I just read My Loot, Your Tears about a noob gank. At the end the ganker crows, “My new friend rage quits. That is the cherry on top.” Cherry on top? You “valiantly” nuked his Domi with a Tengu. What did you expect to happen, the noob say, “please sir, I want some more?”
And people lament over the fact player growth is flat. They all blame CCP for their inept handling of Incarna. They think more Crucibles will solve the problem.
They are wrong.
Play-ability will solve the problem and I mean specifically for noobs. Your play style AKeeFa is part of the problem, not the solution you noodle-brain. EVE will never start growing again so long as new players, barely able to fly the easiest T1 battleship to get into, are squashed by Tengus… TENGUS for cripes sake. Your strategic cruiser cost how much more than everything that noob had? You needed that faction armor repper how badly? Pffft.
There is no amount of EVE improvement that will make a griefed noob want to continue playing a game where s/he
are is humiliated at every turn of the ship. When any player can engage a Domi flown by a noob with a Tengu and face no repercussions for such an anti-social act, there’s a problem. Then there’s the fact the encounter was in a .9 system. What the hell are you hanging around there for AKeeFa? Aren’t you supposed to be playing in null with the big boys instead of hanging around .9 systems for “excitement” in the form of griefing players who don’t even come close to your SP?
That sort of behavior hurts us all by hindering the revenue stream CCP so badly needs to continue producing Internet space ships. No more Crucibles will come to fruition without money. You are killing the thing you claim to love one noob at a time.
If anyone in the CSM reads this, I’d like you to ask CCP one question. How hard would it be to take the entire insurance payout of a noob’s ship from the wallet of a griefer like AKeeFa? The parameters would be simple. The popped player would have to be less than 6 months old. The kill would have to be in high-sec. That’s all. If CCP really wanted to make a point though, they could make all noob ships automatically max insured at no cost to the noob. Pop a noob, take an ISK torpedo!
Wouldn’t that make the griefers think twice? Then wouldn’t the tears flow backwards? And it just might help to save EVE.