Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Venture Contest Intensifies
As most of you know, Agent Anal Canal created a Venture killing contest for the month of August. Anal made the contest so she could give away a spare PLEX and give highsec dwellers a chance for some fun.
Because "new players" supposedly prefer using Ventures to mine illegally in highsec, the contest became the subject of intense controversy on EVE-O. Incredibly, this resulted in a CCP dev weighing in (the contest is allowed, of course). Carebears complain about everything, especially if it's something fun.
Due to the enthusiasm of the non-carebears, many players in and out of CODE. have contributed extra prizes. It has actually been quite difficult to keep track of all the prizes, since people keep contributing new ones. Here is the latest prize list, based on the EVEmails I've been forwarded from the contest coordinators. There may be more prizes. Long story short, there's a bunch of stuff you can win:
1st Place: 5 PLEX plus 3.5 billion isk (roughly 7.5 billion)
2nd Place: 1 PLEX plus 1.1 billion isk (just shy of 2 billion)
3rd Place: Rattlesnake
4th Place: Any faction cruiser (Courtesy of The Marmite Collective)
5th Place: Collection of 5 faction frigates (Courtesy of admiral root)
Youngest Ganker: Stabber Fleet Issue
Everyone is allowed to play; you don't need to be a member of CODE. or the New Order. For the rules, see the original post.
Some of you might be saying, "But James 315, the month is almost halfway over. I haven't been killing Ventures yet, so there's no way I'll catch up." On the contrary. According to the rules, you don't get credit for ganking the same Venture pilot over and over. You get one point for each Venture pilot you gank. Thus, the more Ventures you've ganked, the more you'll need to search for new victims. Think of it like a game of pool, where the more balls you've cleared, the fewer shots are available. It's still anyone's game, especially since there are so many prizes for runners-up.
Some people have cited this contest as an example of the New Order bullying new players. This is nonsense. And even if gankers did explode the ships of new players, what's the harm? When I joined EVE, I immediately moved to lowsec. Within a week I'd lost my first ship, and learned more about the game as a result. At no point did I ever question the validity of someone shooting at a "new player". I'm categorically opposed to the idea that new EVE players need special treatment, or that they need to be persuaded to subscribe by being safe for the first few weeks (or months, or years, or however long someone can claim to be a "new player").
Besides, Ventures are cheap. They also have a built in +2 warp core strength, so if they get ganked, they're almost certainly AFK. Fire at will!