Add variability to the spawn range at each gate. I.e., when crossing a gate, you may spawn within a 100KM band around the gate. Use this mechanic to offset some of the overuse of gate camping. Quick align ships (i.e., transport ships) would become the best trade runners for lowsec, going along with the ideas about unique items, smuggling, etc.
Probably not an idea high sec players would favor, but I've always thought it odd that there were no low sec systems between the warring empires' territories. There should be some low sec systems in the Caldari/Gallente border zone and the Minmatar/Amarr border. Possibly the Caldari/Minmatar and Gallente/Amarr borders as well. I'm not suggesting that there should be no high security connections between the empires at ...more »