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Friday, November 6, 2009

Pirate Missions are Broken

Don't think, sorry's easily said
Don't try, turning tables instead
You've taken lots of chances before
But I ain't gonna give any more
The Alan Parson's Project - Eye in the Sky

They're hard to run. I mean that's the easiest thing to say is wrong with them. Any amount of mission running tends to break your faction with pirates pretty badly. Once it's below a certain point, that's it. Added to that is the fact that if you don't control the 0.0 that they're held in, you're out of luck.

How would I fix it? Add Double Agents into the game. These would be agents with the opposing factions of the pirates. A Caldari double agent, for example, would give you either Caldari or Guristas missions. The agents would only offer you the missions once you'd acquired a certain personal standing with them. You'd have the choice to pick either mission type. You'd also still have to trek to 0.0 for the LP rewards.

I also think it would be pretty fun to have that added depth into the game.

What do you think?


  1. Sounds nice, the mission system needs a complete overhaul anyways.

  2. My understanding is that the new pirate epic arcs will be exactly like that - two empire agents, and one pirate agent, can by used to get into each arc. Once you're in the arc, standings are irrelevant. And by the end, you should have your pirate standings without a problem.

  3. I love the idea of double agents! It plays into the moral ambiguity and corruption that EVE is full of! Your suggestion gives a useful and plausible mechanism to improve pirate faction, too.

  4. Btw, you triggered an idea for me about the pirate faction situation! I posted about it at:

  5. I brought the topic up at the PVE roundtable at Fanfest. There was a hint in the direction of agents in space rather than in stations. I'd like to see pirate agents in lowsec myself. Sure, CONCORD might have removed them from all stations, but that does not have to mean they aren't getting their work distributed in another fashion.

    The suggestion of double agents is interesting as well.