- Ally contracts have fixed length of two weeks
- Allies can not be part of mutual wars – defender cannot hire allies into mutual wars and existing ally contracts are cancelled (with a 24 hour grace period)
- Cap on War Dec cost – it will never have a base price of more than 500 mill regardless of corp/alliance membership (still affected by the number of wars you have declared)
- New UI control for War options in war lists
- Added cost for hiring multiple allies for a war – hiring more than one ally now incur a cost that goes to CONCORD. The cost rises exponentially the more allies are hired into the same war.
So, for those of you who don't keep up on such things, it seems that Jade Constantine came up with a way to game the new war-dec system and even the odds against Goonswarm and other large alliances who declare inexpensive wars against smaller corporations (like my own.) She outlined this plan several days ago on Failheap Challenge. The "defender" (words in quotes provided by CCP) simply makes the war mutual and then get's every mother's son with an ax to grind to sign on as allies. By making the war mutual, it traps the "aggressor" in the war until they offer a surrender to the "defender."
Now, at face value this seems brilliant. It provides real consequences for declaring war against anyone. Isn't that what CCP has been harping about all year? They want more risk and more consequence for actions taken in New Eden. To be sure, many who dislike what's been going on (think The Mittani and Death Squads) jumped on this opportunity to give payback. It seems to have worked considering what's happened with The Honda Accord war.
Now CCP comes along and announces changes. Take a look at those highlighted ones again. Even to me they look like they are specifically designed to stop "defenders" from dog piling allies onto "aggressors" in the manner Jade outlines. In fact, this is precisely why they were included. CCP wants to stop "defenders" from dog piling "aggressors." The reaction to this "nerf" was predictable. The rage was so bad CCP Goliath had to lock the thread.
Now, before you get yourself all worked up because CCP is favoring Goonswarm again, think it through. They NEED to make these changes. That little mutual war-dec dog-pile loop-hole isn't just usable to exact revenge on Goonswarm (or Test.) It can be used against every mercenary corporation that ever wanted to make a living from being mercenaries. And though you may find it odd for a carebear to say, they deserve the right to earn a living too. Frankly, mercenaries are some of the hardest working people I know. Dog-piling them because you don't like their chosen profession is no better than The Mittani sending out Death Squads because he doesn't like bad press from a high-sec carebear.
So CCP has to draw a line and the system has to be the same for everyone. There cannot be two separate war declaration systems - one for Goon size "aggressors" and one for everyone else. As much as I'd like to see Goons and anyone else with visions of a PvP Utopia driven out of high-sec, I can't condone ruining legitimate game-play for someone else. That would be selfish of me and it would be of you too.
I hope cooler heads will prevail and people start getting behind these inevitable changes. Jade has already stated much of what I have and proposed other changes that will stop the abuse yet allow a 3 person corp to field 8997 allies against 9000 Goons. Perhaps some of you will think it through and make even better suggestions to CCP Goliath. They will listen. Not all of them were once Goons as someone else pointed out in that Failheap Thread.
So look, here's the deal my friends - carebear and otherwise. This is our game. No really, it belongs to us because, outside of CCP, we are the only ones interested in seeing it succeed. If it is to succeed, we frankly need to embrace all play styles. We have to support them and insure they have a place, and a properly balanced role, inside our universe. Will there be risk? Yes. Will there be reward? I hope so. But the most important thing is that, in the end, there will still be a New Eden for all of us - even Goons.