My main EVE Online character, Neville Smit, has a dark secret - he has a half-brother, Angra Mainyu Smit. While Neville is generally kindly and easy-going, Angra is not. Nev likes to hang out mostly in hi-sec - Angra prefers the seamy underside of null space. Nev likes to make and build things - Angra delights in killing innocents and doing unspeakably bad things to their corpses, which he collects in a walk-in freezer in the back of his quarters.
The following is a record of their latest brother-to-brother chat....
Nev: Hey, half-bro - it's been a while. How's it going?
Angra: Just fine, Mister Carebear. I'm in a very good mood today.
Uh oh - what'd you do this time?
Nothing. Not a thing. The forces of the universe just seem to be going my way - big time.
What do you mean?
Haven't you heard? High sec industry is dying, man. Dead. And I'm gonna be sooooo rich.
What the hell are you babbling about?
Oh, you don't know? Heh heh heh! Wow, you are going to love this. Let me tell you about the greatest thing to happen in New Eden, ever.
It seems that there are some big changes coming to industry. The limited slots in stations for manufacturing and research jobs - they're all going away. They figured out a way to scale for an unlimited number of jobs now.
Really? That sounds pretty cool, actually. No more waiting for free slots in stations?
Yep - any job you submit will start right away.
Wow - that would be awesome. What's the catch?
Well, now instead of paying a flat fee for station manufacturing or research jobs, you pay a sliding scale, depending on how many jobs are running there. The busier the station, the more you pay.
Uh oh, now I see why you are happy about this. High sec stations are generally busy, so that means pilots will pay more to use those, right?
Exactly - you might see the price of manufacturing go up by 14 percent. What do you think of that, Mister Carebear?
That is really going to hurt margins - in fact, it might make manufacturing of some things totally unprofitable. Oh, this is bad. Very bad.
Hee hee! The look on your face - priceless. And wait until you hear the rest of it.
*sigh* There's more bad news?
Bad for you, but great for me. The returns on manufacturing in null security space are about to go through the roof.
What? How so?
Somebody up there likes me, I guess. The Forces That Be say that if you live in null sec, you should make more ISK. Everything about industry is getting restructured to make that a permanent reality.
Hold on - so, if I want to make any real money as an industrialist, I have to go to null sec? Are you sure about this?
Hey, Mister Carebear, I don't make the rules. I just enjoy how it's going all my way. Hee hee!
How does this make any sense at all?
That's the best part! It doesn't! The idea is that null sec is "high risk", right? So, high risk should get high reward. High sec space is low risk - so no more rewards for you!
OK, I kind of get that manufacturing in null sec should be more lucrative, but how does that justify destroying industry in high sec?
Because The Forces That Be have decided that all the real pilots that matter live in 0.0 - I've been telling you this for years. Maybe now you'll get the message and finally join me there.
And become a drone to the null power blocs out there? Just pressing my F1 trigger on command, in blob fleets so huge that the very fabric of space-time gets slowed down to a crawl? No, thank you.
It is inevitable, brother. Your carebear days are over. Resistance is futile. You will become One Of Us.
Man, you are creepy sometimes.
I do my best.
You could at least stop grinning at me like that. I really don't want to go to 0.0. I was making a decent living here in high sec, even if the margins weren't great - at least they weren't terrible. This is really going to screw up everything.
Now, now - don't get too upset. Let me tell you a secret, brother. Let me whisper it to you.
The truth is: there isn't really any risk in null sec. Hasn't been any in a long time.
Huh? But I thought The Forces That Be said...
Dude, they are so out of touch, The Forces That Be have no idea what it's really like in null these days. The truth is, a lot of the periphery is carebear heaven now. Join a big alliance, and you can rat and mine and mission and run anoms all day long, and just roll in all the cash. And now, with the manufacturing changes coming, you'll be able to make some decent ISK that way, too. It's a never-ending gold mine. How do you think I afford to lose so many ships?
So really, in null, it's no risk, and all the rewards - but in high sec, it's low risk, and no rewards now?
You got it! So, when are you moving out to join me?
Hmmm, I don't know. This is really depressing. You know, if things go like you say they are going. I'm not sure what to do. Maybe I should just retire.
What? You're just giving up? Why would you do that?
Sometimes you just need to know when to quit, half-bro. Maybe this is the right time to do that.
But that's insane! I just told you what a great scam we've got going on in null sec these days! This is the time to go out there, give up all this high sec carebearing nonsense, and become a real pilot! What is wrong with you?
Nothing. Nothing at all. I just know who I really am. It seems The Forces That Be have forgotten that. Or maybe they just don't care. Either way, I can tell when the deck is stacked against me - it's best to just walk away from that kind of game. You know what I mean?
I really do not understand you sometimes. Not at all.
Same here, half-bro - I still love you anyway.
Whatever. Are you really just going to quit?
Not right away. I'll see how things settle out with these changes first. If it gets as bad as you say... yeah, I'll probably just retire.
Hmmm. OK, then. Can I have your stuff?
Heh, we'll see, half-bro. We'll see.
Fly safe. o7