I’ve been doing Planetary production in EVE for almost two years now. Yesterday, I was told something that made me absolutely cringe.
When discussing PI with some other players, one player asked me if I had upgraded my links. At first, I was surprised because I didn’t know you could do that or even needed to. I’ve done many expedited transfers and never lost any goods or resources when doing so. But this player told me that your links could only carry so much. “If your extractor picks up 10,000 resources,” they said, “But your links can only carry 1250 maximum, you lose all those resources.” I was floored! I had never heard of such a thing and I have read several guides and watched videos on PI. If this was true, I have lost billions in resources for the last two years. Naturally, in a panic, I went in and upgraded all the links running from my extractors. This used more power and I had to turn off some extractor nodes. But, hey, I don’t want to lose anything!
But after doing a little more research, I wonder if that player was right. Recent articles talking about the PI change and guides say upgrading links used to be required until a patch was done to eliminate the need. Now, upgrading links is only to reduce the time delay between expedited transfers. I’ve yet to read anything that says a link’s capacity means you lose resources.
What is the truth here? Do you have to upgrade links? Have I lost resources because they only carry so much? One way or the other, I suspect I’m about to feel stupid again.