Thursday, August 28, 2014

One Night in Leremblompes, Part 1

There's an old saying, "You should never judge a book by its cover." However, on the other extreme, it would be silly to withhold all judgment until you've read every last word of a book. Once you've read far enough, you can start to make intelligent judgments about the book as a whole.


So it is with the miners of highsec. The New Order has dealt with enough miners to be able to draw some sweeping conclusions. For example, when Agent Mildron Klinker encountered Antiuk's fail-fit Retriever, he knew Antiuk was in desperate need of the Code.
Antiuk > lol mildron
Antiuk > i got all my ore back
Antiuk > so erm your suicide gank
Antiuk > yeah...
Antiuk > WORTH
Mildron Klinker > i dont think you have it back ;-)
Antiuk > 2.8 mil out of 2.9 mil recovered
Antiuk > so yeah
Antiuk > fuck you
Ten minutes after being ganked, Antiuk made a triumphant return to his keyboard. Despite losing his Retriever, he was rather pleased with himself.
Mildron Klinker > oh well, Kill: Antiuk (Retriever) need to replace that first ;-)
Antiuk > i have
Antiuk > insurance + alliance funds
Antiuk > so again
Antiuk > FUCK
Antiuk > YOU
Mildron Klinker > please keep local clean
Antiuk > kiss my arse
Antiuk > stupid pirate cocksucker
Let's return to the subject about judging books by covers. Having seen Antiuk's Retriever fit, and his reaction to being ganked, what conclusions would you draw about him? The length of his EVE career? His corp affiliation, if any?


You might be surprised. Antiuk has been playing EVE since 2008. Most of that six-year period has been spent mining in highsec. He is the CEO of a 30-member corp. The lesson to be learned here is that all highsec miners are pretty much the same. Young or old, NPC corp member or CEO, they are all useless apart from the Code.
Antiuk > learn to gonk with style
Antiuk > or go low sec
Antiuk > at least make sure u get the booty
Antiuk > to cover your costs
Mildron Klinker > lol, i actually made a profit :D
Having lost his 1v1 duel with Mildron, Antiuk nevertheless saw fit to give him some advice. Antiuk was a veteran player, after all.
Antiuk > sure
Antiuk > 100k
Antiuk > to cover that ship
Antiuk > and ammo and weapons
Mildron Klinker > i dont pay for ships
Antiuk > oh sorry forgot eve gives u free ships
Antiuk > and weapons
Antiuk > and kit
Antiuk > and ammo
Antiuk > they have a "Bad pirate fund"
Mildron Klinker > actually, James 315 does indeed ;-)
Antiuk > course he does
Antiuk has spent many years in the Leremblompes system. Somehow he managed to avoid learning about the New Order and highsec's Saviour. This is why Agents move around so much. If the carebears won't come to us, we will go to them.
Antiuk > well
Antiuk > mildron
Antiuk > 1 month of global kill rights
Antiuk > at 0 cost
Mildron Klinker > Antiuk congrats, no use to anybody :D
Antiuk > except u have 29 days of not being able to fly without being freee ganked
Mildron Klinker > euhm, you want to see my list ? :P
Leo Kovalenski > Mildron Klinker happens to be -10 with a 300M+ bounty... killrights are a poor consolation, sorry Antiuk
Antiuk > But setting it global will make me feel better
Antiuk was forced to admit that he experienced total defeat. But let's be real: Someone willing to spend 6 years mining in highsec is bound to have a high tolerance for pain. He shrugged off the loss and sucked on the pacifier of killrights.
Leo Kovalenski > maybe someone will convince him to "elite PvP" in a Macariel :)
Antiuk > Doubt it
Antiuk > that requires skill :P
Antiuk > and PvPers fight back
Mildron Klinker > hey, are you a player ?
Mildron Klinker > it's called Player vs Player, so, yeah, Elite PVP ;-)
Antiuk > Yeah but pvp means they fight back
The miner was ignorant (or feigned ignorance) about the Code, but he was very up-to-date with the latest in carebear philosophy. He wallowed in self-pitying complaints about gankers shooting people who "can't fight back". Because he was unwilling to fight back, he didn't even consider himself a "player"!
Antiuk > anwyays
Antiuk > Where was my one day reprieve?
Antiuk > Iwasnt excessive mining
Antiuk > - If a miner does not wish to purchase a mining indulgence, he may still be granted a one-day reprieve, if he is able to correctly answer the Supreme Protector's Questions Three.
Antiuk > i didnt get my questions
Antiuk > nor a reperieve
Antiuk > u just came in and gayed it up
Antiuk > read your own rules
At last, Antiuk opened his mind to the joys of the Code. He cited a provision allowing miners to get a 24-hour mining pass if they can answer the Supreme Protector's Questions Three.
Antiuk > IF A MINER DOES NOT WISH TO PURCHASE A MINING INDULGENCE
Antiuk > HE MAY STILL BE GRANTED A ONE-DAY REPRIEVE
Antiuk > I WANT my fucking ship
Antiuk > and questions
Reading the Code is a fine thing, but understanding it is even better. Antiuk felt he was somehow entitled to something, despite the fact that he'd never answered the Supreme Protector's Questions Three.
Mildron Klinker > you can contact our Surpreme Protector, and he will give you your questions
Antiuk > give me his name
Antiuk > im going to speak to him
Antiuk > give it up
Mildron Klinker > James 315 is the person you can contact for the questions, Antiuk
Antiuk > is he online now?
Mildron Klinker > and if i did something wrong, he will be happy to reimburse your ship too. Might need to send him a mail though
Antiuk > Oh im gunna, im fairly certain u warping in and ganking me
Antiuk > isnt a one day reprieve
Now the carebear considered himself an expert in the Code. Everyone knows that if you're stopped by a police officer, you don't lecture him about law enforcement. Nor do you tell him you'll report him to the chief and "have his badge". In New Order territory, Agents of the New Order are even more powerful than police officers. Why would you give them less deference?
Leo Kovalenski > if anyone in this system is not being ganked by Mildron Klinker and would like free max orca bonuses, just let me know.
Irisong Solette > funny thing about hisec...
Irisong Solette > after living in null for a while previously...i feel safer there
Irisong Solette > at least their i know who is out to get me :D
Mildron Klinker > hehehe, i go out there and i hardly meet anybody, in highsec, i meet alot of people, some are happy, some are not, right Antiuk ?
Antiuk > Some of us get raped by u not following your own code of conduct
Every miner has his own favorite Miner Bingo quotes. Antiuk really took a liking to the "You're not following your own CODE" square. His EVE career stood precariously on a razor's edge. One false move and he would slip into the darkness, becoming a space lawyer. Agent Mildron Klinker was determined not to let that happen. He wanted to guide this carebear into a life of Code-compliance. Would Mildron succeed, or would Antiuk only produce more tears?

To be continued...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Accusation

Sasha Nyemtsov is the man with the golden voice. He has been systematically translating written Code-related materials into dazzling audio recordings--impressing even the nastiest of carebears. Today's entry, the first part of the Manifesto II. For those less familiar with our history, the Manifesto II is a pre-Order forum post (which was written by yours truly and, like others, can be accessed via our Links page) that sets forth much of the New Order's philosophy. It is notable for predicting the barge buffs and other nerfs to highsec PvP. It is also the longest post anyone has ever made on EVE-O.


As you might expect, the entire Manifesto II cannot be recorded all at once; Sasha is only doing one part at a time. The first section is "The Accusation".

BONUS!

Watch out Bobbins! Veers Belvar has become the latest gadfly of the MinerBumping comments. He claims to support the Code, but is adamantly opposed to suicide ganking. (General Belv, seen below, is his alt.)


The New Order is as open and welcoming a community as any in EVE. Recently, Agents of the New Order including loyalanon and others invited Veers to join them on TeamSpeak for a polite exchange of ideas. The question of the day: What would Veers do if he were given decision-making power, rather than simply posting comments? Veers took the opportunity to express his vision of a "moderate" New Order. Veers criticized today's Agents for adhering to an extreme interpretation of the Code that condones violence and distorts the original, peaceful Code taught and practiced by the Saviour.


This recording is a long one, and its continuation is found here.

Though there can be only one outcome, these kinds of conversations are healthy because they implicitly accept the premise that the Code is the law of highsec and must be obeyed. That is a lesson all the rebels of highsec would do well to learn.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Investigated for Taking People's Fun and Enjoyment

Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." I believe he was speaking of highsec miners. The New Order can't always stop the miners from being desperate, but we can usually make them less quiet. A good gank and they'll pour out their hearts to you.


Meet Hans Karl Myer. He has spent the last two years of his life mining in highsec. It's all he does. It's all he's ever done. In the limitless EVE sandbox, he can think of nothing better than watching his mining lasers cycle. It is a sad life.

There's one other thing you should know about Hans. He does not own a mining permit. He didn't know it, but this put him on a collision course with destiny.


Destiny came in the form of Agent Zane Arnolles, who ganked Hans' fail-fit Retriever while it was illegally gathering ice. Hans responded by sending Zane an interesting EVEmail, which Hans also forwarded to Zane's CEO, loyalanon.


Despite two years of mining, Hans had nothing but that Retriever with which to mine, so he had to quit the game. Hans also confessed to petitioning Zane--for the foul crime of PvP in highsec. According to Hans, CCP told him they would investigate the corp for "taking the fun and peoples enjoyment out of the game."

Say what you want about Agent loyalanon, but he always sticks up for his people. He told Hans that he approved of Zane's actions. He then questioned how Hans could "enjoy" spending years AFK mining in highsec.


Hans claimed seniority.


The New Order does not consist of ageists. (In fact, most of our Agents are 12 year-olds. At least, that's what the carebears tell me.) People don't get special favors depending on how old they are. All must buy permits. loyalanon tried to get this point across. However...


...Hans was reluctant to get a license. He preferred to stay "off the grid", I suppose.


Despite all the New Order had to offer, the carebear had chosen to join the resistance. He offered no additional insight into CCP's allegedly ongoing "Does the New Order take people's fun away?" investigation.


Having exchanged pleasantries at length, loyalanon decided it was time to cut to the chase. He wanted to know what was going on in that 51 year-old miner's head. Why had he spent so many years mining in highsec? Why did he care so much about a single Retriever? Were it not for our Agents, these would remain mysteries forever. But now, having been given the opportunity to play EVE and interact with others for the first time, Hans Karl Myer would open up to the world and speak his truth.


And yet, as is so often the case in highsec, the carebear's "truth" produced more questions than answers. If he was so wealthy, why couldn't he buy another Retriever? Would he really have bought a permit if he'd been asked politely before being blown up? Why can he only mine white glaze now, instead of blue? And without Hans, where will PvP corps ever find another source for blue ice?

We still don't know all the answers. Maybe we never will. But the New Order will never give up its search for truth. Every bot-aspirant is a mystery worth solving.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kills of the Week

It is in the paradoxical nature of love that the more you give, the more you have. The Code operates according to a similar principle. This is why the New Order is capable of fighting--and winning--on multiple fronts simultaneously. During the week of August 17th @ 00:00 EVEtime through August 23rd @ 23:59 EVEtime, the New Order achieved strategic victories in the Alliance Tournament while enforcing the Code all over highsec.



Valock Mo'Punin's 1.2 billion isk Orca contained a mix of tech I shield extenders, an agility tank, and empty rig slots. This was not enough to keep him from being held to account. Interestingly, the Orca contained a transport ship. Maybe Valock should've used the transport ship to transport his goods, intead. The gank was performed by prominent Agents loyalanon and Jerry Rin, who were joined by their friends (mostly from Overload Everything alliance): Voreth Doreign, Demerz, Hair Loss, Le Soltueur, Biggie Kadeyooh, Aronnin, Doomchinchilla, Koz Katral, Gandon Kahler, Douglas Aurelius, Kaydyns, Falopadous, Crazing, and Hynoid.



DrysonBennington, known for his belief that the EULA requires CCP to buff freighters and prevent ganks, is well on his way to getting a "DrysonBennington Kill of the Week" feature. Due to his heightened profile, he was forced to add more tank to his Retriever. Yet he couldn't quite resist putting a mining upgrade in a lowslot. The EULA doesn't require buffed freighers, but the Code requires a proper tank and a permit. DrysonBennington was pursued by Agents Mildron Klinker and Zane Arnolles. A 170m pod was also vaporized during the attack.



The Venture ganking contest is still active for another week! Ra Namura demonstrated the bot-aspirancy of the whole class of Venture pilots when he lost an empty-fit Venture to Hi There 01. Was this another case of a newbie being "bullied"?


Don't fall for that "new player" stuff. Ra Namura was hiding 800 million isk of cargo in that Venture.



I have said before that highsec is not the nullsec alliances' toilet--it's mine. Morden Ray of TEST Alliance Please Ignore broke faith with the highsec community by encroaching on our territory. He brought a logistics ship to the Gamis system with the intent of protecting carebears. Thank goodness for the Guardians of Gamis, Agents Keraina Talie-Kuo and Krominal. They roasted the Scimitar and continued their vital work.



The list of threats to peace in highsec grows by the day. Among the outrages: Unauthorized POSes owned by rebels and other non-compliant entities. In some cases, a POS and/or its components can be expensive. A single Hyasyoda Research Laboratory, seen here, was worth 282 million isk.


For Mother Russia corp was sanctioned for unspecified Code violations. Agents loyalanon, Sophia Soprano, and Mildron Klinker located a cache of POS equipment in the Tolle system and destroyed it all. Over 1.8 billion isk of damage was inflicted.



El Aurian of the E.B.O.L.A. alliance had his 2.3 billion isk pod smashed by Agent D400. Ebola has been in the news a lot these days. Truthfully, there's always going to be one virus or another being reported on to sell a bunch of newspapers. But it's not the exotic diseases you need to worry about; it's the mundane things that do the most harm. For example, bot-aspirancy and carebearism. They might not make for flashy headlines, but they're incredibly dangerous. Luckily there is a cure: the Code. If you refuse to accept the Code, we've got plenty of qualified professionals patrolling highsec, ready to give you a good dose of it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Young Knight

Finding a good corp to join can be tricky for new EVE players. There are so many pilots out there with so many skillpoints, corp recruiters can get away with requirements like, "You must have 10m SP to join" or "You must have 30m SP to join". Where can a brand-new player find a home? Where can newbros meet some friends and learn how to play the game? The New Order, that's where.


A disenfranchised young newbie with few opportunities in this high-skillpoint economy, Salah ad-Din al-Jawahiri heard about the fight for highsec and applied to New Order Logistics. Before long, he was making history.


As a new player, Agent Salah had a special affinity for those highsec residents who were just beginning their EVE careers. He became like their big brother. I don't know why the term "big brother" has such a negative connotation.


Salah's scouting alt, Saif al-Islam al-Jawahiri, came across a 7 day-old character mining ore in a Magnate-class frigate. Which is ridiculous. Said newbie, Elisha Avada, chose the ship because it has a larger cargo bay than a Venture does. She didn't know anything about ore bays.


Salah understood that Elisha was acting out of ignorance. However, he also knew that Elisha was setting a bad example for others: A carebear should not be seen in public mining with a Magnate. He admonished her.


I don't know where she got this idea, but somehow Elisha thought highsec was a place where people can do whatever they want, "without any issues". Agent Salah instructed the miner that she was required to obey the Code.


Note the compassion shown by our Agent. He was authorized to shoot the carebear on sight, but because she was a newie, he gave her a warning. He even told her what to do and how to play the game. What a guy! Salah ad-Din was one chivalrous knight.


You gotta get 'em young. Cigarette companies know this. The New Order knows it, too. Only seven days into the game, Elisha's head was already filled with all sorts of nonsense. She felt she was entitled to mine AFK and disregard the Code. If only an Agent had gotten to her sooner.


Salah shared his beliefs with the miner. And he hoped, for Elisha's sake, that he was getting through to her.


The New Order is nothing if not persistent. If one route is blocked, we'll find another one. The rational approach wasn't working for Salah. Elisha wasn't interested in the Code's logic. It was time for another approach.


Using Saif as a warp-in, Salah dropped his ganker on the mining Magnate and successfully destroyed it. Salah was a new ganker with few skillpoints, but New Order fighters punch above their weight. Absolute faith in the cause and total fearlessness make for a potent combination. Elisha's quadruple-anti-tanked frigate and a hull repairer(!) were no match for him.*

* Yes, that's a structure-tanking fit with four structure-reducing cargo expanders.


Salah anticipated that the gank might be misinterpreted as a hostile act. But before he could explain himself, Elisha let loose.


The carebear refused to see the bigger picture. She only cared about holding onto her possessions. The integrity of the game was of no importance to the greedy young bot-aspirant.


Elisha never considered how her refusal to obey the Code might be damaging the highsec community. Talk about tunnel vision! Although Salah wasn't able to rescue Elisha that day, he was able to inflict some isk damage against the carebear. Taking away a miner's stuff is almost as good as teaching them. Pleased, Salah prepared himself for his next mission. This was a success that he could build upon.

Friday, August 22, 2014

CODEdot Tournament Team Makes History

Unless you've been living under a rock--instead of hanging on every word written about the New Order--you've probably heard the news about the CODE. Alliance Tournament team. The first weekend of the tournament was dominated by discussion of the CODEdot team, and it looks like the same will be true of the second. CCP Gargant announced that CODEdot's next match, scheduled for this weekend, has been cancelled:

"CODE. did not show up for their scheduled match against Red vs. Blue nor did they make any attempt to inform the tournament organizers of their status. We have decided to interpret their actions as a sign of resignation from the tournament. As such they have been disqualified from Alliance Tournament XII and CODE. will not be able to enter future Alliance Tournaments."
Assuming the CODEdot team was planning to attend the match, it's a shame Circle-Of-Two won't get the chance to play. On the other hand, this might be the most exciting thing that's ever happened to them. But enough about Circle-Of-Two. This is about CODEdot.

In addition to banning CODEdot from the remainder of Alliance Tournament XII, CCP Gargant took an extraordinary step: He announced that CODEdot will not be allowed to enter future ones. CODEdot has been officially permabanned from the Alliance Tournament. This is the first time in EVE's history that any alliance has ever been banned from multiple tournaments for any reason, let alone permabanned.

Thus, CODEdot retires from its Alliance Tournament career without having lost a single ship. Even more impressive, CODEdot no longer has even the potential to lose a ship in the future. Or even a shield hitpoint!

Now, I know what you're thinking, skeptics and rebels of highsec. "Big deal. Anyone can forfeit a match and get permabanned from the Alliance Tournament. You better not say CODE always wins."

First of all, don't bother scrolling down to the bottom of this post: You already know it's tagged with the "Victory" tag. Second of all, are you sure any alliance can do what CODEdot did? How sure are you?

Though I'm best known as the Saviour of Highsec, I wear many hats. It just so happens that I am also the foremost historian of EVE. Today, I'm going to do something that I almost never do in a MinerBumping post. I am going to take off my Saviour of Highsec hat (actually a gleaming crown) and put on my EVE Historian hat (actually a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches). The reason I'm doing this is that I want you, the reader, to gain a full appreciation of just how historic CODEdot's Alliance Tournament permaban truly is.

To begin with, AT bans are rare, but they're not unprecedented. In Alliance Tournament IV, Hedonistic Imperative was disqualified from a match for rules violations. One of its team members then shot and destroyed a neutral player who was serving as the tournament cameraman. The team was banned from the remainder of the tournament. More famously, Outbreak. and Hydra Reloaded were banned from Alliance Tournament X. They had been caught cheating by CCP Screegs, head of security.

Note the contrast. Two teams, Outbreak. and Hydra Reloaded, were actually caught cheating, but that was still only enough to get them banned from a single tournament. Until now, no team has ever gotten even a double tournament ban, let alone a permaban.

You might think that CODEdot's forfeiting a match was a particularly severe crime. After all, it prevented another team from being able to play in its place. It didn't, though. Due to lack of interest, only 63 teams signed on for Alliance Tournament XII. The tourney wasn't full. In fact, CODEdot itself didn't make the original application deadline back in May, but CCP extended the deadline because the tournament wasn't even close to full.

But maybe there's something to the idea that forfeiting a match is something new, something that needed a stronger punishment. Let us examine this hypothesis and test it with facts.

There have been high-profile forfeits before. In Alliance Tournament VII, Laconian Syndicate announced it was forfeiting because its first match was to be against an alliance of "veteran players". Therefore, Laconian Syndicate tried to auction off its tourney slot on EVE-O. This caused an especially big stir because the alliance representative doing the auction was Larkonis Trassler, a member of the CSM. People got upset.

Did the Laconian Syndicate team get banned from future tournaments? No. In fact, CCP Navigator went out of his way in the thread to remind people to only place bids, not make complaints and objections, because the thread was in the Sell Order subforum. He actually facilitated the sale.

Another amusing forfeit occurred during Alliance Tournament VI, when Exalted. announced that it was forfeiting for this reason:
"Due to a crippling fear of the Minmatar Militia, Exalted. has to come to the unfortunate conclusion that we must withdraw from the Alliance Tournament. We are spineless hauler gankers and as such we have decided against risking a loss."
That's right, CODEdot wasn't even the first alliance to forfeit partly due to its love of ganking industrial ships! Exalted was not given any punishment for forfeiting.

Nevertheless, there's an important difference between those two forfeits and CODEdot's. Unlike those two alliances, which announced their forfeits on the eve of the contest, CODEdot's team simply failed to appear at the tournament. There was no warning, and no way for CCP to rustle up a replacement team. Perhaps this is why CODEdot's punishment was so far in excess of any yet seen. Have any other alliance teams committed CODEdot's offense--not showing up when called to the field?

Oh yeah.

Oh yyyyeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.

As a matter of fact, many teams have forfeited by failing to show up for the Alliance Tournament. Like, a lot. It has been happening literally since day one. After the first day of the very first Alliance Tournament, all the way back in 2005, CCP announced:
"Sadly a great number of teams had to forfeit their fight because they were engaged otherwise or could not assemble a team of fighters on such short notice."
A "great number of teams" forfeited. A great number forfeited on the first day. The reporter speculates that the teams were otherwise engaged. Maybe ganking carebears in highsec? I hope so.

The punishment, of course, was not a permaban for these teams. There was no punishment for forfeiting whatsoever. You might write all of this off to CCP having difficulty organizing the first tournament. But the forfeits continued in subsequent Alliance Tournaments. Complete statistics are impossible to come by, but Alliance Tournament II still has some of its original reporting online. We have much more detail about it than Alliance Tournament I. From the second day of Alliance Tournament II:
"The Five continued their success from the first day with a win against Serenus Letum; however several subsequent matches proved to be disappointing as the Caldari Gaming Commission announced a number of teams had forfeited their matches."
That's "several" forfeits. In one day. Sixteen matches were scheduled, and they only describe about 11 of them, so we can guess around 5 matches with a forfeiting team (or both teams!). From the report on day four:
"Some unique tactics including smart bombing fleet commanders podding their own players and mining lasers on Megathrons were the highlight of a day that was spoiled by a large number of forfeits. With the tournament moving into the Second Round, many alliances appeared to have given up both on qualifying and the Caldari Navy Raven on offer as compensation..."
A large number of forfeits on one day; it looks like another five of 'em. And day five? Even more:
"The final day of the group stages was one marred by the most forfeits in the competition, but those games that did go ahead provided some firsts for the Tournament."
That looks to be another 7 or so forfeits in a single day. Filling in the gaps, I managed to find an archived version of the day one report on a Finfleet board:
"The final match was the third forfeit of the day which whilst disappointing, allowed the tournament to finish on time."
You see? There's even a silver lining for all those forfeits, as it keeps the tourney schedule moving quickly. No permaban, or any punishment of any kind. But my favorite is the report from day three. After mentioning two other forfeits, we hear about Pure. alliance:
"After forfeiting their first two fights on Friday and Saturday, Pure attended their third against The Five with a lone Ishkur pilot as an apparent sporting gesture."
Not only was the Pure team not penalized for forfeiting, it was allowed to continue on in the tournament. Then it forfeited again. After two forfeits, CCP still allowed them to continue.

Detailed reports on subsequent Alliance Tournaments are harder to come by, since much of it was done on an Interstellar Correspondents website that is no longer online. The official records which are still available simply record wins and losses without noting which matches were forfeits. Nevertheless, bits and pieces of information about forfeits are still available, if you Google and Eve-Search around. Due to financial incentives and better organization, the number of forfeits declined over the years. But they continued. A few examples from about ten minutes of digging around:

In Alliance Tournament III, Serenus Letum forfeited. The team received no punishment whatsoever.

In Alliance Tournament V, SMASH Alliance forfeited. The team received no punishment whatsoever.

In Alliance Tournament IX, United Front Alliance forfeited. The team received no punishment whatsoever.

Then there was Alliance Tournament XII's CODE. alliance...


Yes, that wicked, wicked, naughty CODEdot. How could they forfeit a match? Who would dare do something like that, at an Alliance Tournament of all places?

Seriously, though, across the years, there have probably been around 50+ cases where a team simply didn't show up. Most of those were in the earlier tournaments, but certainly not all. In every single instance, the forfeiting team received absolutely zero punishment whatsoever from CCP. No team has ever been banned from participating in future tournaments due to a failure to appear for a tournament match.

Until CODEdot, that is. They got a tournament permaban--a punishment that even cheaters don't get.

Not that I'm passing judgment or anything. Whilst I am clad in my tweed jacket with leather elbow patches, I am a perfectly objective observer of events. I simply find the matter interesting, from a historical perspective.

You can't say CODEdot isn't good at making history.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highsec Miner Grab Bag #61


Miners, if there's a blog that needs sixty-one editions (and counting) just to highlight a sampling of your miscellaneous tears, you might be doing something wrong. Check the Code to make sure you're following all the instructions. As for the rest of you, welcome to the latest from the Grab Bag!


Shortly after the Alliance Tournament match, an anti-Order rebel sent an EVEmail to me and some random people, including liberty. The rebel should've held off writing until the next day, when MinerBumping revealed that in fact CODEdot won the Alliance Tournament. This is why it's so important not to rush to judgment. Wait until all the facts come in.


Konrad Grunberg insisted he wasn't guilty of illegal mining. He wasn't mining in the asteroid belt; he was just sitting there "doing his own thing". As if the Code permits loitering in highsec!


dragoon Ahashion warned Agent Alyth Nerun that the New Order wouldn't be allowed to do any more ganking in the Abudban system.


dragoon was mistaken. Never listen to the rebels' predictions. Trust our Agents. They're the experts.


William Boeing hates two things: the New Order, and paragraphs.


After carefully skimming William's first EVEmail, I shuddered when I saw a second EVEmail from him in my inbox. He had more to say in part two?


Oh. That wasn't so bad.


This is a classic intercept from the "secret" Anti-Ganking channel. I feel sympathy for our faithful operatives who monitor that place. You need a hazmat suit to spy on a community that toxic.


Vyhul Mi was dissatisfied with the way he was treated by Agent loyalanon in-game, so he requested a house call.


Like so many other carebears, Vyhul was frustrated by his inability to do real-life PvP to defend the honour of his lost ship--in this case a Helios and Capsule. For some reason, carebears are convinced that their kill-to-death ratio would be improved if they could only punch someone's lights out. Every highsec miner has powerful friends in nullsec, they're all doing important things on their main, and they're all martial arts experts IRL.


Agents of the New Order never back down from a fight. loyalanon gave Vyhul the street address of his personal residence in Somalia. (No town or city was provided, because there are few Smith Streets in Somalia.) For some reason, Vyhul chose not to spring for a plane ticket that day. Maybe they'll meet up at Fanfest and become great friends.


You know what the sad thing is? By concluding with "have a nice day", Ding Woot's ominous-sounding EVEmail became one of the more polite pieces of correspondence sent by a highsec miner lately.