Gevlon Globin is famous in the Word of Warcraft circle for having mastered the “gold cap”. His EVE journey show a very interesting “outside the box” approach to the game, PVE and the trade hubs, reason for which we invite you to pay a visit to his blog.
The EVE blogosphere has a new, extremely annoying theme: “the little guy can’t compete”. Two probable CSM candidates, Mynnna and Ripard Teg are already on the bandwagon.
The story goes as “the space (sov-null, C5-6s) is already taken by large players and newcomers can’t compete”. Of course like every bullshit debate, it has two equally wrong sides, one claims that CCP should make the mechanics supporting coexistence of alliances of various sizes while the other claims that newcomers should take space by fire, the same way Goons took from BoB and TEST did from SoCo.
The debate is even more wrong than the non-consensual PvP one. The reason for it is that neither the large power actors, nor the small, weak alliances are guys. The pilots are players. The corporations and alliances are not.
Now, if players who started after 2008 would all be in highsec as all nullsec alliances would be veteran-only who don’t take them, we’d have a problem to debate. But as long as a few weeks old players can join practically every color existing on the map, there is no problem. Due to the purposefully messed up economy of EVE nullsec, the only resource on this theater is players. Nullsec is a place where you spend the money you PLEX-ed or earned on your highsec alts. The more land you have, the more you have to spend. For this reason, an upcoming alliance with more players can always take land from an existing one with less.
The reason why no upcoming alliances break into the map is simply that they suck and players choose not to join them. When you say “X corp is struggling against Y”, it doesn’t mean that players in X are in trouble and need help from CCP. It means that the leadership of X is crap and the members are better off without them. Demanding CCP to help “small alliances” is actually demanding help for a handful of bossy nerds to become more pixel-important, to force players to be their minions.
SoCo – once home to 20K+ players – crumbled and disappeared without a trace. Does it mean 20K+ players lost the game and forced to quit or reroll as newbies? Of course not. Most of them are living in the same stations, just under different colors. Hell, Makalu himself, the de facto leader of SoCo found a new home in Pandemic Legion and soon will happily hotdrop the same ratters as before and can yell “you don’t talk back to PL” to the same blues. Of course some corp and alliance leaders lost their power. But who cares about failed bossy nerds?
- Gevlon Goblin