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So one of the truths of life is that people fight harder over the littlest shit. My mother was a family practice attorney for a long time and divorces involving well off or rich people were usually bloodless and passionless. When you saw an address listing a trailer or lot number though… Woah baby. Shit is about to go down. She told me about a couple that was going claws out crazy over a $5 pot from Wal-Mart. Keeping two lawyers (being paid 3 figures by the hour) and at times a mediator who cost even more.
But what does this have to do with EvE? Well… Lowsec is the trailer park of EvE. There’s nothing great in it, the people might be great people but none of them are changing the world. And when these guys get their sandcastles rustled… Shit goes down. Tempest in a teapot doesn’t begin to describe it. Hurricane in a shotglass. Cat 5 time.
The biggest dramastorm I have ever had to endure involved a lowsec alliance torn apart over some bullshit. We had a nice high rarity moon that we basically held on sufferance of some local heavy hitters with R&K being the final arbiter of injustice. None of us were getting much money, and Aridia is famous mostly for being a desolate hinterland in a game where 90% of lowsec could be used as a dictionary definition of “Desolate Hinterland”. One corp decided they wanted a direct cut rather than just some vague promise of help in the future from money being thrown into the warchest. So they did what politicians have done since time immemorial, they promised this money to everyone over and over and lied about the guy in power. It tore everyone up. Our corp had no doubt about who we backed, but watching the process play out was agony. Over nothing. This wasn’t a system with 20 tech moons. It was one moon. It was some lines over who got credit for what. It was egos and preening and garbage and e-honor. It was a $5 dollar vase that tore up thousands in time and tears.
At its worst lowsec is a screaming redneck family tearing each other apart over stuff you wouldn’t pay a buck for at a yard sale. But it’s not all drama, and it’s not all bad. More on that later. Fly dangerous, score kills.
So I am dipping my toe back in LoL. Partly to play with an old EvE friend, partly to just get some PvP in. I’ve been working up to level 12, playing mostly support, and having a pretty good amount of fun along the way.
But let’s be honest, the community is hilarious. Where EvE has this vibrant community based on helping people engaging them and bringing these diverse groups together, LoL’s is based on trying to get 5 people on the same side to not shit all over each other for 30 minutes PLEASE. Obviously no one cares in games vs. bots, there just isn’t anything really on the line other than some IP/XP, but as soon as pvp shows up, whoah nelly. Shit is getting real son.
Everyone is guilty too. I’m a pretty calm person when it comes to gaming. I don’t get horribly wound up but man the stupid just hurts sometimes. I play support mostly so I’m paired with an ADC (Attack Damage Carry, basically I keep him from getting nuked so he can get all the kills and glory) which requires me to sacrifice my own gold/experience/life to let them stay alive, and get the juicy kills. I’m fine with that. I like winning more than I like my own glory. What I can’t stand is when I set up the perfect kill and some faceroller just whiffs the gank and leaves me holding the bag.
This happens a lot, sometimes it’s my fault too, I’ll be the first to admit it. I will, at times, loose track of my partners cooldowns and initiate a gank when he just has nothing to kill with. Other times he whiffs. My Champion of choice is Blitzcrank. He’s high risk, high reward, requiring lots of skillshots (aimed/dodgeable shots) and getting stuck in to make it work. In any fight I’m exposed. As a somewhat beefy melee range CC specialist I am going to be disrupting the enemy and drawing a lot of fire to give my teammate the chance to finish things off.
When my ADC whiffs it annoys me. A lot. The frustration ratchets up fast, and in my first PvP match I actually chased my ADC out of lane. I stole minion kills and went 1v2 against their ADC / Support team until my ADC wandered off to mid. Again I’m not a NICE guy, but I’m not a jerk.
Anyway I spent the last week working on Sona to give myself a bit of variety. I actually really enjoyed her quite a bit and was looking forward to her in PvP. Then I got trolled. Hard. By Riot when they made Blitzcrank one of the free champions this week. Blitz is a HARD counter to Sona. Like, really hard. So I spent my first game basically trying not to lose and enjoying watching our mid cruise to 11/0/0 followed by a surrender.
I’m having fun, and so far I haven’t gone so far on tilt that I’ve cost us a match although the guy I tend to queue with will tell you I’m still sloppy and tend to get ganked at times.
BTW my username is Corelin Lintu, look me up and watch me fail!
Ok, I’m going to just officially take the month of November off so I can work on my horrible novel for NaNoWriMo. I’ll probably cave in and do a Rubicon post and one concerning the CCP financials that came out a bit ago, but don’t expect much more than that. Fly dangerous etc. etc.
So today was… eventful. In that “May you live in interesting times” way. The plan was to get online early today, help out our more inexperienced members prepare for a major operation, link up one group of my friends with another group, go on a major operation and maybe kill some ships in the process. Ideally bad guys ships but lately that hasn’t happened too much.
What I got was a Category 5 Drama Llama with all the trimmings. First while trying to advise a noob on the fine art of not bringing Caldari ships to an armor fleet I managed to damage his special snowflake feelings. Now I will admit that I normally have all of the tact and diplomacy you would expect of someone who spent five years in a career that specialized in the art of delivering 98 pound packages of high explosives to customers whether they wanted them or not, but when training and advising I can be a very good mentor. This guy decided to flip the fuck out. To wit:
oh im sorry i thought i was paying for my account not you core but ok sinc eyou are paying for my account ill fly the way you want
It’s been well over a year, and quite possibly two since I banned someone from my pub channel. This guy got himself the old heave ho. Having a first-rate temper tantrum is a fantastic way to get on my bad side.
So I was in a foul mood. Had to talk to a few people to see if we could calm other folks who were unamused by those shenanigans, got the fires out in time for the op. Start bringing in the new friends and waddya know, they don’t like the old friends. Well then. Fine we had some hiccups but I get them smoothed over with my patented subtle problem smoother.
After my delicate handling of that situation… my contact proceeds to melt down in comms, then in chat. Fine, some people are red to each other for a reason, I thank them for getting out, getting staged, and taking the time to set up. I figure that’s it. I can’t really blame them, there were a lot of issues and I was happy to skate out on the drama. Then I get a convo/evemail from the guy organizing the whole op. Well shit. Turns out the new guys had someone go around the bend a bit. A tad. A smidgen. Just about… ohhhh…. from here to the center of the galaxy as it turns out. He convo’d the guy running our op. Apparently thought he was the target. Decided to spill the beans and tell him about the ambush. You know. The one he was organizing. Giving him enough information that, if he was actually the bad guys, he could have avoided our attack, or set up an even bigger counter and blown us up.
Not. Cool. I’ll admit I flipped my shit at this point. I probably swore enough to blister paint for a good 30-45 seconds. I told him the guy he was a fucking morong and I got out of their channel, and directed all my corpmates to do the same. Let them know in a general sense what was going on and to just focus on the op and did my best to follow my own advice. I let the higher elements know what was going on and apologized for what happened. We fleeted up and waited. The op was a failure, no ships were lost because no opposition showed up, but we got some sexy screenshots from Fancy Hats flying around.
Fly dangerous. Score Kills. TAKE THIS DRAMA LLAMA OFF MY HANDS.
Sooo after a less than stellar roam a week and some back, we headed out again. Still flying really basic, but fun, T1 cruisers we headed out from Amdonen. Ami used to be gatecamped at least 12 hours a day. It was a great place for a fight. Now it’s mostly empty. Our biggest threat was someone complementing my blog, temporarily inflating my head so much I couldn’t fit through the out gate.
We headed on towards Antem. We didn’t even make it to the system, we could tell from statistics that it wasn’t worth it. Antem used to be another hotbed of action. The loss of Chain of Cha0s in the system really has been a loss to the game. Heading on to Gonditsa we found something in progress. No idea what as there is a 130+ AU warp which gives people time to deagress, and possibly log off safely while our fleet limped in. During our travels we chased a few ships but I’m not a brilliant enough tactician to catch something really effectively. We Ping Ponged a Hawk for a bit, missed an Omen by just a bit too much to pursue, and just decided to move on.
Finally re-arriving in Aridia, our old stomping grounds, we tried to poke DPR and get a fight from him but there wasn’t anything going. We wandered down to Vehan and camped the HUGE gate there and FINALLY got something. A Thorax popped in and the chase was on. Scant seconds later the fleet was close in, guns and drones hammering and shortly a bright blast announced the death of our prey, soon to be followed by the pod and the odd Magnate that was snooping around while shots were flying. Flush with success we warped off to a safe and waited long enough for our timers to go away, then re-entered highsec to dock up.
We had better communication, better numbers, better piloting and were better prepared. Waddya know we scored more kills. Funny how that works out.
‘Till next time. Fly Dangerous.
Hong WeiLoh at his blog, “Carebears with Claws” had a great post about “fixing” things. One thing he points out that I really like is that we should base our suggestions on the lore of the game. Ok. So… wardecs. Little skinny. Well I see all these things about the Yulai Convention. Oh C’mon. Yer fuckin with me right? Nada?
The lore and background of EvE is sadly lacking, I agree with Hong that we need to base suggestions on solid lore, but solid lore for wardecs is fundamentally lacking. I don’t think we need the full document, but I think some effort by CCP to produce the largely relevant portions would be of immense value to players. Right now when a war ends you get this
The war between My Awesome Corp and Your Crappy Corp is coming to an end. My Awesome Corp has retracted the war against Your Awesome Corp. The war will be declared as being over after approximately 24 hours.
The notice starting a wardec has even less.
CCP has thrown a large, heavy, rusty gauntlet on the floor for this summer. To do wardecs right I think they need to make them make sense from start to finish, complete with working into the lore of the game why CONCORD with its highly punitive DED would just go out and allow corps to start bashing on each other in highsec. Cassus Belli, bribes, something to start the process, goals, objectives, ways and means of stopping the wardec, all need to be not only presented in in-game mechanics, but as part of the EvE universe that includes trillions of people to go with the hundreds of thousands of capsuleers.
When SW:TOR came out folks were rabid about the “4th pillar of gaming” They emphasized story which works GREAT for the 180 hours or so it takes you to get through the story on a class. MMOs, as Bioware is finding out, require more than that. Once you get through the “Basic Content” there has to be a reason to keep playing. For some games it’s the equipment hamster wheel. For some it is the desire to finish harder and harder endgame content even if the storyline is exhausted. For some it is building something more awesome and being part of a community.
EvE Players take a different approach to building a pillar
EvE takes over with it’s “0th Pillar” EvE online PLAYERS generates a simply incredible amount of content. Programs like EvE-HQ and Evemon and EFT that are so useful as to practically be required to play. Blogs as varied as EVE Travel, with it’s content of snapshots of sites and sights in EvE; A Missioner in Eve, which takes place nearly completely “in character” yet still covers a diverse field of content; from the gleefully sadistic My Loot Your Tears to the unopologetically supportive Mabrick’s Mumblings . Metagame commentary from sites like Jester’s Trek and Poetic add context to nearly every forum poast. EvE players have generated a Manual for the hardest game ever to learn where CCP has utterly failed to do so. Or even try. There are multiple newspapers, a player elected advisory board, lotteries, poker, 3rd party escrow brokers, out and out pyramid scams, you name it.
Without the tools, the content and the player-driven engine EvE would have nothing. Players drive EvE. Players give value to everything in the game from ships to weapons to achievements.
CCP has placed the foundation for this pillar. The players have built it. While I don’t hesitate to give CCP an enormous amount of credit for the vision it took to lay this foundation and for building on it even as players stretch it to the limit, the design and shape of the pillar itself belongs to the players. For better or worse we built it and it is our accomplishment.