Friday, March 6, 2015

Eve Online Mining: From Kronos to Tiamat

Won't list all the short-cycle updates we've had to Eve since Kronos. Latest was Tiamat. Scylla will hit later this month (March, 2015).

Continuing the 2014 nomad mining theme, I've moved quite a bit over the last 6-8 months, constantly searching for better ore and ice opportunities.

At the moment my week is split like this: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday I mine ore. On Mondays and Fridays I mine ice. The reason is ore spawns contain small asteroids on Mondays and Fridays, so I prefer to mine ice on those days.

For ore, I'm in .9 Amarr space using Hulks and pursuing the +10% high yield Scordite and Pyroxeres ores, which I compress and take to the trade hub in the Amarr system for sale. I am not mining Amarr ice at the moment as that market has tanked. I jump clone my six mining toons to Caldari space on Mondays and Fridays. Caldari ice has fallen, but not nearly as far as the other Faction ice. I reprocess the Caldari ice and sell the ice products in Jita.

A few months ago I did something really stupid and trashed one of my monitors, so I'm now running all six toons on one 22 incher. Here's a screenshot of the four mining toons (in Skiffs working Caldari ice) - the Orca and freighter pilots clients are minimized until needed.

Was an unhappy moment going to one monitor, but the working technique has grown on me.

As usual, a fair amount of grumbling on the forums requesting that CCP make changes to mining. The problem, as I see it, is that mining right now is great for those of us who multibox (no, there is no ISBoxer involved) a crew like mine - 4 miners, an Orca and a freighter - as ice is competitive and Hulk mining forces you to stay engaged when you're harvesting highsec 'roids. However, it's not nearly as engaging for a player running a single toon. That's the rub. My hope is that it can somehow become more engaging for the solo miner without ruining it for us multiboxers.

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