Friday, December 23, 2016

Why They Hate the Code, Part 5

Previously, on MinerBumping... Our readers were completely engrossed in their study of the New Order's enemies.

X. The Grudge Holder

"You'll pay for this... eventually."

Losing ships is a natural, healthy part of the EVE experience. Every reasonable person knows this. Unfortunately, the Grudge Holder is not a reasonable person. He suffered a loss at the hands of the New Order, and he was never quite able to get over it.

Why does the Grudge Holder allow himself to be consumed by his desire for revenge? Maybe it was a particularly expensive loss. Or maybe he'd grown so accustomed to the safety of highsec that he didn't know how to lose gracefully. There's another possibility: He thought the New Order was beneath him. Having swallowed whole all the nonsense about CODE. being full of "scrubs", his world was shattered when he lost a ship to said scrubs. What's lower than a scrub?

Sadly, the Grudge Holder's vendetta necessarily becomes a long-term one. Because the Grudge Holder is never able to get revenge on our Agents. Therefore, his anger has no expiration date. He must simply learn to let it go. Embracing the Code and quitting EVE are both preferable to losing oneself in a hopeless quest for revenge.

XI. The Shackled Miner

"Why buy a permit for ten million when I can get a Skiff for just two hundred million?"

The Code has an extraordinary influence over the lives of everyone in highsec. Our impact can be measured in many ways; the easiest way is to look up killboard stats. But killmails don't tell the whole story. When a miner docks up every time he sees an Agent enter local, that costs the miner something, too. And every miner who sacrifices yield for tank--whether in their lowslots or in their choice of hull--has lost isk to the Code.

The Shackled Miner is terribly afraid of being ganked, but he resolved long ago not to buy a permit. Instead, he trades in his Hulk or Mackinaw for a Skiff and tanks it up. He knows this is more expensive than buying a permit; he's willing to spend that money on his pride. However, he doesn't yet know just how much his pride is going to cost him.

You see, there's more than one way to gank a miner. Even if the Skiff pilot's ship isn't destroyed, our Agents ganked his yield. Over time, as the Shackled Miner watches his isk per hour ratio go down, his heart sinks, too. He becomes quietly resentful. When he sees other miners in the system using Retrievers and Macks, his resentment grows. Perhaps he tries alternating ships, switching from a high-yield fit to a high-tank fit when our Agents enter local. But it's not enough. And when his Skiff finally does get ganked despite its EHP--watch out for the cascade of tears.

Paradoxically, the Shackled Miner's anger toward the Code is all the greater for the fact that he traded in his yield for tank. Unlike a ship loss, the yield loss is constant. He thinks about it every second of every day he mines. Of course, tanking one's ship is one requirement of the Code. The Shackled Miner would do better to obey all the requirements.

XII. The Newbie

"How do I send isk to someone?"

There are many phony newbies in highsec. Even carebears who have been in EVE for years masquerade as "new players". So many miners falsely claim to be new that sometimes one wonders if highsec is devoid of genuinely new players. But the Newbie is real. Carebear apologists and theme parkers use him as a pawn to justify many terrible ideas about how EVE should be. Our Agents, on the other hand, give him the simple respect of treating him like an EVE player.

Rebels and skeptics gasp in horror when we say we are unopposed to shooting a new player's spaceship. They claim the Newbie is uniquely incapable of accepting the perils of PvP in EVE. Ironically, of all our enemies, we are hated by genuinely new miners the least. They have not yet been fed the poisoned milk of carebear myths. Even so, a Newbie who violates the Code remains our enemy.

Some well-meaning individuals, swayed to extremes by the spirit of mercy (all things in proper balance, remember), suggest that a Newbie who has never heard of the Code should not be considered a violator--that in his perfect ignorance he should be deemed Code-compliant. Perish the thought! If that were the case, we should hide the Code from all Newbies, so that their perpetual compliance would be guaranteed. Ours is the opposite course: The Newbie's ignorance makes us all the more motivated to bring him the Code quickly. His pain will be less.

I stand by my conviction that it is better for an EVE player to lose his first ship very early in his career. I was a new player once. I went out to lowsec and lost a cruiser that I barely had the isk to replace. I hadn't yet heard people tell me that as a new player I should expect safety, or that I should consider PvP to be bullying, harassment, griefing, etc. I learned from the experience--was exhilarated by it, even--and became a stronger player as a result. It probably improved the odds that I would be retained as an EVE player. Destiny took care of the rest.

Oh, and CCP spent a bunch of money on scientific studies which ended up defying their expectations by proving that I'm right about this.

To be continued...


  1. Ughhh is it over yet? We get it... the miners are just mad. Period.

    Did you guys ever recover any of your stolen assets?

    1. What is this "your"? You mean loyal's crap? You realize that CODE. doesn't have 'alliance assets'right?

      You know Zopiclone was a loyal servant of James for an entire year in order to earn that <40 bil, right?

      Would you like to serve James 315's agenda for 12 months in exchange for <40 bil?

      One wonders what else "spais" might be willing to do for piddly amounts of cash...


    2. Best part is how anon818 whines when the Minerbumping blog doesn't post the content that he craves and because the hisec militia blog is packed full of garbage that no one reads.

    3. Praise Zopiclone

    4. Lol CODE is still angry. Merry Christmas, bless your little coal hearts! And don't forget to take your Ritalin! Ritalin is easy!

    5. "recover" ?.
      zopi continued to enforce The Code with those talos He also gave/shared a portion of them with Snigie, who both enforced The Code with him, and is still a New Order Agent to this day.
      Tweeps also bought some, and used them to enforce The Code.
      As James 315 has said MANY times: "Feel free to enforce The Code, from outside CODE. Alliance."
      the greatest theft that poor naysayers can come up with is, some ships were taken, and the same thing that they would have been used for...they were used for.
      oh the humanity!

  2. Funny stuff that the OP didn't mention Zopiclone but Oink went straight to defending his owner like a friendly poodle lapdog.
    Looks like Zopiclone is the only thing that ever went wrong or right in Code.
    She broke the convention of the Code Always Wins.
    Not always.
    Just funny to see some Gankers are still holding onto a grudge, while it is clearly written that holding onto a grudge is to be left for miners as per your cult masters' teachings.
    Keep real butthurt about it Oink.
    Are they paying you 40billion/year to be the information war minister?
    Seems like it.
    Thanks for the chuckle at your expense.
    Say hi to your master from us.

    1. I congratulate Zopiclone on his heist and fully admit that if loyalanon handed me 30-some-odd billion ISK worth of stuff that I would probably obscond with it.

      I just find it ignorant that folks hear that someone in the New Order got ripped off so somehow all of CODE. has been robbed.

      We're not like other alliances. We're far more elite.


  3. Hmm... the blog is salty as ever. It's amazing how upset people get when they lose a ship in a spaceship PVP game. Boggles the mind.

  4. Zopiclone is having an argument with his alts again in minerbumping. Just wait till his meds have kicked in until you disturb him with a question.

    1. Zopiclone liked the drugs a lot?

      You fucks got robbed by a druggie?

      Too funny

      Pathetic CODE. Makes the story of your robbery even worse if you are saying Zopiclone was a functional retard. Robbed by a retard XDDddddddd

      Guess CODE was even more retarded than a drug phiend XDxdxdxdxddd

    2. Zopiclone calm down and take a deep breath. It only happened in your head.i guess if you have enough convos in minerbumping with your alts you beleive it.

    3. So now anon744 is advocating not to argue to himself anon659 and anon612. Must be some salty code pretzel.

    4. But why is zopiclone so obsessed with me??? XDXDXD

    5. Cause you put out on a first date? XDXDXD

    6. Maybe it's because you are failing incredibly hard


      It's because you're a part of the story for his grandkids to laugh at

    7. But he's not going to make it

  5. If there were ever any evidence needed that we have an unequalled master for a leader, this series provides it in abundance.

    Think about the various CEO's you've encountered in the game, or read about, or heard on the various podcasts spawned by EVE Online. Have any of them been able to speak so knowingly, so entertainingly, so eloquently about the events and people which concern them?

    You read James' blogs, and chuckle and gasp where his sure direction takes you, without noticing the smooth flow of his prose, the lack of awkwardness so apparent in one-off articles on sites like INN and CZ; yet you take it for granted that these posts are not one-off efforts, that his work - and it is work (try it!) - is produced on a daily basis.

    Some people, I notice from the comments, are able to pick up a well-turned comic aside. They only need enclose it in quotes and append 'LoL' to it. We all get it.

    So, this Christmas, I hope you and your families and loved-ones are beneficiaries of all the love and kindness that can be gathered in this sometimes woeful world we all live in.

    Personally, I wish James and his family and friends the very best holiday they could possibly have. Thanks, James, for all your hard work over this year and all the others. Try to spend at least some time AFK (not while logged in though - might have to turn me blasters on you)!

    And of course, Merry Christmas - or Season's Greetings - to all my New Order comrades in arms!


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