The intelligence of most NPCs wouldn’t make for a terribly formidable guard, unless they were on par with CONCORD, which is overpowered on purpose. Gankers play the game of trying to kill targets, and part of the game we play as would-be targets is avoiding gankers.
The gankers play their game well. It’s our job to rise to the occasion and outsmart them, be prepared, make ourselves less appealing, and try to survive. That’s part of the challenge of what makes EVE fun.
If this is “from what you can tell,” it’s clear you don’t read most of what I write or listen to anything I say on the Meta Show or RampageInc.
There is nothing wrong with this aspect of the game. There is an absurd amount of things that are wrong in other areas of the game that demand attention first. The reason why the player count is so low is because of those other things, and veteran players who are quitting. The changes being discussed here are exactly the kind of things that would drive existing players out of the game.
I really, really, really, really, really, really want to say “blue loot needs to be nerfed” just to ■■■■ with you, but I won’t.
But you asked for one actual thing, so I’ll go with removing pochven filaments from working in wormholes.
That being said, other than the frigate hole nonsense which doesn’t need to be changed, there’s not much I hear from wormholers that they want changed, because nobody wants the risk of CCP messing around with wormholes when we know what they do every time they think they’re fixing something.
Cloak / MWD seems like a workaround that uses a flaw in code to exploit. Way to go keeping that tech debt around forever lol. It’s like people that let that check engine light burn out and then claim it’s been fixed!
Ganking could be fixed with a tweek to the security status system to make it more of a punishing choice to break the law in highsec. Currently you just pod over to a CONCORD station and turn in some badges and go right back out there. Disabling station services in the immediate area around where the crime took place could also help (e.g constellation wide). Something that spices up CONCORD. Alternatively, there is fertile ground for some story line work around it. Make it so the ganker has to complete a story arc to get back into CONCORDs good graces before being able to use station services again. I mean, ■■■■ do something imaginative CCP. Make it cool to be a ganker beyond just third party kill board fame and some loot.
Prior to the filaments, folks had to fly stuff where they could scan down exits and entrances and find their way back home. That’s part of the deal of flying in wormhole space. And I’ve heard a lot of complaints about roach fleets and the ease that filaments have made for escaping from PVP, etc.