But this post approaches these issues from a different direction.
In the post from CCP Soundwave that I referenced yesterday, he revealed an interesting perspective with regards to wars in EVE. In short, CCP regards the ability to shoot people as a privilege. He says (edited slightly):
War dec prices are determined by the value you get from them. If you want to go to war with someone, a higher number of potential targets should be more expensive. If you're a smaller alliance, this makes you a less attractive target...These three sentences almost only make sense in backward-land, where everything is the reverse of reality. But the thing to keep in mind is that this system is being designed by a lot of guys that don't really play this game, so their perspective on it is skewed. EVE is not reality, because small countries don't declare war against big ones. I haven't seen Iceland declare war on Russia lately because of the value conferred by being able to shoot a higher number of potential targets.
But of course in EVE, a smaller alliance can potentially be a powerful one. If a small PvP-focused alliance declares war on a much larger care-bear alliance, then making that cost more makes perfect sense from this skewed perspective. The "real world" version of this is an alternate universe where the Russians have no Navy, and Iceland's four or five coast guard cutters can raid Russia's merchant fleet with relative impunity. There are certainly EVE alliances like that, and from the skewed perspective, the war-dec system and its cost model makes perfect sense.
But as far as I can tell, this type of war-dec are the only perspective for which it makes sense.
This is the same skewed perspective where:
- The Mittani making a drunken bad joke about harassing an EVE player into a RL rash action during the Fanfest Alliance Panel is bad, but...
- the very same Mittani causing Goonswarm to war-dec Issler Dainze's corp for the rest of her natural life is -- as Soundwave puts it in the same post -- a "social repercussion you've created" and is perfectly OK.
Want to avoid most griefer war-decs? Create or join a super-alliance of hundreds of high-sec corps with thousands of total members. Will griefers see the "value" in declaring war on such a super-alliance? They might... in the skewed perspective of backward-land. But I suspect they're just as likely to go looking for someone smaller, less risky, and cheaper.
Meanwhile, in this same skewed perspective, if you want to fight Goonswarm to get "value" out of a "higher number of potential targets", you can either:
- declare war on the Goons at a cost of 500 million ISK...
- or you can just wait until they declare war on someone, then ask to be the target's first or second ally for either free or ten million ISK.
I hate to put it in such stark terms, but the more I think about the new war-dec system, the less sense it makes to me. It really is the product of a skewed perspective from backward-land. And CCP's attempts to fix it are only making it worse. The tools and UI around war declarations seem fine, but I think the process behind the tools needs to be scrapped and started again.