Wormhole space is still fun!
I’ve been playing wormholes for many years now, and things have changed quite a bit. The things that made wormhole space fun to start with are still there: no local giving away your presence, the need for teamwork for success making for great social gaming, smaller entities and no cap blobs, good chances to make ISK and fly some really exciting doctrines in small gang PvP. Plenty more thing I could mention here…
What has changed wormhole space most are:
Citadels - Way better to live in than POSes. They keep your stuff safe from thieves. Even with the 2 day timers, citadels are now annoying/impractical to attack in w-space if ‘unsociable timers’ are set. Most groups set them for inactive periods such as on AU TZ instead of when they are most active. This option for negative play style means a huge loss of potential content. A great shame… CCP got this one wrong imho.
C4 Dual Statics and Frig Holes - Both of these changes have enhanced connectivity and Frig holes produce plenty of nice fights with great small doctrines
C5/C6 Escalation Overhaul - This is the very worst change we’ve seen. I have no idea what CCP were thinking to achieve with this. In a nut shell, we no longer see many caps ratting at all. Instead the big groups have lots of systems, each with an Astra which kills the boss Sleeper that spawns from sites and eventually warps to a planet where the citadel is anchored. The sites are worth less and there is very little risk involved with this method. We have seen a huge loss of content from this and hundreds of barren farming systems where nonone lives and people do not dare to take the systems. CCP are aware of this and agree Astra farming is undesirable. Noobman (CSM) has spoken to CCP but they have no plans to fix it. This is a real problem.
Play Style /Doctrines - In the old days it was mostly brawling T3s and logi/ewar. We now see a much wider range of doctrines, and groups commonly venture in k-space for PvP as well. This is a huge improvement, and has made wormhole PvP ‘fresh’ again. We’re definitely in a ‘new age’ of very diverse wormhole PVP!
I think wormhole space only suits a certain type of player, as has always been the case. Those players who log on like sheep and need to be spoon fed every bit of content don’t do well out here. The self-starters, with tenacity who get out there and make things happen have all the fun! You get out what you put in.