Warning Long Post…
First thing to get out of the way. I am a High Sec NewBro. There I said it. For me (I can’t say for others) High Sec is a means to an end. I want to go to Null. While solo PVP is not my “thing” fleet PVP is something I want to do. In order to get to that end on my terms and be of any value to a null sec corp, I need to be skilled in both the game mechanics and actual skill points so I can fly ships and be of piratical use. I need a healthy wallet. Let’s face is being “space broke” sucks and showing up in null as a burden and not as an asset for my new null family would be a less than optimal situation for everyone.
So how does a newbro get skills and isk starting out.? HighSec. Pure and simple. I tried mining; it sucks. Missions, grind, grind, grind for welfare level isk. Station trading, now that did make some gross isk for me but it’s not my style to .01 all day in station. What to do?
I got lucky, a newbro corp reached out and invited me to join them. One of the game changers for me was the Emerging Conduit. I could run this content with others and make some decent ISK. I did not have a optimal fit ship, I had a Vexor. But in fleet with others and some logi, we newbros could grow. It was a motivator to get more skills to be able to do more content. I was able to afford a newbro battleship to run incursions, was able to purchase a Gila and do T3 missions, run abyssal sites and acquire isk to buy skill injectors to move into Tech 2 Logi for incursions.
Yes finally I am getting somewhere at a good pace, until today. The ECs are nerfed. I hear rumors that incursions will be nerfed. I must confess that I am disappointed. It was a good source for me and most of my corp mates to fuel our character growth in HighSec (and we all know there are no real ISK making opportunities there that are consistant). I can tell you that with my corp there are over 1000 members, and I would say over 80% have no plans on leaving hisec. They want to PVE, and only PVE. Can’t say I agree or disagree but there is a large customer base in HighSec that now has a huge dissatisfier to deal with. I know a great many people despise HighSec but at the end of the day playing in HiSec is economically hard to do, why make it harder for those that choose to stay? Why make the transition to low or null longer and more discouraging for those that want to make the move?
The only lesson that matters here is that rational people respond to incentives. If HighSec gets nerfed into the dust there is no incentive to stay and play. I expect a good percentage of Newbros will leave the game and that can’t be a good thing for everyone.