Saturday, February 6, 2016

Indy contributor: January report

My initial investigation into sisters probing devices yielded good profit - sisters expanded probe launcher with full availability of sisters probes. My hub supplies about half of these modules and the other half needs to be filled. Once when this happens I think I should get a better read on mining, since I saw a few people with cargo containers and skiffs in systems around me. Everybody in syndicate makes their money somehow, and I need to supply mission runners, miners, explorers, pvp players and POSes, with the option to also supply random wormhole travelers or fuel nullsec warfare with materials for destroying POS modules and towers. 

Did I mention I bought an Obelisk blueprint? I am wondering how much can I get out of that, this is two years investment.

Parasoja's Notes:

Years? More like months~

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Indy contributor: December update


How much time does it take to maintain market? The answer is, about 1 hour per month, once it is established. There are two factors: Changing every single order by 0.01 so they don't expire every 89 days, and restocking. I use push industries, so my restock takes about 10 minutes of buying stuff in Jita, setting up contract for transport, and 5 minutes of setting up sell orders. One order takes about 15 seconds (or less) to change by 0.01 isk. This means it takes 60 minutes to renew 240 orders. My market maintains around 430 orders, and I click fast. Setting up a market hub takes around 10-100 hours of work, depends on how much experience you have with it and how many jump freighters you're loading for setting up. I used my own JF just because time/money had a better factor than using pushX 30 times.

Parasoja's Notes:

Do you know, I never seriously considered using black frog/pushx.....

Thursday, December 10, 2015

New research run

Early results from the Crius research trial are surprisingly good, so I'm going to go ahead and stick another run in. Do the math with me:

([90b per run] * [50% average profit]) * ([350ish days per year] / [150 days per run]) = 105 billion per year

Of course, that's based on some hilariously optimistic assumptions: That the 50% will still be the average when the results are in (it won't), that prices will stay where they are (they won't), that it will be possible to sell an average of one blueprint every 2.5 days (iffy), and that putting so many blueprints up for sale won't affect prices.

But even if we assume my eventual income will be only one-third that much, that still comes to almost 3 billion per month. Which is adequate, I guess.

The phoenix blueprint? Because I only have one of them. I didn't bother researching a second, because phoenixes have been shit for almost as long as eve has existed. I only kept the one I had because they might get better eventually. And they did.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Indy contributor: November update

Market industry is like cold war. You won't hear about your successes, nor about losses. There are no explosions, no corpses left behind your defeated competitors, no killmails. The only thing that matters is success, and the size of it. Sometimes it feels discouraging to write articles which probably wont matter to anyone, but deep in my heart I believe overnight success is the result of years of hard work. My profits should be cut to about 2/3 of my potential due to passive gameplay now, but sooner or later I will get back to work and figure out how to improve the system to more than 100 percent of previous efficiency. Read buisness books and apply them in Eve; it works.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

LibreOffice Calc: How to import data from a URL

By unpopular request!

So, you want to put stuff from the API or eve-central or whatever into a spreadsheet without copy-pasting. If you use LibreOffice, you'll find there's an option to Insert->Link to External Data. It has a box that says "put URL here" and a thing to select how often you want to update the source. Also, it doesn't work.

Here's what you do:

1. Get the URL you want to use. In this example, we'll pull some compressed ore prices from eve-central using

2. Go to Insert->Sheet From File

3. Paste the URL into the file name thing, and press 'open'

4. When the Text Import window comes up, check 'other' and put '<>' into the field. With XML, this will split the data into cells in such a way that you can use it. Press OK.

5. At the "Insert Sheet" window, don't change anything. Press OK.

6. The data is now in the sheet. It's a bit messy, but you'll be able to pick out the cells you need.

7. Don't do anything else on that sheet. Instead, set cells on another sheet equal to the relevant boxes on the imported sheet.

That's it. Every time you open the file it will reload the data, so your spreadsheet stays up to date.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Back to null

So I got to talking with some guy in lowsec, and long story short I’m now part of The Initiativedot.

I know, I know. But I like the sound of some of what they’ve got going on. Their fleet numbers are relatively small, but they have some nice doctrines and they actually use them. I’ve already gotten on some decent kills.

I'm bad and only got on two carriers before dying, but apparently we killed like eight.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wardec trial

I didn’t have any luck finding targets with the corp finder. I was looking at 50-100 man corps, and I’d add like half the characters to my watchlist and be lucky if even one was online. Happily, a reader chipped in and gave me a different strategy: Sit off the undock of a mission station and check out the corps of passersby.

Doing this for an hour or so gave me several decent target corporations that always had a few people online, so I declared a couple of wars and did my thing. Scout, locator agent, DPS, no problem, right?

Turns out people don’t like losing ships. I caught one five-month-old character in a battleship, but otherwise both corps just noped the fuck out. The first one, all but one character just stopped logging in. The second also mostly stopped logging in, and when they did they only flew fast warping stuff. Even when my pvp character wasn’t logged in.

Being able to completely shut down a corporation for 50 million a week is plenty amusing, but what I really want is to be rolling in killmails. I don’t think I’m going to get that this way.

Something came up, though. Updates to follow.