DUST Impacts EVE, but not without Its Issues

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Seems like a pretty obvious bug; the system vulnerability change event only triggers when a PLEX completion changes the VP over the required value, but not when it is already above it. So this isn't likely to be a one-off.
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Hope they fix this, as it stands you can hire Dust mercs to lose a battle, or alternatively hire mercs from teh opposite faction to win a battle and make the I-Hub invulnerable until the war on teh ground shifts in the other direction.
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Someone trusted should start a corp to hold ISK for Dust mercs until it is possible for the funds to be completely transferred. This trusted person should then steal all the ISK.
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thx PyroDante. I heard about what happend in Kamela before, but I did not fully understand what the problem was. Also I didnt care enough to find out myself. Now I have a clue. Thats the spirit of good journalism.
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Looks like an oops on CCP's part.Granted they could have put out a dev blog or at least a thread that explains exactly how mercs affect systems. I know there is a bit of verbiage on the EVE-O forums but it's hardly comprehensive. This isn't a small change or balance that they are introducing and more communication is needed with the player base.If you are unable to give isk to mercs for taking contracts what is the point of the mercs taking a capsuleer contract over taking just a random quick match? That should have been ironed out before mercs could take contracts in my opinion. Sounds a bit cart before the horsey to me.Granted I don't think you'll ever be able to just give isk to mercs since this would cause an imbalance that would be felt immediately in the Dust community. Don't know what they have planned there. I got to play Dust at a friends on the weekend, was pretty decent (not really into FPS's anymore) but I was making like 180K a match. Hmmm how could my EVE wallet be used to help my friends Dust character? Yeah that would be pretty cheesey.
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Sounds to me like Chribba will be expanding his line of services.
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PLEX=Pilot's License Extensionplex= FW complex
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Dust's growing pains are showing. At least this is evidence the system CAN work even if its not ready yet. Dust is supposed to be getting a good sized update this month I think.
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It's stupid crazy having no way to transfer ISK to support your corp. Basically the only way we've been able to get around this is RMT in EVE then supply our DUST corp with the proceeds through PSN.It's too much messing around.
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It *may* have been a touch tongue-in-cheek

Last week the theoretical link between DUST mercs and Faction Warfare seems to have been fully realized. Both Amarr and Minmatar militia “hired” DUST mercs to assist in corporation contracts to fight for districts within Kamela while EVE pilots plexed, counter plexed, and fought for superiority in space.

Reportedly, it was the DUST players who pushed the system into vulnerable (able to be flipped). However, that seemed to not go as well as expected. The system became vulnerable because Minmatar victories lowered the number of victory points (VP)  required to win the system. This apparently caused a problem in the back end of how the system control is run. Although the system appeared vulnerable and plexing seemed to do nothing, as if it were vulnerable, the IHub was not able to be attacked. This caused the fight over Kamela to last longer than expected with the Amarr forces able to rally because the Minmatar were confused about how to make the mechanics work for them.

Eventually the Amarrian-hired mercs turned the tide on the ground and pushed the VPs back up above the threshold. However, this had the unexpected consequence of allowing the Minmatar to plex the system back up and eventually flip the system after several hours of fighting. Either way you look at it, the DUST mercs did have an impact, but it was the inverse of what was expected.

It is interesting to note that, at the time of these events, there was no way of actually contracting the DUST mercs. All negotiations were done through in-game channels with TeamSpeak intermediaries. There was also no way for the EVE players to compensate DUST mercs. One Amarr merc reports that the Amarr promised them ISK when that is possible. It will be interesting to see if this becomes a lasting arrangement, or if this ends up going about how any of us can expect (welcome to EVE, indeed).

There has been no word yet from CCP as to whether the problem was a one-off error, something that might re-occur, or how soon a fix can be expected. However, it was noted that a CCP member came into system while these events unfolded, so we can assume they are aware.

Susan Black, a cornerstone member of the Minmatar, wrote up her own take of the events. While a proper battle report is difficult, as this took place over hours, here is a sample: http://eve-kill.net/?a=kill_related&kll_id=16178892

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I have been playing the game *terribly* for right around two years. After a brief time in null, and longer stay in high, I have now entered into Gallente Faction Warfare and somehow landed a job as director of Aideron Robotics. I am still terrible.