Well the topic is here for quite a while and many things have been said - both supportive as well as those which are in contrary.
Let me do a quick summary and speak up my suggestions which I would like to address to CCP Devs.
Current situation (Apocrypha):
Talking about damage in EVE ranging from frig to BS we have basically 3 primary weapon types:
It is quite important to make it clear here, that by primary weapon we understand an essential part of the ship which is bringing through the nature of its purpose as well as through bonuses given by specific ship the major percentage of total DPS.
Now, there are ways in EVE to counter (this is very important word in my understanding "COUNTER" not to remove entirely) any of primary DPS weapon by multiple means; as an example you can use ECM to counter basically any primary weapon - for drones assuming you manage to keep a perma jam from the start), on top of that for missiles you can use FOFs which we know suck quite a lot (I know that CCP is looking into it atm); for turrets you can use tracking disruptors, sens. damps are here as well as a general tool (ofc ofc not much use at a close range); on top of that you can pop any drone which is harrasing you any time.THE MESSAGE I WANT TO DELIVER TO ALL OF YOU - PLAYERS OF EVE AS WELL AS CCP DEVS IS:
SENTRIES IN LOWSEC SHOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH WHATEVER PVP AGGRESSION BY MEANS OF REMOVING ENTIRELY
THE PRIMARY WEAPON OF ANY SHIP
This is not about favouring any race or ships, this is about the way DPS is being delivered in EVE. Existing types of weapons should be respected and allowed to have a fair chance to live to its purpose in this game.
I have read carefully this entire thread and other similar as well. I know thoughts many of you thinking now, that with drones being "safe" in lowsec "WE HAVE A PROBLEM".
I do not agree.
1. A drone boat itself will be aggressed by sentries the same way as any other boat (missile or turret based); in fact there will be more DPS landing on the aggressing side, because sentries will not cycle through bunch of T1 drones used just to divert sents DPS.
2. You all use EFT the same way as I do and I believe most of you have done the homework to figure out that there is a balance in general and as such drone boat of its class has roughly the same DPS as turret boat of the same class, ofc with some variations etc etc, but in general yes, it does.
3. Pirates are today not ganking you in lowsec with Myrmidon but with Brutix, Hurricane or Harbinger, but they do (I am using those T1 BCs ofc just as an example
). If the balance is restored, some of them will use Myrmidon instead of any of those 3, but the damage output will be similar, so what is the deal?
What will it bring?
More balance to lowsec in my eyes and I am sure many of EVE players can support it. People will be able to field also drone boats with their primary weapon in tact.
Should there be still a concern about too much ganking in lowsec, I do not mind this being topic to be discussed as well, there are ways to do it e.g.:
- give sentries more DPS
- implement tracking issue on sentries to allow smaller / faster ships to operate
- etc etc
But the issue itself is not about drones, it is more general and defines the lowsec as a whole.
So or so, drones as being for many ships primary weapon by its nature, should not be disadvantaged to other primary weapons in lowsec (they are not in 0.0 and not at war time), as in such a way substantial amount of offensive warfare is removed, but on a selective base, which is not fair.
Looking forward to read your responses, hopefully one of such being from CCP.
Many thanks for reading this.