The person whom started the conversation said that he had to make 6 jumps through 0.5 space. He was expecting to be killed. While embracing the fact that you can die anywhere in Eve is a good thing its not a matter of instant death. He was a two week old character going to another system. Someone might shoot him for the Lulz. No one will discount that possibility. It is the probability that is being looked at here. The probability is very, very low. He was not moving anything valuable. He was just moving his stuff.
However, several people told him that death was waiting and to be extremely careful. I chimed in and said that his chances of being killed were low. "But pirates are everywhere there!" And? They also want some value out of their suicide gank. Just a two week old toon is not very tempting.
"They shoot the gateguns and wait around the gates. Then, the response time is so long that they kill you and are gone before Concord arrives," someone announced.
"What? If we could shoot gateguns we'd clear every single one out every day in low sec," I began in my response. Incorrect and overly sensational information is one reason that people develop such a paranoid fear about random things. I was also floored that someone seemed to think that anyone could clear gateguns away in high sec. I'd also accidently shot a station the other day. It was mad at me for quite some time. I went into the fact that you can not even warp away and do a boomarange with concord anymore. You are locked down and waiting for death the moment you select the fact that yes, indeed, you want to attack.
Like any old adage, someone always knows someone who knew someone who knew someone who got ganked randomly. However, most of the time if you dig into any story that has an actual gank you find out more information. Someone was at war. Someone was carrying a ridiculousness expensive cargo. Someone was afk. Someone had a big mouth and enemies. Rarely was it just because someone was excited to blow someone else up.
Just because people like to kill people does not mean that they do it at every opportunity. What many fail to realize is that most people suicide ganking in high sec have a reason to do this. They have already cargo scanned your ship 3 systems back. They know what you are fit with, they know what you are carrying. I'm excluding ganking miners from this topic. That is its own, complete category. In the above discussion, I even said, "Are you moving a barge?"
I remember being terrified the first time I jumped into a 0.5 system. The sec status was a dull yellow. It was a busy system. It felt unsafe. You knew the response time was low. There is the feeling that everyone is going to kill you because you are so new and the game is still so very confusing.
He then threw out that if an itty 5 were to come through.... I stopped the conversation. "We're discussing a 2 week old true noob toon moving stuff, not an itty 5 full of goodies."
"Well it happens."
I stopped arguing. I might be mean to try to strip away his excitement. There is an underlying energy where people may want to be killed by pirates. Then they can say that it happened to them.
Pirates are exciting I guess.
I'm going to finish my soup now.