|Posted - 2009.02.05 01:32:00 -
I think we need to clarify something.
EVE is not strictly a pvp game. It just so happens however, to be a game where you can kill anyone you want, wherever you can manage it. Even without a war-dec system you are still not safe. Concord's job is not to protect you. When they show up, it is dole out a consequence, not to make sure you survive.
This being said, i believe there are three types of wars.
1. A war for the love of pvp/pure hatred of decced corp.
2. A war to make money off noobs.
3. A war to grief a lowsec/0.0 corp in empire.
Now i think a reasonable solution to this war-deccing nonsense would just be to make the war a bit more expensive. It doesn't seem to be in the spirit of EVE to be able to completely circumvent war. If you want to buy your way out of it, you could pay off the corp that is deccing you.
As for the deccing corp... It doesn't make that much sense to me that it is so incredibly easy to wage a war for any of the afformentioned reasons. Even if there are other reasons to declare war, I think it should at least be more expensive.
One person can make the 2 million ISK required to wage war in about 15 minutes. I think a fair number would be 20-25 million ISK. If a corp has serious intentions of starting a war, they should have to think about it just a little bit harder.
This would help deccing noobs because they just wouldn't be worth it. If the warmongers have passion/hate in their hearts, they should have to pay for it. And if they are griefing a 0.0 corp, their expenses should be a little more on par with the amount of trade they can disrupt, simply by shelling out some cash.
While I think that it would be a very bad thing to be able to buy your way directly out of a war, I do think it is much too easy to start one up.
There is also one more idea I'd like to toss onto the pile and I promise I'll make it quick.
I think it might be interesting to have provisions to war. Possibly when a corp decs another corp there could be something like an open contract, under which if the provisions are met, the war ends immediately. It would be cool to allow the deccing corp to set terms. Say they start the war and the only provision they have is 50 mil ISK, the decced corp pays the ISK and voila, war over. (Could be done with ship/items as well)
I really think that the cost of war should go up by a decent amount. 25 mil ISK is by no means backbreaking for any corp, especially one intending on combat. The idea about the provisions could go either way but I think it might be cool and I'd love to see that option in my war tab.
If you stuck this out to the end, you have my thanks.