Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Curious Case of K Bifstik

Sugar Kyle just did two blog posts about the EVE bounty system (and added a not so subtle hint that I should stop being lazy and post about what happened) so here it is.

It all started about 1 week ago when Patrick Kasper piped up in the R1FTA public channel.



[ 2013.07.08 09:06:52 ] Patrick Kasper > guys
[ 2013.07.08 09:06:56 ] Patrick Kasper > i need some explanation
[ 2013.07.08 09:06:59 ] Patrick Kasper > anyone here?
[ 2013.07.08 09:09:31 ] Naoru Kozan > sup
[ 2013.07.08 09:09:42 ] Patrick Kasper > so a guy asked me to blow up his cyclone
[ 2013.07.08 09:09:57 ] Patrick Kasper > because he wanted to get rid of 5m bounty
[ 2013.07.08 09:10:16 ] Naoru Kozan > go hard (but have backup waiting)
[ 2013.07.08 09:10:17 ] Patrick Kasper > he was dead serious as he didnt shoot back
[ 2013.07.08 09:10:20 ] Patrick Kasper > http://r1der.eve-kill.net/?a=kill_detail&kll_id=18613253
[ 2013.07.08 09:10:25 ] Patrick Kasper > he is already dead
[ 2013.07.08 09:10:29 ] Patrick Kasper > but explain me this
[ 2013.07.08 09:11:20 ] Patrick Kasper > in my book that is more than 25m isk
[ 2013.07.08 09:11:28 ] Naoru Kozan > K Bifstik
[ 2013.07.08 09:11:36 ] Naoru Kozan > just place a 40 mil bounty on him XD
[ 2013.07.08 09:11:51 ] Patrick Kasper > LOL
[ 2013.07.08 09:11:58 ] Patrick Kasper > best thing
[ 2013.07.08 09:12:04 ] Patrick Kasper > ingame the mail is only worth 85m
[ 2013.07.08 09:12:14 ] Patrick Kasper > IF he comes back and lets me kill him again
[ 2013.07.08 09:12:21 ] Patrick Kasper > i'll give you half the loot
[ 2013.07.08 09:12:48 ] Naoru Kozan > omg he just convoed me


A confused K Bifstik sends me a private convo.

 

[ 2013.07.08 09:12:49 ] K Bifstik > May I ask what this is about?
[ 2013.07.08 09:13:09 ] Naoru Kozan > i think you look like a rather shady character
[ 2013.07.08 09:13:24 ] K Bifstik > And you've seen me where?
[ 2013.07.08 09:13:33 ] Naoru Kozan > saw you in local
[ 2013.07.08 09:13:57 ] Naoru Kozan > didn't like the cut of your jib
[ 2013.07.08 09:14:23 ] K Bifstik > Nautical phrase.  Local where?
[ 2013.07.08 09:14:35 ] Naoru Kozan > oh in the local chat window
[ 2013.07.08 09:15:23 ] K Bifstik > Seems to be a rather capricious use of ISK
[ 2013.07.08 09:15:38 ] Naoru Kozan > kind of
[ 2013.07.08 09:15:47 ] Naoru Kozan > but it did amuse me
[ 2013.07.08 09:16:10 ] K Bifstik > Two can play this game you know
[ 2013.07.08 09:16:26 ] Naoru Kozan > wear the bounty like a badge of pride
[ 2013.07.08 09:17:46 ] K Bifstik > My "hobby" is to help new players get started -- and they won't let me help when I have a bounty.  Your amusement is more important than that?
[ 2013.07.08 09:18:07 ] Naoru Kozan > /emote shrugs
[ 2013.07.08 09:18:16 ] Naoru Kozan > i've given advice to newer players when i have a bounty
[ 2013.07.08 09:18:24 ] Naoru Kozan > didn't make much difference
[ 2013.07.08 09:19:43 ] K Bifstik > Normally I'd offer good luck in parting.  But in this case, it's just thanks for nothing
[ 2013.07.08 09:19:53 ] Naoru Kozan > fly safe


 Meanwhile back in the R1FTA public channel.


[ 2013.07.08 09:18:04 ] Patrick Kasper > i honestly somehow feel sorry for that guy
[ 2013.07.08 09:20:33 ] Naoru Kozan > [09:19:43] K Bifstik > Normally I'd offer good luck in parting.  But in this case, it's just thanks for nothing
[ 2013.07.08 09:20:35 ] Naoru Kozan > awwwwwww
[ 2013.07.08 09:20:50 ] Naoru Kozan > does this make me a bad person?
[ 2013.07.08 09:21:07 ] Patrick Kasper > a bit, yes



I thought that would be the end of this matter....but a few days later I get another private convo from Mr Bifstik.


[ 2013.07.10 09:56:18 ] K Bifstik > good evening.  remember me?
[ 2013.07.10 09:56:24 ] Naoru Kozan > nope
[ 2013.07.10 09:56:33 ] Naoru Kozan > have we met before?
[ 2013.07.10 09:57:30 ] K Bifstik > seems so -- you put  a bounty on me several days ago -- and I could not remember encountering you
[ 2013.07.10 09:58:29 ] Naoru Kozan > ah ok
[ 2013.07.10 09:58:53 ] K Bifstik > and I'm still trying to understand that whole affair
[ 2013.07.10 09:59:12 ] Naoru Kozan > have you seen "Batman Begins"?
[ 2013.07.10 09:59:27 ] K Bifstik > nope
[ 2013.07.10 09:59:38 ] Naoru Kozan > or was that the dark night? sec let me check google
[ 2013.07.10 10:00:08 ] Naoru Kozan > anywho there is a really good line from Alfred in that film
[ 2013.07.10 10:00:12 ] K Bifstik > i understand who the dark knight is
[ 2013.07.10 10:01:04 ] K Bifstik > and the quote is?
[ 2013.07.10 10:01:46 ] Naoru Kozan > Some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
[ 2013.07.10 10:02:29 ] K Bifstik > ok, i understand the concept.  to whom are we referring?
[ 2013.07.10 10:02:53 ] Naoru Kozan > you were wondering why i put a bounty on you
[ 2013.07.10 10:03:02 ] K Bifstik > still am
[ 2013.07.10 10:03:26 ] Naoru Kozan > i did it because it amused me at the time
[ 2013.07.10 10:04:29 ] K Bifstik > see, when you did that you said we had encountered each other during a chat session.  but we had never chatted directly so it means you were present during my public chat with someone else
[ 2013.07.10 10:05:00 ] K Bifstik > and i thik i recall when that might have been
[ 2013.07.10 10:06:17 ] K Bifstik > the really curious thing is that numerous bounties are loaded onto my character at the same time by people whom i do not know or have not directly encountered
[ 2013.07.10 10:06:34 ] K Bifstik > like you
[ 2013.07.10 10:07:01 ] Naoru Kozan > mmmhmmm
[ 2013.07.10 10:07:35 ] K Bifstik > see why i'm so curious?
[ 2013.07.10 10:07:53 ] Naoru Kozan > does it really matter?
[ 2013.07.10 10:08:51 ] K Bifstik > well, yes it does.  implies that someone is affecting my game play for reasons unknown or not understood by me.
[ 2013.07.10 10:09:27 ] K Bifstik > and i think you know who that person is
[ 2013.07.10 10:11:22 ] Naoru Kozan > have another 10 mil bounty <3
[ 2013.07.10 10:12:07 ] K Bifstik > and the game continues
[ 2013.07.10 10:13:48 ] K Bifstik > so here's my game plan.  the bounties now come from people who already have high bounties on them, so they are immune from retaliation
[ 2013.07.10 10:14:30 ] K Bifstik > but you, and a couple others who originally participated, have none or low bounty levels
[ 2013.07.10 10:14:50 ] Naoru Kozan > yeah i lost a few ships last night which wiped out my bounty
[ 2013.07.10 10:15:11 ] K Bifstik > so whenever i get a new bounty, i'll add an equivalent amount to your total and those others
[ 2013.07.10 10:15:47 ] K Bifstik > since, of course, it does not really matter to you
[ 2013.07.10 10:16:30 ] Naoru Kozan > nope
[ 2013.07.10 10:16:37 ] Naoru Kozan > having a bounty does not worry me at all
[ 2013.07.10 10:16:59 ] K Bifstik > the bounty system in this game is really deficient and subject to abuse.  but that's the way it is
[ 2013.07.10 10:18:10 ] Naoru Kozan > ok
[ 2013.07.10 10:18:19 ] K Bifstik > bye
[ 2013.07.10 10:18:24 ] Naoru Kozan > o/


Ok, now this is starting to verge onto EVE stalker territory. Two days later I recieve an eve-mail from El Bifsticko.


Congratulations
From: K Bifstik
Sent: 2013.07.11 17:08
To: Naoru Kozan, 

Even though you state that bounties are no big deal, you have eliminated yours.  But if I get another one I'm going to share it with you until I  find out who is at the bottom of my "infestation"


My reply:


Re: Congratulations
From: Naoru Kozan
Sent: 2013.07.12 01:39
To: K Bifstik, 

/shrugs
Losing ships is a hazard of the trade when you pvp. Since the bounty seems so important to you I put another one on you :)

<3

Fly safe o/


5 days later:

 

Hello Again
From: K Bifstik
Sent: 2013.07.17 03:34
To: Naoru Kozan, 

Everyone who contributed to my new bounty load got the same bounty I did.  You're welcome


Then another private convo:


[06:49:30] Naoru Kozan > o/
[06:49:50] K Bifstik > Please let me know when you're ready for more bounty
[06:50:10] Naoru Kozan > have another 30 mil
[06:50:14] Naoru Kozan > ^^
[06:51:03] K Bifstik > Believe me, you will if I will



"He Mad" doesn't really apply anymore. "He unstable" seems way more accurate. I've also learnt through supa sekret intel channels that a certain Tusker has a deal with K Bifstik to help clear his bounty by blowing up his ship. But this unscrupulous individual has been bountying Mr Bifstik on a neutral alt. Guess there are bad apples in every pirate corp :)
Sugar seemed bemused at how easily I throw ISK away. But those few clicks have provided heaps of entertainment. Sure that 100mil or so could have bought a pile of frigates or cruisers....but you can't attach an ISK value to the random human drama you can provoke in this game with a simple mouse click.




6 comments:

  1. OK checked killboard, seriously I don't think that guy should be giving newbs advice:)

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  2. Wow. I don't think Mr. Bifstek really understands the bounty system... That definitely was isk well spent!

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  3. Haha. I've blown him up. Then put another bounty on him with my alt. For a while, he kept coming into Hevrice and asking in local for someone to explode his ship. So we all put bounties on him only with alts, at random times, so he would keep asking us to blow him up. Either he finally caught on or just gave up.

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    1. He convoed me saying he was quitting eve >_>

      He did put a 200 mil bounty on me as well lol.

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  4. I was curious about this guy's current bounty so loaded him up in game and he was on my watchlist for some reason. No idea why though. Heh.

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