Previously, on MinerBumping...
After a history of rebellion, TDD Dominaters bought a mining permit and managed to get it revoked. His resistance against the Code, and his transparent attempts to lie about it, earned him a spot on the Red Pen list.
TDD removed the mining permit from his bio, increasing his risk of being ganked.
With no license to keep him safe, TDD lost a Mackinaw to two members of NEW ORDER DEATH DEALERS. His 1mn Afterburner wasn't enough. He couldn't outrun justice.
Immediately following the loss of his speed-fit Mackinaw, TDD sent me a blistering tear-mail. So much for "Diplomacy is my key of power."
TDD had come a long way from being the guy who got kicked out of his corp for trash-talking the New Order. He was now the CEO of The Nationalist Corporation. You might assume that this was just another one of those 1 or 2-man vanity corps we see from time to time. Oh, but you would be wrong. This is where things get truly frightening. The Nationalist Corporation has roughly 30 members. TDD convinced nearly one hundred people to join, though obviously the vast majority soon left. As the leader of his corp, what was he teaching these people?
For starters, how not to fit a Hyperion. Imagine if your CEO lost a ship like this. Or, perhaps...
...this Federation Navy Comet? For those of you keeping score at home, TDD is the first pilot ever to pull off the Titanium hat-trick: The ship was simultaneously fitted with 50mm Reinforced Titanium Plates, 100mm Reinforced Titantium Plates, and 200mm Reinforced Titanium Plates.
Under TDD's leadership, The Nationalist Corporation has achieved a modest 2.34% killboard efficiency. Now, we've all enjoyed some good laughs at TDD's expense. He cuts a ridiculous figure. However, I would like to direct your attention to the plight of the members of his corporation. To do that, we must venture into the official website of TDD's corp.
In a less-than-successful morale blog, TDD admits that most of the corp membership has gone inactive. The reason? Recruiting too many people with "trail accounts". The mystery of TDD's ability to recruit so many people is solved: They're all newbies. Who else would join a corp run by someone like TDD? They don't know any better. They join EVE, get a week or two of TDD's leadership, and they quit the game forever.
Among TDD's proposed solutions to the problem of players going inactive: Increase the tax rate. (I would vote for Option 3, following the Code.)
TDD wasn't kidding about his idea. In an oddly-placed thread in the "Media" subforum, he announces the new corp tax rate will be fifty percent. TDD explains his reasoning to the troops:
In short, TDD's corp has turned the EVE dream into a nightmare for new players trying out the game. By his own admission, people join his corp on their "trail accounts", spend some time in the game, and quit. Here's what should scare anyone who cares about the newbies: Highsec is filled with corps just like TDD's.
Enemies of the New Order love to accuse us of driving people away from the game. Opponents of risk and interactive gameplay in highsec claim that new players--and CCP's profits, which they care about for some reason--are chased away by gankers and bumpers. If you've ever spoken to someone who believes those things, bookmark this post. The truth is that terrible highsec corps like TDD's are what make new players quit the game. The only answer is to destroy those corps and free the new players to join good corps, where they have a chance at enjoying EVE.
A risk-free highsec only allows people like TDD Dominaters to run corps that give EVE a bad name and give newbies a bad gameplay experience. And while TDD is driving people out of the game, he's taxing them at 50%, or whatever he can get away with. No wonder he's on the Red Pen list!