Monday, December 10, 2012

How Do I Join the Knights of the Order?

Since I began making posts about our army of suicide Catalysts, I have been receiving EVEmails from people interested in joining our gank fleets. Back when the New Order was all about bumping, things were simpler: An aspiring bumper could simply go to a New Order mecca (or any system, really), get into a bumping ship, and bump miners. Since bumpers could operate solo, and since they could not harm each other, there was no need for trust, or even cooperation.

Gank fleets are different, since mining ships typically require multiple gankers working together. Our Knights, by design, operate in teams. This means an aspiring New Order ganker needs to hook up with other Agents. There's also an element of trust involved, since a rebel could try to infiltrate a gank fleet.

The potential for a false Agent to do damage isn't that great. A saboteur can't fire at his fellow gankers when they undock (due to undock invulnerability), or while they're in warp. I suppose a fake Agent's only real chance would be to try shooting at other Agents during the gank itself, which would be of limited usefulness given a suicide Catalyst's short life expectancy. Or they could try warning the targets (who may be AFK). Either way, the fake Agent would be immediately burned, and at best they would botch a gank.

Even so, gank fleet commanders are likely to be wary about bringing strange new members into the fold. Thus far, our fleets have been comprised of bumpers' alts, and those for whom the bumpers have vouched. Yet the continued growth of our strength does require bringing in new gankers, just as we have always welcomed new bumpers. New gankers are very valuable, even if one can't be certain of their loyalty: By design, the ganker alts will be new characters, and even their mains will come from all over EVE.

It's a puzzle, to serve both the need for security and the need to welcome new gankers. What's the answer?

Aspiring Knights, if they have no preexisting connection to the New Order--in other words, random readers of this blog--must prove themselves. They must win the trust of the preexisting gankers/bumpers. The bar shall be set low--just high enough to make it impractical or not worth it for a saboteur to try.

First, an aspiring Knight should go to the New Order channel (channel: minerbumping, password: 315), so he has a chance of encountering our Agents. He should train and fit out a Catalyst, and be prepared to present himself before our Agents. After all, if you're going to be a ganker, you need a Catalyst anyway. Next, he should have a bio that declares his support for the New Order. Only a prideful rebel would balk at such a thing.

And finally, he should be willing to make a sacrifice. I refer to this as "Baptism by Concord". At the direction of the Agents in system, he should use his Catalyst to attempt a solo gank upon a Code-violating miner. An Agent will tell him which miner to shoot, to avoid bringing Concord to the wrong spot, and potentially to help clear a Concord squad that needs moving. A miner in an asteroid belt will usually do the trick.

A saboteur who intends to help the miners would therefore be required to attack a miner, and would lose a Catalyst. He would also need to swallow his pride and pledge loyalty in his bio, plus take direction from Agents. In other words, causing more trouble to himself than any Agent he might attack in the future.

Baptism by Concord wouldn't likely result in the death of the miner being attacked, since it would just be one Catalyst. It would serve as a picture of the ganker's future, embracing death in order to bring enlightenment to miners through the use of force.

There are additional tokens of loyalty that an aspiring Knight can provide. Though not necessary, they would serve as badges of trust. These would include having a character who is more than a day or two old, and being a shareholder in the New Order. These are not requirements, but would certainly be steps a saboteur is unlikely to take.

There you have it. I will link this post on the Become an Agent page. If you're an Agent and you get requests to join from people you know and trust, these steps can be skipped. If an unfamiliar character shows up and announces his intention to join, please refer him or her to this post. As always, bumpers can be trusted, but since ganker alts are trained specifically for Catalyst skills, we cannot expect aspiring gankers to become bumpers. The instructions set forth in this post should be sufficient.

Long live the New Order, which provides a solution to every problem!

20 comments:

  1. More wisdom from our great leader!

    Last night I made some videos of a few ganks. (All of them are 30s due to my being too cheap to buy a full version of FRAPS.) Here are links to them for all to enjoy.

    Ganking a Rook:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGdav6yGZt8

    A high value miner gank:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-Y2SYuajTs

    And here is one of a miner who was actually at the keyboard.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQD_kF4rQ4Y

    This last one escaped podding by warping out. Amazing. Don't let any overzealous New Order agent tell you miners are always AFK -- here's proof otherwise. They are just almost always AFK, as our ridiculously high podding rate proves.

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    1. The Dread Guristas Invulnerability Field we looted had some damage on it. It's possible he might have tried to overheat it as the reaper came for him. We thank him for his generous donation to the New Order!

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    2. Because the best way to deter suicide ganks is to turn your exhumer into a loot pinata!

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  2. Use afterburner, its better and free. For a sample, can watch a DCUO clip I've uploaded yo my youtube (murkdizz).

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  3. i'm loving being an acting sky commander for the knights of the order. over the last weekend we've dome billion upon billions of ISK in damage.

    here's a video of us last night popping a mack with a 1.2b pod inside:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87hdd71FH-A

    i'm hoping this serves as a useful how-to for a successful gank. we almost got a second mackinaw too. still, 1.5b is nothing to scoff at.

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    1. The next step is suicide ganking Freighters & Orca's.

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  4. I agree that fcing these fleets have been some of my favorite moments in EVE. They also have been profitable too.

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  5. "Joining a fleet enables a saboteur to shoot at his fellow fleet members, but since our fleet members generally have -5.0 security status, everyone can shoot at them anyway."

    Members of different corps cannot shoot at each other, even when in fleet together. The low security status is what enables it.

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    1. TIL. I'll run a quick edit. Overall principle is the same, I think.

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  6. James touched on something in this article,that I mentioned in fleet last night, to whit the possibility of shooting your fleet mates, just before being popped by the doughnut eating popo, to a: whore on the killmail and b: claim a bit of any outstanding bounty on them. General consensus was to have a smart bombing frigate or destroyer as part of the fleet whose sole job was to collect on bounties and further annoy the people who placed them.

    Dangerous to our pods probably, hilarious definitely, possible maybe.

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  7. "I suppose a fake Agent's only real chance would be to try shooting at other Agents during the gank itself, which would be of limited usefulness given a suicide Catalyst's short life expectancy."

    This would be possible, though a bit silly, considering that we often have hostile neutrals waiting in field for us anyways.

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  8. Who do I contact to join up. There are miners I have to gank.

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    1. Come hither, to the fair land of Kamio, and present yourself!

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  9. Attention to Newb Order Supporters, permit owners and share holders. Remove your bumper stickers and renounce your support now for the New New Order is coming and the cleansing of Kamio and Halaima will begin soon. There will be no reprieve to those who support gankers, scammers and extortionists. There is only one way to truly cleanse a system and that is to burn it down and begin again. All those supporting this disease will be destroyed.

    Long Live the New New Order! Long live the Kamio/Halaima accord and code of conduct. Long shall we reign. Resistance is futile!

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  10. Would like to get this alt in to join in punishing non-compliant miners. My main is a shareholder, although minor, as well as a permit holder, although I rarely mine. Have been unable to get an invite so far. I should meet all above requirements.

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    1. Contact us when you're in Kamio, or throw us an evemail!

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  11. All three of my eyes, are open.

    I confer my all I have to this brilliant cause, humanity must be saved, regardless of how this is achieved. Only The Order can achieve this momentous task!

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  12. Looking to join up, will head my alt to Kamio but I am on during the Asia night. (small stock holder, training up a cat now).

    Yi-Ming Gren

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