Macro-Menace

In New Eden drugs are illegal, and in most cases detrimental to ones health. This doesn't mean that the production of drugs is not wanted. Many shady characters risk imprisonment to produce and sell drugs within New Eden as there's a clear demand for the supply of narcotics to certain individuals for one reason or another.

The same analogy can be used to argue Macros. Although against the EULA and the spirit of New Eden, there exists a need to use Macros, regardless of the legality or moral standing of such activities. The reasons for their use may be just and plentiful to the user, but I personally do not condone the use of Macros. Although Macros are widespread, they are detrimental to the galaxy’s economy and the need to eliminate them continues to grow as does their apparent demand.

Macro hunting is therefore a noble profession, but as the hunting continues the Macros become wise to the methods of entrapment. Many are so astute that any interruption of their mining cycle or presence of potential aggression, and they’ll retreat back into the safety of a stations docking ring for a pre-determined amount of time allowing for the danger to pass. Personally I’ve killed a score of Macro-menaces; some kills legal in the eyes of local law enforcement and the drops are worth the risks, but it has been a tad since I ‘retired’ a Macro to the viscously-vast-vacuum.

Macro aggravation is becoming much more problematic as they develop further mechanics to protect themselves. This is causing New Eden’s economy to gradually succumb to its influence, and many get rich quick, but I for one will continue to hunt this scourge and make way for the little guy trying to carve out a legitimate living on the rocks.

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16 comments:

Welkyr said...

I commend your work and agree completely.

very honorable!

James said...

This is indeed one of the few times I'll actually go out of my way to perform an act of piracy. In fact, were there to be reports of macro-miners in Primary Alliance space, if nobody else would do anything about it, I would step up and FC a roam to kill them. In the face. With fire.

Anonymous said...

Macros suck...

Smoke said...

Ive popped many macro'ers. It used to be simple to get them to aggress you through can flippage or similar techniques, but not they are wise to those tactics. Sadly most sit in highsec where it gets expensive (in terms of isk and sec status) to aggress them there. If I ever wind up in your neck of the woods Id be glad to fleet up for some macroer poddage!

Anonymous said...

How do you spot a macroer?

Kai'lya said...

It's been a while since I've played EVE, but me and my corp mates would make a regular event of "Macro Miner Bowling Night" back in the day. By utilizing the game's physics you could hurl a battleship at speed into their mining fleet and bump them a good 50km from the nearest asteroid. We aggravated the local macro miners so badly that they moved out of our corp's constellation of space. We had to start bowling in new alleys after that. ;-)

Helicity Boson said...

I think it's no mystery to anyone how I feel about these guys...

However, the notion that it would be up to -players- to deal with EULA violating scum is beyond ridiculous, while I am of course in favour of blowing them up, I strongly believe CCP is not doing enough to stop it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree. It should be CCP's responsibility. However, my sub fees pay for a game, not a police agency. So, I support vigilanteism. There is more of us, than there are people in CCP, and they have other things to worry about, so lets kill the macro miners for them.

Anonymous said...

the question is: how do yo fit a ship (inexpensively) to deal with high sec macros?

Anonymous said...

I admit I do get worried when I see self-righteous people who 'think' they know how to spot a macro user. I know myself and a few corpmates will watch a movie while we mine in highsec, just keeping a casual eye on our ship. We do not jetcan, and there have been times when someone invites me to a conversation where I don't notice it for a while. The overzealous player may mistake this for macroing.
Anyway, if macroing ever goes away and your drake is now selling for 200 mill, don't be dumb enough to wonder what happened to the EVE economy.

Bagehi said...

Mining and ratting are one thing - where there are benefits for the kill. However, I've come into low sec systems that are swarming with shuttles with names like "asdfdfh" running hauling missions. A situation where there is no reason to attack them other than a pure hate of macros. Is there no better solution?

seann said...

I sincerely wish I could find a way to talk you guys into decimating the magnate macro courier population in Heimatar. It drives me nuts, CCP does nothing about it. Agree with all you have said above, besides.

Anonymous said...

have you ever retired a human by mistake?

Justin said...

DEATH TO MACRO MINERS!

Christopher said...

As a miner and industrialist I hate macro miners, but do not get confused between a macro miner and an actual person sitting in front if his or hers computer trying to get the ores in for production and or isk. As much as I hate macro miners I hate pirates and mercs podding me just for the hell of it and say they did it to fight against the macro menace.

Anonymous said...

Let me be clear. Macroing will never stop. It should be legalized, and in that way, it will be rendered useless - if it's not against the rules, huge amounts of people would do it and it wouldn't be worthwhile to do. Think about it people. CCP likes to make it illegal so they can penalize people for not paying them for the isk that you can buy. That's really what it comes down to. I watched an economist talk about how isk sellers and macroing is bad, but he didn't really explain why it's bad, he just explained the difference between the two systems. It means nothing and will continue to mean nothing, because CCP is just out for your money. Sorry, CCP is deliberately hunting down people who buy isk so that they can hit them up with the fine of taking all that bought isk away, and the only way to get it back, is to buy timecards or work like a dog. Enjoy your eve time.