The movement Dev Blog came out today and with it came the force projection and movement changes. The thread is at one hundred and pages in under twelve hours.
It is a nerf. A head shot really to movement as we know it. But then, did anyone think it was not going to change?
The nerf could be smelled on the air. It was a major topic during CSM9's campaign run. I worried, if CSM9 had no low sec representative, then if the cap changes came during their term jump changes and how they would affect low sec, both positive and negative, would be glossed over.
I cannot speak for null sec. I did not sign the null sec agreement for that reason. I may not know everything about low sec but I do live here and I can comfortably say that it is my home and my way of life. I cannot say the same for null sec or the usage of any jump mechanics in null sec. Or, living in null sec in any way. That is why I did not sign their letter to CCP. I will not just sign my name to what I do not understand. That is not the game I have learned to play and I have so much of my current game to learn that I do not mind some areas of Eve being an unknown to me.
But, jump changes. This has been hard. Knowing that things needed changing does still not make the knowledge of the negative impacts easier. Logistics will be harder. Assets, spread out during years of jump usage, would have to be contracted or managed in new ways. Nomadic lifestyles will require much longer deployments and undeployment periods. Or, they may become untenable.
I do understand the concerns with doing this in isolation to other changes to sov null and null sec in general. But I do not understand how it changes them as I understand how it changes low sec. In five weeks the universe will seem to be. From Sujarento, if I take gates, it is five jumps to Jita. When these changes come in it will be two jumps with my jump freighter. For those further out, the outskirts will truly be the outskirts. Far flung assets will not be as common or casual.
Everything will change. Knowing that it is coming and hearing, seeing, and feeling it are different things. And these are just the biggest aspects. Now the other pieces have to be worked out.
And there are worries. The current numbers for jump fatigue gain, loss, and cap. The jump freighter distances. There is the entire aspect of what will this do to null sec with no sov mechanical changes. Does space need to change with more gates to connect regions? More room in carrier bays? How slow they warp and align? Newbie death cloning? There are still many details to work out.
Movement will be something different. What has happened for so long will no longer work. I was looking at Jita and wondering if regions will matter in the future. I wonder how will we contract our concept of space and travel. For the positives that are on the table the negatives are also there. The person in a remote region who no longer knows how their corporation will move around. A small scale industrialist whose reaction farm will require twice the number of jumps.
And there are those that are happy with the changes and look forward to what may happen.
I’ve had a longer time to know and absorb the gravity of the change. I struggle to fully write out how dramatic I think this is. I know what a shock it is. I'd like to hear more from you all. So, share with me if you will.