Crucible Fuel Blocks

If you haven’t read the upcoming POS fuel change, check it out on the CCP Devblog. Also read over Jester’s review of the upcoming change as he outlines the modification of each fuel type.

Caldari Towers

How much, how big, and how long? Here are the estimates for running the three sizes of Caldari towers at current Jita fuel costs.

For one month a Large Caldari Control Tower will cost 360 M to run, 144,000 m3 of Fuel Blocks moved around, and 1.5 days of build time for the Fuel Blocks.

Icon Change

The current icon set doesn’t differentiate the racial fuel blocks with color very well. James at k162space came up with more colorful icons to match the racial color styling as seen with the ECM modules.

CCP Proposed Icons

K162’s Proposed Icons

James has posted in the comment thread for the devblog and we’ve received some feedback from CCP Dropbear on Twitter. Perhaps the art department will give it a second pass. We would be happy to send along the 256×256 transparent PNGs!

[Edit] As Poetic Stanziel pointed out, color-blind people will have an issue with our proposed icon set. I think if CCP were to add our colorization to the existing icons, which have different metal bases and frames, we could have a real solution.

Ammo BPO ME Insanity

Background for the Non-industrialist

That projectile ammo that comes out of your Hurricane guns has been created by a player with minerals and a BPO or a BPC. When BPOs are purchased off of the market, they are not researched. This means that creating from the BPO will most likely result in a loss given the competitive market that exists.

People invest time into increasing the ME (Material Efficiency) level to a high number to lower the material requirements in order to build the item.

ME 500

Often times I see people researching their BPOs to a an insanely high level. More is always better when it comes to ME? Wong.

If you take a look at the EMP L BPO on’s site, there is a box titled Research Levels. Take note of the stated Perfect ME level as going beyond this number will not change the build requirements.

Charting the cost to produce the item based on ME levels shows a logarithmic trend towards the perfect ME level. For our EMP L BPO this perfect level is 320. Researching or paying additional costs for a further researched BPO is worthless.

Take note as every item has its own perfect ME level. Here is a shot of ammo research jobs showing how different the ME levels can be for each type.

Though I did not cover PE (Production Efficiency), the same rules apply in order to reduce the manufacturing time of an item.

Phobos Roam

Last night I went on a roam into Syndicate with the Alliance.

Heavy Interdictors are a new class for me and I was sure to tell the FC that it was my first time out in the ship. I relied on his direction for bubble placement and up/down activations. There is a certain elegance in placing bubbles to catch incoming our outgoing traffic. You want to be able to trap while allowing your fellow Blues to engage.

It’s a learning experience but even in the hour roam that we were on, I learned a lot. The first thing I noticed is how much longer it takes me to align and get into warp compared to our fellow Drake and Hurricane pilots. This 1600 weighted beast sure takes its time.

I’m open to any tips from fellow Heavy Interdictor pilots and perhaps catching you in a bubble Soon(tm)!

Shrinking Profits on Implants

After a break from Eve and trading in September and October, I am back in the flow of the markets. Below are some screenshots from my Wallet Manager. Since I have added the ability to report on our historical prices, I have greater insight into the big question of Eve trading — what to trade.

Here is some information for Basic Implants. Overall my margins have been shrinking since I started trading in November of 2010.

I’ve spent some time creating a item dashboard that can show performance for an individual item over time. This has greatly helped with profit projection.