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I want to talk about a different Rubicon. . .

There is a river in Italy called the Rubicon from which we get the name for among other things, the upcoming EVE expansion, a couple dozen corporate and rock band names, and believe it or not, a variety of lettuce. That river used to be pretty important. It marked the legal boundary between Gaul and Italy proper. Roman law said an army-leading general in the Roman Republic could not cross with his army. To do so was to forfeit your head.

In 49 BC, Julius Caesar got fed up with the actions of the Senate and his political enemy Pompey. He crossed that river with one of his Legions. Upon crossing that river he said “alea iacta est,” which translates to “the die is cast.” Caesar rolled the dice and, win or loose, there was no turning back for him.

On Wednesday this week, another man reached a point of no return and cast his dice. DNSBLACK, in protest of the continuing violations of the EULA and Terms of Service by SOMERblink, announced that he was raffling his character by that name in the exact manner in which SOMERblink has been accused RMTing. The announcement on the EVE-O forums, in the bouillabaisse that is General Discussion, was quickly locked by moderators. Upon further reflection the thread was unlocked but moved under the section of “In-Game Events and Gatherings” in what can only be an attempt to bury it in total obscurity so as to avoid further attention.

While Ceasar was a hero of the Roman people for being the first to bridge the Rein and thereby loot, kill, and plunder all the way up to Britain, DNSBLACK has been mostly EVE famous for bridging cloaky ships through Black Ops battleships and hot dropping anyone and every one for the past 7 years. I say mostly because among other things, the happy go lucky, hard partying, former Marine Non-com, is often recognized for outlandish headgear and being, I believe, the only person to consume an entire six pack on stage at an Alliance Panel. In reality, outside of the party atmosphere of Reykjavik during Fanfest, DNSBLACK is a knowledgeable and insightful man. Don’t let the Fanfest act fool you, the man actually possesses a Bachelors in Science from Ferris State University located in Michigan. This is despite being an avid Buckeyes fan. In addition to exercising real life leadership as a coach in youth, high school, and collegiate athletics, DNSBLACK serves in three positions within his Labor Union, (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). He is a Shop Steward, Contract Negotiator, and elected officer within his Local 1609. As such he has participated in numerous grievance disputes and multiple contract negotiations between Labor and Management. Despite a keenly honed ability to parse legalese, DNSBLACK himself will tell you that creating the written word is not his forte. In person however, his spoken word is a engaging and motivating. He is a man whose knowledge of and passion for EVE Online is apparent within the first ten seconds when he speaks about anything EVE related.

Playing Octavius to DNSBLACK’s Caesar, is Argus Sorn, who while not as widely “EVE Famous,” is a widely respected member in the community and is know for his insight and intelligence. Argus, an emergency medicine doctor by trade, has written a number of eloquent posts on the forums.

Other EVE notables who openly support DNSBLACK’s position on SOMER’s legitimized RMT, include Two Step, Shai ‘Hulud, and (oddly enough and despite, some would say, the whole smoking Jagerbomb thing) a number of well known Goons. Even mystery forum alt Frying Doom, who vehemently opposed corp-mate Trebor Daehdoow’s re-election, has gotten behind DNSBLACK’s message.

For DNSBLACK, this is not about Ishukone Scorpions any more, nor about the fairness in which give aways are administered, but about allowing an in game organization to make a real world profit utilizing in game items. It is about an in game entity and third-party for-profit website destroying the very concept of the sandbox that Hilmar himself so brilliantly described in his keynotes this last Fanfest.

Despite the seemingly annual gaffs and blunders by CCP, DNSBLACK or what ever he will be known by now if his characters transfer goes through, maintains a positive view of the future for CCP. Rather, DNSBLACK believes in the people at CCP. DNSBLACK believes in the unique nature of not only CCP’s product, but their people. This is tempered by the realization that CCP and it’s employees must differentiate between CCP the company and their creative process and EVE Online. EVE Online is more than just CCP the company or a product to him, but the living breathing world created by both developers and the players themselves.

If CCP cannot teach it’s own employees what conflict of interest is, follow their own EULA, or put equitable policies in place to avoid blatant favoritism towards individual in-game entities, then perhaps I need to talk to DNSBLACK about raffling my characters as well. Now is not a for time politicking or politicians but of action and leadership. DNSBLACK has show real life leadership that I for one, and many others here by their comments in to past opinion pieces, would like to see on the CSM. I hope that with DNSBLACK’s leadership the community can show solidarity and convince CCP to negotiate an equitable outcome to this problem of in game interests being unfairly influenced by out of game money. Perhaps, with such representation on the CSM, we could be talking about the upcoming expansion Rubicon, instead of crossing one.

– Lieutenant of Barad-dur

40 Comments

  1. bob

    blah blah blah, Who cares, another emo warrior stroking his ego and leaving. Don’t let the door hit you on the arse o the way out.

    October 21, 2013 at 10:50 am Reply
    1. troll

      Somer, is that you?

      October 21, 2013 at 1:52 pm Reply
    2. blob

      You exactly that small.

      October 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply
  2. Kinis Deren

    One can’t help but wonder if this is all a meta game orchestrated attack on SOMER and DNSBLACK is the antagonist’s willing fall guy. What will be the reason for attacking SOMER next week?

    October 21, 2013 at 11:16 am Reply
    1. 2.4

      It’s all in the meta!

      People are upset, knowing a few SOMER guys myself, they’re poor IRL. Compared to the unemployed leader of the Goons.

      October 21, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply
      1. GrouchyOldGamer

        Holy shit, three posts in and the Goons are mentioned. I need to check, but I think you’ve got the records.

        October 21, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply
        1. Dirty Rotten Sneaky Bastard

          Nah, they have led off with the story title before.

          October 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm Reply
        2. sadleric

          GOONS.

          October 22, 2013 at 3:32 am Reply
    2. daniL

      “meta game orchestrated attack on SOMER” LOL
      WHY?!! will anyone want to attack somer ?

      Who is somer, what are they doing?

      They are just some very well organized RMT operation. 1st people to notice that started copying them… When it became widely known, because some honest people found the words to explain it to the masses, they suddenly became a victim of a meta game ??? WTF…

      October 22, 2013 at 10:39 am Reply
  3. GrouchyOldGamer

    The thing I like about Black is he is honest and sincere. Anyone who has spent any time with the man will tell you that. He isn’t doing this with some secret agenda, he’s doing it simply because he believes it.

    Good on him, he’s a nice guy and eve would be poorer without him.

    October 21, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply
    1. Bob from FA

      Black really doesnt know what he is talking about.

      October 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm Reply
      1. Mr FixIT

        Go home you dum goon puppet troll

        October 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm Reply
        1. WatermelonChickenJesus

          you are pretty dense eh ?

          October 22, 2013 at 11:40 am Reply
    2. Cloora

      While some of my alts had POCOs in low sec space, DNS kept putting them in RF over and over again, sometimes he would show to kill them and I would drive him off, other times he wouldn’t show, but the RF timers were getting annoying and I was wearing thin on my patience.

      He offered to buy them form me at cost. I accepted if I could get a good tax rate. To avoid a scam, I wanted to use a 3rd party to transfer the 10 POCOs. He said it wasn’t worth it. So I said we would do each POCO and then payment so the amount anyone could get scammed would be one POCO and that would be minimal.

      DNSBlack said I have to transfer all of them at the same time and then he will pay me. It seemed like a scam to me. He said it was a trust thing and he wanted me to trust him. I figured what the hell why not. So I transferred them and he paid me the full amount.

      October 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm Reply
  4. Sieveboy

    One of the best articles on this website and this issue I have seen in a long time.

    October 21, 2013 at 1:21 pm Reply
  5. Provi Miner

    I will say it seeing as how everyone keeps avoiding the inequity of the situation: CCP gave valuable in game items to people who get paid in game to do a job. In other words (CCP rewarded paid people to provide in game content). Where as people like myself and vast majority of the eve community “pay” to provide content in game. See the difference? The rewarded Group gets PAID for content. the un-rewarded people PAY for content. Now don’t think this is anything other then what it is, I am simply saying why would you reward people who are already getting paid to provide content and not reward those who pay to provide content.

    October 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm Reply
    1. CCPYitzak

      The single reason for rewarding Somer emploayees, by allmighty CCP, is if actually Sumer is CCP, and does a well done job of scooping isk outta game. Why reward small Sumer guys? Because noone would ever play a lottery in this game if they find out that CCP uses such methods, and some of them might know a bit too much for real Sumer owners health. Also, doing it might get them in a bit of conflict with the law, even in Iceland, because of black RL “isk”. As i said it also before, it’s not a single moment about Sumer or the ideea of Sumer Lottery. It’s just about the ideea of who’s behind it. May it be official or not.
      Actually CCP being Summer would explain the whole picture, and the reaction of pro-Sumer involved, inclusive some …strange Sumer defenders like CSM members, and so on.

      October 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply
      1. Checker

        If you could spell “SOMER” one way through your entire post, it’d be far more convincing.

        October 21, 2013 at 3:08 pm Reply
        1. CCPYitzak

          I don’t try to convince noone. People want and need a palpable in-game person to direct their anger to. This pretty hides all most probable variants anyway.

          October 21, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply
          1. Really.....

            It also makes your statement almost impossible to read or understand. There is a difference between having bad English (or English not being your primary language) and blatantly not caring about what your typing.

            If you don’t care enough to make a comprehensible post, then please don’t.

            October 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm
          2. CCPYitzak

            Still i’m afraid you understood it pretty well. Really…

            October 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm
          3. EnglishMFLearnIt

            Learn to English! You don’t make any sense, and with that type of language structure i can tell you aren’t a CCP employee. My head hurts trying to read anything you say, and no, we didn’t understand what you said. Its why were saying what we are saying.

            October 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm
          4. Dirty Rotten Sneaky Bastard

            “Learn to English”?!?

            Perhaps take your own advice?
            Seriously, all you accomplished there, was to make your self look like a window licker.

            October 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm
          5. CCPYitzak

            I am in FA and we mostly American and can say whatever the helll want. You learn to english you fool!

            October 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm
  6. Jaime Gomes

    Uhm i enjoyed reading this. Good article.

    October 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm Reply
  7. Cashin Out

    Ive been lookin for a way to get some of my money back from ten years of playing this terrible game that rewards the lazy and punishes the willing. Now i know just what to do to make it happen.

    October 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm Reply
  8. GFY

    Really, wtf did I just read. Is this a bio on DNSBLACK? Should we all break out our kneepads, and start blowing someone for getting upset at CCP? Isnt this Somer crap old news by now?

    Build a bridge, and get the f over it. Biomass yourselves, sell your char’s, no one gives a damn, the game will go on.

    October 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm Reply
  9. nomore

    Nah hes right, youre the window licker.

    October 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm Reply
  10. Muul Udonii

    The one thing I don’t know after reading this article, is what is DNSBLACK annoyed about, and what is he doing?

    Yes, I know I could follow links and figure it out, but seriously can’t you just tell me?

    October 21, 2013 at 9:38 pm Reply
    1. Bob from FA

      Black is basically saying all EvE players should improve and join FA.

      October 21, 2013 at 9:56 pm Reply
  11. abc123

    This sounds like a Opening statement justifying DNSBLACK or what ever his new ALT will be for CSM!!!!
    .
    Lieutenant of Bardad-dur – Nice Blow Job – I know DNSBLACK is feeling good now. Just don’t forget to wipe before you post again.

    October 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm Reply
  12. JIeoH Mocc

    WHO THE FUCK CARES?

    October 22, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply
  13. WatermelonChickenJesus

    k.

    October 22, 2013 at 7:46 am Reply
  14. Fade

    Got a cheap Ishukone Scorpion from this storm-in-a-teacup, for the collection. Thanks, white knights. No-one really cares, and EVE will go on*.

    >Comparing an EVE pleb to Julius Caesar
    >wat

    *But “CCP” Mintchip’s eyes are still too far apart.

    October 22, 2013 at 8:05 am Reply
    1. daniL

      continue to not care and soon you will be the only one playing that game

      October 22, 2013 at 10:29 am Reply
      1. Fade

        And I can finally complete my plans for the blue doughnut. What’s your point? No MMO lasts forever, and people getting community participation gifts from CCP isn’t going to destroy the game. The markets haven’t crashed, Alliances haven’t collapsed. Calm down.

        October 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm Reply
  15. droljica

    Funny part is that ccp retards (aka. known as their senior stuff) are still, even after 10y. confined in limited space of open ideas.

    They don’t realize, and tragedy is – they don’t wanna realize, that EVE had evolved. They re prisoners of their own limited space of ideas, and there is no space for anything else.

    Some employees, with a bit of brain, already left, others are waiting for: “EVE online – Sony Entertainment”

    October 22, 2013 at 8:42 am Reply
  16. Grammar Nazi

    Just being pedantic but please learn to distinguish between “loose” and “lose”.

    Simply put

    Loose = opposite of “tight”
    Lose = opposite of “win”, to experience “loss”

    Just like failed uses of “they’re” it means your sentence doesn’t make sense.

    October 24, 2013 at 9:09 am Reply
  17. It doesn't make sense

    Emergency medical doctors, highly educated union reps, trust-fund-baby Lawyers. Where the fuck to these people get the time to play eve?

    I can’t help but feel that the more charismatic of the greater spotted neck beards, are spinning yarns to make up for the vast soul crashing failure that is thier real lives and the void that eve fills for them.

    October 27, 2013 at 12:54 am Reply
  18. Nobody

    If anyone at CCP reads this I still don’t care about the SOMER thing. Give away whatever you like. In fact, although I don’t do blink as I don’t gamble unless the odds are in my favor, I think it was a cool thing to do.

    October 27, 2013 at 8:24 pm Reply

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