Currently asset safety has you paying 15 percent of the amount if you have no NPC structures in the same system.
This is ridiculous.
…or is it?
In the past, if you were in a system with no npc station, you had to haul it out and send it to another nearby station. This was the cost of doing business in systems that had no stations. Now, we have citadels, and this allows us to store and utilize many different things.
So, what is the 15% going towards?
Well, it goes towards convenience.
You no longer had to restrict yourself by creating a pos or hauling next door in order to do business and industry. This is both a great boon to quieter systems that used to have no use because no one could dock or store items, and to the owner of the citadel, because he can make isk on the side by charging services that didnt exist in that system before.
But this comes at a price. Part of that price, is asset safety. If your citadel gets destroyed, you have to pay 15% to get it back. This makes sense. You want to set up in a system without stations, you risk paying the price. The benefits are huge, but there is an inherent risk attached to it as well.
The other aspect of this, is the fact that this is someone elses citadel.
If you dont like being forced to pay asset safety recovery fees, then plop your own citadel down, and defend it. I gauruntee you will never run into the problem of paying the fee, if you have your own citadel. But if youre using someone elses citadel, then the asset safety fee is completely justifiable. You have no investment in the defense, protection, and upkeep of that citadel. You will not be called on to defend the citadel. So when the owner decides to take it down, or someone comes and destroys it, then you have to pay the fine, and accept the risk of using someone elses property.
Asset safety is a simple risk in the risk vs reward calculation that you have to undergo. I think its perfectly fine.
But, what about 0.0 space? Should the price be different for nullsec, than hisec?
No. In fact, it should be the opposite. It should be higher in Hisec.
The thing about Nullsec asset safety, is that it gets transported to the nearest lowsec station. This is something that can be calculated, and camped, if necessary, after a large scale eviction or destruction of a citadel. There is far more risk in nullsec asset safety than there is in hisec. Its why Black Frog freight charges more from lowsec to hisec transportation, than they do through hisec. If anything, hisec should cost more.
And no, returning players are returning of their own free will. Welcome back to eve, but if you want to access your old stuff, then you gotta pay the price. With Alphas being free to play, there is no excuse for not being able to move and access your items if you want to avoid paying this fee.
Thats my thoughts on the topic, atleast.
Trolls are welcome btw.