So I recently came back to eve a few weeks ago. And the friend that got me to come back had a swell idea. “Why don’t we make some Alts and try the Faction Warfare and get more into the PvP?” So I figured sure, why not. My main Character can mine,scan, and PvE like a Pro, but I’ve never done any PvP intentionally. So what the hell. We made some Alts and they are super fresh. Barely any skills at all. But we fitted some cheap Frigates and watched some video’s and had a couple of beers and headed out to the Warzones.
It was quiet in the Rearguard system but we figured out how the Plexes work and warped off to the Scout site. While we were waiting on the Countdown I saw this pop up in the Local Chat, “gf”. And I said to my friend, “Well people must be fighting, I see some salt in local chat.” And he said to me, “LOL nah man that means ‘Good Fight’…not Get F*ked.” So I laughed and said, “Ohhhhh, Ok, got it!”
A few hours later we were defending a Scout site and got blown up. I was proud, I actually got the other guy down to half his armor before he blew me up. But none the less he got me. And I podded away fearful that he was gonna finish the job. Instead I got “GF” in local. So I replied, “GF o7”. And I meant it! It was a good feeling to know that there are actual Honorable fights in EVE. I don’t remember your name but to whoever I fought in that Scout site, Cheers!
And I get that. What I mean is that the slugging it out in the Plexes felt more like an Attack/Defend situation in which everyone is aware of the impending engagement and there’s no “I got ganked for no reason” sentiment. It felt more like a combat scenario that everyone accepts the outcome is potential death. Less hurt ego’s and feelings over being killed while “minding one’s own business”.
I got killed several times by pirate gate campers on my way out to the Scout sites, so I know it isn’t all honorable warriors waiting patiently for me to get ready. lol
True, the plexes are more structured, still if you see a single Condor coming for your Algos, don’t be too excited, they (the scout) likely has friends in a nearby system or out of dscan who eagerly wait for the shout in comms “point” to jump and come hugging you.
But I wonder if they actually do anything about those reports in the end or just post the usual “we take these seriously and take action as needed but can not reveal what action we take if any” reply to such tickets without really doing anything.
I’ve seen people… disappear, or at least noticed they weren’t around, stopped getting zkill entries etc etc. Generally just for a few weeks, only very occasionally I never saw them again (I keep track of such people, gotta have a hobby).