Woofski’s point about everyone being an onni-specialist/total generalist, expanding endlessly into the void, is pretty spot on. We’ve had casual player interaction, but for the most part people are fulfilling their own needs rather than looking to each other, and the result is a lot of duplicated capability. (The flip side is that it also means everyone can more or less recover if someone gets griefed or has a bad NPC encounter and loses a critical capability.)
It turns out that I, personally, really enjoy tooling around in space with my refinery freighter, at least for now. It’s high capacity, and it’s already open to all and sundry. The only major issue with it is that nobody knows where it is, so it’s not really possible for anyone other than me to use it. I could easily change that - I could establish a regular route, or publish bookmarks on a regular basis, or turn the gain on the antenna up to the full 50 km radius, or otherwise advertise my position. The only thing really stopping me is mistrust that my shit won’t get wrecked - something I could probably learn to let go of.
(Not to say I don’t trust y’all. I do. The server regulars have been nothing but honourable towards one another that I’ve seen, and nothing but helpful. I just have issues stemming from a long history of Internet Grief.)
The LBC faction is particularly wonky because it’s three people each doing more or less their own thing, with no internal organization or structure. I’ve been spending all of my organizing energies here, rather than trying to run a faction. ORE seems a bit more unified, in general, although that may have slipped a bit now that y’all seem to have abandoned Port Sol for the time being and since Woof hasn’t been around as much.
I’m also hugely in favour of David’s suggestion to do actual research on this. Since I have access to the server and the data anyways, and since I care about this, I’m happy to pitch in on that front and run experiments, either on the server (via admin tooling, if necessary) or by taking snapshots and testing things offline. David’s list of candidates,
- Mods & scripts
- Distant grids present/absent
- Landing gears vs docking connectors
- Is it TIM
is pretty solid. I’ll have a dig at some of them when I have time, possibly even this week.