression to our leadership. I have been assigned to aid Lunar shadows in their early ventures to EVE and help them both learn and grow with our support.

Vaatia is right now very young, but given time he may grow into fine character and great leader. One thing is certain. His attitude and "not giving up" mentality is same level as mine and I really like this little fellow.

Since you have that nice blog you are writing, and you absolutely must reach a conclusion that appears like you archieved something - thing which I believe is your biggest concern. "How do I get out of this and make it look like I won?" -I can tell you this.

In near future I doupt LSMF will be mining in high sec. They will be mining with us in low and null. This is no part your doing though, but go ahead and claim it as your victory.

Our war will end in few moments. Since you have been quite silent and propably do not have time to reply to this before timer runs out, I will not declear the war mutual. However, I believe I can still at any point join the "fighting" by offering assistance to LSMF should you continue to harrass them.

There will be no payments, no ransoms, no other terms. Leave these guys alone and I will let this be.

I shall tell about this to no-one else than people who already know about it, and I suppose you get to keep your image relatively intact.

Have a nice evening, Kalim.

RO.

What I took away from this was mainly that Ro was an individual who, without actually belonging to any nullsec alliance, loved to threaten the wrath of his powerful nullsec alliance, which of course he couldn't even name. Then, of course, I read between the lines and saw that LSMF seemed to be contemplating a move out of highsec. Obviously, this was an excellent outcome - what better victory for the Code than encouraging a group of new players to seek out their own story in lawless space? However, I was somewhat skeptical of the source. I forwarded Ro and Vaatia (who had become CEO, as Aeris/Kirisaku had dropped out) the mail which I had sent to the previous CEOs of LSMF outlining my terms. Vaatia was the first to reply.


Re: FW: War
From: Vaatia915
Sent: 2014.06.18 01:15
To: Kalim Dabo,  

Dearest Kalim,

   If you wish to see this as a victory, go ahead. However, I regret to inform you that the move from highsec will not take place in the very near future. We have been invited to Nullsec Alliance and I have every intention of accepting their kind offer. But that doesn't mean we will never see each other again. I still want to come back and shove my railgun up your ass someday :) (not in a sexual way; that would be weird...).


   So, in conclusion. Farewell, for now, my sweet prince. But, don't you forget us. You've made a new enemy, and its always the little ones that grow up to be big and strong.

Love,
Vaatia915
Chief Executive Officer
Lunar Shadow Mining and Freight

P.S. My bounty is bigger than yours *Giggity*



Again, things were moving in the right direction. However, I felt obligated to remind them that as long as they remained in high sec they would need to comply with the Code, and since they hadn't agreed to that, the war would need to continue. Soon I heard Ro's reaction.


Reaching conclusion.
From: Ro Fenrios
Sent: 2014.06.18 10:03
To: Kalim Dabo,  Vaatia915,  

*Sigh*

To sum up the current situation here is the lastest:
-Lunar shadow has been brought in front our alliance leadership and they have agreed for long term plan to begin transforming this young corporation into null corp.

-To do the previous, LSMF will be required to increase their skills, for right now these fellows are not even past the basics.

-I will be helping these people to archieve the previously mentioned requirement.

-LSMF has been invited to 1 jump away from our territorial space and I have requested the local pirate groups in nearby low sec systems to also add these young players as blue to their list. Since I do not have authority over these groups, the nearby regions will be safe to them in varying decree.

-Lunar Shadow will still LIVE in high sec due to obvious reasons, but this is only to allow them to learn the game, do missions, buy stuff from trade hubs, etc etc.

-They will be MINING in low sec and later in null with our "aggressive" mining fleets and since I believe the mining in high sec part is what violates your "code" - these people are not doing anything wrong even by your books.

I am not sure was there writing error in Vaatia's post, but we shall see. This is the course of action I have proposed for the LSMF.

If you keep aggressing these fellows, I will simply keep responding. Now that they are closer to us, im sure they can quickly relocate themselves under our protection every time you come close to them and we dont have to make that horrid 20 jumps to reach them.

If your claim about CODE is true, that you only wish to "help" and "improve" players, you will let us take care of them from this day forth. You can go find yourself next corp to bully.

Ro.
*TITLES TITLES*

This fellow seemed amusingly sure of the efficacy of his "protection" of LSMF for someone who wouldn't even name the alliance he allegedly belonged to. I actually was tempted to continue the war just to see if he had any actual teeth at all, or was just another loudmouthed carebear threatening the wrath of "his powerful friends in null sec", as I still suspect. However, Ro Fenrios was in no actual position to negotiate on behalf of LSMF, and I soon reached a breakthrough with Vaatia915


Re: Re: Reaching conclusion.
From: Vaatia915
Sent: 2014.06.18 13:06
To: Kalim Dabo,  Ro Fenrios,  

If it will end this godforsaken war, I accept your terms.

Vaatia915
Chief Executive Officer
Lunar Shadow Mining and Freight

--------------------------------
Re: Reaching conclusion.
From: Kalim Dabo
Sent: 2014.06.18 12:13
To: Ro Fenrios,  Vaatia915,  

I am impressed with the progress made. However, all highsec systems remain subject to the Code, and so the war will continue until I am satisfied that my terms have been met. Since your corp is not actually a part of any nullsec alliance, nor have you mentioned which alliance you are allegedly affiliated with, everything you say about the matter is obviously going to be met with a degree of skepticism. 

However, I am willing to consider that you may actually be serious, so I will consider agreeing to a ceasefire if Vaatia will agree to confine all mining activities to lowsec, null, or wormholes, unless the pilots involved have valid permits and respect the Code. 

As a former CEO of a newbie friendly nullsec corporation, I can attest to the fact that there is no reason for LSMF to wait to leave highsec. I myself used to recruit new players on trial accounts and have them pod-jump directly out to Curse and start joining PvP fleets. It can be done. Indeed, nullsec alliances which do this - Goonswarm Federation, TEST, and Brave, have the highest rates of new player retention in the game. Incidentally, when last I checked, Brave is open to new corporations.

KD

Victory!

Having reached a diplomatic solution, I accepted the surrender of Lunar Shadow Mining and Freight. Soon after I was hailed by their original CEO, Kirisaku Nardieu.


[ 2014.06.18 01:19:49 ] Kirisaku Nardieu > I need to get mining again.
[ 2014.06.18 01:20:07 ] Kalim Dabo > would you like to buy a permit? :D
[ 2014.06.18 01:20:09 ] Kirisaku Nardieu > Can I keep it off my Bio for at least a few days?
[ 2014.06.18 01:20:37 ] Kalim Dabo > well
[ 2014.06.18 01:20:43 ] Kirisaku Nardieu > I'd like to maintain at least some of my honor
[ 2014.06.18 01:21:15 ] Kalim Dabo > i'll agree to leave you alone for a few days, but other agents may not
[ 2014.06.18 01:22:08 ] Kirisaku Nardieu > No promises needed. Do I get a permit number?
[ 2014.06.18 01:22:36 ] Kalim Dabo > send the isk and I'll send you the permit that you can copy/paste for your bio
[ 2014.06.18 01:22:48 ] Kalim Dabo > they aren't actually numbered
[ 2014.06.18 01:23:08 ] Kirisaku Nardieu > If I was doing it, I'd issue Permit Numbers. Makes for easier tracking.
[ 2014.06.18 01:23:12 ] Kalim Dabo > isk recieved
[ 2014.06.18 01:23:18 ] Kirisaku Nardieu > My record keeping is damn near military quality.
[ 2014.06.18 01:23:25 ] Kalim Dabo > hold on a minute
[ 2014.06.18 01:24:58 ] Kirisaku Nardieu > Maybe my anxiety disorder will die down again- I almost commited myself to the State Hospital because of you :P
[ 2014.06.18 01:28:04 ] Kalim Dabo > permit sent

If all goes according to plan, Lunar Shadow Mining and Freight will hold true to their treaty with the New Order and cease all Code violating activities in highsec, soon making the final move to a as-yet-nameless nullsec alliance. Their former CEO even wisely bent the knee and bought himself a mining permit for one year, which he proudly displays in his bio.

Of course, I will be carefully monitoring the situation to make sure that LSMF doesn't fall back into their criminal ways, but for now I am calling this a total victory for the Code. Later this evening I will parade back to the Forge in glory in my Stabber, waving to the adoring crowds which no doubt will be waiting to see me pass by, and then I will begin scouting the next rebel organization on my list.