Monday, March 18, 2019

Disharmonious, Part 5

Previously, on MinerBumping... Almost immediately after Harmony Order corporation joined Gemini Whale United alliance, they began to regret it. The possibility of a war with the mighty CODE. alliance forced Harmony Order to open diplomatic channels. Yet this was not enough to prevent war.

Although our Agents were able to sell some mining permits to Harmony Order, the isk they received was not enough to bring Harmony Order up to a sufficient level of Code-compliance. War was the only option.

In less than 24 hours, war would begin--and bring all of its horrors with it. During this critical period, Harmony Order CEO Governor MrLee remained silent. As ever, he was utterly inscrutable.

Then, at the last moment, Agent Viirilithizu Ward spotted him.

But the CEO did not answer. Moa time.

Viirilithizu ganked Governor's Kestrel. The Harmony Order leader was totally unprepared. The war hadn't started yet, but our Agents are more than capable of shooting Code violators at any time.

Would this qualify as a "headshot"?

It was a target of opportunity. And no one takes better advantage of opportunities in EVE than the Agents of the New Order. Now, with Harmony Order's CEO suffering a humiliating defeat before the war even began, would anyone be willing to fight CODE.?

When the wardec went active, everyone in Harmony Order quickly scurried into their holes. Well, almost everyone.

King Kong Moose openly announced his intention to fight CODE.--alone, if necessary.

It's true that CODE. only fights when we know we'll win. To be fair, though, we always win, and we always know it. Always!

King Kong Moose was brash and boisterous. Yet Viirilithizu became intrigued by this unruly member of Harmony Order who refused to obey his own corp's policy about not talking to CODE.

Without the Code, however, pride can only precede a fall.

Previously, our Agents set up some secure containers near Harmony Order HQ to remind them of the Code's power and authority. To the rebels who lived in the area, those containers became a symbol of oppression.

Defiant, King Kong Moose suicided a frigate in an unsuccessful attempt to destroy the containers. Viirilithizu was astonished by the deed. But the madness of war had only begun to take its toll.

To be continued...

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Kills of the Week

On the one hand, EVE is a famously "difficult" game with a learning cliff. On the other hand, it's a game where the players make what should be a very easy decision: Embrace the Code, or be totally annihilated. Yet you'd be surprised how many silly carebears make the wrong choice. Let's have a look at some of the people who flunked EVE's Big Question from the week of March 10th @ 00:00 EVEtime through March 16th @ 23:59 EVEtime:

The Praxis, if you've never seen one, is a class of battleship. And apparently it's a battleship that needs a lot of capacitor modules, which it uses to run its... light missile launchers? That's what ECUTIA MOSE came up with, anyway, before being ganked by Agents Votre Dieu, Narl' Amhar, Astrid Tyrfing, and Rungerd.

Honestly, though, if this is the best you can do, you carebears may as well not fit your battleships at all.

...Looks like I walked right into that one. flash golia left her Nestor completely blank-fit. Agents Votre Dieu, Rungerd, Astrid Tyrfing, and Narl' Amhar put this atrocity out of its mercy, too. Despite having no mods, the ship was worth 3.7 billion isk. Dare I ask what was in the cargo bay?


MINING ST's own battleship fit wasn't quite so unconventional. But look at this guy's name. He's a miner to the core. Irony incoming:

Battleship killed by a mining ship. Agents Krig Povelli and The Mute (and an Agent-aspirant NPC) won another round of elite PvP.

Ah, Uedama. It's a system where some dreams go to die--and where others come to life. Kryptox's dream of a fortune made through AFK autopiloting was shattered. At the same time, the Kusions' dream of another dead freighter was realized. Statistically, fulfilled dreams are heavily concentrated among members of the New Order. I know it's unequal, but that's our system. Agents Jayson Kusion, Justin Kusion, Joseph Kusion, Joel Kusion, Jake Kusion, Jayden Kusion, Jackson Kusion, Joshua Kusion, Josh Kusion, Johnathan Kusion, Jacob Kusion, Jeremy Kusion, Jack Kusion, Jimmy Kusion, Jonas Kusion, Jessie Kusion, Jeffery Kusion, Josiah Kusion, Jeremiah Kusion, Jason Kusion, and Caution AsianDrivers Ahead made Uedama a nicer place to gank.

Mylez Teg is one of countless hauler pilots who have abandoned freighters in favor of using the less-conspicuous Deep Space Transport class to move their expensive cargoes. Only one problem: Our Agents see everything. There is no escaping the Code. Agents Narl' Amhar, Votre Dieu, Astrid Tyrfing, and Rungerd and their Tornado gangs have, in fact, been targeting ships just like this.

Johnathan Stewart is on a dark road. Today it's a blingy Covetor. Tomorrow--blingy Mackinaws, blingy Hulks? Agents Minx Mattel and Lewak believe in Johnathan. They want him to have a bright future. But for that to happen, Johnathan needs to learn what happens to blingy Covetors. They go boom. They always go boom. Always!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Highsec Miner Grab Bag #179

Miner, calm down--and prepare yourself for another edition of the Highsec Miner Grab Bag!

Well, we've had a good run, but it appears the mighty CODE. alliance is finished. A sincere thanks to all who participated.

Carebears, don't be a victim; be a permit owner. Those are your only two options, by the way.

Going by CCP's own statistics, our Agents are having fun trying to retain players.

Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between the Anti-Ganking channel and the Rookie Help channel. I suspect the better players are in Rookie Help, though.

What religious zealots? You don't mean my Agents?

I believe I can clear this up: Orcas require permits. In fact, an Orca is commonly used as both a mining vessel and a hauler, so you're lucky they don't require two permits.

The answer to most of the questions asked in highsec.

Next time, try enjoying your afternoon while at your keyboard.

You go, girl--to the nearest authorized permit seller.

Don't be fooled by Djeto Seorge's unusual rhetorical style--he's about to make a standard list of miner complaints.

Djeto's right about one thing, though: Peace does win many wars. See below for a recent example:

The Code, of course, wins all wars. Always!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Disharmonious, Part 4

Previously, on MinerBumping... Harmony Order corporation attempted to stonewall an investigation into its members' illegal mining activities. When the corp joined the Gemini Whale United alliance, however, the new threat of a wardec prompted diplomat Rose Alisan to reach out to Agent Viirilithizu Ward to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the brewing conflict.

Before, Harmony Order CEO Governor MrLee had commanded all of his corp members to avoid speaking with anyone from the mighty CODE. alliance. That effort failed. Now it was time to try something new.

Rose was eager to get things sorted out quickly and quietly. A war would disrupt Harmony Order's plans.

By contrast, Viirilithizu had only one priority: the Code. If that meant war, then so be it.

Viirilithizu couldn't be bought off. Her job was to enforce the Code, which, yes, did involve getting some isk.

Though Rose was willing to facilitate the permit payments, there were some additional obstacles to her diplomatic approach. Harmony Order's CEO was apparently difficult to reach--even for those not in CODE.

Viirilithizu wanted to help the corporation--and its new alliance, Gemini Whale United--to get into compliance. She didn't want to hurt anyone. If Harmony Order started ganking miners, that would be a huge step in the right direction.

In truth, most highsec PvE corporations are perfectly willing to remove some of their own members, if that's what it takes to keep CODE. happy.

Another dirty little secret: Many carebears enjoy seeing their corpmates get ganked. Yet another reason for the total failure of Anti-Ganking, I suppose.

Rose began sending cash payments to Viirilithizu. All good, right?

No. Not all good. CODE. had no choice but to declare war against Harmony Order's alliance. In the hours before the wardec went live, tensions rose.

Agent Aiko Danuja and friends startled a Harmony Order miner by ganking someone else's Gila right next to him.

War drums could be heard all across the region. The situation threatened to spin out of control. Yet Harmony Order's CEO, the one man who might still be able to bring about peace, was nowhere to be found. Could our Agents locate him in time?

To be continued...

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Disharmonious, Part 3

Previously, on MinerBumping... Something was rotten in Harmony Order corporation. Agents Aiko Danuja and Viirilithizu Ward investigated the corp and found sure signs of bot-aspirancy. After initially cooperating with the investigations, members of Harmony Order went silent.

By order of their "leadership", Harmony Order members began to stonewall our Agents. They were under strict instructions not to communicate with anyone from the mighty CODE. alliance.

When they spoke at all, the miners referred our Agents to Governor MrLee, the inscrutable CEO of Harmony Order.

Viirilithizu went to Harmony Order HQ, where she found Governor communing with the local carebears. Even if Governor didn't read his mail, our Agent was surely able to send a message to him here.

Agent Viirilithizu addressed her words to Governor in local chat, where all could read them. As anticipated, Harmony Order maintained absolute silence once they realized a CODE. member was in local.

There were multiple criminal probes looking into Harmony Order and its members. This was no secret, and wasn't intended to be.

Upon the conclusion of our Agent's message, local chat remained dead. Consistent with Harmony Order's policy, no one dared to say a word until Viirilithizu left the system.

As it happened, Harmony Order was in the middle of a special project. The corp was about to join Gemini Whale United alliance. As soon as the transaction was consummated, our Agents took note. Viirilithizu felt it was her duty to ensure that the alliance knew about Harmony Order's legal status, if the corp had not already disclosed that information.

Harmony Order's decision to join Gemini Whale United was important for another reason: The alliance had structures. That made it eligible to be wardecced. Hopefully it wouldn't come to that.

In a matter of minutes of sending her EVEmail to the alliance, our Agent was contacted by someone named Rose Alisan.

Rose was an odd duck; she wasn't a member of Gemini, but she had read the EVEmail. And her bio was sketchy, to say the least.

Rose had one thing going for her, though: She was apparently authorized to speak with Viirilithizu. The code of silence did not apply to her.

Rose didn't waste any time. She attempted to lay the groundwork for negotiating Harmony Order off of the Red Pen list. Our Agent deduced that this sudden chattiness was prompted by the new danger of a wardec from CODE.

Diplomacy is a fine thing, but the Code trumps all. From everything Viirilithizu had seen thus far, the culture of Harmony Order was incompatible with civilized life in modern highsec. Was war inevitable?

To be continued...