Carebears Unite! Gather your pitchforks, arm your Covetors, the enemy is upon thee.
Hulkageddon is one of those things in EVE I never understood. Basically it is community organized event that incentivizes players to charge armed combat ships into unarmed mining ships and blow them up. The combat ships are then targeted by the “police” (Concord, whatever) and themselves killed. So, its suicide missions. The idea is to kill as many as possible and receive prizes and “tears”. Its about as sporting as whacking a toddler, clubbing a baby seal or torturing a frog. It is straight bullying without cause, reason or – in EVE – online backstory. Mindless, destructive aggression. In other words, it is “terrorism” in its true form.
And that’s why I love it. Conflict in EVE Online is rarely black & white. “Good” guys also routinely hunt hapless prey, shooting noobs in the face to toughen them up and and have no quarter for harmless pods either. This grey world rarely unites players behind an activity unless they are coordinated through a corporation or alliance.
So, if Hulkageddon brings out the worst scum of the universe, it was inevitable that an opposition forms. Griefer-Geddon was started by the unapologetic carebear Mechanoid Kryten and aims to organize the grazing herd. She featured as guest on Ender’s podcast and presents her strategy to balance the scales. The odds are incredibly against her. The mechanics of EVE Online does not allow preventive strikes and the overwhelming force of the enemy, their willingness to risk their own lives and their very well trained, disciplined and coordinated aggressors make formidable and unpredictable foes. And while the “good guys” sit in mining belts and sites and and present themselves as enormous targets, the bad guys are nimble and mobile. And of course, high sec carebears rarely organize, have no technical or spiritual means to fight back and see themselves as rugged frontier individualists who are not used to be herded. Or they are just idiots and keep mining unprotected. I guess some Darwinism is going to happen.
Sounds to me like Mechanoid Kryten has her own version of the “war against terror” on her hands.
I really want this conflict to be epic for a couple of reasons. High-security PvP is so often discussed that it bores me. This conflict is one way to get some mean, epic fights into the world of carebears and some real wrecks into high-sec belts. Maybe the Griefer-Geddon will instill a feeling of unity amongst the carebears, an awareness that space is dangerous and the knowledge that – like bullying in real life – a united peaceful front will deter the strongest attacker eventually.
And whenever there is a lost cause, a hopeless situation, I feel obliged to participate. Am drawn to defeat like moth to a flame. Can’t resist.
Certainty of death, *small* chance of success… What are we waiting for?(Gimli)
So, Mechanoid Kryten,
If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. You have my sword… (Aragorn)