Friday, January 10, 2014
The Thrashing Floor
The Thrasher is a fine suicide ganking ship. It may lack the DPS of its famous Catalyst cousin, but it has talents of its own. The Thrasher can sport a nice shield tank, making it ideal for use at stargates, where sentry guns will kill you long before CONCORD arrives.
Autopiloters beware. Agents of the New Order have spent many months killing bot-aspirants who love nothing more than to set a destination and tune out.
As with mining, autopiloting carries a New Order license requirement under the Code. (It's implied.) And even a license does not exempt highsec residents from the requirement not to be a bot-aspirant, which means untanked ships like shuttles are not to be used for autopiloting.
Utram made the mistake of putting his egg in a tankless basket and paid the price. In nullsec, the average subcap pilot will die many, many times before suffering 679 million isk in losses. Blingy highsec pods are a short-cut; you can lose that much in a second. And Utram's is far from the most expensive pod we've seen--as anyone who reads the "Kills of of the Week" posts will tell you.
While on Code-enforcement duty, I received a convo request from Utram. He didn't see any reason for my podding him. No reason, really? Not for a shiny new killmail, or even out of curiosity about the contents of his pod? Utram had no idea he was playing a multiplayer PvP game about spaceship combat. Weird.
Utram let me know he wasn't in a very good mood at the moment. Some people would hear that and think to themselves, "I'll bring up the subject of James 315 another time." However, in my experience, it's best not to wait for a perfect moment. The carebear could quit EVE before another opportunity presents itself.
I told Utram about the Code and held my breath with anticipation.
Utram was another victim of the "I wasn't AFK, I was just..." disease that's been making the rounds. Thankfully I have a collection of several hundred MinerBumping posts that I can draw upon for relevant lessons.
When someone returns to EVE after a long absence, Agents of the New Order act as ambassadors for the new highsec we've created. We try to get people pumped up about the changes we've made.
Utram resisted change and expressed some counter-revolutionary attitudes. This is ironic, because if things were so great before the New Order, then why had he left EVE in the first place?
Sadly, Utram wasn't yet ready to join the New Order. He said to check back in a million years. I think we can do a lot better than that, though.
I always try to relate to the carebears in whatever way I can. I put the Code in terms I thought he might understand. I had only seen Utram perform criminal acts, so I offered an appropriate analogy. Still nothing!
Utram decided he would rather not log in on the Utram character again, instead of paying a simple fine and following some basic rules. What a waste. But I'm sure that whoever his other characters are, they're being given the same lessons Utram was.