Vocal Local 7

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.

This time we have a variety of random encounters and miscellaneous short messages to look through, as I travel around, and get to know, the denizens of high security space.

Local Chat

D-Scan

Occasionally you’ll find that players give their MTUs all kinds of humorous names, this one had me laughing for a lot longer than it perhaps should have.


Local Chat

I like receiving messages like these in local, they always bring a smile to my face. Usually when I receive these kinds of comments, they are often hit-and-run in nature, with the pilot having left the system before I get a chance to respond. I usually send them a mail afterwards in such cases


Local Chat

Sweetdevil was surprised to see one of the Federation’s greatest enemies warp into her asteroid belt; bloody Cardies. After this exchange in local she opened a private convo with me asking for advice on how to become a pirate. After some basic advice, I directed her towards one of my more pirate-natured friends.


Local Chat

Here’s that killmail for you; AngelEyezTheDemon had lost her Myrmidon to NPCs the day before I found her MTU, which contained the contents of the wreck of her vessel. Finding an MTU that had sucked-up the wreck of it’s owner is actually quite common these days, more so than it used to be, I suspect foul play may be at work but I’ll go into more detail on that another day.


Local Chat

MTU Hunters beware, there are hunters out there who are aren’t hunting MTUs, instead they are hunting the hunters. Although, those “in the know” will understand that in this specific example, not everything was as it seemed. I won’t go into more detail here, but needless to say, Bladewise runs quite the remarkable operation out of many of EVE’s busiest mission hubs.


Local Chat

Maja Chou spotted me on D-scan as I was probing-down an MTU in the system of Shaha. I am unsure what “tz tz” means, however, given the context, it may be a form of “tsk tsk” therefore implying that I’m doing something naughty. MTU Hunting isn’t naughty though, it’s a valued profession, so if anyone can shed any light on this, please leave a comment below.


Local Chat

Whoops!


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 6

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Vocal Local 6

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, you find a system where the locals chat freely, such was the case with Nakugard, one of my favourite MTU hunting systems. The following conversations took place on the same night within that system.

Local Chat

It was around this time that I had recently received a 80m ISK bounty from a mission runner whose MTU I popped. From this conversation, I got the feeling that Anara wasn’t too sure if I was “one of the good guys”.

Local Chat

However, “good guy” or not, this MTU Hunter likes to end his conversations amicably.


Local Chat

Keldor spoke up once he saw me go suspect in local whilst I was attacking an MTU. I decided to link him the MTU killmail after I popped it, since he was clearly interested in what I was up to. Here’s that killmail for you. I was both surprised and happy to see the MTU’s owner speak in local afterwards, it seems that MTU Hunting really does get players talking.

Local Chat

There is indeed.


At some point prior to this vocal night, I was hunting MTUs in Nakugard whilst legendary ganker, Alt 00, was having an argument with a miner in local. I won’t go into details about the argument that was taking place, you can see it for yourself here on the Minerbumping blog. See if you can spot your friendly, local MTU Hunter in the screencaps.

Nakugard is a system filled with a real mix of players, and is situated between the trade hub, Hek, and the Sisters of EVE mission hub, Lanngisi. Because of this, it is often a hive of activity and drama, and I highly encourage you to visit this interesting system sometime.

Vocal Local 5

Vocal Local 5

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.

So when I enter a system with a funny name, I just have to comment on it.

Local Chat

Local Chat

Some funny chats can be had through this method, and I highly recommend it if you can’t think of any better ways to break the ice with the locals.


Local Chat

Sometimes, simply taking care of your appearance can get the locals buzzing. Tip: Nanite paste can do wonders for your complexion, as well as your armor!


Local Chat

Keeping your bio loaded with fun killmails to read is a great way to entertain the locals.


Local Chat

Putting links to your EVE-related websites in your bio is another.


Local Chat

Simply naming your ship something interesting and/or funny can also help to keep pilots smiling. At this point in time my ship was named “I’m not probing you!”


Local Chat

Here’s that killmail. Following this, we had a good, long discussion about The New Order of Highsec in local chat, which cowboy taximan wasn’t a fan of, probably due to being ganked by New Order agents in the past.


Local Chat

Here’s the killmail – the MTU’s owner has an interesting killboard, 0 kills 26 losses, ALL MTUs.

I met Omaha Eto one night whilst on a standard MTU hunt through the The Forge, he seemed most intrigued about my chosen profession.

Local Chat

This was the second time I had ever been thanked for my work in local, and it is always appreciated.

Local Chat

After our brief exchange in local, I moved-on to the next system to continue hunting. Afterwards, Omaha opened a private conversation with me, where we continued our conversation.

Omaha Eto > what is your motivation?
Omaha Eto > why are u doin this?
Pix Severus > its strange really, one day i saw a guy shooting an mtu in an asteroid belt, and he was only suspect, not criminal, and i thought to myself, i could do that..
Omaha Eto > haha nice
Pix Severus > so i started scanning for them, and one thing led to another..
Pix Severus > now i fly a ship with a probe scanner, hunting mtus, and all sorts of weird things happen to me
Omaha Eto > is that fun to you? lol
Pix Severus > yes, its a lot of fun, but i agree that its weird, just scanning down mtus and shooting them
Pix Severus > but i meet a lot of people, some get angry, but some are interested, like yourself
Pix Severus > either way, it gives me things to write about
Omaha Eto > i’ve never seen such a strange profession. well i became suspicious when i saw your flashing yellow icon and came to you profile and so on
Pix Severus > thats great, you are wise to check suspect characters
Pix Severus > they could be up to anything

Sometimes I feel very happy that I began hunting MTUs, as I get to experience pleasant chats like these from time to time.

Pix Severus > you wont believe this, but i just found a gecko in Uoyonen
Pix Severus > just sitting in space, alone, 50m+ in my pocket lol
Omaha Eto > i should say its kinda crazy but cool. you are one of a kind i guess.
Omaha Eto > gecko…rly nice!
Pix Severus > you are too kind sir!
Omaha Eto > well i actually think this game can give a lot of opportunities to player but i didn’t expect someone can use them in such way
Pix Severus > EVE truly is one of a kind
Pix Severus > the only mmo that allows players to be creative
Omaha Eto > i’m actually newbie to this game. three weeks only. running missions right now but willing to scan and travel in expedition frigates in future.
Pix Severus > scanning and exploration is a lot of fun, and gives you so much freedom in this game, i highly recommend it
Omaha Eto > i’ll do it for sure. thx a lot for recomendations and your cool game story dude. that was rly awesome ;)

There you have it, if you ever need an excuse to start chatting with people in local, exchanges like these are a good one. Contrary to the stories you read about EVE elsewhere, not everyone who plays this game is a scary sociopath, so the next time you get the chance to enter a discussion in local, go for it!

Vocal Local 4

Vocal Local 3: Salt Edition

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, people aren’t too happy to see an MTU Hunter going about his business.

Local Chat

After popping DiaK Snow’s MTU in an asteroid belt in the system of Sirseshin, he started saying things to me in local.. Russian things. A quick trip to an online translator cleared things up somewhat.

DiaK Snow> Pix Severus here you b**ch , and
DiaK Snow> Pix Severus I’ll zaebis for the tractor, f**king c**ksucker
DiaK Snow> Pix Severus and you c**ksucker , I still find ) ) ) to you all dobrgo ) )

Oh my, it would appear that Mr. Snow was quite upset about the loss of his MTU, I had to try to calm him down.

Local Chat

Surely that would help?

Local Chat

Maybe not, but at least we were speaking the same language now.

Local Chat

It ended quite amicably, then, with Mr. Snow wishing me prosperity, although I do sense a hint of a threat in his parting words to me.

Finding material for this Salt Edition of Vocal Local has been quite difficult, as it seems that most people just do not get upset when I kill their MTUs. Most examples of anger towards me tend to be quite tongue-in-cheek.

Local Chat

Local Chat

I believe it will be many months before I gain enough material for another Salt Edition of Vocal Local. I barely had enough material for this post, perhaps this is a good thing?

One thing I know for certain is that a little salt can definitely add some spice to this game.

Local Chat

Vocal Local 2

Vocal Local 2

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.

So when I saw someone trying, in vain, to talk to someone who had blocked them, I just had to intervene.

PI Tool1 > i haz a sad. tota laz blocked me. and i just wanted to make good on all the butthurt i inflicted and invite him to join me =(
PI Tool1 > i did switch chars and salv his miners and MTUs, after all. but that’s besides the point
PI Tool1 > talk to me man
PI Tool1 > cant block me from local =)
Planetary Genocide > if he blocked you he can’t see what you’re saying though
Planetary Genocide > retard

Some EVE players can be pretty mean, and will call you names for not understanding every mechanic in the game.

Local Chat

As you can see, I didn’t have the full conversation screenshotted.

Local Chat

PI Tool1 > pix: post this pls and i’ll give you 5m: tota, this is totaly not gay and not creepy, unblock me and contact me by yourself, i want to help you out. PI.
Pix Severus > [00:25:33] PI Tool1 > tota, this is totaly not gay and not creepy, unblock me and contact me by yourself, i want to help you out. PI.

After this, my wallet flashed with the addition of 5m ISK, not a bad payment for a little copy and paste work.

Pix Severus > thanks o7 good luck with your endeavors PI
PI Tool1 > pleasure doing business with Pix Severus

There you have it, proof that talking in local can quite literally pay-off.

Next up is a different conversation in local that was sparked due to me docking at a station at the same time as another player, whilst under suspect status.

Local Chat

Notice how I didn’t call him a retard for thinking that being under a suspect timer meant I was hunting him.

Local Chat

A player who isn’t afraid to ask questions will go far in EVE.

Local Chat

One simple question in local resulted in a pleasant chat with fellow players.

Local Chat

It’s nice to know I’m making a difference.

Vocal Local 1

Vocal Local

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, I don’t even need to say a word to get other players talking.

Local Chat

Whilst shooting MTUs you gain suspect status for a period of 15 minutes, also known as “going yellow flashy”, this is indicated by a flashing yellow skull next your name in local.

Local Chat

It would seem that most people instantly become suspicious the moment you go suspect. Also, why do people keep calling me creepy? It’s creeping me out.

Local Chat

Going suspect isn’t the only way you’ll have attention drawn to you when you’re out MTU hunting.

Local Chat

Sometimes honesty will get you nowhere, and simply having a highsec career other than mining and mission running will be enough to scare away the locals.

Local Chat

Local Chat

See what I mean? How about one more for the road?

Local Chat

Sigh.