A few hours ago, a reddit in which a player claims for a CSM7 member to repeatedly use an exploit came to our attention.
Hans Jagerblitzen – CSM7 Delegate… and Exploiter?
Here is the quote:
For the last few months there has been an exploit regarding acceleration gates, which are plentiful in faction warfare. If you are exiting warp, select the acceleration gate on your overview, go to the selected objects window and mash the warp button as fast as you can. When you land, you will begin aligning down the gate. You can be locked and tackled as normal, but once you start the alignment process you become immune to tackle. You also cannot stop the warp yourself. This bug has apparently been present for a good while.
Tonight, I had a 35 man fleet with mixed frigates, cruisers and battlecruisers. We were camping the acceleration gate to a minor outpost (for anyone that isn’t involved in faction warfare, a minor complex gate restricts the ship size that can enter the site to T1 frigates and destroyers). Hans Jagerblitzen and a fleet of 20-25 thrashers warped in at 0 and every single one of them got through the gate. Our fleet was accompanied by another militia fleet, so we had something like 15-20 light tackle alone sitting at 0 on the gate while the cruisers and battlecruisers sat at ranges.
At first I thought that we were just bad; thrashers are pretty quick to align and the warp point they landed at was pretty decent, so we counter-captured a different site while they captured that one.
About 15 minutes later, a regular outpost spawns (it restricts the ship sizes to T1 cruiser and smaller). We, again, camped the gate. The same thing happens; Hans’ fleet warped in, this time in 20+ Ruptures and Stabber Fleet Issues. Every single one gets past our 15-20 light tackle and into the site, forcing us to countercapture a different site.
The third time it happened was for a minor outpost again; they warped in with thrashers, and we caught one that didn’t exploit correctly, but we also tackled one that was using the exploit. Here is a screenshot of the logs we received.
I’ve spoken with multiple others and confirmed the existence of the bug. I’ve replicated it on singularity and submitted a bug report, as well as petitioning Hans for exploiting.
Will anything happen? It took an enormous uproar for The Mittani to be removed from the CSM, will there be any consequences to Hans or any of his fleet members for abusing what is obviously an exploit like this?
After being caught red handed and admitting having exploited, Hans Jagerblitzen mentioned how he had already posted the FWreddit thread into into CCP’s Skype channel (isn’t that breaking an NDA?) in an effort to tone down the issue:
Already ahead of you. I think we all know how slow the GM’s can be with these matters so I simply linked this Fweddit post directly into the official CCP Skype channel 45 minutes ago. I’m sure they’ll be happy to clarify how acceleration gates work and decide whether or not I’m “exploiting” the game.
Call it hubris if you will, but self-righteous redditors took the time to write some truly inspiring replies, here is the best quoted so far:
Why did you wait until this post was made to decide to step up and “do the right thing?” You had to have been doing this intentionally.. If not the first time in thrashers, definitely the second time when you were all in cruisers. I was there, I watched how brashly you all warped in, and an entire field of 30 cruisers got past 10-15 light tackle, through points/scrams and not a SINGLE cruiser was caught. If that doesn’t speak to it being premeditated on your part, I don’t know what would.
Hell, you’re a high priority target, you KNEW you were going to be called a primary and that tackle was coming your way, which is probably why you chose a plated navy auguror. A plated slow cruiser should not escape a rifter/thrasher/interceptors point. You all knew these things going in, but you all warped in, there was NO intent to fight, you all knew if you just used this bug you would be pushed right through.
Shame. Shame on you. A CSM is supposed to be there, not only to put the ideas of the general gaming community into CCP’s focus, but their original purpose was to be an ethics check, and to hold people accountable for less than ethical behavior and using knowledge of in game bugs/exploits/cheats to their own advantage. T20 and the T2 BPo Lottery. Here you are though, cheating, and as a CSM member to boot.
I have no love for Mittani or Goons, but if one CSM can be asked to resign for an off-color drunken comment that would have been completely ignored if it hadn’t been done in such a public forum, what then do you, as a CSM, think the punishment should be for someone found to be cheating? Or are you going to tell me that your judgement is so clouded, your opinion is so biased and your perspective so narrow that you cannot even call a spade for a spade and admit that this was, in fact, an exploit? Relying on the opinion of a GM to tell you whether or not you’re cheating? FFS man, your job is to watch THEM!
I’m so disappointed in you. Given the opportunity to do so much good for FWar, and given such a wonderful opportunity to represent people in a game we all enjoy, and you cheat to advance your own in game cause. Antithetical to you purpose is just the beginning.
Who gives a shit about the GM’s, and >their< opinion of what constitutes cheating? YOU'RE A CSM MEMBER, DAMNIT. If you can't make ethical decisions on your own, why are you a CSM member? Do you honestly think that in any other circumstance other than implicitly doing it THIS exact way ends with a far different outcome (if you wait til you come out of warp and then try to hit the accel gate, you can be tackled, but if you warp @ 10km AND spam warp, you can be targeted, warp scrambled, and still get away) doesn't constitute an exploit? If you can't even determine if something so blatantly obvious is unethical and cheating.. how are we supposed to trust your judgement on anything that's more nebulous and actually DOES have some grey area to it?
At the very least, you should reflect on yourself and your own actions, and decide whether people want to remember you as the CSM that cheats.. regardless of whether or not CCP decides to do anything.
So, what do you think – did he exploited game mechanics? – if so, what do you think should be CCP Games’ response?