I was on my own for most of the day so I spent it making some isk and hanging out with new people.
One person is from a help chat I've been on. Nice enough and they got their ass handed to them during the bane of my existence, the Sister's of Eve arc. I wandered down to help in my battle cruiser and my drones ate the rooms for him as if they had something against the NPCs.
He told me I was amazing. I could only laugh and say no, I'm just a few weeks older with some skills focused. Amazing, I am not. I did notice a bunch of newbie traps hanging around the station in Arnon. There were also a lot of people who had anchored canisters with warning messages. Its an interesting place down there. Most newbies are going to be 1-2 weeks into the game so they may or may not have listened and read enough to learn about can flipping and baiting and such.
I did a quick Google search and found this link "My Loot, Your Tears". I linked it and told him to read it and to never give anyone tears. Its the best way to fight back.
We then had a discussion about pirates. Earlier, he had gone on about how he wanted to start an anti-pirate corp and hunt down pirates. I sighed and asked him if he realized that not all pirates were horrible people who got their kicks off of the fact that you can fuck over non-combatant players.
No, he hadn't really thought of that. So we had a bit of a chat about defines a pirate.
I had someone else in that same chat pretty much define pirates as scum. Now, as I sit on my high horse I know that 'pirate' does not exactly mean high morals. I'll admit, I have a dark and nasty side that is surfacing more and more. Yet, some of what I was interested in in Eve would not be accomplished by staying in high sec and living as a carebear. Part of my conversation with the person that I helped was the fact that I have received more random help, advice, time, patience, and explanation from 'pirates' then high sec carebears. I have had high sec carebears attempt to turn me into their mining slave however with vague rewards of how I might one day have a hundred million isk of my own. I have watched more new players get absorbed into mining corps, slipped into a barge and not taught anything else about the game.
That's not the game of Eve I want to play.
The funny part was that I said I spend a lot of time in low sec (and I do) but I did not feel ready for Null or see it on my horizon for a while yet.
While I was being ridiculous in one of our corp chat rooms my CEO tells me to go 'ratting with one of the guys who needed to get his sec status up. He is like "You need to learn how to do it eventually." So I stopped with the silliness and went and got one of my Rupture's and off we went. What I did not expect was that we would go to null sec to do the deed. There was a deep layer of amusement since I had just discussed my not being ready for Null.
I've never jumped into null sec aka 0.0 space. It looks just like everywhere else. Well... its black space and minnie space is red, but its still space. Only the systems no longer have alphabet soup names. Instead they are all letter/number combos. The goal to raising sector status is to find a battleship in an asteroid belt, kill it, and jump to the next system and do the same. Sector status is decided upon the largest NPC killed or something like that. So taking out the one battleship and moving works great.
They are also ridiculous, ridiculously high isk. Some people make their fortunate belt ratting in null and I see how and why. It must numb the brain but the isk hurts its so high. During the time we chased two stabbers around and attempted to either catch them at gates or get them to come after us. At one point, my corp member moans over local "I'm being molested in the last belt by these horrible things" but no bites.
And then we finished and hopped back out. I got to watch some scouting done and in general just learn little things. I'm learning.
And yes, that is the game I live in. Hunted, hunter, scouting, slipping seeking and looking over your shoulder while trying to be the one over someone elses shoulder.
These are reasons why people love Eve.