Pepe-La Pew Pew. Interview with Skunkworks
Lately a group of griefers has brought new and profoundly chronic pain to the Incursion community. That group is Skunkworks, and to see their their killboard is an eye popping experience. Just in the last few weeks they have killed: 33x Machariels, 20x Nightmares, 2x Rattlesnakes, 6x Navy Ravens,4x Bhaalgorns,10x Scorpion Navy Issue and 20+ other BS. To compliment their battleship kills, they have also killed16x scimitars, 3x guardians and a whopping 48x basilisks not to mention the slough of command ships, and assorted others. Their not even two week old campaign has claimed 206 Kills worth 117 Billion ISK while suffering 4 losses costing a laughable .24 Bn. I got to see some them in action on a few different nights and see some of these kills go down in person and it looked incredible.
I recently got a chance to chat with some of them and they were happy to share some of their knowledge and their story with Eve News 24.While they did not lay everything on the table, they certainly shared enough to get the average Joe familiar with the basics. Thanks to Psychotic Monk and Odemis for their time.
EN24: When did you guys start ganking Incursion runners, and was there a breakthrough new method?
Psychotic Monk: We started bout ten days ago. Slimy (Worm) had made the method a couple weeks back and ganked a couple logi here and there. We started really going at it when some incursion bears decided to pool the money to hire mercs against us and ban us from all the incursion channels. We figured if we’re going to get prosecuted for something we may as well get our money’s worth out of it.
As for methods, I can say without much arrogance that we’re reasonably clever dudes and we know the agression mechanics about as well as anybody could, so we just looked at the ways we knew to get the rights to shoot people and picked the one we figured would have the most consistant success and get figured out by the fewest victims. We have some patented lines that work almost every time. It’s like a script for us.
EN24: How long have you guys been around?
Psychotic Monk: Skunkworks just turned six months old a couple days ago, but for the first couple months we were just three dudes who were sick of nullsec. So really, we’re only about four or so months old.
EN24: You have the incursion community second guessing their every step. Did you target them for any specific reason or is it just that Incursion runners are easier to get aggro from?
Psychotic Monk: Well, they did pay for a dec against us, and it seemed only fair to do to them what we would do to any war targets. That is, cause them a shitload of pain. It also turns out that it’s both shitloads of fun and pretty profitable.
EN24: Have the war decs had any noticeable impact on your success?
Psychotic Monk: The war decs havn’t been a bother to us at all. The actual in game corp doesn’t mean anything, so we just drop it whenever it’s convenient for us. Check my corp history for some examples. We also are drowning in alt corps.
Odemis: War decs are not a problem for us. We typically do what we want when we want regardless of how much isk people have thrown away to dec us. We’ll fight mercs only when we feel like it. We like to crash people’s clients when they try to open our corp history
EN24: Judging by the killboard, you have been killing almost exclusively shield fleets, is that just coincidence?
Psychotic Monk: We’ve killed some armor stuff here and there. There’s no arguing with nightmare kills, though.
EN24: I see that you have killed over 117 Billion ISK in kills last few weeks, and killed an astounding amount of loot that has dropped. What are you guys doing with your new-found ISK?
Odemis: Russian mail-order bride.
Psychotic Monk: Skunkworks is traditionally broke as fuck. We don’t mine or mission or any of that, so we’re going a little spend-happy. We’ve bought ourselves some really shiny toys to gank incursion bears and have enough to do real pvp when we eventually get bored of this.
En24: I recently read an official ISD article about you guys, and there are thousands of reads on the Eve-O forums about what you are doing. With all the publicity you are getting in the press and on the forums, are you concerned about someone replicating your methods?
Odemis: We want people to replicate our methods in all timezones. We want incursions to be dangerous no matter what time you log in. We also look forward to people using our methods to counter-gank us.
Psychotic Monk: Not really. I mean, we don’t want them published for the whole world to see so the bears can reverse engineer them, but we have no problem sharing them with like-minded assholes. And we do want more people doing this. And yeah, I’m waiting for counter-ganks.
EN24: Speaking of your methods, what can you share with us that you are doing to get this crazy amount of kills?
PSychotic Monk: It’s all basically understanding agression mechanics and social engineering. We’ve got it down pretty solid by now, but it’s all just decent application of pretty standard mechanics.
Odemis: Most carebears hear “”isk per hour”" and they go nuts.. it doesn’t matter what their brain tells them.
EN24: So- nuts and bolts-what would you tell someone to do to get into this profitable racket?
Psychotic Monk: Have a friend of yours flip your can and then get your victim to rep or cap transfer your friend and then you can shoot him.
Have a friend of yours flip your can and then get your victim to rep or cap transfer your friend and then you can shoot him. It’s as simple as that. We’ve made some solid scenarios and tricks to get them to fall for it, but mechanically, it’s just that.
Skunkworks Youtube videos found at the following:
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