Thursday, October 17, 2013

Trading Youth For Wisdom

The current war declaration mechanic in Eve Online doesn't work very well at the moment.

In its current form somebody can offer to form a war declaration alliance with you for free, or for an amount of ISK.  Once the agreement has been made the game does nothing to enforce this agreement, if they want to take the money and run nothing is stopping them.

What I propose is a modification of the ally part of the war declaration mechanic to do the following.

I can set how much I will pay them, to be kept in escrow, for each amount of ISK they destroy of the enemies, up to a certain amount.

For example, I could offer to pay 1 million ISK for every 10 million ISK of enemy "stuff" they destroy, with a limit of my payments at 50 million, which would mean they have to destroy 500 million in ISK value to receive the total 50 million.

Obviously that's a low amount but good enough as an example.

About half an hour after suggesting this on voice comms as one solution to the ally mechanic, one of the younger corporation members proudly proclaimed he'd come up with an idea and then outlined the above, except thirty minutes late.

I'm pretty sure it isn't a new idea anyway, but whatever.

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