Hello fellow pilots,
I’d like to start the discussion of eve’s issues of overrun vermin. It is the problem that ccp adds rats to every nook and cranny of the game. As a Tripple A developer, i can tell you this is a “cheap” way to solve bigger problems that ccp is trying to “cut corners” on.
Miners should not be dealing with Npc rats as their form of “Danger factors”. Lets start by addressing this point, because it is probably the most vital to the topic, and the most required area of eve that needs to be looked at.
Mining as a base concept has not been touched in the history of eve. There has over the years been touch ups to the ships and their balance, but the base concept of sitting in a belt afk is one of the only two systems that have not been touched in some major way since its creation.
This system is abusive to the game, and highly supports the concept of macro-botting/multiboxing. This system can easily be resolved by changes to the way the base structure of mining works, by adding things like damage while channeling the beam, a concept already present in the game itself. the removal of rats and changes to mining could provide a huge benefit to the game in many different and fundamental ways.
There is a number of similar concepts that can be done. Like gas that will ignite and deal damage if the beam touches it. This will cause miners to pay attention, move, and dodge potentially lethal damage. The system does not need to be designed like this, but things like rats are highly abusive and dis-encouraging to players that do not want to be forced into combat situations, are to young to venture into nullsec, and so forth.
But this is just part of the ice burg. Ratts are everywhere, and we as players need to step up, by stepping on the rat spam that ccp is adding to the game.
Another great example of potentially bettering this game is hacking sites, and similar “exploration type options” that can be modified or introduced into the game that could be rat free.
It is truly a surprise that ccp has not added rats to planets where people do planetary interaction.
Virtually all aspects of the game is filled with rats. So lets stand up to ccp and cry for something more eventful, that addresses larger issues and is not part of cheap corner cutting.