Posted - 2005.04.11 15:06:00 - [1
In my experience you almost always find yourself using one of your med slots for some type of propulsion enhancement, like an Afterburner or a Microwarp Drive. There are exceptions of course but it is certainly a very common thing to see in the EVE universe.
It occurred to me that this is in many ways an inefficient use of med slots, because those are intended primarily for engineering and tactical capabilities - shield enhancements, EW and such things. Propulsion strictly speaking doesn't quite fit that purpose, unless of course you have a ship where speed is of direct tactical importance - like an Interceptor perhaps.
Therefore I propose a new type of slot called Propulsion slots. Each ship is given anywhere from zero to two propulsion slots, suitable for MWD, AB or AB+OD fittings.
Supplemental ideas include a new fitting specification (Drive Torque Limit just to make up a name), advanced propulsion drives that fit only specific types of ships, Tech2 ships with extra propulsion slots or Torque bonuses, new EW or weapon technology that affect Torque (replacement for current jammers and webbers) and many other things.
Naturally this means rebalancing but it might not be so bad because the advantage of having an extra med slot is given to all players.
Anyway - it's an idea. That's what this forum is for .. :-)
I think it might open up many new options for both game designers and players.