Elite Dangerous community thwarts griefers’ attempt to ruin final in-game voyage of terminally ill player

Elite Dangerous has once again become the battleground between griefers and everybody else, this time with real-life stakes.

A few weeks ago, the Elite community banded together to come to the aid of CMDR DoveEnigma13, a 39-year-old player dying of cancer. In his honor, players and Frontier announced what they called The Enigma Expedition, a month-long, open expedition throughout Colonia. Hundreds of players signed up to join in the journey, including DoveEnigma13 and his young daughter on what was likely be their last journey together in the game. Frontier even chipped in a huge megaship to anchor the event.

But midway through the expedition, griefers showed up to bomb and disable that ship. Because of course they did. Oh, and there’s a contingent of nihilists on the forums providing them cover. Because of course they are.

Fortunately, Elite has a decent and upstanding community on the whole, which is currently rallying around the Enigma megaship and ferrying repair supplies, in fact more supplies than were necessary, meaning the ship should be fine going forward once the expedition reaches it.

“We’ve received more than enough meta-alloys to stabilise the ship, and the surplus will allow us to safeguard against any further sabotage attempts. We’re hugely grateful to the pilots who came to our aid. Their efforts are a testament the compassion of the galactic community.”

Frontier is taking heavy flack on the forums; the studio has apologized for the vulnerability in the megaship that allowed the griefers an opportunity to attack it, but says that the “great work of [the] incredible community” will ensure the company doesn’t need to “correct that mistake.” In fact, it’s not clear that Frontier is doing anything: No mention is made in the official statement about disciplining griefers involved in the attack, in spite of the apparent EULA violations, though the company offers vague warnings about exploiting.

Elite is sadly no stranger to griefers ruining events; you’ll recall the storyline event that saw the unplanned death of a major plot character at the hands of griefers last year.

Source: Reddit, event, forums, report, statement, Polygon. Thanks, CapnLan!
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MrEllis

Anyone ask what DE13 thought of the attack?

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Logan Darklighter

Well – the Mega Ship may be fixed for now. And I may be a bit late to the party. But I’m still going to bring nearly 400 Meta Alloys over 22000 LY to Colonia in my stripped down Anaconda Azhanti High Lightning. Just on the off chance the griefers try a follow up.

It’s risky. I’ll have no weapons, and reduced shields and armor. But damnit. It’s the right thing to do. And with any luck I can be part of the honor guard welcoming the Commander to his final resting place.

“It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before. A far better resting place that I go to then I have ever known.”

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PhoenixDfire

To avoid any griefers trying to stop you, play in either solo or a private group you can trust. Fly safe.

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Logan Darklighter

Not to worry – flying in Mobius PVE.

(I’ve been on my way for about 3 hours now. Did have to dodge some NPC pirates. But I’m still going.)

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ernost

Scumbags like this should be purged from the planet. Sick fucks who harass others for their own twisted amusement. They contribute nothing to humanity, and do not deserve the life they have been given.

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possum440 .

People need to be governed. there needs to be rules and punishments. Devs still havent figured this out after nearly 40 years and still think a bunch of people can play together and police themselves.

This goes for all MMO’s. Nothing but toxic cesspools because devs are too afraid to lose cash.

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Rolan Storm

Dream of noble enlightened society did not really fly with interwebz, right? :D

Exactly. We have to accept simple truth that as a race we are extremely diverse and we have a person of any spectrum present. And take it into account, all measures included.

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Bruno Brito

Dove replied one of the people reasoning the attack with a “drink bleach”.

Sigh.

I don’t agree with the guy. I don’t know him. I don’t know if he’s usually toxic. I know he’s pissed. I get him. People are literally trampling on his farewell. He’ll die remembering this shit, because a few sociopathic morons couldn’t keep their e-peen shoved deep in their behinds.

I think what he said was wrong, specially since he himself deleted it. That being said, i get it. It gets to a point where you fight fire with fire. This attack is people literally telling him “go to hell, you and your friends”. So, he answered in kind.

And none of this shit wouldn’t happen if this excuse for a company did something to protect the event.

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cmdr_cotic

And none of this shit wouldn’t happen if this excuse for a company did something to protect the event.

Ugh, it was an accident, it was a fucking oversight, it was part of their background simulation not a human error which they have stood up and apologised for.

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Jeffrey Meade

I cant stand griefers. They exist in every game where it is possible and Ive never understood the fascination with ruining things for others. Years ago I enjoyed fighting them in every game where my guild played. I saw it in Ultima Online long ago, I really saw it in Shadowbane which was literally insanity in some ways due to the crazy things griefers would do there. You can see it today in Eve Online and other games.

The part that the true psychotic griefers don’t ever understand is that playing the way they do ultimately chases people away from the game. The population drops and servers are shut down, merged, or the game ends because at the end of the day most players don’t log into a game to be harassed by idiots that are able to act like lunatics because they hide behind a computer screen. The end result is eventually the griefers are left playing with themselves because most everyone else left.

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TotalCowage .

They understand. They just don’t care. And thanks to the health of the gaming industry, there’s always a new game to move onto when the old one shuts. Or just the “meta-gaming” of social media to turn too after that. You can always harass the dying on Facebook…

Sadly the only way to ever prevent it online is to ensure the sociopaths can’t go online; right now, I’m in the process of pursuing prosecution of one sociopath who started in UO, moved to Shroud of the Avatar, and unfortunately the response from forums and even individual police officers is often “Why don’t you go offline so he can’t reach you”, because they know forums won’t or can’t take the harassers away.

That’s not to say Frontier couldn’t have done better. They could. They chose not too. And besides, just like EvE Online, stories such as this is free publicity. And there’s no such thing as bad publicity; especially when there are rumours Frontier were more than happy for “Harry Potter” to whack the NPC mentioned in the article.

But as always… the decent people lose out, because it’s just too easy in this life to be a scumbag.

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Dystopiq

This story is more fun than the game itself.

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Melissa McDonald

other than Minecraft and Second Life, “sandbox” in the video game industry only means the opportunity to kick over someone else’s sand castle.

Ye gods I hate ‘survival sandbox pvp’ with a passion. When will this cancer die… ?

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Vellik

Maybe that final sentence wasn’t the best choice given the player being honored’s condition.

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Gaius Cavadus

Every single account that that attacked the ship, and every single account on the forums defending their actions, should be outright deleted.

What a small and weak scumbag one would have to be to disrupt something like this.

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Dystopiq

Welcome to sandboxes. You can’t ban people for griefing in a game made for it. Now if a line is crossed into harassment then that’s different. They’re not wrong for PvPing for they’re assholes. That’s not something worth banning for.

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Tithian

Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. ‘It’s just a game’ doesn’t cut, unless this is the customers they are aiming for. Is the game made for griefing? I’d say not, as it’s mostly exploration focused, being a sandbox doesn’t automatically classify it into the ‘asshole alley, move along’ category.

As long as people know no actions will be taken against them, they will continue being assholes. They only need to ban a handful of people and suddenly 90% of the griefers will fall in line (or quit, either way, win win). It will also be a huge PR boon, as it gets coverage.

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Tiresias

They are wrong.

Let me say that again: They are wrong.

Even more than that, they are d-bags of the highest order.

There’s no excuse whatsoever to disrupt a charity event for a dying man. There’s no excuse to defend them. Everyone involved in the disruption should be account banned.

Not only would the high-order d-bags not be missed, the game would be better for their absence.

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NeoWolf

I think you’ll find a company can ban anyone for any reason they like, its their game they can do what they like. It is them who set the rules not the griefers.

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NeoWolf

Griefers and their sympathisers and apologists can say WHATEVER they like but at the end of the day like everyone else they KNEW what the intent of the voyage was, the knew how important it was and that there would be no DO OVERS for the guy involved..so to put themselves in the middle of that for their own selfish amusement is reprehensible.

Where is the compassion and the empathy? people like that disgust me they have no shred of human decency at all.