After a few months break i came back to learn that massive nerfs to high sec were exacted by ccp recently. I cannot begin to express how in the wrong direction this is. there is a massive amount of hypocrisy here. On one hand we have people advocating “high sec is safest place there for its income should be low” and on the other hand we ccp saying high sec is the most dangerous place in eve.
High sec must receive changes to progress eve in to the future, and it cannot be undergoing this massive nerfs. I will touch more on the topic of these nefs, but i can say “you really dropped the ball on this one, ccp”.
Making high sec safe again
I am still holding the position that criminal actions should be removed from high sec. No more suicide ganking etc. In addition, i still support that war decs are changed to be better. For example, locking toons to corporations during war. Give them a get out of corp once free a year sort of mechanic, and enable them to leave corps for a stacking isk fee that resets yearly from the date of first use. This should start at 100m isk.
The reason is to many people are using mechanics to circumvent war decs, and its not good for the corporations (mass leaving helps discourage them from growing and being long lasting while filling up the database with names/tickers), which hurts the game (especially retention rates). This needs to go into effect to help validate war-decs and then we need to find a better option to war eligibility, because stations in corp just dont work now.
In addition to the above, high sec still needs some important changes to promote group interaction, like grouping with each other and not having to spit rewards for bounties, or mission completion. Fighting the bots etc could be done by creating new missions, or changing existing ones to require multiple people and balancing those missions around group content, making it un-soloable. For example, looking at incursion time coordination requirements for these 3-5 man group missions.
Additionally, trading is in need of changes to help validate it. It would be nice to have spit up the economy, by shifting some of the null systems into new regions, and making those systems high sec, specifically on the edges of the galaxy. a few systems in paragon soul, a few in drone lands, a few up in tenal, and so forth.
These high sec systems / clusters should have a single gate from other high sec systems so players can jump in 1 jump from domain to the edge of the galaxy for example. This will help shift a lot of trade around the game making logistics much easier for everyone.
Additionally, I still advocate for “max orders per station, system, and region” to be implemented so trade is distrusted through eve again and so that its possible to do the trade buy low and sell high sort of thing like it was originally.
Lastly, it would be nice to see a new game play style involving market shares. In the old days we use to do shares in corporations and people make isk through that but its long been a dead concept. If ccp would take on the objective of making that system a public system (like the new gambling system) in which players could make players buying and selling stocks for the over-all economy (or even each racial economy) it would be a great way to help validate traders existence in eve.