Yesterday, an alliance-mate of mine ran into this:
And yeah, you'd be forgiven for wondering why I'm highlighting such a poor ship fit. Well, the player behind it is new, having only joined the game 26 days ago. EVE's learning cliff being what it is, the guy joined a corp. The player probably reasonably expected some help. That corp gave him this ship and this fitting. The pilot involved flew it into null-sec, and the events that happened next followed each other like "B" follows "C". Then the guy starts a conversation with the pilot that killed him. All conversations edited slightly...
starmaser darkborn > i was just traveling what did i do to youSo, you know, lesson learned I'm sure. Welcome to EVE.
Dradius Calvantia > Why do you think you had to do something?
starmaser darkborn > just tell me why u did that
Dradius Calvantia > Because I wanted to...
starmaser darkborn > that was all i had and i don't have and i couldn't afford insurance
starmaser darkborn > and i'm broke
starmaser darkborn > can u at least give me some isk to get a new ship
starmaser darkborn > please man
Dradius Calvantia > Why should I do that?
starmaser darkborn > because u want to be nice after u left me BROKE
The guy goes back to his corp, gets a new ship... and you can probably guess the rest:
Another death, another conversation...
starmaser darkborn > i was trying to ask u not to destroy me
Funkert > oh
starmaser darkborn > why did u
Funkert > i would have totally stopped shooting if you asked
Funkert > i don't like to kill people
Funkert > but its stronger than me
So then the guy that provided the second ship starts in on the conversation...
Funkert > i kill ppl because i'm a bad person
Darsec Tracer > I figured
Funkert > but your friend shouldn't go into 0.0, and not in bad ships either, my corp mate got him earlier today in another 0.0 region
Darsec Tracer > Yep with a Brutix which i also fitted and bought for him
Darsec Tracer > My Corp sent him to his death
The player in question? He's been playing the game for 93 days. The corp is four months old. Needless to say, the guy who lost two ships in one day to the same null-sec corp is now back in an NPC corp himself. Has he quit EVE? Probably. Wouldn't you?
Overall, I'm not sure if I should be welcoming this sort of new blood, or using it as an example of why EVE Online is definitely never going to break into the mainstream. Should the game even be allowing new players to be starting corps so soon? The game wouldn't be a sandbox if it didn't. "Hey guys, let's all play [X]! I'll start a guild!" is the sort of enthusiastic call to arms that works in virtually any MMO... except for this one. In this MMO, such a call is just sending level 1s to be killed by the closest level 80, and causing people to quit shortly thereafter.
Anyway, just something that caught my eye this morning. It'll be a busy couple of days on the blog today and tomorrow: lots of supers killed last week, I want to write about Guild Wars a bit, publish part three of the implants guide, do an update to my "best in class" post from last October, and talk some more about "tug of war" sovereignty.
EDIT (2/Nov/2012): Darsec Tracer is not the CEO of the corp in question as I wrote, but just a friend of the player that lost these two ships. I regret the error.