The Proposition

im here on behalf on goonswarm and would be interested to know if you and your small corp would be interested in moving to 0.0 space with us

That was the beginning of a conversation with a complete stranger in EVE Online. He sent me a convo invite and pretty much opened up with that.

Goonswarm? Heady stuff for a noob like me.

I was interested at once because, say what you will about the Goons, they do seem to live an exciting existence in New Eden.

The temptation was great.

I did explain that my corp was so small that I was the only active member, but that did not seem to be an issue for him.

There were, of course, issues for me.

The first was the 150 million ISK up front security deposit, promised to be returned once they were sure I was not a spy.

Money up front is a concept I generally associate with entangled Nigerian assets and contractors who don’t finish the job.

Given that Goon philosophy described elsewhere about winning the game by making the other guy quite, I would not find it far fetched if this was just a way for somebody else to come off 150 million ISK richer at my expense. There are no rules against that sort of griefing in EVE, so woe to the fool who is parted from his money easily.

And then there is me and my own EVE play style which, given some of the feedback I’ve gotten, frustrates the crap out of a few readers.

I tend to plod around, exploring dusty corners of the game, completely ignoring what people often tell me is “the point” of EVE, which is PVP in 0.0 space. But that is the way I end up playing most games.

And there are always more of this little corners to explore in EVE. Just yesterday Van Hemlock posted a guide to exploration and scanning. This has been on my “To do” list for a while. Something new to occupy my hours!

So I am torn on the decision. Continue on my usual path? Try something radically new and potentially be bilked out of some ISK?

To bee or not to bee, that is the question.

11 thoughts on “The Proposition

  1. syncaine

    I would at least look into it. Lets assume its not a scam, joining Goons in 0.0 could be interesting even for a non-PvP player like yourself. 0.0 offers countless marketing opportunities, which in themselves could prove really interesting for you (and good reading for us).

    I would say put away a fallback plan of ships/gear, pack up enough to make the trip worthwhile, and see what happens. Worst case, you lose what you bring out to 0.0 and return to Empire with a good story.

    Plus with the size of Goonswarm, I doubt they would really mind/notice one noob flying around randomly. It’s kinda what they do anyway. I doubt you would get any ‘you must join the fleet now!’ messages, like big raiding guilds do with raid demands from their members.


  2. Jon

    They’re still trying that scam are they? It’s a quick way to be 150mill poorer and get a quick clone jump back to empire.


  3. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Now Jon here has tapped into my inner suspicion and distrustful nature to reveal the true purpose of this post: To see if somebody will come along and say “Oh, that scam.”

    The explanation given to me about spies did not ring true for me, as I am pretty sure any spying operation would be willing to sacrifice 150 million ISK.


  4. Swift Voyager

    Don’t take the offer, but don’t feel bad for being tempted. The 283 man alliance I’m in was given a similar proposition but the amount was billions rather than hundreds of millions. Certain members of the leadership actually talked about it.

    Goons would certainly have gotten their LOLZ then.


  5. Eric

    You can always join my corp with one of your alts, if you want to explore a bit of 0.0, no need to pay millions up front :).


  6. Loredena

    Sounds rather scamish to me, but I don’t play EVE, so take my opinion with a grain or two of salt.

    If you really want to visit 0.0, I’d suggest finding some people you know willing to corp-invite an alt.


  7. Alan

    Only way you can get into goons is with a 3+ month sa account or to be sponsored by a 3+ month sa account in good standing in goonswarm. Skam.


  8. Wedge (Kusabit ingame)

    I currently live in Wicked Creek, goons own the space just south of me and have some really rich mining areas as well as exploration spots and ratting spots too. It would be hard to turn that kinda thing down.


  9. yunk

    I wouldn’t look into it for even a second. Remember their motto, “you’re playing (insert game), but we’re playing Something Awful”
    Everything they do is a scam, it’s what they live for. Not even the gold/ISK/whatever, just to scam for the sake of it.


  10. Ska

    It’s a goon Scam. Don’t even think twice about it. Drop me a line if you want to play around in 0.0 for a bit.


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