Friday, 13 August 2010


I warped into Kel'en's mission but before I was able to loot anything he started shooting his own wrecks and calling me names in local. Then he jumped through the gate into the next room of his mission. I left, thinking I'd wait a few minutes for him to produce some new wrecks first. When I came back five minutes later I saw this:

Bad Karma? I could't resist and left a can for him, then I looted his stuff.

Of ransoms and bad luck

I haven't been to amarrian space for ages so I decided to pack my stuff and go on a roam through Domain. My very first newbie toon was an Amarr so going there is almost like coming home. Systems like Ashab, Youl, Penirgman, and so on remind me on my early attemts on can-flipping and running starter missions. Clueless as I was in my very first frigate even some level 1 missions were tricky.

Arriving at my first waypoint, Chaven, I started scanning a bit and found a Paladin Marauder in a mission. A quick ship scan revealed this:

Jackpot? I looted a few small wrecks and this guy locked me and opened fire. It is quite hard to get aggro from Marauders. These beasts are so expensive, and they have everything they need to loot and salvage while they go, so the pilots either don't shoot, or there are no wrecks to loot and salvage for the ninja. Anyway, he shot and off I warped to get some bigger ship.

When I got back to the mission gate, the directional scanner indicated the missionrunner left his mission. I was pondering what to do when all of a sudden he came back out of nowhere and bumped into the gate right next to me. I quickly engaged and went into a close orbit.
Just to be safe I also asked a friend in a logistic ship to come and provide repairs, but as it turned out the battleship's guns didn't manage to track me anyway. He launched a flight of medium ECM drones, but luckily they never managed to jam me until my own drones killed all of them.

I was slowly grinding through the Paladin's heavy armor tank when all of a sudden one of his alliance mates showed up. This guy was not allowed to shoot me, but he started to repair his trapped friend's ship. With remote shield repairs.
Had he used remote armor repair modules I would have had a hard time dealing enough damage. When the Marauder entered structure the enemy pilot tried to start a conversation, but with all those faction and deadspace modules right under my nose I didn't want to talk! In a shiny ball of fire his ship exploded, and I quickly set my disruptor on his friend and shot his repair cruiser as well.
Then I looted the wreck and found... almost nothing. Checking the killmail I noticed the guy in the repair ship looted the most valuable loot from the Marauder (worth several hundred million) and everything he took was destroyed when I blew up his repair cruiser.

Talk about bad luck. I am sure had I accepted his chat request earlier I could have negotiated a ransom.

The next day I met another trigger happy missionrunner. He was doing a mission in an Apocalypse battleship and when he blew up the structure with the mission objective I quickly zoomed to the can and looted it. It didn't take long until the battleship locked me and opened fire. Here is the conversation in local:
TheSoulOfTheSith > why did u steal it?
TheSoulOfTheSith > u want isk?

Scopique > it was just some random loot, wasn't it?
TheSoulOfTheSith > ni i needed to complete the mission i was on
TheSoulOfTheSith > no*
TheSoulOfTheSith > so are you gonna give it back?

Scopique > oh, damn, i didn't even know that sorry :)
TheSoulOfTheSith > ah, so could we meet in an astroid belt and you give it back?
Scopique > i ejected it at your mission gate, sorry again
TheSoulOfTheSith > ah ok

Heh, you guessed it right?

TheSoulOfTheSith > douche
TheSoulOfTheSith > wtf

TheSoulOfTheSith > i give u isk

Scopique > 50 mil 30 sec

TheSoulOfTheSith > there

TheSoulOfTheSith > stop plz

Scopique > here you go

dukeinator > scopique give soul the item back for free or ill make u

Scopique > i really ejected the mission item at his gate

Scopique > i keep my word after all

I often forget to ask for a ransom, but it's easy money indeed. Loot from t2 fit battleships isn't that good most of the time and I don't even need to bother with hauling and selling the stuff.

A bit later it worked again, this time even faster:

Scopique > 50 mil and i go
Scopique > 30 sec

Alhor'Ek'Tabar > fine

Scopique > ok, here you go

This guy was so cool when he paid and I turned off my warp disruptor he didn't leave but went on with his mission as if nothing happened. I know many pirates and also ninjas do not honor ransom but kill the ships anyway but I prefer it like this. Maybe I can work on a reputation. If they are willing to pay, then they may leave or go on with what they do.

In corp chat:

Schmetterflug > Do you let them live after they payed u?
Scopique > yes. i am the nice guy :)

Saint Lucifer > wierdo

Nice try

Recently in a random local:

Drake Saamdur > I am a single father and my daughter has decided to live her life as a man. I am paying for her breast reduction surgery but this has put me short of money. Please send ISK so I can afford a PLEX. Thanks.

Well, at least he tried. Comment of a corpmate when I linked it in our chat:
waagstrom > I was in a guild with a tranny about 2 years ago
waagstrom > he was posting pics of his new tits on the guild forums
waagstrom > shit was gross but sorta hot

Saturday, 7 August 2010

What did she do to deserve this?

Do ships have a soul? Do they like it when you treat them well and do they return the favor by protecting you from the dangers of space?
If so, this poor Raven Navy Issue is probably sobbing it's heart out. What did this ship do to deserve such a fate?

A mining CNR? Seriously?

Friday, 6 August 2010

Go to lowsec! Coward!

From the EVE-O-forums:
Ok, I've had it with this game! I don't know anything about PVP because I don't WANT to know anything about it. A short time ago I was running a mission in a high security area, minding my own business and salvaging my wrecks when I suddenly noticed a red flashing ship and reflexivly lock target and attack, only to realize its another player who it turned out had purposely scanned me down to my mission area and looted one of my wrecks which turned them "red" to me, which I knew nothing about before as, mentioned already, I know nothing about PVP (or its tactics) and don't want to know.

I fully support other people's choice to enjoy PVP (with others who want the same) but I also expect the same support for my own choice not to engage in it. I had thought that down the road I may get into it , but just not yet. And if any missions took me into LoSec space, I'd be willing but would actually equip my ship to take into account possible gankers where I might at least be able to warp out if needed.

But in a High Security mission area, I had no such equipped ship nor was anything dealing with PVP even on my mind when this coward that is too afraid to go to LoSec space to PVP but instead hunts in HiSec mission areas for unprepared and unsuspecting players who don't understand what the hells going on till its too late and their millions of isk worth of tech II gear and battle cruiser have been trapped and vaporized and looted.

I realize this game is geared towards PVP but people like that punk shouldn't be able to access others mission areas to bring their PVP attempts against others who want nothing to do with it. The very way they went about it shows they were knew the players in the areas they were hunting would not be equipped nor prepared nor willing to PVP with them knowingly.

Instead, they were too chicken-crap to go to areas others would take them on willingly or to places that at least people who entered them were aware of the chance for PVP.

In any case, I've got a load of frigates, cruisers and a strip miner plus millions of isk and other tech II gear thats just going to rot because quite frankly I've had enogh with the way some of the players in this game act and the way the devs leave the game designed so they can get away with it.

I know the lack of my monthly payments won't matter to CCP but I can only assume there have been, and will continue to be, others who feel the same as I do and maybe one day enough will say the hell with it to actually make CCP take notice and actually get some changes made but, until then, in the immortal words of Eric Cartman...."Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home!"

This is something we're reading quite often. "Go to lowsec or 0.0 coward!"
Not only is it more fun and often more profitable, what those highsec bears fail to realize "piracy" means fighting and stealing from people who do not want to fight in the first place. It's not a warcraft battleground where people who want to fight meet and shoot each other. At least for me "piracy" and being a villain means stealing as much valuables with as little risk as possible. Did you ever watch a pirate movie where the pirate captain didn't engage the fat galleon full of gold but sent a letter to the navy instead, asking for a fair fight "tomorrow morning at sunset?"

We are criminals for god's sake, not pvp addicts looking for fair duels.

Thank you Felicity Doomsayer for the find.