I remember the first night I started playing EvE (about a month and a half ago) and someone was asking in local how to become a pirate; but I was interested in doing something totally different…
Asymmetric warfare is a situation when there is a huge military disparity between the belligerent parties. This is similar to the situation between newcomers and the EvE veterans (and elitists).
Two of the outcomes of asymmetric warfare is the creation of guerrilla warfare and terrorism. One of the characteristics of modern terrorism is the use of IEDs; and having a twisted mind, I was playing with the idea of how to create something similar in EvE. As to why, I’ll explain later.
Towards the end of WW2 the Japanese resorted to kamikaze planes against the Allied Navies which lead me to thinking that it would not be too hard to recreate a similar capability using EvE resources. But I put some criteria in trying to create a kamikaze vessel in EvE.
- It has got to be cheap and easy to get hold of and manufacture.
- It has to be quick and easy to assemble en masse.
- It doesn’t actually have to be able to do massive damage, the main purpose of the vessel is to cause PANIC and CONFUSION.
- It has to be usable by both alpha and omega accounts. Best to used by a throwaway alpha-alt.
- The vessel must have the capability to approach the victim(s) either very quickly or in a manner that will not cause consternation before it begins its attack sequence. The closer the better for psychological reasons.
Then one night, while mining, a rat dropped a “smart bomb”…
And so here is my basic idea of what an EvE kamikaze vessel might look like: “https://www.eveworkbench.com/fitting/velator/6aeb0741-94b3-47c5-1544-08d6f5008a3a”
The fit is really cheap (less than 100 ISK) and totally illegal to use in hi-sec even though that is exactly where they are intended to be deployed. One unit in itself, however, doesn’t do much damage but you have to think about what will happen if you deploy a swarm of these.
You can get the basic hull for free and any of the four types of corvette hulls can be used. If you really want to be cheap, it only needs the civilian afterburner and some form of capacitor boost.
Because causing mayhem and confusion for no logical purpose is FUN; I’m an anarchist by nature, plus I have a really twisted sense of humor.
They can potentially be a real nuisance to miners, at the very least they can kill mining drones. Used in conjunction with bumping crafts you can cause mass panic and confusion in short order anywhere either for laughs or for more nefarious purposes…
You can use them at entrances to major trade hubs; once again to create panic and confusion. Used enough times and people might even freak out any time they see a corvette fly into the system. This alone will make them worthwhile. Anything that freaks out other people in a computer game is a good thing, methinks.
Or even use them to disrupt gate camps. Basically, anyone at anytime can be a target. FREAK OUT EVERYONE. More confusion, make everyone trigger happy, encourage PvP type behavior. Upset Care Bears; just cause mass panic anytime they are deployed or at least until the novelty wears off.
Also, small corporations wardecced by larger ones can use these for nuisance attacks - they are throwaways - but if you’re smart, they can be used effectively to achieve strategic goals. You don’t have to win battles to win a war.
Use them also to provoke real PvP fights in Hi-sec systems. Their main purpose, as in terrorism in the real world is to provoke a (negative) reaction from the target parties. YOU WANT TO USE THEM TO UPSET PEOPLE. To do this you must push them out of their comfort zone; preferably in the cheapest manner possible. WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE SHOOTING AT EVERYONE ELSE OUTSIDE OF A STATION. Total PvP mayhem will make EvE a lot more fun in Hi-Sec, methinks or am I wrong?
Yes I know, they will be CONCORDed as soon as they are used (and cause damage to other ships) but so what? Besides, I believe, if you use them in several places at the same time in the same system, you could possibly confuse the CONCORD AI - if this is true, this could open up some really interesting possibilities.
Like I said, this is just a crazy idea that I wrote up for fun and to share.