Ethics in a Literal Video Game

What rules do you hold yourself to in Elite Dangerous?

I'll start:
  • No trade in majority-illegal commodities like narcotics, slaves, etc. (stuff like animal meat or liquor is fair game)
  • No assault on Clean ships
  • Answer all detected distress calls to the best of your ability
  • Always donate to factions in Outbreak or Famine, regardless of their own ethical status
  • Don't be a jerk
'None' isn't an acceptable answer, because the Universal Rule is 'do what I find fun'.
1. Do nothing that you don't like doing
2. Don't shoot authority ships because the repercussions aren't worth the gain
3. Don't ally with the pirate factions, they don't have good missions anyhow
4. Remember 1.
 
Mine are that murdering clean ships is to be avoided, it's important to help stations affected by thargoid attacks and missions can not be abandoned (technical issues aside). As for what any faction puts in their cargo containers or wants brought back to the station, thats just supply and demand.

Number one does get a bit hazy after a few drinks and a high paying mission comes up though. Also, lets not talk about what goes on in anarchy nav beacons.
 
I’m more PvP focused than anything, so I’ll go on and leave my general ROE type of stuff here, should anyone wanna look at it.

I don’t destroy pilots who aren’t on quite on my level, unless they’ve agreed to go til the death, or they’re real mouthy and require a spanking.

I might take a few potshots at noobs on occasion, but I never kill them. Large ships are the exception. Condas, vettes, Cutters— they’re getting it no matter what.

All shieldless traders get shot at, regardless of rank, no exceptions. Strangely enough, I don’t often engage Lakon T ships so long as they’re shielded.

Wanted or not, I don’t often shoot at players who are retreating, even if they are the aggressor. I could have waaaaay more kills under my belt, but I generally break off attack unless it’s a big wing fight. Might reconsider if the bounty is excessive.

Nobody tells me where I can and cannot go— If I wander into a faction’s territory, they can either be hospitable, or they can catch these hands.

I’m independent, but generally fight for the ‘home team’ by default. I’m very rarely part of an invading force.

I don’t BGS, unless it’s to help friends in their home systems.

I may completely abandon most of these rules without warning, but this is generally how I operate.

For general, non-PvP stuff:
I’ll haul just about anything if it pays well, legal or not. I avoid slaves, but will smuggle/steal everything else.

I don’t shoot at ‘goids.

I always recover Escape pods if I am able.

I always respond to questions from rookies as accurately as I can, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll ask someone who does.

I’m sure I’m forgetting things, but that’s mostly it.
 
Mine are that murdering clean ships is to be avoided, it's important to help stations affected by thargoid attacks and missions can not be abandoned (technical issues aside). As for what any faction puts in their cargo containers or wants brought back to the station, thats just supply and demand.

Number one does get a bit hazy after a few drinks and a high paying mission comes up though. Also, lets not talk about what goes on in anarchy nav beacons.
Anarchy nav beacons obscure whether they're clean or not, so I'm pretty sure that's not your fault. Probably.
 
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Yeah,well it must be working,cos it sent me to a site invoking the hive-mind representing shoes.
 
-No attacking/assassinating deserter type targets.
The first time I ever took one of those messages, I warped into the system and the first message they hit me with was 'I only ever wanted to help'. Abandoned it on the spot. Was probably a war criminal, but I'm not the most logical type.
 
I ran slaves once, during the Coronation. I got the unregulated kind from an industrial dictatorship overlorded by the pirate king PP dood, so I'd imagine moving to Achenar was an improvement.

I still felt kind of dirty, but I needed a Clipper. >___>

Outside of that, it's been nothing but moving drugs and weapons, and participating in wars.
 
I ran slaves once, during the Coronation. I got the unregulated kind from an industrial dictatorship overlorded by the pirate king PP dood, so I'd imagine moving to Achenar was an improvement.

I still felt kind of dirty, but I needed a Clipper. >___>

Outside of that, it's been nothing but moving drugs and weapons, and participating in wars.
I dropped a T9 load of slaves into the sun once.
 
I ran slaves once, during the Coronation. I got the unregulated kind from an industrial dictatorship overlorded by the pirate king PP dood, so I'd imagine moving to Achenar was an improvement.

I still felt kind of dirty, but I needed a Clipper. >___>

Outside of that, it's been nothing but moving drugs and weapons, and participating in wars.
Your feelings of guilt are commendable.
However the transgressions on your file remain unchanged. :unsure:
 
- I don't kill innocents.
- all "wanted" ships are guilty.

- I don't support dictatorships or worse - anarchy
- I mainly work / bribe / buy my way through impérial ranks.

- I help when I can with large scale emergencies, outbreaks, damaged stations.
- I don't help the random orphan or widow.

- I'm careful. My life is more precious than anything. I'm experienced enough to see danger from afar. I avoid it no matter the cost.

-Cargo is cargo.

- I'm polite, I answer to comms, I spread words of help.
 
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Every time I have tried to play a bad person in any game, in any format, be it Computer games, role-playing games, board games or whatever, I fail miserably. I am rubbish at being bad and always end up trying to be the goody two shoes, paladin, Cap America type.

CMDR Saool is no different.
 
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