Tiny handful of BPOs after 15 years of play
Better start keeping a log now
I’ve been playing since 2004, and have almost exclusively focused on industrial activity. I have also been buying BPOs, researching and using them in production since that time.
You’d think by now I’d be sitting on a mountain of ISK and prostitutes in null sec. But I’m not. And although my issue that I’m presenting here doesn’t have a direct connection with ISK (or prostitutes, for that matter) it is a factor on some level.
My BPOs have been disappearing over time, and when I contacted support they told me to prove it. Which I can’t because I generally assume it’s the game’s responsibility to keep track of such things. I was wrong. However, I can assure anyone that these allegedly missing BPOs were not sold or put on contract, nor were they misplaced or lost in a move, and I most certainly didn’t leave out for sticky fingers. They just simply vanished.
My theory is that player accounts of a certain age become riddled with database errors, and these become more systemic and egregious as time goes on. No, I don’t have proof, but after a decade and a half, I think I’m entitled to my opinions.
So I ask you, fellow industrialists, are you missing BPOs that you would swear you bought? If so, speak up. My alliance leader just started having the same problem, and I decided it is time to stop being silent.
The conspiracy theorist in me is demanding (shut up, I said) that I raise the point, with the changes to structures, and players now looting them, could this be an effort by CCP to reduce the amount of researched BPOs? They don’t seem to have a problem changing the mineral content of asteroids, nor the safety of our assets in structures.
So tell me your BPO woes, or any other missing assets.