Reposted from the old forums- I guess this is where the future lies. Anyhow…
I observed something interesting in lowsec backwoods Molden Heath (where my main char spends a fair amount of time) and am wondering if others have had the same experience.
Lowsec MH is mostly deserted. That’s a big part of the attraction of it. You can go hours without seeing a soul. That largely dampens the normally suicidal risk of mining in lowsec, so I do so from time to time to avoid hauling materials out to build stuff out there.
Imagine my surprise, then, to discovery that NPC miners from two different corps were in the process of mining the very last asteroids in my home system, and had pretty much nuked the adjacent systems completely as well. Belt after belt after belt simply gone without a trace.
If lowsec constantly suffers from low population because the rewards aren’t worth the risk, this seems like it’s in need of a bit of balancing. I’m willing to mine out there and make myself a big, juicy target because almost no one does and, as such, the rocks get really big. When I literally cannot find anything to mine because the belts are hit harder by rat miners than those in highsec, that seems suspect.
I suppose it’s possible that the mother of all player mining corps hangs out here in the time periods when I’m at work, but since the NPCs were still swarming like bees this evening, I suspect it’s them.
I realize I could shoot them, but I made the mistake of setting up shop in territory of my own faction and don’t want to wreck my standings. Sure, I could move, but I like the neighborhood.
Just seems like from a load-balancing perspective, stripping resources from an area which is virtually depopulated already isn’t really wise.
Anyone else seen this elsewhere in lowsec?