Friday, August 16, 2019

King for a Day, Part 3

Previously, on MinerBumping... Highsec mining CEO Moetel Soikutsu engaged Agent Aiko Danuja in a lively debate about the Code. Moetel accused Aiko and others of failing to obey the Code, but she was caught off guard when Aiko asked her how she'd run things if she were put in charge.

Yashiro Yamamoto watched as his former CEO floundered in the debate.

The carebear CEO took a big risk by asking Agent Aiko a bunch of questions to which Moetel didn't know the answer. Aiko's responses only served to show that the Code enforcement process was reasonable and fair.

Moetel couldn't allow the conversation to continue like this. It was time to go on the offensive.
Moetel Soikutsu > Ok, here's the problem
Moetel Soikutsu > No warnings.
Aiko Danuja > You've been warned, have you not?
Moetel Soikutsu > I am now. But what about those who aren't?
Aiko Danuja > Who hasn't been warned? I will warn them right now.
Like so many others of her ilk, Moetel pretended that the reason miners didn't own permits was because they didn't know about the Code.
Moetel Soikutsu > Remember, i'm not talking for myself
Moetel Soikutsu > Well, let's continue, as CODE CEO, i'll change the engagment rules.
Yashiro Yamamoto > i think he tell you about the new players like me in my first time gank ^^
Moetel Soikutsu > (let's say I keep the permit active)
Unfortunately for Moetel, Aiko had trapped her in a thought experiment about what Moetel would do if she ran the mighty CODE. alliance. The miner would be confronted with the consequences of her ideas.

Despite being an elite PvP'er and possessing personal qualities entirely opposite to those of a bot-aspirant miner, Agent Aiko had encountered enough enemies of the Code to know how to convincingly portray one.
Moetel Soikutsu > Explain him why he should get a permit, the costs and benefits
Yashiro Yamamoto > so true x)
Moetel Soikutsu > Tell him that if he has no permit, the next time his cargo will be confiscated (orange standing him if he refuse to get a permit)
Moetel tried to reason with the fictional (but eerily accurate) miner. But unfortunately for Moetel, rebellious miners are characteristically unreasonable.
Moetel Soikutsu > Close the conversation and orange standing him.
Moetel Soikutsu > Next time you find him, you'll see he has been proposed the permit and refused it (standing)
Aiko Danuja > So you want James to personally set every bad miner orange?
Aiko Danuja > All hundred thousand of them?
Aiko Danuja > He has to personally contact each and every miner in the galaxy, and waste hours and hours and months managing a contact list of every player in the game?
It seemed as though Moetel's big idea was to create some sort of universal "Not Orange Don't Shoot" scheme for highsec.
Aiko Danuja > Ok, let's try that scenario
Aiko Danuja > So I'm the miner u warned before and I'm mining
Aiko Danuja > "what are u gonna do? u gonna gank me?"
Moetel Soikutsu > Contacting him, explaining that's the second time he mines without a permit, it's his last chance to buy it before having his cargo seized. If he try to flee, attack.
Yashiro Yamamoto > you are realy so friendly...
So far, Moetel remained confident that her proposals would hold up to the scrutiny of Aiko's simulated Goblok.

Moetel's repeated warnings and standings spam failed to move the hypothetical miner. Time to pull the trigger?

The carebear CEO authorized action, only to find herself right back where she started!

In a matter of minutes, Moetel's version of CODE. found itself strangled by red tape and layers of bureaucracy. But Moetel was determined to find a way to win the argument and prove herself the superior Saviour of Highsec.

To be continued...

Thursday, August 15, 2019

King for a Day, Part 2

Previously, on MinerBumping... PRAMS Industries CEO Moetel Soikutsu was rattled when she learned that a member of her corp ran away to join the New Order. Moetel intervened by challenging Agent Aiko Danuja to a debate about the Code.

Ellah Yamamoto, the alt of the miner who had left PRAMS, confided that Moetel had sinister motives.

The carebear CEO quickly backpedaled, clarifying that she merely wanted to evict the mighty CODE. alliance from its sovereign territory until everyone surrendered to her demands. That's all.
Aiko Danuja > Can I ask why you are upset about CODE? Were you ganked or something?
Aiko Danuja > Even Ellah was ganked, and doesn't seem to hate CODE, so I'm curious about your motivations.
Ellah Yamamoto > i love it right now ^-^
Moetel Soikutsu > I'm not upset about code, just their agents.
Moetel had a funny way of expressing herself. She didn't want to "destroy" CODE., just drive it out of highsec. And she didn't hate CODE.--just all of the people in it.
Moetel Soikutsu > Btw, i've read the blog, it says posted by "minerbumping", not "james 315"
Aiko Danuja > So you don't think James is the one writing the blog?
Aiko Danuja > Why won't you try writing James yourself?
Moetel Soikutsu > Because i'm pretty sure it'll lead to nothing as he is inactive for 7 years? :)
Moetel Soikutsu > If James is still alive, tell him to rewrite his code with clarity, complete, and to keep an eye on his agents.
Among the most popular conspiracy theories in highsec is the idea that highsec's Saviour was permabanned and/or left the game many years ago. Apparently this means all of the gankers should reimburse everyone they gank, or something.
Aiko Danuja > Maybe you are right, but what if James responds?
Aiko Danuja > I think you are afraid James WILL read what you write
Aiko Danuja > If you were convinced he doesnt log in, then u have nothing to lose, you are afraid he will take notice of your harsh words.
Moetel Soikutsu > Oh no, if he's active, i'll happily explain to him what is wrong about his code and more about his agents not respecting it.
Another conspiracy theory is that I have been replaced by a perfect copy. This, too, would make all acts of Code enforcement illegal.
Aiko Danuja > Well, guess what, he logs in EVERY DAY
Ellah Yamamoto > and Moetel Soikutsu when i tell my kills to James 315 he send me ISK
Ellah Yamamoto > he dosnt eat you x)
Aiko Danuja > i write him regularly
Moetel Soikutsu > How can I be sure that he doesn't gave his account to someone else 7 years ago?
As the evidence came in, Moetel switched conspiracy theories. Since the James 315 character still logs into EVE, the "secret double" plot would have to do.
Aiko Danuja > So you think for 7 years, someone else has been writing and pretending to be James?
Moetel Soikutsu > It can be, as long as he does nothing regarding the code agents not following the rules he wrote.
Ellah Yamamoto > paranoia x)
Moetel Soikutsu > Do I have to explain it one more time? Really?
Our Agent was amazed by Moetel's delusions. How could she reach this Goofus and get her to see reason?

Moetel Soikutsu > I'm not like James, i'm not telling that i'm elected or what when he's only auto-proclamed saviour. I just want to makes you, CODE, think about your own CODE and change things for the sake of everyone.
It was then that Agent Aiko got an idea.

Highsec miners are constantly whining about the Code and its enforcers; they're natural complainers. But what if the tables were turned? What if it was their job to enforce the Code?

Aiko challenged Moetel to explain how she would run CODE. if she were in charge. Moetel's first idea was that Agents should be forbidden from looting the wrecks of anyone they gank. Quite a campaign platform.

Moetel's next proposal was even more shocking: The decriminalization of illegal mining!

To be continued...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

King for a Day, Part 1

Highsec mining corporations are prisons. Luckily for their miner inmates, the New Order organizes prison breaks.

...And they come, typically, in the form of ganks. As we saw in the Tora Tora Tora series, a member of PRAMS Industries was introduced to the Code when he lost his ship.

Yashiro Yamamoto chose to leave his mining corp and join the good guys. But what did his former corpmates think about that?
Ellah Yamamoto > Aiko can explein you the CODE :)
Aiko Danuja > miners need help, so we help them
Moetel Soikutsu > I'm not salty about the CODE, i just hate CODE players that doesn't respect its laws anymore
Aiko Danuja > what laws dont we respect?
Yashiro's alt, Ellah Yamamoto, introduced Agent Aiko Danuja to another PRAMS Industries member.

Moetel Soikutsu was the CEO of the mining corp. She'd heard about what happened, so she went looking for her lost sheep.
Moetel Soikutsu > - If a miner does not wish to purchase a mining indulgence, he may still be granted a one-day reprieve, if he is able to correctly answer the Supreme Protector's Questions Three. Do you ask a miner if he want to buy the said permit before ganking him ? Do you allow sometimes the one-day deprieve? No.
Moetel Soikutsu > Do you bump the miner, like James 315 did when he was still here instead of killing him? No:
Moetel Soikutsu > The CODE is now just an excuse to gank for no reason.
Ellah Yamamoto > Let him explain you :)
Moetel Soikutsu > Yeah, i'm waiting his answer since you're too new to be able to answer yourself :)
Moetel hoped to win Yamamoto back by proving the Code to be a fraud.
Ellah Yamamoto > of course :)
Ellah Yamamoto > he is better
Ellah Yamamoto > and he know better of you the CODE
Moetel Soikutsu > (what a great agent you are, not being able to answer simple questions btw)
Aiko Danuja > yes, i bump miners all the time, just like james 315
...But the Agents of the New Order never back down from a fight.

Moetel unleashed a flurry of attacks against the Code. She had tried something like this before, during the New Order's first encounter with Yamamoto. This time, though, she came prepared: Moetel was cloaked in the guise of a hybrid Space Lawyer Former Fan.

Each time Agent Aiko answered one of Moetel's questions, the carebear simply moved on to the next item on her list of grievances.

Yamamoto watched in awe as the Agent deftly dismantled Moetel's arguments.

As time went on, Aiko began to wonder how long Moetel's question list was. Is this how miners spent their time while AFK?

Like many bot-aspirants, Moetel was fixated on the fact that the New Order refers to permits as "mining" permits. The idea of a mining permit covering activities other than mining completely mystified her. She couldn't get past it. This, of course, is one of the reasons why they're called mining permits.

Without the common sense of the Code, it was only a matter of time before wild conspiracy theories took root in Moetel's mind.

To be continued...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Examination by Bump

In recent years, the Orca has become a favored mining ship among some bot-aspirants. Though it requires more isk and skillpoints than a mining barge, the Orca is nevertheless popular due to its ability to mine with drones while the pilot is AFK for long periods of time.

Agent Koizumi Taira noticed some Orcas operating in highsec and became curious about them. She was especially intrigued by reports that bots and bot-aspirants fleeing the Nullsec Blackout of '19 were using Orcas to mine illegally in highsec.

She decided to study them. But how to go about it?

Agent Koizumi grabbed a bumping ship and began to apply bumps to a group of Orcas she found mining in an asteroid belt. After some time, one of them woke up and attempted to communicate.

The first of the Orcas was a bit groggy upon being bumped from her slumber. Though Koizumi was merely bumping the Orcas out of drone range from the asteroid belt, the miners grew fearful that our Agent might be lining up a gank. They docked up.

Koizumi was fascinated. Later, she came upon a group of nearly a dozen Orcas all mining together. At first, it seemed as though they were content to be bumped out of range--until one spoke up.

Sabanto, too, was in a grouchy mood when he returned to his keyboard. Koizumi applied additional bumps to his Orca and the others nearby.

The Orcas struggled to cope with the bumps, and they managed to lose their mining equipment. But could they be reasoned with?

Sabanto and his friends/corpmates/alts grew agitated. In theory, they could have simply relocated to another system. But because they were creatures of habit/programming, they docked up instead. They would cease mining until they were confident that Agent Koizumi was gone for the night.

Safe in his station, Sabanto attempted to defend his honour. He was not a bot; he merely allowed his ship to conduct automated mining activities while he was away from his keyboard. What was wrong with that?

The more the miner tried to defend his actions, the more he condemned himself. Sabanto admitted that Orca mining is, for all practical purposes, indistinguishable from botting.

Sabanto further claimed that he wasn't multiboxing the Orca miners, and that the rest of them belonged to his friends. However, the friends did not speak in their own defense, choosing instead to remain silently docked up. Agent Koizumi recorded her findings and moved on to the next system.

Discovering a pair of Orcas, Koizumi bumped them until they showed signs of life. They, too, retreated to a station and docked up.

In the next system, our Agent bumped Orcas for several minutes until they began to protest. Following the pattern of the previous experiments, the Orcas chose to dock up soon after they realized they were being bumped.

Bot-aspirant Orca miners are a strange breed. Agent Koizumi was pleased by the progress she had made, but she concluded that the phenomenon of the highsec Orca requires much more study.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Medal Mettle

In highsec as in life, there are heroes and villains.

...And they quickly make themselves known.

One of highsec's greatest champions is Lewak, a highly decorated Agent of the New Order.

Lewak has heroically slaughtered thousands of bot-aspirants in his day. Even more than that, though--Lewak reasons with them.

Gobloks respond to Lewak's wisdom in many different ways. Some react in anger.

Others react by attempting to bargain. As well as a carebear knows how to bargain, anyway.

On some occasions, miners claim total innocence. Such claims are processed in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations. We can have absolute confidence that justice is always done when people like Lewak are involved.

Greedy miners never lose sight of their true goal: The accumulation of isk. They don't bother to work for it--if they did, they'd get permits--but they attempt all sorts of manipulations.

They'll claim to be new players, regardless of whether they're new. And if that doesn't work...

...They'll deflect, throwing others under the bus. Miners are perfectly willing to throw entire countries under the bus, if needed.

Failing that, an angry miner may resort to empty threats--the only kind the lazy carebears ever make.

Rebels and skeptics accuse our Agents of driving people away from the game. Yet no one works harder to retain EVE subscriptions than the mighty CODE. alliance.

Of course, if someone doesn't want to experience spaceship combat in their spaceship combat game, there's little anyone can do about that.

In the end, EVE comes down to life and death. PvP is a kill-or-be-killed situation. Thanks to Lewak's elite skills and his trusty Code, Lewak does the killing and the dead carebear can only wish death upon him. That's EVE working as intended. But the carebear need not remain dead. He can get another ship, undock, and win in his next encounter--but only with the Code.