After the recent Dev post discussing big changes to the jump mechanics and capital ships, Has had a knock off effect in causing a huge spike of contract requests to courier services.
Red Frog (an in-game corporation specializing in logistics) has announced there could be delays due to heavy gank ops have also set the corporation back with additional requests. Red Frog’s Initial stance has been negative towards the jump fatigue changes that could cause shipments to take longer to be completed due to the nature of there use of jump freighters to transport shipments. The overall affect will be on Red Frog’s Null sec freighters known as black frog.
Jump Fatigue is a new mechanic being added to EVE by CCP in the upcoming Phoebe deployment. The main reason was to try and level the next update with capital ships. each character would endure jump fatigue each time they jumped over a certain limit. CCP will also increase the Jump Radius by 90% for all jump freighters however this will have little to no affect on the Jump Fatigue problem…
The Official Stance
The changes would only affect Black Frog (Red Frog’s Null-sec Division)
Red Frog Ari from Red Frog outlined the issues with the proposed changes.
We are not very happy with the changes in their current, proposed state.
It will affect our business model and cyno offices network, as we have it now. Transporting goods in null- and low-sec will be now much more painful and for sure take longer. Depending on the scope of the planned changes, some destinations in null might not be accessible for us anymore.
Given how much time and skill JF alts require, we believe that nerfing them in that way is tad too harsh.
Hoping very much that similarly to the Freighter changes, CCP will decide to take a step back and reconsider some of the planned alterations.
For now we can only say that our service will continue to be maintained as it always is. Black Frog Logistics CEO will be happy to provide more details as changes become permanent.
It seems that this was the perfect storm with Black Frog being affected by an influx in panic courier contracts and ganking ops have meant that Red Frog has been suffering from backlogs, In the main chatlog of Red Frog’s customer zone says the following: extensive ganking operations going on in affected systems, some contracts may take longer than usual. Thank you for your understanding as we work on delivering them safely!
The Ganking Season
It seems that the CODE may be behind some of the ganking operations as part of there ganktober operations. It seems at the time of updating this article the operation has ceased.
The best solution we can think of.
The best solution for these types of events would be a skillbook for corporations would be a specialized skill for null-sec freighters allowing pilots to learn the skill to reduce the cool down time only on jump freighters.