Ironically, we can get this same effect on AFK cloaking and cloaked ships being vulnerable to probing by also removing local. This of course is not Mike’s goal. The goal is to reduce his risk by changing the game mechanics. Notice Mike wouldn’t even consider making a change to local and cloaks at the same time. That lack of response actually speaks volumes, IMO.
Nice how you try and make my arguments for me, yet are completely wrong. I have addressed this many times.
I am all for the Observatory Array, as it’s generally presented. I look forward to the ‘hunters’ that can now be defended against crying rivers because their safety button now requires effort.
My oft repeated stance is that despite the poorly constructed argument otherwise, Local and Cloaks are 2 different issues that only tangentially interact. Cloaks are too safe no matter where or how they are used requiring nothing more than a trivial fitting allotment and a button push, while Local only becomes valuable when carefully pruned and maintained by the local residents and actively watched while flying in a safe manner at all times.
This thread, or at least the one started by the devs on the previous forums, was supposed to be about cloaks. Local is it’s own thing, and I’m generally happy to discuss it in threads created for that purpose, but I don’t feel that it is required to completely rework a fundamental part of the game to address a single module.
I do feel that simply removing local would be a bad idea, and point the relatively low usage of WH space as partial evidence. There are other important differences in the environment so that it’s not a direct analog to removing local, but it plays a strong secondary role to why the general populace ignores it. That’s another thread on it’s own though.
Mike’s Goal, if you ask Mike, is to have logical consistency in the balance of the cloaking mechanic. What exists now is a hamfisted excuse to placate whiney gankbears, supported by the devs because they were hired from the ranks of those who enjoy that sort of thing.