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A game that caters to those who like full loot ffa pvp as well as the pve crowd such as in Eve, could it ever be done on land?
The main incentive to be in null-sec is increased risk for better resources. Empire space has faction warfare, as well as war-decs that also incorporate risk, except the rats (mobs) don't yield the best loot, and the belts do not have the best value.
So what is it that enables this balance? Is it Jita? Is it having "gates" to separate systems? I actually want the opinion of this board as I feel that it can be done, it's just a matter of figuring out the mechanic(s) that create this balance.