This post is not about offing yourself, I swear. It is about bullies, but fear not, it’s actually about EVE and real gameplay.
As I mentioned in a post pre-KillYourselfGate, INQ-E has started running Incursions as a Corp. Our first attempt went very well, and we had minimal competition for sites. Our second attempt was on a Sunday (which as BioWare has informed us all, is the busiest night in MMOland!), and did not go so well. Not only were we attempting this on a busy night, but the EVE gods also conspired against us and there was only one HighSec Incursion up, meaning everyone was funneled into just three VG systems.
The result was that every system had 3-4 shiny fleets moving from site to site, and at that level of traffic and firepower, we had little to no chance to actually get credit.
The way Incursions work is that the fleet that deals the most damage in a site gets paid. When it’s just your fleet at a site, this is a non-issue and everyone gets paid, but when a system is that busy, shiny fleets will often warp into a site in an attempt to steal it, even if you are a few minutes into it.
Well, when you are flying a fleet with rather low DPS, a shiny fleet has little trouble coming in late and still jacking the site. And that’s what happened over and over on Sunday night. I’m shocked CCP endorses such cyber bullying, and I had to talk more than one Corp member off a ledge (shit, sorry, forgot that’s not the subject here. And no Massively reader, I did not actually have someone try to kill themselves, it was a joke. Ride off into the sunset now.)
It’s the open nature of Incursion sites (zomg they are not an instanced playground for just you and you friends, the horror!) that drives players to get shinier and improve efficiency. Not only do you want to knock out sites asap to improve your ISK/hr rate, but when you get ‘shiny enough’, fleets can’t come in and jack you. It’s a great system really, and very much highlights what EVE is about; that even in PvE, the real game is PvP.
Last Tuesday we had another Incursion night, and the newest Incursion is just three jumps away from HQ. Once we had our fleet together, we knocked out six sites in an hour, for a very healthy 60m/hr ISK rate after taxes (Corp tax of 5%). Hopefully next Sunday there are multiple Incursions still up, and I should be in my new shiny (blaster Tengu).
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