Wednesday, October 22, 2014

How We Can Stop the Carebears; A Call to Action

Sasha Nyemtsov is no quitter. At long last, we have reached Parts 9 and 10 of Sasha's audio recording of the Manifesto II.

I'm known as EVE's greatest "truth-teller" and "real-talker", one who doesn't flinch from telling it like it is. However--at the very same time!--everyone knows I'm an optimist. I don't just identify problems; I identify their solutions. Fittingly, the Manifesto II closed with a stirring call to action. Congratulations to everyone who read/listened to the entire thing.

Every good DVD comes with bonus features, so here's one for you: Sasha has written a column over at HalaimaCode explaining how he made his recordings. Very illuminating stuff for all the Sasha fans.

Though he's finished the Manifesto II, Sasha doesn't plan on disappearing. I know of at least one ~secret project~ he already has in the works. I won't say anything yet, except that I think a lot of people are going to enjoy it very, very much.

While you're thinking that over, why not watch the latest YouTube video in The New Order Gamis Affiliates' The Code is Forever series?

Over Four Hundred Fifty-Four Billion in Shares Sold

Have spare isk sitting around and looking to contribute to the highsec community? If you don't own any New Order shares, there's never been a better time to buy some. Already a shareholder? There has never been a better time to buy some more.

Utamaru Arkaral was looking to increase his holdings in the New Order and purchased 150 additional shares. This sent us over the 453 billion mark and earned Utamaru a Supreme Protector's Tip of the Hat™.

Great minds think alike. Kaely Tanniss purchased 250 additional shares. Now Kaely owns even more shares than before! Quick thinking. The purchase sent us over the 454 billion mark and earned Kaely a Supreme Protector's Tip of the Hat™.

Things are looking up for highsec. The signs of our progress can be seen all around.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Freighter Pilots Strike Back

There's a very dangerous freighter corp prowling around highsec these days. It's called Renegade Pleasure Androids. As far as we can tell, the corp is comprised mostly or entirely of one bot-aspirant with many alts. They all violate the Code.

You might recall one of these individuals, Hailey Clauson, who was featured in a Kills of the Week post back in September. Hailey lost an AFK jump freighter.

She wasn't happy about it. Hailey preferred that our gankers "kill a stripper" or "do something truly evil in real life", and leave her freighters alone.

No strippers were harmed--not by members of the New Order, anyway. Our gankers continued to enforce the Code. The Renegade Pleasure Androids returned to Uedama several weeks later. One of their freighters was popped while AFK autopiloting. Less than two hours later, another met the same fate.

Now it was time to get serious. The next day, the CEO of Renegade Pleasure Androids, Dream Five, took to the forums. She rallied the people of highsec, urging them to join a "CODE elimination campaign". (If you can't access the thread on EVE-O, you can read the Eve-Search version instead.) And what did this campaign entail, exactly? Scouts and escorts remote-repping freighters? ECM ships jamming our gankers? Counter-bumping? Wardecs?

Nope. She just wanted CCP to ban everyone. Naturally.

You might assume Dream Five based her arguments on the Bonus Round scandal. Actually, it wasn't until 201 posts into the thread that she even found out Erotica 1 had been in CODE., at which point she edited the OP to add the crime to the list.

Dream Five's call for permabans was based on the New Order's practice of ganking freighters and offering them mining permits. She said this was humiliating to freighter pilots. In addition, bans were needed because I'm "self-aggrandizing" and it's "slanderous" to call people bot-aspirants.

Dream Five was informed that mining permits aren't against the EULA. In fact, the idea for mining permits originally developed out of my conversation with a GM. When told this, Dream Five took it as further confirmation of my "sick roleplay". Was that meant as a compliment? As in, "sick roleplay, dude!"?

As time went on, Dream Five grew more and more excited. Every detail she discovered about the New Order made her more certain that permabans were needed to stop the ganks.

This left open an important question--whether the EVE community would indeed rally to her cause.

Unfortunately, Dream Five was met with nothing but ridicule from her fellow EVE-O posters. Only Anslo expressed support.

You might remember Anslo from his failed anti-Order "Proveldtariat" movement, which collapsed nearly two years ago. He still holds a grudge.

Dream Five got called out on her true motive, the desire for revenge after her freighter losses. She called the loss of her freighters a "tactical move".

In the end, Dream Five saw no alternative but to spam her own thread with requests for player bans. She didn't like the way people replied to her and pointed out the error of her ways. Nor did she appreciate the ever-present opportunity to purchase mining permits for her freighter pilots. At her request, ISD locked the thread. Thus, another "CODE elimination campaign" ended in ignominious defeat for the rebels. The New Order was victorious once more!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Martyrs of Highsec #4

If you have been paying close attention to highsec over the last several weeks, you've probably picked up on two important things. First, the New Order, CODEdot, and the Code are still here. Second, a lot of bot-aspirant carebears are dying--more than ever before, in fact. This flies in the face of all the propaganda that was being spouted by our enemies. They insisted the end of the New Order was right around the corner. How could they have gotten it so wrong? They're anti-Order rebels; they're always wrong. And the CODE always wins. Also, this:

The victims of September 10th may be gone in one sense, but they remain with us in another, more important, sense. They are the fire in our hearts.

People from all walks of life were banned during the 9/10 attacks. No class or profession was spared. Some, like Agent Sophaya Fortelleren, were writers and philosophers. You might recall Sophaya was the author of such fine New Order literature as "The First Apology: Kindness" (featuring a torture-free SoundCloud audio recording performed by Sasha Nyemtsov!) and "The Book of 315".

Some of the fallen were doughty gankers from hardscrabble backgrounds like Agent Luck Of-The-Irish. Like so many others, he came to the New Order looking for a better life. He found it. Luck Of-The-Irish didn't wait around for a handout in Jita. He knew that things of value only come from hard work. He put in the time and the effort, and the violence. People like Luck Of-The-Irish built modern highsec.

Not everyone who was banned on 9/10 made waves. Bob Starseeker was a silent supporter of the New Order. He preferred to idle silently in the in-game channels. Some might say he was only exercising his freedom of speech, or lack of speech. Yet he, too, somehow ended up on a watchlist of some kind. That was all it took. No accusation, no evidence, no trial, no explanation. Somebody pressed a button on a computer thousands of miles away, and Bob vanished, never to be seen again.

We don't see them; they still see us. They watch EVE from afar. They still care deeply about highsec and the legacy of emergent gameplay that they left behind. Today, we create content not only for ourselves, but also on behalf of those who were taken away before the job of saving highsec was finished.

If the permabanned were still playing EVE, they would tell the carebears not to be afraid. They would tell them to buy a mining permit and embrace the Code. Who knows how many lives they would have touched, if given extra time to live in highsec? It doesn't matter. They have already touched our lives, and it's enough. We who remain are sufficient to transform highsec into what it is meant to be.

The truth is, we don't know the identities of all the permabanned. Some we never knew, and others lack the ability to contact us. Regardless, we can never know all the permabanned, because there is always the possibility that others will be banned in the future--for any reason, or for no reason. Therefore, any celebration of the lives of banned players must also include a commemoration of the Unknown Permabanned. They cannot be named. Their contributions to our story remain anonymous. That doesn't make their heroic deeds count for less, but for more.

Brothers and sisters of the Code, we salute you.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kills of the Week

There's no such thing as a random act of violence. Not when the New Order is responsible for the violence, anyway. Each gank is meant to impart a lesson--upon the gank recipient and highsec as a whole. Let's see what we can learn from some lessons that took place during the week of October 12th @ 00:00 EVEtime through October 18th @ 23:59 EVEtime.

Pay attention to details, my friends. Didli Kugisa lost a fail-fit Retriever. So far, nothing out of the ordinary. Then we look at its value: the Retriever was worth 650 million isk! Another significant note: the gank was performed by Agent Ilithyia Borgia in a 0.9 security system. Imagine being so bot-aspirant as to spend 650 million isk on a mining barge, and to choose to spend one's days mining in a 0.9 system.

Rebel Kalynn Shardani, a self-described "highsec mining consultant", was alarmed when she saw the killmail. New Order Intelligence intercepted Kalynn's frantic mass EVEmail:
Subject: Illithyia Borgia ganking miners in Maurasi 0.9
From: Kalynn Shardani
To: [omitted]

I noticed Ilithyia Borgia is ganking miners at Maurasi (0.9) / The Forge - this is a change from usual ganker tactics. I am not an expert but I suspect she is using higher grade implants than normal or some other tactic. Maybe someone can shed some light on this.
Maybe someone can shed light on this. Agent Ilithyia explained: "What the outlaws don't realize is I don't need 'higher grade implants' or 'other tactics'. I have The Code implanted in every fiber of my being and my only tactic is to enforce enforce enforce."

solomon6 lost an unusually fail-fit Venture, which was ganked by Agent master42 of The Order of Saint James the Divine corporation. I know what you're thinking: "It's just a Venture, you're killing new players, this is going to bankrupt CCP, etc., etc." But the story doesn't end there. solomon6's Venture fit was a direct result of bot-aspirancy. And bot-aspirancy corrupts a miner to the core, the very core. So it should come as no surprise that Agent master42 found this inside the Venture:

Our man solomon6, the "new player" who was innocently puttering around in a Venture, just trying to learn the game? He concealed a pod worth 3.5 billion isk. He would've gotten away with it, too, if not for The Order of Saint James the Divine. No more excuses. Venture pilots must obey the Code, no matter how innocent they try to appear on the surface.

The next lesson is about cutting the head off the snake. Speregrine was caught illegally transporting 30 unlicensed Skiffs through Jita. The freighter was the head of the snake, and the permit-less Skiffs were the body. They withered away. Agents Silin Vespula, Molasse, Gad'ui, Alexander Mittani Gianturco, Benchab Mas, Alex Gianturco, Emotion Sasen, Mittani Alexander Gianturco, Turkey Baster, Ikolo, ParticleKnight, Twizzlespark Celes, Amyclas Lacedaemon, and Alexander Sanen were responsible for this kill.

You might assume the 4.3 billion isk pod of an autopiloting freighter would make the Pod of the Week. You'd be wrong, because sadly there was an even worse offender this week:

Conchita Martinez never gave a second thought to the Code. She thought EVE was about AFK mining in a fail-fit Mackinaw and stuffing one's pod with as many implants as possible. The aptly-named Agent Carebears' Nightmare taught her otherwise; EVE is about the Code and showing respect for my vision for highsec. 4.8 billion isk worth of implants were destroyed. A teachable moment, indeed!

Now for the grand finale. Memory-46 Borg was obviously a bot-aspirant. His name attested to that, even if he was mining in a tanked Procurer. What makes this kill so special? Remember what I said about paying attention to details. Look at the weapon that Agent iZaEaRl was using. It's the icon for a smartbomb. Think about it. Savor it. Oh yes.

Oh yesssssssssssssssssss.

There's nothing quite like smartbomb Megathrons. The endless nerfs to suicide ganking have made the smartbomb ganker virtually extinct. It takes a truly bot-aspirant mining operation to bring the smartbombers out. The Memory-## Borg gang was brought to our attention when concerned locals notified our Agents. I'm sure the Borg have been petitioned many times, but no action was taken against them. In short, the locals reported the Borg to CCP, and then to the New Order. If bot macros aren't detected, CCP considers these reports irrelevant. We don't.

According to the BATTLE SUMMARY, 44 Procurers and 43 pods, totaling more than 4 billion isk, were destroyed. The enforcement was carried out by Agents John E Normus, Mildron Klinker, iZaEaRl, and loyalanon.

You can watch the spectacular attack on the YouTube video. If you watch the video, you'll notice another very important detail about this operation...

Smartbombing as a gank technique has been nerfed so much over the years that even four battleships with a full rack of named smartbombs, in a 0.5 security system, couldn't bring down all the Procurers, or most of their pods. Not in one attack, that is. So our heroes came back. Forty minutes later.

The remaining Procurers--and all the pods--were still sitting there, waiting. Our heroes smartbombed them all again. This time, the rest of the Procurer fleet was wiped out, along with each pod.

My friends, there are only two sides in this fight. You can side with the bot-aspirants who make massive fleets of miners and sit in their pods for 40 minutes after they've been attacked. Or you can side with the heroes who bring smartbomb battleships to kill them all. Which side do you think represents the true spirit of EVE? Choose wisely.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Highsec Miner Grab Bag #65

A Saviour's work is never done. As the Father of the New Order, I need to keep a close eye on the Agents who act in my name. For instance:

Agent Beetlesquawk Darkscream is one of New Order Logistics' most promising new members. He has already popped 180+ pods this month. Thanks to TiLearea Somachee's EVEmail, I also know Beetlesquawk is an excellent ambassador for the New Order. Well done!

One of the many reactions to the Order/CFC freighter ganking fleet. AFK bot-aspirants may be "nobodies", but everybody who enforces the Code is somebody.

Lord dauntus excuses his illegal mining, explaining he was AFK to "get up for a shit or to throw something away". Well, which was it? I think he was throwing something away--his mining ship and pod.

Seen here, the difference between the compliant and the non-compliant. A compliant miner engages with others and instantly grasps the wisdom of buying a permit. The non-compliant wants to be as much like a bot as possible.

Giovanni Freezer is a glass half-empty kinda guy. Upon returning to EVE, he learned about the New Order after only an hour of playing. I'd call that a prompt warning--and efficient work!

A mix of carebears' reactions to getting ganked: Threats, denial, and curiosity.

Holdat Janau recommended our gankers move to nullsec. When he realized that was unlikely to succeed, he filed a petition. I've noticed a lot of the "go back to nullsec" business lately. Highsec carebears are almost disdainful of nullsec now, as though they think they're above it.

Our gankers come from all over. Marcel Devereux is the CEO of Aideron Robotics. He's concerned about our influence. I wonder why?

Deyne Well cried. He cried, but Well's well wasn't dry. Not yet.

Much better. If you must cry about getting ganked, let it all out.

Instinctively, the miners recognize that our gankers are the reincarnation of Alexander the Great. They're so good at what they do. Oh, and miner pods aren't collateral damage--they're the primary target.

Sigh. It's as I said: A Saviour's work is never done.