Sucking lemons

Three days ago, I sourly pointed out that CCP were going to reduce the effectiveness of all Shield and Armor resistance modules by 20%. I immediately knew it would have a big impact on the risk verses reward calculations I do in EVE. My Haulers will be easier to gank. How much less value can I now (relatively) safely haul? My mining ships will be easier to gank. Does this make certain fits or hulls less viable now? All my PVE ships will be easier to kill. What content might that impact me running? Does it reduce how much bling I fit to those ships now that they can be ganked easier?

I will have to review and likely change the fit of almost every ship I own (aside maybe some of the Hull Tanked Ore ships).

CCP has since put out a follow up Forum post.

In it they indicated it was not their intention to make suicide ganking easier or cheaper. That suggests they did not foresee that consequence. Anyway, I’ll have to shake my head at that and move on. They are planning to increase Freighter HP and will investigate the state of High Sec ganking to see if they need to make further changes. That means if they remember to look at Industrials and Mining Ships, and you lose enough of them, they might do something about it down the track.

CCP also said they were concerned about the viability of high end PVE after the Nerf. They are assuming people will have to swap out damage mods for more tank, and as a result income generation will come down. They are going to monitor if this is all that happens. That means if you lose enough PVE ships, they might do something about it down the track.

So once again the game is changing in a way you suspect the developers didn’t really think through.  If it upsets enough people, they might revise their changes some time down the track.  It seems a very odd business model.

Meanwhile I have been flying around a new toy.

The Bowhead can be flown using the MWD / Warp trick, so doesn’t feel as cumbersome as a Freighter. It can also be tanked better. It does bring up the quandary though – what value of ships is somewhat safe to haul in it?

Strangely it is so large that it doesn’t seem to sit nicely in the hanger. I can’t scroll in or out with it, and because my hanger is offset, at certain angles it won’t all fit on the screen

5 thoughts on “Sucking lemons

  1. Yeah, when I saw these changes and some of the immediate “Hey, wait a minute…” responses, it seemed like they didn’t really think this through. I just wonder if they presented this all to the CSM and didn’t hear a peep about it? Not only is that group mostly null sec, but it seems to be pretty much 100% PvP. Ah well.

    • It is funny you should mention the CSM. My first draft included a query on if they were involved in this. The reference was dropped by the final draft however I’ve come to view the CSM as being irrelevant to my style of play. They can certainly help make it worse, but I don’t view them as offering any positive influence. I don’t think I’ve mentioned the CSM for quite a while now.

      • CSM have always been Null-Meta heavy with little regard or care for Hi-Sec interests; If it was it was by coincidence. When Mike Azariah got in I was happy but the long term isn’t served by many like him. CCP gets what they want from the CSM in a semi echo chamber kind of way so won’t be changing how or who gets voted in.
        CCP are blinkered by PvP and their take on the game(or what they think their take on the game is). They do seem to come to some strange conclusions about their own game. Forest for the trees an all.

        Thanks for your continued posts!

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