When I read through the DEV blog announcing the theme of the next expansion, I assumed the cost of the slotless stations would be based on a revamp of the currently insignificant station fees. How bad could it be?
With lots of people up in arms about it, I re-read the Blog and noticed this bit in bold.
“Expect costs ranging from 0% to 14% of the base item being produced for the most extreme case”
If you are manufacturing T1 items for income, a tax / fee / cost of 14% of its base value would almost ensure there would be no profit in it. I can understand why dedicated manufacturers are worried.
We don’t know at this point how this sliding scale will work, and what differences there will be between Empire, Low Sec, Null Sec and POS. For that we have to wait for a DEV Blog from CCP Greyscale.
(Who? Did they say Greyscale? The DEV synonymous with ideas and ideologies that are hostile towards the solo empire dwelling carebear? This could go well…)
Jester’s recent blog post relates to these changes. I don’t always agree with him, but I tend to find Jester is knowledgeable, calm, rational and able to communicate well.
He flags that we should be concerned, and suggests industry players join a Null Sec Renter Alliance, grab a jump freighter, and profit.
If these changes fall into a substantial nerf to Empire manufacturing, how many people do you think would follow Jester’s suggestion? As they say, interesting times.