So as most of you know, recently the idea of removing credit printing has been brought up. Now I’m going to present what I’ve seen, the pros and cons and my ideas on how to balance it. I ask that you leave your opinions and ideas here. Please keep it civil as I know this is a rough topic.
So what will we do if credit printing is removed? First, as known, most materials can be made via material printers and a simple starship drill cobblestone generator.That gives you glass, carbyne, hardened clay, and sponge at the cost of time and power. There are planets made for mining that will allow you to obtain what valuable resources you need to complete it. This will also increase the market for these materials, as they have been amassing into a heavy abundance over the course of the server. Other planets, such as Arbusto, can provide you with the string needed for dispensers. You can even decompose shipwrecks and unused ships to make new ships. Ive done that more often than credit printing and I can say that it does work. A majority of what goes into this just comes down to the player not being lazy.
Now I know some cons you will point out.
“What if the server runs low on valuable resources?” Well, that wont happen soon but I can think of some solutions! If this does happen we could set up events that give rewards. Special crate missions and rewards for capping stations could fix this. Perhaps even a re-settable mining planet with harsh conditions and and only gp shovel claims.
“What will I do with all my potential amassed credits?” You can still use those credits to purchase materials from the new market this will create. This change could even develop a market for those who amass materials to print for others.
“It takes so long/so much effort to get more resources. I don’t like this.” …I don’t know what to say other than to maybe leave your base for once and get grinding. Not all good things are instant, I’m afraid. Power takes time.
So these are my thoughts. I’m open for opinions and I will respond as I can. Just please keep it civil.