Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Don't let the title of this post mislead you. This isn't a post about skill training; it's about how to train miners to mine properly.
I came across an ice miner in highsec. She appeared oblivious to my presence. Another teachable moment!
The new recruit started chatting from her alt, telling me what to do. Rookies, am I right?
As the locals became aware that the Sultan of Bump was in the system, they gathered around to ask questions about the Code. I guess they've learned by now that you can't trust a space lawyer to interpret the rules. You need an expert.
Never underestimate the importance of the face-to-face interaction. Ninety-nine percent of questions about the Code are answerable simply by reading the Code. But people always want to hear it from a person.
My approach is simple and compassionate. I give them the answer, if I feel like it, and afterward I remind them to reread their copy of the Code.
It amuses me when miners think they can tell me how to do my job. After all, I don't tell them how to mine. Although, I do tell them how to mine. That's part of my job.
It takes two things to be a good highsec detective: Instincts and experience. I've got both, so when I bump someone, you can reasonably assume the perp is guilty.
...Case in point.
It's a classic trope to have the hero walk into the sunset after he saves the day. In EVE, you can spin the camera angle around and have your ship fly toward the system's star whenever you want. This is useful for me, because I often save the day multiple times within a 24-hour period.
Meanwhile, space lawyer-aspirant Arcaliel Veryamahtar wanted me to run through hypotheticals.
As long as they're reasonable, I'm not unwilling to entertain these kinds of scenarios.
I think people make a mistake when they consider theoretical life-and-death choices between following the Code or saving their roommate's life. By all means, leave your keyboard for a few seconds and save someone's life. But you've still violated the Code, and you still owe me 10 million isk. Afterward, you can ask me for a pardon, or you can ask your roommate to reimburse you.
The phrase "tough, but fair" gets thrown around a lot when people describe me. Actually, I'm a big ol' softy. I don't Red Pen nearly as many miners as I could.
That having been said, I am the Father of the New Order. Miners can't give excuses for not noticing my presence in a belt, like they could with some of the lesser-known or new Agents.
I still remember what it was like to be a new player, so I always take great care when dealing with them. I want them to feel welcome in highsec. So I say "welcome", and I send them a link to a website where they can download a copy of the Code for free.