Warned by CCP for Attempting to Cause Lag

I hate it when I come to the attention of the authorities.  Playing TorilMUD around some of the original administrators trained me to try to avoid such attention at all cost.

Yet somehow I managed it in EVE.  I got a warning note from CCP today for a EULA violation.  My first ever in any MMO.

Subject: Creating Lag      2012.07.13 00:54

From: GM Pyro
To: Wilhelm Arcturus

You have been reported for creating lag to gain an advantage. This is a EULA violation and will not be tolerated. Cease all such activity or risk further repercussions.

Of course, in the usual manner of these sorts of things, there is no mention of when or where I might have been deliberately creating lag in order to gain an advantage.  Naturally, one of my pet peeves in life is getting accused of something and not being told what you did.  I replied asking for more detail, but I am pretty sure I won’t get anything further.  I even had to pay the CSPA service charge of 2950 ISK to send the reply.  I am sure somebody thinks that is amusing.

So what did I do?

The only thing I can imagine it might have been was the DBRB fleet in 319-3D, where he had us dock up and undock twice when we expected a fight.  That was certainly a deliberate action which caused lag, since fleet transitions like that cause a spike in TiDi.

Me and my lag causing friends at 319-3D

Unfortunately, we didn’t actually do that to cause lag.  As I mentioned clearly in my post on the subject, we did that to change hardeners based on intel received.  Slowing things down was a side effect, something that impacted us as much as the SoCo fleet hiding in the station.  It gained us no advantage.

So maybe it was something else.  But I do not know what.

I wonder if anybody else in that fleet got a similar message from GM Pyro or if it was just me.

9 thoughts on “Warned by CCP for Attempting to Cause Lag

  1. evehermit

    I find that rather obnoxious to be honest. I’d likely stew on it, read all the EULA, and then make an offical complaint about the threat and total lack of details in the email.


  2. Stabs

    It’s pvp and very much part of the metagame. Asking the fleet to report someone can be pretty effective, if you have a fleet of 200 and they all report an exploit it has more traction than if one person reports it. My guess is that everyone in your fleet was reported by dozens of people.

    I do think it’s worth airing in the wider Eve community with a forum post if you don’t mind braving the official forums. A threadnaught on this would raise GM awareness that they really shouldn’t let themselves get suckered into being tools of war.

    You should also let you corp CEO and FCs know that this happened.

    I’ve seen this before and one of the worst places was a WoW RPPVP server in 2005-6. People would get ganked, decide the other guy was a dick and report their name for violating the RP rules. I’m ashamed to say I did it myself once or twice.

    Definitely one of the more evil ways to screw up another player.


  3. Remi

    This is a pretty standard tactic of a demoralised, camped in adversary.
    They dont have anything else they can do except spin their ship, so they decide to mass petition something out of frustration.

    What pisses me off is CCP always seem to fall for it.


  4. Gaff

    Linking porn in local would make him goon–not knowing what fit to use on a minute by minute basis is secondary.


  5. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Hello – Well, I am in good company then I suppose. Thanks for the note.

    @Stabs – I am not sure I am up to a threadnaught. My public attention needs are pretty well served by posting to an obscure, low traffic blog. Heh.

    But if other people got the same thing, perhaps somebody else will start one.

    I have been wracking my brain to think if there was anything else that might have both caused lag (in a 256 ship Drake fleet, lag follows us where ever we go… I get the traffic control message at every gate) and would gain us advantage.


  6. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Bhagpuss – I think the conga line was only causing rage, not lag, as we never could quite get it strung out right. People were getting mad on voice coms about it.


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