This is a pair of suggestions for the upcoming FW rework. It may be better suited to the PvP forum, I’m not sure, but I wanted to put it up for discussion.
Suggestion #1: restrict NVY plexes to meta4 modules, and clones (implants+drugs) . It might make sense while doing this to change empire navy ships to be meta4 too, just so it all lines up (although from CCP Aurora’s comments on stream and the proving grounds, it’s clear that’s not actually necessary for the CCP tools to restrict entry appropriately). This would solidify NVY plexes as the place where you send the spacepoor and the new, while ADV plexes are the place where rich, experienced players can show off their fancy stuff. This would be pretty consistent and easy to remember if you also…
Suggestion #2: Make BPCs for Meta Modules, Sold by Empire Navies. This may also require a rename of some of the meta modules – a corpmate suggested naming them ‘Militia ____’ (e.g. ‘Initiated Compact Warp Scrambler’ → ‘Militia Compact Warp Scrambler’), but a rename is by no means necessary. Flavor-wise, this is the empire navies working harder to ensure that their soldiers are appropriately equipped for the battlefield. Even if renamed, pirate NPCs can keep dropping them at their existing rates – after all, whomst among us has not fed a ship full of the loot of other ships we killed earlier? If implemented along with suggestion #1, this suggestion provides a very clear identity for the NVY plexes: this is where you go to fight for the empire, with tools provided by the empire.
For new players, meta BPCs would be a neat low-investment, low-SP entry point to doing industrial stuff adjacent to empire conflict: they shouldn’t cost too much to acquire or build (in order to be consistent with existing meta module price points). And hey, then you can actually build stuff that makes sense to fly on ships.
From a big bloc perspective, this does make it kind of easier to import a bunch of meta modules to do stuff: you would be able to import compressed minerals + BPCs to get meta modules out. I don’t think this is a bad thing; it still takes time to do two builds to produce your modules, and there’s still involvement with a supply chain.
Finally, adding meta BPCs would address another issue: right now, meta module market depth can be really lacking, what with fewer people MTU ratting and relist fees. Of Sound Mind recently had to adjust our default Sabre fit because we found that we weren’t able to source the meta guns reliably. This also really sucks whenever meta4 proving grounds happen, and inevitably the Best Guns start selling for >3m a pop.