Astecus is a friend of mine. Well, more of an acquaintaince; you know how it is. A disembodied guy in a videogame. May or may not know who I am. Still, he seems like a nice guy to the extent one can know someone via chat, reading his writings, and observing his actions.
I first met him earlier this year, before I moved into wspace full time. Back then I used to "do my rounds", as I thought of it, in a Tengu in the Poinen area. I was doing the exploring of that time (pre Odyssey), which meant that I was mainly looking for combat sites, but would also do radars if I found them. Wormholes I would look in hoping for targets, then maybe come back in a stealth bomber. The one kind of signature I had no use for was ore sites (which were sigs back then). Here was this miner-guy who might want them. So I just started giving him my bookmarks if I found anything. Why not? It cost me only a few seconds given that I was searching down Otela twice a night anyway.
Not too long after that, I joined the Otela Mining Fleet, when I wanted to do something productive with my Jita alt. Mining ice seemed perfect: very passive, so that I could spend most of my time on my main monitor with VK doing stuff in wspace. And yes, in case you are wondering, the Fleet really is up 23/7. Astecus logs in every morning (his afternoon), after downtime and sets it all up. He is also on line a surprising amount of the time, white-knighting in a Griffin at the Otela ice.
So I've made a lot of ISK indirectly via Astecus. He's a good guy in game full of black hats (me included when I can), building a community of peaceful miners.
All of which is to say: I am not objective. But that stated, Astecus is exactly the sort of player that CCP wants. He is a "content creator". I was surprised a few weeks back to see a capital in Otela. And I was surprised again when Daedalus gave a carrier to Astecus. But I immediately thought it was a good decision. Who better?
So I was really pained to hear what happened to Astecus over the past few days. You can read about it at TheMittani. In short: either because Astecus starting asking questions about the rules around highsec capitals, or maybe because someone complained, some overzealous GM brought the hammer down on Astecus. He was accused of breaking the rules (which, if he did at all, was in the most innocent and innocuous possible way), and summarily convicted by the GM. His carrier would be sent to lowsec and he would be temporarily banned from the game. Astecus appealed and was told sorry; sentence to be carried out in a few hours. All of this except the ban I heard from Astecus on Sunday evening while ice mining.
Since Astecus has no use for a lowsec capital and its ISK value was not important to him, he stole something and went suspect, allowing a random set of people in Otela to kill his carrier. Then he started serving his two week ban.
The whole thing was enraging to me. Not just the injustice, but the loss of an amazing relic by fiat. It's like the Taliban dynamiting the Buddhas of Bamiyan. (OK, I know. That's hyperbole.) EVE is an amazing place, and part of that is the fact that it is old. It is old enough to have a history, not just a made-up lore history, but a history of ancient gameplay that is no longer possible or no longer viable. This includes quirks like a vanishing handful of highsec capitals. Guardian Vexors. Hulkageddon. Where there are relics, CCP should be supporting them and trying to preserve them or the memory of them, not trying to blow them up on the slightest pretext.
The good news is, CCP has rethought their awful decision. They have apparently recreated the carrier for Astecus and presumably annulled his ban. They will be clarifying the rules for highsec capitals.
Good for you, CCP. I am still vexed by the lack of proportion and wisdom shown by the initial GM. But the system as a whole has worked.