Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Crazy Like a Foxbolt, Part 6

Previously, on MinerBumping... The secret origin story of Admiral Foxbolt, an (allegedly) CCP-approved player retention specialist, was revealed. The first CEO of The Wis, Foxbolt had been outraged by watching the video of a memorable presentation at Fanfest. Foxbolt vowed to put a stop to the cyber-bullying that takes place in EVE.

Foxbolt had been mocked in a previously closed thread on EVE-O. But Foxbolt continued to take the fight to the enemy in his own thread. His connection to The Wis wasn't the only thing that made him distinct from the rest of the Ganking Is Bullying crowd: He also boasted an endorsement from CCP.

(A fine attitude, if the "good cause" he referred to was enforcement of the Code.)

As Foxbolt reached the conclusion of his speech, he sent forth a call to action. Foxbolt knew he couldn't succeed in his quest alone. He needed help from the other people who still read EVE-O.

One more word of appreciation to his colleagues at CCP, and Foxbolt was ready for the reaction from the EVE community, come what may.

The community reaction was decidedly hostile. Last time, the mockery had taken place in a thread he hadn't discovered until it was already locked. Now Foxbolt was in a position to reply to each and every post that criticized him. He flaunted his CCP-approved status.

"Lions don't run."

...Yet even lions can't post in a locked thread. Reacting swiftly--more swiftly, perhaps, than usual--the ISD closed Foxbolt's thread. Notably, ISD Buldath cited nine separate grounds for the lock. (That must approach, if not claim, the record.) After quoting the nine different types of rule violations, Buldath wrote, simply, "No."

One of the rules cited did not bode well for the new sheriff. Annoyed by the closure of his thread, Foxbolt dashed off a petition to CCP:
"Dear CCP,
I caught into the following tread being put out in the open to discredit my efforts to help CCP Games.... https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&m=6134390

I wrote the following tread to further show my company's support for CCP... and you will continue to have our support through every storm.... https://forums.eveonline.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=453257

We hope to encourage the crowd that actually cares about the work and effort that CCP's staff commit to in order to keep EVE fully active."
Foxbolt pointed to the thread devoted to mocking him, and his own thread. (Both have since been deleted from EVE-O, hence the links are dead.) It didn't escape Foxbolt's notice that the anti-Foxbolt thread had been left open nearly ten times as long as his own thread. Now Foxbolt began to lose patience with CCP's lack of support for its player retention specialist:
Dear CCP & "Senior GM Cid",
The following email was sent to "ISD Buldath" for "Restricting Freedom of Speech". ISD Buldath abused his power by closing a tread when it wasn't even open for 15mins. The following letter was sent to him....

I noticed how you guys allowed a negative post regarding myself, and how you allowed it to remain up for at least 2 pages...However as soon as I post a tread exposing the light on some things that needed to be said.... you seem to think it's ok to restrict a person's freedom of speech..... all of your reasons can be countered..... but I'm not going to waste my time probing and making and example out of you at this time from a legal stand point.

Your not going to suppress the truth..... if you think you truly have power, and you attempt to silence me again, I will make a legal and moral example out of you.

You think about that while your being a prick behind the keyboard the next time you think it's a good idea to step on me.

Admiral. Foxbolt"
Less than two days had passed since Foxbolt's client's Hulk had been ganked by the New Order. In that time, Foxbolt was making more enemies than he ever could have imagined. He wouldn't be deterred, not even if the ISD stood in his way. Lions don't run. But why would Foxbolt's supposed allies at CCP be turning against him?

To be continued...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Crazy Like a Foxbolt, Part 5

Previously, on MinerBumping... Agent loyalanon faced his greatest challenge yet when Admiral Foxbolt un-biomassed himself and declared that he'd received a license from CCP to help improve player retention. Foxbolt's first act was to demand the reimbursement of a Hulk pilot's loss and submit a detailed proposal to CCP on limiting suicide ganks in highsec. After Foxbolt filed his proposal through the petition system, he threatened CODEdot with all-out war.

It truly was, as Foxbolt said, a clash of the titans. The convo crackled with power. It was as if the world might split open at any moment.

The stakes were nothing less than the future of all highsec. loyalanon offered to sell Foxbolt a mining permit one last time before the convo came to an abrupt conclusion. Foxbolt readied himself for war. But his next challenge would come from unexpected quarters...

Thanks to EveSkunk, news of Foxbolt's threats against CODEdot were made public the very next day. The Crime & Punishment subforum on EVE-O became host to a thread about Foxbolt. The author went to Foxbolt's corp's official website to learn about the man's agenda. According to Foxbolt's website:
"A lifetime pc gamer who got tired of the cruel and inhumane treatment of good and moral players getting harassed and becoming victims of cyber-bullying, he took a stand and created his own company driven in building a team of experts in human relations to help players as human beings in building healthy and sustainable social and emotional relations among the gaming community. Before going into his own full-time business, he worked for the Department of Justice as a Federal Law-Enforcement Officer. After 12-years of law enforcement experience, he turned in his badge to pursue his passion for helping the gaming community. His passion and love for this product is what lead to the creation of "Battlestar Gaming, LLC". He is driven in helping CCP's monthly retention-levels by simply treating and caring for the players as human-beings."
Foxbolt wasn't kidding around. His corp really was devoted to player retention, not mining or mission-running.

Thermal Damage spoke for most observers.

The thread was closed, so Foxbolt struck back with a thread of his own.
"I must admit in all my years of playing EVE that I've learned something very important about the personalty profiles of people. We all have a "Physical Reality Profile" and we all have a "Virtual Reality Profile". It is my belief at this time that our " "Virtual Reality Profile" is our true profile even in the physical reality. For the most part, if your a vindictive ******* in the virtual, that's honestly who you are in physical reality..... however you wear a mask and obey society's laws (while law abiding people are watching) in order to not get locked up.... and most of these "true assholes" keep their physical mouths shut because they don't want to get their teeth knocked out.

I read the entire tread... I saw nothing positive, yet people who simply desire to be negative and striving to tear down something that truly aims to help humanity. I forgive you......."
Foxbolt took center stage, roundly condemning the previous thread and speaking with passion about his mission to improve player retention. What motivated him so? Now Foxbolt revealed the secrets of his past, the origin story of this unlikely hero.

Admiral Foxbolt has been biomassed a number of times. His corp, BATTLESTAR FEDERATION, had also been dissolved and reopened on numerous occasions.

Through its many iterations, Battlestar Federation has evaded many a wardec. Only its values remained constant.

Joseph Grafton was Admiral Foxbolt's alt. One look at his employment history tells the tale.

Over and over again, Battlestar Federation has been shut down, only to be reborn. It's hard to imagine that anyone would bother joining such a corporation, other than Foxbolt and his alts. And yet there was. One EVE player joined Battlestar Federation as his first corp.

Who was it, and what kind of a man would that experience make? WARNING: Plot twist incoming!

No... Not you...

It can't be...

To be continued...

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Kills of the Week

According to Greek mythology, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades each drew lots to determine their role in governing the universe. Supposedly Hades got a raw deal, being selected to rule the underworld. But when you think about it, far more people are dead than alive. Similarly, the vast majority of EVE players reside solely in highsec. As Agents of the New Order, we reward and punish the carebears according to their actions and our Code. Let's take a look at some players who were especially deserving of punishment during the week of November 15th @ 00:00 EVEtime through November 21st @ 23:59 EVEtime.

Achillia Trebaculous managed to lose a shuttle worth nearly a billion isk. For someone who belongs to a corp called "Shield Nation", she didn't use much tank for the job. Her alliance name, on the other hand, was spot on. Yet Achillia might've gotten away with her foul crimes, had it not been for Agent Brutal Anna's quick thinking.

The shuttle contained these blueprints. My advice? Always bet on the Catalyst.

Agent Kalorned's latest elite PvP video was featured on MinerBumping last week. yoda algeche attempted to assassinate Kalorned with his Drake Navy Issue after Kalorned repeatedly bumped it out of range of the rats he was trying to kill. You saw the video, but now you can see how fail-fit the faction Drake was. Apparently yoda was going for a "power" fit. Nice try, but real power is only found in the Code.

Dan Mile also had a ship capable of shooting back. He was confident that he could destroy Agent Zopiclone's Catalyst. In addition to an impressive structure tank, Dan had a trump card up his sleeve: He had a kill right on Zopiclone! But Dan's Brutix Navy Issue was doomed to fail. He was incinerated by Agent... well...

Dan Mile > jfuckoff, yu are next
Zopiclone > gf Dan Mile
Zopiclone > good way to waste a Brutix
Dan Mile > dont know why the bastards took me out, i had a kill right on you.
Dan Mile > oh well.
Dawn DiDacyria > Did you activate your kill right Mr Mile?
Zopiclone > Dan Mile you should Join CODE
Zopiclone > We will teach you Elite PVP
Mastering highsec PvP is always more difficult than the rebels assume.

ShiKirah was the latest to employ an increasingly popular method of tanking her industrial: Fitting no modules, also known as the "lazytank". This technique is known to boost your EHP beyond what an anti-tank fit offers. Best of all, it costs nothing, so the carebear doesn't need to spend any of her precious isk. Agent HotShotX Warcastle objected to ShiKirah's fit. Highsec isn't meant to be free.

Another popular hauling method: Carry everything you own in one trip.

A philosophical question: Does this count as one ragequit or two?

Agent HotShotX Warcastle was on fire this week! So were the carebears, at least after HotShotX torched them. Ameansob piled 1.8 billion isk of garbage into his heavily anti-tanked ship. Should've gone with the lazytank. Once again, a bot-aspirant was caught in the Inaro system. Hmmm...

Blood and Ice Cream Industries corp invested in some structures, but they never got around to telling us about it. Without obtaining permission, permits, or defenses of any kind, their plans were bound to end in tragedy. Agents Aaaarrgg, Pod-Goo RepoWoman, FightMeNow, and Pod-Goo Repairman had no choice but to destroy their most prized possession.

There's more than one way to gank a freighter. Blood and Ice Cream Industries would probably have sent someone to complain about "not being warned", but even that would've been too much trouble. They didn't learn their lesson. The next day, our heroes returned and inflicted an additional 350 million isk of losses by removing their remaining structures.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Highsec Miner Grab Bag #93

Sounds like someone went on a trip and didn't bring his New Order mining permit with him. Don't make that mistake! Please get your paperwork in order and enjoy this edition of the Grab Bag.

Presumably Admiral Thellere means that I'll soon die in-game. Clones are free these days, so why would that bother me?

Based on an exhaustive review of the available intelligence, Admiral Thellere intends to attack New Order territory and destroy the Code. On the other hand, he biomassed himself.

Let's set the record straight. The New Order never exploits game mechanics. Nor do we exploit EVE players. You can read about our exciting exploits, though.

Say "no" to drugs. Say "yes" to the Code. A lot of miners have that backwards.

I know Freudian psychology has fallen out of favor these days, but there might be something to it.

Did you need the "kid" square on a recent game of Miner Bingo? Too bad you didn't run into Nikita Paval.

Nikita also would've been good for a "faggot" and a "rape", had those potential squares made the final cut.

Code > Kill Rights, any day. If CCP really wants to help miners, they should earn Code Rights each time they're ganked.

Stuskie claimed to be an innocent man. He didn't act like one, though. Those are the tears of a guilty carebear.

Miners often complain that they didn't receive sufficient warning before being ganked. But as you can see, they usually don't "get" the Code until their ship is on fire.

Belgarison was ready to make some truly dangerous assumptions about our attitude toward newbies and players with trial accounts. Friend, let me put your concerns to rest. Newbies and trial account users get the same benefits of the Code as everyone else.

Hey, you're welcome, man.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crazy Like a Foxbolt, Part 4

Previously, on MinerBumping... A chance encounter with a bot-aspirant Hulk led to a legal crisis in highsec. The Hulk belonged to a "paying client" of Admiral Foxbolt, who had returned to EVE to provide player-retention services. After unsuccessful negotiations with our Agents, Foxbolt warned of the imminent banning of everyone in CODEdot. He claimed he had the full support of CCP.

Immediately afterward, Foxbolt drafted his recommendations to CCP on how to handle the Hulk incident. The considerate player-retention specialist forwarded a copy to key members of CODEdot--as well as his client. That way the Hulk pilot would know what he was paying for.

Foxbolt believed in a contradiction: That ganking is legitimate and allowed, but still constitutes harassment. You've heard of the "Ganking Is Bullying" movement, but you might be surprised how common the "ganking is harassment" belief is. For example, consider noted EVE blogger The Nosy Gamer, who typifies the "ganking should be allowed, but it's harassment [and therefore shouldn't be allowed]" sentiment.

For all his faults, Foxbolt managed to at least concede one of the other contradictions of the theme park crowd: Highsec PvP'ers have accounts, too.

Since Agent loyalanon wouldn't reimburse the Hulk, Foxbolt needed to get the money for his client from somewhere else. CCP has the power to print unlimited isk, so Foxbolt hoped they would step in.

Foxbolt concluded his petition to CCP. If there was any doubt that he directly equated ganking to harassment, it was dispelled by his final two paragraphs. In addition to requesting isk from CCP, Foxbolt casually suggested that they remove ganking from "zones" in highsec.

loyalanon offered some negative feedback, but Foxbolt dismissed it.

Nevertheless, Foxbolt was intrigued by his nemesis. He agreed to a casual convo to discuss matters while CCP's top men reviewed his proposal.

The main disagreement between the two sides came down to the Code. Our Agent held to his conviction that the best way for Foxbolt's organization to protect miners was to buy permits in bulk.

loyalanon offered to sell Foxbolt a permit for 10 million isk. He knew a tough customer when he saw one, but it was worth a try.

Interestingly, Foxbolt did make an attempt to untangle the "ganking is legitimate gameplay but illegitimate harassment" knot that goes unquestioned by so many carebears. According to Foxbolt, ganking should be allowed, but only if the target of the gank is an "asshole". Even if this position were to be adopted by CCP, I'm not sure it would have much of an impact on our operations.

With Foxbolt's proposal being run up the chain of command even as they spoke, the New Order's days were numbered.

loyalanon didn't have the heart to tell Foxbolt that CCP's own study demonstrated that ganking improves player retention. For now, it was more important that Foxbolt buy a permit.

War was on the horizon. Highsec would never be the same.

To be continued...