Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk

I’m not the most fanatic mission runner. I have my bouts of the odd day, weekend, week, and very rarely months of grinding missions like a miller would grind corn, but these are usually interspersed with enough time not running missions that I completely forget the strategies for them.

It is surprising that in all this time, despite a great many attempts by probers to kill me when I run missions in low-sec, I’ve never encountered a salvage ninja. Until the other day.

Now, before anyone jumps on the bandwagon and laughs at the carebear, I should say that I fully support the acts of ninja salvaging. Nothing is being exploited, there’s no underhanded out-of-game mechanics or social coercion involved. Its a perfectly legitimate play-style, and if anyone who reads this enjoys those activities; more power to you!

What I can’t really understand is whining about it. By doing that you’ve instantly made it a jolly jape for griefers as well as the happy-go-lucky opportunist.


Don't let this happen to you!

While the opportunist is only likely to hang around for higher value wrecks – such as battleships – the griefer will hang around and be a nuisance for as long as she/he feels whining/tears can be extracted.

Luckily, there are a couple of simple options available to you.

Option 1: Come back later

Typically, these battleships will only be in level 4 and above missions, which have several hours (usually) for bonus completion time.

Come back a while later and complete the mission. Make sure you add the salvage ninja to your contacts with appropriate standing so you can spot them in local easily enough.

Obviously, this isn’t an option for some people with busy lifestyles or hectic jobs, but that’s why we have my persona favourite option…

Option 2: Blow shit up

Ah yes, the sight and smell of smouldering autocannon barrels after unloading enough ammo into your foe to make an action hero cry.

The tools you use to kill those NPCs are perfectly legitimate tools to blow up the remains as well. Those wrecks are owned by you/your corporation, which means you can shoot them. They die nice and easily too.

For extra trololololololl points, wait until they get near them to blow them up. This works best if you’re zoomed out a lot, then you can identify which cluster they are heading for and target ahead of time. Keep doing it until there’s no wrecks left, or they get bored and leave.

Obviously, this option requires some pretty hard-line values: “That isk is mine. If I can’t have it, nobody can.” I can assure you that its a lot more fun than whining on a forum about how some [expletive] stole your hard work.

Whichever option you go for though – even if its just to let them take the salvage – have some dignity and stay quiet in local: don’t give them the lulz.

Comments for this Post

10 thoughts on “Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk”

  1. Suzie
    06th Nov '10 at 11:17 pm

    hehe I have never tried Ninja salvaging even though I can scan down said missions on my toon. I always make the effort anyway of fitting just one salvager on the ship anyway, Call me anal about that but that’s my lulz if I do ever get scanned down

    • 06th Nov '10 at 11:22 pm

      Even if you have a salvager on the mission ship (quite common with marauders), they come in with small, fast little boats to beat you to the salvage. They’ll even nick the one you’re tractoring.

      • Sere Sector
        07th Nov '10 at 1:11 am

        yep^^ the Vigil is our ship of choice 90% of the time

  2. Sere Sector
    07th Nov '10 at 1:08 am

    As a “hard working….” ninja myself & a great fa of your blog, Id have to say that this is a pretty complete (& bear tear free) write up of how to deal with the kind hearts of Eve among us that really just want a clean & safe area in which to fly our boats around without having to worry about smashing into someone else’s post mission mess ~_^

    *side note: sometimes, if everyone involved is polite, striking a bargain works as well, for a certain % of the cut you can stop blowing up wrecks…but this is a trust issue….

    anyway ~_^ love your stories.

    • 07th Nov '10 at 3:43 pm

      I like the idea of striking a bargain, but yah its a trust thing. I reckon the vast majority of these ‘incursions’ (no upcoming expansion-pun intended) are random chancers rather than belonging to organisations that specialise in this sort of thing.

      If I ever spot you around, I’ll try and make a deal. 😉

  3. Gilbert Hamilton
    07th Nov '10 at 11:14 pm

    You could always pay them. Ok, just me. 😉

  4. 13th Nov '10 at 12:27 pm

    “…have some dig­nity and stay quiet in local: don’t give them the lulz” – best advice evah!

    And Option 2 does sound much more satisfying.

  5. 22nd Nov '10 at 6:58 pm

    I have only ever experienced one ninja salvager in my time in EVE. We had a nice little convo that went like this:KD: greetingsNS: o/KD: what brings you into my little deadspace pocket today?NS: just testing out my new scanner probesKD: icWhich was when he started tractor in my wrecks in his cheetah with one tractor and one salvager. My salvaging alt was already en route, and when he landed and started doing 4 at a time, the ninja salvager realized he couldn’t compete and just left. Multiple accounts FTW!

    • 23rd Nov '10 at 11:02 am

      Things will get interesting when there’s the salvage ship out and about, that’s for sure! 🙂

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