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Capsuleer psychosis

Batiste Lapin
Caldamarr Trade Federation
#1 - 2013-06-19 00:00:58 UTC
I've only been playing for a few weeks, but I'm constantly reminded by veteran players how, like space, this game can be very dark, cold, and deadly. A comment I'd recently overheard about how out-of-pod capsuleers must feel like amputees (with all apologies to actual amputees) led me to conceive a way of introducing another added bit of "reality" to the game, something I call "capsuleer psychosis."

Forgive me if something similar has already been suggested, but basically what it would entail is that over time, capsuleers would begin to suffer mental disorders based on amount of time they spend in and out of pod, eventually growing more and more addicted to being in their pod and increasingly suffering from separation anxiety. How this would be put into practice is that over time (months at the least), and perhaps also depending on how much time a player spends in-game, your character's attributes would slowly begin to decrease. There may be other effects as well. To counter those effects, capsuleers would need to use drugs and expensive implants or boosters. There could even be missions where they must deal with various underworld factions to get the illicit items that are the only thing keeping them from going completely bonkers. This would of course place them in conflict with Concord, but there could be ways around this from becoming a tedious cycle of running from Concord all the time, as Concord would be aware of the effects of long-term pod use and would have protocols in place to deal with it. I'm not suggesting interventions and rehab for capsuleers, but maybe Concord would allow a small amount of illicit commodities into the market and turn a blind eye on capsuleers who buy them, as long as they maintain good standings. This would in turn affect the price of such commodities and turn Concord activities a shade of gray.

Anyway, that's the basic idea. I'm sure I haven't thought it all the way through, so please feel free to poke as many holes into it as you like. Remember, I'm just a rook.
Istvaan Shogaatsu
Guiding Hand Social Club
#2 - 2013-06-19 00:11:13 UTC
Ah, memories...
Alexa Coates
Coalition Of Misfits
#3 - 2013-06-19 00:15:16 UTC
You expect me to read:
-All That ****, by You

That's a Templar, an Amarr fighter used by carriers.

Doc Fury
Furious Enterprises
#4 - 2013-06-19 00:16:39 UTC
So, basically, Pandorum.

There's a million angry citizens looking down their me.

Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#5 - 2013-06-19 00:21:32 UTC
You may want to read this

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Kijo Rikki
Killboard Padding Services
#6 - 2013-06-19 00:21:59 UTC
House would approve.

You make a valid point, good Sir or Madam. 

Pepper Solette
#7 - 2013-06-19 00:37:04 UTC
Kijo Rikki wrote:
House would approve.

House would take your cookie and eat it in front of you as well.

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Jonah Gravenstein
Machiavellian Space Bastards
#8 - 2013-06-19 00:39:59 UTC  |  Edited by: Jonah Gravenstein
Pepper Solette wrote:
Kijo Rikki wrote:
House would approve.

House would take your cookie and eat it in front of you as well.

Then tell you that it's not Lupus

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.

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Nexus Prima
#9 - 2013-06-19 00:54:45 UTC
Alexa Coates wrote:
You expect me to read:
-All That ****, by You

Yes you are expected to read it. I realise it's not quite as short as a twitter post, but it doesn't take longer than a minute to read. I'm sure a whole minute taken to read this rather short post won't totally ruin your day.
Mallak Azaria
Caldari Provisions
Caldari State
#10 - 2013-06-19 01:12:50 UTC
EVE is made cold & harsh by the players, you just want CCP to do it for you because you're lazy.

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#11 - 2013-06-19 01:41:13 UTC
EVE is full of ponies and sunshine, i have no idea what game you've been playing.
School of Applied Knowledge
Caldari State
#12 - 2013-06-19 01:49:33 UTC
*looks at the asteroid and babbles* Rubber shoes, a dirty sock, plastic toes and it's my pet rock.Arrow
Riot Girl
You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack
#13 - 2013-06-19 05:28:14 UTC
Capsuleers already have enough mental problems. This one does, anyway.
Kult Altol
Imperial Academy
Amarr Empire
#14 - 2013-06-19 06:21:54 UTC
He diagnosis is correct, look at all te idiots whole complain about wis. they are too attached to their pod.

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Gallente Federation
#15 - 2013-06-19 06:38:38 UTC
9 out of 10 voices in my head say that the OP is wrong.
the 10th is screaming about pink giraffes and esperanto-talking elephants.


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Mara Rinn
Cosmic Goo Convertor
#16 - 2013-06-19 06:41:24 UTC
The main issue I can see with what you are suggesting is that older capsuleers will require progressively more maintenance, which means more ISK inflow required to simply keep the capsuleer functional. We already have people complaining about the price of clones: imagine how poorly they are going to think of the requirement to buy lots of drugs just to stay functional?
Proclus Diadochu
Mar Sarrim
Red Coat Conspiracy
#17 - 2013-06-19 07:08:38 UTC
So legalize some low tier drug that "helps"... in EVE?

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Krigmakt Elite
#18 - 2013-06-19 07:16:13 UTC
I almost quit at 3 months of playing. I decided on the way out I would make someone else feel my pain. It felt pretty good. So I went after another, and then another. Now I'm just an a****** with a lot of spaceships and isk. ...but it's FUN and cheaper than therapy! Big smile

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Missiles 'R' Us
#19 - 2013-06-19 07:20:17 UTC
Can you hear the voices too? Shocked
Suddenly Spaceless
Literally Triggered
#20 - 2013-06-19 07:24:52 UTC
Gealbhan wrote:
*looks at the asteroid and babbles* Rubber shoes, a dirty sock, plastic toes and it's my pet rock.Arrow

I'm sure this has been included in the lyrics of an Annihilator song. Braindance or something?

Also, like it's been said, forcing capsuleers to keep their stats from degrading (and spending isk to do so) may have a very negative impact on the playerbase.

Still, there should be some other use for all those drugs stashed next to the Damsel... This could be it :P
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