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Spam or?

Some of the neighbors set up a decloaking bubble of drones around one of their systems gates.  The other gate is to large to do this with.  The drones are in a complete circle that flares out in general range of a ship jumping into the system.

Spam or just intelligent use of game mechanics?  Some have said that it is causing a bit of lag when they are loading into the system.  These types of things are sometimes done to also lag people.  CCP does not like their systems being lagged out by player's dropping objects.  Having jumped through this swarm a couple of times it does make my overview hiccup all over the place.

The question is, "is this a ridiculous number of drones or not?"

Even as I write this, I jumped into it.  I was in an interceptor and the small size of my ship was the only reason I did not decloak.  I was but 2024 meters off the nearest drone and a hurricane was sitting on the gate ready to try to grab me.

However, interceptor for the win.  I was in warp before he did anything.  I will say that I am used to jumping into a system and taking stock of a situation.  With this set up I'd be decloaked before I got my feet under me just due to my natural cautious habits.

An interesting situation.


  1. "I was in an interceptor and the small size of my ship was the only reason I did not decloak."

    Erm, no. When you jump into a system you ALWAYS stay cloaked for 1 minute or when you start moving, no matter how close the nearest object is. The point of the scattered drones around the gate is to prevent RECLOAKING of bombers, covops, reckons, t3s etc.

  2. Another common tactic is to use corpses, as mos people don't have those on their overview.

    It's a good question, though. When does it cross the line from being a good tactic to interfering with the server and should anything be done about it, or is it CCPs responsibility to buff their system? And should CCP be required to infinitely buff? Is all emergent gameplay good for the game, or not?

  3. Last time I checked doing this was considered an exploit. I've reported more than a few of them in my time and ccp is usually quick to remove them.

    1. Actually just checked and guess its only considered an exploit if it causes lag, which that many usually does.

  4. Stupid use of game mechanics, been done so many times over the years with various items.

    Either new people that think they are genius's or old vets bored as hell, either way I would say exploit.


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