Saturday, November 4, 2017

How CCP Can Save Itself and EVE Online

The EVE community is abuzz about the news that CCP has abandoned its VR focus and has terminated over 25% of its employees. Years ago, CCP put EVE on the back-burner and went all-in on VR. Now VR's out. CCP's new plan is to get in on the top floor of the mobile gaming market. Though CCP fired a good chunk of its staff, much of the downsizing related to its non-EVE employees.


However, CCP did eliminate nearly the entire EVE Community Team. For example, CCP fired CCP Phanton, the man responsible for locking my groundbreaking Manifesto and Manifesto II threads so many years ago. The threads, which are from the pre-Code era, provided much of the intellectual justification for what would ultimately become the Code. Dismissing these historic threads as mere "rants" (like the Declaration of Independence was a rant?), CCP Phantom tried to strangle the Code in its crib, so to speak. The Code survived. CCP Phantom did not.

Among the Community Team, CCP Falcon is the only notable member who has been confirmed not to have been terminated. The full extent of the CCP "banwave" isn't yet known. Reportedly, there are few if any layoffs among the EVE Development Team (those who design the game, rather than interacting with the community). CCP Fozzie remains at his post.

Naturally, these events have intensified the "EVE is dying" chatter, which has been growing steadily over the past few years. Clearly, CCP is in trouble, and so is EVE. How can they be saved? As always, the answer is for CCP to listen to me. CCP, you'll want to read MinerBumping especially carefully today.


HOW TO SAVE CCP AND EVE ONLINE

STEP ONE: FIX NULLSEC.

Nullsec is in a state of unprecedented crisis--which is to say, peace. In the nearly two and a half years since the introduction of FozzieSov, there have been no major wars in nullsec. Actually, there's one big exception: World War Bee (i.e., the Casino War). However, WWB/Casino War doesn't count in any meaningful sense when considering the health of nullsec, because it only occurred due to massive funding from the now-illegal EVE gambling sites. Since gambling sites can't fund any future wars, we need to look at major wars that occurred organically during the FozzieSov era. There haven't been any.

In the year and a half since the end of the Casino War, there have been no major wars in nullsec. None. Zero. And no, your alliance's little local conflict that nobody cares about didn't count as a "major war". Nor did your alliance's aborted attempt at a campaign that lasted a week and didn't accomplish anything. Major wars in EVE are events, and you know them when you see them. You can't miss 'em. They attract media attention, they reshape the map of nullsec, and they cause the number of logged-in EVE players to spike.

In short, they keep EVE going. Nullsec isn't going anywhere at the moment, it hasn't for a long time, and it doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Nullsec is broken. Jump fatigue helped break it, and FozzieSov made sure it stayed broken.

Here's how to fix nullsec:

#1. Fix sov. Do it simply: One structure with one reinforcement timer that can be pre-set to last anywhere from 0 hours to 24 hours. That's it. Whoever shows up when the structure comes out of reinforcement and holds the field, gets sov.

"But James 315, we need a massive advantage for the defending side, and lots of intricate mechanics, and multiple timers spanning days."

No, you don't. All you need for a sov system is a simple mechanic that forces the defender to show up at a given time and win a fleet battle.

"But James 315, the defender needs lots of advance notice before a fight."

No, they don't. It's better to have a faster-paced system, even if that means not everybody can show up to the fight. If you lose, launch an organized counter-offensive.

"But James 315, the winner needs to have overwhelming force, otherwise there will be ping-ponging back and forth."

Good. Ping-ponging means the sides are actually fighting. A good sov system is one that encourages the underdog to at least try to win. You also want a system that tempts an attacker to action. When designing a sov system, you need to do everything to minimize the EVE player's natural risk-aversion, rather than maximizing it. Then action might take place.

#2. Delete jump fatigue.

There are ways to adjust jump fatigue to make it work properly, but that's too complicated for CCP. Get rid of it.

#3. Delete all supercaps.

Again, there are ways that supercaps can be adjusted to make them scale with the other ships and integrated into a rock-paper-scissors dynamic, rather than being an unstoppable apex force. Years ago, I wrote at some length about how to do this. However, it's complicated to pull it off, and CCP won't be able to get it right. Therefore, all supercaps should be deleted from the game.

"But James 315, Pandemic Legion would be very upset if this happened."

I remember PL before they became all about supercaps. If there's anything left of that PL, they'd do just fine in a post-supercap EVE.

"But James 315, some people spent years grinding isk to get their supercaps, or they PLEXed to buy supercaps using real money."

That's not what EVE is about.

#4. Delete remote reps.

There's a case to be made for remote reps on smaller ships, and there are probably some ways you could make remote reps not inhibit gameplay, but it's too complicated for CCP to get right. Eliminate them instead. The problem with remote reps has always been that they can make battles too one-sided. You need to tempt the underdog into battle, or else conflict won't take place. The idea that a powerful but losing fleet can inflict little damage because they can't quite break the remote-rep tank of the other side--that outweighs any benefits remote reps add to gameplay. Besides, remote reps have had their time in the sun for far too long. It's time to explore different metas.

#5. Make shifting, scarce resources.

Remember when tech moons were the big thing? Remember the technetium cartel? People complained that conspiracies to control tech would bring peace and stagnation to nullsec. Actually, the value and scarcity of tech in those days made them a conflict driver. Even when the cartel was functioning as intended, there was a lot more conflict and a lot more war in nullsec than there is now. The reason is that people had an incentive to try to conquer and defend space; some space was significantly more valuable than other space.

CCP should learn from that experience to create a couple different valuable, scarce resources, and then periodically shift their locations on the nullsec map. To make them amply desirable, these resources need to be bottleneck items that everyone needs, like technetium back in the day.

STEP TWO: GO ALL-IN ON THE CODE.

CCP tried Walking In Stations, World of Darkness, DUST 514, and VR. None of those things worked. They cost the company untold amounts of money. It's time for CCP to put its faith in something different--a good idea. Why not the Code?

#1. Nerf highsec PvE into oblivion.

Highsec rewards are far too great, considering highsec's low risk and and the convenience of highsec's trade hubs. PvE in highsec should offer almost no rewards at all. Delete incursions, higher-level missions, ice, mid-level ores, etc.

#2. Buff highsec PvP.

All of the anti-fun measures taken by CCP over the last several years should be reversed. Mining ships and freighters' EHP should be cut back down to size. Ore bays should be removed. Can-flipping should return: Delete the safety button and all crimewatch rules that discourage aggression games. Make wardecs cheap against corps and alliances of all sizes.

Increase the time it takes CONCORD to respond. Decrease its effectiveness.

Delete the faction police entirely.

#3. General amnesty for everyone banned for non-botting reasons.

Everyone who has ever been banned for anything other than botting should be unbanned. Think about all of the great players we'd get back. Imagine the headlines.

#4. Put my face on the one dollar bill.

Maybe not literally, but you get the idea. EVE has something really great and special with the Code, so CCP should promote it. Don't be embarrassed that people are actually generating content; acknowledge their effect on the game and its players. CCP should make the Code part of the EVE tutorial. They should end dev blogs with "Praise James!" Then people might read them again.

Until nullsec is fixed, the Code is all EVE has. Let's not pretend otherwise. Let's celebrate the Code and everything it has done for the game.

If you're one of CCP's remaining employees, now is not the time to wallow in misery. There's no need to torment yourselves with sleepless nights spent wondering how to get out of the mess you've made. You've got all the answers--everything you need to do--right here in this one MinerBumping post. I didn't even stretch it into a two-parter, though I certainly could have. Fixing EVE couldn't be easier. Get to it.

56 comments:

  1. Excellent recommendations. Praise James!

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    1. Calm down murder lover.

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    2. Why thank you!

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  2. CCP should follow James' ten directions* like the Ten Commandments. They will bring EVE salvation or, if unheeded, damn the game for all eternity.

    *the tenth commandment is "praise James". Praise him!

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  3. This is a one way road map to oblivion you have absolutely no concept of how this game works on the macro level. Market forces will settle in the next 90 days and there will be a late winter war or a winter of rage from goons. SOV does need to be adjusted, PVE in highsec is what pays CCP's bills that is why they are expanding and injecting new life into it. Please do us all a favor and stop posting.

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    1. Eve fixed in 90 days? Really?

      You have absolutely no concept of reality. If you want to pluck random numbers out, here's one: you'll be forgotten in 24 hours.

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    2. Anon 8:04 laying down the law. Even i felt that burn

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    3. Jeezus what an idiot, pve in highsec does NOT pay CCP's bills. PVP and the resulting losses that have to be replaced is what pays the bills. Even when it's some highsec shitter buying a new failfit highsec barge after a gank, PVP is what drives all aspects of EVE.

      This is not a single-player mission game you solo through in a few weeks/days/hours.


      unknownanon733 you may have a legal case against whatever it was that gave you brain damage.

      Call 1-800-BRAIN-DED now for fast legal advice!

      Dumbass

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    4. 24 hours, that bet is on.

      Also, calm down murder lovers.

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    5. That's a lie, but will go with that if you'll tell me what it is.

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  4. James 315 laying it down.

    The code is always winning !!!

    Inb4 ag start sperging about something else.

    P.s.s never forget shardani

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    1. Murderbot is still praying for the shartdani because code agents love child killers.

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    2. Are you one with the force Padeewan?

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  5. Especially nullsec. It is in extremely sorry state. Literally turned into swamp where people afk farm and then go to lowsec to do casual pew-pew (instead of fighting for world domination). Are you from null? Go pew-pew in null. But not afk farm there wrapped in blue lists and then roll to low like "good husbands" attend brothels.

    Set goals. Fight for them.

    So far, living in low, I see null carebears who are desperately trying to prove (to themselves mostly) that they are fearsome warriors. Wrong. They are bored to hell nullsec carebears.

    Highsec. Yes. Totally agree. Remove farming from there. Totally.

    PvP. Make it easy for new players. Without grinding for ships. Make it like WoT or CS.

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    1. So you are saying the "fearsome warriors all reside where? Lowsec?

      ahahahahahahahah yea, all those lowsec faction welfare farmers? All PVP in EVE is different, and anytime some shitter pops up claiming one type of pvp is more knoble or worthy or whatever better than any other it's our duty as real EVE players to call that person out and "re-educate" them.

      In the null I'm from the pvpers fight in that null. And in lowsec, and in highsec. We have alts killing people in all areas.

      Who the hell just plays in lowsec?

      My guess is that you are too scared to live in null where you can't hide from bubbles, or in highsec with CONCORD, so you farm welfare plexes and chase the odd shitter from provi. Guess what friend, those other guys in lowsec that dunk your shit.... those are our alts.

      And why the heck would CCP want to make anything to make it "like WoT or CS"? This is EVE, not WoT or CS.

      Maybe you should go back to WoW.

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    2. Proof that code agents are not open minded and blindly follow the teachings of James even if it teaches them to martyr themselves for a cause. Well ISIS soldiers just remember take your rage out of game and the law always wins.

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    3. Nullbear got triggered. Nice, nice.

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    4. Whoops another triggered agent, you going to bitch like Cryma?

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    5. You're a terrible conversationalist.

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    6. Shitter603 don't know what triggered means. Learn to eve dumbass.

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    7. Calm down murder lover, you can always cry in the safety of your pillow, just stuff it over your face and leave there till you feel better.

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  6. But CCP devs do not play their own game. Look at their "tutorial". People who do jobs like this should be impaled.

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    2. Okay, but what am I supposed to be proving?

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  7. I've no special liking for the Community Team (as was), although I appreciate the efforts of some of them to at least humanise their role.

    I fear, though, that the wrong people have been 'let go'. There's been enough chat about it on the forums, so I'll not rehearse it all here.

    A great post, James; one that I think should be read widely, and its ideas adopted as quickly as possible. Now that would be an expansion worth the name!

    Might even entice me back to the skies...

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    1. Thank you, though I wish I had complimented you better. You're very interesting.

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  8. I propose firing Hilmar and hiring James 315 to take over at CCP. #MAKECCPGREATAGAIN

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    2. I would use fake information that I send over worldcomputers to make government weak.

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  9. Accept the fact that eve has had a good run, unfortunately it might just be time to let it go, it may have put its best days behind it and they no longer find it profitable. That's business, once they see declining profits they set times to remove resources from the project until its time to just pull the plug.

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    1. they actually just take eve profits and use them to fund failure after failure, always have-always will.
      youre welcome to pull your own plug tho.

      the unbanning is a good idea.

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    2. Calm down murder lover.

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    3. WOW LvG you literally walked into that one, someone posts a simple comment and you tell them to kill themselves. I'm starting to see a pattern with the code, they may actually like death and murder. They talk about it enough.

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    4. That may prove you human. However, you claim I am a robot, and nothing you have told me suggests that I should believe you.

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  10. How CODE acts:

    Government agencies at all levels aimed to exclude Jews from the economic sphere of Germany by preventing them from earning a living. Jews were required to register their domestic and foreign property and assets, a prelude to the gradual expropriation of their material wealth by the state. Likewise, the German authorities intended to "Aryanize" all Jewish businesses, a process involving the dismissal of Jewish workers and managers, as well as the transfer of companies and enterprises to non-Jewish Germans, who bought them at prices officially fixed well below market value. From April 1933 to April 1938, "Aryanization" effectively reduced the number of Jewish-owned businesses in Germany by approximately two-thirds.

    What code forces miners to pay for:

    During the Nazi era, German authorities reintroduced the Jewish badge as a key element in their plan to persecute and eventually to destroy the Jewish population of Europe. They used the badge not only to stigmatize and humiliate Jews but also to segregate them and to watch and control their movements.

    How code fights:
    Blitzkrieg means “lightning war”. It was an innovative military technique first used by the Germans in World War two and was a tactic based on speed and surprise. Blitzkrieg relied on a military force be based around Light tank units supported by planes and infantry (foot soldiers). The tactic was based on Alfred von Schlieffen’s ‘Schlieffen Plan’ – this was a doctrine formed during WWI that focused on quick military victory. It was later developed in Germany by an army officer called Heinz Guderian who looked at new technologies, namely dive bombers and light tanks, to improve the German army’s maneuverability.


    Minerbumping.com propaganda is just like:

    Films released to the public concentrated on certain issues: the greed of Jews; the greatness of Hitler; the way of life for a true Nazi especially the young and as World war 2 approached, how badly Germans who lived in countries in Eastern Europe were treated.

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    1. That's not a joke, unfortunately it's the truth.

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    2. Salt mined recently?

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    3. That's a very pessimistic view of life.

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    4. Agreed, That is exactly how CODE is operating and behaving, it makes them look pathetic and weak. They will lose just like the nazi's did.

      ~Victory to the Rebels

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    5. Still, tldr.


      Never forget shardani.

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    6. Put the saviours face on the $1 bill, you sold yourself short saviour, i would have thought the $100 bill more befitting. And every billboard in every system in james 315 territory should have your face on it. Id like to think CCP would do that more as a community service announcement.

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    7. Cryma is back and praying to his favorite child killer.

      Calm down murder lover.

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    8. That is malicious. I am benevolent. You are wrong.

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    9. You want your face on the lowest denomination as it would have the highest circulation and hence more ppl would see his face.

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    10. That's not ever a proper question.

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    11. Calm down murder lover.

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  11. I'd also add reinstatement of poses and removal of all citadels/related crap.

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    1. That is not consciousness, that is the definition of life.

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    2. ???????????

      The fuck is wrong with u ag retards?

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  12. Jamey with more of his ramblings. If his "embrace the CHODE" missives are enacted the EO subscriber base will decline by 50% in a month. Then EVE will truly die. But maybe this is troll-master Jamey's true goal after all.

    Mark my words.

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  13. Very insightful, hopefully CCP takes some advise here. Praise James!

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