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Friday, January 9, 2009

Hard to Capture

Homicide's illegal and death is the penalty
What justifies the homicide, when he dies?
In his own iniquity
Wu Tang Clan - Da Mystery of Chessboxin'

I've been pirating for months now, and I've come to a conclusion: I like to kill people. I know I've gone into detail on this before but it's more true than I let on. I really enjoy sending people back to the clone vats. I really enjoy making a ship explode. My first reaction upon jumping a target is not to ask for a ransom, it's to kill them.

This can be problematic for a pirate. It comes with the territory that I should be ransoming people. Getting folks to give me money to go free. I've had a couple of successful ransoms. Nothing spectacular. Maybe forty million total, including group work. We killed a drake today, then we podded the guy. We asked for a ransom and he didn't answer. Turned out he had nice implants in that clone. Sucks to be him.

I don't know why, but I seem to attract kills from people who just won't pay me. Sometimes they won't even talk to me. They probably think they're doing their friends a favor, making themselves less of a target next time. Making me less likely to attack them or their buds in the future. They fail to understand a very important point. I like killing people.

Over the last couple of weeks I've turned my first profit as a pirate. I'm up about a hundred million now compared to a couple of weeks ago. I'm pretty happy about that. Profit in piracy can be an elusive thing. A lot of folks have alternate methods of cash generation. I have one at my disposal right now, in that I can find hidden computer systems. The various pirate factions have alot of hidden bases out there.

The one site I did with a partner yielded about fifty million. Twenty five of that went to me, and has helped me on the way to sustainability. Hopefully this is the solution I've been searching for.

I dunno if piracy will remain a profitable venture for me, but I do know this:

I love my job.

Good Day.


  1. The way I understand it, pirating is the most difficult job in EVE to make a good living on.

    I could be wrong.

  2. @PD: Not if you're a Bastard.

    @Hal: I feel like you do...anyway, a lot of our victims die so fast--or must be killed so fast due to the potential threat to us by others--that there isn't always time for a ransom. Nice when it happens, but we do also make a bit of ISK from our victims' loot drops. Last night's roam (lots of nice T2 loot donations from a Drake, Armageddon, Rupture, and Scythe) being a good example.

  3. I could not be pirate. When I go on hunt, I go to kill. I keep my own beast hidden behind mask of 'legitimate target', but I do not discuss with them their future. Once they are locked, they do not need to consider payment, I intent to dust them. Simple like that.

  4. I've found I get some of my best ransoms from 1v1s or quasi 1v1s when solo roaming, usually from battlecruisers. I don't charge much more than 50% of the ship, unless I feel there are going to be expensive fittings on their ship. All told, I've made about 150m from ransoms without really looking for them; you just have to put the offer out there and tack on another 10-20 seconds to the time of killing your target.

    It really doesn't help that you fly such small ships either, as with small ships you normally need a gang to down any target of moderate size. This means a gang, which is harder to organize for a ransoming.