Lot of blog posts about corp theft lately. How to protect and how to do it. Corp theft is something I have contemplated for a long time and never really had the time to try and pull it off.
Until Today…. or 2 days ago as it were.
I was joining another corp in the alliance trying to help consolidate and I happened to be flying in Jita when I see a corp spamming local asking for new recruits. Having already dropped roles and having nothing to do I convo’d the spammer and started asking questions. After a few peliminary questions I was invited to the public channel to meet the CEO. During this time I noticed several other new recruits asking questions. At one point a new recruit offered his API key but was turned down, told it “wasn’t needed.” I went to work. I immediately convo’d the CEO and started asking pvp question since to ignore it would be a red flag with my killboard. I then asked him if corp had a way to move all my crap from Jita and Dodixie. He replied that the corp had a Fenrir and that I could borrow it to move in. I asked where HQ was and upon receiving that information set out in a rifter as fast as possible.
I arrived at HQ and immediately put in an application. It was accepted and I was immediately given access to the corp hangar “ships” division. I tried all other divisions but was denied. I carefully made a joke about it and was told that the CEO liked to “get to know someone first before giving them access to all assets.” This sounds intelligent until you factor in the fact that he just handed me a Fenrir and access to a hangar with a rigged unfitted myrmidon, a primae, shuttle and zephyr.
After a little time of wondering if I should take that small pile of loot and go, I causally told the CEO that I had an unfit rifter and would like to fit it to check out the surrounds until I could move my stuff. I promised to pay for whatever I took. I was told to wait one, and then I was given full access to 4 of the 7 hangars and told that anything I took would be okay just dont take it all. I responded that it all wouldn’t fit on a rifter.
At this time the CEO logged saying he would be on later. I decided that now was the time to act. I quickly added some speed mods to my rifter, emptied all 4 hangars, wrote down the other 11 stations and set out to the closest one.
During this time i noticed several new recruits in corp chat. I started asking if anyone needed stuff hauled or jumped and listed the major systems that had corp offices. I even mentioned I had a carrier and could jump rigged ships. This was attractive to a few pilots because they lived in lowsec and couldn’t/wouldn’t risk the 7 lowsec jumps to home. After talking to a few guys privately I was contracted a hurricane rigged but T1 fit, 2x rigged and T2 fit ravens, a rigged T2 fit rokh, a retriever, vexor, and a few other smaller ships along with a retardedly huge amount of mods, mostly T1.
I was also contracted a navy apoc fully faction/T2 fit with meta 4 guns, and an extra set of meta 4 guns laying around. Nice grab you might say. It gets better. This is the same pilot who contracted me the cane… and a navy slicer, and then told me he didn’t know me and wouldn’t contract his apoc. I let the wheels spin for a second then told him “Mate, I’m legit. The corp just loaned me a Fenrir to move all this crap. Would they do that if I wasn’t legit?” He responded with an apology that he was just paranoid with his baby. 30 seconds later navy apoc contract was accepted. (it had integrated hammerheads, 2x TS lrg reps, TS PDU, and a imperial navy heat sink).
Another player contracted me EVERY asset he had on 4 characters. EVERY asset. I have 1.5 million units of unrefined ore. WTF, it is like 80 mil in ORE. I took it.
The rokh and 2 ravens came from another new recruit who logged in about 18 hrs later. I told him the same line and he contracted me the ships. I was hoping he would contract a navy scorp to me but he wanted to leave it in Jita.
By this time I had emptied all 12 corp offices. Some had nothing. Others had small amounts of mining gear or T1 ammo. 2 had hulks. All were emptied.
The CEO still hadn’t logged in and I was about to drop roles when I realized I had POS access. I immediatley started asking where the POS was located and dug through my chat logs to see if I had missed it.I had missed its location. No POS. I dropped roles and started to wait out my 24 hrs.
Having a little bt more time I convo’d a few members online and asked if I could get a little bit of jump fuel money until the CEO logged in. Only 1 fell for it but 40 mil is 40 mil. That’s right, 40 mil for jump fuel in High sec.
Upon logging in this morning I see this:
“I have some more stuff for you to move. Is there anyway for you to let me use the fenrir so that I can load it up for you? It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Only about 400 mil worth of stuff is all. Also, I have a guy that wants you to move another ship for him.” Oh, I wish I had been on.
I also see I have an alliance mail. It reads as follows:
“Be advised! ******** is a theif. He is an enemy of now. He stole a ship that I lent him along with about 100 mil. in stuff that was in corp hangers. He also conned a few guys in our corp to do a stupid thing in contrcting ships to him. He should be shot on sight. And I place a bounty of 100 million on his head if you bring me his corpse.”
Funny thing is these are 10 minutes apart with the contract one posted after the alliance one. Can’t blame the guy for wanting his stuff.
40 mil ISK cash
Navy Apoc with faction fittings (worth 760 mil on current market)
3x gal shuttles
2x iteron 5 (both rigged)
ccc rigged myrm
2x Raven (rigged and fit)
Rokh (rigged and fit)
Cane (rigged and fail fit)
3 large pos guns
and enough loot it will take a month to sell
P.S. I decided to try and extend my gain while my timer cooled down before I left corp. I contacted the apoc victim who was being very mature. I offered to sell him his navy apoc back at half price. After a little dickering we decided on 320-350 mil in ships and mods. Since I had already sold the Apoc I hurried 9 jumps to get in region and bought 4 general frieght and 5 giant storage containers. Packaged them in a courier contract and had him do an item exchange for a pith b-type shield amp and 2x domination reps. He accepted and I closed the convo. The only reason this worked is because te crystals on the apoc had been damaged and he had to courier it to me in the first place.
This blog has been inactive because I sold my main and my alt. I took a 2 week leave from EVE and couldn’t handle the withdrawals. So I dug up an old character and off we go.
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When you’ve been roaming New Eden as long as I have, it almost feels like home. That’s how familiar it has become over the last 5 years. Not that I have done everything or touched every aspect of this most amazing of virtual world, far from it, but it just feels as though it’s always been there. And always will be.
Whether you’ve logged into the game every day since its launch in 2003, or you’ve taken one or several sabbaticals from your capsuleer career, you’ve always come back to New Eden don’t you. Why is that?
We know the EVE Online Community is unique in so many ways, and that EVE Online is like no other MMORPG out there. But what makes the game special for you?
What is it that makes this particular virtual world so enticing, so mysterious and so alluring that we keep coming back for more. Why is EVE one of the very few MMOs to see a continuous growth in its subscriber.
To put it simply: Why do you love EVE Online so much?
That is question that at first seems easy to answer, then I start typing.
Loving EvE is like loving a dominatrix with a mean streak. You recieve no quarter, your endurance is pushed to the razor edge of breaking, and you can’t utter your safe word due to the ball gag in your mouth.
First, no quarter.
I remember my first Raven. Sleek, svelte, expensive, and destroyed after 2:34 from undock.
I had sweated out countless level 4s, looted, salvaged, used T1 ammo all in an effort to save enough ISK to afford my first BS.
A glorious moment. The power, the majesty, THE FIREPOWER. I needed to test it. Needed to feel the hull vibrate as I launched my first salvo of cruise missiles. I asked my wingman to provide his Myrmidon as the test range for this maiden flight.
Being in the same noob corp we could shoot each other with out Concord ending our fun. We warped to a nearby planet and I proceeded to unleash my full fury. Moments later I am looking at my pod surround by Concord and a wreck that costs 200 mil/4 wks of carebearing.
Dumbfounded, I scrambled to figure out why I had been punished. After close inspection I realized my wingman had joined a new corp 8 hours prior to this titanic-esque voyage.
Lesson learned. Be careful who you shoot, even friends. I docked, grabbed my Drake, and undocked. Goodbye Drake, hello GCC lesson.
In less then 4 mins I had lost everything I owned in EvE but had acquired to 2 certificates of completion from the School of Hard Knocks.
Reason I love EvE 1: If I fail, I fail on my own. No one to blame but myself.
Next, Endurance pushed to the limit.
Whether missioning 4s in a BC with less then 6mil SP, sieging a POS in a BS that has 3 hardeners of each type, or jumping safes, running from pirates while ratting in 0.0 6 jumps from an outpost with no cloak.
I have spent more hours trying to stay awake while finishing a radar site or roam or POS bash then trying to get lucky, a RL project finished or any other RL activities combined.
My mistress New Eden has tested my endurance and I am stronger for it.
Reason I love EvE 2: It requires dedication, and those who play it are a better class of player. Players are more mature and understand risk and loss.
Lastly, the ball gag.
TBH, I don’t have a good analogy for the ball gag. In fact, just the opposite, I love that we have CSM, that real players commentate the tournaments, the eve blogsphere, Fanfest, and all the other things that make it ours.
The fact that I have the option to scam in Jita, play the mole and collapse an alliance, or just suicide gank someone who is about to be enrolled, forcefully, in the School of Hard Knocks, and that CCP doesn’t remove these and make EvE a mushy carebear haven makes CCP and EvE very dear to me.
Other endearing items include real time training, the old ghost training (AWU 5 for me), single shard, free expansions, SISI, the Tengu, the Golem, the tournament, player meets, awesome trailers, the fact that BoB and now goon didn’t pay bills and got smacked down, and that in 3 years of playing I have only had to suffer 2 14 year old high pitched kids on comms even though I have been in several alliances.
Is EvE faultless? No. But I love EvE, reguardless of these faults.
Here’s to EvE, game of the year AGAIN! Here’s to the only MMO that I ever payed for after the trial was over and 6 months later payed again for an alt.
Pew Pew till they turn the last server off….
Today was one of these days where you can’t help but be satisfied.
The day started with my industry alt finishing 2 drakes. I grabbed both and corp insured them because one was for a corp mate who never saw it.
After bastard fitting my drake because the mods weren’t for sale in our crappy NPC station, i sent my alt to get some mods while I warped to BMNV. Upon arriving I found a few pilots playing station games. One of them was Zeconian in a Deimos. After a few dock/undock sessions I left him with 5% structure and he never undocked again while I was in system.
Not a promising start.
A member of (Unaffiliated) told me to come back with a ship if I wanted more action, so I fitted the second drake previously mentioned, and returned to BMNV.
We congratulated each other and went our separate ways. He was really pleased that someone honored a 1v1, and I must say I was glad to see it honored as well.
Next, I found Nikita33 in an ishtar plexng in X-M2LR, and after getting a warp in, proceeded to beat the crap out of his shield tank. As he entered structure, my launchers stopped firing and the ishtar warped off. I freaked out and assumed my scram wasn’t active.
Over the next hour, I played many station games with Slipy Dip, another drake pilot Mini Paj (btw don’t bother he has a massive tank and doesn’t engage, the worst of the drake pilot breed), and a few others. At one point, I had Nikita33’s station drake scrammed, webbed and in structure when she warped again. WTF?!?!? Stabs on a drake? Makes me cry…
Anyway, after much warping around and checking surrounding systems, I catch the ishtar back in a plex, scram it, BUMP it, and kill it. 3 count them 3 stabs. Talk about fail…
Somewhere along the way, Razzor Death asked me to pod him back to the vat. I agreed.
A little while later I got the shakes as I warped into a bubble, on purpose, because a lachesis was camping it 2km off the sucker spot. Scrammed, webbed and popped, after a quick missile change out. I feel kinda bad because the other guy in local laughed at him for losing to a drake.
Shortly after, I almost tackled a vagabond, but prudence won out as I found he had a fleet of 2 drakes, rapier and incurses with him. We played station games because they thought I was going to engage.
A short AFK later I undocked to find a hulk. Mining. Solo. WTF? pop.
Warped to the over-bubbled Orvolle gate in PF- where a pod was waiting
On our way back, we ran into Eradication Alliance. They were roaming with a vaga, gila, basilisk, and 2 ceptors. Station game here station game there, dead vaga and the bassy docks with 5% structure.
I then warp to a snipe on the Orvolle gate and get tackled by a sabre and malediction (the 2 ceptors with the vaga and friends). After killing the sabre, and working on the armor or the malediction a kitsune warps in. Luckily, I get my drones on the kitsune before I am jammed. Kitsune has to warp out, while I’m looting the sabre, but his bubble is still up and I kill his pod before warping to safety, allowed to go by the malediction who doesn’t want any of my drake. The shame…
An hour later, Agony has left and I am still camping the Orvolle gate with Kanagawa when a vulture pilot decides to jump in and out testing our tanks. No propulsion mod and 1 extra web later ( with a lil’ help from a neut absolution) down goes a vulture.
The absolution then begins to test our tanks and we deagress. After jumping in and out and the absolution jumping in a guardian pilot when he hits structure, I lose my 2nd drake. At this point people begin to login and we formulate a plan to get this absolution. (Anyone who knows us knows this plan consisted of “GET TO PF- NOW! Abso aggressed on gate”).
I reship and jump back in to get aggro. Now keep in mind it has been about 50 minutes since the vulture died and this guy still has faith in his tank. He aggro’s. I overload. He dies.
Not really a gate camping group (we have short attention spans), we roam out to 6-C/Reblier. Along the way we have John Sparta jump into us, get aggro’d, burn away……. then log/disco! The result is sad for John because we had a prober wth us. Claw / Pod.
A quick trip around the low-sec loop to Orvolle chasing ghost and it is time to call it a day.
Here is the tally:
Viator + Pod
Dominix + Pod
Sabre + Pod
Claw + Pod
Estimated Damages not counting pods/impants: 1.33 bil ISK
Estimates 136 mil – 42 mil insurance = 94 mil ISK lost today.
And those are numbers you can’t argue with. Today was a great day for pew pew..
Thanks to all the guys who helped out and brought aid when needed.
As a side note: If you get the chance, engage Eradication. I saw so much fail from them it is retarded. They saw we had a falcon, engaged lost a vaga. Later they tried to kill me with a sabre, malediction, kitsune and an abbadon that was late to the party. Later still, they warp the abbadon to an Agony drake with 15 more Agony 1 gate flash and a 200km warp away. Abbadon down. And yet later still, after helping, unasked, to kill a vulture, their absolution, with a gate-hoping guardian for support, finally dies after we warp in a falcon with only 1 Amarr jammer. Engage them on sight!
Last night was a fairly exciting night in Syndicate, specifically PF-346.
We started out in RF-GGF, spinning in station wasting time when vent lit up with intel saying Red Federation and Blue Republic were camping the same gate. This, of course, led to much speculation.
A few minutes later, we heard they were on the RF- gate in BMNV. “WTF… go go go”. We undock and beat feet to the gate, jump through, and manage to relieve some pods from the cramped innards of their ships.
Hot on their heels, E-P-O-C-H warps in and we can only assume they were after Red and Blue. Too bad.
As this fight was wrapping up, we had the 0utbreak guys warp in in RR BSes, and we promptly pulled a GTFO after some lite tank testing.
After much debating and more station spinning we decided to roam to PF-346, a single system pipe frequented by Cry Havoc.
Finally, we have bubbles up on the Orvolle gate in PF- and we begin our slow decent into rapid wolves. Actually, it didn’t take too long.
Aggressive Dissonance (much love) and Violent Society, who, inconsequentially, gave <BDEAL> a blue invite just 24 hours previously, decided to try and take the gate from us.
Now the battle was a little hazy as ships popped so fast. I do know that Omarvelous, our fearless leader, went down first, and we lost a Ferox belonging to Natilus2.
We we killed was a Curse +pod, Pilgrim, Brutix, Drake, Drake, Hurricane, Myrmidon and Taranis +pod. Link
Not bad indeed…
As we celebrated our victory with much looting and scraping of drones, our enemies were hard at work refitting and planning.
Our scout reported a lot of ship activity in Orvolle, and it was decided, with swollen egos and much alcohol, to stay and fight and win the day.
The enemy jumped in 2 Scimitars, 2 Brutix, Myrmidon, at least 2 Zealots, Hurricane, Drake and some more.
We managed to take out 2 Brutix and a Myrmidon before we succumbed to what was a good fleet with excellent logistics.
Having been buoyed by our previous victories, we headed for home or the closest hub and I logged for the evening.
Thanks all for a terrific evening of PvP. Wish it was that fun all the time.
Thanks for reading……….