Please Note; this history is merely a sum up of the important events in TBE that have lead to make the clan what it is. There is a much larger and happier history to TBE, but that’s far too long to write.
Before TBE was created, The British Legion (TBL) was being co-lead by Ltx_Tinman and 13lack_Gore. When it became increasingly obvious that 13lack Gore wasn’t active within the clan, Tinman decided it was time to leave and create a new clan called “The British Elites.” When he left, he took five members with him: Barf ii, Chakugan, H8ted, Pure C0ober and Nitr021. Tinman and those members collectively made up the leadership of TBE. Finally, on July 3rd 2004 The British Elites was born.
The requirements to join TBE were 75+ combat. TBE quickly started to gain success on RSB and therefore received many applications, all of whom were eager to join a British based clan. As TBE gained more members, they began warring and achieved rank one on RSB. The rank one spot went back and forth between The Black Dragons and TBE; it seemed as if they were the best two friendly clans on RSB at the time. Soon though, some of TBE’s council started to have trouble and had to leave the game. H8ted and Nitro21 were the first to go and were replaced by Uberoverlord and Shiviscool. After another month went by, Barf ii and Tinman found that they couldn’t pay for membership anymore and had to step down from TBE as it was a P2P based clan. It was decided to hand the clan over to Buttons17. On New Year’s Day though, Buttons retired from TBE and handed leadership over to Pure C0ober. He never really wanted to control TBE and left soon after getting the position. After Pure_c0ober left, he gave the position to Spawn_69er. Spawn placed spies in The Black Dragons clan and ruined the friendly relationship the two clans had. On account of Spawn’s actions, he was hacked and therefore quit RuneScape. After Spawn quit, Summersort took over leadership. Unfortunately, he also left TBE after deciding to follow his friends to another clan. The next leader that would take up a shot was Sangy4jen. He tried to merge TBE with “Breakthrough” clan. The leader of Breakthrough was Ishard. They both decided to keep the name “The British Elites,” but they changed up TBE leadership, adding in some of Breakthrough’s leaders.
After awhile, Ltx_Tinman (co-founder/deputy leader) came back to just check up on RS and see if it was any better. He found that TBE was still alive and wanted to try and help keep it going again. Ishard wasn’t happy about Tinman’s wanting to take over. They both argued about who should lead, but Tinman eventually took back TBE as leader. TBE was doing as good as it was before. Unfortunately, Tinman quit RS again and TBE consequently collapsed and closed down.
Towards the beginning of 2005, Zak45, a former member of TBE, decided to try and reform TBE with some friends and ex-clan members. Zak was successful and soon TBE was gaining a lot of momentum on the RSB boards and appeared one of the strongest RSB clans at the time. Their main Allies were The Chilled Out Wargamers (COW), and as both clans were on GMT time, they decided to have a fun FTP Mithril war in preparation for the tougher full out wars that laid ahead. The war itself involved TBE defending the greaters with COW attacking. Even COW gave itself no chance of winning the war. TBE had the numbers, levels, and experience. Sadly poor organization and complacency were TBE’s failure that day. COW destroyed TBE, with one person from COW dying out of approximately fifty people. The entire TBE clan was sent to Lumbridge in shame, which was a big shock for everyone concerned, including COW who couldn’t quite believe what had occurred!
The alliance collapsed shortly afterwards, TBE fell into a lot of in-fighting and Zak45 couldn’t continue as TBE’s leader due to real life issues, so he closed the clan.
Once again another faithful member of TBE decided that such a great clan should not be forgotten and tried to revive it. Magic_frog1 started TBE once again. His first member and friend in real life was Dark wyrm. Magic_frog1 and Dark_wyrm were the main leaders and Liola2 and Junglebiscui were assistant leaders. They made the requirements at 90+ combat. However, due to pressure of school (G.C.S.E’s) and the slow realization that RuneScape was starting to be a bore, Magic_frog decided to leave.
Finally, it came to the point where Junglebiscui had to make a decision either to let TBE die once more or take over and keep it alive. Thankfully, being the legend that he is, he decided to step in and take over. Behind every man’s success is a strong group of helpers. The other council members that were promoted when Jungle got leadership were H2o101 and Goofi.
H20101, who was a long time member, helped with whatever he could and was a big inspiration around the graphics department.
Goofi provided a mature influence for a long time. He was an adviser to the clan, was very helpful and also active.
Upon seeing TBE restarted Zak came back to TBE, he provided a continuous reality check and helped found the new regime at TBE.
Junglebiscu’s promotion to Leader is probably the most important event EVER in TBE’s history as he set about dragging the clan up by the scruff of its neck. On December 4th, 2005, he created this clan forum. For the first few months of his leadership he set about stabilizing TBE and getting a strong council around him so the clan could prosper.
In April 2006, Jungle decided to open up his own channel on IRC. Seeing as Zak_45 was no longer adequately being an administrator of the previous channel (#British), it seemed the right thing to do. The channel Jungle created was #British_Elites.
On June 3, 2006 TBE changed their requirements to 95+ as the clan was growing stronger.
A week later(June 10, 2006), something tragic happened. Darkriotcher and Joosua90 (both council at the time) were forced to leave the clan on a bad note. Joosua90 said he lent his party hat to Darkriotcher and accused Dark of stealing it. Dark however said he didn’t take it. Both of them were very important within the clan and helped significantly in raising the standards. When the occurrence happened though, there were arguments arising within the clan. Some clan members believed Dark stole it, and some believed Dark was innocent. Eventually, the arguing caused both Dark and Joosua to be forced out of the clan. There just wasn’t enough evidence on either side of the argument to prove anything.
A while later Lillefigo died and ended up in Lumbridge where he ran into Joosua_pur3. They had a conversation and there lillefigo learned the truth about Joosua. Joosua told Lille that he had been at duel arena and staked his party hat. If he won, he would have earned a red party hat. He was sure he would win but instead he lost. Joosua was ashamed to admit he had lost his party hat at the duel arena so he made the whole story about Dark stealing it up. After learning the truth about what happened, Dark was reinstated within TBE and today is back into leadership.
On June 27, 2006 The Future Elites (TFE) were created. TFE opened up as TBE’s junior clan with the requirements set at 75+. At first, it seemed as if TFE wasn’t going to be as big of a hit as council thought it would be, but as TFE went on more and more applications started to soar in. With the help of many TBE members, TFE was a success.
Throughout the summer of 2006, TBE’s community soared and seemed like it was the place to be. Leadership included Junglebiscui, Benthereaper, and King_cheung as main leader & H2o101, Doddseyone, Skilban, Murkynight, and Fishin_cook9 as assistant leaders.
A big event in the summer of 2006 was the B0rn war. TBE defeated B0rn on 8/26/2006 to achieve their long term aim, which was to be the number one ranked RSB warring clan.
TBE starting 282 / ending 200.
TBE had always aimed to be the best clan in Runescape and with this wonderful win over a seemingly unbeatable clan the question of “what happens now?” sprung up. Thankfully TBE became part of Runescape community and decided to try and mix it with the “big boys”. This was an important step for TBE as we didn’t want to sit at the top of RSB feeling we were invincible only for a young hungry clan to knock us off.
TBE quickly realized it would have to buckle up and change its ways, which included starting to recruit off Runescape Community forums, giving TBE a pool of higher quality Runescape players, who had the experience and knowledge to push TBE closer to greatness.
Consequently, TBE took measures to try and populate the under-used clan forums. In all, the clan’s general direction centered on stability, including the creation of a mentoring system to vet and train future clan members. Council promoted around 10 members that excelled and gave them the job of training up new members. This system enabled TBE to boot out inactive FA’s before they hit the main membership of the clan.
A vagrants system was also introduced to keep control of clan discipline which for a time seemed to slip as a result of mass recruitment.
On September 6, 2006 Crisbduck of The Death Monkeighs approached TBE for an alliance between the two clans. TBE accepted with no hesitation.
After starting to focus attention on RSC, TBE deservedly attained a low ranking on the Top 50 RAW list, where they started setting about making an impact amongst the premiere Runescape clans. As an initial test they had a war with anarchy (01/10/2006) and were badly mauled, in a short prep PTP war. This was to prove a huge and beneficial wake up call to TBE, which made them realize the importance of spamming, hugging, and organized warfare. A close defeat against the Runescape Elites followed shortly afterwards, but clearly TBE were improving.
Though, TBE made a mistake in concentrating on RSC and taking its eye off the ball as far as RSB went. An up and coming clan called White Dragon Warriors declared a Full Out on us, with TBE choosing to concentrate on Runescape Elites war, we weren’t prepared for WDW. Their superior member list not being given the respect it deserved resulted in a humiliating defeat for TBE. A tremendous break for TBE came though when RSB nulled the war based on a lot of WDW cheating, meaning TBE Kept their RSB #1 rank.
However Mr. Jack the RSC RAW manager allowed the result to stand despite the fact it was an RSB war NOT an RSC one, and gave WDW a position on the RAW list based on the result, though he did admit he needed an extra clan to fill a gap in the list and WDW had warred recently!
TBE felt it had a point to prove and Doddseyeone bravely declared on White Dragon Warriors for a re-match to settle the issue, this was the bravest decision EVER by a TBE War Lord after we got smashed in the first one.
The war took place on the 17th December 2006 with TBE ripping WDW pieces.
TBE Starting 354, Ending 300,
WDW Starting 280, Ending 0.
Immediately after the victory King Chung announced on RSB TBE’s intention to Leave the RSB ranking system and concentrate on RSC. This meant TBE finished 2006 on a high, and looked forward to an exciting 2007!
Before the New Year, a few events took place. Fishin_cook9 left TBE and therefore opened up a place for Assistant leader and events coordinator. Mandy306 was quickly promoted to fill Fishin’s spot. Forest4ever was also promoted to assistant leader to help with the growing member base. Another exciting change made to TBE was the requirements. After winning the WDW war, TBE decided that they should higher their requirements and raise their standards. Therefore, the requirements were changed for 100+ combat on December 29th 2006.
On the 3rd of January 2007, Doddseyeone left the clan to go to Eternal Honour followed closely by Skilban a week later. With two council members and our only warlord leaving, it meant positions were open. AlynDavies took the warlord position and Eleannah and Shacas were both promoted to assistant leaders. Alyndavies pushed to get our RAW rank higher, so he discussed a possible war with many clans. Finally, TBE agreed to war Masters Of Dragons on October 2nd, 2007. TBE performed magnificently, winning easily taking rank 24 off Mod, and finally having a rank that befitted our status as a clan.
TBE Starting 306 / Ending 207
MoD Starting 213 / Ending 0
A big factor that helped TBE pull the win off Mod was the fact that TBE just got Teamspeak. Before the war, council frantically tried to get as many members to download TS as possible. In the end, it seemed to help drastically.
Two months after the war with MOD, Forest4ever and Eleannah both decided to step down as assistant leaders. Apple_tree93 and Windchase7 shortly replaced them though.
Around mid March, several members of the TBE Leadership started pushing for us to move from a community focused clan, to a pking one. After much debate it was felt the majority of the clan wanted to stay a community. Eventually this lead to the clan leader JungleBiscui making an announcement that would change TBE forever. He told members that they would try to make a split, but that TBE was still going to stay community-based.
This period was probably one of the darkest in TBE’s history which eventually led to mass leaving by many of TBE’s members and even council who felt they needed to experience these huge wildly fights that a clan like TBE wasn’t capable of providing. The split was only going to be resolved one way and sadly between the 24-26th of March Leaders Benthereaper and Doddseyeone left for The Titans along with stalwarts like Alexotec, Kwazy349, Skilban, Zodiaracer, Doom126 and many more rank and file members, leaving only Junglebiscui as leader and Darkriotcher, Murkynight, Mandy306, Apple_tree93 and Windchase as assistant leaders. Therefore, the council quickly promoted AlynDavies, and Darkriotcher to Leaders and Minninan as assistant leader.
During all this upheaval TBE had a war with THE Futures, which they barely had a chance to focus on due to all the internal difficulties, thankfully the majority of people who intended to leave the clan came back for one last hurrah. An emotional TBE annihilated TF in a badly needed moral boosting win. TBE faced an uncertain future with so many loyal and important members leaving altogether, those that were left to wonder if the clan would survive the next few weeks, without so many who had built this clan.
As the weeks passed and the discussions about leavings died down, TBE actually recruited more members back from The British Devils due to their own problems. TBE therefore didn’t appear any weaker to the other RSC clans. This gave the new Leaders time to bed in and the clan chance to get used to all the changes.
TBE soon decided that they were getting too many low-level applications and wanted to keep getting stronger so the requirements changed to 105+ on April 9, 2007. Soon after though, on April 24, a new application process was introduced. The application process would now consist of people applying for FA status, receiving a mentor for two weeks and then applying for full member status.
With pk leaders such as Shacas, Whitenightc, and Danc2006 evolving, TBE was starting to get better at the pking side. To help members who excelled in pking and wished to do it more, council came up with the idea of Team Demolition. Team Demolition was TBE’s pking team and was opened on May 12, 2007. Any full member with 110+ combat could apply for team demolition. The team became an overnight success. Team Demolition was able to take down entire clans with much more options than they themselves had. The most noticeable of these were the fights with TSC and K0 who despite the obvious number advantage TD beat with ease. Thanks to the team’s success There was a limit of 40 people, as we didn’t want our community to fade. Therefore, there was a waiting list to join TD. Every now and then even TD had to have an inactive sweep alongside of TBE’s.
On June 9, 2007 The British Elites fought their long term Allies The Death Monkeighs in a full out war. For several weeks TDM had been unable to find anyone to war, their 300 people member list being to intimidating for most clans. TBE approached TDM for a fight having heard of their problems. Luckily there wasn’t any incidents before, during or after the war and it all went well. TBE also TBE managed to pull off a good win despite being outnumbered. This was an especially important moment for the clan as it was the first we won a full out whilst being outnumbered.
TBE Starting: 246 / TBE Ending: 138
TDM Start: 315/ TDM Ending: 0
Soon after the war with TDM, on June 11, 2007 it was decided by council that the IRC channel needed more moderation to it. With this in mind, ‘Moderators’ were made. It was determined that Moderators would receive half-op in the IRC channel and hopefully help keep decency within the channel. The very first moderating team included: Cpjuk2us, Samdimples0, Mcicepit, Goldenboy173, Crawf0, and Dexxa12.
In July, Apple_tree93 decided to step down as assistant leader and warlord. This left open a vacancy and that’s where Lillefigo and Unionjack4 stepped in. Lillefigo took over the rule as assistant leader and Unionjack4 got the position of warlord. Jammy_Jay1 and Unionjack4 successfully got many wars for TBE. Another big event that happened in July was the alliance of TBE and Wilderness Guardians. His_Lordship, a leader of WG approached TBE and asked whether we would be interested in an alliance. We gladly accepted, seeing as they are a similar clan to us community and pking wise.
With another summer bringing TBE tons of members, it required a bigger leadership. Therefore, Shacas was promoted to leader and Magicmatt22 and Matthew2899 were promoted to assistant leaders. Matthew2899’s job was to help out with the relationship between TBE and TFE. He helped coordinate events between the main and junior clan.
On September 16, 2007 TBE fought and defeated NG.
TBE got back on track with a great performance against Northern Gods. TBE’s starting opts were very impressive and took control of the fight with superior organization. This war is especially important to TBE as it was the first which TBE had pulled over 100 people to a war since our RSB days. For months after this war TBE pulled over 100 people to wars constantly. In fact we had more people come to our wars than any other clan on Runescape at this time.
TBE Starting 315 / Ending 162
NG Starting 270 / Ending 0
On October 28, 2007 TBE had a war with Lithuanian forces.
After getting back on track TBE was ready to push its gears up another notch. Our warlords declared on the Lithuanian Forces for rank 8 on the RAW list, TBE was set to finally take its place among the top 10 clans. Little did we realize that as well as getting into the top 10 TBE would pull 375 options, that’s a grand total of 125 people, a mere 8 off the maximum options on Runescape. This war is definitely one of the wars to which TBE’s standards are set against. Not only did we finally break into the top 10 at last but we did in style by breaking our own record for the most people pulled, also being the only clan on Runescape at that time getting over 100 people to wars.
TBE Starting 375 / Ending 180
Lf Starting 220/ Ending 0
In October and November of 2007, Alyndavies and Minninan decided to depart TBE. Windchase7 soon took over as leader whilst Whitenightc and Dexxa12 received assistant leaders. TBE was doing fantastic in the sense of maintaining equilibrium with community and pking sides. This all changed in December 2007 when Jagex decided to take out the wilderness. A lot of TBE members quit due to the lack of interest without pking. Our pking side crumbled, as did many other clans. TBE retaliated though and promoted Fin438 as PK leader to help alongside of Shacas. 3 other assistant pk leaders were promoted as well.
The British Elites’ council had been discussing requirement changes way back in November, but after Jagex ruined the wilderness, council were forced to hold back on the requirement change until 2008.
As time went on, TBE started to grow back in strength and looked forward to being in the top 10 clans. Finally on the 19th of January 2008 it was decided that TBE requirements would raise to 108+ (ftp) combat. Council along with members agreed that to be a top 10 clan, we needed to push forwards with our requirements.
On February 4, 2008 a new system for keeping track of inactive members was introduced. At each event, a screenshot would be taken and then posted in a leaders section. Certain leaders would record who went to what event and then total how many points they got at the end of the month. Community events such as King Black Dragon were 3 points. Pking events were 5 points, Sign up PK’s were 7 points and finally wars were 10 points. At the end of the month, if members didn’t have a total of 25 points, they would either be warned or booted from TBE. An additional decision that was made in February was to go back to 105+ combat. TBE council decided that there was a lack of applications at 108+ and wanted to hopefully build our member list back up into shape. Other events that occurred in February include Sandstormer0 and Bottoms15 being promoted to assistant leaders after Cpjuk2us stepped down and Lillefigo got promoted to full leader.
A project that was long awaited on was finally finished on April 23, 2008, the intro site! Darkriotcher designed a majority of TBE’s intro site along with Mystical_Jin assisting him. The intro site was a huge success, only getting good feedback. The intro site contains many interesting stuff such as information about TBE, videos, a picture gallery, links to the main site & runehead, and lots more. Additionally, Murkynight stepped down from assistant leader and Mystical_Jin took her place as application manager.
In June 2008, TBE went down hill. Many leaders went absent due to trips and personal reasons. Junglebiscui, Lillefigo and Windchase7 were all absent for over a month at the same time. Therefore, before Junglebiscui left he promoted Mandy306 and Magicmatt22 to Leaders & A_Man_eater and Wardle69 as assistant leaders. Even if the clan was introduced to new leaders, some council was inexperienced at leading and most went inactive. When Junglebiscui came back, he was desperately looking for help. He no longer had the will to run the clan since it was looking as if it was falling apart. Luckily, with the help of Mandy306, Murkynight, Lillefigo and a few other members, TBE was able to pull through the drought. Murkynight was promoted back to assistant leader, and later in the summer Windchase7 left TBE due to personal issues.
During the summer of 2008 TBE had one goal in mind and that was to improve our organization. At the start of the summer, it was less than respectable due a lack of PK leaders, luckily a new string of people came through the system and made TBE’s organization good enough to beat clans who were ranked much higher than us. By September we had fought virtually every clan outside the top 7 and beaten a good majority of them. Although TBE started to decline on the RAW list, council and members still held their heads high, proud of the community TBE had. At the end of the summer Wardle69 left the clan but Kerim18 quickly replaced him.
On October 12, 2008 TBE allied with Red Dragon Knights (RDK). A leader from RDK approached Junglebiscui about becoming possible allies. Seeing as RDK were a very similar clan to TBE, being GMT based, and pulling roughly the same opts to wars, TBE gladly accepted. The main difference between TBE and RDK though, was that RDK were really good at p2p wars while TBE excelled in f2p ones. TBE council got together and decided TBE + RDK would be a strong force with the new pvp updates that Jagex promised the Runescape world.
November was another hectic month for the clan. Two of TBE’s Assistant leaders Bottoms15, who was also a long standing and established warlord and the latest addition to the Council Kerim18 who was a PK leader decided to leave the clan along with several other important members including elite members and pk leaders leaving with them to join another clan. Batikill1 and Molly Max, PK leader and warlord respectively were then promoted to Assistant Leader. Blacktroop2 was chosen to replace Bottoms15 as Warlord meanwhile Scottish duo Fin438 and 1_Bad_John were promoted to As PK leader.
Unfortunately, again in early December 2008 the consideration of closing TBE came up. Although council members didn’t let members know it, it was under deliberation for over a period of about a week. TBE had always been the same, getting to a peak and then just regressing down due to high rank members leaving. In this case, Junglebiscui and many other council members just had enough. Jungle made a post in leader’s news and the debate started on what to about TBE. It was immediately noted that none of the council members wanted to resort to having to close. Therefore, with careful planning council decided to try and rebuild TBE again. As decided, rebuilding was just what the council aimed for. One road block in the plan was The British Crusaders (TBC). They were constantly being thorns in our paths. TBE and TBC constantly were at each other’s backs and the topic of warring TBC was controversial. Some wanted to stay away from them, and some wanted to get them back for what they did to some members. Some members wanted to war them, and others didn’t. The end result of the controversy was to just not war them at all. TBE council tried to enforce members ignoring any TBC insults. All in all, TBE finished the year strong with very successful daily PKing trips.
In the early January 2009, TBE was in need of more pk leaders. Lillefigo was the main pk leader but needed some help, so beside him got promoted 1 bad john as pk leader & Vampyre195 and My_pa1n as assistant pk leaders. TBE continued to have split hairs about whether they should focus more on pking or the community. While all this was happening, Mandy306 decided that she would like to switch roles, leaving the event coordinator position open. Samdimples0’s suited the position best and was promoted to assistant leader and events coordinator. Mandy306 switched to applications manager and continued to be a leader of TBE.
As history quite clearly shows us, TBE will always come back and we’ll do it in style. We’ll be bigger, better and stronger than ever before.
Legends Of TBE
Ltx Tinman – Founder Of TBE.
Barf II – Co-Founder Of TBE.
Buttons17 – First solo TBE Leader.
Sangy4jen & Ishard – Merging TBE and Breakthrough.
Zak 45 – Re-opened TBE after first closure.
Magic frog1 & Dark wyrm – Re-opened TBE after second closure.
Junglebiscui – This guy truly is the man. Is there anything he hasn’t done for this clan? This is the guy who made our Forums, this is the man who made our IRC. This is the man who took over TBE when it really counted and took us to the top. This is the man has done every possible job there is do in the clan. He has done applications, he has lead PK trips, and he had lead community events. Without this guy, the clan wouldn’t be what it is. Without this man there wouldn’t even be a clan.
H2o101 – big inspiration around the Graphics department.
Goofi – provided a mature influence for a long time, he was adviser to the clan and was very active + helpful leader.
Darkriotcher – True graphics legend, made many videos and images to promote TBE. Booted in 2006 for a crime he did not commit but made it back to leader again after.
King Cheung – helped turn like 30 members into 150! I remember a few of us was always going round like pits trying to get new members.
Benthereaper – brought a lot of new tactics to help us improve pking/warring wise to fit in with RSC. Such as Falling in, hugging.
Doddseyeone – Key TBE recruiter and warlord in the TBE RSB stages – re-challenged WDW a week after a huge TBE defeat to bring us in a huge win.
Skilban – Warlord who declared on B0rn to give us number 1 RSB, this totally changed the clan forever, made us a lot stronger.
Crisbduck- TDM member who helped start the TDM & TBE alliance.
Fishin_Cook9 – Got events organized on a monthly basis in the first secure way.
Alyndavies – Legend of a leader, he had continuous suggestions to improve these forums, he helped make the transferal from RSB to RSC very smooth, he spent hours of his time researching clans, which we could be, which we should be wary of. His position of warlord was truely a deserving one.
Shacas – One of TBE’s strongest pk leaders made TD a powerful pking force.
Eleannah – Put in hours of work to make TBE a better place, introduced mentoring system for FA’s.
Lillefigo – Discovered Joosua’s lies about Darkriotcher. Strong, dedicated TBE leader and head pk leader at present.
Murkynight – Put in hours of work to make TBE a better place, introduced mentoring system for FA’s.
Windchase7 – Took over from Eleannah and put in hours of work to get main leader status constantly improving our systems.
Mandy306 – Took over from Fishin_Cook9 as event-coordinator and put in years of work to get main leader status constantly improving our systems.
Magicmatt22 – Lead TBE for ages striving to improve our clan warring.
Special Thanks to :
Moshkin_Kahn – Wrote original 2004-early 2007 history
LTX_Tinman and Buttons17 – gave valuable input about 2004-2005 history
Alyndavies – Helped in the writing of 2006-2007 history
Murkynight – Update to current times and tidy up
Batikill1 – Helped construct further detailed paragraphs with his excellent memory.
TBE members – for making the history possible
Thanks for Reading!
What Is Eve Online?
EVE is a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) set in a science-fiction based, persistent world. Players take the role of spaceship pilots seeking fame, fortune, and adventure in a huge, complex, exciting, and sometimes hostile galaxy.
The following story covers one of most beautifully executed in-game scams in a MMORPG ever pulled. It breaks all previous world records for ‘virtual crime’.
In Eve Online, developers try to give their players as much freedom as possible, politics and espionage have become a part of the game.
The perpetrator of the heist was the Guiding Hand Social Club (GHSC) corporation (a corporation being similar to a clan in Eve); a freelance mercenary outfit who offers their services (which usually involves corp infiltration, theft and assassination) to the highest bidder. Over a year in planning, the GHSC infilitrated their target’s corporation with their own members and gained their trust, as well as access to the corp hangers. It all concluded in a perfectly timed climax, with a massive theft in multiple corp hangars synchronised with the in-game killing of the corporation’s CEO, the primary target of the contract.
What’s most interesting and impressive about this operation is that it was entirely ‘legal’ and within the game’s own rules, and the mastermind and his agents pulled it off together flawlessly, all the while staying in character. The estimated real-life value of the items stolen is, according to PC Gamer, $16,500 US. The in-game value of course is much, much higher as the things stolen would take years and years to aquire.
The following article was published in September 2005 PC Gamer and is a really good read. It goes into great detail about the scam and all involved. Here are the scans:
September 2005 PC Gamer Scans
What Is Eve Online?
EVE is a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) set in a science-fiction based, persistent world. Players take the role of spaceship pilots seeking fame, fortune, and adventure in a huge, complex, exciting, and sometimes hostile galaxy.
How Do I Get The EVE Online 14 Day Trial?
To get the trial, simply follow this link:
This will take you to the trial part of the EVE Online website, follow the given instructions and you are on your way to creating you account!
So I’ve Got The Game, Registered An Account, Installed The Client. Now What?
The next step is to login to EVE and create a character. The characters have no real stat advantages and disadvantages over each other and choosing a race does not set in stone what you will do in Eve or what you can fly. Select your chosen race from the following menu:
After you have read the descriptions on the races and chosen which one you like the sound of best, it is time to choose your type of character. There are 3 different bloodlines both male and female, if you hover your mouse over the character, you should see what attributes the character has, ie drones, electronics, leadership.
If you have decided to become a fighter it may be best to choose the bloodline with the most Perception and Willpower, as these boost your ability to fight. Once you have done this, it time time to choose your apperance, it dosn’t matter what appearance you choose, just so long as you like it, as you can’t change it later on. Now to choose a name, again it dosn’t matter just choose one you like eg: Junglekiller.
I’ve Done All of The Above, Now What?
Once you have entered the game with your newly created character, it is always best to follow the in game tutorial to get a feel for the game. After you have followed the tutorial, do not leave the station, look to your right and you should see an agent. Right click on this agent and click ‘Start Conversation’, the agent will offer you some work. The missions do get harder as you go along, but don’t worry as you will be rewarded with money and other goods. Also note that there is usualy a bonus reward if you complete the mission in time.
Ok, I’ve Done A Few Missions Now And I’ve Earned Some Dosh.
To the left of the screen you should see some buttons, click on the button named ‘Market’, if your willing to take a few jumps to get to your item at the top left of the market screen change the filter to ‘Region’, this will bring up a list of items for sale in the Region. Now if your looking to buy a new ship to upgrade from your standard ship, it is best to buy a frigate. But whilst you are looking at the frigates check what skills you need, if the icon is red then you dont have the aquired skill to use the ship, if the icon is green then you do. Now if you have enough money and want to buy a ship, but the icon is red, simply click on the ‘Character Sheet’ button on the left hand side of the screen. Locate the frigate skill ie ‘Gallente Frigate I’ if you are of the gallente race, and right click on it and click on Train To Level 2. This will take a few hours to get to, but the good thing is, is that even if you log out of the game, it still trains you in that skill! But you can only train one skill at a time. After you have got that skill up to the requirements of the ship, go ahead and purchase that ship. Now on the left hand side of the screen click on ‘Assets’ and locate where your new ship is located. Right click on it and click ‘Set Destination’, undock out of the station, and at the bottom middle of your screen you should see an icon with ‘A’ in it. Click on this to turn auto pilot on. This will take you to your destination automaticaly. Dock into the station and click on the ‘Assets’ icon on the left hand side of the screen. Right click on your newly purchases ship and click on ‘Assemble’ right click again and click on ‘Activate’. Now you are in your new ship ready to rock. BUT don’t forget to transfer your weapons etc over to your new ship. You would of lernt how to do this is in the tutorial.
The Importance of Skill Training:
As you progress through the game, you will want to buy new items, as explained previously, when buying a ship there may be a required skill to use it. If you do not see the skill you need to train for the use of the item you desire, then you can buy skills in the ‘Market’, simply navigate your way to the Skills area of the market, and locate the skill needed, usualy new skills can be quite expensive! Plus the higher the skill level the longer it will take to train. It is best after your new skill training has successfully completed, to automatically start training a new skill, as this will speed up the time take to progress on in the game.
Money Making Tips:
Mining is an easy way of making money fast. Processed ore is much more valuable than unprocessed ore. But if you have no processing facility, then you will end up with a lot of un-sellable material. What ever you are mining always make sure you are carrying a secure container, so you can jetison your ore, and then pick it all up in one swoop using a Hauler (Industrial Ship).
Always look around your local station for new agents avaliable to you, some missions are short, but offer good money. Usually the more dangerous or time consuming the mission, the bigger the reward. Plus the more missions you do, the more standing you will get with Agents higher up in the ranks, and agents higher up in the ranks, obviously have better paying missions!
Now bounty hunting is big money, but don’t underestimate the person with the bounty. Bounty hunting is the same as missions, the bigger the reward, usually the harder it is to complete, so people with bigger bountys, tend to have very large guns!
This is a basic tutorial on how to play Eve Online successfully.