Why Arma was a bad idea
Right, I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time now, and I think I have finally been able to come to a conclusion.
Arma was a terrible idea. It probably did not seem so at first, however, let me elaborate in order to perhaps show you my train of thought. These are my opinions, and you probably
possess your own, as such, please humour me :).
Lets look at two different sections in the recent time-line of HWS: 1. Before Arma 2. After arma.
->1<- Before Arma existed PVP and the balance of interest was focused on the newly added Black Hole, which in its own way served as the ‘Pressure Cooker’ or focal point for space-based PVP. This worked. Factions and groups of players in general could not gain stronghold in the Black Hole due to the ever encroaching 24hr wipe.
Pvp was rife, players wanting a good quantity of gold would go to the Black Hole, and have to risk their ship and inventory in order to attain riches, or do POIs for other valuables.
Before the black hole? Pvp was concentrated on homeworld, as it would also present interesting avenues for players to attain wealth in form of gold meteorites across a wide number of planets. People could get entrenched by building bases, which would be somewhat vulnerable due to the PVP nature of the Homeworld system itself.
->2<- After Arma was implemented, we saw a gargantuan shift in the economy and PVP center of gravity (atleast for the blue alliance (PKA/FDM/TMP/ENA …)). Suddenly the Black Hole, including Home World becomes less profitable than the Arma PVE Goldrush. Arma was rising, pressures began mounting. We see players flock to Arma due to greed and the ability to make an unbelievable amount of gold in a small amount of time. This caused problems where diplomatic relations, play field stability and interest in other systems are concerned.
This basically broke the game. FST shows us the best example for player attitude regarding this.
-> Rush to arma to mine gold
-> Dont care about anything else in the game anymore
-> Not attack/do anything else but focus on arma
As an inside PKA player, I see
-> no more effort guarding fellow guardians on other planets
-> no more effort in attacking/doing space battles
–> This probably makes sense as everyone (INCLUDING pirates) seem to be focusing on Arma now, making the rest of the expansive galacy on HWS completely useless
-> coming home almost every day with either
–> nothing going on as noone is attacking arma (And people are rebuilding/stocking from the last mashup on arma)
–> shit breaking lose (very often) and everyone fighting on arma
–> (I dont think ive visited any other system in days).
As such, with the addition of Armageddon, the planet has suddenly seen a massive influx of players, breaking the playfield, and sucking the life out of every other system on the HWS server.
What a shame. I am bored. I wonder what your opinions are, if you agree with me regarding the colossal fail of an idea arma is/was, if you have any suggestions improvements?
Tell me if I am being stupid.