Thursday Matinée: Ragnarok
..in which Aiden attempts to segue from entertaining video to political discourse and hypothetical game fixes.
Being predominantly a high-sec griefer-type, I have almost zero experience with Capital ships. I’ve been around a Carrier all of probably twice, and I’ve (thankfully) never been in a major Cap battle where Supercaps, Titans, and crushing TiDi are blapping everything off the field before they can even cycle their guns (“huh, weird, why aren’t more people in null?” say the guys bringing nukes to a knife fight). So, videos like today’s are actually pretty illuminating to me to.
Supercaps and Titans certainly get their screen-time in plenty of usually hard-to-follow nullsec battle vids, but its a rare chance to get behind the wheel of one, so to speak, and view the blappage through the Titan pilot’s eyes. Way back when aggression rules in highsec were hilariously broken and Orca swapping was new, I used to go around in a shuttle can-flipping everything I possibly could to get literally every miner across 10 belts to aggress me before hot-swapping to a Cynabal and going on an all out rampage. A similar experience is being a kid and running across a field of dandelion puffs kicking them all as you go and laughingly watching them whimsically explode around you; hopefully, you can see why this video brought up that memory.
Oh, and for the love of god, turn the sound off after the first minute or two.
There’s always a lot of talk about re-balancing SCs and Titans; that they’re too powerful, that major alliance-blocs overly use them to project power in stupidly over-powered ways. I usually agree with that mindset, but watching that video certainly highlights some things.
Yes, null alliance-blocs over-use Supercaps and Titans, and yes, massive fleets of them are ridiculous power-projections. But, in my humble opinion there’s nothing unbalanced about Titans themselves; it is the ability to mass-produce and use them en-mass that is out of sync.
If we’re being lore-friendly (and I’m usually not), something as unfathomably massive as a Titan, which can literally effect the tidal patterns of planets it gets too close to, should be an absolute beast on the battlefield. It should be something that turns the tides of battle, a force of reckoning, and a seriously “oh shit” moment for the enemy. It can one-shot battleships? Why the hell not! It’s the size of a small moon and has guns that shoot bullets the size of a two-car garage 4 at a time.
Titans and SCs actually fill a pretty great role in large-scale null-combat, and yes, I do think that only the biggest, richest blocs should be able to afford to use them; that just makes sense. However the ease in which they’re both built and utilized has gotten to a ridiculous level. When you start having gigantic fleets of them running around, and that there are allegedly more than twice as many being built at any given time than lost, then things are officially out of hand.
What if we did something like raise the mineral price of Supercaps and Titans by 20x? Again, I’m hardly an expert on nullsec Capital warfare, but I wonder if that would be a step in the right direction. Certainly, the huge blocs would find a way to still fund building them, but at a sharply decreased rate. Committing a Titan or SC to a fight would have much steeper consequences, especially as the number of them in space began to slowly decrease with the dramatically lowered build numbers. Again, I don’t believe that Titans and Supercaps themselves are OP, but rather its the silly manner in which they’re so easily made and proliferated (speaking relatively) that is over-powered and unbalanced. Thoughts and discussion on the idea are welcome.
Anyways, happy Pi day, and enjoy the blappage.