The Holy Trinity of Highsec
Posted by Corelin
I have spent a lot of time in highsec. I’ve lived there before, I’ll live there again, and I can comfortably consider myself at least a highly informed person when it comes to the highsec population. I’ve noticed that highsec people tend to be 1 of 3 types.
- Alts. Lots of people have “highsec alts” whether it’s for market games, missioning, spamming Jitamart, whatever. Highsec alts make up probably 40% of highsec. They tend to be completely isolated from anyone in highsec as they are talking to others in null… who may also be alting it up in highsec but let’s not get into recursion here.
- Carebears these are people who have chosen to avoid null, avoid low, and avoid wormholes. These are not nullbears, or WH bears, these are the true Carebears. They form small, insular groups, which function as “echo chambers” where their own “knowledge” is shared between them gaining more and more weight as they all “hear from someone” that whatever they want to think is true is, in fact, true. Funny story, we had an infiltrator in a mining corp convinced they could build carriers in highsec to kill the “ebbil piwates” who had savagely smartbombed their mining fleet a few days before. They very rarely seek any form of outside information and often end up with wild misunderstanding of the rules and even basic mechanics of EvE.
I’m not just throwing that out there, look at how long it took to get even most of the Incursion community away from missiles. There’s a few that picked it up fast, but nearly everyone looking to get into Incursions seemed to be trying to bring a Raven or a Drake even with several established websites telling you what to bring that you could Google.
They make up another 40% of the normal highsec population. They tend to be the least interactive and I tend to be pretty hard on them, but they don’t usually read blogs so meh.
- Griefers Hi there. Seriously though, these tend to be communicative and interactive, and by definition they are reaching outside their circle. They run the gamut from being brutally sociopathic, seeking only to drive people to the game, to being people who play a game for fun, in a way that occasionally victimizes other people, but also willing to offer a hand back up to those they “dust down” a bit. They make up 5-10% of the population, but they generate almost all of the multiplayer content accessible to outsiders in highsec. They may not WANT to be part of the content, but that’s rather the idea of EvE.
I said in the comments of my last post that I was imprecise, and that is possibly the worst thing to be in a blog. I am perfectly OK with people playing in highsec. What I really want them doing is creating content for ME. A highsec player who does nothing but accumulate isk running missions, mining, doing whatever, doesn’t really add value to MY experience. A griefer potentially does. Alts have mains, who potentially do. A carebear? Meh. His replacement is a dime a dozen. The ore he mines will rapidly be acquired by someone else and my prices will stabilize The isk injected by that mission runner who got horribly ganked will be replaced by another mission runner and the prices will stabilize. Again I don’t care what you do much, or where you do it. I care that you bring something to the table, that you contribute to this game, to this community, to me. If you can do it by moving, great, if you can do it by blogging, great. If you can do it by doing what you are doing, fantastic, but if you aren’t doing anything for me, why should I give a rats ass about you?