Poor old lowsec, it’s like the quiet kid in the corner quietly drawing really cool stuff who is ignored because he is in a room full of sugar-crazed morons who are running around the room with crayons up their noses.
I’ll start this by saying I am biased – I live in lowsec and its where I belong. Sometimes it drives me nuts when yet another cloaky farmer won’t fight or the facwar guys form up a ten man cruiser gang with logi to attack our two battle haulers but then you get one of those awesome days when it all goes right, you get heaps of outclassed fights you should have lost and come out of it all with a big smile and a pile of loot the size of a whale.
That said I have lived in wormholes and I have an alt in nullsec so I do know the other side of the coin and it just always seems that lowsec keeps getting the boot. I will say that the gate gun changes about a year(?) ago were the single best thing that has ever happened to lowsec. before that if you agressed someone you had to wait 15 mins before going near a bloody gate. You have no idea how happy we were when that one came in. But ever since then its been a bit depressing.
The fundamental game concept which is often touted is “risk vs reward” and not a single rational person would say that null is riskier than lowsec. Remember a few months back when the standings were broken for a few days so everyone showed as neutral in local? The nullbears were screaming that the game was “essentially unplayable” – man up cupcake, try living in a wormhole.
I appreciate that to own sov you need to blue up half the map and get a load of brainwashed automatons to bash various large structures which don’t shoot back but this is not “effort vs reward” its risk and when you have your intel channels, colour coded local and cyno jammers you are pretty bloody safe out in sov null.
The latest boot is to cap production in low, one of the few ways you could make decent cash in lowsec which will now be 11% more expensive than doing it deep in a nullsec fortress, really? Have you any idea how scary it is jumping a freighter into lowsec?
Lowsec at the moment doesn’t really have its defining thing, we need something that people come here for (so that we can kill them and take it) until then we will continue to do what we do, complain on the bad days and cheer on the good ones.