One of the neat aspects of Wormhole Life, is the process of transitioning the wild and untamed NPC space, into a livable and profitable home for our pilots. This started right away, when we hauled in our ships, our POS (Player Owned Structure) and all the gun and maintenance arrays we wanted surrounding our home tower. However, building a safe place to store your ships and your loot, is just scratching the surface of it… We have a lucrative planet distribution in our slice of space heaven, so we wanted to maximize our Planetary Interaction (PI) right away. Fortunately our Production Director, T’ango, is a spreadsheet maniac and tackled the PI set-up and we got that buzzing fairly quickly. I am a cog in the machine and glad of it.
Planetary Interaction is an interesting game mechanic in and of itself… basically you build installments on planets in order to harvest their natural resources and manufacture more complex goods and products depending on the complexity of your production capability and the distribution and number of planets you have at your disposal. We have many and varied and about a dozen pioneers in our galactic frontier town, so we are capable of generating both the required materials to fuel our POS and generate several billion ISK per month to spend on shore leave or shiny, overpriced, faction-fit ships…
In the midst of settling in, trucking in hundreds of thousands of m3 of cargo and supplies, killing the NPC denizens of our territory for multi-billion ISK loot payouts, harvesting pricy Gas clouds, and more ABC ore than we know what to do with, we have had to work on tearing down the NPC Customs Offices to replace them with our own, so that the multi-million ISK taxes we were paying to no one in particular, would cease.
In the above photo, you see us blowing up our 5th or 6th CO, I forget which, but let me tell you, it is a tedious affair. The structure doesn’t move, nor does it fight back… It has 10,000,000 shields, and an additional about 5,000,000 armor and hull which means we spam volleys for a long time before we get the satisfying fire works.
There are so many ins and outs to Wormhole Life. So much to do, so many risk and dangers and so much profit, just sitting waiting to be tapped by an industrial minded group of pilots, working together to forge a destiny of space wealth. Speaking of which, we got our first Corp Wormhole Dividend this weekend… basically we pool all of the wealth generated by the team, buy what we need, and distribute out the profit to everyone who was active during that pay period. It was healthy, but not massive, in large part because of the multi-billion ISK investments into infrastructure we have been making as we go. We see our stay as a long-term affair, so spending now to reap later, just makes sence to us.
The bulk of the large expenses are behind us… we have one small loan to pay back that financed our move… we are working together better than we have since we started and getting better every day… PI is reaching the fourth tier production at full velocity and will start paying huge dividends… we have even started roaming to our neighboring spaces and farming in those pastures… profit is everywhere and as available as we are, at the same time expenses have dropped to a manageable norm…
Things are getting underway, for INQ-E.