Monday, December 8, 2014

Minerals, Minerals, Everywhere

I was motivated.

I'd been invited onto the Derping through War Podcast and spent an hour causing the hosts eyes to glaze while I ran around chattering about building things, hauling stuff, and kind of defended null sec industry sorta. They asked! But I had fun and had to stop myself from rampaging all over the place which seems to happen when I get to talking about Eve...

Anyway! I just finished a work weekend and I had just chattered about building still and I was ready to build stuff. Then I remembered that I had a work class that would take up most of my day tomorrow. Bye, bye day off. Ugh. So, I went and got another piece of cake and debated how I would handle myself.

Over the last few weeks I have really been catching up with myself. In many ways the balance of game life and CSM life takes a bit to get. It is easy to tip to far in ether direction. Many of my projects had stalled out or where on shaky ground which disturbed me. I love my projects. I'm proud of them. I may not be the best at things but I'm proud of what I've done. I have many things that I can point at and say, "I made that happen."

But sometimes I do silly things. I've recently moved some characters around and I forgot to run Eve Mentat on the new characters. This means my Sujarento market will be a bit of a mess as I figure out what I forgot to list. Oh well, I'll work on that later. I've caught up with Bosena and Sujarento. Nether of them are as sparkly and perfectly groomed as before the CSM but both are reasonable and healthy. If one ignores the big mistake I made with Sujarento but that seems ignorable to me!

At the same time my boosters are gearing back up as is my capital ship building. I'm refinding myself and I am back to chortling over my numbers and my builds. It is more time intensive then many people realize. Market orders take time to buy, ship, and relist. I'm trying to be a bit better at tracking my cost and expenses this time around for my booster business and because I am building the capitals with Wex I have to keep track of cost.

But things are good. I have these personal projects and I'm not doing them completely alone. I mean, yeah, Wex still sometimes weeps over the entire POS thing but he is doing a good job of moving past that. Everything is anchored.

There is always the question of intel. I tell people what I'm doing. Will they gank my freighter? Will they shoot the POS? Should I announce that I'm building stuff? Well, people can always find this stuff out. The POS is out on dscan. My habits with my markets are easy enough to figure out if someone is watching. Sure, I could be even more secretive and such but do I want to be?

I mitigate my damages before they happen. I'd hate to lose my jump freighter. I'd hate to lose my hauler. Reinforcing my POS is irritating. But I can replace my jump freighter. I don't overload my POS with delicious goodness. My POS is in Sujarento which is about the best place for it to be strategically. I have a limit where I just want to play the game. So, I do!

Chatting tonight on the pod cast showed me how tilted I am towards my foundation in low sec, even in my industry. I do the low sec market thing which is more about supplying the pewpew then being a freeport for all trade. I build boosters and combat carriers instead of market runs of various items that are pulling in the best profit. I do my logistics based around how I'd try to kill myself and my knowledge of haulers and freighters that I have killed.

My little frigate and cruiser blueprint project is also going very well. Most of the smaller blueprints are all trained up.  The mining I do during my mining characters down time goes to build these hulls. That means less hauling of small, super cheap hulls into low sec. I can just build and list from the station. It is a faction warfare system so frigate hulls move. Plus, teh flexability of the system is great. I can, from a distance ask a blueprint in one container to use minerals from another to drop a hull in a third location. Lovely.

Someone asked me not to sell cheap hulls to people but my answer was, "No." There is already to much bias in this game for my comfort. I'll be damned if I join in. "Oh no, I won't build frigates for you because they are not good enough. Pah. Screw that. Frigates for erryone that wants one.

8 comments:

  1. There is a kick reflex that says "No I don't want to sell to you because, you're a pirate, ganker, greifer or a Red etc." But there is also a certain something to be said for watching the pilot you just blew up buying his replacement ship from you. I'm not sure if there is a marketing term for that....

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    1. Marketing would probably call it a version of demand creation. I, however, take great pleasure in how it subtly switches your 'prey' to your 'flock'. One hand feeds them. Other hand butchers them. Feels very meta, puppeteerish, and deliciously malevolent.

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    2. I firmly believe that to interact with each other we need to be supplied properly. I like being neutral in thought and idea.

      More like hyperactive exhaustion with excessive exclimation points, Dire.

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    3. Oh Sug, frame your motivations as you see fit. Still, Noslen and I shared a malevolent moment and it was . . . exquisite.

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    4. There is also something to be said for the idea that if you are my enemy I should be able to mark my goods so you cant buy them, if for example you ganked my miners in hisec, then hey your actions have consequences, gank enough miners then pretty soon you can't buy your throw away Catalysts...karma is a bitch

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  2. If you ever wind up with too many of those "cheap hulls", look me up. We might be able to work a deal where I take them off your hands and sell them elsewhere.

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    1. heh, I'd want delivery on Teon though. =)

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    2. By cheap I ment t1 frigates and cruisers. I was half asleep when I wrote this so its super rambling.

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