First and foremost EvE is a PvP game.
Above anything else.
At it’s core.
Agreed? (I have never PvPed so whatever sue me, I am a noob but I hope to get killed a few dozen times in the future when I earn some ISK and stop losing it in the market and start losing it to other players ships blasting me.)
Rookie Help Chat, ISD’s tell us daily, “Once you hit the undock button you consent to engage in PvP. Concord is not security, they dispense judgement and punishment.”
That means PvP anywhere, anytime and with utter recklessness. Even your closest friends can stab you in the back. Spy’s around every corner, agents, intelligence, counter intelligence, double agents, corp thefts, infiltration’s, war declarations, those evil downright rotten scummy .98 ISK market under cutters.
When you accuse someone of “ganking” what you are saying is that they are PvPing and then being punished by Concord for it.
If large freighters carrying large amounts of expensive items do not want to be destroyed, they should have freaking escorts. This would raise the prices of all goods up a considerable margin.
Hire escorts to keep solid repairs on you, to counter bump you, target and prepare to engage any attackers, or use Electronic Warfare against them. Recruit escorts to your corporation and share the hauling profits. Pay off the pirates or bribe them.
So many options. But to call it “ganking” like it is some dastardly sneaky attack, when in fact it is the core game mechanic, and the PvE hauler is the dastardly player, making blood money off the wars, selling weapons, ammunition, warships acrossed the map, while expecting to keep their hands free from blood and the cold vacuum of space. You are Space Nicholas Cages, Lords of War, yet ashamedly cry when those same weapons you sell are turned against you. Sweet bitter irony.
If I have 100 million ISK in the cargo hold of my ship I am nervous. I throw every piece of tank and defense I can scrounge onto my ship, even though the pay off is probably not worth killing me, they might do it to send a message. Or as a warning. Or just to say “Hello, welcome to EvE”.
You cannot expect nor demand to fly valuable items in EvE without a team, or hired help, or without a backup plan, and a backup backup plan.
I got linked to the gank itel and ganking chat channels. There are tons of you in there helping each other out! Giving out warnings and updates of hot locations, where bumps are occurring. Why not team up and create a monster corporation and rule the trade routes? Carve your name in the stars. You have the superior numbers, you have the skill training, you have the experience and massive wealth to pull it off. You have the intel, I do not understand it.
Call it unprepared Hisec PvP, but please stop calling it “ganking”. It is a word unbecoming for such a hardcore full loot player driven game as EvE.