CODE. Victim Gives Clinic on How Not to Fly a Jump Freighter


Header art by Empanada.

Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, the 19th Century Prussian military strategist, said that “no plan survives first contact with the enemy.”

Here in New Eden, anyone who has dipped a toe in PvP knows that to be true. The enemy will nearly always do something unexpected. When they do, it usually means you have to adjust and accommodate for the added challenge they throw at you.

For New Eden’s resident professional hi-sec gankers in CODE., on 23 June it meant the opposite: A well-heeled victim who, instead of falling into their thoroughly-planned trap, made so many mistakes that the trap wasn’t even necessary to relieve their target of just under a third of a trillion (with a “T”) ISK.

INN got in touch with the CEO of CODE.’s Gate Tax Collection Agency, Australian Excellence, for more on the story of this colossal killmail.

CODE.’s intended victim was Raya Charles, flying a Nomad Jump Freighter with NPC Corp Perkone.

“We had spies in his alliance telling us he was coming,” Australian Excellence said. “We had a rough idea when.”

“When we actually saw him,” he continued, “we got the fleet in position to follow him wherever he went.”

“The fleet,” in this case, included an entire army (or should I say, “Space Force“) of alts associated with the Jason Kusion “Failganking” twitch stream. Sadly, there’s no video of the gank. According to Australian Excellence, “Live streaming JF ganking is a bad idea. JF pilots are real jumpy and paranoid, with an instant teleport button they can use at any time they are spooked. Streaming would make it that much harder to kill them.”

Additionally, he continued, “We don’t want to show our strategies, and don’t want more thieves, antigankers, etc.” to get involved. “Even if they’re trash, it’s still annoying.”

So CODE. had their plan. But as von Moltke predicted, it failed to survive first contact with the enemy. That’s because, according to Australian Excellence, “All of that wasn’t needed, as he just autopiloted through without any escort into Jita.”

“We thought he would be real sneaky and try to avoid us,” he continued, “Surprisingly he was on autopilot and AFK.”

In short, the victim was piloting a ship and cargo worth more than a Keepstar (including the four irreplaceable Faction Fortizars in the cargohold), while AFK, on autopilot, through a regional gate, without scouts or escorts, in The Citadel. This author is attempting to think of anything else our intrepid Nomad pilot might possibly have done more wrong. This author is failing.

“I’d be curious what he was thinking being so reckless,” Australian Excellence concluded.

In an attempt to answer that question, INN reached out to Raya Charles for comment on this article, but as of press time, has not received a response.

For their part, said Australian Excellence, “CODE., being the number one gankers in highsec, would like the public to know that we have been too kind and lenient to the freighters flying around in our sov space. There will be much more destruction than has ever been seen coming in the next few months.”

If CODE.’s redoubled efforts result in any additional content as entertaining (and expensive) as this, INN will no doubt be there to share it with you.

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  • Brbhouseonfire

    CODE. always wins.

    June 27, 2018 at 9:13 AM
    • BuckStrider Brbhouseonfire

      Along with the best in elite PvP

      June 27, 2018 at 12:17 PM
  • DickDastardly

    This entire article is propaganda and fiction.

    Did they have a spy? No
    Did they really have a thoroughly-planned trap? No

    How do they do it then? Scanning alts at a few gates and a few CODE. pilots with multiple accounts to do the ganking. Were 27 people involved or was it more like 4 or 5 people with access to shared accounts? Obviously as the EULA prevents shared accounts I must be wrong but I’m not.

    The ‘value’ of the kill is WAY out too. there are 2 ‘Prometheus’ Fortizar for sale in Jita now (cba to check for the other two) for 40 bill each so the actual value of the kill isn’t 320 bill, it’s less than half that but obviously that’s still a lot. zKillboard is wildly inaccurate for new or rare items. 4x normal Fortizars + a JF would be in the region of 60 bill so it would have been big even if they weren’t faction ones.

    My article would have been much shorter and would have ended with ‘meh’ which coincidentally is the comment all high-sec freighter kills should really get on zkilloard.

    June 27, 2018 at 3:07 PM
  • Holger Pache

    I am curious, the char in question was member of a NPC corp, how do you spy on an NPC corp in alliance? Which alliance? Inquiring minds want to know.
    I also doubt that the dude openly announced in NPC corp chat, guys I am going to sell a bunch of faction Fortizars in Jita. As always when CODE is involved there is a lot of bullshit being told. Fact of the matter is most likely that CODE did what they always do, cargo scan a few systems out from Jita while having sufficient firepower on standby to execute the gank once in system, especially when the victim is auto-piloting.

    Instead of telling:” Yeah we saw a moron auto piloting a Nomad with a pretty juicy haul in his belly and punished him for his folly CODE style!”, you of course had to invent a bullshit story around it to make it look planned.

    June 28, 2018 at 9:40 AM
    • Rhivre Holger Pache

      The alliance is Tri. It is almost as if people can have alts in corporations and alliances that are unrelated to their main, especially for things where their alliance might have, for example, wardecs in HS.

      June 28, 2018 at 3:03 PM