Pretext: I’ve been on and off this game ten years, the single time I’ve been ganked in high sec was an empty covert transport probably 5 years ago when I was on autopilot. This isn’t a cry thread, I’m just observing things getting way out of hand.
People are just getting blown up for too little investment and effort. Regardless of if your ship is all pimped out or not it’s still usually tenfold more expensive than the bunch of catalysts it takes to burn it down, that’s just the hull. I’m not sure of a solution or if it’s even a problem. I remember starting eve and if I had just gotten for example my first HAC and saved up for it, then undocked and gotten destroyed making one jump by a bunch of cheap tech i destroyers, I’d probably be less inclined to play. Even if I did have enough to replace it. Well, not me, I’m way too into this game but you know what I mean.
Out of curiosity and boredom I’ve been looking at gank killmails at work on my phone and it’s just gotten way too unfocused. It’s so easy for an older player to make enough money to just infinitely supply catalysts and alts into the ganking engine it just reminds me of like the high levels in other mmos that camp on newbies as soon as they exit the tutorial portion if there is one.
It’s one thing to target high value targets and risk a bit of isk (days of the tempest) to potentially dunk a freighter or blingy mission runner, but this kind of gameplay where they just bob for apples is pretty boring. There’s no counter other than fitting a cloak and micro warp drive to every single ship you fly.
I can’t think of a solution or if one is even needed, just my opinion on the matter that this mechanic has gotten out of hand.