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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Playing with snakes

I'm going to make this quick because if I don't, the situation I want to mention will already be over.  And that's assuming it's not already over.  And it only started about 12 hours ago as I write this.

Ably covered by both TMC and EN24, there is currently a mini-drama brewing between traditional HBC allies TEST Alliance and Pandemic Legion.  I'm going to skim most of the details (because they are likely to be boring to anyone not familiar with HBC personalities and politics).  But the amusing bit is that a corp whose very in-game description says that "shitlords drove [TEST] into the fucking ground" was cleared to merge into Pandemic Legion, and therefore into the HBC.  A couple of key members of this corp -- previously in TEST -- had gotten their jollies from trolling TEST higher-ups, and the higher-ups took offense.

But technically, there wasn't much the higher-ups could do about it because the trolls would now be blue to TEST.  TEST tried to block the new blues from having forum access.  The blues sent their complaint up the chain, obviously chomping eagerly at the bit to start a new wave of trolling.

Instead of telling everyone involved to STFU and play EVE, Grath Telkin (CEO of Sniggerdly) actually took the situation seriously and asked for an explanation why their new allies weren't given access to the TEST forums.  Unimpressed by the answers he was given, Grath let it be known that anyone in PL who felt like shooting TEST ratters wouldn't be punished for it.  The ink was barely dry on this letter of marque before two TEST ratters, one in a Tengu, were dead.  TEST instantly issued a letter of marque of their own, killing a PL alt corp Tengu.

So... how's that whole war games thing working out for you, PL?

There's a funny throw-away scene in the movie Gladiator in which gladiators, bored between matches, play a game with a live cobra.  The game involves snatching game pieces out from under the cobra while the snake gets more and more angry and tries to bite the players.  The guy what gets the most game pieces without... you know... dying, wins.

And that's all this is, really.  A lot of bored EVE gladiators playing with live cobras.  The guy what kills the most ratting Tengus wins.

The situation started last night just before my prime time, escalated amusingly over the next couple of hours, was basically over by the time I went to bed, and with the morning light is already settling down to nothing more than the briefest bubble.  Will there be any sort of major TEST/PL conflict?  Nope.  Will it impact their relationship?  Nope.  Will it prevent this new corp from joining PL?  Almost certainly not.  Will it impact the CSM8 election and the combined HBC candidate roster?  Don't be silly.

In the meantime, bored gladiators will be bored gladiators, and will play with snakes while they lack anything better to do.  But it's a long way between playing with a single snake under a basket and taking on a whole jungle full of them.  So don't take the situation too seriously, and don't expect it to escalate.  But it is an interesting example of the sort of thing that we can expect during this quiet period in EVE history...

17 comments:

  1. I love your reference to eighteenth century privateers and the Empires giving them Letters of Marque! ;) Too bad nothing will come of this, nothing at all has been happening in EvE in regards to SOV.

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    1. Indeed, it is unfortunate that the Eve universe spans only from Catch, west to Delve, north to Deklein, and east to Vale of the Silent. Sov Warfare used to be so much more active before they removed the eastern half of the map.

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    2. Not sure why you'd expect any sov warfare to come out of a disagreement between PL and TEST...

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  2. That comment in their corp desc. is a edit/reference to ESG's downfall in 2012.

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  3. Well maybe now Shatdoo will hurry up his Thunderdome matches as firebreaks before a few more conflicts fan the tinder & escalate into a full fledged inferno?

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  4. Nothing ever will again, no matter what you nerf or change. The game is too old and people love their pixels too much.

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  5. The tengu that was awoxed first was in DAWWW (Test Friends) not Test. We're ex-Li3 members who didn't want to follow Jade to Vale and the CFC.

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  6. Speaking of playing with snakes... has't there been a lil uptake in corp/Alliance thefts? I imagine if TEST does Failscade there'll be alot of space auctioned off but what about hard cash & goo hordes ( or is HBC tapped out & in hock to CFC anywayz?)?

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  7. The preferred spelling is "champing" at the bit.

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  8. PL already left the HBC. Sort Dragon is going to do his own thing and lead the HBC separate from being in PL. Shadoo basically spilled the beans that PL is looking to farm TEST now that they're permanently neutral.

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    1. Thats a big carcas tofeed upon... especially notall of it is dead yet! HBC eedup not following Montrolio into war due to meta game politic loss

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  9. If the Empires were to issue Letters of Marque, for a weekly fee, then when Concord turns up, oh you're licensed for this target, carry on ma'am. The Empire Navy and (some)other players, however...

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    1. a letter of Maque contract would be an interesting game mechanicCP should investigate in lo/NULL/WH space

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  10. Yeah, and nothing much more is likely to happen.

    Contrary to the old saying "war is good for business", it is actually peace that is more profitable, in EVE. A fair number of alliance leaders are now making good RL bank on ISK sold to RMTers in China, and have every reason not to want to tip the boat, until CCP eventually pulls the plug.

    According to my cousin in Shenzhen, who runs one of the "gold farms", at least one US-based EVE alliance leader is making a couple thousand USD per month, from selling ISK to him (which my cousin is more than happy to sell back to you, the players, at only a very slight markup).

    Sorry... no names, so don't ask. EVE is just a game for you, but it is RL money in the bank for others. :)

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    1. can you at least confirm / deny that the RMT traders use Chribba to launder their ISK?

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    2. RMTers don't launder ISK through any single player. They primarily use trial accounts, which are recycled frequently, and disposable toons, which are eventually sold on the character bazaar to unsuspecting players.

      They also don't leave obvious "money trails" for Team Security to follow. Most of the transfers are done via goods, exchanged between accounts by various difficult/impossible-to-trace methods such as jetcans and the market. For example, items are dropped in space by one account, scooped by another account and put up on market, and then purchased by a third account, thus transferring ISK from the third account to the second, via a completely legitimate exchange, which differs not at all from the tens or hundreds of thousands of other market transactions per day in EVE.

      Amusingly, scam contracts are also used to exchange larger amounts of ISK. One account puts up a scam contract (for example, selling 1 Carbon under a contract titled "Charon for sale") and another account picks up the contract, apparently getting scammed. You'd be amazed at how much ISK is transferred each day via scam contracts.... :)

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  11. Let's be honest: what we can expect during this quiet period in EVE history is a hundred little things that, in any other period, might have been pebbles that started the avalanche of a major sov null conflict, but here and now will be brief bumps in the road to the solifification of the Blue Donut.

    That said, as long as there are people like Grath Telkin who believe their own alliance and/or coalition's propaganda more than they do the realpolitik of EVE there is still some small hope for the avalanche. Keep trying, internet spaceship gamers! Maybe you'll hit upon the lucky spot where there are no metagame diplomats to smooth things over and you really will get to kick off a wave of destruction that wipes clean everyone around you!

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