I have some personal feelings about this, but I’d like to put those on the side in order to stay objective. If I fail at any point, feel free to call me out on it (i’m sure somebody will). The discussion I’d like to have is about freighter hauling and gank mechanics, what should be changed (if anything), and if there are any better options for “distribution of risk” that don’t screw with EVE’s PVP focus while reducing lopsidedness in player investment. A bit of backstory for context:
After 2 years of fac war, I recently got into hauling because it’s been the biggest EVE-dream of mine since before I first subbed. I did as much reading as I could on the topic, hours of perusing old threads, guides, wiki pages, youtube videos. I’m about 30 contracts in and I keep my cargo value low, I fit for tank, I use a web alt to scout the chokepoints and avoid them whenever possible, choosing instead to service local areas a few jumps outside of a major trade hub. I use Dotlan and Zkill to track gank fleets, never fly afk, and I’m in the hauler’s channel and anti-gank channels every second. Most importantly, I can afford to lose the freighter.
tl;dr I’m not an idiot.
This weekend I was offline because I knew Burn Jita was coming. Looking through the destruction that’s been going on, I’ve decided to sell my freighter off and downgrade to a DST instead. What changed my mind was a percieved imbalance in risk taken between freighter pilots and gank fleets (individual weighted roll of the dice versus distributed and calculatable sacrifice). Viewing this relationship, the power dynamics felt imbalanced. Is this perception flawed? What would the benefits be for the trade hubs and on player experience if a perfect solution were found? What would a perfect solution look like? Should freighter pilots who make zero mistakes be gank-proof? Should gankers have enhanced or additional options, such as an actual toll/permit mechanic for passive income? Threads I’ve investigated on the topic are often inflammatory, and suggestions for change are usually laughable (things like giving auto-warp to freighters).
I deeply appreciate any answers and input. Thanks!