I’m not sure if anyone else has this problem, I can’t typically play until really late Central Standard Time, or Mid Morning Central Standard Time.
And I’m finding it to be quite difficult to find Ice to mine, I set myself up in the Tash-Murkon and Domain Regions with Mining barges at all the known Ice Field systems and use a interceptor to fly around quickly to check which systems have ice and I would say a good 90% of the time I can’t find any ice because it’s been mined out.
I’m not against people mining out ice, with multiple characters. I personally do it on two characters, I know others who use 5-10 maybe 15 or more to mine it out and they are quickly exhausted.
It is a sandbox and unfortunately that means some time zones are favored over others, Europeans have a huge advantage over Americans when it comes to events taking place after down time.
I wish there was a way to fix this issue with out disrupting the market. One such idea that I thought of, that isn’t very sandbox in nature is that each system that holds ice spawns it twice, once after DT and then 12 hours later.
However by entering 1 ice field you will be prompted with a concord police policy that states due to permit restrictions on Ice mining in empire space, you’re not allowed to enter another Ice field in the same system for 12 hours. This essentially would allow two completely different Ice Fields to spawn in the system but only allowing you to pick 1 or the other for that entire day.
This would prevent massive mining fleets from coming in and gobbling up both Ice fields, the only way around this would be to completely make another massive mining fleet which would be costly to the user in terms of plex or subscription costs to take advantage of it, and it would likely never happen.