Hi EVE-Onlline devs and players, I’m Janus from Goons. I’m here to share some of my thoughts of the old and new bookmark systems.
I was told that in the future BMs can no longer as physical objects, and I think it’s a bad move. Because some of the bookmarks, more specificly escalation sites, have a certain price tag, and we want to trade them.
I’ll esplain the current mechanics in case you’re not familiar:
- One player gets an esclation site (for example a 10-10) when ratting, and wants to sell it to another one;
- He or she goes to that site and bookmark the accelaration gate, drops the bookmark into a nearby structure’s hanger;
- Create a open contract of the bookmark with a price of 100M;
- Then the contract is dragged to a trading channel;
- Another player accepts the contract, makes the payment and gets the BM at the same time;
- Then the second player goes to the system where the escalation site is located, and starts to do the site.
As you see, physical BMs play a vital role in these trades, making them safe and easy. This game mechanic has been adopted by most major alliances for years. For example, in Imperium, there are contantly 200+ players in our escalation trading channel, waiting to sell or buy the sites. I’ve discussed these issues with players in this channel and they all think the changes will cripple their way of gaming.
Nevertheless, I believe most changes to the current BM system will greatly enhance the gaming experiences of most gamers. But in this particular situation, it’s better to keep some old features, just like the physical bookmarks, unless you have an alternative solution that is equally convenient.