It is often said that EVE players are to nerds what nerds are to “normal” people. Let’s not fool ourselves. EVE Online has a…certain reputation and its players love it.
The seemingly unforgiving nature of the game is appealing and the best part is that the players are responsible for it. Anything really bad that happens to you in-game is probably the consequence of another player doing it to you, not the game itself.
So, while there are many redeeming factors to this sandbox, I tend to make a big deal of the following wonderful fact which I treasure and which has made me keep paying for my subscription at times when I could not log in that much and was considering quitting.
The most incredibly fun way to be successful and rich is through direct competition with (and the hurting of) your fellow players. Nothing tastes better than the fruit you can take from another defeated player, especially in an environment where losses matter.
This takes me to a story that, once again, teaches us that everybody is out to get you in EVE Online, that you cannot trust strangers further than you can throw them, and that you can always depend on stupid.
The story begins with ShodanSpectre joining the AQUILA INC [AQILA] public channel in-game. Perhaps not knowing Verge of Collapse and their attitude towards making random people miserable, he was immediately approached by smaster and other BLOOM. pilots to set blue standings out of good faith and, eventually, convinced to ShodanSpectre to haul a considerable amount of Strontium Clathrates to a certain lowsec destination using his own freighter. The conversation went like this:
[ 2013.01.08 16:57:25 ] ShodanSpectre > Hi guys!
[ 2013.01.08 16:57:49 ] Royal Jedi > o/
[ 2013.01.08 16:59:11 ] ShodanSpectre > I’m a CEO of a new WH pvp corp, sorta wanted to get to know you better, maybe fly together now and then
[ 2013.01.08 17:01:50 ] smaster > we can set you blue
[ 2013.01.08 17:03:17 ] ShodanSpectre > Yes I’d appreciate that =)
[ 2013.01.08 17:03:25 ] Marivauder > 500mill fee straight to marivauder for blue status
[ 2013.01.08 17:03:25 ] ShodanSpectre > corp standing or ally?
[ 2013.01.08 17:03:29 ] smaster > alright, i set you blue with alliance
[ 2013.01.08 17:04:15 ] smaster > you should see our set to blue fleets in fleet finder from now on
[ 2013.01.08 17:04:33 ] ShodanSpectre > Thank you. Setting VoC blue too
[ 2013.01.08 17:04:49 ] smaster > \o/ welcome aboard
[ 2013.01.08 17:05:55 ] ShodanSpectre > smaster you the ally executor?
[ 2013.01.08 17:06:14 ] smaster > sure, why not?
[ 2013.01.08 17:06:28 ] ShodanSpectre > I mean the _real_ one… I see that the formal one in from some 5-char corp…
[ 2013.01.08 17:06:37 ] ShodanSpectre > Ok =)
[ 2013.01.08 17:06:52 ] Robopleasure > That’s the holding corp
[ 2013.01.08 17:06:54 ] smaster > ofc i am using my alts for that….. would be silly to do that with my main
[ 2013.01.08 17:06:57 ] Robopleasure > The important one
[ 2013.01.08 17:07:57 ] ShodanSpectre > I see… well I guess it’s OK to use main as CEO for a small corp
[ 2013.01.08 17:08:56 ] ShodanSpectre > So… you got some CTA going on now and then?
[ 2013.01.08 17:09:08 ] Robopleasure > We’re being invaded by aharm
[ 2013.01.08 17:09:41 ] ShodanSpectre > Sorry, don’t know who those are…
[ 2013.01.08 17:09:50 ] smaster > yes we have CTAs
[ 2013.01.08 17:11:22 ] smaster > so how much experience in wormholes do you have yet?
[ 2013.01.08 17:11:34 ] ShodanSpectre > Well I guess we both can gain from cooperation. I’ll get some experience and you’ll get some help… not much but… well at least all of my corpmates can scan or light cynos or haul strontium =)
[ 2013.01.08 17:11:47 ] smaster > excellent
[ 2013.01.08 17:11:48 ] ShodanSpectre > I personally have about… 8 months
[ 2013.01.08 17:12:31 ] smaster > how do you rate your personal wh experience on a scale from 1 to 10?
[ 2013.01.08 17:12:52 ] ShodanSpectre > living in C5 that is. Before went into random WHs
[ 2013.01.08 17:13:19 ] ShodanSpectre > 7 I guess
[ 2013.01.08 17:13:24 ] smaster > great
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:04 ] ShodanSpectre > will there be any sort of exam?
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:22 ] smaster > no, but as you ask, could u help us haul some stront?
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:40 ] ShodanSpectre > Ok, what the destination?
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:44 ] smaster > we need like 400k in Tunudan
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:48 ] smaster > top station
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:51 ] ShodanSpectre > and how much?
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:54 ] smaster > 400k
[ 2013.01.08 17:14:57 ] ShodanSpectre > ok 400k
[ 2013.01.08 17:15:05 ] smaster > you can contract with the price in that station to my corp
[ 2013.01.08 17:15:24 ] smaster > and put something on top for the help with the hauling
[ 2013.01.08 17:15:33 ] ShodanSpectre > that’s 1.2kk m3… heh
[ 2013.01.08 17:15:57 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > hmm theys prob not enough
[ 2013.01.08 17:16:05 ] smaster > if u cant haul it all, we can split it up
[ 2013.01.08 17:16:12 ] smaster > its ok when u help a bit
[ 2013.01.08 17:16:38 ] smaster > if you can….
[ 2013.01.08 17:16:57 ] ShodanSpectre > By what time needed?
[ 2013.01.08 17:17:19 ] smaster > around until thursday would be awesome
[ 2013.01.08 17:17:24 ] smaster > wednesday be perfect
[ 2013.01.08 17:18:18 ] ShodanSpectre > My freighter is in our C5, I’ll see if it can be used
[ 2013.01.08 17:18:29 ] smaster > thanks m8, highly appreciated
[ 2013.01.08 17:19:27 ] ShodanSpectre > “top station” – in the drop-down list by right-clicking, I guess?
[ 2013.01.08 17:19:31 ] smaster > yes
[ 2013.01.08 17:20:09 ] ShodanSpectre > kk. I’m just from the russian community… some terms are differently interpreted =)
[ 2013.01.08 17:20:22 ] smaster > alright
[ 2013.01.08 17:27:51 ] ShodanSpectre > If my intel is correct and all goes good, will be done in ~2 hrs
[ 2013.01.08 17:27:59 ] smaster > \o/
[ 2013.01.08 17:28:01 ] smaster > thanks m8
[ 2013.01.08 17:28:04 ] Robopleasure > Kill: Big Thom (Capsule)
[ 2013.01.08 17:29:56 ] ShodanSpectre > Will there be any escort in the final lowsec system?
[ 2013.01.08 17:30:10 ] smaster > let me see if i can come over and help you
[ 2013.01.08 17:30:17 ] ShodanSpectre > I will scout with alt of course
[ 2013.01.08 17:32:55 ] smaster > ok i am on my way
[ 2013.01.08 17:33:12 ] ShodanSpectre > Err.. it’s too early
[ 2013.01.08 17:33:17 ] smaster > oh…. ok
[ 2013.01.08 17:34:08 ] ShodanSpectre > In… about an hour will the freighter enter 1st time
[ 2013.01.08 17:34:26 ] smaster > alright i will come and help u then
[ 2013.01.08 17:34:37 ] smaster > let me know a bit before its about time
[ 2013.01.08 17:41:49 ] smaster > its 12 jumps for me
[ 2013.01.08 17:47:59 ] ShodanSpectre > ок. btw Shodan Lexx alt can you add to this channel, too?
[ 2013.01.08 17:48:12 ] smaster > invited
[ 2013.01.08 18:00:43 ] Shodan Lexx > smaster in this channel safe for such tactical info exchange?
[ 2013.01.08 18:01:14 ] Doc Hollidai > wat
[ 2013.01.08 18:01:59 ] Doc Hollidai > safest channel evar
Of course, you can imagine how the story progressed.
[ 2013.01.08 19:00:26 ] Shodan Lexx > Guys I didn’t expect you to fall this low for a kill. Entire ally
[ 2013.01.08 19:01:28 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > hahaha
[ 2013.01.08 19:01:31 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > retard
[ 2013.01.08 19:02:39 ] Shodan Lexx > Fatyn you planned this from the start?
[ 2013.01.08 19:03:25 ] X Neel > told ya
[ 2013.01.08 19:03:43 ] smaster > Fatyn is honourable
[ 2013.01.08 19:04:00 ] smaster > he didnt have to do anything with this
[ 2013.01.08 19:04:11 ] Shodan Lexx > Voland007 > smaster you today be in NPC corpVoland007 > i promisee(he was right :-/ never mess with russians)And this person is talking about messing not messing with russians…
[ 2013.01.08 19:04:25 ] Shodan Lexx > smaster ‘s bio I mean
[ 2013.01.08 19:05:38 ] smaster > I actually got kicked from my corp for killing volands friends
[ 2013.01.08 19:05:42 ] Shodan Lexx > Fatyn is a member of ally who’s CEO falls this low for cheating. Just a freighter kill. If I’d said I’d come on a badger you’d kill a badger?
[ 2013.01.08 19:05:57 ] smaster > yes, sir
[ 2013.01.08 19:06:15 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > why are you mentioning fatyn lol
[ 2013.01.08 19:06:17 ] smaster > we kill freighters, badgers, noobships, merlins, cyno ibis, u name it
[ 2013.01.08 19:06:20 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > he had nothign to do with this
[ 2013.01.08 19:06:34 ] Shodan Lexx > he invited me to this channel
[ 2013.01.08 19:06:57 ] Shodan Lexx > and he made you all look like a group of normal guys
[ 2013.01.08 19:07:00 ] smaster > why didnt u mention this earlier
[ 2013.01.08 19:07:01 ] Shodan Lexx > friends etc
[ 2013.01.08 19:07:12 ] smaster > i dont want to kill fatyns friends
[ 2013.01.08 19:09:23 ] Shodan Lexx > He said he’d convo you and tell the ally leaders about me
[ 2013.01.08 19:09:37 ] Shodan Lexx > Fatyn you here or what?
[ 2013.01.08 19:10:06 ] X Neel > блин)
[ 2013.01.08 19:10:08 ] X Neel > ну хватит)
[ 2013.01.08 19:10:47 ] Shodan Lexx > так вас тут скоко русских?
[ 2013.01.08 19:10:56 ] X Neel > нисколько
[ 2013.01.08 19:11:00 ] X Neel > я вообще ниотсюда
[ 2013.01.08 19:11:12 ] Shodan Lexx > А, ну да
[ 2013.01.08 19:11:48 ] hemzus > )))
[ 2013.01.08 19:12:35 ] Shodan Lexx > Well, if you thought I was just a random guy that entered this channel and asked to be friends it’s semi-fair to kill one like this… was surprised you agreed to give blue right away
[ 2013.01.08 19:13:11 ] Shodan Lexx > at least get the combats away
[ 2013.01.08 19:13:36 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > i feel bad about this now that i had time to think about it
[ 2013.01.08 19:13:44 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > please fill this in and we will sort you out
[ 2013.01.08 19:13:46 ] ROSSLINDEN0 > eveaquila.com/reimburse.php
[ 2013.01.08 19:16:25 ] Shodan Lexx > heh… well I will
[ 2013.01.08 19:21:49 ] Shodan Lexx > well, submitted
He did, in fact, fill out the “reimbursement form“.
Here is a pretty nice video of the kill by BLOOM. where we are treated to some quality yarr music and the surprise of the Verge of Collapse pilots when the freighter pilot jumped.