Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Return of Bob, Part 2

Previously, on MinerBumping... Agent Bob the Fourth returned to highsec. Quickly surveying the place, he determined that it was not yet perfect. So he went back to enforcing the Code and helping the miners obtain legal status. Bob met Merkilo Tay, who lost over 2 billion in blingy drones to Bob's smartbombs. Despite her losses, Merkilo was skeptical about the value of a New Order mining permit.

Merkilo had been ganked by the mighty CODE. alliance before, yet she still didn't obey the Code. That was a red flag.

Bob was tough, but fair. He didn't care how difficult it would be to sell Merkilo a permit. It was in the Code, and that was all there was to it.

Merkilo's latest excuse had only just escaped her lips before she opened her wallet. She didn't even wait for Bob to destroy her argument.

Now the miner had a license to mine. It was the first decision she'd made in EVE that she could be proud of. Nevertheless, it was no guarantee of Merkilo's future good conduct. Would she be a good permit-holder or a bad one?

"I bought a permit from you, but shouldn't I also petition you?"

Bob didn't tell Merkilo that she wasn't allowed to file a petition. He did, however, suggest a different way of looking at things.

Ultimately, Merkilo chose to send me a reimbursement request. I suppose she decided it was better to send a petition to the Saviour of Highsec than CCP. For some reason, Merkilo's request was in Russian. My response, as I reported in Highsec Miner Grab Bag #150, was: "My Russian is a little rusty, but I'm pretty sure Bob the Fourth is the good guy in the story being told here."

Looks like my Russian is still good enough to get by.

Agent Bob loves the Solitude region, and he very much wants for it to succeed. But that's impossible as long as miners disobey the Code. Therefore, Bob's love compels him to kill the miners.

Or, in some cases, to kill their drones. Though not as pricey as Harvesters, a flight of 'Augmented' Mining Drones is worth over a quarter billion isk.

Drones are easily destroyed by smartbombs, so even while acting on his own, Bob was more than capable of clearing asteroid belts and ice anomalies of them.

If a highsec miner isn't a total bot-aspirant, he can easily pull his drones whenever an Agent enters local. Our Agent confirmed that he was indeed dealing with bot-aspirants.

And bot-aspirants, it seems, enjoy losing. A lot.

To be continued...


  1. FW: Post Burn Jita 2018 Wrap-Up
    From: Thomas en Chasteaux
    Sent: 2018.03.07 02:09
    To: High Sec Militia,

    Received another report of a freighter save during Burn Jita

    Great Job, Boriz Nakrar and crew!

    system: perimeter/jita gate
    bumper: Ghost Whiskey
    Musubi 88 survived and got away:
    [23:25:11] Musubi 88 > thanks to all who helped me to survive in my freighter. ( his KB is clean for Burn Jita 2018 )


    1. Not a shred of proof from ag, just the kb of some random guy who wasn't ganked during BJ5kids.

      And they wonder why we laugh at them.

    2. ag have a year to become a ganking organization capable of fielding 20 stealth bombers. But will capable gankers stay with them when they limit their targets to only Machariels and scanning frigates and practice on the Test server? Will they be able to resist joining of the ever successful Uedama fleets? Will Thomas make 19 bomber alts on his own instead?

  2. Every time a ganker kills some highsec carebear EVE wins.


  3. They love losing their blingy Harvester drones as well. And when I say 'love' I mean they cry tears of impotent rage.
    They also never activate their kill rights, even when told how to do so. Funny, that.

  4. I have heard people saying that NOL is recruiting? If that is true I will apply immediately.

    1. NOL is still recruiting! Praise James! \o/

  5. Thomas en chasteaux still doesn't know who his father is


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