I decided to start a thread for Eve gamers to put forwards their ideas for making Eve better. This should not be a thread where people criticize Eve or complain about gankers (There are threads for that), but instead here you can have your say about what you think could make this awesome game even more awesome for everyone.
I’m going to use salvage drones as my example for an idea that could make Eve more interesting. In my submission in this thread I will propose the idea of drone AIs “learning” and also “wearing out”.
My Salvaging Skill is at Level 4, but my salvage drones are still rather dumb when it comes to salvaging and quite often they return from a wreck with nothing. So I propose that an “old drone” should be able to salvage a bit better than a nice shiny new one just due to the AI having the benefit of more experience. In essence, the more something is used, the better it gets at what it does.
Basically a new drone would have it’s own inbuilt set of skill points. Despite my own Salvage Skills, it would start with zero XP points. As it’s new and bright and shiny it’s structural “integrity” would be 100%.
Over time and with use this drone learns. The more it is used the more skill points it gets and the better it gets at its job. But on the other hand it also gets older, gets scratched and dented and a bit beat up, and eventually will need to be replaced. This could be reflected in it’s “speed”. 900m/s is the speed of a shiny new salvage drone. What if as hull integrity fell this was reflected in a loss of speed and perhaps even efficiency till eventually it was time to reprocess that old worn out drone and buy a new one? It just wore out.
This concept of “entropy” through constant use could also be reflected onto ships such that over time they become slower and handle not as well. At these times some well earned time spent in a repair shop having an overhaul might be needed.
Just a thought. Has anyone else had one of those “Eve would be awesome if…” moments? If so do share here.