Losing it all in EVE Online
I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. What I didn’t count on was the fact that it would actually not be my main account that lost her first ship, but my 2nd account. Yesterday I decided to go out mining in the retriever, and in true form I took the Iteron V out to haul for me. I rarely pay much attention when I’m out mining, but yesterday I really should have (and I will from now on).
I’ve heard of can “flipping” but had never experienced it. What typically happens to me is that someone takes everything out of my can (and that only includes 1 ore at any time) and then drops their own can out there, thinking that some how I’m going to be silly and start taking things out of it. When they use this method it rarely works, because I notice right off the bat that my can poofs, and a new one is out there.
Flipping a can is different.
What “flippers” do is put an item into your can – and this can be as much as they want or as little as one tiny ore, perhaps one that even matches the type you’re mining, so when they add it to your can you don’t even notice the digit go up by 1 extra. Such was the case for me yesterday. Typically I move between my two accounts without really thinking, I put all the ore into the can with one account, and switch over to the second and take it out in a matter of seconds. Yesterday this proved to be my downfall. As soon as I put ore into the container the person trailing me put theirs in, and I moved to the second account and removed the ore – thus flagging me to them, and they took advantage of it and killed me right away.
Now, I wasn’t as upset about this as I could have been. Number one, I wasn’t podded but even if I was, I had no augments to speak of and it’s not that big of a deal. Number two, sure I lost the ship but the corp bank had five more. Number three, it was fit VERY simply, for max space. I lost the ship and five cargo II expanders. The downside is that I also lost three rigs that Kasul had made for me. These are expensive when you purchase them from the market, although it’s not so bad if you make them yourself. I was still pretty sad that I lost those.
Two hours later and the new Iteron V was fit exactly like the old, and I was back out mining. This time paying VERY CLOSE attention to whether my container is yellow or white as I removed items from it and paying far more attention to my surroundings. It only takes one time for you to learn your lesson and smarten up about that sort of thing.