I'm not a big miner, because in a busy week I would only mine 2 or 3 hours, but I haven't mined any the last couple of weeks. Part of that is I mined so many minerals in the past that I only really mine to sell lately. Part of reason is that I have someone who keeps chasing me out of the ice belts. But the biggest is that the the speed "buff" to the Procurer requires more initial set-up to mine while aligned that I found playing hide-and-seek in the ice belts just isn't fun.
I really do need to move, as the secondary system I had originally marked out for mining has way too many Procurer and Skiff kills in it to make mining feel somewhat safe. I've picked out a couple of promising systems, but I haven't logged in to start exploring. Looking at Dolan is nice, but I really need to go in an do a proper scouting trip, complete with making bookmarks, to know if a system is truly suitable.
Right now I just don't feel excited to log into EVE. Interestingly enough, the industry changes in Crius are a good part of the reason I moved to low sec in the first place. Back in August 2011, CCP Greyscale put out a dev blog on the design goals for null sec that included these goals for null sec industry:
- 99% self-sufficient by volume
- For further discussion. People building things in nullsec should only need to travel to empire (or more than a couple of regions across nullsec) for low-volume supplies. This requires that industrialists have a ready supply of low-end minerals available nearby in nullsec, without breaking other systems or goals. (Likely means some way of mining low-ends in a massively more rapid manner compared to current tools.)
- Geared towards T2
- Our current proposal is that hisec is for volume T1 goods, lowsec will be for meta/faction gear eventually, nullsec is for T2, and wormholes are for T3
- Building T2 modules/ships in nullsec should be a good way to make a lot of money. There are many inherent drawbacks in doing industry in nullsec and we need to balance out these hidden costs.
- Requires investment
- Again, we want the real wealth-generation machines to require people to settle down and spend some money, because it encourages concentration of effort and makes for interesting targets to attack or defend.
- Accessible to all in small volumes
- Anyone should be able to build enough bits and bobs to support a reasonably frugal lifestyle, anywhere in nullsec. This allows small groups to feel self-sufficient provided they're all prepared to work for it, while still encouraging specialization efficiency for larger groups.
So, in some ways, Crius is the release I've waited for. But after looking at the current content and rereading Greyscale's words, I'm not sure that low sec industry was really included in the design. I'm not stating that low sec industry is impossible, because it's not. But I don't think high sec is going to take the massive hit I originally believed. Out in the Minmatar Republic, I think high sec may prove the superior place to do business. In other regions, especially The Forge, low sec may win out. We'll have to wait and see how players adapt to the new rules set.
Whatever happens, I do have to at least establish a second major base of operation, if not move my operations entirely. I've got more than enough Procurers to scatter across the stars. Now I just need to obtain some more ships, with Prowlers, Hounds, Cheetahs and Falcons the first priority. I also probably need to establish a line of products beyond faction ammunition and ice products. Not only for something new to do, but to become a bit more self-sufficient as well.
My first choice is a quieter low sec system, and like I mentioned before, I have some candidates picked out already. But for the first time in a long time, I'm seriously contemplating a move back to high sec. Such a move would take place not out of frustration, but because such a move is possibly the rational choice to make.
Needless to say, I don't want to move back to high sec. That is probably contributing to not wanting to log in. I really don't want to move back. But I do need a few facts to back up my stubbornness on the matter. Eventually, I may need to yield to the inevitable.