The Rules. The Code. The Moral Compass. The Conscience.
However you put it, every player in EVE Online adheres to some sort of internal moral code. A lot of the time, one person’s code may clash with another (see ninjas vs missioners etc) but every pilot, regardless of profession, will have at least one thing they abide by, even if it’s simply “Blow shit up all the time”.
So, in a fit of “It’s late, I’m tired, my CSM post isn’t done and I want to write something else for a bit”, here’s the few rules I try to follow when flying internet spaceships.
1. Never fly what I can’t afford to replace twice over. – Pretty simple and a slight variant on one of the “core rules of EVE”. This always gives me a nice ISK buffer in case things go south.
2. Never betray someone you consider a friend. – EVE is full of stories of people dicking each other over. That’s great. I honestly admire that. However, it’s not my style and I choose not to do it. If they betray me, then that’s up to them.
3. Honor 1v1s, ransoms. – This primarily refers to my ninja salvaging and specifically the stealing of mission items. In the very few cases of agreeing to a 1v1, I honor them (though always lost)
4. As soon as the game starts to feel like a job, take a break. – I play EVE for fun. I’ve now played for a little over 6 months (not counting trial accounts) and at least twice I’ve had to take a break due to “burnout”. Fortunately, college now provides a natural break from the game, ensuring as soon as I get home I’m rearing to fly.
5. When in doubt, it’s a trap. – People like setting traps. Gatecamps, stationcamps, bubbles, ninjas and the list goes on. Always consider the possible “trappability” of a situation.
6. When really in doubt, Fire Fucking Everything™ – Self explanatory.
So there we are, a short basic list showing my fundamental rules. There are other, context specific, rules I adhere too, but these are the “all the damn time” ones.
So tell me, what are your rules?