I seem to be on the spiraling path of acquiring more and more spaceships for various reasons that make a lot of sense to me but not much to my wallet. With the cruiser changes more and more cruisers are appearing in my hangers. One of the side effects is that I must fit all of these ships. That has started to get expensive. Therefore I look to trim cost here and there. There are useful things like the corp ops to build our own ships and building my Cynabal's from my own blueprint copies. However, it is the rigs that have irritated me of late.
Most T1 ships wind up fitted with three rigs. A trickledown effect of recent changes has been an increase in the cost of salvage. The increase in the cost of salvage increases the cost of rigs on the market. Shield rig prices have gone up and they are staying up. It's annoying.
On a 10 or 15 million ISK ship I am dropping that price again in rigs. I'm not going to not have the rigs. Once I learned and saw how invaluable they are to improving the ship, especially in areas of tank, I have no interest in not having them. However, the price increase is unpleasant and I realized that I was an idiot.
I have a lot of salvage. A lot of salvage. Often times the pathetic price for salvage is such that I just shove it into a container until it grows into a large enough pile to be worth something. Some salvage prices have risen while others have dropped dramatically. I'm into making my own stuff and for once I have a financially sound (I think?) reason to do so. I am not making more off of selling the salvage then I am off of making the rigs.
I feel a bit stupid for not thinking about it sooner. A few days ago I went and grabbed some basic rig blueprints for small and medium shield and armor rigs and started making my own stuff. My first batch came out of the oven. It's like I made magic only I could have done it a long time ago and never thought about it. Now I am rolling around in piles of salvage that I am rapidly converting into rigs and the BPOs have paid themselves off. Plus I have rigs and its super cool to make new stuff.
On a side note, to my absolute fascination, someone pointed out that a local group has a campaign on their kill board against my alliance. It is kind of amusing. I wonder if that is why there is traffic here from their forums. I've never been into war decs and enemies and war targets and such things so having a group be like, "We shall seek to killz them" is rather mind boggling for me. I'm the pew and let pew type without need for formal declaration or any declaration. I even think I'm pretty friendly and okay to have chats with outside of the spaceship violence moments.
Did we piss them off? Maybe it is just their thing that they do to have motivations and goals within their corporation. It is odd to be the target of such but I guess it was bound to happen. I personally have not tangled with them outside of the POS fight with 7-2 the other week, I don't think. From the kill board the boys have been more active with them, having several very good fights with them.
Now I want to talk to them. I guess I can try and see how it goes. Between the forum traffic and this campaign thing I'm now curious about them as people. I do hope they have fun with this. The boys are always happy to have fights brought to the table. It would be pleasant for it to stay group vs group for whatever reason it is and free of the weird vicious bitterness that so often follows behind conflict. That may just be a dream of mine. Then there is the thought that they may look for information in my blog. If so, I feel bad for them wading through my insecurities, confidence problems, random babble and habitual discussion about industry and the social complexity of Eve. But, for now that is all speculation.