Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Crazy Like a Foxbolt, Part 12

Previously, on MinerBumping... Rebels and skeptics say that miner ganking doesn't accomplish anything in the long run, that shooting ships in highsec doesn't make a difference. But Agent Maou Solidus proved them wrong when one of his Hulk ganks sparked a revolution. The Hulk belonged to a "paying customer" of Admiral Foxbolt, who found himself at the center of a storm. Permabanned by CCP Falcon, he was left with no choice but to roll an alt and take his fight to the enemy: The cynics and cyber-bullies of EVE-O.


Foxbolt's apology thread wasn't warmly received by the community. From the very first reply, Foxbolt came under fire from critics who excoriated him for his plan to charge corp members real-life money.


The more Foxbolt defended himself, the more the sharks began to circle him. Blood was in the water. People who hadn't been following the drama on Reddit were attracted to the thread and outraged. It seemed that Foxbolt was only making more enemies.


But Foxbolt anticipated all of this. The Political & Legal Chess Master was thinking 20-50 moves ahead. Now he unleashed his planned counter-offensive, responding to each and every reply with a counter-reply of his own. For the first time, he also revealed that the whole "corp fee" scandal was actually the fault of another player, whom he chose not to name.


For a long time, EVE-O had been mostly dead. Foxbolt's thread brought it back to life. He had the ear of the community, just as he'd hoped. But he was also forced to fend off an onslaught of new attackers.


Coming to EVE-O was a high-stakes gamble. Foxbolt was a fugitive from a permaban. At any moment, a moderator could step in and close the thread. For the time being, the ISD slept. Foxbolt had a window of opportunity. He could only pray it would be enough.


When the thread began, Foxbolt was the very picture of tranquility (no pun intended!). As time wore on, his composure began to break. He was tanking an extraordinary amount of DPS. It would take all of his discipline and training to hold up under the pressure.


In every thread, there comes a turning point. It's a time when a good-poster enters the fray and sums things up in an unquestionably reasonable fashion. Kaely Tanniss added her contribution to the thread, to widespread approval. This is where the story would normally end. Except, again, for one thing...


Lions. Don't. Run.


An hour and a half into the thread, there was still no sign of the ISD. Outnumbered and outgunned, Foxbolt still wasn't backing down. The siege of EVE-O went on.


So far, Foxbolt hadn't managed to win over a single supporter. How could they not see that he was the good guy in all of this? Perhaps the EVE community was even more cynical and suspicious than he had feared. Was it too hostile now? Was it too broken even for a player-retention and human relations expert to fix?


The hyenas closed in on the proud lion. Surrounded on all sides by a relentless and growing swarm of enemies, even Foxbolt must have felt moments of doubt. There was one thing he knew that they didn't, though. The Political & Legal Chess master had saved a trump card, an ace up his sleeve. He was holding onto it, just in case his plan to win over CCP Falcon and the EVE-O community didn't work. It was his final play, and he hoped he wouldn't have to use it. He wouldn't, not unless his thread was locked. Still, having that secret weapon in his arsenal helped steady his nerves.


Even so, Foxbolt's tank showed signs of weakening. His famously calm and collected demeanor began to crack.

To be continued...

31 comments:

  1. Goddamn Foxbolt. English motherfucker - can you speak it???

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    1. No, nor type it.

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    2. ...or understand it......
      --
      Mike Adoulin

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  2. I was hitting F5 on that thread while it was happening wondering who the fuck this guy was. nice to know that backstory now.

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  3. Lions don't run? Then how do they catch their food???

    Oh right... they get their women to catch it for them...

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  4. Anti-ganking winning non stop daily

    Now that I got that out of the way, time to put the cocks back in my mouth and ass again.

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    1. hello not wolf, you sound a little bitter. Want to talk about it?

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    2. Dayum. Did anti-ganking just lose again?

      Will they ever stop?

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    3. Hey fake soprano you want some salt for that chip on your shoulder?

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  5. Some days you just can't win. But you can keep losing harder and harder.

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    1. We call those Foxbolt dayz

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  6. Looks like another day of failure from AG!

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  7. *shakes head* I said this would go on for 13 posts. Turns out I might have been right about that.

    So... much autism.

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  8. The trump card could change everything though! I can't wait until tomorrow dammit :(

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    1. I will let you in on a secret. The trump card was when he went into batshit crazy mode.
      Really, that was his backup plan, just say fuk it and turn into a blubbering idiot.

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  9. Ya'll stop behaving in such fowl manner, mmk!

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    1. No fowl manner? But... but... at least for those in the states, we just had Thanksgiving. Please be understanding. At least sell us a turkey eating permit for 10m ISK?

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  10. 2 weeks of foxbolt.... when can we read something about blowed barges and freighters again?

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  11. nah james has a great story to tell about dear foxbolt, and ofcourse as code is they are making an ass out of themselves "for the greater good"

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  12. 40 keks. Stay in highsec.
    https://zkillboard.com/kill/50455456/

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    1. what does 40 keks mean?

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    2. Don't know, but that is an impressive pod kill.

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  13. Why is it that Code is failing non-stop lately. Is it because they can't PVP? I'd like to see them try to take over low sec like their goon friends. Now that would be an epic battle indeed! People who can actually shoot back!?! Crazy!

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    1. why is it that you post anonymously if you think that code are no threat?

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    2. plenty codies post anonymously, why paint a target on your back in the first place. code fails everyday just for being who they are.

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    3. Is this all AG can do? Whine on a blog? If Code is so bad, how come you havent stopped them yet?

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    4. Is this all AG can do? Whine on a blog? If Code is so bad, how come you havent stopped them yet?

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  14. so you say why paint a target on your back indicating code are a threat and then contradict yourself saying code aren't a threat. If code fail as you so confidently claim then there is no reason to post anonymously.

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