Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Suddenly Giveaway - No. 2

Just a quick post because I am on vacation. The 2nd Suddenly Ninjas Giveaway is close by. On Wednesday, Dec 29. 18:30 eve-time there will be a free ship again, possibly in Amarr space. Read Aiden's blog for details, and join "suddenlygiveaway" an hour before the event starts for details.

Good luck! And remember: TEARS does not always stand for unfair tricks!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Suddenly Giveaway - No. 1 (updated)

The first of our series of live events "Suddenly Giveaway" will take place on Dec 21st. at 17:30 EVE time somewhere in Jita. One lucky pilot will receive a free ship! If you are interested you better join the "suddenlygiveaway" ingame channel at least an hour early, and you better start training Caldari battleships, just in case...


The first giveaway is over. ZENO116 is now the lucky owner of a Scorpion battleship, along with everything he needs for a nice christmas party like some spiced wine, tobacco, and a damsel (among other things Aiden had in his hangar). This lady alone is worth 20million (or more) on contracts should he ever decide to sell her. Slightly more than 20 people showed up in our giveaway channel "suddenlygiveaway", but many suspected a trap and didn't dare to join.

The prize

The first participants show up. They have to catch the ship in a pod and try to board it as soon as Aiden ejects.

The winner. Congratulations man!

Friday, 17 December 2010

Suddenly Giveaway

Wow, it has been some time since my last update. First of all I'd like to give a shout-out to Garheade and Chainer Cygnus from the EVE Commune podcast. They mentioned my latest entry because of the conversation with SEA Elder1 some time ago. Well, the story about this guy is STILL not over yet. Ninjas are persistent. Because a lot of people asked for it I am going to update the whole story once we are done with him.
EVE-Commune is a very interesting podcast about EVE blogs, and Garheade and Chainer are doing a great job on keeping their listeners up-to-date about what's going on in the blogosphere.

What really keeps my fellow directors and me busy is a lot of paperwork behind the scenes. There might be some radical changes for TEARS on the horizon (hint: it might have something to do with Incursions), and major changes to the forums, a new website, and new alliance logo need attention. Hopefully we're done with it some time during January and I can focus more on actually playing the game.

But wait, there are some ingame activities, too. Suddenly Ninjas Live Events! In order to advertise our alliance (we might need new pilots next year), and to stroke our e-peens we are going to give away FREE SHIPS. Our CEO Aiden goes into detail about how it works in his blog, and in the EVE-O forum.

That's it for now. Short entry is short. Expect more about our Live Events soon!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Making friends

TEARS is really booming lately. From an almost pure salvaging collective we broadened our horizon and are now involved in almost all things criminal in New Eden. And we receive feedback from many more or less happy customers.

Credit for this evemail goes to ninja April Rainier

jerking off
From: SEA Elder1
Sent: 2010.10.25 01:34

was kiled by amember of ur corp
offered bogger off
enjoyed it kiling weak
were smal so
but i offered him til tom twelve a 2000 men alliance
.even this he didnt agree o..

wot i want is 130 mill for the ship i lost
and the stuff he stole- AFTER i said him
all over
please gimme a notice of how u usually deal with those _'issues'
alliance will war deck u 3month
if one of us is offended or even attacked 6 months

last offer to april rainer was tomorrow 12

i wait

Uh, this is serious. Luckily fellow director JordanParey is very good at adapting to other peoples thinking and speech.

Re: FW: jerking off
From: JordanParey
Sent: 2010.10.25 05:28

u offer tomorrow twelve a 2000 men alliance wardeck
to April Rainier for poppin ship
130m rite?
we dont have 130m give to you or stuff stolen
have luck find other corp with isk

find other corp take money and wardeck with alliance
we ar all no isk

i wait your reply

Suddenly Ninjas Director
pain of having idiotic corp members
From: SEA Elder1
Sent: 2010.10.25 11:57

i have a friend running an alliance with 28 corps

ur corpy behaved like an idiot iv already talked to a friend im thinking of paying him 350 mill toa 3months war declaration
wot u goin to loose is surely more money than 350. they wld see it as alliance war training he said.
think u wld loose more than 350 as well if they attack u.
1 positive thing is that u communicated normally. in contary to rainier

so u gave u a chance and me to think abouts it

he stole the things of my wreck even thats the minimum to get those things back to me if u have no isk as u said

So giving back the stolen things and a reasonable offer from ur side to rethink abouts it. as i lost 3 expensive rig
stolen things and half a megathron are ok for me this isk u have as 225 men corp.

the decision making process in this alliance if their gonna war deck u for 350 is going on already
so react quick as possible please each offence or attack to me or one of my corp members will be another 3months war deck i offered rainier and u hereby

stolen things back as gauss guns and mediation repairer and a raw megathron is beond ur argumentation of having no isk cos the war will cost u surely more react quick !

sea 1
Re: pain of having idiotic corp members
From: JordanParey
Sent: 2010.10.26 07:28

pls not wardeck we poor is why we steal an lootsalvage
you pay 350mil for 130mil ship you have more money we not rich no buy ships
we can make rig tho tell me which one?

i donno corpman still has stole things he try buy new freggate ship today.
i not make promis i maybes not able keep. also sorry for type my english not so good i from small town lithuania
isee if i finmise i maybes not able keep

To be continued...

The next one comes from fellow ninja EpicZA. One day he and a friend were bored so they decided to go to a wormhole and yoink some things. Like a POS, fully faction fitted T3 ships, things like that. The former owner, however, is not amused:

Z > so after im done making every single person you know IRL rage quit, im going to come after you
Z > you can make it all stop, give me back everything you took
Z > otherwise, gibbo, cc, caba, tubmels, they are going to suffer for your actions
Z > then im going to come after you
Z > cc is about to loose his toon, you can see the war dec
Z > you think hes going to take that ligightly cause I dont
Z > enjoy your real life when folks in your home town are pissed at you over a video game
Z > :)
> haha dam you really are pissed hey
Z > nope mate, im not pissed at all
> well by taking it out on people who had nothing to do with?
> that sounds over the top
Z > no matty see that is justice, im going to mkae you hurt
Z > then im going to make you quit
> you got screwed over in a game which is revolved around screwing people over and you clearly cant take it
Z> I told you I was a bad person and I am, and the people who would stop me they are mad enough to let me do it
> how do you think the guy felt about losing his pos
Z> no matty im going to screw you over
Z> yea matty, but I trusted you and that's the diffrence
Z> you weret an enemy and now you are
Z> you have 6 billion worht of shit
Z> simple word matty, betrayal
> im not going to measure my e-penis with you Z, shit happens.
> in a game that is all about betrayal????
Z> not epeen matty
Z> you had the first guy today show up at your house, PISSED
Z> you think hes going to be the last
Z > hope it was worth it
> yeah i did
Z> how many folks do I know in your home town
> the fact that you involved a game with my personal life is sad
Z> have fun getting a pizza when the guy next to you in angry about a vedio game
Z> hey matty did ya thing I was going to let you go
Z> cc suffrered
Z> who's next matty
Z> remember matty its just a game
> i know it is
> so havent you taken it a bit far
Z> when all your mates rage quit because of you, because you fucked up, one by one----
Z> when they suffer because of you
Z> enjjoy
Z> then im going to come after you
Z> keep you camped in station
Z> then your mate epic, his tears iwill be the best
Z> already got the first pod of many to come
Z> look at your corp history and then go look at the directors corp history
> and then?
> wet myself?
Z> no < > there are a lot of folks comming after you
Z> after your mates are done quitting first
> i guess you better hit those L4's then
Z> please CC just gave me 2 billion to hunt you down with
Z> I dont need isk,
Z> see matty MAFIA, you know what that means already dont you :)
> yeah :) it got you pretty good?

If you are in a big 0.0 alliance, this is your time to expand. Because, you know, your neighbour alliances are most likely on the move to highsec right now, hunting ninjas...

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Corp infiltration and hostile takeover - a report (part III)

This is part III of my little infiltration report. Part I can be found here and part II here.

Unfortunately all the other directors, albeit not allowed to vote, keep their roles. This means they can edit members' roles, keep an eye on the corp wallet, and try everything to make your heist as complicated as possible. One guy initiated another vote to create 10000 new shares for the corp. Luckily I was the only shareholder so I clicked "no". There was also a corpmail in the mailbox:

Corp Infiltrated, hostile takeover initiated
From: X
Sent: 2010.09.19 10:23
To: XXX-corp

Dear members,

Tonight our corp has been annexed.

They emptied our corp wallet and the corp hangars, and to make things even worse all shares have been claimed by the enemy. A new CEO has been elected, and our CEO lost all his permissions. The operation has been planned by "Suddenly Ninjas" and executed by our traitor-friend (my alt) who now runs for CEO. The corp leadership is working on a solution. The corp tax has been set to 0%. Please be careful. I urge you to keep in touch with us via teamspeak and the forum.

Information regarding the enemy can be found in the intel section of our forum.
Of course they banned my forum account, so I bet on stupid and simply registered a new one. Accounts on their forum need manual processing by an admin, so I had to wait.

A few minutes before the 24 hours run-for-ceo-vote ran out I logged in and waited. The voting finished, and I learned the hard way it takes up to another hour for the result to be processed. At this time it was 3:30am local time. Three hours before the wife would get up. Oh well..
An hour later I finally received the results of the vote. 100% of all shareholders voted for me. Heh, what a surprise! =) I started to remove roles from directors and members but somehow the wife woke up and gave me "the look". 4:30 in the morning in the middle of the week. I did what every criminal mastermind would have done. I went to bed.

The next morning (well, 2 hours later) I was back at my screen and checked what was going on. For some reason I was CEO, but wasn't able to use any roles anymore. No wallet access (it was empty anyway), no roles management, nothing. I figured the other directors might have used a trick to remove access for me so I wrote a petition. One day later some GM told me it takes up to two downtimes to fix all roles after changing a CEO. I know I had full access when I received the result of the vote though so for some reason logging off and back on messed it up. But victory was mine anyway. XXX-corp disbanded:

The corporation leadership has made a decision.

XXX-Corp will not submit to the enemy's attempted extortion. The leadership today officially announced the abandonment of XXX-corp.
All members who were online yesterday were shocked because of the bold takeover. We decided to leave the corporation and join a new one called ZZZ-corp. We'll try to help each other with the move to Sankkasen, our new home in Caldari space.

The corporation leadership is working on new security concepts to prevent hostile takeovers in the future. Furthermore new security policies will be implemented in our security systems to make espionage impossible.

New security systems, eh? I checked the forum account I registered at their forum a few hours ago, turned out someone accepted it without checking, and my forum name is not linked to any EVE character at all...

By now most members had left the corp or had become inactive. Some people, however, seemed to ignore ingame mails. Oh, by the way: Do you need a nice source of passive income?

1. Sneak into a corp and run for CEO
2. Wait for the smart guys to ragequit
3. Set taxes to 100%
4. Plunder the corp wallet once a day while those who never read their ingame mail go on with their missions.

I am now logging in once a day to clear the corp wallet. So far I took another 42 million ISK from 5 people running missions who didn't notice the member list had dropped from 39 to 6, and who totally ignored 5 corpmails with warnings and notifications because of the corp theft and tax changes. Don't they even notice they don't get any payment for their work?

It took me three freighter runs to move assets to the next trade hub. There was a lot of t1 junk and a pile of worthless blueprint copies, but so far I have earned 1,8 billion ISK and some sell orders are still up.
Yesterday I removed roles from the remaining members, and I kicked them today and closed the corp. There are a lot of other people out there in need of a capable director.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Corp infiltration and hostile takeover - a report (part II)

This is part II of my little infiltration report. Part I can be found here.

As soon as they let me in they invited me to their teamspeak server. Before you join voice comms during an infiltration you need to make some preparations. I registered a new email address for my alt, made up a new real life name for me, with a fake address, a fake job, age, hobbies, etc. You need to be able to answer quickly without thinking when they ask you about your name, or where you live. I prepared everything in advance, and I also had a textfile to store as much information as possible. When do these people get up, when do they go to bed? What ships do they fly? What are their plans? At this point I didn't know whether I should try and steal as much as possible, or try to lure them into a war with TEARS so every bit of information might have been useful.
Soon I learned they wanted to set up a POS in Amarr highsec so they mainly farmed missions to gain standings. Some people had negative Amarr standing though, this would take quite a while. Oh dear. Then I checked their corporate configuration and suddenly I knew I had made a good choice:

-Members had access to some hangars with less valuable ships and modules.
-Directors had full access to everything. Hangars, corp wallet, shares, ... Shares? Yes, the CEO hadn't claimed the shares yet although almost every corporation guide tells you in BIG RED LETTERS to do so as soon as you set up your corp if you ever want to hand out wallet access to other people. The one who owns the shares owns the corp. He can do everything.

In order to get director roles I had to suffer a few days of boredom. I ran missions to farm standings with the Imperial Navy, and whenever a corpmate asked for help I helped. Need hauling? I'll come. Need help in a mission? I'll come. Fortunately I managed to dodge their mining ops with good excuses.

Some days passed and I sent their CEO a mail:

Need help?
From: (my alt)
Sent: 2010.09.14 16:43
To: (their CEO)

in the meantime I've settled down nicely and teamed up with a lot of members regularly. Like in many online games before I'd love to do more. I like organizing, and I like to help building this corp. I have led a successful guild in another online game before, I am good at settling disputes, and I like helping new players.
I know I am new, but I'd like to offer my help nonetheless. If there is anything you need help with, let me know.

Thank you,
(my alt)

Half an hour later I was in a private chat with the CEO. I told him I had a lot of ingame knowledge, knew how to set up a POS, had lived in 0.0 for some time (note: my alt had been in an NPC corp ever since I created him), ... it took mere minutes to convince him I'd be a good director, so he promoted me. After one week I had full access to everything in the corp.

My new role wasn't for free though. The CEO wanted his directors to be active. The mining directors organized mining ops often, the event manager set up corp mission runnings, and the CEO wanted me to teach new players how to PVP. I had already spent one week with these guys, I had to listen to their terrible chatter on teamspeak every day. No chance I'd be able to wait for them to gain the required standing to set up their POS. During several late night private chats with the CEO I learned about problems between some members. One old member wanted to speed things up to get the POS as soon as possible, some new guys didn't want to spend money on it at all, and many blamed the CEO so I knew he was under high pressure.
Perfect! When he bought an Orca with fittings in Jita and asked for someone to haul it to Domain my time had come. I introduced to him my neutral freighter/logistics alt (who shows up on several killmails in fleets with ninjas on various killboards) and he contracted everything. Without collateral. I told him I'd move it the next morning before downtime and waited until everyone went to bed.As soon as the last guy had logged off I took everything from the corp hangars and the ISK from the corp wallets. Unfortunately the CEO used to take spare money from the corp and stored it on an alt's wallet every other day so there were only a few hundred million in ISK. I checked corporation assets->deliveries and found a few mining ships belonging to other players and took them, too. Then I took all shares from the corp wallet and hit the "Run for CEO" button. At the same time Scopique sent a mail to some directors and the CEO:

Ransom offer
From: Scopique
Sent: 2010.09.19 01:29
To: (their CEO)

Dear members of XXX-corp,

we here at Suddenly Ninjas appreciate your friendly donations. On behalf of my friends I'd like to say thank you for the ISK from your corp wallet, ISK from some of your members who were so kind and lent us money, for an Orca, and for all the junk from your hangars. While it's not that much really, it's enough to cover the expenses, and to have free ships for a month or so.

We're holding all shares of XXX-corp so we are in control of your corp now. Tomorrow one of our employees will take over from (their CEO) as CEO. You could all leave your corporation and create a new one. As an alternative I'll offer you to buy back all the shares for a mere 200million ISK to regain control. We will honour this ransom. If you do not pay within 24 hours (Monday, 01:27am EVE-time), XXX-corp will be closed.

We have an intel report here. According to it there are some tensions among members within your corporation. Only a chosen few of your leaders received our message so far. If we make it public, and if your members notice they lost money due to your failure to keep this corporation save they might decide to leave, your reputation will suffer, and XXX-corp might break apart. However, if you pay the ransom of 200 million ISK within 24 hours (Monday, 01:27am EVE-time) you will regain control of your corporation, we'll leave you alone and no one will notice what happened.

Payment is to be made to my personal account, not to the Suddenly Ninjas corp wallet.

Don't bother talking to (my alt), he won't be able to answer your calls. However, in case there are any questions feel free to drop me a line.


Suddenly Ninjas

The "Run for CEO" button removes all powers from the CEO so he won't be able to kick you. It creates a shareholder vote for 24 hours, and everyone who owns shares of the corporation is allowed to vote. It also sends a mail to all members of the corporation. When setting up a vote like this, do not forget to actually vote "yes" or "no".
Because I couldn't cause much more harm I logged off for the night.

To be continued...

Friday, 24 September 2010

Corp infiltration and hostile takeover - a report (part I)

I made up my mind about infiltrating another corporation some time ago. I needed a break from stealing people's stuff in missions so I wanted to try something new. Sneaking into another corp, making friends, searching their forums and corporation configuration for weak spots, and figuring out how to abuse it was a challenge. Also it's very ninja-esque!

After spending a few hours in various ingame recruitment channels and forums I found a target. A small missionrunning/industrial corp with 30-odd members. Team-oriented and laid back atmosphere, looking for mission runners, miners, haulers, traders, producers, and PVP pilots. And a huge wall of text in their corp description about how nice they are, how much they like teaching new players, and how they want their players to be loyal and honest.

I figured being a kleptomaniac ninja makes me fit in perfectly so I sent their CEO a mail:

Your advertisement
From: (my alt)
Sent: 2010.09.07 18:33
To: (their ceo)


I noticed your ad. The description sounds very interesting. I mainly did mission so far but I'd like to broaden my horizon. I haven't dealt with industry yet but I am willing to learn. I am very good at scanning.

Some questions:
-What kind of missions do you fly? (EDIT: Need to know if my alt fits in)
-What kind of PVP do you do? (EDIT: Experienced pvp pilots or scared carebears? I also checked different killboards and found almost nothing.)
-Is it possible to contribute with ideas and suggestions? (EDIT: The more they like new ideas, the more likely they'll give me roles soon)
-I like teamwork so I'd like to join other players often. (EDIT: Much teamwork means meeting many players quickly. Easier to gain trust)
-Is there a public chat so we get to know each other? (EDIT: Check their members' age, see what they talk about, how active they are, etc.)

Thanks a lot, hope to see you soon,
(my alt)

A few minutes later I received a private chat invite from their diplomat. A real girl called Anne as it turned out. She answered all my questions, invited me to their public chat, and after I dallied a bit with her she told me to hand in an ingame application. "No, we don't want any API info. You're very likeable, I have a good feeling. You'll have a good time with us!" - "Yes, I think I'll fit in nicely. You'll come to like me!"

Tee-hee! =)

To be continued...