Kill of the week honors goes to this Tengu kill, brought to my attention by Steph Wing:
On paper, there's nothing really all that special about this kill. It's a pretty standard solo PvE Tengu, apparently solo'ing sites in a class 2 wormhole. I like Warhead Rigors instead of Warhead Flares for missile rigs, and it's usually worthwhile to fire Scourge Fury missiles in PvE rather than T1 Scourges. But other than that, nothing special to see here. A little roaming squad found this guy, a cloaky Helios pointed him, the Sabre bubbled him. The Tengu pilot managed to kill the Helios but by that time, he was caught.
Down goes one Tengu and one pretty standard +4 implant pod. Again, nothing special about it. Happens dozens of times every day in every part of New Eden.
Except this guy's reaction, which you can find in a companion post out at Failheap Challenge. Short version (edited slightly):
[ 2012.08.01 03:35:42 ] Drakan290 > yeah i'm actually done playing this gameAbout ten minutes after the loss, the pilot involved here got back into his wormhole, took a look around his POS, and decided in that moment that EVE was no longer for him.
[ 2012.08.01 03:35:46 ] Drakan290 > i'm tired of not having any fun
[ 2012.08.01 03:36:12 ] Drakan290 > if you or your friends are still in this wh warp to last planet moon 1
[ 2012.08.01 03:36:19 ] Drakan290 > there's like 20 ships just outside chilling
[ 2012.08.01 03:36:24 ] Drakan290 > all fitted and shit
[ 2012.08.01 03:37:03 ] hanro > i'm sorry you aren't having any fun. i really do enjoy eve. if you're serious, i've got your POS BMd and will gladly take your stuff and put it to good use if you drop the shield.
[ 2012.08.01 03:38:01 ] Drakan290 > jetcan has 2000billion isk worth of shit
[ 2012.08.01 03:38:06 ] Drakan290 > all yours
[ 2012.08.01 03:38:09 ] Drakan290 > shield off
People stop playing EVE for all kinds of reasons, but all of them usually come down to "I'm not having fun any more." Whether you call this rage-quitting or not, the response from those of us still here is always the same, some variation of "Can I have your stuff?" Usually, the answer is "no" or the person involved just ignores the question (which comes down to the same thing). The implication is that sooner or later, that player will be back and doesn't want to have to start from scratch. But so far this year, I'm seeing an increasing number of cases where the answer is "yes." It's an unfortunate trend, and one that I hope CCP is taking seriously.
The strange thing is that although this trend nearly always centers around some kind of loss-mail, it's hardly ever a loss-mail that's all that impressive. As the post on FHC makes clear, this guy could have easily replaced this Tengu. He had solo access to a C2 wormhole, a personal POS, and a nice ship collection that apparently included a replacement Tengu.
The straw that breaks the camel's back is never particularly different from all the other straws there. It's only special in that it just happened to be the one that did the job.
Thanks for the pointer, Steph! And congrats on your good fortune! Wish you'd sent me something a little less depressing, though. ;-)
EDIT (6/Aug/2012): Once his stuff was jettisoned, he appears to have sold his character, too.