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Supplying Nullsec Capital Systems

tl;dr

I built and sold things to help the efforts of local alliances over the past two years. This post is a timeslice of nullsec politics, wars, and the efforts of an industrialist who helped build the ships that eventually returned to dust.

Overview

I have a database of all the transactions I have been involved in since I started to produce items in Eve. The chart below shows the amount of transactions per day filtered by major nullsec stations. By major I mean what is considered the region’s ‘capital’ or main staging system at the time. The chart it neat by itself, but adding a sense of nullsec politics during that trading time can really explain a lot more about the data.

D2-HOS Learning the Ropes

In the Winter of 2011 I found myself in my first nullsec powerblock after leaving wormhole space. At the time, D2 was the home of FCON in Pure Blind.

I was in an alliance that was blue to FCON and we were able to setup POS operations in their space. I helped out my corporation by running many logistical operations to setup our POS moon mining and reaction network.

With all of my trips into Pure Blind from Empire, I became skilled at Capital and Jump Freighter cyno operations. I leaned how to form proper bookmarks, which stations had terrible docking radii, and the best times to perform logistical work given roams and AFK cloakers.

G8AD-C Building Big

During my time in the Northern Collation, I built and supplied many Alpha Maelstroms as detailed in this post. Some 344 Maelstroms were supplied to ready NC pilots that were purging the Pure Blind and Cloud Ring from Ev0ke’s hands under crushing server lag and failed-to-load battle grids.

As the battlefront changed from Pure Blind to Cloud Ring, I moved my operations into Wildly Inappropriate‘s home system as many fleets were staging out of this location. In this location I setup operations for capital production and began to supply the local market with Carrier hulls.

If you look at the trends for D2 and G8, you can see the eventual decline of Pure Blind and the population move into G8 for the purge of Cloud Ring.

GE-8JV Infiltrator

Isn’t that Against ALL Authorities‘ home system in Catch? Yes it is.

During the time of poor faith in Eve’s future, I spent a month idle in highsec pondering what to do next. My CEO at the time was interested in some rental space in the far region of Omist, an area that I had little to no interest in.

I found myself in a position where I was blue to -A- so I pieced together a cyno chain and started to supply their local market. The amount of transactions per day was extremely high; there were a few CTAs that caused me to push 200/300+ transactions per day on occasion.

Back in Pure Blind

Eventually I lost blue status to -A- and with it my access to GE-8. I took a small break from Eve and then came back to sell goods in an area that I was familiar to me — Pure Blind.

The old NC was only a shell of its former self. People were scattered, the blocs were realigning, FCON was moving to Branch, and old groups such as WI were being absorbed into the greater Goon kingdom. There were minimal fights and therefore minimal production opportunities.

6VDT-H TEST Market Please Ignore

Having been active on Reddit and finding great humor in TEST’s mentality, I applied and joined TEST. What followed was an age of prosperity as I was able to supply large-scale efforts. At this point in my building and trading career, I was able to have 50-60 B on the market at any given time and my logistical legs were fully developed. Multi-cyno trips, battleship construction, and capital construction were all at my fingertips.

1DH-SX Nice Region, We’ll Take It

This NPC station in Delve was used by TEST as a base of operations when the Delve campaign escalated from ‘good fights’ to ‘you need to leave now’. On this war effort I worked with a focused group of other TEST industrialists, traders, and FCs to make sure we were always two steps ahead of fleet movements. This was my proudest moment so far for TEST; though I was not able to contribute on the grid, I made sure that we were going to win the logistics fight.

K-6K16 New Home

New region, new home. This station went up to serve as TEST’s new capital system. I am currently working in Delve and supplying the market there, though in a rather limited capacity than before. As you can see in the above chart, the amount of transactions per day is on a slow decline. I’ve found that I will take periodic breaks and then returning when a new prospect garners my attention.

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Wallet Manager Project Code

If you haven’t been following this blog, I’ve periodically posted about a “Wallet Manager” project that myself and my trading partners, Raath and James, have been working on for the past two years to help us manage our Eve activities using the Eve API.

The project started small, with the first page being driven only by the wallet API feed. As we expanded our industrial scope in the game so too did the Wallet Manager’s requirements. Soon I needed to keep track of blueprints, assets, capital production, PI, and tech 2 invention; each new requirement expanded the original scope.

What grew was a project that contained many methods by coders of different proficiencies. James took my undergraduate C/C++ knowledge and showed me how to work with more objects, models, JavaScript, and even Ajax. Over the course of two years we spent many hours developing methods to handle assets (when items get stacked their unique ID changes), minerals pricing, API caching, and ultimately usability.

The code backend is not something we are extremely proud of, but the presentation and workflow has suited our operations well. If you have the fortitude to tolerate our design, then feel free to give our project a test run.

Disclaimer *IMPORTANT*

  1. Code is provided as is.
  2. If you want to try to setup your own instance, I would advice that you have an understanding of PHP, MySQL, and general code architecture. Getting this to run is not a beginner project.
  3. I cannot provide any commitment for bugs corrections, adding features, or providing support.
  4. There are many, many non-sanitized input points that are major security issues as noted in this post. I would not use this as a public-facing site.
  5. There are unfinished pages, hacked together solutions, code in the view, display code in the controllers, etc. — don’t expect clean, production quality code.
  6. Be prepared to edit the database table to enter your users and API keys. The ‘admin’ section is only partially completed.

Prerequisites

  1. MySQL, PHP5+
  2. Yii Framework
  3. phpMyAdmin to efficiently work with the database

Installation

  1. Download the ZIP here. [April 2014 Update] I’ve moved the project to GitHub here.
  2. Extract the code to your var/www folder
  3. Edit protected/config/main.php.changeme
    1. Line 29 contains IP limitations for working with Gii. Enter your WAN IP address here if you want to work with this module.
    2. Line 57/58 contain your database connection information.
    3. Rename to main.php
  4. Edit protected/config/console.php.changeme
    1. Line 22 contains the database name. My project was named after my holding corporation PROHD so the database name is ‘prohd’.
    2. Line 24/25 contain the user/password to login to the application.
    3. Rename to console.php.
  5. Modify Yii path in index.php
    1. Change the path to your Yii framework location $yii=’/usr/local/lib/yii/yii.php’;
  6. Replace /usr/local/lib/yii/caching/CDbCache.php with the one in the zip.
  7. Create database structure with prohd.sql
  8. Create a login in the ‘accounts’ table. The default userLevel is ‘1’.
  9. Enable the API feed by adding a 1,1 row to the apiStatus table.
  10. Define a group in trackingGroups table.
  11. Add your character information in the ‘characters’  table.
  12. Import the Eve static data tables from https://www.fuzzwork.co.uk/dump/
  13. Import the following table into typeBuildReqs for Tech 2 items. You can generate this table using my query or import from the previous table export.

Recommendations

If you are intimated by the scope of the setup procedure, I would recommend that you use the DRK Industry Tracker for your construction projects as my partner Raath is actively developing this project.

Update

https://k162space.com/2013/08/13/wallet-manager-code-update/


Highsec Freighter Gank Statistics

themittani.com has an excellent article out detailing Goonswarm ganking efforts in highsec. Eve Fail responded to this with a post about the impact on his logistics line. I found data for 423 highsec freighter ganks to date in 2012 and wanted to present some hard numbers to illistraute to scale of impact that highsec freighter ganks have on hauling traffic.

Ganks by System

Ganks by Alliance


September Financial Report

Overview

Despite my lack of play time the past month due to a new family addition, I still am outperforming my linear trend.

Time invested in trading as fallen to 4-5 hours/week and Tech2 invention/production is much lower, around 1 hour/week.

The large jump in net value in August was due to a move to speculate on mining barge BPO changes.

Bold Modes

Despite the slow sell rate, speculation on Procurer BPOs during the Inferno 1.2 patch turned out to double my ISK investment.

Initial Speculation Research
Speculation Results

Expanding Production

I’ve regained interest in producing Carrier and Dreadnought class ships so I’ve invested 15 B into BPOs for capital parts along with a few select BPO/BPCs for mineral compression.

My initial build will be 8x Carriers (2 Racial) and then see how fast each type moves. The initial quantity of minerals needed for this build came out to 11.7 B.

I’m planning on Carrier/Dreadnought production to be a slow turnover, yet steady income stream. I’ve watched Eve-Fail grow into a full fledged Capital production line and have been inspired to follow his lead.

Winter Expansion Opportunities

New ships are usually highly profitable so I look forward to the new ORE frigate and destroyer ships.


Failed Booster Delivery

I recently reached out to a manufacturer to start buying boosters in large quantities since I lack the POS reactor setup necessary to create my own. The deal was for a bulk order of around 500 M with delivery to any lowsec/NPC nulls system. Since some of my production characters have found a new home in a NPC pocket of nullsec, I requested them to be delivered there.

I thought the manufacturer would use a jump capable ship to transport the goods, but I was wrong. A few days after the expected delivery date I contacted him and it seems he used a Transport Ship and got caught by a Sabre — always watch out for the Sabre.

It also seems that this loss caused some corporation drama.

From my experience in some of the larger nullsec organizations, there are only a few Booster producers in every group. At the height of the Northern Collation, I recall that 90% of the boosters were being made by two people. I wish the trade was more diverse and stealthy and not dominated by a few major players.