CCP’s done something interesting with the “Drifter Siege of nullsec structures.” Hopefully CCP can understand why they are so popular. For years now structures have been far too spammable and tedious to remove which in turn has put a damper on other’s willingness to engage in prolonged war. A notable exception of course is when one side has such overwhelming resources and numbers as in the latest conflict in Tribute. With one’s ability to spam structures where even the relatively cheap Astrahaus can take a massive time investment to destroy make it almost impossible to conquer space. Furthermore this has had effects in contributing to the increased safety of krabs rendering most losses as easily replaceable. In short structures are too plentiful, make space too safe, and are too tedious to remove.


The Drifter Invasion could go one of two ways. Either it could be another iteration of Incursions gameplay, or an opportunity for CCP to address some old null mechanic issues that are currently hurting the game. If we remember, the Drifter appearance was the initial catalyst for developing Aegis sov/structure damage caps. So how could the Drifter Invasion address structure spam?


Limit structure anchoring by having them need a celestial to orbit like POSes had. Small structures would be limited to moons, medium structures on planets and large structures on stars. Suddenly each system is unique and the “geography” of the system in terms of celestials and where they are matters. The in-game justification could be that due to the Drifter attacks on structures, the Eve universe developed some kind of anti-Drifter shield generator or weapon that requires celestial basing (or in the case of the star, using the heat off of the system’s sun) to fend off Drifter attacks. People could still put structures up in different areas, but Drifters will be much more destructive in taking those structures out while leaving celestial based structures untouched. This would cut down on structure spam, while still allowing attackers to put forth a forward base if no celestial is open to do so.


The structure issues are numerous including the amount of safety it provides for krabs which in turn causes inflation and lowers the prices of capitals not to mention dissuades small gang raids into bloc space. The Ansiblex Jump Gate providing even more safety than jump bridges, perfect intelligence via local, and not least of all the resource density of space are all massive issues that could be solved. The Drifter Invasion could be used as a pretext to solve all of these issues.


On a fun note, one of the most entertaining aspects of this entire event is seeing Mittens have an absolute meltdown over it. From suggesting CCP’s done this to stop Goons from finishing off NCdot, to just plain making things up that aren’t real, it’s been a wild roller-coaster ride.


The best is when he claims that there are ~people~ who are claiming that this will surely destroy Goons and how much they will cry when it doesn’t happen. Literally nobody is saying any of this. He makes things up that don’t exist and then lambasts said positions in some temper tantrum. He’s hit the perfect ratio of delusion and incoherence and honestly if this is all we get out of this Drifter event I’d call it a win.


  1. John Newell

    At first i was impressed with the article. Then I got to the blatant mittani flaming.

    We get it, you arent aligned with the imperium. Please do a better job of making your pieces paint the imperium in a bad light and not just be verbal attacks.

    Earlier today I was explaing to a friend that in Eve, the sandbox is so great that we literally have a fox and cnn. Theyre called en24 and inn. Just like fox amd cnn theyll tell the same story but with different alignments.

    Now he will find this article and ill be embarrassed to have given you such good credit.

    Be more artsy about it please.

    Also, please do something about the million spam bots flooding your comments.

    June 29, 2019 at 10:04 Reply
    1. E.Katelo

      Try it with New Eden Report…

      June 29, 2019 at 15:56 Reply
    2. Seraph IX Basarab

      Sorry but I reserve the right to point out people being hilariously delusional be they Goon or otherwise.

      June 29, 2019 at 20:53 Reply
  2. Derpington

    As a bean, I was always hoping CCP would do something to mitigate Goons’ citadel spam.

    But I really did not expect they’d actually do that, and even if they did, my expectation was something similar to the Citadel Anchoring Limits outlined in this article. I did NOT expect them to just unleash a mob of pissed off drifters upon the nullsec population.

    Which of course sucks the most for Goons, since they spammed structures left right and center.

    June 29, 2019 at 10:10 Reply
  3. Burn null sec ! Great arty

    June 29, 2019 at 11:59 Reply
  4. R habberdash

    If anything small gangs benefit from being able to toss down cheap Astras here and there to tether on. If CCP ever took this advice then goons would just put a structure on every moon and celestial in range of Delve. After that drifters would literally serve to defend goon space against hostile structures.

    June 29, 2019 at 13:17 Reply
    1. Seraph IX Basarab

      That’s not how small gang groups work. Nobody in small gang “goes to put down an astra to base out of.” Because they’d get RFed by the locals anyway. They’d use NPC stations.

      And this mechanic of using celestials is how poses worked before. It’d work here too.

      June 29, 2019 at 20:55 Reply
  5. RL Boyce

    If the mittani is pissed about this NPC action then it’s got to be a good thing. CCP keep doing more of this and THANK YOU.

    June 29, 2019 at 16:24 Reply
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    June 30, 2019 at 13:38 Reply
    1. John Newell

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      June 30, 2019 at 23:01 Reply
  7. Mittens Slippers

    He probably a spins a narrative to the toilet roll when he’s taking a shit, to the kettle when making a coffee and to his fork when eating dinner.

    Best comment in the whole thread.

    July 2, 2019 at 01:37 Reply
  8. Derpington

    Well, every once in a while, Mittens loses his crap, leading to tragicomic temper tantrums such as this one.

    My personal favorite is this one:

    July 3, 2019 at 10:30 Reply
  9. friend

    Guys come on we’ve been at this for years now, hurf all we want, when did the Goons not come out on top at the end?

    July 4, 2019 at 05:18 Reply
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