Since I’ve came back from my hiatus about 6 months ago, and after reading the monthly economic reports each and every month, I wonder when exactly CCP is going to do something about the Inflation that is happening naturally and which isn’t anywhere close to being offset by all the isk sinks that ideally remove close to what has entered.
With inflation, I understand the introduction of new ISK vs ISK removed from the game (so, Mining doesn’t count. GoonMining has 0 to do with this topic).
Since a high grade of inflation usually benefits the most wealthy invididuals, while average joes suffer from it, I was wondering if you, as a part of the community, do feel the same. Is the inflation a significant problem outside of prominent items like PLEX? Will the ever growing inflation cause problems down the road or are the problems already crystal clear and you too are wondering when CCP is going to do something at least? Let me know.
However, most importantly, I think that we as the community could and should come up with something, so I am interested in ideas that might be a good ISK sink.
Unfortunately, with the way a bigger part of the community thinks (or: perceives) an ISK sink, I am affraid I have to lay out some ground rules to have a proper exchange of ideas.
I consider an ISK sink:
- a mechanism that removes ISK from the game permanently, such as the broker fee, skillbooks or LP stores. You pay ISK to the game and the game doesn’t give you ISK back.
With that said: the following examples are definately NOT ISK sinks:
- Insurance (to be fair, it can be if the insurance runs out, that doesn’t happen often enough though
- Ship losses
- Abyssal Space (it’s not an ISK SINK God damnit!)
- Player Scams
So, with all that being said: What are your best ideas? I know that a lot of things can be done by tweaking the game (such as decreasing insurance payout or increasing it’s costs) and while I do think that a big problem can not be solved by just one big change and that small changes need to happen as well, I am more interested in new ways.
That doesn’t mean that I want to disregard all the little things that one could do (I want to hear them too), but the challenge for me is to come up with something new. Maybe not entirely new, maybe you’ve seen something on another game and you feel it could be adapted.
If you have something, please: Share!