Let me give you some background so you know where I’m coming from, but I completely acknowledge that the game I’m about to reference is VERY different regarding both alts and industry (crafting) and that’s why this may be a dumb question.
I just quit WoW. I never really liked it but it was my first MMO and my sister played. The part I moderately liked was earning cash. I was good at it. I made about a token a week.
The thing is that I had 6 alts that worked together to make anything I wanted. Now, WoW is very different in both how alts work and the restrictions on industry, but any other version of my WoW system would induce constant logging in and out and misplaced materials.
Eve is harder in this respect since you can’t simply mail materials everywhere, the markets aren’t global (er…universal?) and it takes FAR longer to train up a industry focus. The alt types that I hear about also don’t obviously fit into the same lanes, with one or two exceptions (Ratting/PvP, Mining/Processing, perhaps).
So my question is: How should one arrange the industry focus on alts in order to maximize efficiency? Clearly a combat focused alt would be a thing since there are so many skills and ships to learn, but do you combine research and invention? PI and exploration? Mining and production? Trading and hauling? Is it just as reasonable to put it all on one character as it is to spread it across 3? Do you have 6 accounts with each focussing on one portion of ISK making? I’ve heard someone say to put PI on every character and differentiate from there…heck, I have no idea nor do I know if this would even make sense.
The flip side of this question would be: “What skills should I NOT pair together?”
Thanks for listening, I hope you can provide some insight, and thank you for your comments!