I recently heard a story of a pilot getting Concorded in a method that came as a surprise to me. The surprise - he had his safety set to Green when it happened. I’d link the story, but seems that the entry was deleted from where I found it in the VMG Advertisement Thread (probably due to not being on topic, but who knows).
Regardless, I’ll try and summarize the important parts of the situation below:
There were two pilots involved. We’ll call them “Hunter” and “Prey” (although those might not be very fitting). Both pilots fly with their safeties set to “Green”.
Hunter and Prey belong to different corps and at the time of the story their corps are war decced against each other.
Hunter encounters Prey in HS and has the opportunity to try and kill him. Hunter locks up Prey, releases his drones and hits “F” to order the drones to attack the valid war target. Hunter’s drones start flying towards Prey in preparation to attack.
Prey sees that he is locked and about to be engaged. He knows this is a fight he can’t win. The only thing he can think to do to save his ship is to make himself an invalid target. The only way he can think to do that is by dropping corp. So that’s what he does.
Seconds later, Hunter’s drones reach Prey and open fire (as they were ordered to do seconds ago, when the target was valid). As Prey has dropped corp, he and Hunter are now neutrals (no longer war targets). And since they are in HS, Hunter gets a criminal flag for attacking a neutral. Concord arrives shortly after and makes Hunter go BOOM.
Before I heard this story, I was under the impression that if my safety was set to green, I was immune to Concord (and maybe if you use instant damaging mods like lasers, you are). From what I understand (and I could be wrong), this mechanic is functioning as CCP intended it to, so this is just a bit of a PSA for those who choose to read this to be aware of it. Just because you’re set to green doesn’t mean you’re 100% safe if you’re using drones (and maybe other types of delayed damage dealers, like possibly missiles).
So I’m left to wonder if this same mechanic applies itself to missiles. Is it possible to shoot at a valid target, have the target’s status change during the missiles flight time, and then get a criminal timer when your missiles strike the now invalid target? If someone knows, please weigh in!
I personally am not a big fan of this mechanic, but that’s just my opinion. I would prefer to either:
a) have the aggression be registered as soon as you hit “F” or “F1” or whatever you use, or
b) make the drones/missiles smart enough to know not to damage an invalid target when safety is set to green. So you might waste missiles, but that’s about the only downside.
I’d be interested to know what you think of this mechanic. Do you like it or no?