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Posted: Apr 10th 2011 6:26PM Dudgeon said

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can't wait for part two

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 6:39PM ScottishViking said

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Love this stuff. I don't have the chops for espionage in EVE myself, but reading the Guiding Hand story was what got me into EVE in the first place. I want to be part of the world where these things take place!

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 12:52AM slash beast said

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@ScottishViking Yeah it sounds awesome and exciting from the outside, but once you're on the inside and it actually happens to you....not so fun anymore. lol

But yeah, EVE is a great game and I see myself playing it for many more moons.
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Posted: Apr 11th 2011 1:13AM ScottishViking said

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@slash beast

Oh I've been screwed over MANY times. And while I have no desire to turn my revenge into some crazy obsession, it's the mere fact that this game get peoples' engines running that excites me.

I'm part of a great corp/alliance now, and security is TIGHT...but I'm not dumb enough to think that it's impregnable.
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Posted: Apr 10th 2011 6:49PM TheTallMan said

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It's this kind of stuff that makes me want to play EVE (tried a couple times, couldn't seem to get into it). Not because I'd do this kind of stuff, but just the fact that this kind of stuff is possible. I love the sheer openness of the game. Maybe I'll have to take a crack at it again soon.

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 6:53PM Doomtrain24 said

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ahh eve I love to read about drama in there.

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 7:05PM kgptzac said

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"EVE isn't designed to just look like a cold, dark and harsh world; it's designed to be a cold, dark and harsh world."

Being a member of a wormhole corp myself I have to make the irony of this line clear: CCP is doing well on this aspect... through means that include obvious neglect in design.

Not only the entire starbase system is unintuitive and archaic and does not make physical sense, the security options inside starbases are extremely limited. For example, there are corporate audit station hangers that log pilot interaction with the items inside, yet the ship storage equivalent has no such option.

The above instance, compared to the story, is much like infiltrate a room whose owner forgot to lock the door versus open the door of the room which doesn't really have a lock.

And we've encountered instances where people who earned the key decided to conduct an act of betrayal, which, I personally believe what CCP was intended.

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 7:17PM Dblade said

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It's a lot of tale-telling for what essentially is joining a guild, and cleaning out their bank when they give you privileges.

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 7:53PM DrewIW said

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When are you going to tell the story of how the Massively corp fell apart?

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 8:14PM ScottishViking said

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@DrewIW

Um. He already did.
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Posted: Apr 10th 2011 8:15PM DrewIW said

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@ScottishViking

Woops. Found the story from February.

Interesting read.
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Posted: Apr 10th 2011 10:16PM Morreion said

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I really enjoy these stories- look forward to part 2, Brendan!

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 11:38PM Ragemaster9999 said

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i would deck massively corp and destroy it for the lols

Posted: Apr 10th 2011 11:40PM Ragemaster9999 said

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hell iiv been in corps that have participated in this stuff before, its nothing too glorious it happens quite a bit actully. Nothing like decking some big carebear alliance only to have 3-4 alts in them.... makes intel much easier, at the very least

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 3:10AM michaelg said

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I just joined a WH corp and on my first day I was asked to do salvaging the c6 sites we where doing, in the end of the evening we had finished 6 of them and the tengu that they gave me was filled up with sleeper loot, over billions of ISK, they even left me behind in one site to salvage as they started the next, i could of warp of and be set for life, as i still had the BM back to HS :)

but no I likes theses guys.

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 6:27AM b3n said

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That sounds... mind-numbingly boring!

Posted: Apr 11th 2011 3:24PM Gabriel Theodoulos said

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Before reading this article, I took the time to go back and update myself with the previous ones regarding Scott. This is when a thought occurred to me, and if I ever had the chance, I would ask this player one question, "Was it all worth selling your soul?"

I and my four teenage children have been playing EVE Online since 10/2006. I've taught them that EVE, like in RL, there are a lot of opportunities to be honest, and there are always opportunities to become evil. Sure, some might start off noble and plan on being great, but for one reason or another, they slip into the dark side of gaming. Their end is pirating innocent players one way or another. They can-flip, scam on the markets, or even go and prey on those weaker than them. They laugh when they nail a whining carebear, or gloat with their friends when they scam billions from someone whose guilt only entails making a mistake. What they fail to take into consideration is the fact that they have lost so much more. Friends they once had, no longer want to be around them, players no longer trust them, and they wind up resupplying themselves through alts, only because they are no longer welcome in high sec.

Was it all worth it?

But I am convinced the costliest payment is not in the virtual universe of EVE Online, but in RL itself. I teach my children that our actions and decisions won't be ignored by God. But you don't have to be religious to know that this is true:
+ Chickens do come home to roost.
+ What goes around, does come around.
+ You reap what you sow.

Tell me Scott, was it all worth it? Was the revenge you exacted on the guy who scammed you, did it fill that hole in your soul? Do you really look back with pride over your actions? Does the average decent player look at you with respect or disdain?

A good name is worth more than the 300mil isk you originally lost. And my opinion is that the biggest loser isn't your victims.

Fly Safe,
Gabriel "Gabby" Theodoulos

Posted: Apr 12th 2011 1:08PM smg77 said

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Seriously? Can we keep the religious mumbo jumbo out of mmo discussions?
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Posted: Apr 14th 2011 10:06PM (Unverified) said

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@smg77 Wow big fucking deal. He mention God once. Are you offended?
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