[EVE Online] Let’s see if we can solve this problem, the “log in trap”. Basically, this is a situation in EVE (but it could happen in most MMOs) where the enemy gathers in an area and then logs off. Waiting for your group to show up in some way (using an alt to observe the area), they all log in at one time and wipe out your side. There is no way to know how many of them are logged off so you can’t prepare (even if you are lucky enough to get intel that they logged off there in the first place). Most of the time you are completely suprised and wiped out.
Sounds like an exploit doesn’t it? It’s certainly a weak tactic. Metagaming I suppose.
This is currently going on in EVE by various corporations and alliances. They can log off the combat forces in space and wait for a juicy target to come by. When the target gets close they all log in at the same time (coordinated via out of game means usually like IM or voice chat) and attack. I wouldn’t mind losing to a superior force, but one that appears out of nowhere ready to fight is just not something I consider fun.
Several ways have been suggested by the players as to how to solve this. From having a certain amount of time where you can’t fight when you log in to automatically warping your ship in a random direction at log off, but none of them have been put to use by CCP.
Another thing to consider in this situation is that when you enter a system you can see who is in it by looking at the local chat box. It shows everyone who is currently logged into that system. Many consider this system to be a flaw and in 0.0 space I tend to agree with them, simply because it makes it too easy to check for threats. People that use the log in trap often claim this to be the reason why they use it.
How have other pvp games out there handled something like this? Is there an elegant solution? For me, having your ship immobile and unable to fight for 3 minutes (and nobody can attack you either) if you log into space (as opposed to being in a station) seems like a good plan. Lots of solutions have been suggested on the forums, but many don’t consider things like a crash to desktop. You still want to avoid punishing someone that accidentally crashed out of the game.