Monday, January 13, 2014

The Beauty of Preparation

I'm coming home... coming home.. tell the world that I'm coming home...

Islands are nice but I'm done.

"Who am I? What am I?" These words have been swirling around me. And today, I laugh at them as I dance in the wind for I am a goddess of logistics and market power. It is moving time. Deployment ahead. For in a weeks time we shall depart the sweet bosom of the Heath for a month. I am activated. Across my desk lay my plans, maps and lists spread as far as the eye can see. Upon them are the marks of my hands. Numbers, lists, movements, values...

In my pondering of the who and what and why of Eve they often focus around the fact that I cannot swallow the bullshit story that the only thing to do in Eve is PvP. I enjoy the other things that I am not supposed to enjoy too much for me to accept that narrative. When I'm feeling down and not 'PvP' enough my boys often, without meaning to, revitalize me. And such was the case when, while planing the next deployment system, I was asked a few questions about how some aspects of the location would work for me. That little act will probably keep me happy for the next six months or more. And I shall dance, as a goddess dances, because I am happy and proud of myself and what I have made of things.

But! For now there is a deployment to plan. For me, the least detail is Sugar's life. Sugar is a warrior even if she is piloted by me and all of my concerns and thoughts. For her, it is simply carrier jump after carrier jump full of of spaceships and modules. The picking up and putting down of which are unexciting at best.

It is all of my  other selves that are most exciting. For Chella needs a few new logistics ships. For my scouting alt needs her first link ships. And my logistics alt and TCS are finally, fully separating their finances, so that I can document the success or failure of my mobile market a bit better than I normally do. (but not to serious. Goodness.)

What does separation mean? It just means I will not be quite as lazy. At the moment I have a market/logistics alt who buys stuff from Jita. TCS transfers a wad of ISK to her wallet, she buys, moves the items, hands them to TCS, and TCS lists the stuff. Her wallet balance is part of TCS. What I will do is move a buying alt to Jita and she will buy from a TCS wallet. I will still move the stuff and hand it over but the buy and sell orders will all be inside of TCS. That will leave my alts wallet free to start with the seed money for the mobile market so that I can see how well it does while we are deployed.

Having learned from my previous deployment, the next task is boosters. My corpmates are drug addicts and this is supported by the fact that I make boosters. Making my corpies junkies has been a very productive thing for them. Way back, when I started making boosters I did it because Diz was always having to do these complex buy orders from someone and wait for his stuff and I wanted to fix that. Fast forward  a year and a half and I've carved a solid niche as a booster supplier for the people around me that has seen increased consumption due to availability.

It is similar to the market. Before there was a market everything had to be more preplanned. With the market there is less preplanning because I've already done a bulk preplan. The same is for boosters. If they use their boosters there will be more tomorrow (or maybe the next day but I have a pretty good turn around). Therefore there is no more hoarding and any situation where they should be used they are used.

Which led me to my decision to create a secondary booster POS. Now, I hate putting up a POS as much as anyone that has put up a POS. My god its miserable. Still, I can do it and a medium POS will go up quickly and the effectiveness of not having to run across space allows me to manage some accounts with their varied skills. In a way, I am working towards becoming more mobile completely, which means mobility of my industry due to its inter-connectivity with the corp.

The biggest question was, "Am I wasting ISK?" I don't think so. I can have both of my POS running and the one I am putting up will only be going for about a month. I have all of the pieces I just have to buy the fuel. Using the same POS type means spare fuel comes back home and is poured into the maw of my main POS. The cost of the fuel should be worth the increase in productivity. I hope. Not having to jump my carrier across space to move a handful of boosters, or load down a ship with a few bil and run a gauntlet of jumps and gates is worth the cost. Things always seem easy until you realize that a few runs of boosters is several billion ISK and several weeks of time that you are trusting to the great god of the stars and a hope for no instalocking gatecamps.

And that is why today, I am a goddess of logistics and planning. Spaceships don't blow up by themselves. While it may not be quite as glamorous as the times when I am a Pirate Queen, I quite like this part of my gameplay. Later will come the battle reports.

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