Saturday, January 21, 2012

Ice Mining

I first tried ice mining out of curiousity. I was a bit bored. I was tired of regular mining. I wanted something different. I wanted to see the solar system.I used Eve Maps DotLan to find an ice belt nearby and went and jumped into it. I stuck some ice miners on my Retriever and jumped into the ice field.

Ice fields are beautiful. The ice is enormous. Its incredible. They arch up.

Having done absolutely no research before hand, I stuck my lasers at the ice and clicked them on.

And they went on. And on... and on... and on.... for seven minutes. I was like, damn but okay, and I eagerly watched my cargo hold waiting to see how many thousands of pieces of Ice I gathered and then it happened!

Cycle completed, bam! ONE single piece of ice measuring 1000m3 appeared in my hold from each laser.

Damn.

Each one sells raw to a buy order for maybe a few thousand isk. Refined, just a tiny bit more.

No value. In the time I mined 6 pieces of ice I could have made 5mil isk in the regular belts.

Well, it was a new experience. I occasionally went back and picked up a piece here and a piece there to slowly grow a hoard for the future.

Well, not the future is here. I have retaken up ice mining in a better location with better logistics and for a better reason.

Last night, while hanging out with my pirate, I asked him if he was interested in me learning to create a cynosural field.

He eyed me and said yes.

So, I tacked on the few days of training that I would need. The goal, is more missions faster and in general assisting him with moving his carrier. I keep being told by people to stay out of low sec. Then I keep going there.

The thing about the field is that it needs Liquid Ozone to run. I can just buy it from the market. I'm sure, eventually that will be the better choice. But for now, I'm mining some ice and building up a little backlog of the stuff.

Still... I'm not making a dent on this stuff.

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