I’ve come up with a suggested balance change for reducing the ability of a single command destroyer to boosh around a friendly fleet of hundreds of people.
In my opinion the game would be better off if it weren’t possible for players (including myself) to repeatedly boosh their large fleet around a citadel grid, staying out of range of the defenders while still being able to shoot the citadel. However, I think that booshing (and chain and excavator booshing) are interesting aspects of the game that I wouldn’t want to nerf.
As Destroyer-class vessels, the reactor system on Command Destroyers is only able to generate enough energy to perform a finite amount of movement.
When the Micro Jump Field Generator (MJFG) of a Command Destroyer finishes activating the server determines the ship in the 6km radius of the Command Destroyer. In then sums the mass of the ships in range and uses that value to calculate the distance that those ships will be moved. For example:
- A small fleet, for example 100 frigates or 20 cruisers or 10 battleships: Jumped the full 100km
- A medium-sized fleet, for example 50 cruisers or 20 battleships: Jumped only 50km
- A huge fleet, for example 50 battleships: Jumped only 10km
I would expect this function to be a sliding scale tuned by CCP with a maximum of 100km (so you don’t have to worry about booshing a single frigate off grid) and a minimum of 10km (so booshing always at least has SOME effect).
This change wouldn’t affect excavator booshing because they don’t weight enough mass to have an impact.
This change would make huge fleets more resistant to chain booshes, but there is counterplay by the booshers targeting a side of the fleet blob rather than the middle.
This change would make it harder for a single friendly boosher to boosh huge battleship fleets around – now they would only move ~10km. Players could still get around this by splitting their fleet into multiple small battleship groups each with their own boosher, but that would require a higher level of co-ordination and be more susceptible to counterplay.