"The New Order is taking things too far," the carebears lament. "They're telling us how to fit our ships now? What gives them the right?" First of all, the Code gives us the right. Second of all, from a purely pragmatic standpoint, consider what happens when miners go off on their own, fitting their ships however they choose. They end up like some of these guys from the week of October 15th @ 00:00 EVEtime through October 21st @ 23:59 EVEtime:
Sabine Feldbaum's experimental Covetor fit ended up costing her half a billion isk. Somehow, Agents D34dly D34dly and Slutzilla managed to break through her hardy capacitor tank. Anything to get at those juicy ORE Strip Miners.
mark208 must've scoffed at Sabine's half-billion isk loss, "Let me show you how it's done!" With a full set of 'Carpo' Mining Laser Upgrades to complement his own pair of ORE Strip Miners, make208's Hulk was worth a cool billion isk. Agents D34dly D34dly, Larsulrik Napsterbane, and Slutzilla hit the jackpot twice this week. Like they say in Vegas, the CODE always wins.
Alas! Another victim of the "don't buy a permit, just use a Procurer and they won't be able to gank you" school of thought. Fortis spiritus suffered a staggering loss when his Procurer was PvP'ed by Agents Photon Death, Plasma Death, and Liek DarZ. Fortis was using ORE Ice Harvesters, of course, but still--how did this mining barge manage to cost 1.3 billion isk? Was he carrying valuable cargo?
No, it's just that 'Ingenii' Ice Harvester Upgrades are that expensive. Nearly 950 million isk for a pair! It should go without saying that these are highly illegal modules. Our Agents will be keeping a close eye on any miner suspected of using them.
ofuton nukunuku made two huge mistakes this week. First, he devised an extraordinarily fail-fit Rattlesnake. I mean, look at it. Second, ofuton failed to pay his taxes. He was paid a friendly visit by Agents Australian Excellence, Tax Collector Aruka, Pod Destroyer Molly, Tax Collector HongMei, Tax Collector Max, and Taxman Daniel, who helped get him into Code-compliance by taking away his ship.
Oh, and nice hat, dude.
Melissa Mardain must've known she was taking a huge risk by autopiloting a 23.5 billion isk jump freighter through New Order territory. What she didn't realize is how much firepower the Gate Tax Collection Agency has been mustering of late.
Eighteen Tornadoes were recorded on this kill. The terrifying fleet consisted of Agents Tax Collector Max, Tax Collector Richard, Tax Collector KarlMarx, Tax Collector Hill, Australian Excellence, Tax Collector Aruka, Pod Destroyer Molly, Tax Collector Stroheim, Tax Collector Kittens, Tax Collector Larry, Tax Collector BokChoy, Tax Collector Kimi, Tax Collector Buck, Tax Collector Shardani, Tax Collector HongMei, Tax Collector Yuna, Tax Collector AynRand, Tax Collector Alison, Tax Collector Fuemi, Taxman Daniel, and Mining Lord 1999.
Somehow, Agent Eva Mavas suspected that Hulk pilot Slumber was AFK mining. (I don't know, maybe it was his name that gave it away.) And in Kino of all places! Slumber woke up at some point after his pod was destroyed. In the process, 4.4 billion isk worth of implants disappeared like a forgotten dream.
A bunch of Snakes and expensive missile implants? I suppose this Hulk pilot fancied himself a PvP'er. And he did end up PvP'ing--but Agent Eva was much better at it.