Shut up Bears. You are Ruining it for Yourselves
Posted by Corelin
SOME people like to talk about griefers as if the act of griefing implies some terrible hidden truth in that player’s soul. Depending on who you ask griefers are rapists, base criminals, animal abusers, child molesters, child molestees, sadists, impudent bastards, or any of a litany of things. These opinions come from everyone from former CSM members (Ankh), to barely literate chumps. There’s plenty more I just can’t be arsed to provide links. Needless to say if there’s someone who’s felt butthurt at the depredations of the many MANY predators of EvE.
I’d love to see the outcry if pvp became MUCH harder to find. The mechanics for War Decs are easy to avoid. Be in an NPC corp. Yes the tax rate is ridiculous. You know what that buys you? Immunity from wardecs. You can run incursiosn, missions, mine, do your PI, what have you in total peace.
The only thing you miss out on in hisec is POS shenanigans. You probably don’t need ’em. Trust me. Oh and security for your jet-can. Another thing you don’t need. If you need a POS you should be in a corp big enough to protect itself. EvE is a PvP game. Why is all this highsec PvP important? According to John Tuberfield AKA CCP Diagoras there were 334k pvp kills in January. 50k of them were in highsec. Now take all those ships you sell. And the modules. And the ammo. The minerals required to build them. The components required for T2 and T3 stuffs. Drop the demand for stuff by that much. That means you shift that wonderful D curve to the left for the economics types out there, and if you are any kind of EvE player I sure hope you at least know what supply and demand look like.
Things like CCP Agreeing to EvE Uni’s Dec Shield represent a significant shift in EvE Online away from Everyone vs. Everyone (you know, EvE) towards a new game, that might be friendlier to new people, but will drive out significant chunks of the old. No one denies the right of market folks to undercut each other on prices, or to even sabotage the market for minerals of one kind or another to their own gain, these are massively destructive actions when it comes to some players wallet. Why restrict in-space PvP and not market PvP? For years CCP removed price floors until finally removing shuttles freeing the price of trit from the 3.45 isk minimum (3.2? something like that) so there’s no floor. Let me say that again. There’s no price floor. Prices can drop all the way. Take out 10-15% of the market by isk, 20% by raw volume and things get awfully painful for people awfully fast. Right now the prices are VERY tight with regards to profitability. Start losing that profit and people will be hurting very bad. Demand falling will drive prices down to the very bone, and force manufacturers out of the market, possibly even out of the game as they lose enjoyment and possibly the ability to buy Plex (although the price for them might fall as well.)
Making it a simple matter for people to avoid War-decs will significantly reduce the amount of damage that you can do in highsec. Should it come to pass that other measures are taken to make highsec “safer” then whole classes of PvPer become obsolete. Now there hasn’t been much talk if any of other nerfs to highsec PvP, but I’d rather establish early on the ground rules. As Robert Redford’s character asks in Spy Game “When did Noah build the ark? Before the rain.”
Summer is coming. I hope it will bring a bounty and not a drought. I hope CCP re-dedicates EvE as Everyone vs. Everyone, and doesn’t push to do what the vocal minority wants. The majority want PvP. According to Diagoras numbers and my bad math there’s enough ships destroyed that we lose a ship for every active account once every 45 or so days. Let’s spread the love.