It is odd logging in and not having the Corporate Channel constantly flashing away with conversations. As was remarked by Red on my last post – I am back to being a real EVE Hermit.
On the plus side, the guilt level has fallen away. I don’t have to feel bad any time I am off doing my own thing.
So the POS is up and running, but nothing is anchored and I only have about 45 days’ worth of fuel.
I look around for a POS setup tool, but the URL of the main one people are commenting on is blocked by both Google and my Anti-Virus software as being a source of malicious software. I decide to just use a spreadsheet.
The Small Dark Blood POS I am using isn’t the best option for Research Labs. It only has 1350 CPU. Your standard Mobile Laboratory for Blueprint work requires 500 CPU, while the Advanced Mobile Laboratory requires 600 CPU, limiting you to just two labs on that POS. If my notes are still valid, the Minmatar POS variations give 1500 CPU, Gallente 1688, and Caldari 1875.
However on the plus side, I already had it, it uses 20% less fuel than standard POS, and the fuel is local.
I plant a Standard and an Advanced Lab, giving me access to 5 Material Research, 3 Time Efficiency, 4 Copy and 7 Invention Slots. That will cover me for what I want to do, and makes the POS slightly less of a target. I really do appreciate how much quicker it is to anchor and online these.
I’ll work out what defenses to anchor on it later.
Now for Fuel. I have researched Fuel Block BPO’s and a stack of the ingredients, but I don’t feel inclined to chase down what is missing and manufacture them. I’ll do that later. I log my Price Check alts on and look at Amarr fuel block (and charter) prices in Ren’s, Amarr and Jita, plus locally. Not surprisingly Amarr is the cheapest. I check the price history to ensure it wasn’t at a price spike (it wasn’t), and put a hole in the Corp Wallet by purchasing 6 months’ worth of fuel. Again I could have saved some ISK using buy orders, but I just want everything sorted and in place, so pay a premium for it. For the next 6 months the POS will in effect cost me 2.5M ISK a day to run – or 77M a month, or 925M for a full year.
That is a substantial chunk of my current Corp’s profits. I look back at my old spreadsheets, and find at one point my POS fuel costs were under 35M a month. Am I allowed to say “those were the days..”?
The timing of the Retribution update later today means I won’t be in a position to make the most of the market opportunities (being asleep, and then having to work), so I’ll be in no rush to start buying BPOs and building the new Destroyers and such.
While I haven’t remarked on it, I have been reading the various DEV Blogs and Patch notes that are available on Retribution. I noticed this little bit in the Release Notes:
“1/10 and 2/10 static DED complexes have been moved to the exploration system”
While that makes sense, and the static sites were indeed farmed heavily, it will be a touch sad not to see them on your overview.