Jump fatigue served its purpose and scaled back force projection from across the map, from any point of the universe. Small gang capital escalation is now at the height of where it has historically been, and it has been really great. I often see even solo roaming caps and it is sub caps which respond to them, not huge PL blobs of 15 supers. People like Shadow Cartel were hit pretty hard by these changes, but I suspect they will be back in their hot dropping seats like before with the coming relaxation of jump fatigue.
I would like there to be so that this system might work for mercs.
The allied system has to be different for the aggressors than for the defenders. You always want to give the defenders the cheaper option.
That is only if the aggressor chooses to have an ally, at which point an act of aggression is required from each party to maintain this war. That should keep wars declared by corps with non-combat alts for war deccing at a minimum and make aggressors consider carefully who their allies will be – or if they will take any to begin with.
You obviously can’t envision what I had in mind, so let me give you an example of what I mean by having it ‘like’ jump fatigue.
What if we give each corporation a set of 6 points, 1 of each is worth a war dec on a corporation. The cost of a war on an alliance costing 2 points. Every quarter (3 months) you are reimbursed half of your remaining points. Every 6 months you get 1 free additional point. Every anniversary year you get 3 free additional points. You are allowed to have a maximum of 6 points at any given time.
If you declare war on a corporation, you lose a point. If you allow aggressors to add an ally, the ally is given the choice to use their own points, or to leave the point cost to the original inviting party.
Let’s say a war with a corporation is reduced to 30 million at the first bracket or first point spent. You remove the extra costs for how many corp members there are in a corp, but leave that additional cost for alliance wars. So, a flat 30mil on the 1st point. On the 2nd point spent, you are now in a new bracket and the cost is multiplied by 3x (made up number) and it continues on up with the potential to reach a cap of 30x on the 10th point.
If you are a defending party and you wish to invite a merc AND a friend corp, you have the option of spending your own points on behalf of those invited, on the condition that you also pay the extra costs associated with their involvement. In this way, a defending side might also run out of points due to unreliable defenders who back out or the sheer number or allies recruited who refuse to spend their own points.
Does it need to have an in-game reason for the point system? Just say the Yulai Convention has been overwhelmed with war declarations and has now limited the amount of wars a capsuleer can engage in to reduce the sheer volume of paperwork.
I feel like this is a better system that the one we have now. Watchlist and alt corps are all separate problems, imo, which need their own fixing.
The watchlist could be given some kind of pep up with a better bounty system in being able to have an agency tab for players with bounties currently online, with a search option for amount, character name, corporation, region or alliance. Then maybe you can place bounties on your intended targets beforehand and, in conjunction with locator agents, find the pilots you’re looking for WHILE knowing they are online.
The second problem with alt corps has everything to do with the ease and low cost of creating a corporation. In my opinion it should be half the cost of establishing an alliance and there should also be an annual cost by member. I would suggest having some kind of discount available that might reduce this cost for every system/station in null sec that is under your sovereignty by 10%. This might encourage larger groups to feed into null.
I would hope this also reduces the amount of non-active players corporations keep in their roster and also reduce the amount of garbage corporations that are created. If you cannot afford your corp bills or don’t know how to make Isk in Eve, then you shouldn’t make other pilots share in your desperate situation.