"I fell asleep that night, I woke up, and I didn't even think about it again," Sohkar answered.Did he agree with Ripard Teg's analogy that he had been tortured? "I got scammed, I got mad, I got over it - everybody else should be able to get over it, too." CCP wrote "an announcement regarding real-life harassment" in the EVE forum, referring to the Bonus Rounds, which take place out of in-game chat, in Team Speak.The victim, a character called Sohkar, did so because Erotica 1 had all of his in-game Eve Online assets held hostage.He handed those over because Erotica 1 had convinced him he could quadruple them if successful on the Bonus Round. Host Funkybacon heard how there were upwards of 100 Bonus Rounds recorded since it started a year ago, and how it was a kind of Punkd-style prank scam that people have profited from taking part in.To celebrate the forthcoming release of Shards of Hope we've invited the New York Times best-selling author of the Guild-Hunter and Psy-Changeling series, Nalini Singh, to Mighty Ape for a live online chat!The chat will take place live on the Mighty Ape Facebook page on Thursday, 4th June, from 12.30pm until 1pm.This happened a month ago, but it became a controversy when influential Eve Online character Ripard Teg - a member of the player-elected Council of Stellar Management - wrote a strongly worded blog post about the incident, a week ago, which labelled Erotica 1 "a despicable, vile, evil human being". Read his post and listen to the recording of the Bonus Round and you'll likely agree CCP did the right thing. "It was never meant to be something to torture someone," said Kalorned, one of the characters involved, "it was meant to be something that was fun.
"We always get their permission, we always tell them what's going on." Victim Sohkar then joined the Eve Radio chat.The other side to this story is Ripard Teg, the only notable absentee from the Eve Radio talk.The allegation is that he used his influence to bring about a ban of Erotica 1."Some people say 'it's enough, I don't want to do it any more' and they leave, and it's all respectful. "There have been a handful of other cases where there have been clear signs that it's really bothering the person, and behind the scenes we smooth things over, or I do, but I didn't want to change the branding of Erotica 1, if that makes sense." In other words, he's got a character and he plays a role - the same explanation The Mittani gave when he suggested, at Eve Fan Fest, a player should consider suicide."You try to do the best you can to put on a good show, put on a good scam.