My group has had a lot of people using Improved Exile, Improved Frentix, and Improved Crash boosters. I have no idea why anyone uses these for one vs one site PVP or 3 vs 3 gate PVP when you can suddenly lose Armor hitpoints because you took exile, but apparently the side effects are worth the risk.
What about just making these near home? Instead of buying boosters and things like Megacyte, pure improved exile booster, pure improved frentix booster, and pure imoved crash booster, just make it all from scratch? We already have people huffing gas in empire space to get cytoserocin and they sell them to Jita, but they can actually save jumps if we bought the gas and they can plop their gas where we are? The farthest guy still saves 7 jumps if we did vertical integration. Although someone pointed out by the mining ledgers that we’ll likely only be able to actually use 1/8 of the gas.
So how about a Tarata? It can do reactions, and it has a bigger bonus than the Athanor. I don’t actually know how boosters are made since I don’t do reactions, but I know they are done at refineries. There is a good place just 7 jumps away from high sec one of us had his eyes on.
The biggest problem is defending that thing, but let’s assume we got that taken care of for the sake of the through experiment. This isn’t a trivial problem, and in fact is probably a bigger issue that might just make the whole thing not worth it, but let’s assume diplomacy worked out a deal not just with the locals, but a certain group that isn’t local but who can easily blow it up if we got on their bad side.
There are only 7 of us actually doing reactions to make boosters. Not only is this not going to use all the gas harvested, but they can’t even make all the boosters we’re consuming. Then after reactions, I guess we just make the boosters normally.
So with 7 people doing reactions, how does the economics of a Tarata even work? We could sell the reaction products… and then buy the boosters at a higher price than what it takes to make them from the reaction products. That doesn’t sound good.
We could just make the boosters for ourselves since we chug them, one less thing to bring back from Jita.
So there is the fuel costs to run a structure. Can 7 people doing reactions make us ISK after fuel costs? Assuming the price of fuel remains constant (not a given, but let’s simplify) can we break even after 38 months? I don’t think we can break even within that time frame without more people doing reactions.
The problem is that we use the boosters, limiting the ability to turn a profit off the reactiosn to pay for the fuel. If we didn’t, then we could sell the reaction products or sell boosters for a profit. Since we use the boosters, the reactions on the gas would need to be vertically integrated. Well, I mean there is technically the option of making the reaction products, taking them to Jita with DSTs (since we already have mostly empty DSTs holding roughly 5Kmm of stuff each trip picking up a full fleet hanger of stuff from high sec) and selling them, but selling the very thing we’re buying is just eating broker’s fees.