EVE is a famously challenging game to learn; it is often said to have a "learning cliff" instead of a learning curve. But the cliff is surprisingly easy to ascend, as long as you start off right. The first step: Obey the Code. Once you've mastered that, the rest is a breeze. Even so, ignorance and bot-aspirancy lead many EVE players into avoidable disasters. From the week of August 27th @ 00:00 EVEtime through September 2nd @ 23:59 EVEtime:
You all know of my feelings on mining frigates being used in highsec. Bearsilent went against my express wishes and suffered the usual consequences of doing so. Agents Lisa Tancos and Jacob Tancos barely had to do more than give this mining frigate a stern look to take it down.
This is how you lose more than a quarter billion isk on a mining ship worth 19 million.
...And this is how you lose 440 million isk on a mining ship worth 23 million. I guess none of the rebels bothered to tell Tolen Thellere that "isk tanking" with an unlicensed mining barge is impossible when highsec is constantly patrolled by countless Agents. Tolen's bizarre concoction was capped off with a pair of highly illegal ORE Strip Miners. Agent Guybertini knew the protocol: to strip miners of their ORE Strip Miners.
This week's theme seems to have been a lot of carebears putting expensive stuff in the flimsiest ships they could find. MAD Monster piloted a destroyer equipped with nothing but fireworks. (So, was this a "ship that can't shoot back"?) Somehow, MAD Monster got the idea to pack up the ship with 1.8 billion isk of cargo and fly it into Uedama. Agents Lisa Tancos and Yumla Cos braved the fireworks and won the battle. Regardless of all the people who say EVE is dying, there's still plenty of elite PvP to be found in this game.
Farcical--like all carebears who disobey the Code.
Seaman Tanmens's freighter is a perfect example of premeditated bot-aspirancy: Rather than fitting it with tank modules, or even modules to improve its align time, Seaman chose to increase its top speed. Clearly, he intended to send his freighter through highsec on autopilot. His wicked scheme was thwarted by Agents Collateralized Contracts, Captain Cortar, Tantaria Stavanghar, ClearLove, Perlo Tissant, Urban Worrier, Ren Sano, dAbOsSlAdY77, Jet Set Milly, Ivana Freemam, Pat Makunt, Kon Xanithex, Mark Ormerant, Horace Goes Ganking, Emergent Gameplay, Selina Love, Unfit ForDoody, Padme Love, Yojiro, Basic Black Bitch, Lunar Love, Gea Stormbound, and Bluekiss. A freighter without a mining permit is going nowhere fast--no matter how many overdrives it has equipped.
castiel Fera triple-bulkheaded his freighter. So far, so good. But he utterly lacked the foresight to purchase a mining permit and contact an Agent to arrange safe passage through New Order territory. This was incredibly risky; his Providence was worth just shy of 15 billion isk. And what Agents Darnoth, Synamic, Padre Gankero, Amanantian, Padme Love, Panizia, Unfit ForDoody, Basic Black Bitch, Slipstream Prediouca, ClearLove, Matt18002, Mindy Miromme, Bers, dAbOsSlAdY77, Perlo Tissant, Jet Set Milly, Mark Ormerant, Horace Goes Ganking, Kon Xanithex, Urban Worrier, Bluekiss, Selina Love, Sheenah Ash-carrier, Lunar Love, BJBee 686, and Resnar Ash-carrier discovered in the wreckage was even more damning:
Though the freighter carried a lot of stuff, most of its value came from a collection of decadent mining drones. Gross!
Drizzd was tooling around in an unlicensed Noctis--a surefire way to be fired upon by our Agents. Sadly, the bot-aspirant was too AFK to escape with his pod, which was worth far more than the ship he lost. As the residents of highsec have become increasingly cautious about using expensive implants, it's more and more difficult to find decadent pods. Agent Alt Proxy was up to the challenge, though.
Ah, another highsec industrialist whose implants betray a long-abandoned dream of specializing in combat. Maybe this lossmail will serve to remind Drizzd of what could've been--and could be still, should he embrace the Code.