Friday, March 8, 2013
Wardecs as Bounties, Sorta
(Of course, for all his rhetoric, I don't think James 315 wants to burn highsec to the ground, but that's a post for another time.)
I'm not Terrible Trebor. I would not scrap the entire wardec system if I thought it would put another $50K per month into CCP's corporate wallet.
So, my Wardecs Be Broken post from yesterday was simply a response to two things. The first, Trebor's notion that wardecs should be scrapped if it can be proved that they lose CCP a significant number of subscribers. The second, that they aren't fulfilling the role that CCP wants them to fulfill (and that would be a place for corporations to air their grievances, and as a place where a mercenary market can thrive; both those goals failed.)
The thrust of yesterday's post was to find solutions that would fulfill CCP's stated goals. Debate on the subject showed that my suggestions would provide no incentive for fights. And that's fine. Like I said in the post, I wanted there to be a discussion. One interesting idea was presented in the comments. Something that I think has some actual potential. So ignore the ideas from yesterday, scrap them, they were just the beginning to a conversation, and the conversation has already moved past those ideas.
As it stands, wardecs only favour the aggressor. That's cool and all, but there's absolutely no reason at all for a defender to undock. Unless it was CCP's desire that e-honour be the only motivator for a defender, and we all know what place e-honour has in EVE. There should be some enticement for defenders to undock, to fight. Certainly there'll be some groups of people who will undock under no circumstance, and again, that's cool, but there are groups who only need a little shove out the door, the proverbial carrot.
Why not let the aggressor's wardec fee be that carrot. The motivator for an aggressor is targets. The motivator for a defender could be cold, hard ISK.
Let's say Foo Alliance [Foo] wardecs Bar Alliance [Bar], and the wardec fee is 500M ISK. That amount of ISK becomes available to Bar and only Bar. Even if Bar is able to bring in allies, the amount is still only available to Bar.
How does Bar collect? By killing Foo. Every ship that Foo loses to either Bar or the allies of Bar, some portion of that 500M ISK gets transferred to the alliance wallet of Bar (or the corp executor's wallet, I don't know how wallets work at the alliance level.)
Does Foo get anything for killing Bar? Nope. That get nada. Why? They initiated the wardec looking for targets. They paid for those targets and they got them (if the targets choose to undock.) The wardec fee is the privilege of those targets. Nothing more, nothing less. If that 500M ISK is enough of an enticement for Bar to come out to play, then Foo is going to get a crack at those targets.
Why don't the allies of Bar get any of that 500M ISK? Because it is a war initiated against Bar, not a war initiated against any of the allies. If the allies want to see any of that money, they'll have to negotiate a fee or a percentage with Bar. Maybe some of the allies don't care about the ISK. Maybe some of them do want to earn a wage for their assistance. At any rate, the fact that Bar does collect on Foo kills maybe helps to jump start an actual mercenary market.
At the end of a week, any uncollected "bounty" (wardec fee) remains with CONCORD. Some defenders will choose to fight, some will choose to hire mercenaries, some will choose to stay docked up. I think by giving the defenders a monetary incentive to fight will bring more of them out to play. Certainly more than under the current system, where there is absolutely no incentive to undock.