Often it is the case that people look at current behaviour and say it will continue as is and not change, and in terms of some that will be true, but most people don’t make BM’s because there is a faint chance of being able to warp to them. However I did, and I had a scout and a webber up until I stopped using freighters, well that is a little lie, I don’t use freighters through the main pipes Today I moved 40bn worth of stuff, half of it to Amarr.
I agree that the gankers put a lot of effort into their operations, never said otherwise, but as I keep pointing out bumping just makes it too certain. But I put a lot of effort into avoiding being ganked, a hell of a lot of effort, but I feel very strongly, which you might have noticed that at the base freighter level there is no real counter to being bumped and that is what I am taking aim at and I want to remove that strategic advantage, or reduce it a bit.
Before I left to join my current alliance I saved a Bowhead in Uedama, he was an incursion runner with the correct fit, MWD to warp faster, I talked a new AG player into burning in the direction of the bump and join fleet with the Bowhead. As the gank fleet came into Uedama the Bowhead warped away to the Atron. He then warped to the station as they got probes on him and was safe.
I have laid out here what I think needs to be changed, and I would still give freighters BS MWD capability too if it was me, but I think I have laid out all that I want to see changed and if it does not work that means players are not taking advantage of it and deserve the gank. But note that my objective here is to give the freighter in terms of their fit decisions a possible counter, it will work with an alt and it could work with the BM’s but in the end at some point the freighter will be going too damn fast to continue to bump.
Balance is never something that stands still, there are always changes that impact the game, so I cannot say for certain that other changes might not require further changes to balance out. But what I have suggested here will put it into a better place.
PS I am now watching that CSM thread, I find you a thoughtful intelligent player who is prepared to listen to others and I think that you would be a great addition to the knowledge of the CSM, even though I disagree with some of your ideas. Good luck.