Blocking in Elite Dangerous

This new "reverse iron man" mode is kinda challenging, from a self-discipline perspective. I'm seeing obvious gankers in the trade CG systems, but I can't preemptively block them now. I've also decided not to mode-switch to make things easier, which means if I want to run cargo, I gotta do it in Open, and if gankers are in the area, this means either risking a hefty (for me) rebuy or wait until there's an opening.

The irony is that any ganker that is seriously trying to stop trade rather than just blow up ships for lulz is better off NOT killing me, because once dead to them, always dead to them (and thus they lose their influence over me forever). They are better off disabling my ship or forcing me to drop my cargo.

Now wouldn't it be cool if this mode were just built into the game? ;)
 
I’ll always be part of the ‘be a sport’ camp, and encourage people to do Powerplay in Open, and not block enemies from other factions.
Totally agree with this. If I ever dabble with powerplay I would have to restrict blocking to none aligned cmdrs.

To be honest, since I began the #reverseironman philosophy (catchy, thanks for the credit @Old Duck ) I’ve only had to use it twice. There are a lot of noble pirates out there. Even at the II which really surprised me.
 
Blocking should only block coms, not instancing. Instance blocking is being abused by many. One over-the-top example of abuse is someone in my squadron has been blocked by a commander because he did not o7 him enough. Really. I'm not making that up. Then there is the fact that whole squadrons are being blocked because they try to interfere with their ganking.
 
You should show a little more sympathy for the ganking community - it must be hurtful to know that another player can reject their amorous advances so completely - and there is nothing that they can do about it...
Maybe you misunderstood. It's the gankers who are blocking those who organize to try to prevent them from ganking.
 
o7 CMDR! :) I say, o7 CMDR!! :) EXCUSE ME, I SAID O7 COM-MAN-DER!
It is pretty great. And it is a classic example of abuse. You give players too much power and they will of course abuse it. Good job F Dup.
At first I was laughing at the idea that he didn't o7 but it's the thought he didn't o7 ENOUGH.

Who sets such a limit?

If I don't get four o7's out this guy, he can go on my block list.
 
You should show a little more sympathy for the ganking community - it must be hurtful to know that another player can reject their amorous advances so completely - and there is nothing that they can do about it...
You are correct. In my haste to laugh, I forgot to show empathy.

I shall take myself outside and thrash myself with twigs.

I thank you for the reprimand. I will learn to be a better human for it.

o7

(waits for o7 reply....)
 
o7 CMDR! :) I say, o7 CMDR!! :) EXCUSE ME, I SAID O7 COM-MAN-DER!

At first I was laughing at the idea that he didn't o7 but it's the thought he didn't o7 ENOUGH.

Who sets such a limit?

If I don't get four o7's out this guy, he can go on my block list.
No idea. But he caused a real drama in-game and on Inara over it. I have screen shots. He was removed from the squadron of course. And I could name the commander who did it and then you could ask him. But then I would be forum banned or something. Maybe a PM would work?
 
I started a few in the past, what happens is furious open only proponents (who failed to do pre-purchase research) will show up and call you all sorts of names trying to close down the thread because (in their own words) they really don't want players to know that block exists at all. They will also tell you its your fault and/or a mod conspiracy when they get in trouble for constantly calling you names.

:D👍.
Indeed. Trolling a thread in to a frenzy and the inevitable lock/block used to be all the rage. Ah, the good old days.
 
Okayyyy, I didn't know this was a thing until I stumbled upon this thread. Had to go look up what "Blocking" is. Since I have never played in Open, I had never known of this feature. Do people use this feature a lot? Wouldn't it just be easier to go to a PG or solo?
 
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