While Eve's world building is a tad bit more subtle then Sim City, it is still a game in which creation of things is very important. I wrote a thing when I got my Sleipnir about making it vs buying it. I discovered that I could not make it. I found that I was disappointed in that and I've since started working to correct that.
I've always wanted an Orca. Well, at least since my 5th or 6th day in game when I first met one. Ever since I've desperately wanted one. My issue has always been price. I am a cheap, cheap person. When I first started Orcas cost 400mil ISK. At the time, the cost of replacing my Myrm was enough to send me into stress sweats. Later, when I could afford it the price had soared to 600 million. At that time, it would have been a quarter of my liquid ISK. When I had more ISK the price was up to 700 million. At that point I said "fuck it".
My desire has not waned. I feel envious when I see other Orcas. But, I am not sensible enough to simply drop the ISK and satisfy my desires. I am still very, very cheap and cling to each ISK as if it is my last drop of water in a desert. My solution was to build myself an Orca. It would take much longer to accomplish, if I worked out the ISK per hour I'm sure it would not be optimal, but it would be a good project with a nifty cookie at the end.
I was directed to this site for ship building costs in terms of ore. It is a neat link and one I shall have to play with further. I also searched contracts and purchased an 'Orca Kit'. Because the Orca is a Capital Ship, building it requires more layers then ore to blue print. The kit is a set of researched blue print copies for all the pieces needed to make the ship. I add ore and bake. Researching causes a blue print to need fewer resources to make the end goal.
It will take me a bit to mine enough ore for the Orca. To save myself some minerals I will ask the boys to do my refining. With perfect refining skills and standings with the station they will get more minerals returns from refining the ore then I will. Also, we have perfect capital ship builders in corp as well. Its a project that will take a few weeks to accomplish while giving me a nice little 'doing stuff' feeling. Once that is done, I'll start on the Charon. Some time will pass (much time) and I'll one day have these ships pop out the oven ready to do my bidding.
Teamwork, people, group efforts, it's interesting stuff. This morning, as I worked on looking at Orca kits and got Dher to help me pick the best one I dragged around two of our youngest members to run exploration sites with me. It gets them out and moving around low sec, learning how to listen, discussing tactics and movement and scanning and developing healthy survival habits. Some mistakes happened we discussed them and moved past them. Learning isn't about perfection its about improvement.
Its 'paying it forward' I guess. I have to admit that Ender was right and I'm doing what others did for me. I sent them off with 150mil more in their wallets for their split from the loot we gathered over the sites. I could have soloed everything and kept all of the gains for myself, but that was never my point. I love my ISK and I love my ISK making, but these times of social fleeting as some of my favorite ways to burn time productivity.