A lot of "stuff" has been added to EVE over the years. Call it bloat, call it whatever. We all know that EVE cannot be fixed with "stuff". That's why the year 2020 needs to be a back-to-basics kind of year; we need a focus on the core fundamentals of the game. Chief among them: the Code. Everyone needs to focus more on the Code. Those who forsake the Code won't last long. Here's some proof from the week of January 12th @ 00:00 EVEtime through January 18th @ 23:59 EVEtime...
Blingy drones? No. That is not the Code.
Chicago Boo and other blingy Hulk owners got a reality check from Agents Hold On Tight, Eduard Limonov, Illegal Facilitator, Salah ad-Din al-Jawahiri, Maximus Gooseman, and Belle de Jour, who simultaneously ganked another 748 million isk Hulk. Moreover, our heroes popped both of their pods, worth 2.3 billion isk each. During the ensuing panic, roughly 2.5 billion isk worth of blingy drones were confiscated--a most expensive mining op!
An unusually large number of blingy mining ships--including Skiffs--were mucking about in highsec this week. Kb SideKick's 783 million isk Skiff was only one of them. Agents Max August Zorn, Felix Hausdorff, Niels Henrik Abel, Augustus De Morgan, Ernst Steinitz, Jorgen Pedersen Gram, and Erhard Schmidt managed to track down the ORE-lover without issue. Miners, if you buy bling, you are marked.
What could be more in keeping with the back-to-basics spirit than the destruction of an outrageously expensive freighter in Uedama? Jane Padishah had her 30.8 billion isk Providence carved up during a Kusion family outing: Agents Jason Kusion, Jayson Kusion, Jake Kusion, Joel Kusion, Jackson Kusion, Jayden Kusion, Joseph Kusion, Jeremiah Kusion, Joshua Kusion, Jacob Kusion, Johnathan Kusion, Jeremy Kusion, Jack Kusion, Josh Kusion, Justin Kusion, Jonas Kusion, Jeffery Kusion, Jessie Kusion, Darth VaIdemar, Nick Moiseenko, and Caution AsianDriver Ahead all enjoyed feasting on this ship, which dropped over 22 billion in loot.
Jasim Saleh thought himself a big man when he purchased a Leshak battleship. He thought the Leshak hull would guarantee him victories. Alas, he didn't know how to fly or fit one.
Then Jasim met Agent Krig Povelli, who actually knows how to use a Triglavian ship. They engaged in honourable 1v1 combat. The man with more honour won.
oralis sailed into nullsec with a 6.7 billion isk Rorqual. This caused a bit of a stir, because he was carrying some mining equipment sourced illegally from highsec. The New Order Outreach Division was on the case! Agents Soldier Forrester, TigR Kashada, WaTeR Ubersnol, Faith Evingod, atrophocy, Miyamoto Uroki, Adrian Ostus, Casper24, LuckIsNoExcuse, WickedGames, Eld K'Fixit, WaTeR DeskselseVlerk, bella lugosi, and Sandro MacLaine put their elite PvP skills to use and slew the beast.
Blingy mining modules aren't the only contraband that decadent miners indulge in. Vosveldon assumed that no one would ever find out about his blingy mining implants. But Agent Guybertini discovered them when he cracked open the miner's pod.
A Michi's Excavation Augmentor and an ORE Mining Director Mindlink? Your secret is out, Goofus.