I have been listening and reading the perpetual debate about cloaky camping and I think the latest Podside episode started to jell the arguments into a more cohesive whole for me. Where you stand on the issue is strongly influenced by where you live . . . and fear.
Let me explain before you toss the table and started writing a scathing rebuttal that set me back thousands in therapy bills. Hisec folks barely understand that there is a problem. Cloak, don’t cloak. The only worry is a ganker setting up a run but that is not a long term issue, just being sneaky. Lowsec folks are used to it, comes with the territory but then they are not so foolish as to rat or do anything else and they often hold no attachment ot a place.
Nullbears. Now these are the people most against cloaky camping. It gets in the way of their safe earning of isk. They have worked hard, organized, gathered to make a home that they can call their own and some dastardly peeking tom is lurking in the bushes, maybe. It is the maybe that I want to come back to in a bit.
Wormholers. Everybody cloaks, so what is the problem., You assume that there is someone else about and you take the risk or appropriate measures to defend yourself. Not having a local channel who knows how many people are here with you? Wormholers have so absorbed the fear and conquered it that they barely understand why this is even considered a problem.
Now each side has issues with why the other security dwellers don’t see it their way. To some cloaky camping is very close to botting in that you can influence another persons game without being at the keyboard. The mere hint of presence means you must be willing to accept the potential for a hotdrop anytime the cloaky person returns to his desk and sees you are ‘ignoring him’. It turns a safe territory into something not so safe with no recourse for the owner. He cannot ask for 24/7 guards and he does not know when or where the drop will come.
I understand it, honestly I do. I have chatted with people who take perverse delight in heading into enemy territory with an alt to cloak up and watch. Intel, and threats, morale breaking and maybe a sweet sweet killmail when you hotdrop somebodies ratting carrier, once they get complacent. The nastiness of cloaky camping, being in local but unfindable is there and the request for a counter is . . . also reasonable.
A lot of Eve is give and take. He has guns? You have a counter, shields and armor. He has warp dive you have scramble or disruption and then he has warp stabs. Give . . . take.
He cloaky camps? You learn to live with it. As one person on the Podside Cast pointed out. If he is afk and cloaked then he is not a threat. He is only an issue if he ‘goes active’. Of course said person was from what part of space kids? That’s right, wormholes. There is not give and take with cloaks unless he screws up royally or is flying in a bomber wing with newbs (been there, seen that).
So there is always a thread calling for a solution . . . .fuel, afk checks, random space debris, something that makes leaving the computer on and you hidden not a possibility. And the wormholers laugh themselves silly. My favourite suggestion by them is ‘close local and start d-scanning’ as if not knowing will make you more comfortable than wondering.
We each choose the region of space we play in. Me, hisec most of the time. With each space comes an understanding of how things work where you are and a vague idea that other people are ‘doing it wrong’ because they have not come to the same realization as you as to where is the best place to be.
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – Yoda imitating Einstein
Different players, different philosophies and differences in how we react to the same situation. To judge how another player who has chosen a lifestyle different than yours on whether he acts the same as you would is . . . well as silly as asking the fish to get down out of the oak. You have your fears and he has his, to each their own.
Where do YOU fall on this issue? and remember to say where you live the most as I truly think each answer is tied to the other.
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