A short history lesson: EVE historically only retains 4% - 6% of its playerbase. The NPE has been redesigned many times and never materially improved retention. This problem has been so long running that CCP scrubbed the names of several MILLION trial accounts that never converted and have been pressured to name scrub accounts that have been inactive for at least xyz period of years.
The game has a problem where it gets players brought in that want to participate in the big fights that CCP uses to advertise the game to the public, it brings in newbies and then funnels them in to a proven dysfunctional NPE that coerces players in to mining in the misguided belief this is what people want to do.
So I have a dramatic proposal: newbies get the option of either starting in hisec as per today, or starting in pirate space with automatic -10 sec status. This will require several fundamental changes to NPC pirate space but they should not provide much impact once they are implemented.
Pirate NPC space sells BPOs for racial t1 ships. Guristas should sell caldari and gallente, Sansha should sell Caldari and Amarr, etc.
Pirate space newbies should start with positive ratings with their host, receive a NPE instructing them in exactly what they have around them. They should catagorically NOT be offered ANY form of mining mission AT ALL. If they want to find minerals then they should be encouraged to find navy mining fleets per the new AI and gank them for minerals, be instructed to reprocess modules for minerals.
With pirate space offering some nebulous form of NPC police for said newbies the pirate AI should use their fleets to kill players who enter with particularly low standings actively. Scan them down, land on them and gank them, like real players do. NPC pirate space will invariably be some kind of farming ground for weak pvp veterans but with these NPC AI’s being extremely aggressive it will curtail the phenomenon slightly.
Pirate stations should offer LP stores that sell faction gun BPCs just like navy faction LP stores.
At all times should mining be ignored or shunned by Pirate space newbies. There are over 20 trillion worth of minerals entering the market every month thanks to rorqual fleets, there should be catagorically no attention paid to mining by newbies any more. They will never make a material impact, they learn nothing about the game, they develop an unwarrented sense of entitlement as we have seen over and over. When this entitlement isn’t acted on they get ANGRY and threaten to quit the game. It’s not healthy to institute any entitlement in the playerbase. Decoupling mining from the NPE especially for players who joined for the PVP should be a focus.
r8 & h8