Posts Tagged ‘pvp’

April Fool: EVE Online 2009 - a Carebear’s Eden?

Posted in EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC on April 1st, 2009 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

I’ve never mentioned it here before but by way of a friend of a friend I’ve come into contact with a CCP employee from the offices in Atlanta. Due to the sensitive nature of this information she has asked me to withhold her name and job title, so lets call her April.

Carebear Online

It’s no secret that the world ecomony is bad right now and it’s not going to get any better in the forseeable future. I’m sure that you’ve all even been affected by it in one way or another. It seems that CCP’s apparent relative invulnerability regarding the situation in Iceland isn’t as accurate as people make it out to be. April tells me that there has been talk among the CCP management (that has made it’s way down the chain) of dropping the PvP aspect of EVE or at the very least dialing it down a considerable amount. The apparent reasoning behind this is that CCP are losing more and more subscribers due to the relentlessness of EVE’s PvP activities as I’m sure you’ve noticed. Afterall, if it wasn’t for these subscribers leaving, the ever popular question “Can I have your stuff?” wouldn’t be so popular.

EVE Uncertainty

April has assured me that while the decision is up in the air at the moment, with the economy the way it is, it is a very real possibility. There are also some other ideas floating around the CCP offices (Reykjavik and Atlanta), ranging from getting rid of the single ’server’ play-type that EVE is famous for in favour of PvP and PvE ‘Universes’, to doing something as simple as raising the subscription prices.

EVE Online as we know it is hanging in the balance.

Fly safe.

EVE Fiction: Black Box

Posted in EVE Online, Fiction, Gaming, MMORPG, PC, Pirate on March 4th, 2009 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

Black Box

Ship name: USS Short Lived
Class: Brutix class
Type: Battlecruiser

Final Communication – Timestamp: 04/03/23347; 19:24

“Mayday! Mayday! The USS Short Lived is under fire! Our armour is barely holding up and we are in need of urgent assistance!
I don’t care what he says! I want to survive this!
We are in need of immediate help! If anyone can hear this, please come to our aid as soon as possible!”

*BOOM*

Oh god… That’s cadet Blunaire and he’s… Somebody help him!
We currently have two ships… no wait, three ships orbiting our position! They are too far out for our guns to hit and our drones are being destroyed as soon as they get in range. Our Captain is doing his best but even he is showing strain under the pressure.
We are under strict orders not to contact anyone at this time as the captain is adamant that he has everything under control, but I do not have faith that we will survive this.
He’s bleeding out! Get that man to the medical bay!”

*FOOSH*

“Now there are drones… there are so many drones! I’m not sure how much longer we’re going to last!”

*BOOM*
*KSSSSHHHH*

We have a hull breach! I repeat, we have a hull breach! K’unarch, seal that bulkhead now!
We have little time left! Our casualties number in the thousands and many more people are dying as we speak!
Please, we need someone! We are good men and women, we don’t want to die!”

*KABOOM*

End of transmission – Ship destruction at 19:25
Survivors - 1

More details can be found at the following location - http://galacticinquisition.griefwatch.net/index.php?p=details&kill=29.

Ad Revenue and Solo Pirate Fail

Posted in EVE Online, Gaming, MMORPG, PC, Pirate on March 2nd, 2009 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

I’ve been looking into ways to work up a bit of revenue using the site to help with rising expenses (everything from hosting and domain fees, to bus tickets and college equipment) piling up and I’ve settled on the idea of ads, for now anyway.
As you might already be able to see, I’ve got a Google Adsense ad at the bottom of this page. Right now, they should only be showing up on single pages (i.e. only when viewing a single post), so you won’t be seeing them anywhere else. Well, if you’re reading this post just after I’ve posted it, you may see a Google ad in the sidebar to the right but hopefully by the time most of you read this, it’ll be an EVE Online ad.

Anyway, I’m trailing off. Do any of you, my fellow EVE bloggers, use adverts on your blog to gain ad revenue (be it in ISK or your local RL currency)? And if so, how well is it working out out for you? Even after twoish days, I’ve noticed that Google Adsense might not be the way forward as it tends to show a lot of links for websites that sell ISK.

In some EVE related news, I’ve been out solo-pirating in Crielere and Olettiers over the last couple days but I haven’t had any success. In Olettiers, I was caught off guard while checking my emails at a planet by an Assault Frigate (Hawk). After getting my shield down about 33%, I activated my webber, opened fire and started quickly eating away at his shields and armour. Unfortunately, in the initial panic, I forgot to activate my warp disruptor and once the Hawk pilot realised he was going to lose, he warped away.

Onto today in Olettiers. While roaming the belts trying to find an easy target to ransom, I happened to find a Thorax shooting the local Serpentis rats; luckily for me, I warped in at 2500m from him (around 500m shy of my optimal range). While debating whether to attack, the Thorax pilot locked me. Thinking that this was a foolish move by an unexperienced PvPer, I opened fire first. Little did I know that it was a trap and he had a friend cloaked in a Force Recon ship (Rapier) around 50km away. After around 20-30 seconds, the bait (who had now become the tackler) warped away after by blasters started ripping through his armour and into his hull. Next was the Rapier, who by this time was 71 km away and trying to take out my drones while jamming my targetting systems. Unfortunately, as I couldn’t get a lock on him and he was too fast for me to catch up to, I had no choice but to leave my drones, get to my safe spot and wait for the aggression timer to count down to zero.

That’s all for tonight, make sure to leave a comment regarding your blog and ads and fly safe.

Forum Poll: Do you honour ransoms?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26th, 2009 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

While out on an op (well more like an uneventful trip to 0.0 and back again) with my new corporation, a few members and I were having a conversation regarding ransoms and low sec piracy. Not having been in the pirating business for a while and only ganking with my old corp, I didn’t realise how badly piracy (as a ransoming profession) had gotten. It seems that in the past year or so, the rate of pirates being paid ransoms and then blowing up the victim anyway has gone up hugely. It has gotten to the point that if someone offers a victim a ransom, their first reaction isn’t to open their wallet; but to say something along the lines of “Fuck you!”, swiftly followed by the pirate creating a cloud of dust where their ship used to be.
Now this would be all fine and dandy if a big chunk of the EVE player base didn’t use piracy as a main income source.

So this question brought me onto my next action, which was to create a forum thread in which I posted a poll asking the question you can see in the title. I later came to regret this as I forgot that in almost every thread in the Crime & Punishment forums, there’s someone that likes to insult and/or disrespect the OP. You’ll see the fella trying his hardest in the last couple pages.
As I posted the thread on Friday morning and I was staying at Heather’s Friday afternoon and onto Sunday night, I decided to leave it a few days to get a good range of results. When it came to Monday, I thought it best to leave it for a bit longer and here we are, a massive (by my standards) 470 votes later.

Before creating this poll, I had assumed that the vast majority of pirates that offer ransoms honoured them but boy was I wrong! I’d never have thought that it would turn out to be almost 50/50. The results are as follows.

  • Always - 227 votes - 48%
  • Nevar! - 212 votes - 45%
  • Most of the time - 31 votes - 7%

I’m still quite speechless from the results. I had been thinking for months that the lack of successful ransoms had been due to people picking the wrong targets but it seems that it is because the other half of the pirating population is (either on purpose or otherwise) misusing the victim’s trust and causing ransoming pirates to lose out on a lot of income.
Below is a quote from EVE character, Mithos Victus.

A year ago this issue was just a quiet warning from the more veteran pirates in the game that the newest generation of up and coming pirates were doing it wrong, as it were. They were trying to have their cake and eat it too. Well of course, it seems like the problem has now only been further amplified by the speed nerf and gate buff.

Seems like this will become an increasingly pertinent issue as the notoriety and ability to put stock on paying ransoms and being let loose fades.

IMO the only good pirate is the pirate who either destroys at will, or not only honors ransoms but is wise enough to demand a ransom that the target is likely to pay.

I read a thread a long time ago by a very experienced pirate who said he never demanded ransom more than 50% of the worth of the ship he had snagged. Never relied on people being so concerned with the loss, or their personal attachment to their ship to pay more than the ship itself was worth. In fact, he said he would let most go if it seemed like they were a poor mark, i.e. flying a frigate or very low player age. Why waste time trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip, etc.

IMO it would be best for everyone if pirates who do not honor ransoms take a page from the book of those who do. With the recent changes, regardless of whether one adapts or not, piracy has likely become more and more of a hit and miss activity.

Maybe this is why we keep seeing more and more people flock to systems where they can pop macro haulers and farmers rather than wait on real targets that never show up or are nearly impossible to catch?

Not being a pirate, I don’t know, and I can’t really wager that most of my basic assumptions are absolutely correct, but I can tell you that the writing was on the wall for this sort of prevalent problem almost a year ago.

Why pay a ransom not only worth more than the ship you are flying, but with almost no guarantee (save the notoriety of the corporation) that you will even be let go? Absolutely no reason to pay a ransom these days unless you personally know of the corporation or individual ransoming you.

Mithos seems to have hit the nail on the head here. I’m not entirely sure how this problem can be fixed but for piracy not to decend into a free-for-all, killing any and all ships just for the killmail, I think something needs to be done.

What are your thoughts? Pirates, have you had any problems ransoming people? Non-pirates, what would you do if ransomed? Also, do you think that the ransoming system needs to be changed and if so, how?

Pirate or nothing?

Posted in Caldari, Corporation, EVE Online, Gallente, Gaming, MMORPG, Myrmidon, PC, Pirate, Web on February 5th, 2009 by Godlesswanderer – Comments

Yesterday evening (while getting Heather to search the forums for pirate corporation recruitment threads), I posted my own recruitment info thread so as to get corporations coming to me as well as me finding them. Around 40 minutes later, I got a reply saying;

I was going to reply but then i read

“Can fly a Covetor Mining Barge and an Iteron Mk V ideal for hauling large amounts of minerals, ore, loot (), etc. (as mentioned above).”

If you want to pirate u can sell that barge and come join us, never to speak of the M word again.

And this was from someone called Miner Taur.

After reading this reply, it got me thinking. Pirates seem to generally be split over the issue of taking part in certain ‘carebear’ activities. There are some pirates (solo or corporations) that believe that to be successful and earn  a substantial amount of money as a pirate, it would be foolish to have pirating as your one and only profession. There are other pirates that believe that if you want to be a true pirate, all of your EVE time should be spent focused on pirating and nothing else. These are also the kinds of people that you’ll see in the forums calling ‘carebears’ (or pirates that mine, build, run missons etc.) weak.

Personally, I’m in the first camp. While I’m not entirely sure that pirating (as a profession) needs a boost, everyone needs a back up plan. I also think that this applies to all other professions too. If your main source of income dries up you need to have another, reliable profession to fall back on.
This is especially important if you have something that you spend your ISK on regularly, such as  time codes, POS fuel, etc.

While this is my opinion, I’d love to know what your opinions are on this subject. Even if you’re not a pirate, I’d still like to know your opinion in regards having back up plans to other professions.

In other news, I’ve started to get urges to fly Caldari. I have no idea why but I’m starting to love the blocky, shinyness of the ships. So, to help me make a decision, I’ve put up a new poll on the right. You know the drill, point those eyes to the right and engage that clicking finger.

Update:

I’ve put the poll below as it’s no longer in the sidebar.