Monday, 12 January 2015

Concerning Griefers

Griefers have been living and pillaging in the 'safety' of Highsec for many years. Quite content to ignore and be ignored by the world of nullsec and lowsec alike — New Eden being, after all, full of strange people beyond count. Griefers must seem of little importance, being neither renowned as great warriors, nor counted among the very wise.

In fact, it has been remarked by some that the Griefer's only real passion is for Carebear blood. A rather unfair observation, as we have also developed a keen interest in unfair PvP, and, the destruction of entire alliances from the inside-out. But where our hearts truly lie is in destruction and mayhem, tears and death. For all Griefers share a love of things that burn.

And yes, no doubt, to others our ways seem quaint. But now, more than ever, it is brought home to me, it is no bad thing to celebrate a Carebears transition to manhood - to a fun way of living.

And despite all this, we do have our niche in New Eden, we, as a community are the core drive of the sandbox based freedom that makes EVE Unique, without us, rather, without our style of game play it is evident that there won't really be a figurehead for the advertised 'do anything, be anything' gameplay that EVE is oh so famous for. What I am referring to of course, is awoxing, more so the potential removal of it.

Awoxing is in many ways one of the most exciting player activities I have ever engaged in, the adrenaline rush is insane, that moment of truth when you either get passed their security and into their corp, or get rejected and publicly displayed as an awoxer, the true joy and happiness when you pull off a really good awox is indescribable. It's some of the greatest fun I've had in the game. Sure, I am a member of this community, and I am expected to defend it to the bone, however even a Carebear can see what removing or changing the corp aggression rules could do to this game - I see these changes as one right step in the wrong direction.

I am asking you, the reader, even if you identify as a Carebear, mission runner, nullsec diplomat or simply a station trader, do you want to see this great game, one of the few remaining true sandboxes available to have its freedom removed from it piece by piece? If we allow something as simple and great as awoxing to be removed then whose to say another great piece of this game could also be torn away from us.

It's obvious that this is the battle of the few against the many, but this filthy few will not take changes lightly, and I expect, nor will others.


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