Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dat Sec Change...

Some might assume that I would have run off and started to collect tags to adjust my security status up. I've been doing exploration instead. My security status does not personally bother me. It is one of those areas that I am more than happy for the initial gold rush to die down on. Also, I am a terrible ratter and the absolute worst person to go to when it comes to security status gains and measuring the change.

That is why I went to Vov.  Vov is my polar opposite in Eve. He is a ganker by choice (he is does solo and gang PvP as well and is a low sec resident). He is very well versed with the security status gain system and rats up his security status in null sec sot hat he can gank overloaded, under tanked T1 haulers on the weekends. He is a min/maxer and crunches numbers the say way I blindly wander around in a Jaguar taking pictures of the nebula.

Vov has been out in the belts looking for Tags4Sec. He's already developed a pattern that is bringing him in the tags that he needs and he seems pleased. So I asked him if things are better or at least okay still. He is not  getting the tags to sell. He is hoarding them for personal use.

One of the changes that came in with Odyssey was a change in security status gain. The 15 minute tick was changed to a steady 5 minute tick with no care for session changes. No longer does ratting for security status equal jumping into a system, killing the highest bounty NPC and heading to the next system. There was significant worry that it was a nerf to security status gain.

Vov's official statement:
Getting sec back in lowsec is actually viable now and I wont be forced to go somewhere I don't want to be (nullsec) for pvping in lowsec. It's a great change. Pre Odyssey if I wanted to continue to access hisec I had to stop pvp and go into an entirely different area that I didn't care for just to fix sec status. Now I can fix sec status without leaving lowsec, allowing me to enjoy the game much more."
I was stunned at his overwhelmingly positive review. He's been working on a slow roll burn out due to the constant fight to work on his sec gains. I noticed that he was back up over a -1. It is what caused me to ask how he liked the changes. He hasn't even started to use his tags yet and his security status is already improving in leaps and bounds without leaving low sec. Before the Tags4Sec NPCs and the tick changes a day worth of belt clearing in low sec would have done nothing for his security status.

Early reports are good. People are buying tags on the markets for ridiculous prices, allowing some people to soak up the easy, easy ISK of impatient people. There are belt wrecks in every system I go to. That never happened before. Now people are in the belts. Other people are chasing the people in the belts. The sky is full of exploration frigates.

While I do not believe that the currant numbers are an indicator of where things will settle down, I do believe that the indications are there that Tags4Sec will be a viable, thirsty market. I feel good about it. Good in the same way that I felt the first time I warped off a gate and came back to not have the gateguns reactivate. Its looking as if this has turned into an immediate, game improving change for residents of low sec that needed this type of option.

Now I just need the price of Hurricane Fleet Issues to come down.

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