To “solve” AFK ratting, especially with VNIs and Carriers, I would suggest:
- Increase the aggression Drones are generating
- Increase the speed of Drones
- (optional: Add the ability for structure & armor repair to the Drone Bay of Droneboats)
1.: Increase the agression Drones are generating
This would mean that a player needs to attend his drones, or they will be targeted themselves, potentially causing the loss of the ship. This would need to be balanced against losing Drones on players that are active. To combat this, I would suggest two solutions:
2.: Increase the speed of Drones
This would be the most obvious solution, as this would combat the loss of the drones. It would need to be balanced against orbiting speeds, as to not diminish incoming damage too much. This would also cause a change in the meta/balance, so this might not be the optimal solution, since you could potentially start hunting frigates with heavy drones–> not ideal
(Lowering the sig radius? That would make shooting Drones in a pvp engagement less effective though… Still less influence on Meta?)
3.: Add the ability to Repair Structure & Armor Damage of Drones on Droneboats
This ability should only be added to ships with dedicated Drone Bonuses. It would not remove the need of active Drone Management, but would not disturb the Meta in such a big way as the potential increase of speed would.
In addition, increase shield repair speed on drones, so that you can potentially throw the drone out again after 10-20 seconds.
It’s a first draft, please be nice