The Last Hulkageddon
Hulkageddon is a time-honored event in EvE. Since 2009 Hulk Ganking has been a part of EvE’s culture, with 2 events in 2010, another in 2011 and this one, possibly the last in 2012. CCP (Greyscale) is all about making life easy for carebears. CCP (Greyscale) has battered gankers with constant nerfs over the last few years. CONCORD gets faster, and more effective. Players with GCC lose control of their warp drives and can’t board fresh ships limiting them to one attempted gank every 15 minutes. This means that gankers have to constantly develop new tactics and improve their methodology, while the carebears pretty much enjoy a safer and safer experience.
Of course it hasn’t all gone the way of the ganked. This year we have two new tools that should ensure some hilarity. Tier 3 BCs and the upgraded dessies. An untanked hulk can be ganked by a single Tornado, or 2-3 catalysts VERY easily. Swarms of arty thrashers will likely make another appearance as well. In 0.6 and below you should easily get too shots off (maybe in 0.7) and 5 thrashers will tear an untanked hulk to shreds. An untanked mackinaw will go down even faster. Heck even a tanked mackinaw in 0.5 is vulnerable.
Now seeing as gankers tend to be more community oriented when it comes to events like this, and we share information whereas most carebears will be ignorant of Hulkageddon even several days into the event, despite enormous amounts of advertising; even though CCP (Greyscale) continues to stack the deck against us we work to improve, and this Hulkageddon will likely be the most successful one yet. Even with fewer ganks / pilot / hour, even with faster response times, even with all this crap, we will succeed. That will drive the carebears mad. Some will respond like I did when my carebearing was interrupted. Learn to pew. Some will ragequit. MANY will forumwhine; and when those forum whines hit CCP Greyscale’s screen…
He will do something that will surprise everyone even though it should surprise no one. He will come out with a devblog, or a forum post saying something along the lines of “Since SoniClover came up with the perfect solution to all your highsec PvP needs with wardecs we are going to remove the ability to shoot neutral ships in highsec. I know you are all real excited about this new era of EvE. Throw out some wardecs and try out the new system! You’ll love it! What are you doing with the torches and pitchforks? Put me down nonoNoNoNONONONONOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo…….”
CCP has already moved a LONG way to protect it’s carebears. There’s no reason to believe they wont continue this path. In 2009 ganks were simple. Even an utter PvP nub like me could gank a hulk solo in 0.6 space. Let me suggest some things that hulk pilots could do to protect themselves during this event.
Team up. Tank your ships, have a friend along in a scimitar providing remote reps. A gank squad will involve 5-8 toons if they are using dessies. I’ll make your hulks practically invincible with 5.
3 hulks, fit for tank. Resists, extenders, all the basic stuff. Look up the fits. 1 Orca providing leadership bonuses. MOAR RESISTS! A scimitar orbiting at 50km with 4 large reppers, ECCM a little bit of tank and reps permarunning on the other 4 ships.
But no. That’s too hard. It’s too much to expect people to make the attempt to defend themselves. They should be able to expect complete safety sitting at 0 in an untanked, expensive, oft-targeted ship during the most heavily advertised event of the EvE year. Let’s just make CONCORD insta-spawn everywhere, or better yet turn off the gankers’ guns.
So go out and enjoy Hulkageddon. Really dig into it. FRAPS it, gank as much as you can as often as you can as long as you can. Because this is likely to be the last. We can adapt as much as we want, but we can only do so much when the other side’s “adaptation” consists of whining to receptive Devs.