If you die x number of times, delete ship and buy a new one.
Do whatever ya like, just dont expect other people to want the same penalities you do. Because at the end of the day, the game is about fun, and almost any penalty you come up with is simply 'waiting room' mentality.
Here is a death penalty for you - the next time you die in the game, just delete the character then the game from your hard drive and there you go - that penalty enough for you? Just because you want a penalty for being dumb enough to get killed doesnt mean the rest of us do. Maybe I dont get to play all the hours some others can. I get to do a few missions a night and on the weekends. I am not interested in loosing all that effort just because someone thought the game was to easy. Its like the goobers complaining of no end game - this has been out a week and they crying about end game content already
This game absolutely needs some sort of death penalty. Also, the difficulty needs to be increased, as combat right now is a joke.
The people who are against a death penalty have no idea what we are asking for. They ignorantly keep saying they don't want things like lost XP, lost ships, lost items/credits. Those are severe penalties that are not what most pro-death penalty people are asking for. Simply having crew numbers permanently die and need replacement would be a strong enough DP for me. There must be something.