Waah! The bot!

So the fake MoxNix has been back for a day, and already he’s crying on about the “bot” in Malma.  This time he’s already giving us clear evidence that this player is a nolifer and not a bot, as if CCP not banning him for 3 years isn’t enough.  He claims that

I waited more than 15 minutes before cutting again, it only took 58 seconds for him to respond this time. That’s pretty much standard operating procedure for him, the first cut might take 4 or 5 minutes before he responds but subsequent cuts are responded to even more quickly, usually less than 1 minute, regardless if I wait 5 minutes or several hours between my own cuts.

The reason the first cut takes longer is because he wasn’t expecting it.  Once he is expecting it he actively watches his orders knowing that he’s got other active orders competing with him.  A bot would cut as soon as it is able, so there would be no difference between the first cut and subsequent cuts.

How long this will go on for is anyone’s guess.  He’s now naming the poor guy obviously hoping more people report him and that a GM who is not paying close enough attention will ban him.  It’s a shame the other MoxNix is such a bad trader that he has to resort to these lies.

Since MoxNix is wondering – No, I’m not the trader you wrongfully claim is botting and the release of his name does not affect me at all.  I don’t think it will affect Vlad either, since CCP will have investigated him multiple times by now and concluded he is not a bot.


The price of PLEX

PLEX price has been called into question over the past couple of months with speculation all over the place as to where it would go.  Anyone with a little knowledge on PLEX was under the belief that following the final little drop on January 1st the price would begin to climb.  This is where it becomes clear that MoxNix, who claims to be a pro trader, has no idea how the market work.  Here’s his prediction from the end of December:

I fully expect the downward to trend to continue. If the existing trend continues at the same rate PLEX will be selling for around 650 million each in another month.

A cursory glance at the markets already shows that the price of PLEX is back hovering over the 800-820m mark, so unless the market collapses sometime in the next 20 days, we know this to be false.  PLEX is already beginning to recover, and with Christmas often having lower prices and with fanfest coming up in march, it should do very well.  Of course he knows this now as it’s plain to see, which is why he is switching all of his trading alts to work with PLEX.  It’s astounding that he can post up something so clearly wrong, then blog about how he’s going to heavily trade PLEX without acknowledging that it shows that he is aware his previous claim was totally incorrect.

Separately, he’s recently displayed that he claims to have more knowledge than he does in other areas too.  He undertook a huge monologue with one of the other trolls on his blog, claiming to be a computer expert, yet today’s post said he bought this for the PC he is building:

Win 8.1 (full version, not OEM)

A computer expert would know that the OEM version is the full version, it’s simply supplied without packaging and can only be sold when buying hardware (which he was).  I guess that when you’re on the internet though, everyone can be a self proclaimed computer expert and market guru.

I’m back, he’s back and so are the tears

I’m back from my nice Christmas getaway, and it seems I’m not the only one.  MoxNix is back, and what do you know, he’s already whining about the same non-existent botter.  His latest blog post goes on to describe how he reports the same guy for botting every week, then getting upset because he didn’t get banned (because it’s not a bot) started reporting him once per day, then when further getting upset, started reporting him every 5 minutes.  How does he not understand that if this was a bot CCP would have done something.  He isn’t, he’s simply an aggressive nolifing trader.  The fact that MoxNix is also able to be at the keyboard for the same length of time cutting at the same frequency should make it obvious that he’s working within human limits.  The more aggressively he attacks this other trader, the more he proves that the level of activity is sustainable by an actual player.

As you’ll no doubt know from previous posts, I’ve toyed around with this “bot”, and his behaviour is far too inconsistent to be anything more than an aggressive trader.  I’ve been more aggressively undercut in the hubs by people I’ve had conversations with and know for certain are not bots.  Unlike a rookie trader like MoxNix however, I understand the difference, and know how to deal with competition without losing my mind and screaming for CCP to come ban legitimate players I don’t like.  Knowing and accepting that it’s not a bot, there are better ways to fight him out of the market, but that requires competence, while MoxNix it seems runs on rage and tears.

Further to that he’s now started accusing me!  That’s right, the conspiracy theory knows no bounds.  Apparently when I chose to use the name “Belgarion”, an incredibly popular name from some books by David Eddings, to post on MoxNix’s blog I was not the only one, and someone in Genesis is using the same name (with a surname) and happened to buy a PLEX from MoxNix.  The funny thing is, I do live in Genesis anyway, and I have bought items from MoxNix, I’m just not that character.  And no MoxNix, I’m not an alt, friend, family, business partner or a random who thinks you are talking about me.  I’m a fellow trader (a superior one it seems) that can tell when someone is just making things up because they are too poor at trading to deal with legitimate competition.  I didn’t even read your blog before this, and picked Belgarion almost at random (I was re-reading The Malloreon at the time) when wordpress asked me for an alias.  Since you then decided that facts aren’t allowed on your blog, I’ve decided to dedicate just a little time to showing the world just how childish and full of crap you really are.  Thanks for helping with that.

Christmas is coming!

As happens every year in EVE Online, Christmas will be celebrated with gifts from CCP (Thanks CCP!) and many, many, many snowballs.  This year, CCP Falcon has confirmed that the festivities will begin on 18th December.  I’m curious as to what they will release this year.  In past years, limited edition items have been released which results in some pretty spectacular market craziness.  Hopefully this year they will have something spectacular.  Either way, I’ll see you on the 4-4 undock for snowballs and fireworks.

Oh, if you missed the o7 show by the way, it’s now available on YouTube for you to watch at your leisure.

Update: Christmas presents were released, which included 20 days of dual characters training!  My alts thank you CCP!  It did also make me realise though that I hate the drag and drop redeeming system in the launcher.  Since it also came with all the usual random items chronicling historic evens in EVE, it took far to many drags and drops to get it all.  Bring back the redeem all!

Finding Thera

If you’re having trouble finding Thera, the new wormhole version of Jita, there’s a new website called EvE-Scout, which gives a list of the locations of wormholes to Thera.  The information is player submitted, so you have to be careful you are not being misled and lured into a trap, but it seems to be mostly correct at the moment.

As is to be expected, kills in Thera are slowing down. with over a thousand kill in the first 24 hours, we’re now only up to 3000 kills, which is still a significant number but a marked decrease on the initial velocity.  Hopefully that will soon open up the market in Thera, which at the moment is a little bare.

If you haven’t been there yet, you should really go try it out, and now you know how to find it.

More talk about nonexistent botters

On the other Merchant Monarchy, the other guy is still going on about the botter.  In case you missed this before, the short of it is that MoxNix is trader who was aggressively undercut by a competitor.  When this happened MoxNix decided to accuse this trader of botting publicly claiming he had been botting for years.  While CCP had supposedly been informed, they had done nothing (obviously because the player was not a bot), and when others tried to test out this “bot” by competing with it, the claims he had made about the response and activity times turned out to be completely false.  You can read more about that here in one of my previous posts if you so wish.

Now he’s back claiming once again that there’s this botter, now claiming he must have been slowed down by release changes, rather than like many players simply playing less prior to Christmas.  Beyond this he’s making outrageous claims.  Here’s one from one of his comment on his own post.

I also know for a fact many high end guilds (talking guilds in the top 100 and top 1000 here) had botters in guild who sold other members gold. That was a great way for the botter to explain away large gold transactions.

“He’s a guild mate, I can’t raid but I can help the guild by giving members gold”.

No doubt it’s the same in Eve with corporations and alliances. After all doesn’t it always seem like whenever a major botter gets banned he’s a member of one of the largest corps / alliances?

This must either be incredibly ignorant or a complete fabrication.  The truth is that CCP don’t release who they ban for botting, so to say “doesn’t it always seem like whenever a major botter gets banned he’s a member of one of the largest corps / alliances” can’t be based on any information actually released by CCP.  Sure, people accuse other large alliances of botting, the same as they accuse them of everything else.  That doesn’t mean they actually are, and until CCP break their non-disclosure of information we can’t really see who is and isn’t botting.

It’s both intriguing and disturbing to watch a player with clear problems interacting with others trying to hard to discredit other players to put themselves ahead.  MoxNix: if you can’t handle competition when you are trading, then don’t bother trading.  Attacking other players in this way for playing against you makes you look sad and pathetic.  Simply be a better trader than your competition, if you can, and I don’t know, go do mining if you can’t.

Thera – Death on Day 1

So I spent a lot of time in Thera yesterday, dodging people mostly.  It seems to be working, at least in the short term, as a place to bring people together for a good bit of killing.  If you look at zkillboard for Thera, there’s already 1500 kills that have taken place in the system which is pretty good.  The market as you can imagine is pretty terrible at the moment.  It’s difficult for people to get a lot of volume in there without getting thoroughly killed, but I expect that to start picking up eventually.  I don’t suppose it will become the next Jita like CCP hope, it might rival one of the null sec hubs for size one day.  I found some sort of intel channel being advertised in Jita called Thera-Intel.  It seems to be pretty empty of people, but there’s links in there to see current wormholes to Thera which seems to be kept moderately up to date, so it’s worth a look.  I’m hoping soon we’ll get a nice big clash to rival the size of fights they get in nullsec.  It would be amazing to see a free for all on that scale.

Market Morons

It’s funny to watch players (like my counterpart, over at the other, less intellectually stimulating Merchant Monarchy) getting all excited and acting as if they have vastly more knowledge than they do.

Right now, MoxNix is looking at Plex prices.  At first he seemed to just miss the fact that multiboxers were getting the nerfbat and started talking about the “Plex bubble” exploding.  In itself, that’s retarded because there is no Plex bubble.  The in game economy simply doesn’t work that way.  With no drastic outside changes – like the nerfing of thousands of multiboxed charaters –  Plex prices will only ever go up.

Then he’s moved on to “Plex price manipulation”, which is another way of saying “I don’t know what’s going on, so I’ll cry that other players are doing something!”.  It’s a repeat of the “everyone I don’t like is botting” scandal all over again.  Listen up Mox, it’s not price manipulation.  It’s simply people far more educated and wealthy than you chucking down their wallets to hedge bets on where the dip from these announced changes is going to stop.

It doesn’t end there though.  He was wrong, then he was wrong again, and now he’s made a third wrong assumption.  He’s talking about the Plex prices as if on 1st January we’re suddenly doing to see a massive drop in the Plex price where all the multiboxers stop buying them.  What he’s forgotten to consider (probably because he’s a fat, unemployed neckbeard sitting in his mother’s basement dreaming of being popular) is that the Plex for multibox characters will be bought and applied before the 1st.  It’s not like every multiboxer in the world was going to apply plex on exactly the 1st of January and now they won’t, it will be any time from last week right up to January, and the impact will reduce the closer we get to the live date.

Remember though, if you want to tell him any of this, you can’t do so on his blog, since he gets upset and deletes out any comments he doesn’t like (which includes anything that proves him wrong).