CCP to Officially Address Miner Bumping

Comrades, now is the time to ensure your voice is heard and your liberty of play is preserved. CCP has opened a sticky thread, located here, to discuss the infection of miner bumping in the community. Already, bumpers are entering the thread and using alts to appear as a vocal majority in favor of harassing casual gamers, miners, and PvE players.

Don’t let them do it. Take to the skies, take to the forums, take the chats, spread word to your fellow comrades against the bumping scourge about this thread and ensure YOUR voice drowns out the harassment of the bumpers.

Raise your voice.

Raise the flag.

Stop the highsecution!

For the Proveldtariat o7

The Disciple and The Miner

Bumpers have long touted their “invincibility” to anyone who stands against them. First it was their invincibility to being attacked by weapon systems. Yet despite their “invincibility” as the “protectors” of highsec, they still fit tanks (and poor ones at that).

Now the bumpgeois seek to discredit the ability to dodge their bumpers, claiming “barge’s can’t dodge bumper ships! Resistance is futile!” To that end, I have a story to tell you today about a disciple and a miner.

One day, a brave miner couldn’t take the ramblings of evangelical thugs and their extortionist ways. She called them out on their claims of enforcement.

Miner Rami Meto was not having any disgruntled poorly skilled ganker-turned-bumper alt interrupting her free time, and called out bumpgeois scum Disciple of James315 out on their threat. The miner was brave and resisted any further verbal assault. She prepared herself for resistance. As usual, the bumper thug charged Miner Rami Meto. However, Rami REALLY wasn’t having any of the bumpers crap.

Strike one! Rami used Orbiting to ensure the bumper did not meet their target. She continued to mine in peace. But the disciple wasn’t done yet. The thug turned around and charged once more.

Strike Two! Rami dodged the bumper again as they flew harmlessly off into the void, while Rami’s cycle’s remained undisturbed. Would the bumper try a third time in a foolishly vain attempt to thwart this miners yields and interrupt her free time?

Not a chance! Strike three! You’re out of here Disciple! Rami continued to dodge, and dodge, and dodge. On lookers watched as her yields remained undisturbed and her good times continued.

Rami still showed good sportsman ship by offering the thug a bit of condolence and support for their efforts. She continued to mine in peace as the disciple flew (far) away, dejected, seeking another target.

It would seem failure had a greater affect on the disciple, as they broke their own “code” they swore to uphold and flew off far away, AFK, dejected at their failure. What disciple shuns their own teaching at the sight of failure? So much for solidarity, eh?

But the miner stood fast, steeling herself with her values and belief that she has the right to mine as she chooses, without giving into extortionist thugs, and came out victorious. While the Proveldtariat calls for miners to raise weapons high, not all miners do. They resist in their own way. Unlike the totalitarian regime of bumping owned by the lead thug James 315, the Proveldtariat believes unity is key, and resistance in ANY form, is a victory for all miners, PvE’ers, and casual gamers. We do not tell miners how to resist, we give them the tools to do so. With those tools, they reap the reward of victory and ore, while the bumpers simply reap shame and spite from other players in Eve.

The miner’s resolve kept them mining and their yields flowing, while the disciple failed and flew off into obscurity. Let this miner be a great example to all who would resist! The infection-like bumpers are not invincible in any stretch of the word. Any form of resistance proves that. The variety in forms of resistance compared to the single-mindedness of the bumpgeois is already proving to work against their cause across the cluster.

In the end, what’s better to follow to ensure victory? A united group of peers with the same values and ideals that are willing to fight? Or the disciples of a mad man bent on interrupting someone else’s fun?

COMING SOON. Bumper Dodge!

 

During my time flying through New Eden, I have seen many resistant miners fighting against the bumpers and their extortionist ways. One emerging “game” coming from this is Bumper Dodge! Much like dodge ball, miners are counting out how many times they dodge the bumpers while laughing at their attempts.

So now, with funding and steam within the movement, we are proud to officially sponsor BUMPER DODGE!

While this is a working title and rules will be reviewed, here’s the gist of it. Each week will be a new contest. To enter, simply record your bumper dodging as proof of your effort. Place the recording on a Youtube account and e-mail us the link at proveldtariat@gmail.com. Each week, we will select a winner of Dodge Bumper should they prove the dodged the most bumpers! Each new winner each week will be give 50 MILLION ISK !

The last week at the end of each month will be a Dodge off! While the normal contest will still run for others, previous winners for the month will participate in an escalated competition. Three previous winners will play hard for the right of the title Dodging Hero! The miner who gets the MOST dodges in this event will not only earn the title of Dodging Hero, but win 150 MILLION ISK!!

But that’s not all! Oh hell no, we’re not done yet. Provide screenshots of eve mails or chat screenshots of bumper rage or tears to us for incrementally increasing rewards! Make sure your time stamps are on too~

1 Screen Shot=5 million isk

2 Screen Shots=10 million isk

3 Screen Shots=15 million isk

4 Screen Shots=20 million isk

5 Screenshots (max)=25 million isk

This is a small supplementary contest we’ll be running on the side!

We hope to see many entrants to Dodge Bumper and look forward to many vidoes! If you’d like to donate isk to the contest as a reward payout, please contact us through proveldtariat@gmail.com for more assistance.

A new page on the website will be added as well to highlight more fleshed out rules AND provide a winners board for bragging rights! Keep your eyes peeled for this new and exciting game!

For the Proveldtariat! o7

 

P.S. And, of course, bumpers and pro-bumper miners need not apply. We will ensure thorough review of all entrants for bumpgeois sympathy and promotion before you can be eligible for the contest. 🙂

The Manifesto

It’s been a long time coming, and it will always be growing and learning as a living manifesto, but it’s here. The  Proveldtariat Manifesto  has been posted for the use of the working class of Eve, PvE’er, miner, missioner, and others of the Proveldtariat. Read it comrade. Read it and see the danger now infesting our home and game play. See the danger and raise the flag’s of war.

We’ve had a nice long sleep, haven’t we? But day has dawned. It’s time to wake up, brave Proveldtariat. We have intruders in our homes, and we must show them just how “welcome” they are.

Fly Safe, and Fly True Comrade o7

The “Invincible” Order

It’s interesting to see the Order continue to taut its invincibility due to the word and “righteousness” of their cause. It seems that because of their divine mission, they are impervious and need fear none. Also, according to them, they need not fear, as miners will never fight back, gank back, or act against them because of the assumed above stated reasons.

If that’s the case, I guess these tanks are just for aesthetics, right?

Bumper thug Guybert, despite the bravado of himself and his ilk, seem to hold less faith in the notion of their “good work” and the “fact” that miners would never react to them by ganking, and more faith in walking a walk very different from their talk. Do Shield Extenders and Shield Rigs really have a need on a bumping ship if there is “no risk” of miner retaliation?

New bumper thug Simon Lindsay seems to also have caught onto the bumpgeois’ unspoken rule. Despite not having Tech 2 shield systems, he ended up equipping something. To cover it up his lack of Tech 2 shield systems, the “brave” bumper even placed a cloaking device on his Stabber! Better safe than sorry right?…But…wait? What’s there to be sorry about if miners would never retaliate?

Pilot Zak Fey was another bumper pontificating about his invincibility to all anti-bumping forces…but, when asked a certain question, he seemed to…buckle.

As the saying goes; Welp.

Even Pro-Bumper Miner turned Bumper Audrik Villalona seems to have more faith in tanking against his betrayed comrades’ wrath rather than assume they would simply do nothing. I guess if I not only paid the “order,” but then began bumping my fellow miners, I’d be a bit frightened of retaliation as well. Hell hath no fury like a hundred miners’ scorn.

On can’t help but wonder what other equipment the “order” is packing. You know. Just in case the miners decide to rise against them. Which, you know, they said could never happen….

Fly Safe Comrades o7

Publicity Galore!

The Forums are alive with banter and discussion of the Proveldtariat! Love it or hate it, the movement is in the public eye and opinions are all over the place! Twenty-one pages of discussion and more than 4,000 views. Talk about publicity…

Players came into support the movement and its work. Not everyone is in the fight, but opinion is not just pro-bumper. Many players are happy to see miners taking the initiative and fighting back to protect their game play and their free time!

Even our foes commended the action of the miners and their work! Granted, the credit they displayed was, of course, for themselves. But we all know who’s really to credit for it. That’s right, I’m looking at you. Yes you! With the Skiff!

Brainstorming was evident throughout the thread. sackofdung Sasen provided interesting commentary that warranted further testing for the benefit of all miners affected by the bumper infection. While perhaps a bit of effort to execute, the potential of the idea to work far and its inherent benefit is far from something to be ignored!

Pilot Lin-Young Borovskova popped in to deliver a taste of the bumpers own medicine with an interesting musing. Why do the bumpers assume all miners are botters, or are bot-aspirants? Who are they to assume and pass judgement? Clearly, they have no credibility to do so. But of course they’ll rant, rave, scream, and denounce any speaking out against them as individuals “protecting botters.” I’m sorry, I didn’t know my game play style would hurt your feelings so bad…

Bumpers turned hostile when I attempted to discuss the theoretical actions CCP could implement to curb bumping. He seems to have missed the entire theoretical part of the discussion, as he lashed out. I believe I may have hit a nerve, and for that I’m sorry.  Sad to see such outcry at simple discussion. But what can also be seen are further assumptions as noted before hand.

The bumpers assume that all miners not speaking in local are bots or “bot-aspirants.” They must have forgotten voice comms, private chat, corp chat, alliance chat, player channels, Developer channels, etc, etc…One can’t help but wonder if the bumpers just want someone to talk to them. Maybe they’re lonely? Maybe that’s why all this started?

I suppose that’s a question for another day. Either way, the word is out and the people are talking! Impatient bunch as they are, they demand action now! I say, patience is a virtue, and good things come to those who wait. Keep up the good work miners, casual gamers, PvE’ers, PvP’ers and others supporting the Proveldtariat. We have an audience now! Let’s not disappoint  shall we?

If Just One Resists, It’s All Worth It

I’ll start this post off by saying this; I’m fully aware people are spitting on our name, using chat logs against us, and even threatening us. We’ve received death threats (in game and out), gank threats, war dec threats, been told we are nothing, we are scum, and we are embarrassing. We’ve been threatened with our past, with our corps, friends, you name it.

But you know what? It’s TOTALLY worth it.

Not counting out of game threats (that neither bumpers OR proveldtariats should EVER use), this action against us is what keeps us going. We hope that with our small actions of resisting, of speaking against some elitists about their actions against more casual Eve players, and of providing miners the tools to resist and resurge, we inspire at least one miner to action.

If even one miner resists, the threats, the slander, and the wars are all worth it.

It seems, though, that a lot more than just one miner is resisting the scam of the bumpers!

While Tolle has been hit hard by the bumpers, a corporation of very industrious miners has worked together to utilize nestling tactics to keep themselves safe. The ice asteroid shown above is surrounded by a number of much larger ice asteroids. The miners positioned themselves in such a way that a bumper trying to hit them would, for the most part, bounce of the invisible walls of the roids, and bounce around like a pin ball away from the miners.

Now I’ve said this once, and I’ll say it again; There is no such thing as a 100% safe way to play.

I know some people wish there were, but Eve isn’t that kind of game. But isn’t that why we play? Casual or not, we’re in Eve because it’s unique. Whether you pew or mine, it’s fun, plain and simple. Just because you decide to play one way, does not mean someone else should get to bully you around. That’s why this movement started. That’s why it continues. Just seeing a group of miners like this work together to allow themselves to play is enough to keep us going.

All around New Eden, casual miners and gamers are stowing their mining lasers, if only for a bit, to grab a gun and join the fight. Ganks, war decs, and a plethora or other resistance is spread across Eve working in so many ways to protect themselves. It’s absolutely amazing to see.

If you have a story of resistance you want to share, send it to us! If you’d like to be Anonymous regarding your actions, that’s perfectly fine too. Send us a screenshot of your work, whatever it is, big or small, and we’ll be happy to share it.

Keep up the fight Proveldtariats. Let them shame us, spit on our name, and shove guns in our faces. We’ll keep on plowing through. Fly Safe and Fly True. o7

New Series! The Miner Bar

I was driving home this weekend and thinking about a friend of mine who bar tends for a small Irish pub in my state. He mixes not only liquors and juices in the traditional way, but liquors and beers in a way I didn’t think possible! Another interesting fact is that he happens to play Eve and very much enjoys mining. So, in his spare time while he mines and chats with corp mates and friends online, he experiments with different drink combinations to taste. He said he’d be happy to forward new recipes and, if there’s enough of them, we’ll be adding a page on it!

If you have any drink or food recipes that have an Eve twist, send them to the Proveldtariat email at proveldtariat@gmail.com to get it posted on here! Who says mining’s boring when you have things like this, eh? Drink up fellow Provelds!

ROUGH MORPHITE

Recipe:

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1 pint of Hard Cider

1 shot Blackberry Currant Liquor (Chambord, Blackberry Schanpps, etc)

1/2 shot Vodka

Just mix and shake, NO ICE. It’s an interesting spin on the Black & Cider recipe. I thought the Vodka would end up…making it just odd, but surprisingly it didn’t! A good sharp taste from a bright red drink. Enjoy!

What Retribution will mean for the Proveldtariat

Post by A.N.U.

On December 4th, 2012, CCP will be releasing EVE Online: Retribution, the 18th expansion to EVE Online. It will include three major changes: a long-needed update to bounties, five new ships and, perhaps most importantly to many players, a new iteration of Crimewatch. But what do these changes mean specifically for the Proveldtariat?

New Ships, New Roles

EVE Online: Retribution will introduce five new ships to EVE’s already-huge collection. This will include four new destroyers (one for each race) and an ORE mining frigate.

Obviously, as miners the ORE frigate is going to have the largest effect on the way we play – and sadly, that might not even be that much. As a frigate, the ‘Dasher’ (not the final name) will be much faster than current mining barges, as well as much lighter and having a considerably smaller cargo hold.

For people who tend to go AFK for a short while and return to the keyboard quickly, this could be perfect. With even the smallest of speed fits, there’s no way that this frigate could be bumped out of range if it was orbiting at 500m. You would, however, need to empty the hold relatively often, so for those who like to leave their ships for an hour or more, this would not be ideal.

How much of a difference does this make? Well, not an awful lot, actually. A speed fit Skiff is already highly impractical for a bumper to bump, and has a much larger ore hold. Using the frigate would be a great way to mock the bumpgeois, but sadly it won’t achieve much more than that that the Skiff can’t already do.

Bounty Hunting

In general, a miner can be expected to have more ISK available than a miner bumper (unless, of course, the bumper is James 315 himself, who is stupidly rich from his ‘shares’ scam). This suggests that if miner bumpers and miners had an equal motivation to place bounties on each other, the miner bumpers would end up with greater bounties.

In reality, miners are going to have a greater motivation to place bounties. Miner bumpers already get their amusement from bumping defenseless miners, and so are less likely to place bounties on miners. There are also far more miners than bumpers. This should mean that soon after December to 4th, many miner bumpers will have significant bounties on their heads, while the percentage of miners that have bounties is much smaller.

However, a prospective bounty hunter would, in general, be more likely to target a miner than a bumper, because miners are easier targets – bumping ships are fast and often field a shield fit, while mining ships are slow and wield mining lasers. This means that, overall, miners and miner bumpers will each suffer similar amounts from bounty hunters – bumpers will have larger bounties and therefore get attacked for longer, but miners will be juicier targets.

In conclusion, then, the bounty changes are unlikely to change the balance in the conflict between miners and bumpers, but will likely cost both sides money.

Crimewatch

Crimewatch 2.0 should, in general, make Hisec a safer place for mining. While it won’t affect bumping at all, it will make it so that any successful ganker can be made a free target for anyone who wishes to purchase the kill right. Obviously, this will dissuade many gankers from having go at miners, especially since kill rights are now awarded on aggression rather than an actual kill.

The other side of the coin is that it will become similarly harder for a miner to effectively gank a bumper – it would allow a kill right on the miner’s ship at any time, and that would be a huge inconvenience. However, since the number of miners ganked in a day is, as a rule, larger than the number of bumpers ganked in a day, this should have a greater positive effect on us than it does on bumpers.

Apologies and Update! Bumper Tracker now Live!

Greetings Comrade o7

I first would like to apologize for my lack of updates yesterday. It was my turn to post, but the election had me a bit preoccupied! But now it’s back to business as usual; fighting the Bumpers and giving the Miners the tools to fight them!

As you may have noticed, there is now a new page on the left hand side. I’m happy to announce the new Bumper Tracker is live and will be updated as information is provided to us! For now, there are limitations as to what we can provide in terms of intel, but the more you help us, the more we can help the Proveldtariat safeguard the game play we are entitled to!

Rise up miners, missioners, high security citizens, and all walks of life of the Proveldtariat! Information is our greatest weapon!

For Liberty of Game!

For Freedom of Choice!

For the casuals, the PvEers, the miners, the missioners, the high sec citizen, and ALL Proveldtariats!

o7