Focus: CSM Summit Minutes, "Mercenaries, Wars and Crimewatch" session
Know what CCP Unifex's first "mini theme" might be for the summer expansion? I'll sum it up in one word: Pirates! It's funny how often this subject is coming up lately, and I don't think it's a coincidence. We've got pirate noob ships on Singularity, pirate incursions and live events are both more common and CCP Falcon wants to make them even more so, and a number of new features aimed at the pirate player style, notably the "Tags4Secs" program talked about on page 63-64 of the Minutes.
For those who don't want to read the whole thing, I'll sum it up for you: occasionally only in low-sec, a rat will appear and that rat will drop a little tag, similar to the tags dropped by many rats today. Only this tag will be a bit more special. This tag, you'll take to a CONCORD station in low-sec, pay an ISK fee, and bloop! Your security status goes up by some amount. And that happens whether you were the person who killed that particular rat or not. Now there are lots and lots of restrictions to this as CCP tries to design a system that will be hard to game. But that's the gist.
And as a result, there's going to be a fine booming market in these special sec status tags in Jita, plus a whole new profession of people bombing around low-sec belts looking for the rats that drop them! In short, if you need sec status, you'll send an alt to Jita, have the alt buy a big pile of these things and carry them to your main in low-sec. Your main low-sec takes them to a CONCORD station, turns them in along with some ISK, and suddenly you don't need a high-sec alt for a while.
Harbormaster: Hold up there, you! It's a shilling to tie up your boat at the dock... and I shall need to know your name.Do I need to explain how happy this change makes me? God knows I've been begging for the ability to bribe CONCORD to raise sec status for months, and the ability to choose not to rat. Garth even wrote an entire blog post about it. ;-)
Jack Sparrow: What do you say to three shillings and we forget the name.
Harbormaster: Welcome to Port Royal, Mr. Smith!
So all I have to say about this one is: yes, please! As soon as possible, please!
And while I wait, I'm also going to be sniffing the air looking for more clues that "Pirates!" is our summer expansion theme.