Awoxing is the act in EVE where a member of a team turns on his trusting teammates, destroying their ships, alone or in cooperation with other players, who are usually hostile to the original group. There are other forms of hostile actions against teammates, like dropping Sov or stealing from hangars, but they aren’t called awox, that’s reserved for shooting friendly ships.

What was the largest awox in the history of EVE? You probably say “the Revenant gank”, when a dozen Pandemic Legion supercarriers, including a 300B rare ship, the Revenant were destroyed by Black Legion. The commander of the PL fleet was the awoxer. He

  1. formed a fleet under the guise of authority and loyalty
  2. made sure that the fleet composition is completely unable to fight against hostile players. Unsupported supers.
  3. made their fleet believe that they are just on their way for some “easy kills” without real danger, hence the above isn’t a problem
  4. made sure that reds have all means to organize the death trap by giving them every intel and giving them time to form up
  5. dropped fleet and removed standard means of fleet leadership when the trap was activated. The famous quote “more than one [expletive] had a mouth”, referred to the fact that someone could step up and lead, but no one could, despite they were members of probably the best PvP alliance.

While the above is a perfect example of an awox, it’s not the largest in the history of EVE. Maybe the most expensive, but only because a moron used an overpriced toy. The largest awox happened recently, hence the extra Saturday post. Everything happened the same way as above, but this time not a dozen people were lured to a trap but thousands and not by a player, but by CCP employees. They

  1. formed a fleet under the guise of authority and loyalty
  2. made sure that the fleet composition is completely unable to fight against hostile players. Totally random mixture of ships of different size, range, speed, tank type.
  3. made their fleet believe that they are just on their way for some “fun event” without real danger, hence the above isn’t a problem
  4. made sure that reds have all means to organize the death trap by giving them every intel (target system announced in twitter) and giving them time to form up (20 jumps in high TiDi)
  5. dropped fleet and/or refused to give fleet orders after ordering to jump into the trap. Even if someone was more competent than the PL pilots in the first example (unlikely), they couldn’t speak up due to lack of comms.

Now what? Last time a player used the guise of CCP authority to hurt others (by changing the official wiki to list himself as reliable trader, despite he was a scammer), he was permabanned because his actions were making the impression that CCP is helping some players against other players. This time official employees pulled the largest awox of the history of EVE. The result can only be the same: permaban, which means firing for an employee. I’m not sure if they did it because they had alts in the nullsec groups that farmed the kills or just to have a good laugh on the griefed players, but either way, they used their CCP authority to pull the awox. If random Joe would announce a “large Empire fleet”, no one would have joined it. Their official tag allowed them to lure the lambs to the slaughter.

Without firing the awoxers and reimbursing the victims (the victims of the fake-ISD-supercap trader got their supers back), there will be no way to remove the “CCP devs are working for nullsec groups” stigma.

– Gevlon Goblin

His EVE journey show a very interesting “outside the box” approach to the game, PVE and the trade hubs, reason for which we invite you to pay a visit to his blog.

Desclaimer: I had no ships in either fleets, my whole involvement was crossing the fleet’s way in highsec for two jumps. In 10% TiDi. In a freighter. I have exhumer killmails to prove that I was busy elsewhere and I’m not a butthurt carebear whining over his own loss. Those are on the forums en masse. I’m just worried that CCP employees might steal, gank or otherwise damage me or other players using their dev powers if I’m hostile to the groups where their alts are.

141 Comments

  1. Suicide

    most useless article of all time?

    November 11, 2013 at 1:59 am Reply
  2. +1

    +1

    November 11, 2013 at 3:20 am Reply
  3. Lucius Avenus

    I was expecting, I suppose, that some pilot had ripped his exec corp for trillions in isk and gear/ships. Misleading title for this article?

    November 11, 2013 at 3:27 am Reply
    1. Andrew Metzger

      No, thats corp theft. AWOX is killing or causing to be killed people who are blue/purple.

      Which is exactly what CCP did.

      November 11, 2013 at 7:16 am Reply
      1. indy

        Did i misunderstand the term all these years or am I right in accusing you for being cheeky and trying to reinvent and redefine AWOX? :)

        November 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm Reply
        1. Andrew Metzger

          Granted I’ve only been playing EVE for a little over a year, an awoxer is a bluekiller. EVE-O uses that context.

          There is even an urban dictionary entry http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=awoxer

          November 11, 2013 at 7:00 pm Reply
  4. Shadowblade1436

    Was the event poorly planed, Yes. Could they have done it better, Yes. Was CCP stupid to not think “gee we are all going to die as soon as we jump into nullsec”, YES… but it wasn’t AWOXing.

    I agree with another article on this, that said what CCP should have done was have everyone meet at an empty system (no station), Have a CCP controlled Titan show up, Bridge everyone to the target system, then let them fight till there deaths. And they should have had a Real FC for the fleet, we all know there are some real FC’s working at CCP.

    This would have exposed empire players to 1. Super caps, 2. Titan bridging, 3. null sec 4. Mass fleet combat.
    Would they all die still, most likely; but it would have been more fun, and a few of them may have liked what they saw, and looked into joining a null sec corp.

    November 11, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply
  5. Lobal

    Welcome to Eve

    November 11, 2013 at 11:29 am Reply
  6. Aonus_the_blaster_maniac

    HOLY BALLSACKS!! am i reading comments where people are agreeing with Gevlon? hold on.. brb.. i need to see if pigs are flying…. yep.

    November 11, 2013 at 11:35 am Reply
    1. indy

      even a broken clock gets time right twice a day, he seems to be the in-house journalist of a sort so if riverini keeps spaming the site with this guy’s articles eventually he will get something right, this was bound to happen at some point, inevitable :)

      November 11, 2013 at 3:58 pm Reply
  7. Guest

    The best thing about all that is all the ~elite PvPers~ – who normally can’t shut up about how ganking isn’t “real PvP” – given the chance, camp low/null gates and GANK THE LIVING SHIT out of completely clueless carebears jumping through one by one. And then smack talk with the usual truisms – “Welcome to EVE”, “gf”, “HTFU”

    Your hypocrisy is more delicious than any tears.

    November 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm Reply
  8. Hayden

    The high sec bears who thought they would make in unscathed through a war zone, are completely and utterly clueless..

    They all got a hard-on, because CCP like Moses was going to part the waters and lead them to the promise land in curse lol.

    What did most the retards think was going to happen? Most null blocks themselves have a hard time moving around in curse and the entry systems, but the high sec fleets were just going to moonwalk through with no losses and no tidi?

    Or maybe CCP should have OPSEC sent everyone of the participants a private convo with the secret details how to get there.

    They gave two places to form up because eve is huge, live events attract tons of people=tidi,

    They choose null probably bc the last few events have been in high sec, and low. Were those live events for there High sec alliance alts? lmao.

    I forget how god damn retarted some of these cry babies, and tinfoilers like goblin are. Some of you are so pathetic crying to ccp about losing your drake, or atron it sickens me.

    Besides my rant, i really want to know what these players expected? A CCP devhax armada leading the way? maybe disabling all bubbles for the day? How about a CCP titan bridge or cyno straight into the even system?

    Stick to shooting red crosses, mining and salvaging.

    I am in a smaller null corp, and we killed 10x more large null block guys than we did high sec bears, but you dont hear them crying like babies, that’s because they know when you undock its kill or be killed.

    Goblin please please stop… calling for an employee to get fired from their rl job, because peoples space ships got blown up, it’s so sad i don’t even know what to say.

    I have never commented on any of your articles before because i thought that you were just an idiot trying to write controversial pieces to get views… Now i think you may have some serious issues, that or you are the master troll in all of eve.

    November 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm Reply
    1. Andrew Metzger

      How about a real FC? nope.

      Maybe a scout? nope.

      I really don’t think the hi-seccers expectations were that crazy.

      November 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm Reply
      1. Hayden

        WOW, i guess CCP DOLAN and RISE were to busy to scout and FC for you guys.

        No way is EVE about community and player’s coming together to make stuff happen… God forbid out of all those people not one thought “hey we need a few scouts, and FC’s, who is up to the task?”

        My corp had 10 dudes and 3 bubbles on the RMOC gate and killed 200 of you… Instead of bitching, if you had used your brains at all, you could have easily killed us, or aleast run us off.

        Don’t worry, in no time, there will be a PVP button you can turn on and off to make you immune to other players, probably a pause button as well. Keep bitching and bitching and soon enough this game will be just like all the others, then die soon after, because it lost everything that made it unique.

        Until that happens FYI Null=Danger. Null Events= More Danger. EVE= As little GM intervention as possible.

        I fault CCP for not realizing how dumb, and entitled HS players are.

        I really had no problem with HS people until this, thankfully CCP has not yet nerfed suicide ganking, i’m thinking thats how i will be making isk from now on 😛

        November 12, 2013 at 2:43 am Reply
        1. Andrew Metzger

          Next time you run into a neutral fleet go ahead and offer to FC for them.

          The problem wasn’t entitlement, it wasn’t even the d-baggers in null farming stupid easy kills. It was a lack of ORGANIZATION, and since CCP ORGANIZED the rest of the event it was on them to appoint FC’s and scouts.

          Learn the difference between “live in a given sec status” and “blue”

          November 13, 2013 at 1:42 am Reply
    2. Bob the builder

      I think the problem is that you assume that people had any idea it would be pvp and in nullsec. A lot of people assumed it would be some incursion like pve event and so definitely weren’t prepared to face organized null fleets. And to be dragged ages through tidi into a chaotic slaughter was never going to be fun… Most null alliances just got drop so don’t have to worry about dragging people around like that and if they do then they have a proper fleet structure with scouts etc. NPC Titan bridging would have been a great idea – the empires were involved after all. Ccp could have brought a cap ship or too and a decent fc and then at least when everyone gets slaughtered they get to see some big explosions. And all the null dwellers get some shiny kill mails.
      Imagine, 4 staging systems. 4 titan bridges to low near end point. A Ccp capital flagship for each Empire. Some sort of command structure. Have the fleets try to meet up, maybe some do maybe some get smashed on the way. Would feel a bit more like the lore building live event they want.

      November 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply
  9. Surloc

    The real problem with the Live Event was not that everyone died. Some the best pvp fights I’ve been in were ones where we all died. The key was we had a chance or at least thought we did. We went down fighting. The fight lasted a fair bit of time. We reshipped and came back for more.

    In this case it simply wasn’t fun. They moved to the staging system, waited, moved out through horrible TD, then jumped into a gate camp turkey shoot. If CCP had simply gated them into system, and had a massive fight where all the HS folks were slaughtered in a massive fight it would have been fun.

    November 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm Reply
  10. Why Not

    I have an Idea for CCP. How about if the next expansion update makes the station guns malfunction and shoot everybody that undocks. That would be awesome.

    November 11, 2013 at 8:45 pm Reply
    1. eurynome

      already done, there was a day were concord was engaging any player on sight.

      then CCP deactivated concord

      then players took opportunity of it and ended up banned…

      would be hilarious tho

      November 12, 2013 at 10:09 am Reply
  11. Boris From Solar Fleet

    which system do you fly? do you want to join my gang?
    Soon we have renting space in The Spire. For you Goblin we give good price

    November 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm Reply
    1. :)

      Don’t be so sure. You serve us now. Don’t forget.

      November 12, 2013 at 10:40 am Reply
  12. Boom

    I think CCP really likes new players :)

    November 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm Reply
  13. OPSEC Duder

    Goblin…. did you just retell a month old nulsec story as your ‘own’ awoxing article? Shaaaaaame.

    November 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm Reply
  14. BS

    Yes because on CCP events eve mechanics don’t apply… oh wait

    November 12, 2013 at 9:59 am Reply
  15. MIMIMI

    Gevlon Goblin – the spokesman of all morons in eve.

    November 12, 2013 at 10:07 am Reply
    1. Really

      Morons ?…in EVE ? …nahh

      November 12, 2013 at 10:43 am Reply
    2. Guest

      Most of EVE then.

      Vote Gevlon CSM 2014

      November 13, 2013 at 5:13 am Reply
  16. Aaron King

    You’re an idiot. Go play WoW.

    November 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm Reply
  17. Herpa Derp

    HAHA GET OWNED CAREBEARS HAHA

    November 12, 2013 at 8:22 pm Reply
  18. eric loto

    This doesn’t count as awox. A lack of leadership put a fleet through a hostile camp which sustained heavy losses. Fail fleet is not an awox. There was no blue on blue action. If CCP was the camp then maybe… even then ccp isnt blue to anyone. this was people deffending their homes from invasion. That was their space and you trespassed, violaters will be shot on sight.

    November 12, 2013 at 10:22 pm Reply
  19. kees

    another stuppid event wich only 1 or 2 k pilots where able to join… mad ani tried to stream it for everyone but hey was stuck in tidi also… gg ccp… another truely retarded event

    November 13, 2013 at 10:11 am Reply
    1. asdfghjhgfgd

      If Ani was involved I have to agree with you, probably was some level of derp involved.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm Reply

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