Null players seem to be complaining about how Nullsec is stagnant, and seem to think that the solution to their problems is to make highsec less profitable and force the veteran ‘carebears’ out into the harshness of null. This is, in my opinion, a flawed argument.
Current null-sec mechanics grants the defender a massive advantage and while that would alleviate some of the null player’s boredom when the highsec’rs try, eventually it would just lead to a significant amount of players just not playing anymore. The other faction of players complaining are coming from the point of view that there is no way for them to break out of highsec and carve out their own bit of nullsec without kneeling to one of the current major powers that be. This is the first thing that I would like to address.
In order to make a few concrete arguments, I first need to establish a few assumptions that represent the point of view I’m attacking this rather nebulous issue from.
My first assumption is that a significant portion of the new players joining EVE (or re-evaluating their continued participation in the EVE universe) operate under the idea that with the proper amount of effort they can achieve anything they want in the EVE universe.
The second assumption that I’m operating on is that not all people are created equal, and the smarter, faster, better, stronger players will a vast majority of the time prevail over weaker adversaries.
On the topic of forming an organization from scratch and then carving out a bit of null for yourself now. The problem at hand is simply that there are enough major powers operating in relative harmony to occupy nullsec, and they are now both rich and bored enough to bring total destruction of any particular smaller group without fear of weakening their borders to the other major players in Sov.
This closes off a previously open path in EVE (non-rented Sov space) to new factions because the ability to take over such a space would take more experienced and organized pilots than possible coming from lowsec and hisec. Instead, the concept of creating your own little sovereign nation out in ‘the wild’ has been replaced with Player Alliance Owned Space, which occupies the entirety of what used to make up ‘the wild’.
The alliances in charge of this Player Alliance Owned Space are in total control, and barring a civil war, coup, or major political error will remain in control regardless of outside pressure. While Sov Decay might be able to help this process, its likely that the major power blocs would just rent out some of those relatively unused systems.
There is a mechanical limit to the amount of space in k-space, and now that all of it has been ‘settled’ the new ‘wild’ is Wormhole Space. Wormhole Space is the new ‘the wild’ where corporations can go to carve out their own little corner of the universe and set up shop. Which is amazing. The issue is that limiting a corporation to one system without the ability to statically connect to other systems limits the size of the alliance/corporation significantly, so it makes a poor replacement for what Null used to be.
Basically, CCP needs to make a decision on how they market the game: it is either “Create your own empire, be a pirate, or whatever” or “Live in a game world where the rules are created by the players.” Which one is better is nearly 100% subjective.
Now to make another assumption: that every time we settle ‘the wild’ we need to have a new ‘wild’ to take it’s place, and that ‘new wild’ needs to be capable of settling at ever-expanding rates (the reason why w-space is not a suitable replacement), which in turn as it is settled needs to open up yet another ‘new wild’. This assumption is based on a desire to constantly allow players the option of creating their own little empire, based SOLELY ON THEIR OWN ABILITY AND NOT THE PERMISSIONS OF ESTABLISHED POWERS. The only true means of doing this is to offer an ever expanding playable game world that expands at the same rate or faster than people can take control of it.
At this point, it is up to you, dear reader, to first assess the validity of my assumptions, and then if all are valid in your opinion come up with a proposed solution to the issue at hand: How do we expand the EVE universe to the next level in a new and meaningful fashion?
- Mic Androse