I think we need to implement a upkeep cost for ships.
The reason would be to try and combat the current issue with capital ships . Caps are being built far more than are being destroyed, supers and titans more than any other. Dreads are probably the exception as they tend to suicide a lot.
The system should be fairly simple , Every week/month you pay a cost for maintaining a ship . you would pay to the owner of your station. If you are docked in a alliance citadel then the alliance pays instead .
This would also create a isk sink as well which is always good thing in eve I think. I would suggest supers and titans would gave large costs for maintenance , how much will have to be decided by some a lot smarter than me. This also has a possible positive effect on free ports , where the owners could take on a lot of ship costs in return for trade .
If the cost is not paid then the ship degrades , hit points decrease , warp speed , jump range and so on . If the ship costs are not paid then the ship eventually breaks down and cannot be boarded until repaired.
One possible issue that could occur would be players who leave for long periods away from eve. Perhaps some sort of cold storage could be implemented , 30days notice for adding and removing from storage perhaps , unsure on that one. The costs for subs should be fairly low , t2 ships and t3s will have higher costs than t1 of course . Another possible option is if you have a faction ship and you dock in the same factions station then the costs are reduced for maintaining .
This isn’t a bad idea, I kind of like it, but I think the mechanism is overly complex. The game already has a damage/repair mechanism, this could easily be used. The ship takes damage over time just for existing (not in a way that would effect combat) then you’d have to repair modules to use them (paying ISK) or repair “ship structure” (not armour/hull as those have mods that can repair them) to undock/unteather.
The main problem is how would this effect undocked ships?
This is a terrible idea because it punishes you for trying to reduce the downtime between fights. Currently you want to have a hangar full of ships assembled and ready to go, so that if you lose a ship you can immediately jump in the next one and get back to fighting. But if you have a hangar of 10+ ships running up maintenance charges that’s throwing away ISK on stuff you aren’t even using. So people will react by cutting their inventories, which means more time wasted buying and moving a new ship before you can get back to the fun part of EVE.