So recently i’ve been flying a bunch of Losec roams with my trusty stabber. My expedition to the EVE constellation and surrounds ended predictably, running into a grand total of one person in the entire constellation. Besides from a whole bunch of Cans in the New Eden System from tourists, there was nothing there. It was a bit like finding yourself at an archaelogical dig site.
Also CCP you should feel bad. The art and graphics for the New Eden system is 2003. Like seriously. It’s abysmal. The EVE Gate is a massive yellow star with bands around it. Whoop de do. That’s not up to the standard of 5 years ago, let alone today. Compare it to the modern and beautiful wormholes and its almost painful.
Moving back to highsec from there, i ran into a Prophecy and Exequror pair sitting on a gate who looked like they wanted to biff, but i declined their offer. New Proph is death on beaks to anything smaller than it these days, and i had no intention of fighting off a horde of drones while dealing with a T1 logi reinforced tank in my Stabber, gate guns or no.
So I did what my Nano-stabber does best- I lit my MWD and gave them a stelar view of my engine flumes. WIth DT fast approaching i decided to make a transit back to Mimmy space the fast way, through Amamake and that fun part of losec. It being very close to down time, no one was around.
So today, when I logged on from Rens, Ky and I decided to go and check out our old stomping grounds (see nooby ratting fields) in Ammatar losec. After fitting up his own Nanostabber, we set out. Not that many people live in that particular part of space, which is what we had counted on as ratters. Hopefully we could catch someone that had also followed our logic.
Like Genesis however, we quickly ran into problems- namely no one was around. We went up through Derelik into the Molden Heath and found… well just about nothing actually. We had a few dockers, a few POSers, but very few poeple in actual space. I had thought that perhaps in the years since we left the 60% upswing in subscriptions would see an increase in the population. This was not the case.
I get a little sad whenever i go through the Molden Heath.Why? I’ll post the Region text here
The common ground of the Heath, away from the bustling crowds of Heimatar and Metropolis, was in the days of the Elders committed as neutral ground between the Matari Tribes, to be claimed by none and developed by all.
Its scarcity of resources, proximity to the untamed reaches of Great Wildlands and the hated space of the turncoat Ammatar have all diminished its value in the eyes of modern Minmatar society. This coupled with barriers imposed by bordering singularities and voids has created a region with an unsettled history and an uncertain future.
Today, as legitimate claimant to the title of “center of the cluster”, and as the site of the Golgothan Fields, the region still evokes great national pride, but despite this remains mostly undeveloped. Indeed, in recent years the outcast Thukker Tribe have been making in-roads, which does little to enhance its already tarnished image.
This must have caught on with the Player community because dispite having the station infrastructure to make it a hub, the Molden Heath is a ghost town. Egbinger has 7 stations, and so does Heild. No one lives here. What was probably originally conceived to be a losec hub by CCP all those years ago lies silent and fallow.
Yes the FW boarder constellations may be held up as successes of Lowsec, and maybe they are. But CCP needs to fix all of losec, not just a few systems that are frequented by a few Pirates corps like the Tuskers.
It was therefore with some regret that we decided to make for home. And then we ran into this guy in a systme by himself. This wasn’t that unusual. We’d already hunted for three guys with no success.
But then we saw very clearly on the D-scan a ship called “Who1eva’s Thrasher.” And then we found rat wrecks in the belt. Game on.
Ky and i split up, aiming to work our way from the bottom and the top in order to find the guy as quickly as possible. Instead, we ended up both warping to the same belt at the bottom.
Which was fine, because that’s where the offending Thrasher was.
I quickly locked and pointed, setting to orbit and got my guns firing away. Or at least I tried to.
“Your Safety settings do not-”
Fuck fuck fuck. It was only then that I realised that the new safety feature, which i had assumed had been developed to prevent highsec carebears from accidentally locking and firing on their mates and getting Concordokened- apparently it worked in losec as well. So after 40 minutes of highly intensive D-scanning, back ground checks, map data analysis, and hours of ship preparation and travel we were very nearly undone by forgetting about what CCP might have changed in the past two years.
Fortunately however, the Thrasher appeared to be suffering from a malfunction with his warp drive probably a case of Pilot BSOD, so I managed to get him pointed in time. After that, the thrasher decided to surrender to the inevitable and not even fire back. Unfortunately however we did not get his Pod.
First Losec roam, and we come back with blood on our knives. Not exactly professional, but its’ the result that matters right. First Blood to the Tax Dodgers, First Blood to the Stabber Roams. May there be many many more to come.
Let’s hope that we remember to turn our safeties off in the future.