Trust nobody, not even yourself

A teaching story about one guy I killed.

Monday morning, I hate those. This one was quite different though. I was feeling sick after my 18th birthday so I decided to stay at home, skip some boring classes and play eve instead. Sounds good to me!

I’ve been trying out my new combat recon class ship – Rook. It is very awesome! Fitted with rapid light missiles, full pack of light drones, a shield tank which can withstand at least 650hp/s damage, it works super against many small – medium sized ships. Probably the biggest advantage is that combat recons are invisible to Directional scan! It truly is like John Cena (Extremely loud, watch at your own risk).

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My Rook with 2 killmarks

I find Factional Warfare Lowsec systems to be a very good place for hunting with a ship like that! I just need to sit inside an empty FW site and wait. People won’t see my ship on D-scan so they might think it’s empty.

But when they warp in and see me sitting there…

oops…

Ok, enough about my precious ship. Here’s what happened.

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This strongly applies to Eve Online

 

And so it was 11 am in the morning. 3 hours before downtime. At that moment of the day, Eve is usually quiet. Most players are either working or sleeping. When I logged in, the system I was in, Melmaniel, was empty, so I left my ship at a station, put eve in the background and started doing something else.

One hour later, I check Eve. 4 people in local, one of them is me. 3 potential targets!
I undock, immediately check D-scan. There’s a Jackdaw somewhere! I quickly started checking places, pointing camera, setting D-scan range, angle to find him.

He was… In an asteroid belt?! Quick double check.. Yes, he’s there, in a Jackdaw.

Now, let me quickly explain why ganking a Jackdaw is difficult. It’s a T3 tactical destroyer. It has 3 modes: Defense, Sharpshooter and Propulsion. When in defense, it gets a bonus for shield resists, in Sharpshooter – missile range bonus.. in propulsion, it gets a big bonus to Agility (and a smaller one for speed). That means, if he switches to Propulsion mode, he can warp away in two seconds – that’s way too fast for me to catch him.

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Jackdaw – Caldari tactical destroyer

But I still warped to him. Hey, even if I can’t catch him in propulsion mode, maybe he’s going to make a mistake, maybe i’m lucky today?
Sadly, I wasn’t very lucky. I landed 27km away from him. Some wrecks were floating at the distance, he was killing pirate NPCs. I started flying towards him but he warped off to a station.
Or at least that’s what I thought!

Moments later, to my big surprise, this guy invited me to join his fleet.

My inner pirate started dancing out of joy, I started laughing out loud like Dr Evil

When my cat started starring at me in the same way as one would stare at a fool, I calmed down and started a friendly chat with him. He appeared to be a nice guy!
Here’s a copy from my chat logs:

[ 2016.04.11 08:57:01 ] JR Dismang > o/?
[ 2016.04.11 08:57:14 ] JR Dismang > salute?
[ 2016.04.11 08:57:17 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > Do you need help with ratting?
[ 2016.04.11 08:58:03 ] JR Dismang > i’m about to mine on my other char you didnt seem like a ganker
[ 2016.04.11 08:58:53 ] JR Dismang > which anomoly you going to?
[ 2016.04.11 08:59:02 ] JR Dismang > im up for ratting
[ 2016.04.11 08:59:49 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > Any rats in that large gneiss site?
[ 2016.04.11 09:00:11 ] JR Dismang > just got here and visited the mineral field to kill them
[ 2016.04.11 09:00:16 ] JR Dismang > not sure whats left tho
[ 2016.04.11 09:00:34 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > I see
[ 2016.04.11 09:00:41 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > i’ll check

I warp to a Large gneiss asteroid site

Also, it’s quite funny how he didn’t see me like a ganker even though I was jumping on him in a combat recon ship.

[ 2016.04.11 09:01:14 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > no rats here
[ 2016.04.11 09:01:23 ] JR Dismang > how is the rook?
[ 2016.04.11 09:01:27 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > Nice!
[ 2016.04.11 09:01:41 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > It’s a gift, my birthday was 2 days ago
[ 2016.04.11 09:01:54 ] JR Dismang > belated happy b-day
[ 2016.04.11 09:02:09 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > thanks:D

I warp to a random asteroid belt

[ 2016.04.11 09:02:49 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > rats! They’re here!

He warps to me and lands 0km away from me

[ 2016.04.11 09:02:53 ] JR Dismang > k
[ 2016.04.11 09:04:53 ] JR Dismang > cant wait to get higher tiered ships
[ 2016.04.11 09:05:02 ] JR Dismang > just dont want to go outside skill range
[ 2016.04.11 09:05:16 ] Shinzo Shikimira Shinzo > what are you training for now?

There, we both started approaching the rats. As he started killing them, I noticed how he started switching between his ship modes into a Sharpshooter mode, this was my moment. My heart started pounding fast, he’s targeted, locked, scrammed!
I must have scared him. His Jackdaw started melting and it was dead only a few seconds later.

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As I said previously, this guy was very nice. I sent him a message, some isk, tried explaining what he did wrong. He didn’t start spamming or sending death wishes to me, no! He accepted it as a lesson which, for him, did cost 70mil isk. (Lets say i’m saving you that amount). It could’ve ended way worse!

The moral of the story: NEVER trust anyone in Eve. No exceptions. Even if you know that person in real life or whatever. o7

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2 thoughts on “Trust nobody, not even yourself

  1. Orion May 18, 2016 / 3:31 PM

    You sneaky backstabber.
    I have been ganking newbies too recently, usually in my Pilgrim.
    After neuting them to zero, pointing them and bringing them to hull I stop attacking and convo them with a link to a discord chat channel.

    Then I tell them to sing a song if they want to leave alive.
    Two so far have have sung (one God save the Queen rofl). So I released them from my grip.
    The others? Not so much.

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