Even a single gank can send shock waves across New Eden. When Anti-Ganking patriarch Rusell lost an 8.8 billion isk freighter, it shook the rebels' faith to their core. As recounted in MinerBumping's Fallen Idol series, the Anti-Gankers turned against Rusell.
cynoalt x vonalt > russell still here? Just wanted to let him now he's one special retardIn the face of such a reversal of fortune, most Anti-Gankers would give up. In fact, most of them surrender by instinct immediately upon logging in.
ReallyProud Cyno Character > wanna hear the full story how he got caught?
Aleff Knoll > I read about him earlier on you-know-where. As soon as I saw his name I knew I was in for a facepalm.
Aleff Knoll > That ranting earlier was made ridiculous because he refused to do what I did: look at what went wrong, try to find a way to mitigate the risk in the future. I hang out in this channel for that precise purpose.
For a time, Rusell hid in shame. But then, one day, he bounded into the Anti-Ganking channel with a shout.
Rusell roared, delivering a fire-and-Veldspar sermon, just as in the days of yore.
The Anti-Ganker declared his refusal to give up. He wouldn't allow the recent humiliations to drive him out of the game. He would see things through to the end. The speech was enough to warm the heart of a cynical, defeatist AG channel moderator.
When he saw that no immediate push-back was forthcoming, Rusell resumed his career of needlessly injecting himself and his cheerleading into every conversation.
Rusell settled back into his role. It was as if nothing had changed. Random carebear Tickles TheClown joined the channel, seeking information about some groups that had wardecced him and his fellow industrialists. Rusell saw such things as a distraction.
Though a carebear himself, Rusell didn't view wardeccers as the main threat to highsec. Wardeccers use a valid game mechanic. Gankers, on the other hand...
Tickles didn't agree. He felt wardecs were little better than an exploit, a means of introducing spaceship combat into a game about mining.
Rusell had no love for the wardeccers, but still--at least they weren't literally cheaters. All the gankers should be banned.
Nevertheless, Rusell took pity on the carebear. He gave Tickles the best military advice the Anti-Gankers had at their disposal: Drop corp.
Rusell then redirected the discussion of Tickles' problem into another speech about himself:
Rusell longed for the days when he might be free to indulge in the kind of peaceful pursuits he enjoyed, such as exploring unknown space. One day, yes, he would retire to his home and till the fields in sweet solitude. But not until the war was over. Not until CODE. was dead.
Resident heretic Alexander Kaan interrupted Rusell's soliloquy by popping in to suggest the possibility of engaging in spaceship combat. Was Rusell's newly restored position of authority about to be threatened?
To be continued...