This is not a recrimination. This is an observation. I want that noted before I even start the topic du jour. Some people may feel this is aimed at them and nothing could be further from the truth. Just read to the bottom is all I ask.
What I will describe has happened many times, involving many different people. It is a relatively small problem for our alliance, but it highlights a larger issue with Anoikis. The story goes like this:
Alliance Member #1: s’up?
Alliance Member #2: nada
Alliance Member #1: got a k-space?
Alliance Member #2: no
Alliance Member #1: Should I scan?
Alliance Member #2: no, we’re rolling for PvP later
Alliance Member #1: I really need to get some POS fuel
Alliance Member #2: get it after
Alliance Member #1: I got work tomorrow!
Alliance Member #2: Then scan, but don’t cry if you get shut out
This is not a real conversation, though I could easily go back through my logs and find several almost identical. It illustrates one of the really big problems with wormhole systems. You typically only have one entrance/exit you can count on and there are many different playstyles vying for control of that connection.
PvPers want to find juicy targets. Care-badgers want to find lucrative gas deposits. Goopers want to make trade hub runs to sell their goop. PvE players want the static collapsed and left that way so they can run sites. On any given night all of these playstyles can conflict, leaving hard feelings all around when people don’t get to have fun in their favorite playstyle. It’s tough to get past that at times. I’ll cop to that feeling.
And it got me thinking. Yeah, I know: dangerous ground. But since joining SYJ, almost all the other high level wormhole alliances have disappeared. Our static rolls day after day, sometimes many times a day, and we see empty C6 after empty C6. The last 3 hour session I had, our static lead to a fairly heavily occupied system. Was there anyone online? Nope. It was a RAZOR farming hole. They weren’t interested in PvP even though it was a Euro zone corporation and it was Euro prime time. They weren’t interested in anything other than making ISK in their hole I figure, because I made three Itty V runs through their hole and nothing ever appeared on d-scan. Our care-badgers got to work and at least denied them a little bit of that ISK, but there was no PvP to be had.
So why is high level Anoikis so empty? It’s been said SYJ can be blamed for that. There’s a lot of SYJ hate out there these days. We’ve been hired to blow up a lot of ships and POSes in wormhole space. We’ve had a lot of ships destroyed ourselves. But how can that cause an entire area of space to become the ghost town equivalent of New Eden?
I think it’s because PvP wasn’t what the other alliances were in Anoikis to do. Like the various playstyles in SYJ, there are different dominant playstyles in Anoikis alliances. SYJ is a PvP playstyle. I’ve had to come to terms with that. I do not think that is true for most wormhole alliances. I’ve come to suspect their dominant playstyle is like that of the RAZOR corporation whose hole we connected to the other day. They’re in it for the ISK – not the PvP. When confronted with adversity to that end, they seem to have just quit.
I see that as a major problem for wormhole living period. I know CCP never envisioned capsuleers actually living in wormholes. Perhaps CCP really did envision them like null-sec moons, something with which to make ISK, but I doubt it. I’ve no problem with making ISK. I like making ISK. But it’s gone well beyond that in Anoikis. The systems are farmed like the Nile Valley in ancient Egypt. Wormhole dwellers would now rather collapse a contested connection than embrace it. Contestation is bad for business. I’ll also cop to having viewing wormholes somewhat in this vein at first.
That viewpoint may be valid for k-space, but it’s poison to Anoikis. Over the past year I’ve come to understand that. It is not what wormholes should be about. Wormholes should be about finding out what’s beyond the next event horizon. Exploration and ambushes should be what wormholes are about. And though rewards should be used to make it worthwhile, life in Anoikis shouldn’t be about farming. That’s too much like null-sec these days, with their moon goo wars and renter empires. If CCP really wants to rebalance something, maybe they should have a look at this issue. In my opinion, it’s turning wormholes into the next null-sec – and ruining them for everyone.