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Back in Autumn of 2006, Commander Nicholas and his corpmates proved to be mercenaries, who needed to rat in 0.0 to restore their security status. They also proved themselves to be bullies – and just like all other bullies, they wanted to be friends with the biggest players in the area and be free to hunt down all others.

So they wanted to create a NAP with Barracudas, since Barracudas included x13, a Danish based mercenary corp, and three other merc corps. Essentially, I guess they thought we had something in common. But… there is a difference… basically our alliance were honorable and, at least in my opinion, AIL was never such.

We went into an uneasy state of non-aggression. No real NAP agreed on, we were going to see what they were like. But they were told, unequivably, to stay the hell out of t-nnjz, the home of x13 and the Barracudas alliance.

Yet, when I logged on early one morning, one of the members of AIL was happily ratting in t-nnjz. MY HOME! I told him to gtfo – and when he refused, I, although possibly stupidly, attacked. He soon got help from his corpmates (and my alliance was off in Empire fighting FIX…) so my Dominix was shredded. Of course, the unfair rats turned on me as I came to help them 😀

Then something happened that I was not expecting. Commander Nicholas, using his alt Idimmu69, tried to ransom my pod! Wtf! When in 0.0, you kill or you don’t. You don’t do low sec piracy stunts like ransom. So of course I refused to even answer to his demands and after a while of him wasting both our time, I was in the cloning bay and able to update my pod.

See, the thing that Commander Nicholas and his merry band of fools did not know about me was that I never give in to ransom. Just like I would never negotiate with terrorists or kidnappers. Once you give in once, you lose enough self respect to do it again next time – and you feed your enemies while doing so.

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It was back in September 2006, 2 years ago nearly to the date. I had been living happily in 0.0 for some months when the strangers appeared for the first time. Most of my alliance, Barracudas, was in Empire participating in a mercenary war against FIX, so I was one of the few left behind. As it is, my sec. status was too low for Empire war, so my orders was to go rat as much as possible, to increase my wallet and repair my sec status.

By now, I was flying a Dominix when ratting, taking advantage of my rather good drone skills. My friendship with Non Serviam had evolved fast since the night he saved me. He too was often out either ratting or ready for PVP in his Dominix.

As I entered one of the main ratting systems in the area, I noticed some strangers. From scan, I was soon aware that they were happily ratting – they had a haulerspawn and was hauling it 2 systems away to the nearest station. If I had been more experienced, this would have been an excellent time for me to get into a PVP ship and get some kills…

The strangers in local immediately started talking to me as if we were old friends. As I have always been flying NBSI (Not Blue Shoot It) , I was not really ready to make friends with just anyone in local. This Commander Nicholas kept making private convos with me even though I closed them down. He was trying to convince me that he was in the middle of negotiations with my alliance leader – Ventosus – and that I was quite safe whenever they were around. Strangely, even though I was my CEOs confidential, I had not heard anything of this and was not really ready to trust his word on it.

While this Commander Nicholas was trying to sweettalk me, Non Serviam entered local in his Dominix. Commander Nicholas once more convoed me, trying to get me to tell him what the name of my Dominix was – so he could attack the right one, and not me, whom he wanted to befriend. What he did not realize, was that I was already ganged with Non Serviam and we were making plans on what to do in case they attacked…

This was my first of many encounter with Commander Nicholas – and one of the main reasons I always fly with auto-reject on…

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Inspired by todays best post in Eve Online General Forum by DubanFP.

Ok, taking a break from the trip down memory lane, I think I’ll talk about one of my pet peewees. I seriously hate it when people do not fit to match the boni of the ship…

If you want to fit jammers, fly a griffin, blackbird, scorpion, falcon or kitsune. DON’T FLY A FREAKING MERLIN!!!

If you want to use lasers, fly Amarr ships with bonus to them!

And if you want to do PVP… don’t fly a freaking mining ship.

Oh, and don’t expect a girl to fit modules to match in color just because she is a girl. About 99.99% of us females actually think. Those who want to play dress-up and color co-ordinate are more likely to go with World of Warcraft than with Eve.

Although… I do take a lot of time making a new character, even for the lowliest alt, because I want the face, the background and the light to be just right…

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My frient Agent2 Holtze – one of the Danes I had gotten to know during my early months in Eve – got me into Caldari Scouting and Intel Group (CSIG) and helped me move to Stain. He explained to me that we were blue – friendly – with both the two other corps living in the system, but they were fighting each other, so we had to be careful not to give intel on either side. Then he handed me a ferox and fittings and told me to go rat so I could build up some ISK for PVP…

I soon found out that especially three persons were very active in the area. The always silent, but deadly killer, Severe Pain – the talkative and somewhat scary End Yourself – and their grumpy but somehow impressive CEO Non Serviam. They were all members of a small corp called Core Domination.

Well, I started ratting – but my skills were not exactly impressive, so I managed to lose my Ferox to a group of rats in a belt. Then, silly as I was, I tried to warp to the belt in my hauler to get at least my surviving gear back to station – and that was killed by the rats too!

Worried, I looked in local. Sure, there was the guy called Non Serviam – and one of the members of the corp he was fighting. I noticed that he was using autoreject, so any attempt to do a private convo and ask for help was going to fail. So I tried asking for help in local, not really expecting to get it.

Non Serviam of Core Domination

Non Serviam of Core Domination

But… he agreed to help me. Despite having a hostile in system, he undocked and warped to the belt in his Dominix and killed off the rats. I asked him to take my gear with him, but he said he could not, as it was a PVP fittet ship and full of cap boosters. But – he offered to give me a new hauler, so I could go back and get my gear.

At last, I had found the Knight in Shining Armor that I had almost stopped believing in 😀

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Revenge…

As it is, Tolin was quite upset when I told him that I was seconds from losing my caracal in a “friendly” duel. Especially when he heard that Exitium had been in a BS against a cruiser – and yet used drones… So we made a plan to show Exitium the reality of PVP.

Using my main PVP character, I once more agreed to a duel with Exitium. It was agreed that we would each use a frig. I choose a griffin, one of my absolute favourite ships. Exitium, eager to win again, choose a merlin and fittet it with, among other things, a best named Caldari jammer.

But this time Tolin and I did not want to play fair. We had a surprise planned. Hidden in system was Tolin in a blackbird, so when Exitium warped with me to a safespot in Amoderia, he soon realized that we were not alone.

Tolin helped me kill Exitiums Merlin – and then prompted me to kill the pod on my own. Of course Exitium was very upset by this betrayal of trust, this unfair treatment. But in our opinion, being in a cruiser and a frig vs. a frig was as fair as being in a BS vs. a cruiser and using drones. As I told him, in real PVP I would never be alone.

For a while Exitium ranted and raved about wanting to get us wardecked. Our CEO took this thread as seriously as it warranted – which is to say, not at all.

Lesson of the day: PVP is not about being fair – but it is about being a team. And life in low sec was costing me heavily in sec status, so it was time for me to move to 0.0…

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It was way back in time. I was still relatively low on ISK, flying a caracal in level 2 missions with my “nice girl” alt and flying as a tackler for my good friend Tolin Dorden when out to do PVP. We were in the good corp Hmm UK back them and always had lots of fun in the ingame channel Hmmsters.

I often picked up newish players who chatted in local and on one of my trips to Jita, I ran into a young wannabe pirate named Exitium. He kept shouting in local for people to play 1-vs-1 and I invited him into our public channel. And for a while, it was all good. He got to know us, we got to know him.

He still wanted to do 1-vs-1 more than anything. He was already flying battleships, while I was still in cruisers, so I knew that it would be a mockery of a duel. But, since my ego wasn’t as big as his, I figured I would do a duel with him – after all, it was supposed to be friendly, with all aggression ending when the ships had taken 2/3 of armor damage.

So we met in Amoderia, a 0.4 system near my Sinq Laison base. And the duel began. Only, Exitium really wanted to WIN! As if being in a battleship vs. a noob in a caracal wasn’t enough – he started using drones. This was back in a time, where drones were kind of hard to control and could not always be reliably recalled… so I ended up having to warp out with my ship dipping into structure damage.

After this, I realized that I don’t like duelling. It is not anything like real PVP at all, does not even show a true measure of strength and isn’t really fun. It just serves to boost the ego of small boys who cannot handle real PVP…

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Playing an MMO

Once I used to think playing an online game was not going to be me. Well, I guess I was a little worried, truthfully, that I may like it too much 😛

And I was right to be worried. I love to play Eve Online. I love my friends, chatting, hanging out on ventrilo, just sharing the joy of this game of internet spaceships. Hey, I even love a drunken Oveur on Eve TV during the tournament.

One of the biggest wonders of Eve is how close the community really is. And that is why a post like this is a real puzzle to me. In short, it is a guy who is asking on Eve Onlines General Discussion forum how to get friends in Eve without being in a corp. He does not want to share missions, does not want to be in a corp, does not want to PVP with others – but he wants them to fullfill his social needs.

Oooooh-kay…

I’ll just leave you with your mouth open like that…

😛

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