So today there was a blog redirect to reddit from zkillboard.
Here is that blog post for context: https://old.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/bss0v6/perfect_intel_is_going_to_kill_this_game_unless/
This prompted a long discussion by me and my fellow corp mates on how this problem could be solved. Specifically the local chat problem.
Our best plan looks something like this and I really feel CCP should consider this as a viable solution:
Each person has an independent timer per jump where they don’t appear in local. This timer would be somewhere between 1-5 minutes calculated so that most ships could cross a whole system and jump and never appear on local OR calculated to allow ships to warp and jump in smaller systems but still show up on bigger ones. There was also an idea thrown around that system and/or personal security status could effect this timer. Not sure on the balance aspect of that as we were just throwing ideas around but perhaps someone would like to do the leg work on that one. The concept is mostly about a delay timer to either allow unseen travel or unseen travel + a little time to surprise someone.
The second part of our idea involves a new ship that would work as a sort of advanced capital recon ship capable of spooling up over a timer and shutting down local completely for a duration of time. This spool up could even be shorter than the base timer for local and be a capital sized ship to balance the strength of the effect with the cost. This could allow large fleets to move around and sit still for longer periods of time without risk of being detected. It could also allow organized groups to shut down local en masse (usage limited to low sec and lower of course) for their home system if it was tactically advantageous to them but still provide counter play. As a side thought, the triglavian faction seems like a pretty cool one to introduce this with
I want to say as a final note, our ideas here were mostly shooting things around but our primary focus in thinking about it was trying to come up with ideas that allow for the creation of content. Giving players some control over local chat list I think is a really excellent way to create content in a game that I really don’t want to die. Thanks for taking the time to read this