But perhaps my greatest weakness is not knowing which rocks to shoot. I'm always told to mine the asteroids that produce the most money. But that isn't intuitive as to which ones are the most valuable. When CCP created ores they made them so that the rarest (and presumably most valuable) ores had names at the beginning of the alphabet and the most common at the end. Hey, that's how FCs call targets, right?
But that is not the way New Eden works and mining gneiss like I did Wednesday is bad. Bad because I had a lot of choices that were a lot better from an economical point of view. After doing a little research to make the table above I realized, "mining gneiss is kind of dumb." Well, from a conservative, industrialist point of view. But I tend to think outside the box. Or, as others might put it, I'm a bit crazy.
So what led me to make the sub-optimal choice of gneiss instead of a more profitable ore? I was caught up in the situation. Here were the conditions in space at the time:
- I had hit the two hour mark and should have logged off, but I was on a roll and didn't want to stop. But since I couldn't play much longer I wanted to stay in-system. Oh, and I had already scanned down all the signatures in-system so I had no better gravimetric site available.
- I saw gneiss, looked it up on the Evelopedia, saw it contained a high amount of zydrine which is always a good thing to have. The fact that gneiss also contains mexallon, a mineral I don't usually mine for, was a bonus.
- The gneiss was sitting in a gravimetric site which anyone wishing to attack me would need to scan down. All of the better ore was sitting in belts. And flying in a faction warfare low sec system usually draws people into the system. At the time a couple of pilots from the Amarr militia were flying around in Rifters (at least that's what d-scan showed). They seemed happy in their PLEX but why tempt them, especially if some of their friends showed up. Which they did when I was filling up my ore bay for the second time.
- This was the first large gneiss deposit I had ever scanned down. More importantly, I was the first one to find it. I'll be damned if I wasn't going to get at least one ore bay full of the stuff, especially since every other time I had ever found a grav site containing gneiss all of the prismatic gneiss had already been mined out. I know Eve Online doesn't have achievement unlocks but I wanted to tick off one more thing from my list of things to do in Eve.