So, here we are again. A bunch of players angry about a change to the game, so they set out to ruin the experience for potentially thousands of others in a mass protest. See the message at the bottom; I want to have a little rant first.
CCP, while I have enjoyed this game, it’s experiences like this that really ruin it for me. The current highsec war system is an atrocious griefer machine which I don’t think has ever once been used for its intended purpose. That this is still a problem in 2017 and that you seem content with the system in its current state just beggars belief.
When I talk to other aggrieved players, they all suggest the same solution: make wardecs seriously expensive (we’re talking 1bil a pop or more) and make them have a purpose. The fact that griefer/hub camper wardecs often have zero kills during a war is proof this system is broken and is used to grieve and oppress rather than achieve an end which creates emergent gameplay for both sides. If the aggrieved corp tries to fight back, the grievers just scuttle off and sit in a station without any blows exchanged. Since the corporation I’m in has been targeted by these types of wardecs (unrelentingly, I might add; one immediately after the other for weeks now), the corporation has gone from a bustling scene of friendly and positive activity (with 80+ actives) to a complete ghost town with less than 5 actives, with most of the players having become disenchanted and having quit. The CEO is over it, the officers have given up, and this is when they were working really hard toward getting us out into nullsec to enjoy EVE at its best. They’ve been stifled before they even had a chance.
The below is a message forwarded on to me from one of the officers. If I’m not going to be able to play this game over the Christmas holidays with the bunch I want to play it with, I’m not going to be playing it at all. There is absolutely no way Goonswarm is a fair or enjoyable fight for me, and the reason they’ve sent this extortion mail is because they know it. They have no valid intention because small indy corps are no threat to them. Just take a look at the Delve economy stats from the last couple of months as proof. All they want to do is grieve those who would never have an intention or capacity to fight back.
-3 subscriptions for CCP, with no doubt many more to follow over Christmas. Goonswarm wins.
I represent Goonswarm Federations WarDec department. In the spirit of Burn Jita, we are beginning a program of declaring CONCCORD valid wars against Indy Corps like yourself. This is in part to protect our dominance in the industrial sector with the coming nerf to our Rorqual mining fleets.
What does this mean to you? I am sure you are asking. Well we will begin declaring wars in time for the holiday player rush and in order to prevent this we are accepting payments to prevent our WarDec’ing you. Many corps will decide not to pay and our inflated holiday break numbers will enjoy having many haulers and miners to target in High and Low sec with no CONCORD protection.
How much will protection cost me? To ensure that your Corpmates are not attacked in High Sec. Total amount required is 100mil per character in your Corp, as the more members you have the more likely we are to catch valid kills in High Sec.
Send a payment to either of the following characters with the note of “WarDec Department”
Once payment is received your Corp will be added to our treaty list and not be WarDec’d during out holiday rush. Deadline for payments is December 17th.