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

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.

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!

Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises 3

I honestly wasn’t expecting to make a return to this series so soon, seeing as after multiple years of hunting MTUs I’d only spotted just enough named MTUs to make the last two posts, here, and here. After returning to New Eden from a lengthy break however, it seems that everyone is naming their MTUs these days, and after only a week of hunting I’d already found enough named MTUs to make a new post about it! So, let’s get into it, shall we?

DE DOOS VAN JE MOEDER

First up, we have an MTU with a Dutch name, this is my first time spotting a named MTU in this language, let’s use an online translator to see what it says!

Dutch: DE DOOS VAN JE MOEDER
Translates to: YOUR MOTHER’S BOX

Oh.. Well, let’s move on quickly shall we?


Milbi

A quick online search found Aboriginal origins for this name, apparently it means ‘sea turtle’ or something.


Kor -azor

This fellow liked to name his MTU after the region he deployed it in for some reason. Or perhaps it was named after the neighbouring system?


urmumhasdownsyndrome holmes

This rather.. inventively named MTU was found in the system of Nakugard, a hotspot for both MTU usage and hunting.


Weltraum Putze

Here we have another MTU from Nakugard, this time with a German name, another first for me! Let’s put it through an online translator.

German: Weltraum Putze
Translates to: Space Cleaning

For some reason, if you capitalise one or more of the words before putting them into an online translator, it can come out as ‘Space Plasters’ instead, odd.


Suck-o-Mat

There’s nothing more dangerous than an MTU stuck on the “suck” setting. It’s always best to dispose of them as quickly as possible.


remember locale

Yes, always remember the locale of your MTU, lest a hunter finds it before you!


Annie's MTU and Xand Vacuum

Here we have a double whammy! Proof that you can’t move for named MTUs these days. I had a hard time looking up the meaning of ‘Xand Vacuum’, the only references I could find were mentions of an old type of vacuum cleaner, but unfortunately those references were hidden behind paywalls, thanks nu-internet.


pls don't touch

When I first spotted this MTU, I immediately probed it down, and when I landed on grid with it, a Noctis had just arrived on the scene too, and promptly scooped it up before I could touch it.

I had the last laugh though, two whole nights later, I was hunting through the same area and spotted it on D-Scan again! This time I touched his MTU, I touched it until it exploded.

pls don't touch

Click on image for full size.

Kill: Space Keendary (Mobile Tractor Unit)

I’d just like to thank Rent-A-Dream Pleasure Gardens for the assist! o/


No cheeky disguises this time, I’m just putting these up as I find them, but there will be at least one next time! That’s all for this episode, if you spot any interesting or funny named MTUs out there, please take a screenshot and send it to me (Pix Severus) via EVEmail.

Naming Surprises and Cheeky Disguises 2

Strange Times in Lower Debyl

In a previous post I detailed my corporation’s largest payday from POS bashing, in this post I will tell you about an incident that occurred just a couple of weeks later, in what was supposed to be just a routine operation.

The first time I ever saw the name Lower Debyl, I’ll admit I chuckled to myself, it is a strange name as system naming conventions go, and the fact that it has a sister system called Upper Debyl makes it all the more unique. This system is located just-off the back route between the trading hubs of Amarr and Rens-Hek-Dodixie. As an aside, that route is the best way to avoid ganking hotspots such as the Niarja pipeline, and the Uedama crossroads, if you have no intention of hauling to Jita.

Lower Debyl

Lower Debyl, in the Devoid region.

At this time, our little 3-man (6, with alts) operation was running quite smoothly, we had become quite proficient at this kind of structure removal, and taking down more than one tower a night was now not uncommon for us. This night was to be yet another twin-tower bash, as I had found two targets in Lower Debyl a week or so earlier whilst hunting for MTUs. Oyl and myself had moved our ships to the system the night before and we’d docked-up in a random NPC station, shortly after I’d wardecced the POS-owning corps, so now all that was left was for Niya to make his way there just after the war went live.

With Oyl still offline, I logged-in and immediately noticed a war target in local, a pilot named Sraoshra Dallocort, who was the owner of one of the POSes we were due to bash that night. We had encountered an online target only once before, a corporation that had fuelled their POS very shortly after the war declaration, and then stayed docked-up and offline for the duration, but this time it was different.

Pix Severus > ok our wartarget is online in Lower Debyl
Niyalyn > ooo
Niyalyn > you have anything cloaky?
Pix Severus > nope
Pix Severus > he is outside our station in a capsule, apparently
Pix Severus > he is asking me to kill him
Niyalyn > lol

Local Chat with Sraoshra Dallocort

With Niya just a couple of jumps out in his trusty Retribution, I decided to just sit tight for the time being, lest our target had some kind of elaborate and tedious station games planned. I did wonder if he actually was in a Capsule though, so I took a brief peek outside, to find him in his pod 30k from the undock, but sat on top of the station within docking range. This had to be some kind of setup, surely?

Niyalyn > going to stop 100km short and see what he is in
Pix Severus > capsule last i checked
Niyalyn > we’ll find out
Niyalyn > then again… today is a good day to die
Pix Severus > yes it is, Worf

When Niya arrived in the system, our target was flying a Succubus, a fearsome and nimble pirate frigate. So, it would seem that my earlier caution was very much warranted? Well, not quite. You see, just before Niya had arrived in system with me, Sraoshra had opened-up a private convo with me..

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

It would seem, then, that our war target friend had a bounty on himself, and he wanted to use the opportunity our war had given him, to try to clear it? I tried to explain the bounty mechanics to him, but all I had succeeded in doing was getting him to bring out his frigate so we could pop it. With Niya now in-system, I undocked and burned towards Sraoshra, who was yet again atop the station, this time in his frigate. A Hecate with a MWD closes the gap very fast, and I had him tackled just as Niya landed at the station. We wasted no time in exploding his ship:

Kill: Sraoshra Dallocort (Succubus)

Seeing this completely empty ship was the first confirmation we had gotten that he wasn’t trying to bait us into some kind of trap, so we held his capsule in position whilst I continued talking with him.

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

With that said, we podded him too:

Kill: Sraoshra Dallocort (Capsule)

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

Private Convo with Sraoshra Dallocort

I always do my best to remain polite with other pilots in New Eden, and this exchange was no exception. I expressed my sympathies that he only managed to shave off 7m ISK from his bounty, bringing it down from 55m, to 48m, and even offered him his corpse back, which he declined, so it went to Niya in the end.

Something still didn’t feel right about all of this though, and it wouldn’t be until we went to take a look at the POS that we would realise why. It would seem that Sraoshra had fuelled his POS, but had done it a little late, and his shenanigans up to this point had been his attempt at buying time for the POS bubble to regenerate!

Niyalyn > it has a shield now
Pix Severus > really?
Niyalyn > yes
Pix Severus > he fuelled it lol
Pix Severus > the cheeky..
Pix Severus > any guns there?
Niyalyn > no
Niyalyn > shield at 52%

We still had a chance though, if he hadn’t put any Strontium Clathrates in the POS, he wouldn’t be protected by a timer when his bubble went down.

Sraoshra had returned to the system after we podded him, but had now gone offline inside an NPC station, so myself and Niya got into our bashing ships and started shooting the bubble with our fingers crossed. We were still hitting the bubble when Oyl came online, and we also had quite the story to tell him, as you can imagine.

Lower Debyl POS Bash

To bring down the bubble, you need to shoot the tower.

Pix Severus > we are currently shooting a bubble at pos 1
Oylpann Kumamato > shooting a bubble?
Pix Severus > story is in the mail
Pix Severus > its been a very strange evening
Niyalyn > it has

Thankfully, Sraoshra hadn’t put any Stront in the POS, meaning that we were able to take down the bubble, leaving the juicy innards for us to feast upon. Sraoshra had kept coming online during the bash, warping to it at 100km in his pod to check on it, and then warping off, so we were glad to finally be on the home stretch. We’d had enough of his shenanigans that night, and we were also pretty sure he had emptied the arrays, so we weren’t expecting any loot either.

Kill: Equilibrium 16 (Caldari Control Tower Small)
Kill: Equilibrium 16 (Reprocessing Array)
Kill: Equilibrium 16 (Compression Array)

Nothing dropped, as expected, but that was still quite the experience, so I consider it worthwile. For me, it was my first time actually shooting a bubble, and for Niya, he got a weird story to accompany his first ship kill in EVE.

That just about covers the main events surrounding my corp’s early days of POS bashing, although my memory might be a little fuzzy. I’m sure Oyl or Niya will remind me if I’ve missed anything important though! I think we did pretty well overall, considering we were just a motley crew consisting of a PvEer, a suspect baiter, and some guy who touches your stuff when you’re not looking. These nights I spent popping POSes and chatting with Niya and Oyl were some of the happiest memories I have of EVE to this day.

The next part of this series will be a collection of other smaller events that occurred during our latter POS bashing days, along with chronicling the growth of my corp, Empty You, as new members began flooding-in to take part in the action.

To be continued.

Added as a Contact

Your friendly, local MTU Hunter gets contacted a lot by capsuleers from all over New Eden as he goes about his business. Sending mails, striking-up conversations in local, or joining my chat channel are not the only ways that pilots choose to get my attention, some of them use the more indirect method of adding me as a contact, and attaching a short message to it.

I would now like to go through some of these with you.

Contact Tuah Vyvorant

It is my pleasure, Tuah. Here is a link to the guide he is speaking of: MTU Hunting 101. I am set to positive standings more often than not, and it is always nice to know that I’m blue to at least some people out there.


Contact Zxcvbnm27740 Uitra

To answer Zxcvbnm27740’s question, here is a link to the blog post I made when I first started my corporation, and here is the current version of my corp’s description:

Empty You Corporation Description

If you wish to discuss my corp further, please do so via EVEmail, private convo, or join the MTU Hunting chat channel.


Contact Kawrsair

I am indeed still out there hunting, and I’m very glad you enjoyed reading this blog, thanks Kawrsair! (Cool name by the way).


Contact General Havock

Thank you very much, General! I’m doing my best to keep the blog updated at the moment, but I do have a habit of taking lengthy breaks from EVE, hopefully I can keep it up a bit longer this time.


Contact Padraig De Faoite

Sir, believe me, the pleasure was all mine. Padraig had accidentally lost tabs on his MTU, but thankfully there is always an MTU hunter around when you need one:

Kill: Padraig De Faoite (Mobile Tractor Unit)

He hasn’t lost a single MTU since, saving himself ISK, and keeping highsec clean, which is great news for everyone!


Contact a190 Tivianne

Oh dear, it isn’t often I get set to red, but here we are. Let us take a look at what caused this sorry state of affairs:

Kill: a190 Tivianne (Mobile Tractor Unit)

You can’t please everyone I guess, although it is interesting to see the contrast between those who will set you blue for popping their MTU, and those who will get upset over it.


There are more of these to come. Unfortunately, it seems that these contact notifications are pruned over time (otherwise a chunk of my older ones disappeared for some other reason) so I have undoubtedly missed a few over the years. If you ever want to add me as a contact, and attach a little message for me, go right ahead! You might just see it here on the blog in a future episode of this series.