GM Week is back upon us, and it opened up with the traditional Bot Bash in Yulai. I think they get straight to that to grab botters before they realize the even it coming. While there are plenty of other things to do during GM Week, this is always has a good turnout. It is described as:
In this fan-favorite event, Capsuleers discovered using CONCORD-prohibited automated piloting technology will be dragged into Yulai, ship and all, where countless players will be sitting in wait to tear them apart!
So I had to find a character who could go out and take part. Due to other commitments, the only character I had handy was 5 million skill point alt that I rolled up back in 2008 and only just started working with recently. Most of his skill points are in planetary industry, but he had just enough in Caldari ships, and enough un-allocated skill points, that I could get him in a Kestral with decent range so he could get his first kill mails after almost 14 years of hanging around in the station waiting for his turn.
I flew him out to Yulai early and set him up in a wide orbit around the Yulai Graveyard beacon. (You can read about the Yulai Graveyard here.)
Things were warming up even as got there very early. People had started to gather already and fireworks were being thrown about liberally.
I left that to itself and went about my business until the time was almost upon us. I was going to be ready this year, so I set my alt up with a capitals only overview and got ready.
There was an announcement in local. The targets were going to be arriving soon.
CCP Convict was on grid and rolling around in his Polaris Enigma Frigate. Destruction was imminent.
Then the first three targets, three Rorquals, appeared on grid on my overview. It was on!
And then I did a very null sec thing. I shot them right away.
Unfortunately, Yulai is a high sec system, so you’re supposed to wait until the GMs flag the teleported ships as suspects, making them legal to shoot, before opening fire. Honestly, if I had just counted to five I would have been fine. I saw them turn suspect even as my own handle was broadcast across the system as a criminal and CONCORD came to get me.
And then I exploded.
My pod lasted long enough to get on the kill mail for the Rorqual I shot. Or maybe the system was just lagged and I snuck in. But now he is on his first kill mail… and he has his first loss mails as well. He is a capsuleer now.
The event carried on without me. It looks like the haul was those three Rorquals, five supercarriers, and a Titan. Not ships you get to see in high sec every day. Not as big of a haul as last year… one of my baby characters is on two titan kill mails from that… but still decent.
I am a bit bummed about my mistake, but I am sure the event will be back next year. Bots never sleep and they keep coming back.