Daily Archives: May 21, 2012

War Never Changes

It doesn’t.  CCP is releasing it’s next expansion, called Inferno.  One of the major prongs of the Inferno trident is changes to Wardecs.  A while back I talked about several major problems with wardecs, that there’s no real reason for one side to fight, neutrals were still free to join in and rep as much as they wanted, decshields, the interface was clunky as hell, bringing in friends was awkward, and there was no way for the defender to force the war to end early.

Things that got addressed:

  1. Mercs
  2. Interface
  3. Decshields

Things that didn’t get addressed:

  1. No reason to fight
  2. Neutral RR
  3. Defender can’t “win” and force the attackers to withdraw the dec by game mechanics

Now this expansion does a lot to address issues with wardecs, but they are pruning hedges while ignoring the elephant that crushes them.  There is literally no reason for a defender to do anything during a wardec.  If they have a POS at risk they might have to defend that, although if they are smart in how they set it up it should be a PITA to assault and very easy even for weak defenders to keep up.  A highsec-only corp without a POS can just dock up and rely on the higher wardec cost to end the war for them.

Neutral RR.  Crimewatch might affect this, but there’s still no real fix even in the pipe.  At best you can (possibly) confirm who the involved logi was in your lossmails.  People are still free to bring in tons of unaffiliated help with little warning to aid them.

Finally, and related to the first comment, defenders cannot simply “win” and make the wardec go away.  To use an example:  A mission running corporation gets wardecced by griefers.  They band together, come up with good tactics and manage to defeat the griefers in open battle several times, however the griefers leave the dec up hoping to pick off people who are trying to sneak in a mission on their own.  Having some sort of “Domination” bar, where one side or the other can force terms upon the other needs to exist.  Also:  More fun for spies if you get particularly juicy terms.

Oh and individual targets can still skip out on the war.  I want to be able to wardec assholes!  Not wardec a corp and watch the D-bag I really want to hit skip out.

I’m using it every time I can