Let's discuss burning Eve to the ground.
It is a rather extreme thought to cut out chunks of Eve. But, what if CCP did it? What if they cut out all the wounds in Eve? What if they just deleted Sov? What if they nuked all of the Titans? What if all the Supers were gone or at least evicted to null sec? What if freighters had to use gates again to move into low and null sec from high.
I ask for honesty. What would it do to Eve?
They are huge, improbable questions. I don't think that CCP would ever just delete huge swaths of content. Thy spend to much time trying not to take away what they have given. But, I see it suggested so often in frustration and irritation. And after trying to wrap it up in softer paper I decided to just ask.
I'm sure some people will say they don't care if capitals vanished from space. If every null sec empire crumbled there would be some who cheered in their wake. It is easy for me to not care about what happens in parts of the game I don't play. I don't think that it would be a smart path for me to take. The game is an entire organised after all. Even those wild, crazy creatures in wormhole space have some dependencies on the rest of the world. How else would they get their baths and food they have to chew if they were not forced to leave their pods? I've been listening to a lot of discussions about null and supers. It is not surprising. Summer is here. Eve is dying. Negativity is in the air. And with that comes the desire to fix things. A wish to stomp out the bad and correct it with something new.
One thing I walked away from the discussions with was a deeper understanding that the problems we face are more than simple game mechanic tweaks. Obvious, perhaps, but maybe it needs to be said again. To just cut things free and sew Eve back together may seem a simple enough answer. It is proposed often enough.
And what is excision? It is removal by cutting. It is not a kind thing. And CCP has spent the last two years fixing Eve. Strengthening its bone. Lasik to the eyes. Diet and exercise for its health. The game was not healthy under its surface and they have worked to fix that. But there are still things that will not heal. There are things that may be growing worse.
Can we improve everyone's world without causing harm? Is the boredom of a group like PL a symptom of a larger illness or the illness itself? It is after a hotdrop onto a group of cruisers that I hear, "get rid of the supers!" from someone. Are super pilots all punished? In these situations they are guilty by existence. "Grr supers," is growled and suddenly all super pilots are witches to be burned at the stake.
Whatever happens in null sec will ripple across low. After all, null sec entities control many moons in low. Supers and titans proliferate through all sizes of non-sov war corporation and alliances. And it will affect me. I'm over here two with a fleet of capital ships and a jump freighter. Every-time someone suggests a nerf to jump freighters I shudder in horror.
People keep saying they want to destroy some of Eve to save the rest of it. How much of Eve would need to be cut out to fully excise these wounds?