Empty You Empties 3000 MTUs

Things proceed apace for my little corporation since my return to New Eden this summer, in fact the MTUs have been popping regularly whether I’ve been around or not, thanks to the efforts of dutiful corp members.

I noticed some time ago that the corp wasn’t far off this next milestone, and so I promised a small prize of 50m ISK to whoever got the 3000th MTU kill for us. Yesterday, that prize was claimed by corpmate Solacia Solette.

EVE Mail from Solacia Solette

Oh, let me grab those killmails for you.

Kill: phemmp power (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Dimas Achasse (‘Packrat’ Mobile Tractor Unit)

A nice, juicy Packrat seems very fitting for the 3000th MTU kill, thank you Sol! Also, I am indeed close to my personal milestone of 1000, and there will be a post about that coming shortly.

For now though, it’s time to update the corp description, as is customary. I actually do this for every 100 MTU kills the corp achieves, if I remember to do so.

Empty You Corp Description

A sincere thank you to every corp member who has contributed to this colossal kill count, even if it was just one or two, it all mattered. As we start our journey towards our next 1000 MTU kills, I find myself sitting back, closing my eyes, and thinking about the sheer MTU devastation we have brought upon New Eden. It is a good thought, one of my fondest.


Bonus!
Yadot has updated his blog again with yet more MTU hunting stories, it’s well worth checking out: dont even know what MTU is

Bounties

Not everyone is happy to see that their friendly. local MTU Hunter has paid them a visit. Indeed, some get so peeved over it that they will even express their displeasure by throwing their ISK around wildly. In this post, I’d like to go over some of the occasions that I’ve been on the receiving-end of such money-flinging.

Putting a bounty on someone’s head in EVE Online might seem like a great way to get back at the people who have wronged you, but it really isn’t. All it succeeds in doing is making the target of your ire look cooler and more dangerous to the newer players. No one attacks other capsuleers based on how high their bounty is anymore, this is mostly due to the fact that you only get a fraction of that bounty paid-out when you kill them, depending on the cost of the target’s ship. At most, a bounty is a nice bonus that comes as more of a “cherry-on-top” after you’ve already killed someone.

It is also possible to “troll” people who have placed a bounty on your head by purposefully dying over and over again in cheap Rookie ships. This will spam the inbox of the bounty-placer with notifications of your death, and if they placed a large amount of ISK on your head, that spam will keep coming for a very long time!

The very first time I received a bounty in my MTU hunting career was detailed in this post, where the MTU’s owner dropped an 80m ISK bounty on my head. My crime? Saving The Damsel, who had been sucked-into an MTU, and was most certainly in distress. Oh, and she still rides with me to this day, in case you were wondering.

The Damsel

The next bounty I received was detailed in this post, where a small sum was put on my head for daring to scoop an abandoned drone and take it to safety. I swear, being a nice guy in New Eden can be more trouble than it’s worth!

Another bounty I received was to the tune of 13.2m ISK, and was placed upon my head by The Angry Miner, Sandra Boirelle. I actually neglected to mention the bounty in that blog post, and unfortunately the bounty notification I received was pruned long ago.


A more recent bounty I received was from a pilot named T M0NEY T, shortly after I had popped his MTU in the system of Aclan one night.

Kill: T M0NEY T (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Bounty from T M0NEY T

This bounty was notable because of the unusal sum he placed upon my head, of 1,000,069 ISK, which tickled me. This warranted a follow-up EVEmail.

EVEmail to T M0NEY T

Aren’t I nice?

He responded a few minutes later.

EVEmail from T M0NEY T

We ended on cordial terms, and he turned-out to be a pretty cool guy about the whole thing. Thanks for being a good sport, T!


The final bounty I want to cover is also a more recent one. I had just passed through a Triglavian invasion system for the first time (I’d been away from New Eden for a while), called Sasta. When I passed through to the neighbouring system, Lashesih, I noticed an MTU laying abandoned near the centre of said system on D-Scan. Let’s take a look at that MTU kill, shall we?

Kill: RoSS Onren (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Nothing special about that kill, right? It is clearly just your standard MTU pop, filled with cheap mission rat droppings valued at less than 1m ISK. But it is what happened next that made that MTU kill very special indeed.

Bounty from RoSS Onren

This is the largest single bounty I have ever received in my MTU hunting career to date. I wonder what was going through the pilot’s mind when he decided to put such a large sum on my head over such a small thing? Did he add an extra 0 or two by mistake? Or was he seriously that upset over a 7m MTU loss? I sent him a follow-up EVEmail to ask him about it, but he never responded, unfortunately.


That just about covers all the bounties I have received thus far in my MTU hunting adventure, and as you can see, it doesn’t happen very often. If you feel that I have wronged you in some way, and you have ISK burning a hole in your wallet, why not put it on my head? I find it most amusing.


Bonus!
Yadot has updated his blog with a few stories and other observations about MTU hunting, check it out here: 400 million Isk

Vocal Local 9

One thing I have noticed during my travels throughout highsec space is just how quiet it is, there could be over 100 people in local, and not a single word is uttered between those players. This makes me sad, so I like to encourage discourse where possible.

Sometimes, however, an MTU hunter can feel rather appreciated in the rare cases where people choose to speak up.

Local Chat with Kathamar

Here are those killmails for you:

Kill: John Vynneve (Mobile Tractor Unit) (Sweet drop!)
Kill: DeathRiderIsComing (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Thank you for the kind words, Kathamar, it makes cleaning-up highsec feel much more worthwhile.


Local Chat with Stephanie Talie-Kuo

It’s always nice to receive a little recognition when I’m travelling around, thanks Stephanie! Eagle-eyed viewers might have spotted one PARTOK TOMPSON in the local list there, check out this post for more info.


Local Chat with medsouz

Whilst making a quick pit-stop in Amarr for some Small Secure Containers, I was spotted in local by medsouz.

Local Chat with medsouz and Raven Eratta

I will continue to spread my name throughout New Eden, thank you medsouz. If you’re a new reader, I spread my name throughout space by leaving containers at stargates, this activity is detailed in this post.


Local Chat with Crni Labud

Thank you, Crni, I’m glad you think so!


Local Chat with Zima Surovaya

Here we have an encounter with a fellow named Zima Surovaya, who immediately spoke-up in local after I blew up his MTU.

Kill: Zima Surovaya (Mobile Tractor Unit)

He first attempted to speak to me in French, but then immediately switched to Russian afterwards. Let us use an online translator to see what he had to say for himself!

French: bocoupe trouve77???0
Translates to: bocoupe found77 ??? 0

Hmm, I’m still none the wiser as to what he’s trying to say here..

Russian: лысая тупая бошка)
Translates to: bald stupid boss)

Ah.. Well, as far as insults go, it’s rather creative! Here was my reply to him:

Russian: я могу быть лысым, но я не глупый, друг
Translates to: i may be bald but i’m not stupid, friend

A couple of weeks later, Zima lost yet another MTU, this time to my corpmate Oylpann Kumamato.
Kill: Zima Surovaya (Mobile Tractor Unit)


Bonus!
Sargon Of Amerish recently uploaded a new song to his Youtube channel. I really enjoyed it, and I hope you will too, check it out here: EVE Online: Shadow Fleet

That’s all for this edition of Vocal Local, but there is plenty more to come. If you see me in local, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with me, even a simple wave can go a long way. Who knows, you might find yourself featured in a future edition of this series.

Vocal Local 8

MTU Mailbag 6

It’s that time, once again, for me to dig through my backlog of EVEmails and showcase the various comments and questions I receive from pilots across New Eden. Unlike some other hunters out there, I don’t mail the owners of MTUs I have popped, I sit back and let them contact me. I may change this approach in the future though.

First up, we have a question from a budding new MTU hunter.

EVE Mail Hakaru Song

I told him to make sure he had deployables on scan, as that had changed recently, and I was in the process of updating my guide to include that information at the time.

EVE Mail Hakaru Song

Ah ha! Problem solved. Always bring combat probes, guys! Oh, and Hakaru did indeed get his first MTU kill:

Kill: Xeng He (Mobile Tractor Unit)


EVE Mail FuChita

Thank you very much, FuChita! I’ll certainly try to keep it up.


EVE Mail Havoc Tekitsu

o/

EVE Mail Havoc Tekitsu

Haha, thanks Havoc! I’m glad you liked it.


EVE Mail Tau Adoulin

Thank you Tau! Looking at his killboard, he didn’t give MTU hunting a try, on that character at least. It would be nice if he had an alt somewhere filled with MTU kills though.


EVE Mail Rohkea Avestrii

If Rohkea’s name looks familiar to you, it is most likely because one of his mails was featured in the last episode of MTU Mailbag. He had sent me a mail a couple of months beforehand after seeing one of my containers in his local system, just to say hello. I was very happy to learn that he was now actually giving deployable hunting a try for himself. Here’s that Mobile Depot kill for you:

Kill: Roseta mallard (Mobile Depot)

Mobile Depots are the scourge of MTU hunters everywhere, as they clutter-up scan and are annoying to kill because they have a 48 hour timer. Thanks for doing us all a great service, Rohkea!

Oh, and if Roseta’s name looks familiar to you, he was featured in this post on the blog, as he’d made his POS magically disappear one night before my corp were due to dismantle it.

Small world!


Bonus!
Vishnu Calm updated his blog yesterday with some useful information and fitting advice for the Structure Bashing Leshak. His blog is teeming with useful guides and fits, I highly recommend you check it out: ShipFitPod

That’s it for this edition of MTU Mailbag, if you have any comments or questions for me, don’t hesitate to send me (Pix Severus) a mail. I reply to almost all mails I receive and there’s a good chance your mail will appear on this blog at some point in the future.

PARTOK TOMPSON

In a previous post I told you all about the growth of my corp, Empty You, and our POS bashing adventures together. Today, I’d like to wrap things up by telling you about the culture of our corp, along with some of the corp memes that arose from our activities.

POS-popping was the one major activity that brought all of the corp members together, as we would often be scattered all over highsec doing our own respective thing, whether it was suspect baiting out in Simela, MTU hunting in Nakugard, or liberating drones in Osmon. Whenever we weren’t in fleet to take down a tower, the corp felt more like just a glorified chatroom than anything else, but occasionally one or more of us would find something we needed help with, and that help would be there. Don’t have the skills or ships needed to scan down a ‘Magpie’ MTU? No problem, one of us will be along shortly to scan it down for you and whore on that mail! Need a bunch of ammo at less-than-Jita prices? One of us will make it for you (thanks Niya!)

These conveniences made life a lot easier for those of us living firmly in the grey-area of highsec, and actually made it an attractive alternative to just being in your own solo corp. Aside from having people to talk with about your latest kills and other shenanigans, we had each other’s backs, and it was a good feeling.


One of the first corp memes that arose for us began when Oyl would start ribbing me in local whenever we got together to bash a POS.

Local Chat Oylpann Kumamato and Pix Severus

Oyl knew that I very much disliked local being quiet, as evidenced through the Vocal Local series on this blog, and coupling that with me occasionally sending him quotes from people who had recognised me in local, formed the template of his series of casual abuse against me!

Local Chat Oylpann Kumamato, Pix Severus and Seria Arthie

It wouldn’t be long before more corp members joined-in on this too, and most POS bashes thereafter would see me subjected to this kind of teasing.


One thing we liked to do during our latter POS bashing days was to turn it into a fireworks show, we had Mikey to thank for this, he started the practice and always brought along a cargohold filled with fireworks to keep us entertained.

POS Fireworks

Oooh!

POS Fireworks

Aaah!

It was during one such fireworks show, while bashing a POS in Hampinen, that someone suddenly dropped combat probes on us!

Alexis Thunderkunt > Probes at 2.5
Oylpann Kumamato > good
Pix Severus > doesnt look like hes probing us, something nearby maybe
Oylpann Kumamato > they can come see the fireworks show also
Mikey G Udan > Switch to end game lights
Pix Severus > ok he is probing us now
Alexis Thunderkunt > Maybe the faction drones?
Solacia Solette > Figured it was the sunesis
Alexis Thunderkunt > It’s likely a sunesis (I can’t imagine the tradeoffs he had to make to get that expanded launcher on there) let’s see him come try to take them

At that point, he landed on us!

Alexis Thunderkunt > Targeted
Alexis Thunderkunt > And he’s gone
Mikey G Udan > Lol
Pix Severus > :D
Oylpann Kumamato > lol
Mikey G Udan > They are probably like WTF
Alexis Thunderkunt > He maybe had a tab with just drones and was all liek “Jackpot!”

Local Chat Oylpann Kumamato, Pix Severus, mole big and Solacia Solette

It turned out that Alexis was correct about this fellow who had scanned us down, and we finished our activities that evening with a new friend.


In case you were wondering, the title of this blog post isn’t a mistake, and it’s now time to tell you why. It all began one evening while Oyl and myself were patrolling the Kor-Azor region, hunting for MTUs, we had a POS bash coming up in a couple of days in the system of Ordion, and we wanted to get to know the area a little beforehand.

Earlier that evening, Oyl had killed an MTU owned by a fellow named PARTOK TOMPSON, which resulted in the following conversation in the MTU Hunting chat channel.

Oylpann Kumamato > Kill: PARTOK TOMPSON (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Alexis Thunderkunt > :)
Pix Severus > partok really wanted to make his name loud didnt he?
Alexis Thunderkunt > He seems like the kind of person who might refer to himself in third person. PARTOK TOMPSON does not repeat his name!
Alexis Thunderkunt > So he yells it to make sure you get it the first time.
Pix Severus > lmao alexis
Pix Severus > PARTOK TOMPSON SMASH
Pix Severus > PARTOK TOMPSON LAUGH AT PUNY HUMAN
Pix Severus > something about that name just sounds right
Alexis Thunderkunt > Think he was trying to spell Patrick and hit enter before realizing his unchangeable error?
Oylpann Kumamato > like they say, caps lock is cruise control for cool

A few hours, and a few beverages later, the subject of PARTOK came up again.

Pix Severus > roles are such a pain
RockBusta Rhyme > ive had some weird ones throughout the years.
Oylpann Kumamato > You know who never messes up roles?
Oylpann Kumamato > PARTOK TOMPSON
Pix Severus > lmao
Oylpann Kumamato > thats going to be a new eve meme
Alexis Thunderkunt > Lol
Pix Severus > nearly spat my drink out oyl
Oylpann Kumamato > I should rename my ship His name is PARTOK TOMPSON!
Oylpann Kumamato > Probably wouldnt fit though
Pix Severus > fight club reference?
Alexis Thunderkunt > I’m still chucklling about that. Epic timing!
Oylpann Kumamato > nope could just fit “His name is PARTOK T”
Pix Severus > my next ship will be named PARTOK TOMPSON

The night came for our POS bash in Ordion, and I spotted PARTOK in local when getting set up, so of course I let Oyl and Alexis know this as soon as they came online later that night. During the bash itself, we had to explain who this guy was and why we kept talking about him to some of our bemused corp members who were yet to be let-in on the joke.

Over the next few weeks, PARTOK would continue to be name-dropped at random during our conversations, and eventually we would begin using it in local during our POS bashes.

Local Chat with Oylpann Kumamato, Pix Severus, Leyralyn and Alexis Thunderkunt

“Rats on D-Scan” was another corp meme, which came about due to a random pilot shouting that line in local whenever Oylpann undocked in a particular system.

Local Chat PARTOK TOMPSON, Pix Severus, Oylpann Kumamato, Alexis Thunderkunt and Solacia Solette

Over time, the meme had evolved into the format of the old Chuck Norris meme.

Local Chat Pix Severus, Alexis Thunderkunt, PARTOK TOMPSON and Solacia Solette

Local Chat with Pix Severus, PARTOK TOMPSON and Solacia Solette

Unfortunately that video link doesn’t work anymore because Youtube has become a massive bag of wank lately, so here’s a gif for you.

Local Chat with Oylpann Kumamato, PARTOK TOMPSON, Alexis Thunderkunt and Solacia Solette

I was actually kinda glad that the whole PARTOK thing started, as it took the heat off me for a while in local! The Corp MOTD was also changed to PARTOK TOMPSON, and even today it is the first thing new members of the corp ask about when they join.

PARTOK TOMPSON

This image is linked in the Corp’s MOTD.

I did plan on sending an EVEmail to PARTOK TOMPSON about all of this, but for some reason I never got around to it. To this day, he probably has no idea that a strange bunch of POS-poppers and MTU-touchers had been engaged in some sort of weird pseudo-worship of his character. After I publish this post, I will send him a link to it in a mail, I just hope he doesn’t disapprove, knowing what he is capable of!

PARTOK TOMPSON

Bonus meme!


That just about covers Empty You’s POS bashing days, and it was all so much fun. I hope you enjoyed reading this series, I’m glad I finally got around to writing it. The next series will be a prequel of sorts, in which I’ll detail my personal history with EVE right from the beginning, and tell you everything that lead up to me becoming an MTU hunter.

Going POStal:
1. A not-so-Empty You
2. What’s in a Name?
3. The Two Towers
4. X Marks the Spot
5. Strange Times in Lower Debyl
6. A Definitely-not-Empty You
7. PARTOK TOMPSON

MTU Hunting Chat Channel

The MTU Hunting chat channel is the place to hang out if you enjoy hunting MTUs, especially if you want to share some of the more interesting MTU-related killmails you generate to a receptive audience. We are very welcoming no matter what your profession in New Eden may be, so why not pop by sometime? Even just a wave is very much appreciated. o/

The following are some screenshots and other excerpts from the channel, chosen at random from my EVE backup folder, which at this point is nearing the digital equivalent of a neutron star.

MTU Hunting chat channel

MTU Hunting chat channel

First up, we have a short chat with Tyrambo, who joined the channel after I had popped his MTU.

Kill: Tyrambo (Mobile Tractor Unit)

After this chat he kindly sent me a donation of 5m ISK!

5m ISK from Tyrambo

Thanks Tyrambo!


Khaza Elliott > o/
Khaza Elliott > Pix Severus oh you’re the guy with the blog
Khaza Elliott > read that a while ago. mad props
Khaza Elliott > knew that name sounded familiar

Unfortunately, I wasn’t around when Khaza dropped these nice comments in the channel for me. Khaza did become somewhat of a regular in the channel for a while though. Thanks Khaza! Drop by again sometime!


MTU Hunting chat channel

Sometimes my language can become quite colourful, please excuse me. After 4 years of running level 4 security missions, my attitude towards them has soured somewhat. I don’t regret the knowledge I’ve gained from it though, as it has proven very useful in my MTU hunting career on numerous occasions.


Grande Castora > o7
Grande Castora > got question – killing mtu makes you suspect or not? trigger concord?
Pix Severus > o/
Pix Severus > makes you suspect, doesnt trigger concord, doesnt give kill rights
Grande Castora > aha.. but with suspec can i dock stations?
Grande Castora > or better just stay in safe spot?
Pix Severus > you can dock as suspect, yes, but you get a 1min weapon timer after the MTU dies, you have to wait for that first minute before you can dock or use a gate
Pix Severus > if you want to dock safely, fly to a station, get close to it, and create a bookmark/location, then warp to that, you will be at 0 on the station and can dock immediately
Pix Severus > can just stay in the safe spot too, but watch out for others probing you down :)
Grande Castora > heh:)
Grande Castora > du i need much dps to kill mtu?
Grande Castora > do*
Pix Severus > the more dps the better, they can take a while to go down, takes a couple of mins in my svipul (500dps)
Pix Severus > 2-3 mins
Grande Castora > but owner of mtu got any notification that this mtu is under attack?
Pix Severus > im not entirely sure, but ive never had an mtu owner come back
Pix Severus > they get the killmail message after it pops
Grande Castora > aha…so u just sit and kill. looking for d sacn for probing down
Pix Severus > keep an eye on dscan when shooting the mtu, yes
Pix Severus > dont do what i did once, i forgot to recall my combat probes, saw them on dscan when i was killing an mtu, and scared myself!
Grande Castora > xD
Pix Severus > lol
Grande Castora > cool. thx for all answers. ill try that:) gl in your journey
Grande Castora > cu
Grande Castora > o7
Pix Severus > cheers, seeya o/

Here we have a pleasant and educational chat with Grande Castora, who was looking for more information on how to go about hunting MTUs. If you ever have any questions regarding it, I am always here to help.

Edit: In regards to the question above about the MTU’s owner getting a norification that it’s under attack or not, I can now answer this question. Huge thanks to Purgo, who just went out and shot his out-of-corp alt’s MTU to test this theory, we can confirm that the MTU’s owner does NOT get a notification when it is under attack. They will only get the lossmail notification after the MTU dies.


MTU Hunting chat channel

You heard it here first, folks. Get to hunting! You’d better know your MTU-fu though.


MTU Hunting chat channel

Some of the old memes are still the best, here is the one I referenced in this screenshot.

There are more of these to come, so stick around, or better yet join the channel in-game by clicking on the big E in the top-left of your game window, go to Social > Chat Channels, then type ‘MTU Hunting’ in the search box and click Join. The channel’s MOTD is updated whenever I upload a new blog post, so it’s a great way to stay up to date. Please do bear in mind the channel isn’t always active, depending on timezones, etc.


Bonus!
Speaking of the MTU Hunting chat channel, I recently met Ax’l Thorne, a master of MTU hunting and highsec shenanigans, in that very channel. He expressed a desire to start a blog of his own, to tell some of the crazy stories he has accumulated in his time in New Eden, and I encouraged him to do so. Here it is: The Thorne in Your Side
(I came up with the name, hehe).

I also recently came into contact with a fellow named Rami Taredi, an accomplished MTU hunter, suspect baiter, and PvPer, who just so happens to have an alt in my corp. He has had quite the adventure in his time in New Eden, and he has great style and wit to boot. All of this makes his blog a must-read: Barry’s Piracy
(Look out for the epic 5-parter in which he actually gets someone banned from the game!)

A Definitely-not-Empty You

In previous posts, I told you about the early days of my corporation, Empty You [EMTU], as we embarked on a mission to remove as many POSes from highsec as possible, alongside our usual MTU removal service. In this post, I would like to summarise the growth of my corp thereafter, leading towards the eventual end of our POS-related activities.

Shortly after the events of the last post, we popped one more POS, and then that was it, we had well and truly burned ourselves out. We had started bashing POSes in mid-May 2017, and concluded operations mid-June of the same year. Less than a month after we had begun this activity, it was now time for a break. We had popped a respectable 28 Control Towers, and 127 starbase structures in total, not counting the vast amounts of unanchored POS modules we’d scooped and stashed in stations. Highsec was a little cleaner, but I now understand that there is a fine-line between providing content, and not burning-out.

It wouldn’t be until March 2018 when corp activites would finally begin ramping-up once again, and the POS-popping would resume. We began slowly, taking our time to ensure we wouldn’t burn-out again. With most POSes in highsec completely stripped of loot-bearing arrays at this time, we shifted our focus somewhat, opting to take down Control Towers we had never killed before, in a sort-of “pop one of every type of tower” minigame, rather than focusing solely on arrays and loot. This worked for us, and we would find other minigames to enhance our gameplay in other areas too. There is still an ongoing competition within the corp to pop MTUs using as many different types of ship as possible. I believe Oyl is currently far in the lead on that one!

Pix Severus, Carnivorous Swarm, Oylpann Kumamato, Niyalyn

Pix Severus, Carnivorous Swarm, Oylpann Kumamato, and Niyalyn.

At this point the corp still consisted of just myself, Niyalyn, and Oylpann Kumamato, but soon we would find ourselves inundated with fresh applications to the corp. The people applying would usually be friends of ours who we chatted with regularly in the MTU Hunting chat channel.

The first person to join us was Kogen in late 2017, he was a man who had taken to the MTU hunting profession quite well. Unfortunately he joined us during a period of downtime, and the corp wasn’t active and/or stimulating enough to keep him around. I wish he’d joined us later, or had stuck around for just a little bit longer, when things started to pick up.

The first person to join us after POS-related activities had resumed was Alexis Thunderkunt, also known as “The Drone Whisperer” due to his penchant for finding ridiculous quantities of expensive drones laying abandoned throughout highsec. You might remember Alexis from the blog posts Finders Keepers, and Empty You Empties 1000 MTUs. Just a few days later we were joined by a long-time friend of the corp, Rosov Aulmais. The first I had heard of Rosov was through a friend, he told me that there was this guy going around killing MTUs in an ECM-fit Scorpion, at that point I knew that this man meant business. You should recognise Rosov from the post The Holy Grail? Again? if you’ve been a recent reader.

Alexis Thunderkunt, Rosov Aulmais, PI Tool1, Mr Chili Palmer

Alexis Thunderkunt, Rosov Aulmais, PI Tool1, and Mr Chili Palmer.

The next person to join us was PI Tool1. If you’re a long-term reader of this blog, then that name will probably look familiar to you as he features in an old post named Vocal Local 2. I had met PI during my early days of MTU hunting, but it was years later that PI found my blog, and decided to join the corp. Shortly after PI joined us, we were joined by another long-time friend, Mr Chili Palmer. Chili was a man who had dabbled with MTU hunting in the past, and also did a lot of wormhole PvP. If you recognise his name, you might remember him from Return of an MTU Hunter and MTU Mailbag 4.

Some of the latter additions to our corp were Solacia Solette, a dedicated MTU hunter and drone collector, who was also the brainchild behind the corp’s slogan “You drop ’em, we pop ’em.” Mikey G Udan, another dedicated hunter, who preferred using a Tengu for his hunts, and Deep Choad, a PvPer who wanted to try something a little different for a while. All three of these fine fellows are featured in the post Back For More, which is about one of the few corp competitions we ran around this time. The last person to join us during this period was Emrald Rayne, an MTU hunter and PvPer who did highsec, and MTU hunters everywhere a great service, by removing vast quantities of Mobile Depots from space.

Solacia Solette, Mikey G Udan, Deep Choad, Emrald Rayne

Solacia Solette, Mikey G Udan, Deep Choad, and Emrald Rayne.

If I wanted to, I could write an entire blog post about each member, but a general overview will suffice for now. Some of them have also moved-on from the corp, but thankfully most of those who have left still remain a part of our little community through the MTU Hunting chat channel.

There are a few memorable POS-bashes we had together during this era, mostly because something new, or weird, had happened. I’d like to cover those events now.


The Disappearing Act

One notable event was what we sometimes refer to as “The Bash that Never Happened”. We had wardecced EVE BUSINESS CAREER GUIDE CORP [EBCGC] belonging to a pilot named Roge Alt One, because they owned a tower with a few desirable arrays. When researching this corp, I followed the link in the corp’s description, which was supposed to be some guide on how make ISK in EVE, but instead I found a very poorly written website that was filled with nonsensical cult-like ramblings. If you have ever read something written by a schizophrenic, then you’ll know just how incomprehensible this site was. The site is no longer up, and unfortunately I couldn’t find anything using the Wayback Machine to show you what I mean, but it was clear that English wasn’t his first language at least. After that, I looked up Roge’s alt/main Roseta mallard, and found that he’d had some trouble with CODE. in the past. Expecting something fun, or at least a little bit weird, I was excited to declare war on this.. entity.

Well, something a little weird did indeed happen, but it didn’t exactly provide us with any fun. Just before the war went live, Niya sent a scout into the system as usual, to check for war targets, or to see if the POS had been fuelled, only to find nothing. Yes, absolutely nothing. They had packed-up their POS completely and had shipped it off god knows where. This was the first time we’d ever seen someone do this, and hadn’t even considered it as a possibility to be quite honest. Our primary purpose with these POS bashes was to clean-up highsec from the large amount of signatures that POSes put-out though, so our purpose had been fulfilled, albeit in a way we weren’t expecting. Well played, Roge/Roseta!


The Legacy of DiaRosCris

While hunting for MTUs in the system of Eiluvodi one evening, I spotted a POS on scan that had a couple of arrays, so I decided to add it to our list of potential targets as usual. When I add a target to the list, I note down the name of the corp that owns the POS so I can easily wardec them when it’s time, I also look up the corp’s members and killboard for anything interesting. The corp that owned this POS was called Agram Interstellar [AGRAM] an inactive 1-man corp owned by DiaRosCris. I recognised the CEO’s name instantly because it is rather unique, and that person had been featured on an old Minerbumping post I’d read years ago.

Corp Chat with Alexis Thunderkunt and Oylpann Kumamato

We’d had a few drinks that night, and corp chat was indeed rather silly at times. Old stories of battle, and Alexis’ home-brewed banana wine were the topics of choice that night, along with my usual flavour of bad jokes. The POS bash went by uneventfully, but I always remember it because we were the final cleanup crew that removed the last remnants of DiaRosCris from New Eden. It was also Alexis’ first POS bash with the corp, a time to remember indeed.


The Dark Path

I remember this next one because we didn’t encounter online targets all that often. One night, after making our way to the Kador region, we were setting-up to hit multiple POSes when I noticed 4 war targets docked-up in Khafis. These guys belonged to DarkPath [DKPTH] and owned one of the POSes we were due to hit that night. While waiting for the rest of our corp to get online, we started bashing our first target in the system of Gonan, right next-door to Khafis. As soon as our first POS target went down, and with more of our corp members now online, we headed-out to Khafis and the surrounding systems to see what was going on with these war targets.

With Oyl in a cloaky ship, he popped-into Khafis first to take a look at what they were doing. They had all formed-up behind the bubble of their now-fuelled POS, which already had plenty of guns around it, that were now online. They had also completed their setup with a slew of ECM modules and shield hardeners that they had added in the meantime. They’d got us, we simply didn’t have the ships needed to take on a POS this well defended, and following Rosov’s advice, we just moved-on to continue bashing our next target. Well played DarkPath.

We did have the last laugh though, as a few days later, when Rosov was roaming through the area, he managed to catch one of them on a gate flying a PVE-fit cruiser.

Kill: Deltagram (Caracal)


Eventually, our bashing days came to an end, in much the same manner that most things do in EVE (at least for me). A few corp members take a break, a couple leave the corp for better things, and before long you find yourself taking a break too, leaving things to fizzle-out. To every member of Empty You, past and present, it was fun destroying Starbases with you. We did some solid work together, removing 50 Control Towers from highsec, and totalling 201 Starbase Structures destroyed. Job well done.

This may not be the end of our shenanigans with POSes, as I am exploring options in regards to continuing this activity in the future, now that I’m back in New Eden. With POSes supposedly being removed from EVE soon (I hear CCP are having some trouble in that regard) if you’ve ever wanted to try out POS bashing yourself, take my advice and do it now before it’s too late.

There were more events surrounding our POS bashes that I haven’t covered in this post, but I’ll save those for another time. The next post in this series will be the finale, and will cover our corp’s culture.

To be continued.

Dealing with Greed

A few nights ago, I did my daily check of the Empty You killboard to see if anyone had gotten any interesting MTU kills in my absence, only to find that my corpmate, Solacia Solette, had encountered more than just MTUs that night. Solacia was kind enough to provide me with a write-up of what happened that night, so sit back, relax, and let him tell you that story.


I had my scanning alt moving down from Lonetrek towards Amarr space, going through the mission hub constellations along the way, looking for abandoned drones and MTUs and switching over to Sol to blast the latter, when I find one.

I end up in Waskisen of all places and find two MTUs very close to each other on d-scan. A quick cycle of my probes along with a narrow d-scan show them to be in the same asteroid belt along with a Retriever flown by one Yahroud something or other. I’m sitting here pondering the situation when the Retriever leaves d-scan, so I warp to the belt at 100 to see who owns the MTUs.

Waskisen

Waskisen, in The Citadel.

That turned out to be core Hamu, a pilot who was also in Local at the time but not in the belt. I warp back to the planet so as not to spook him if he returned, and sure enough another minute later and core’s Covetor shows up on d-scan in the belt. The Covetor of course only has an ore hold of 6,000 m3 and is intended as a fleet mining ship instead of a solo one. Our clever friend here had found himself a workaround by parking two MTUs in the belt with him, upping his total capacity to 60,000 m3 between the MTUs and his own ship’s hold. This struck me as an incredibly greedy move and one I wanted to see if I could do something about.

By warping around some of the other belts at the planet I was able to determine that he was about 5km away from one and 10km away from the other, but I still wasn’t sure if I’d be able to destroy at least one before he had a chance to scoop it. I switched back to Sol while I thought about this and destroyed another MTU I had scanned earlier in the system of Isikesu, only a few jumps away from Waskisen.

After that, I switched back to my scanner alt to let Sol’s suspect timer expire and found core had not moved at all. Some quick math in a mining spreadsheet indicated it would take between 45 minutes and an hour for core to fill up his MTUs, so I decided to wait until he left the belt to go get his hauler at which point I would be able to hopefully destroy one if not both MTUs before he could come back.

By the time Sol made it over to Waskisen, about 50 minutes had passed and I worried that I had missed my window. I figured I’d give it 10 minutes and if he hadn’t moved I was ready to call it a night and get some sleep. About 2 minutes later core’s Covetor disappears off of narrow scan and I warped in to get started.

With Void loaded and a bit of heat my Gnosis was dishing out a little over 1000 DPS, easily enough to melt the first MTU in less than a minute. As I’m starting on the second one core warps back to the belt in a Porpoise. He made a critical error in that he warped to the belt at 0 instead of his MTUs, putting him about 7500m away from the one I was destroying.

Porpoise

The Porpoise, an ugly hunk of junk if you ask me.

As he starts moving towards it, I realize that I can just bump him away and turn on my MWD to do just that, working the MTU through its hull as I strand him about 4km away and just outside of scoop distance. While this is going on I also lock up his Porpoise too just in case he decides to aggress. Despite some flawed bumping, I stall him long enough to finish the MTU off, destroying not only both of the ones he had in the belt but the nearly full hour’s worth of ore that had been sitting in them.

He had also targeted my ship during all this, I suspect due to having auto target back still enabled. To my surprise I see his ship icon change to Limited Engagement and promptly activate my Warp Scrambler, web, and weaponry. He goes down almost as fast as his MTUs did, and a minute later I pop his pod too, loot his wreck and head for the nearby station. I was expecting to get one MTU and maybe the second, but got to leave with a Porpoise and 50m ISK pod kill on top of them.

Kill: core Hamu (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: core Hamu (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: core Hamu (Porpoise)
Kill: core Hamu (Capsule)

I’m not sure if losing both his MTUs full of ore just enraged him enough to attack or if he thought the warp core stabilizer fitted to his ship would let him leave if he started losing. Maybe having my ship targeted on his screen was just too tempting for him to pass up. Either way it was a great capstone to a night of hunting.


Thank you for that great story Sol, it goes to show just how unpredictable the MTU Hunting profession can be at times. It also seems like Waskisen is the place to be these days, as another corpmate, Purgo, also had his fair share of interesting events in that system recently.

That’s all for this post, if you have any interesting stories you’d like to share, please send them to me (Pix Severus) via EVEmail.

MTU Mailbag 5

It’s that time, once again, for me to dig through my backlog of EVEmails and showcase the various comments and questions I receive from pilots across New Eden. Unlike some other hunters out there, I don’t mail the owners of MTUs I have popped, I sit back and let them contact me. I may change this approach in the future though.

EVE Mail DriftedAway

This exchange was sparked after I had received a notification telling me that I had received a Kill Right on DriftedAway. This usually happens when people shoot one of the many containers I leave lying around highsec.

Kill Rights

Most of the time, the people who shoot my containers are gankers who are pulling CONCORD, sometimes though it is a newbie who is curious to see what happens. Needless to say I don’t activate these kill rights very often, but as you can see, I get quite a few of them!


EVE Mail Mag Draco

I agree with Mag that MTU Hunting is a good middle ground activity for those who are interested in killboard interaction, without having to go all-in, and sitting firmly in the “not quite PvP” category (until someone shoots you back). To answer Mag’s question, you could try an Astero or Stratios, but I’d imagine the DPS would be a lot lower than a much cheaper T1 ship that you refit for scanning or combat on the fly.

A good alternative is a Gnosis, as it has bonuses to scanning, good DPS, and plenty of cargo space. (Thanks to Solacia Solette for this info!)


EVE Mail Aewenora

I’m not in this for the money.

Kill: Aewenora (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Additionally, I’m not going to mail the owners of every single MTU I scan down before popping them. That would be silly!


EVE Mail Redcloak Goblin

I love a good, lengthy mail filled with chatlogs and killmails! Speaking of which, let me grab those for you:

Kill: Fama Un (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Fama Un (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Fama Un (Mobile Tractor Unit)
Kill: Sookie Stackhouse (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Impressive work there, Mr Goblin! Sookie Stackhouse didn’t seem best pleased to have his mess tidied away for him, but you kept your composure whilst allowing him to vent, proving yourself to be the more mature individual. Sterling work indeed.


EVE Mail Rohkea Avestrii

Thank you Rohkea! I do get around, and come to think of it, it’s been a while since I last visited Josekorn, I’ll head back that way soon. o/


EVE Mail Kargoth Miteraxe

You might think that I received this mail whilst popping this fellow’s MTU, but you’d be wrong, I had actually done.. nothing! In fact, I hadn’t popped any MTUs for several days beforehand, and I was sat in station when this mail came in. I replied to his mail asking him what I should be stopping, but he never replied. Weird.

Speaking of weird, I did actually pop one of his MTUs almost a year later!

Kill: Kargoth Miteraxe (Mobile Tractor Unit)

Small world.


That’s it for this edition of MTU Mailbag, if you have any comments or questions for me, don’t hesitate to send me (Pix Severus) a mail. I reply to almost all mails I receive and there’s a good chance your mail will appear on this blog at some point in the future.

The Right to Kill

Meet Purgo, a specialist in highsec mechanics, and the latest member of Empty You.

Purgo

Having recently returned to New Eden after an 8 year break, Purgo wasted no time in getting to know the locals of Waskisen, a system that would quickly become his favourite hunting ground. After spending a few weeks terrorising the locals through an eclectic mix of techniques such as MTU hunting, suspect baiting, miner bumping, and ganking, he eventually drove one of the largest corporations in the system to completely abandon their operations there.

It was safe to say that Purgo had made one hell of a return to EVE, and Waskisen (and the surrounding systems) had been very good for him indeed. He had netted himself a whole slew of expensive killmails, from blingy mission boats, to decadent industrials, here is just a small selection of the highlights:

Kill: Calcifa (Rattlesnake)
Kill: Maudlin Yakenda (Orca)
Kill: Luthi Phylobates (Vargur) (Wow!)

That Orca kill in particular tickled me, he had shot the pilot’s MTU using a rookie ship, the pilot then scooped his MTU and killed Purgo’s ship. After quickly warping his pod back to station, Purgo returned in his Golem to find the Orca pilot still there, with a Limited Engagement Timer still upon him. Needless to say his Golem tore that Orca apart in short order, incredible work.

Around this time, Purgo had found a link to my blog through this post on the James315.space blog, and joined my chat channel. Due to having similar interests, we became space friends quickly, and it wasn’t long before he applied to join my corp, which I happily accepted. Now that you know the background of our new friend, let us get into the main story.

One night, during his regularly scheduled antics in Waskisen, Purgo had managed to draw the ire of one Rydan Khagrave, a miner who wasn’t best pleased at being bumped away from the asteroids. Rydan showed his displeasure by ganking Purgo’s alt, who was just minding her own business whilst mining in a Venture nearby.

Kill: Iiae (Venture)

Purgo had put down an MTU next to his alt, so when the gank took place, Purgo got all the loot, and actually broke even from it. Unfortunately for Rydan though, this little display had just given Purgo’s alt a Kill Right against him. I would like to mention at this point that Ryden was very much aware that the Venture pilot was Purgo’s alt, but his taste of sweet revenge was to be short-lived.

Over the next few hours, it had become apparent that Ryden had become paranoid about the Kill Right hanging over his head, he even went as far as sitting “AFK” in an unfitted cruiser outside of a station in Waskisen, surely hoping Purgo would take the bait and spend his Kill Right on a relatively worthless ship. A few days later, Ryden left his corp for reasons unknown, and a couple of days after that he set up a new corporation called Weyland-Yutani Industry Devision [WYYU]. At this time, he had moved-out of Waskisen to the more remote system of Sabusi, where he set up an Athanor.

Using an alt, Purgo made sure to keep tabs on Ryden, waiting for the opportune moment when he would be flying something more expensive. Ryden’s paranoia knew no bounds, however, and he refused to undock in anything worth spending the Kill Right on for quite some time. Purgo had even spotted him sat in an unfitted Retriever in an asteroid belt, pretending to mine, again, to bait Purgo into using his Kill Right. There was some satisfaction to be found in the fact that Purgo had such an impact on this miner, that he would change his entire playstyle for weeks, but it wasn’t enough. The day would come though, that would see Purgo get revenge for his alt, and Ryden would lose a lot more than he bargained for.

One fine day, some 2 and a half weeks since Purgo gained the Kill Right, he logged onto his freshly-minted alt, and got him into a Venture. He saw that Ryden was online, so he sent his alt out to the local asteroid belts to look for him. When landing at belt 2 of Sabusi VII, he saw a wonderful sight, Ryden was out mining with his corpmates, and he was in an Orca. Why would Ryden, the King of Anxiety, now be so confident that he would undock an Orca with a Kill Right on his head? The answer to that lies in an event a couple of nights before, when Purgo activated the KR on Ryden’s head while he was flying an Interceptor on autopilot. Purgo had fudged it though, and Ryden’s ceptor managed to get away. After this, Ryden said some not-so-nice things to Purgo, and gloated about winning their little engagement.

Ryden wouldn’t be gloating for long, however, because it looks like he had mistakenly thought that activating a Kill Right once is enough to clear it. It isn’t. A Kill Right doesn’t end until the target loses his ship from it.

So, back in the asteroid belt in Sabusi, Purgo parked his alt’s Venture near Ryden’s Orca and started mining, he then switched to his main, grabbed his Ikitursa, and started making the 20-or-so jumps across highsec to catch him. Thanks to his alt’s positioning, when Purgo entered the system he was able to warp straight to the belt and land right on top of the Orca. Negotiations commenced.

Convo with Rydan Khagrave and FlynnDynamics

Just then, the unthinkable happened, Ryden’s corpmates target locked Purgo’s ship, and opened fire!

Kill: allforone (Moa)
Kill: Allen Mc-Tavish (Hulk)
Kill: Allen Mc-Tavish (Capsule)

Purgo, being a true master of highsec shenanigans, shrugged-off the attack like it was nothing. There was also an Astero that got itself CONCORDed in this gank attempt too, but unfortunately it died before Purgo could land a shot on it.

Negotiations continued.

Convo with Rydan Khagrave

It would seem that our paranoid friend was under the delusion that Purgo was working for someone within his old corp. The mystery of why he left his old corp was now solved.

Convo with Rydan Khagrave

With that said, Ryden’s fate was sealed, and he said goodbye to his Orca.

Rydan Khagrave's Orca

Thar she blew.

Kill: Rydan Khagrave (Orca)

It’s amazing to think that for the price of one ganked Venture, Purgo had gotten himself into quite the adventure, resulting in a whole slew of impressive killmails. Also, due to the gank attempt on him by Ryden’s corpmates, he now has three more Kill Rights to play with!

A happy ending to this little tale then, with an important lesson one can learn from it. Kill Rights are fun, and if you don’t understand the mechanics behind them, you probably shouldn’t go around ganking people with your mining main!