Yellow’s Infinite Shenanigans

In previous posts I have told the story of how I met, and hunted MTUs with, Yellow Parasol, a newcomer to EVE Online who wanted to try out all those cool things he had heard about the game over the years. This post will be my last post to feature Yellow, and will tell you about some of the other things he got up to during his time playing, besides hunting MTUs with me.

Yellow Parasol

Yellow Parasol.

Firstly, however, there is one more story pertaining to an MTU hunt we embarked on together, which I forgot to add to an earlier post, in which Yellow helped me take out an MTU that was surrounded by mission rats.

One evening, whlst hunting MTUs with Yellow, I spotted a lone MTU on D-Scan in Tash-Murkon Prime just as we were leaving the system. If you don’t drop probes in every system, then it pays to spam the Scan button in the D-Scan window whilst moving around the system, as you can spot MTUs between gates/celestials that you wouldn’t have otherwise. Upon landing at the MTU, we were immediately greeted by the sight of a mission-runner in a Rattlesnake fighting a collection of NPC frigates, cruisers and battlecruisers belonging to Sansha’s Nation. The mission-runner quickly recalled his Gecko and warped off, leaving the NPCs to agress us.

Yellow kites NPCs

Never not overheat your guns when engaging an MTU.

By warping in and out, we managed to force a situation where Yellow could kite the NPCs around the mission room, leaving me to freely assault the MTU. Yellow found the ordeal quite exciting, knowing that his little Slasher would be torn apart by the Sansha if he stopped his ship for just a few moments. It wasn’t long, however, until the MTU died, leaving Yellow to pull some extra range on the NPCs before warping to safety.

Kill: SwatDoc (Mobile Tractor Unit)

It will take more than a few Sansha to stop this hunting duo from getting their prey.


Now it’s time to tell you about some of the other things Yellow got up to during his time in EVE, and let me tell you, this guy knew how to get himself into all kinds of trouble.

One evening, Yellow was travelling around some of the starter systems, anchoring mobile depots and small secure containers at gates for the purpose of advertising EVE Radio. Placing containers at gates is how I first met Yellow, so I was pleased that he had taken up the activity himself. Whilst placing one such container, he saw a newbie warp to a nearby asteroid belt in a Reaper, the unusual thing about this particular newbie was that he was under suspect status and could be attacked freely by any pilot. Intrigued, Yellow followed him.

Upon landing in the belt, Yellow immediately caught him with scram and web, and opened a private convo. The newbie that Yellow had caught seemed to find the whole situation rather amusing, and so Yellow decided to offer him a job. He told him that if he was to post his experiences in EVE Online thus far on the official forums, he would be paid 5m ISK and be free to go. The newbie complied.

Official EVE Forums Thread

From the newbie’s story, it became apparent that he was a budding MTU Hunter, and later he even joined Yellow on a little hunt.

kill: SnipexX Tivianne (Mobile Tractor Unit)

If any newbies are reading this, take note, don’t be afraid to take risks, and always share your story with others, this will lead to more fun for you, I guarantee it.


During his time in EVE, Yellow experimented with many different aspects of gameplay. Fancying himself as a CEO, he created his own corporation, Paraganda – Information – Services – Solutions [BI66R] with dreams of creating a corp for newbies, to steer them on a path away from mindless grinding. He also became enthralled with the game’s mechanic for ship bumping, and spent a fair chunk of his time fitting different ships for the purpose of bumping into other player’s ships and sending them hurtling across space.

It was the combination of the above two experiments that resulted in him getting wardecced by the mercenary alliance, Archetype. after he spent a few hours doing nothing but bumping their gate camp in Dodixie. Yellow subsequently managed to get himself wardecced by a whole slew of other corporations using similar methods, something both he and I found quite amusing.

It was bumping alone that got Yellow into some more trouble, this time in the ice fields of Nakugard. After completing his latest creation, a bumping Tornado, Yellow decided to test it out on some miners in the system, causing a lot of drama in the process.

Nakugard Local Chat

Nakugard Local Chat

He managed to get the local miners so riled-up, that one of them even renamed their MTU.

Parasol's Weenus

After spending some time (read: 4 hours) bumping miners, one of them decided he couldn’t take it anymore, and ganked Yellow’s ship.

Kill: yellow parasol (Tornado)

Nakugard Local Chat

One thing was for sure, Yellow made highsec much more entertaining, no matter which system he was in.


During my days with Yellow, I was in the process of writing my MTU Hunting guide, something which took more than a few days to complete. After I had completed the guide, Yellow kindly created a thread on Reddit (a site I seldom used) to publicise it.

Reddit Thread

The thread generated some fun discussions about MTU Hunting, and also resulted in a huge increase of hits to my blog. The thread even had a response to it some time after, in which someone had used the guide to successfully hunt an MTU.

Reddit Thread Response

I’m very thankful to Yellow for creating that thread back then, my blog hits have stayed at a higher average ever since, and it’s nice to know that people are reading it.


There are many other little stories about things that Yellow got up to during his time in EVE, such as his duels live on stream with EVE Radio’s DJ Accy, and the time he was tormenting miners in an asteroid belt and got his Venture ganked by someone in a Caracal. Not to mention the countless times he dragged me into conversations with random strangers, resulting in some hilariously confusing chats. I am also sure he got up to more mischief that he never even shared with me.

One thing I would like to mention is that shortly after meeting Yellow, I became suspicious as to his real identity, due to the fact that he had a very similar writing style, and shared many similar views to an old friend of mine. I questioned him directly regarding this, asking if he was, in fact, the person I had in mind, but he denied it. I decided at that point to just take his word for it, and go with the flow, and you know what? I’m glad I did. True identity or not, the experiences we shared are priceless nonetheless.

That just about wraps-up this little saga, and it is one that I hope might provide some inspiration to highsec players. Who would have thought that the simple action of anchoring a container and giving it a silly name would have led to this much fun? From Yellow’s perspective, the simple act of sending a mail to someone who anchored a container led him to take part in an activity that the majority of highsec pilots have never experienced. In EVE, small actions can make a huge difference, and I encourage you do those small things, always and often.

The Yellow Parasol Saga:
1. Pix Severus was here o/
2. Yellow Parasol is a pretty cool guy
3. Adventures with Yellow Parasol
4. The Magpie
5. Yellow’s Infinite Shenanigans

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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.

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The Dissatisfied Customer

Today we have a special treat, a short story from fellow MTU Hunter, Oylpann Kumamato. Pour yourself a hot drink, put your feet up, and join him on one of his many adventures.


I was heading back to Simela, my happy hunting grounds, after flying through multiple backwater systems with no luck. Tristis is already in Simela in her trusty CovOps and bazinga! One MTU. She locks it in after 2 scans and warps to it at 100km. Two Battlecruisers are running a mission there, a Ferox and a Drake Navy Issue.

Fast Foward 10 jumps and roughly 8 mins later the Battlecruisers have left grid, and left that dangerous deployable out there. I fleet up my dynamic duo and when Oyl gets in system, I warp to Tris who is now orbiting the MTU cloaked at 30km. Oyl makes quick work of the MTU and after the weapons timer, I dock up in a nearby player owned station.

Kill: Selendria Hinonami (Mobile Tractor Unit)

While I’m looking at the Killmail, I notice that Local Chat had an interesting recruitment link.. from the same person whose MTU I just purged, within seconds of her MTU exploding:

Selendria Hinonami Local Chat

Shortly after, I get an Eve Mail from said victim:

Selendria Hinonami Oylpann Kumamato Mail

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I reply back I’m just doing my job!

Selendria Hinonami Oylpann Kumamato Mail

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They respond that they want reimbursement so I offer what I feel is fair compensation:

Selendria Hinonami Oylpann Kumamato Contract

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I also offered some sound advice (for free!) on future purchases:

Selendria Hinonami Oylpann Kumamato Mail

Hope you get as good of a laugh as I did out of it.


I certainly did, thank you for the story Oylpann, and I have no doubt we’ll be seeing more of you in future posts. Stay tuned. Also, if anyone reading this has an MTU story of their own to share, please mail me (Pix Severus) in-game.

Furthermore, we now have a new page on the sidebar, MTU FAQ, which aims to answer those questions most commonly received about MTUs and hunting them, check it out.

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