Mike glanced at the local channel as the ‘cane was being reloaded.
“Hmmf, still there eh?”
“Sorry, didn’t know I had open comms still. Was looking at our cloaky guest.”
++Wish there was a way to ruin his day. If he is off the main lines and cloaked there is no way we can probe him out and space is just too big to have a chance to accidentally bump into him.++
“I wonder if he is even conscious.”
++I send him questions, now and again but he may just be under fleet orders not to answer.++
“Yeah, but the space safety regs forbid automation to the extreme. What they call ‘bots’ are shut down all the time.” Mike frowned. “Of course that is when they are making isk mining or ratting. But sitting in our systems ought to be considered an advantage as well and we should expect that if they are going to place a ‘morale officer’ here then he should be active in some way.”
++There would be a lot fewer morale officers if that happened.++
“Thing is the separation of an inattentive pilot from a bot.” Mike rubbed his chin. “One that couldn’t be gamed like the old ‘open a convo with the fc’ to delay or distract.”
++Maybe look to see if he has done anything in the past three hours?++
Mike shook his head. “A drinking bird could beat that check, as could a simple bot. Something more like a simple captcha. Maybe a math problem . . . something any thinking pilot could do but would trigger an alarm for Concord. Could force them to dock or be decloaked if they did not answer within a reasonable time along with a syetem wide announcement that it had happened.”
++I would like that.++ Mike could hear the evil glee in the voice.
“I think a lot of people would.”
I understand the need to go afk sometimes. Or having a movie on one screen and the game on another. I also understand having eyes in enemy territory.
10 hours afk cloaking is none of the above.
Not all botting is about isk or minerals. If CCP is going to crack down on afk gaming then this should be on their hit list as well.
few more days to enter for the draw. looks like the drawn ship will be a cynabal thanks to the generosity of several members of the Gallente Hero community.
fly it like you won it