This is an amazing read. It’s long, but if the real 4th pillar of MMOs interests you, it’s well worth your time (and I believe even non-EVE players should understand it). Stories of this scale ONLY happen in EVE, yet they are exactly the kind of stuff that all MMOs should be about.
I was discussing the above on vent last night with some Corp mates, and we all mentioned how we would never think to do something like this. And really, even the person telling the story did not come up with the original plan, he noticed someone else doing it. The layers to EVE are deep, and just when you think you ‘get it’, something like this comes along and makes you realize how little of the ‘real’ game you see or understand.
In a slight “I was there” moment, I remember a few months back, when I was buying faction fits for my CNR, seeing a page full of overpriced BCUs and wondering wtf was going on. Now I knew to fix the sort in the contract window, so did not buy the marked-up items, but I never put one and one together to figure out what was going on. Of course even if I had, I’m orders of magnitude too poor to do anything with that info.
What I always keep in mind, and what I have stated here often, is that EVE attracts the “smartest guy in the room” crowd. Making a ton of money in WoW or some similar game is easy because you are competing against ‘children’, in an environment that does not care about your wealth (until you hit the gold cap). In EVE, not only are you competing against, literally, the best in the world, you are playing in an environment where god (CCP) cares, and will change the rules of the universe to ensure some semblance of balance.
When you become super-rich (and hence powerful) in EVE, you not only prove that you are one of the best in the world at what you do, but that your power is so great that you influence god’s hand.
That is epic.
No joking-quotes needed.