What follows is a counter of Gevlon’s article regarding high-sec and its impact on casual player – which we published yesterday – the article didn’t suit well with a number of players (opinions vary), here is a player submitted counter, you be the judge.
Lets actually define “High-sec Casual” instead of defining what it is not.
Definition: A casual player in high-sec. As exemplified by a player who plays maybe 2 hours a night missioning or mining. Whether they play with PLEX or real money is irrelevant to the level of their casualness. They are not involved in null sov, and do not in fact venture out of high-sec when able.
One major point of contention: Anybody who pays with PLEX is still paying for the game; that’s why CCP allows it. PLEX do not come out of thin air Greedy Goblin, they are purchased with real money in stacks of hundreds by oil-rich Texans so they can roll around in their in-game currency (or so I’m told).
The problem with high-sec isn’t that people won’t PVP there; it’s that people are trying to PVP there. I’ve done Low-sec piracy, Null-sec bloc wars, and Wormhole PVP, they all have one thing in common: people are expecting to PVP there sooner or later. When the culture of an area is to expect PVP as
inevitability, you will always find it.
I’m not saying you will get a kill every night in any of these areas. That’s a hard lesson to learn; you will not get kills every night unless you are involved in sov warfare and can blap the other side’s blob.
Wormholers know that there are dry spells, and there are glorious months where you drop two or three carriers. The problem isn’t that there isn’t enough PVP in EVE, it’s that as a gaming community we’re not satisfied with the kills or number of kills we are getting.
To be bluntly honest with you all, most of the people who are complaining about the death of PVP are the ones who don’t go out hunting every night. They camp a gate, or they station spin waiting for a fleet to come up. Lets say you’re the one initiating PVP; you’re the lion. There’s a whole herd of gazelles out there. If you wait for the one to walk up to you and stick it’s neck in your mouth, you’re hunting the stupid prey. You get fed, but probably not very often, because the other gazelles see what happens. But if you’re sneaky, and you move through the brush, and get very close to the gazelles, and you maim one and then tackle another, maybe you get two kills. Or maybe they all get away. That’s why it’s called hunting and not “grocery shopping.”
You are not entitled to any “x” number of kills per day. You are not entitled to ruin the sand-castle for somebody else. You have to work for it. You sure as hell aren’t any more important than any other single subscriber. For every one of you like me who run 5 accounts PVPing, there’s another guy who runs 20 accounts mining. Is he less important to the bottom-line because he doesn’t do “l33t PVP”?
Live and let live; if that guy wants to do inefficient mining in high-sec he can damn well do that. If he wants to move into a C2 wormhole and do grav mining and build rorquals, he can damn well do that too but I’ll be waiting for him. Your “rights” are defined by what you are allowed to do in game. You are allowed to kill anybody, anywhere, provided you can avoid the consequences of that action or prolong them long enough for you to land the kill (e.g. Concord).
High-sec isn’t broken. The problem isn’t that high-sec earns more, it’s that high-sec doesn’t have PVP to distract from ISK earning. Those high-sec carebears can mission 3 or 4 hours straight with pretty much no risk of getting ganked, netting a cool few hundred million if they’re good and have a Noctis alt. If a null-seccer were to run anomalies for that amount of time (lets say they don’t get interrupted) they would earn AT LEAST as much, but probably more, especially if they bother to salvage. I get 7 or 8 million ISK ticks in high-sec on average; I was getting 10-15 million PER TENGU when I was in null. Start running complexes? The loot is better in low and null with similar drop rates. Start running wormholes? Shut the front door you just got 50 nanoribbons from 9 C1 sites, you’re rich.
You want to know why you’re not carebearing in high-sec? Because it’s boring. Maybe you’re in low-sec now, camping Tama gate in Sujarento dropping carriers on unsuspecting fools. Maybe you’re in null-sec with a 30 man roaming gang rolling through gate camps. Maybe you’re in wormhole space, chain rolling your static hoping to find that one Kronos that’s online in a C2 with C5/NS static thinking he’s safe. You know why you’re not in high-sec? Because you don’t want to be. The game is huge and fantastic and frankly so much better than high-sec, you couldn’t be relegated to that.
If you want anything more than that, I don’t think you’re really getting it.
- Aurelia Endymion.