GreenDuck is the server extension program I was writing to facilitate Sov. and death penalties (in the form of losing your ship). This awesome program will now properly do death penalties, making pvp much more dynamic and interesting.
I am writing a clan conquest space warfare mod, meaning that there has to be some kind of loss to the player for dying. Monetary losses I didn't like, and that was what was offered by the mainstream programs like FLHook.
So, I took a lesson from the master of the clan conquest space warfare world: EVE Online. Basically, in EVE when you die you lose your ship. You go back to a starter ship if you have none others available at the station your clone was revived at.
Here, its similar. When you die, you respawn in a basic patriot. That means that your fully code named sabre is now gone forever, and if you want it back you have to chock up the cash.
But thats mean!
You know what else is mean? Plowin down traders and taking their cargo. The trader is the only possible loser here, since they have something of value to carry. However, with GreenDuck, if the trader kills the pirate, now the pirate loses their pirating boat.
On the other hand if the trader still dies they lose their ship, but at least it levels the playing field and discourages lolwutters from randomly picking fights with anyone they see for the fun of it.
Also, it gives clan wars a whole new level. Now, when two fleets clash, the winner has truly delt a blow to their opponent. The losers have lost ships. This also creates the choice of "do we fly more expensive stuff and take the risk or less expensive stuff and risk getting outclassed" debate.
It works. GreenDuck can currently edit the saves in real time. At this time, you respawn with starter reputations in Zeta Tucanae, however soon it will take reps and your base into account instead of just your name and description. At this time, it changes your cash to 12540. However, in the next update, I will have fixed that.
But the point is that the technology is sound! In fact, check out this video:
The video above is a perfect demonstration of GreenDuck at work.