Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Two Years of the Code, Part 2

Click here to read Part 1.

In the early days of the Code, enforcement operations were limited to one system. This was natural, since a bumper could only bump one miner at a time anyway. The New Order's limited sphere of influence enabled onlookers and aspiring Agents to easily find the center of action--if there was any action to behold. Over time, and especially after the launch of the MinerBumping blog, more bumpers rallied to the cause. The first Agents tended to belong to NPC corps or one-man alt corps, so a channel was created to help them keep in touch. Usually only one or a few people were in the channel at any given time.

The addition of new bumpers had an enormous psychological impact on the miners. After a couple months, the New Order was occasionally able to send five or more bumpers into a single system at the same time. The miners had no choice but to admit that they couldn't all be alts of the same person. The madman from Halaima had "spread his madness onto others," they said. The carebears became terrified at the possibility that a new trend was developing, one that threatened their sleepy highsec.

Anti-Code resistance took place from the very beginning. Miners were infuriated when bumped. Early observers were surprised by the sheer amount of rage induced by bumping. Those with experience in nullsec warfare all agreed that a highsec miner was angrier about losing a mining cycle than a nullsec pilot was about losing a fleet, or an empire. Many carebears were also upset when they returned to their keyboard to witness other miners being bumped. James 315 and his Agents seemed so confident about their authority over highsec. Surely there was a way to take them down?

Try as they might, the rebels could find no effective means of resistance. When they petitioned the bumpers, GMs rejected their pleas and gave them advice for countering bumping. None of it worked. Talented bumpers were able to hit moving targets. Counter-bumping was impossible. Some carebears reshipped and yellow-boxed the bumpers, but nothing happened. Wardecs were pointless because CCP had nerfed them so much--a cruel irony. Some rebels even went so far as to try suicide ganking, but the Invincible Stabber always survived. In their frustration, the carebears showed their true colors: They made real-life death threats and spewed forth all manner of filth. Organized resistance became nearly impossible, as the rebels repulsed even each other.

The New Order was small, but concentrated. Agents got to know and trust each other. If the timing was right, there might be enough Agents around to form a small fleet. This raised an interesting question: If Agents traded their Stabbers for destroyers, could they gank miners? Since the August 2012 buff to barges and exhumers, miner ganking had all but ceased to exist. A year earlier, the mighty GoonSwarm Federation had conducted a successful and widely-publicized miner ganking campaign in Gallente highsec. Now, thanks to all the nerfs, they concluded that another ice interdiction was impossible. It was too easy for miners to tank their ships.

But the New Order wasn't focused only on conducting campaigns of total annihilation. From the start, Agents were content to do what little Code enforcement they could. They followed the example of James 315 himself. If they were only able to bump a few miners, fine. Everyone in local mocked them, telling them they couldn't make any difference. Critics said if the New Order couldn't bump every miner at once, if they couldn't control every system at once, then it was all pointless. Most people would have agreed. The "all or nothing" philosophy was no doubt part of the reason why no one had ever tried to take over highsec before. But the New Order was strangely immune to this brand of defeatism. Agents repeated what they heard the Saviour say time and again, "It doesn't matter. I will enforce the Code when and where I please. If even a single miner is bumped out of range, it is a total victory. And some day, all highsec will obey the Code."

And so the Agents of the New Order became interested in the possibility of ganking miners, even if it was just a few poorly-tanked ones. Prior to the nerfs, solo ganking was a viable career. If done correctly, it might even be profitable. Those days were long gone. The concentration of bumpers in a single system opened the door to multi-ganker operations. This, too, had disappeared from highsec, since it wasn't profitable. However, the New Order was not motivated by profits; it was motivated by the Code. If a Code-violating miner was blown up, even at a loss, it was a total victory.

In December 2012, the Knights of the Order were officially created. MinerBumping provided instructions on creating and training ganker alts. The idea was to have Agents fly small groups of tech I Catalysts to kill a single target. Their security status would soon plummet to -10, but if properly coordinated, they could still do their job. Since their firepower was limited, and since mining ship EHP had been buffed so much, they would need to work together. The practice of bumping miners in a single system and forming a community had made this possible.

Possible, but barely. The Knights of the Order was a fragile organization. They could only gank a target if enough pilots were available for a fleet. A fleet would also require someone willing to command and, since -10 security pilots needed a warp-in, someone willing to scout. For most of the day, no fleets could be formed. The New Order had few resources at its disposal. A typical active fleet would have a scout and perhaps three or four tech I destroyers, just enough to take down a badly-fit miner.

Logistics were also an issue. Since the New Order was comprised primarily of alts of random volunteers from across EVE, there was no real organization in place. Catalysts and their fittings had to be bought directly from the market. Some Agents had access to industrial ships and could partially seed a system's market. But the miners in the system could sabotage operations by buying up those supplies themselves. To bypass this, the New Order created its first official corporation; Agents could acquire ganking supplies from private, corp-only contracts.

Most of the time, Knights were able to get their hands on enough Catalysts and guns. Nevertheless, even when they formed a fleet, they were vulnerable. The New Order could only get enough pilots in a fleet if they hung around their home system. The ganks, which took place in the same few systems over and over, attracted a lot of attention. Miners were shocked to see the return of miner ganking. Our Agents knew better than anyone how ganking had disappeared from highsec. Spending months bumping miners out of the ice fields, there wasn't a gank to be seen. Now the ships were exploding again.

Anti-Order rebels could have ended the movement right then and there. With so few Agents, only one fleet of gankers could operate at a time. The locations were predictable; our Agents repeatedly ganked miners in the static ice fields. Even the targets were obvious, since we had very few scouts to provide warp-ins, and most of them couldn't cloak. Catalysts were (and are) almost absurdly weak to ECM attacks. A single throwaway ECM frigate could camp out in an ice field and jam our entire fleet from 50km without breaking a sweat. There were plenty of rebels who wanted to see the New Order fall. Thousands of miners had been enraged by the bumping campaigns, and now they were being ganked. From the masses of highsec carebears, surely they could scrape together a few competent anti-gankers and put a stop to this enterprise before it started.

But they didn't.

Highsec industrialists turned out to be breathtakingly bad at EVE. Their combined centuries of AFK mining did them no good when it came to actually playing the game. They gnashed their teeth, petitioned CCP to end combat in highsec, and continually warned that someone else would stop us. A small handful of pilots did try to disrupt the ganks, but they were slow to develop proper tactics. This gave the New Order time to grow, and to adapt.

The New Order's collection of ganker alts grew in number and capability. After a few weeks, some could even equip tech II weapons. Miners fled in panic from one ice field system to the next. In one case, an ice-mining system with over 100 regular miners emptied out in just a few days of our arrival. When the rebels finally devised ways to stop the attacks, New Order gankers developed countermeasures and kept right on going.

The rebirth of miner ganking spread terror across highsec. The miners soon learned that things were different this time. They heard about the New Order and its Code. They became regular readers of MinerBumping. Even those who hated the New Order found a guilty pleasure in reading about their fellow carebears crying over being ganked or bumped. Over the months that followed, thousands of miners purchased mining permits and pledged to follow the Code. Other miners, resisting the Code out of "priciple", yelled at them upon reading their pro-Order bios.

The ranks of the New Order grew dramatically. Many of the new Agents were former carebears--including gank victims who found the experience exhilarating. With more Agents and firepower available, the New Order no longer fielded one single fleet. Agents operated in multiple fleets, and "branch offices" of the New Order sprang up all across highsec.

But while the New Order grew, the resistance did not. Due to turnover, the number of active rebels remained pretty much the same over time. The days of stalking a single New Order fleet and protecting its next victim were over. With the New Order spread out and operating in a multitude of cells, there was simply no way to stop the ganks. Protecting an ice field or asteroid belt was pointless, since the New Order fleets would rack up kills elsewhere. Seeing the futility of their mission, rebels gave up. Some rebels, having spent time protecting ungrateful, AFK miners, became disgusted by them and realized the New Order was right all along. Many of the original rebels switched sides--and found themselves welcomed by the New Order with open arms.

Meanwhile, the MinerBumping blog grew in popularity. The most widely-read EVE-related materials are, of course, news sites and the official EVE website. Even before the retirement of blogs like Poetic Discourse and Jester's Trek, MinerBumping became the most widely-read EVE blog--aside from Gevlon Goblin's, with its audience built from his years of posts about World of Warcraft. MinerBumping's popularity inspired more EVE players to enforce the Code in every way imaginable. Countless wardecs and awoxes were performed in the name of the Code. On some occasions, even a single New Order Agent could bring down a corp or alliance full of carebears. In the early days, the targets of these operations had to be filled in on the details of what the New Order was and where the Code could be read. Today, upon reading the words "New Order" or "Code", the carebears nod (or bristle) in recognition. Highsec miners who have never heard of Chribba react with passion when they hear the name "James 315".

In nullsec, far beyond the borders of New Order territory, the transformation from alliance-based to coalition-based politics was completed. The nullsec economy also changed, from moongoo-based to renter-based. Before, alliances could look at a sovereignty map and judge the relative power and importance of the various powers. Now they have outgrown in-game sovereignty. Coalitions own space, but can't own in-game sovereignty. Renters own in-game sovereignty, but they don't own space. Members of nullsec alliances have become untethered, lacking the comfort of objective, easily-measured, easily-viewed metrics. Since they can't point to the map, they argue with each other about "relevance". Does an alliance matter? Should it be recognized as important, or "have a seat at the table"? The ultimate put-down is to tell a rival alliance that it's not relevant.

The New Order, now recognized as a genuine power in EVE, will be told by others that it is not relevant. The New Order can't be defeated in-game, so its importance must be dismissed in the meta-game. However, one might fairly say that if someone blows up your ship, he is relevant to you. The New Order is in highsec, but it blows up a lot of ships. Fair warning to all readers who have made it this far: What you are about to see is heresy. In the polite circles of EVE society, you are not supposed to repeat or even be aware of these facts. In the style of the aforementioned Goblin, I have prepared a chart listing the damage inflicted this month by CODE. (which conducts a large fraction of the New Order's activities), and many well-known nullsec alliances. For comparison's sake (and for amusement), I also included a single pilot, Agent loyalanon, in the chart. The data is from Eve-Kill.net, and the usual caveats about killboard statistics apply:


Here's a permanent Imgur Link in case you wish to share this chart with others in the future. But again, fair warning--this is a dangerous chart. Some may experience extreme consternation when viewing it, possibly an upset stomach and/or eye-watering, and they are likely to blame the person who shared the chart with them.

Carebears look upon the events of the last two years and shake their heads, wondering how some guy with a Stabber in an ice field turned the world upside down.

Now for year three.

27 comments:

  1. I predict a doubling of the monthly CODE. damage by the end of year 3.

    But to do so, we need YOU.

    Please take a moment to send isk to James 315 to purchase shares. Also, join our ranks. You do not need much training on an alt to be effective.

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    1. So be it.
      ISK sent, alt training started.
      I should've done this long ago.

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  2. Gretchen VonGaankJune 25, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    The Code always wins!

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  3. Would it be wise to join code. with a main ?

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    1. Motoko NishizawaJune 25, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      there are plenty of people with their main as a Code Agent just be sure to have neutral alts for all your logistics needs (or easily bribed friends)

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  4. due to my participation your code's gank fleets I did over 1/3 of my alliance (J4LP)'s isk damage this month. 80b out of 220b pretty sweet

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    1. Awesome! Bring your friends.

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    2. BeBopAReBop RhubarbPieJune 25, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      I <3 freighter ganks.

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  5. The CODE always wins! I have never been more proud to be part of our community.

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    1. Dj Entropy I share that feeling friend. mainly because all we do is win!

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    2. So we win win win no matter what what what?

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  6. A long time ago I was a solo mission runner. I liked EvE a lot but I was timing out. My greatest accomplishment was grinding enough missions to faction fit a Tengu to, wait for it... grind more missions.

    One day as I was jumping into Halaima, on the way to rescue the Damsel, local exploded. James 315 was in the ice. I had read his Manifesto and was a fan but to watch it happening in real time was incredible. I was always told that talking too much in local would get you wardecced but here was James 315 calling a Hulk pilot a horse-thief in a system where everyone was raging at him. I was thunderstruck. I sat there for an hour amazed while reading the exchanges 12km from the in-gate in my faction Tengu at 0 velocity. It was like seeing a new, more awesome version of EvE.

    I finally snapped out of it and asked James if he had another Manifesto in the works. He greeted me like a friend and told me to look out for something special he had in the works. This turned out to be the MinerBumping IPO.

    I invested as soon as I found the thread. Since then I've answered the calls to bump, rolled a gank alt when the time came, FC'd fleets, and had a blast with my New Order and rebel bros all over EvE.

    EvE is a good game, what makes EvE great is player interaction.

    Thanks James!
    John E Normus/John XIII

    ps I sold the Tengu for cats and mods. Second best EvE decision I ever made.

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    1. There is truth to this.

      I was ganking exhumers for profit before the New Order was founded. I was one of the "few" gankers. If I was lucky I would get half my Cat back and 3 Intact Armor Plates + whatever the Exhumer dropped. Back then T2 Cats were 15m/isk and Intact Armor Plates sold for around 25m/isk on buy orders.

      I did this for so long I began to hate it as I didn't have any player interaction aside from occasional raging. Then I saw a New Order agent in local who congratulated me on being flashy red. I inquired as to what the New Order and MinerBumping was and was directed here. Shortly after I joined the New Order and have made some epic space friends along the way. That New Order agent happened to be James 315's alt Currin Trading.

      If it hadn't been for James 315, I would have unsubbed as I was beginning to hate Eve Online. But, as soon as I started playing Eve with like minded players from all different types of play styles (Nullsec, Lowsec, carebears, mission runners, etc.) it made this game extremely more fun and worth playing.

      Thank you James.

      PS John, I would have ganked your Tengu. Also, can I gank your Tengu? And, I'm whoring on your thank you letter. <3

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    2. I had done it all! Flown mining battleships and multi billion isk Ravens.. I had even cheered when they buffed barge EHP. I even quit Eve twice due to boredom.

      I don't remember how I heard about James 315 and The CODE, but when I first found out it intrigued me. I read the guide on ganking, trained up an old throwaway alt and bought some catalysts.

      On April 16th 2013 I ganked my first miner, a venture with a fairly shiny pod! Soon after that I sent James 315 an Evemail stating that I had made the pilgrimage to Kamio and wished to join The New Order. He referred me to John E Normus who promptly baptized me. I was now officially an enforcer of The CODE!

      I quickly met many colorful and friendly people such as Captain Starfox, Ziaeon, Pestario Vargas and my current CEO Dante Lobos. At first I was guarded and didn't quite trust my new compatriots, the feeling was apparently quite mutual as they later informed me. I was surprised to find New Order Agents so polite, generous and kind! The complete opposite of all the miners and missioners I had dealt with before.

      Not long after I joined, I started ganking Orcas with them. We even managed to get 10 in a 24 hour period! I asked if I could join Dante's Corporation and he accepted, soon I found myself in lowsec and eventually nullsec where we fought against TEST in Fountain. I now consider many of the people I've met because of James 315 and the New Order good friends and I hope to meet them at Fanfest someday.

      Without James 315, I would have quit eve again and never experienced lowsec roams or taken part in 6VDT and B-R. I would have never met these people I now hold dear and consider my friends.

      Thank you Supreme Protector, I firmly believe that you are saving Eve from becoming another theme park, devoid of any uniqueness or depth.

      Yours Sincerely, Maiki Dresin

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    3. Loving the stories.

      My character was totally burned out on Factional Warfare as the main focus always seemed to be more and more about collecting LP to earn more internet spaceships points to offset the random PVP losses - in a very endless cycle where gathering enough players to seize control of systems and cause any real changes came at great cost to us while only providing any benefit to mostly AFK cloaking alts who desired no player interaction at all and simply wanted to be left alone to farm LP without anyone daring to interrupt them. It got old fast. From there it was assisting my corporation in a move to wormhole space and setting up all of the very serious internet spreadsheets and other tools needed to keep track of ISK payments that would be owed to players depending on how many sites they took part in clearing.

      During this time, one of my closest EVE friends was introducing me to the art of the gank. She showed me the very basics, and shortly after that - and inb4 random forum haters rip on me - I had the fortune to meet Erotica 1 after reading about her exploits in the bonus room. Erotica 1 introduced me to members of the Belligerent Undesirable community, and members of that community introduced me to the new order.

      Fast forward a half of a year, and I have destroyed or taken part in the destruction of an amount of ISK that is mind blowing to me. I will be flying in the upcoming Alliance Tourny to bring glory to the CODE. Alliance. My personal level of destruction is on equal footing some some well know corporations and alliances - who have many members. I soon was introduced to loyalanon and The Conference Elite, and before I know it - ended up being a moderator of the minerbumping channel, a diplomatic contact for both The Conference Elite as well as the CODE. Alliance, and have had more fun in EVE then should be allowed without having to pay an extra fee.

      Not to mention the dozens of wonderful people I have met and formed friendships with who as a group have been the most mature, knowledgeable, friendly, fun and dynamic group of people I have found in any EVE community.

      I have enjoyed subjecting friend and foe alike to massive walls of text, and made friendly contacts with members of literally most every single alliance or group of players in the game. The doors that this community have opened for me are so numerous and staggering that I have a hard time taking it all in sometimes. And all of this on a character that is about 7 months old.

      And after all of this madness and fun - I know there is still so much more to come. The New Order literally changed me from a player who could only read about emergent game play to a player who is out there creating it every single day. I've had the joy of wearing the hats of diplomat, spy, awoxer, ganker, fleet support, operational planner, and so many other hats I can't even keep them all straight sometimes.

      It's been a blast, and I am just so happy to be part of it - and I take a special joy and delight in being dismissed, like many of my friends, as some unknown character who does nothing but bully helpless miners who have no tools whatsoever to defend themselves in any way. I don't even argue with that conclusion anymore, I simply smile and attempt to share the joy of emergent gameplay with everyone that I encounter.

      And on a final note - it's a great feeling to take any action that may help this game realize that high-sec is out of control. The Risk vs. Reward ratio for many types of game play are so far out of whack that it's simply amazing to me that CCP does not make their primary focus fixing that as quickly as they can. But, versus just taking a passive role and being content to sit back and just complain about the problem - I get to be part of the solution - to add as much risk to high-sec as I possibly can and attempt to balance the scales.

      Love ya, CODE. Happy two years, and I know we will have many more to come.

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  7. Inb4 troll posts by players who secretly wish they were us.
    The Code always wins.

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  8. All Hail James 315, Supreme Protector and Savior of Highsec!

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  9. The code always wins

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  10. I have pictures of the Party you guys had celebrating your two years...
    Take a look..
    http://gankerbumping.blogspot.com/

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    1. go back to being a douche instead of trying to capitalize on others successes, the best you could do is hope you would be around 2 years but considering you were nearly destroyed a few days ago I would take a cup of shut the fuck up and take a seat for a few more days mr gorila.

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    2. Honestly it's just not funny. Too bad a good blog on the other "side" of this conflict would make things more interesting. This however is derivative, juvenile and vaguely homophobic

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    3. He's desperate for attention.

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    4. Anonymous @ 7:47 PM -

      If you are a member of the CODE. alliance, could you please take a second to contact me in game so I can remove you from the alliance? Thanks!

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  11. monkey pictures and gay euphemisms. you really are phoning it in now aren't you gorila.

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  12. Very moving post. When I joined the New Order about a year and a half ago, even I figured the idea of a Code compliant highsec was just a troll on our part. You can't argue with the statistics, though. Our movement grows like an avalanche, burying highsec in freighter wrecks. Already the New Order is the killingest coalition in the history of EVE. Total victory may come sooner than we ever thought possible.

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  13. The code saved me from a life of care bear high sec mining. Happy anniversary and keep crushing afk mining care bears. I may even pay 20 bucks to train a suicide ganker alt.

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