Sunday, October 14, 2012
Could Killboards Disincentivise Blobbing?
I have no problem with killboards at all. I have a personal board, simply to track my own kills and losses. The only thing I don't like about my killboard is the Kill/Loss ISK Ratio. It seems a nonsensical statistic, to me. Yet, a lot of people seem to rely on it as some sort of accurate metric of their PvP skills. I would think, when it comes to killboards, this is the feature that most people rail against. Perhaps because the statistic doesn't differentiate between scale in fights. The numbers game.
I understand taking the full brunt of any loss. It is my ship after all, and it did get blown up. The cost and loss of that ship resides squarely with myself.
But what about blowing other people's ships up? Whether I get a solo kill or whether I am part of a 30-player team, any ship killed, I get full credit for that kill when calculating the Kill/Loss ISK Ratio. I'm not quite sure how that makes rational statistical sense.
In a way, the current kill mail system, with its Kill/Loss ISK Ratio, as used by Battleclinic, EVE-Kill, and Griefwatch, encourages large fleets (or blobbing). Why challenge yourself on kills, when you get rewarded the full value of a kill no matter how many people you have in fleet? Maybe a different calculation might encourage smaller fleets, less blobbing. High Kill/Loss ISK Ratios would be more reflective of fleet size on kills.
What if, instead, killboards only gave you a proportion of a kill based on how many people were involved in the kill? For example, if 30-players kill a 30M ISK ship, seems the better metric would be to credit all those thirty people with 1/30th of the kill, or 1M ISK. This might actually create an incentive to form smaller fleets, since high value kills with fewer players would result in better Kill/Loss ISK Ratios.
Consider my October 10th stats via EVE-kill. Based on current calculations my Kill/Loss ISK Ratio is 96.6% (29:1), with 1.35579B ISK in kills, and 45.88M ISK in losses. Yet, most of those kills were gained with large groups of Fweddit-mates. Using the proportional kill calculation, I made 68.38M ISK in kills, which would result in a Kill/Loss ISK Ratio of 65% (1.5:1).
I'm not saying changing kill mail formulas will remove blobbing from the highsec/lowsec/w-space/npc nullsec (sov nullsec is a different beast), but the current crop of killboards certainly use formulas that make zero distinction between large fleets and small gang warfare. If the formula rewarded smaller gangs, then perhaps smaller fleets become more attractive to those people that value their killboard statistics (which is everyone, whether it's cool or not to admit it.)