CCP has announced they are looking at the possability of removing Awoxing from EVE Online after the CSM Summer Meeting.
What is Awoxing?
Awoxing was orginally dubbed after a Pilot by the name of Awox decided to join an open enermy corperation to try and exort as much ISK as possible upon failing to do so Awox killed as many of his own “friendly” corps, Awoxing is a form of exorting a corperation by hijacking all known locations of the playerbase by using a secondry charactor to locate them and a main charactor to “hunt” until a randsom is paid up. The term Awoxing is also known as a “safari” by some communities.
Here’s a example of Awoxing;
First a pilot joins a corperation that his coroperation doesn’t like with a new charactor, The new charactor then trains up a basic PVP ship and makes notes on the activities of the current players in the new corp.
The charactor then locates the next mining or incursion operation passing the information onto a group of friends. The group of friends then make there way over to the location of the operations.
Finally the charactor turns up with the new corp, his/her ally corp warps in and surrounds the new corps firing on any targets that escape. You commuicate to your new corp that you are holding them ransom. The new corp then has to either agree to having there ships blown up or alternatively can pay the random holder. The randsom holder will often remain cloaked during the randsom periods hiding and reporting any information that he finds to his allys until the next daily downtime. He/She will not be booted from the corperation as you can only be booted once you have docked in a staiton this leaves the corperation you hijacked in a state where it could be attacked from all sides unless you pay up the randsom.
A detailed version of Awoxing can be found over themittani‘s blog (an excellent blog might i add!)
The future of Awoxing?
Axowing has been going on for a long time, In a recent CSM (Counsil of Stella Management) meeting Awoxing was dicussed. CCP has a keen interest in removing the current dock to be booted ruleset for corperations and has stated that “It is basically an arbitrary quirk of old Eve that never had any real good purpose.” and they believe the changes would affect Red vs. Blue (two famous in-game corps) stating “We have identified that there is one group of people who we will really hurt with this change and that is Red vs Blue. We know this is how people train and have fights but we have dueling and things like that. But, we are fully aware that this will hurt Red vs Blue a bit.”
Many individuals in the EVE Community believe that Axowing is a mechanic that allows them to have smaller PvP battles and test new fits agiast potential PvP threats. DJ Funky Bacon (a member of the CSM) has stated he is unhappy with the changes. Others have believed that this could be the end of new small PvP Styles. CCP has stated that they would rather have duels take affect over Awoxing as they feel this damages the player experience.
A sandbox with constraints
EVE Online is a sandbox MMORPG, CCP’s main goal is to provide an enviroment with no real objective. The players have to figure out how to make money, Awoxing was one of the creative ways players where making lots of money by using the sandbox enviroment provided by the developers, CCP has now decided that Awoxing may be a step too far when it comes to sandboxes and they are looking at finding ways to develop other mechnics such as dueling to make Awoxing a thing of the past. some of the CSM Reps are certainly not happy with the news.
This has caused outcry in the PVP community with some going as far as stating this could be the end of EVE Online speculating that the main reason the changes have evolved are due to CCP wanting to get more people into the game.
James 315 (From MinerBumping/TheCode) discusses his views on the CSM announcement for Awoxing.
DJ Funky Bacon discusses his views as a CSM on Awoxing.