Every year, one of our awesome Repercussus pilots put on the “12 Ganks of Christmas”, a holiday event that actively encourages RP pilots to go into WH space, find targets, and arrange for their abrupt return to kspace. A successful catch nets the prober an isk bounty, and the acclaim of his corporation.
As you could expect, this gives a PvP corp like Repercussus some focus to our murdering ways. We base out of Tamo, a low-sec system that affords excellent wormhole connection opportunities. Plus, our pilots have been very eager to explore those WH connections this year. When I’ve personally logged in, I find that most of the connections are already scouted. So, we’re definitely exploring our chains very well.
And yet, we’re struggling to fill those twelve ganks (instances, not ships). It’s definitely not from a lack of effort, but rather a dearth of WH residency, at least among those we’ve found. And it’s not a matter of the enemy seeing us and safing up. Rather, we aren’t finding any ships or wrecks on dscan. If space had tumbleweeds, we’d have quite the collection. We even joked about starting a WH corp so we could farm it for kills every so often.
So, my question to the community is… is this normal now for WH space? I remember WHs being filled with pilots, but is this no longer the case? Or did we just get very unlucky?
Is it perhaps our time zone? We play in USTZ primarily, but we bridge the end of EUTZ as well, and we stretch into AUTZ. Now, Turamarth Elrandir wrote a post over at A Carbon Based Life that revealed a general lull over this time, but also some action this past week. So obviously, some things are still happening.
But I still wonder… could folks be changing their perceptions of WHs? Does it seem not to be worth it anymore? And if so, what effect will the recon changes have on this issue.
I don’t have answers, but I do wonder, based on the experience we’ve had over the last couple weeks, whether this experience is a snapshot of a trend that has been happening for a time, or simply bad luck during a period of time when a lot of players are simply doing family things instead of space things.
I really hope it’s the latter!