Archive for October, 2010

My First Successful Mission Gank

Posted in Gank on October 27, 2010 by Gigis

Since I became a jerk, my attempts to ruin player’s days have been hit or miss.  I have attempted quite a few times to get aggro in missions and get back in time to kill the mission runner but those attempts have been to no avail.  The only success I have really had so far has been can baiting and can flipping.  While I have enjoyed working the belts of New Eden, there has always been a mission ship sized hole in my heart.  That hole has finally been filled.

After a few attempts at getting a pair of drakes to agress, I scanned down a Maelstorm, Mega, Catalyst at the same spot.  I quickly hopped into my Vigil and warped in.  After jumping through 2 gates, (one was 70k the other 50k) I finally found our fair friends running their mission and salvaging wrecks in the process.  The Catalyst and Maelstorm were in the same corp and their tag was on all the wrecks.  I decided to ignore the Mega and began salvaging and looting wrecks as well as run a ship scanner on the Maelstorm.

Hot damn,  someone has too much iskies.  Nearly fully faction fit with a deadspace XL booster.  As I got excited about the potential loot, I became puzzled at the red box around the Maelstrom.  Wait..  Red…  That means…..     I quickly warped back to my Orca and swapped out for the Cane and make the excruciatingly long journey 70k and then about 35k of the next one till the Maelstrom went off directional scan.  Oh well,  I had expected such.  I took the gate into the next room to see his corp mate in the Catalyst happily looting and salvaging wrecks and waited till I had about 7 minutes left on my timer and shot a wreck.  14 more minutes…

A little later the pilot left local and I ran to the next system to see if I could catch him on a gate.  I chose wrong and slowboated back to the gate and jumped back into the system.  As I jumped back into the system I had only about 2 minutes left on my timer.  As I lemented “the one that got away” I scrolled down to see the Maelstrom’s bright and flashy face in local.  I immediately warped to the mission and saw him show up on scan.  As I warped to zero on the entry gate he was not on overview but still on directional.  I began spamming the acceleration gate like a mad man, overheated my point, and hoped that he wouldn’t be out of range.

I landed 18k fired up my point and afterburner and began giggling like a child.  Drones came out of the maelstrom and they were quickly webbed and killed by my drones.  My armor cane quickly lost shields and half armor on approach to his 1200s but I soon settled in a tight orbit and without any drones or guns that could track me it was game over.  He tanked well until my two neuts sucked him dry and he quickly melted.

I knew that there would be some good loot in the drop as I had scanned the ship earlier, but I seem to have gotten lucky and nearly all of the shinys dropped.  1.4b total.  No words were exchanged in local as I scooped the loot and dumped it in my Orca.  I hope I will get threats of a war dec soon though.

o/ Gigis

Eve Blog Banter 22: Loyalty

Posted in Blog Banter with tags on October 23, 2010 by Gigis

Welcome to the twenty-second installment of the EVE Blog Banter, the monthly EVE Online blogging extravaganza created by CrazyKinux. The EVE Blog Banter involves an enthusiastic group of gaming bloggers, a common topic within the realm of EVE Online, and a week or so to post articles pertaining to the said topic. The resulting articles can either be short or quite extensive, either funny or dead serious, but are always a great fun to read! Any questions about the EVE Blog Banter should be directed to crazykinux@gmail.com. Check for other EVE Blog Banter articles at the bottom of this post!

This month topic is brought to us by L’Dene Bean of Nitpickin’s who asks: Why, and how did you pick your corporation? Is your loyalty solid or just until a better placed organization “recruits” you. The shorter version:  Who holds your Unshakable Fealty and why?

I joined my first corp about 2 months into my Eve experiance.  The corp was names KINGS OF EDEN and was just begining its life.  I joined because I wanted some people to play with and the CEO promised me that there wouldn’t be and wars or drama.  While there were a few wars and a little drama, I stuck with the corp as it grew up and joined a 0.0 alliance (Sev3rance).

KOE was a democratic corp (don’t say it doesn’t work, you just need to have the right people) that believed the strength of the corp stood in the health and wealth of its individual pilot.  The corp wallets were kept relatively empty in favor of a tax rate that took only what it needed to pay bills.  Each pilot served as that bank and was called to donate what they could in the event of funds being needed.  There was never more then 1 day between asking for isk to be donated and a second mail telling pilots that there was already more then enough and to stop donations.  Corp forums were used for votes on directors and CEOs and all pilots were allowed to run and vote.

It was a good corp.  When I began feeling the need to be an in game ass, I was quite sad that I would be leaving these friends that I had spent so much time with over the last few years, but I felt the wild calling me.  In fact, my love for them kept me there for an extra 2-3 months while I struggled with the decision.

When the time came for me to remove myself from the corporation, one thing NEVER crossed my mind.  That was stealing from them.  I considered them my RL friends and still do.  The time may come when we fight in game, but there will be no asshattery or harvesting of tears.  I even had the opportunity to ninja one of their missions a while ago and instead chatted with them and quickly grabbed their mission objective and jettisoned it next to them.

I recently infiltrated and stole from a corp that I joined with an alt for the purpose of stealing from them.  They were not as pleased about it as I was, but I felt that my honor was intact as I joined them for the purpose of stealing.  I feel as that is where I draw the line.  When I join a corp for the purpose of being a part of it and sharing my “real” self, I will under no circumstances turn my back on them.  The decision to turn on someone has to be a decision from the start and not opportunistic.  Of course when you turn your back on the corp you have targeted will be highly opportunistic, the decision muyst be made from the begining.

That leads to the question of “how would the any corp you want to join know the difference?”  This is a valid point that needs to be adressed.  One day I will surly want to join a corp again, and how will that corp know that I can be trusted.  Well, number one I will be joining that corp with Gigis and not an alt.  While I may flip cans and kill innocent people with him I will not use him to infiltrate a corp.  As my main I want his record to be clean.

o/ Gigis

Participants: (so far)

Corp Loyalty – Evil Silents

Corp Loyalty – The Elitist

Lie Back and Think of England – a merry life and a short one

Brothers and Sisters till the end? – A Scientist’s Life in Eve

Loyalty – The Reformed Anti-Pirate

Rifter v. Orca

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 by Gigis

While I should have been reading a paper on patch clamping, I decided to go for a little belt roam in my Rifter.  After a couple of unproductive systems, I decided to try one more.  I jumped into Du Annes and caught a cargo container in a belt named “Hauler Transfer.”  Well if that isn’t a dead giveaway I don’t know what is..

I warped to the belt, saved a bookmark of the can and warped to the next belt.  After warping to zero on the can I promptly flipped it and quickly saw my can empty and an Orca start flashing.  I quickly applied my scram to the offending ship and changed my overview to view the drones that were damaging me.  I webbed and shot 5 Hammerhead IIs and returned to the Orca and prayed that I had enough ammo.

The Orca pilot was in an NPC corp so I wasn’t worried about aggro from others.  3 ships in the belt locked me up and one even fired on me while the Orca was in low structure.  Presumably the offending Thorax thought that he could suicide gank me in order to save the Orca. I would have tried a Blackbird instead.  Either way the Orca went Boom followed quickly by the Thorax.

A good time was had by me. \o/

Till next time,

o/ Gigis

Heist

Posted in Meta on October 20, 2010 by Gigis

As promised, this is the account of my first corp theft.

After reading Captain Charismatic’s Guide over at My Loot, Your Tears I was inspired to try my hand at corp theft.  After seeing someone spam an advert for an industrial corp in local, I opened a convo with the sender.  It turned out that the corp was relatively new but had a high sec research POS and had recently loss their freighter pilot.  I thought about the POS and about the potential to have them buy me a freighter and applied.

Over the following few weeks I mined, and built.  I offered to let miners mine into my Orca and offered to put research jobs for people.  It wasn’t long before I was named the Production Director(title only, no director roles) and started advising members which BPOs to buy and what hangers and labs to research them in.  Of course I made sure that I had access to those tabs and assured the members that their BPOs were safe as myself and CEO were the only ones that would be able to access them.

A few days before I had planned to conduct my heist (some of the more expensive BPOs were going to be finishing their research and I didnt want to risk losing them to their owners)  the CEO surprised me with a brand new Fenrir.  He made a point of making sure that I knew that it was still the corp’s ship and I was just borrowing it.  Haha.

The next day the CEO started redesigning the POS because I had been bugging him about the ship assembly arrays being too far from corp hangars.  I knew it was getting close to the time when he usually logged off so I offered to set it up myself.  He has already unanchored most of the modules (excluding the labs) which made my work that much easier.

I waited a few minuted after the CEO logged off and started unanchoring a ship maintenance array.  Two minutes into the unanchoring the CEOs Alt warped to the station and noticed the unanchor bar and convoed me.  As my heart beat a million times a minute I played the confused part and said I thought he said he also wanted the SMA near the ship assembly arrays.  He corrected my supposition and I reanchored it as soon as it finished.  Not knowing when he would actually be sleeping (he sometimes kept this alt in a mining link Orca at the POS while he was away) I began to anchor some things that were cheap and had short unanchor times.

Realizing that anchoring stuff would get me nowhere, I decided to go for it and start taking things most valuable first.  That way I would at least get away with all the BPOs and some labs.  I canceled all the jobs and collected all the blueprints and began unanchoring the labs.  I honestly figured that I would get caught midway and have to dock up but one thing lead to another and ALL the pos modules were in my hanger and the POS tower was unanchoring.  (all this while giving advice to online members and the CEOs alt sitting in the POS with me.  It was rather invigorating.

As the tower offlined I stole everything from the station hanger and wallet divisions.  All in all the take was about 4b with highlights being a BC BPO, a couple cruiser BPOs, 5 Labs, 2 Advanced Labs, tons of other POS modules and fuel, and the Fenrir that was “loaned” to me.  I wasnt able to make off with the tower, however (It did unanchor)..  I came back to my computer with about 5 min left on the unanchor to see this:

*WARNING: Language is not for the easily offended*

*Names have been changed to minimize search results*

CEO > uh ooh

CEO > where is our pos?

Member 1> ??

Member 1> it’s gone?

CEO > yes

CEO > is SPY ALT asleep?

Member 1> i thought i saw her earlier

Member 1> you’re the first to say anything about the pos though

Member 1> i spoke with er just about an hour ago

Member 1> *her

CEO > cool

Member 2> WHAT????

Member 2> OUR POS IS GONE???

CEO > I dont see it

CEO > only the tower

CEO > yo SPY ALT

CEO > SPY ALT was redesigning it

Member 2> WHAT THE FUCK

Member 2> my jobs!!!!!

Member 2> like seriously????

Member 2> yall said yall werent doin it till the jobs were completed??????

CEO > we decided to keep the jobs cause labs werent moving

CEO > and change everything else

Member 2> So where the fuck is everything else???

CEO > my best bet that SPY ALT has em

Member 2> WHAT THE FUCK!!!

Member 2> You move that pos and we wont be able to set it back up cause the corp has no standings!

CEO > we can don’t worry

CEO > what were you gonna pm me about?

Member 2> so basically i just lost the 6 days iv done on the me reserch i was doing!!!

Member 2> wtfh.

CEO > we will ask SPY ALT

Member 2> this is bullshit. just thought i would say that out loud.

CEO > I have lost jobs too

Member 2> there was a set day to do this shit. why was it done now and so soon!

Member 2> hey SPY ALT you fuckin douche nugget why the fuck did you steal everything?

Member 1> hey now

Member 2 > sorry Member 1

Member 2 > we have a traitor in corp

Member 1> perhaps

Member 2 > is no perhaps.

Member 2 > and we know who it is.

As you can see, Member 2 knew that he had been had right away.  The CEO still thought that there was just something wrong.  The next day a corp mail was sent out:

There has been a theft.

I am disbanding *CORP. It is too much drama and I don’t need it, nor do you. I tried to create something great here but I have been beaten. The isk value loss is not the issue, but the trust and friendship is not possible in Eve. In a place like this, I’ll either stay solo or go somewhere far or may not even play any more.

Wow!  I never really wanted to get people to quit playing…  But I guess that is a risk when you to things like this.

Here are some more excerpts from angry convos:

Member 2> hey *alt. eat cock and i hope u stay in a non wardecable corp for the rest of that toons carrer 🙂

Alt > why would i do that?

Member 2> because u have a bil isk bounty on ur head to pop you for the next month+ 🙂

And another:

Member 3 > Are you serious…are you really that kind of person?

Alt > what kind of person is that?

Member 3 > You must really some kind of sick puppy

Alt > how so?

Member 3 > Whats left of the corp wanted to just kill and pod you even if they lost everything to concord

Alt > that is taking it too personally

Member 3 > If you really don’t understans how sick you are….there really is no hope for you

Whelp.  Sorry you took it so hard fellows, but this is what sets Eve apart from other games.  I looked in your hangers (the CEO gave me roles for that too) and I know that you will all be just fine.

Now I just need to wait till the C&P thread gets to the next page so that I can apply to another corp!

o/ Gigis

Note: I would have taken the shares of the corp and overthrown it but shortly after this post the CEO took all the shares. 😦

Out of hiding!

Posted in General Asshattery on October 20, 2010 by Gigis

Last week I used a great opportunity to nearly clean out the corp I had gotten an alt into. More on that soon, but now that it is done I am relieved that I no longer have to keep my main and alt from playing together!  They are great friends after all!

In the mean time, I’m back to trying my hand at mission busting and can flipping.  Got a fail stabber the other day. If I had known the fit I would never have switched out of the rifter.

The only thing that has been getting away are the guys who align out and steal their can as they spam warp.. I’ve tried bumping them out of alignment but it hasn’t been to effective. Anyone out there in the internets have a better way? 

o/ Gigis

PS: heist post before the weekend!