I see the word “tank” used a quite a bit in the EVE forums, but I am mildly confused about what it really means in terms of the game.
For example, I pulled these phrases from a single thread on the EVE forums:
“I was able to tank”
“this can fit a tank”
“it is a passive tank”
“taking away the need for a big tank”
“chew though its tank”
I know what a “tank” is in the sense of most of the games I have played. The concept of the person who stands up front, keeps aggro, takes damage, and is generally the focal point of a battle is something I learned way back in the early MUD days. (Back in early Sojourn, when you had the best armor class (-100AC), it used to read out as “M1a1 Abrams Tank.”)
In EVE though, “tank” seems to have a different meaning… or set of meanings.
I can spot the passages where it seems to indicate the ability to stand up to damage. The context is usually pretty clear.
But at other times it seems to refer to equipment fitted on a ship. What constitutes a “tank” in that regard? Is it shields? Is it armor? Is it some measure of a combination of equipment?
And then there are the modifiers to the word “tank.” What is a “passive tank?” I see that mentioned often. On the other hand, I do not think I have seen any mention of an “active tank.” Is there such a thing as well?
And what about a “tank” makes it “big?” And if having a big “tank” is important, why don’t I get in-game spam about “tank enlargement?”