'EVE Online' Player Spends Years Hoarding Content, Loses It In Seconds
Imagine spending nearly 16 years collecting and hoarding hundreds of blueprints in EVE Online - some of them rare and expensive - and then deciding to haul all of it across space, together, on the same ship. Then imagine what happens when that ship - along with all of its contents - is destroyed.
This is exactly what happened to EVE Online player, Lactose Intolerant (not their real name, we think?), when he lost upwards of 150 billion ISK (that's EVE's in-game currency) worth of blueprints. In real-money terms, that's around $5,000 - an eye-watering amount to spend in or on any game. And, as PC Gamer points out, that might be a conservative figure. You can take a look at the kill report here, which lists all the items that were lost as well as their value - and honestly, the list is pretty incredible.
So, what happened? Nobody is really sure. Players often haul cargo between trade ports in EVE Online and it always carries a certain amount of risk. Other players will often patrol these routes in the hope of finding a ship carrying expensive cargo, and then do everything they can to bring it down - even though it's random whether or not the loot on the targeted ship will be dropped or destroyed along with the vessel.
Because of this, players transporting valuable goods often use "highly specialised ships reinforced with mods to make them extremely fast and hard to target". But it seems that this particular player decided to take all of the blueprints he'd collected over the last 16 years and transport them in an Orca, an industrial command ship, which doesn't appear to have had any alterations to help prevent ganking.
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The blueprints in question are used by players to craft in-game items such as weapons, ships or modules. They can vary greatly in value but, judging by the list on the kill report, it seems that there were a lot of really pricey blueprints in his collection. And I'm not sure if it's a comfort to Lactose, or not, that the majority of the blueprints were destroyed along with the Orca. I mean, at least the perpetrators didn't get their hands on them, right?
When the news of the kill spread, players took to EVE Online's subreddit to speculate about what had happened, with some jumping to conclusions that Lactose was a "credit card warrior". But Lactose belonged to an EVE Online corporation called Among Shadows, and the director of that corporation took to Reddit to clear that up, stating that "this pilot has been an off and on Eve lifer since 2004," and "most of the BPO's were just purchased over time through the 16 years he's played".
"Additionally, he's an older gentleman, who can be stubborn and likes to stick to his guns. [...] As a result of this though, he has decided to leave the corporation, and most likely EVE as well. We wish him the best of luck in whatever future endeavors he pursues."
The moral of this story? Don't put all of your blueprints in one bas... err... ship.
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