Since coming back to EVE I have been meaning to write my thoughts on the subject of High Sec Ganking and War Decs so here it is. If you have stubbled across this post you probably can guess which side of ganking and war decs I am normally on with a name like Eveindustrialist. Chances are you would think I would be against both ganking and war decs – well as hard as it is for me to type it I’m not. In a strange kind of way, I think it adds enjoyment to the overall game for the victim.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have never enjoyed losing a ship of any value, let along a freighter full (or empty for that matter) of stuff. So let me explain where I stand. Firstly a bit of background about me. I have been playing EVE on and off for about 10 years. I would say I am pretty ‘connected’ to what is going on by either reading various forums or keeping an eye on EVE news and events.
Anyway the first half of my time in the game started as a mission runner who would cruise around with 3 or 4 RL friends. They began to drop out of the game so I looked for something different so joined a pretty average null sec alliance living in Fountain. I moved there with a character with less than 10M skill points. I decided that I would try my hand at mining so got straight into it and began making what I thought was decent isk. I learnt pretty fast about keeping an eye on local and never going afk. This was my first taste of an enemy being able to alter my play by sitting cloaked in local so I could not “safely” go out and mine. I would have liked to fight but lacked the skills (real and character to do so haha).
At the time I would say my enjoyment took a hit but thinking about the overall experience of mining, knowing, fearing an enemy player might jump into local or my belt, while watching my lasers cycle as isk filled my hull, I can say it did nothing but add more enjoyment. The same can be said about my experience mining in high sec with multiple hulks and an orca after introduction of Hulkageddon.
I moved to my industrial role soon after that and it did not take long to experience my first freighter gank. To be honest I was shocked – I knew I did the wrong thing by autopiloting but I was naïve in thinking that no one would bother shooting an empty freighter. Mistake number one, the second was that I did not know that during a break from playing CCP added low slots and I had not got around to using them, awful mistake haha. I look back at that experience and can say I NEVER autopilot any more in anything and I am always flying with a reinforced hull. I also now accept that ganking is a real possibility every trip and ensure that I carry low value loads so if I am to be ganked I can live with the knowledge it cost them more than me. After that I had another break from the game before coming back late last year.
Since returning I have had one ship ganked in Jita – leaned a lesson about blockade runners being popped just to see what might be inside and always using docking bookmarks. I also have jumped into a .5 system at the same time as another freighter only to see it get popped while I warped away – who knows why I survived. The other thing I have experienced are two high sec war decs. One lasted a full week the other a couple of days. No real loss but it stopped my activities for a while. Oh and Burn Jita no ship loses but no trips to Jita to make isk.
So with all that has happened how can I be having fun? Simple, these experiences create a fear of loss, which in turn creates excitement. Every time I jump into a .5 system that I can not avoid in my freighter I hold my breath till I enter warp while knowing there is NOTHING I can do if has been determined that I am going to be the victim :). Every time I log into EVE my eyes go straight to the notifications to see if I have a war dec. I’m not afraid of the war dec, but know if I have one I have to get moving to protect my assets.
These are the things that make the game special. Take these moments out of the game and it loses the essence that differentiates it from almost every other game. Games that I would never come back to over a 1o year period.
PS Gankers and industry focused / small corp war dec’ers are the biggest carebear pussys in the game. I might write about that at some point :p
PPS All above aside happy to avoid being ganked for a while and war dec’d 😉