In a week that's been marked by a bit of Incursion drama, I think I'll go with something a little unusual for my KOTW this week:
Just glance at this kill and you'll see nothing particularly remarkable about it, except for the fact that it's unusual to see a Hel at all, and doubly unusual to see a T2 fitted super-carrier. Then you might notice where the kill took place: Pator, a starting school system only a couple of jumps from Rens, which is a major market hub. What's a super-carrier doing in high-sec?
The answer is partially filled in by this ISD story listed on the main EVE website earlier this week. But the ISD story does not fill in all of the pieces of the picture... not even close.
Look up Drake Arson on EVE-Kill and you'll find a decent but unremarkable PvP pilot who almost entirely sticks to the low-sec Teshkat system and the surrounding area. I would dearly love to know the background that caused CCP to pluck this pilot out of the ranks of the "Sansha sympathizer" role-players and give him a super-carrier with which to attack other EVE players in high-sec!
A close look at the fit will show that he was prevented from doing too much damage. There were no drones on board, and as far as I've been able to tell, there were no fighters or fighter-bombers allowed, either. Arson's only direct attack capability was via the three neuts he had fitted, a long-range point... and the Sansha rats that were included as part of this Live Event. Close observation of the APIs over the course of the event confirmed there were very few PvP kills in Pator while it was happening, so apparently, the database was fooled into thinking that Arson was just "a big rat" for the purposes of the event.
Almost certainly, there was a GM monitoring the event, and almost certainly, Arson had major restrictions given him by the GM regarding what he could and could not do. Still, the net result was clear enough: an EVE player was given CCP sanction and reason to attack other EVE players in high-sec with no personal consequences to himself...
...outside of the role-playing arena.
This is "beautiful", another Sansha sympathizer role-player said, and I agree: it is a tremendous bone thrown from CCP to EVE's role-playing community. I believe it's the first time anything even approaching this has happened. Usually, CCP is content to sit back and let players create much of EVE's content. But this time, CCP directly injected themselves into the process.
And getting normally skittish high-sec bears into the habit of shooting other EVE players can only be a good thing for the long-term health of the game. ;-)
We've had GM-run Live Events from time to time. But getting EVE players involved in the process might go a long way toward increasing the frequency of these events. I love the out-of-the-box thinking on this and I hope it continues!