Misquoting the Greats
Posted by Corelin
A Brave Man dies a thousand deaths, a Coward only one.
Yeah you read that right.
I was thinking earlier how in World of Tanks there’s a 1:1 kill/death ratio. For every person that dies, 1 person killed them. In EvE that’s not necessarily true.
In EvE you can show up on a dozen killboards, in 200 killmails all from one loss. Sure only 2 generated (1 kill, and one loss) but every person on it is equally “entitled” to that killmail. For example:
This guy went in massively outnumbered. He shows up on at least 4 or 5 different killboards including Battleclinic, Eve-kill, Fancy Hats, Kraken. Templis Dragonaors, and who knows how many others. The guy he killed? Well he only shows up on a couple. On the forums, on the killboards, in the chat channels, on comms, the guy who died against a fleet faces shattered reflections of his loss a thousand times for bravely facing the guns. The coward hiding in a fleet will rarely face the cost of the two or three losses he faces.
Killboard mentality isn’t the best part of EvE. It’s one of the down sides in fact. Players are afraid to lose their standing as much as their ship, no one wants to post ugly lossmails, let alone one that dozens, if not hundreds, of people already know about because they caused it. In addition fleets are unwilling to undock to face an iffy fight because they don’t want to pollute the killboards with stupid losses. Innovation is stifled in some alliances as all ships have to be fit to a certain standard and if you can’t, well, you suck. And you might get booted.
The skewed K/D ratios also affect other things. In EvE my K/D ratio is 8.28/1 and my isk ratio is 11.42 /1. Decent for someone who hasn’t done a lot of null, but nothing inhumanly good. In WoT my K/D rats is a gruesome .73 / 1 (I was actually expecting worse) and my Win/Loss rate is 1.03 (461/447) putting me behind the curve in K/D and slightly ahead in W/L.
EvE already discourages risk-taking. You lose your ship forever if it’s gone. Your loss will be known to everyone who showed up to pew it, as they all have a claim on the kill. WoT with it’s much lower stakes raises the bar. One person gets the claim on the kill. I’m not advocating for a change in the game mechanics, but I think it would be neat if EvE-kill and/or battleclinic posted a “Killmails received vs. Killmails handed out” stat. Assuming EvE Kill gets enough time from their hosting issues to ever do anything other than plug the leaky boat.
Fly Dangerous, forget about killmails.